Monday, October 20, 2008
The Death Knell of the Republican Party?
I was listening to NPR today and heard a life long Republican Mickey Edwards decry whats happened to his party. A 16 year congressman, a senior member of the House Republican leadership as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, a member of both the House Appropriations and Budget committees, and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations operative says he is still a Republican but is voting for Obama. The first time he'll be voting Democrat in his life.
His reasoning is that while he is more in line with Republican policy than Democratic policy, McCain's dispicable campaign, his "irratic behavior", and Palin as a VP running mate is more than his conscience will allow him to tolerate. He also stated that Palin was not McCain's choice (he wanted Lieberman), but kowtowed to the demands of the Religious Right. Some Maverick.
He said that after this election there will be a fight for the "soul" of the Republican party. It will either become more inline with mainstream American perspectives, or it will become a far right Christian party and become less and less of a factor in American politics.
Between this guy & Colon Powell's defection to Obama, and my own abadonment of the Republican party after 40 years, it's becoming clear what is happening. The handwriting is on the wall.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin; young Earth Creationist, born again religious fanatic, opponent of sex education, proponent of incest / rape full term pregnancy, and the intellect who professes foreign affairs experience because her state is closest to Russia ... proclaims that her favorite Baldwin brother is Stephen Baldwin. Well, given that he is a Born Again religious fanatic, whose been through rehab more times than Lindsay Lohan, has an IQ below 100, and who posesses all the acting talent of a demented chimp, I am unsurprised.
I contributed again to Obama's campaign last night, having never contributed to a Presidential campaign in my life before this election. But I'll be damned if I'm going to stand on the sidelines and not put my money where my typing is, and watch a 1/2 dead old fool and a 1/2 crazy religious fanatic run this country for the next four years. We've already been there and done that.
If you have $10, $15, $25 available to be part of history... do it now!!