Wednesday, November 17, 2010

On Tea Parties, the Right and ethics

Three topics, three thoughts......

1.  On Tea Parties:  Its official.  Sarah Palin's hand-picked candidate lost in Alaska.  I lived there when Sen. Murkowski's father was senator along with Ted Stevens.  Palin made a serious mistake.  She assumed Alaskans in general were willing to vote for someone because SHE approved of them.  Strange thing.  She could not finish out her only term as governor yet thinks her opinion matters.  When we look at who she supported, the Palin Touch is anything but golden.  Angle was a Tea Party favorite that Palin supported.....she lost.  Christine O'Donnell was, like Joe Miller, hand-picked by Palin and got crushed (more on that in the second section).  In all, the Tea Party came out around 50%.  So much for being king-/queen-makers.

2.  On the Right:  So many Republicans are cheering how 2010 is a harbinger of things to come.  On that issue, consider the following story that ran locally:
Obama Would Beat GOP Frontrunners
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Richmond, Va. (  While some are calling President Obama a one-term president, a new poll shows Obama would win Virginia again.  The new poll of 551 Virginians, done November 10th-13th, finds that President Obama would beat all of the Republican frontrunners. 

The Public Policy Polling survey finds Obama would beat Mike Huckabee by 49% to 44%, Mitt Romney by 48% to 43%, Newt Gingrich by 51% to 40% and Sarah Palin by 52% to 41%.

The poll finds a slight majority (55% to 45%) of Virginians approve of the job Obama is doing.  And Tom Jensen with PPP says the recent wins by the GOP in the mid-term elections were mostly due to Democrats staying away from the polls.

 So much for harbingers....

Also in this same vein, consider that the Right is on the verge of committing political suicide.  Even while they celebrate retaking the House, they are linking themselves with the worst of the Religious Right.  Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell and others of this stripe ran HARD right on social issues in a year when the back-pocket was the deciding factor.  In the case of O'Donnell, the Right committed the cardinal sin in politics of taking the "ringer" out of the race (Castle) in order to run with ideological purity.  As they say in sports, a win is a win.  Castle is too "liberal" for the Tea Party, but he a) had never lost a state-wide election, and b) is running in a BLUE state.  Using that logic, the GOP should never have backed Scott Brown either, but look how that turned out.

On Ethics:  Does anyone find it ironic and raising serious questions about sanity when the Religious Right condemns abortion as "murder" and then puts out "wanted posters" on abortion providers that have led to multiple assassinations?  A life-ethic means life, not just the life you want to protect.  I have stepped away from my vegetarianism as a result of Kathy's death, but I confess that I consider returning to it over time.  If I am going to promote ethics, I should at least be consistent.

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