Thursday, June 24, 2010

It Could Be Worse (Surprisingly)

I sympathize completely with my Republican friends disgusted at the direction the Utah Senate race took, and the candidate (or lack there of) who took home the win (Yeah Mindless Narratives and Single Issue Voting! Right?). And the last thing you'll ever hear from me is a defense of The Panderer. But just to assuage a little of the frustration from Utah's more rational, thinking Republican voters...

It could be worse...

Angle, 60, looks to be the main reason Reid will survive for a fifth term. She wants to privatize Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. She has no use for the departments of Energy and Education, the IRS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Environmental Protection Agency or Planned Parenthood. She'd like to repeal the 16th Amendment, which provides for direct federal taxation, and has expressed a fondness for the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. She has a permit to carry a concealed .44 Magnum and brags about bringing it to campaign events. But her passion also leads her to make troublesome statements: "The nation is arming," she said last month. "What are they arming for if it isn't that they are so distrustful of their government? They're afraid they'll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways. That's why I look at this as almost an imperative. If we don't win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?"
Don't get me wrong, if the politics of the race ever demand it, The Panderer will embrace all of these ideas and more just to get elected. But surprisingly, the Utah Senate race, lunatic as it was, avoiding hitting this low, at least.

Merry Christmas in June, Senator Reid.


  1. Nevada Republicans could have done a lot better. Bob Beers, for instance, is a pretty good guy and doesn't talk crazy. He would have likely been able to both solidify the base AND attract crossover votes, but the Republican Party seems to be hell-bent on embracing a specific fringe of the party. It's why I left the Constitution Party. They didn't understand that you can both stay true to your principles and present them in a way that's attractive to voters.

  2. Thanks for the nod, Jesse, but I can't help but point out that Jason's quote is from an extremist magazine with a withered ideology, pandering for ad dollars, of which any ad-driven organization will tell you for the past two years has been government, or government-funded.

    Jay, the unattributed author of the editorialization, appears to be a nice gal, cute and all, but not exactly an American:

    She spent time growing up in Asia, Australia and Europe following her vagabond United Nations parents.

    Cut from Bloomberg, but OK for Slime...

  3. i didn't know that traveling abroad made someone not an american, thanks for the heads up bob.