If You Want To Run, You Better Hide
What’s wrong with the media? Just the usual things, but I’m taking a break from talking about them today. The real question today is: Are there any proud Republicans out there?
They always say the rats are first to leave a sinking ship. Well, using that analogy, Republicans are acting like a bunch of rats. There was a report this week that Charlie Christ, Governor of Florida, stated that he would “help McCain when he had the time.” That being said, he demonstrated what he meant by skipping a McCain/Palin rally in Florida and heading for Disney World. Disney World? Are you kidding me? Now, that’s hilarious. In the same week former Governor of Wisconsin Tommy Thompson commented that “nobody is happy with the McCain campaign.” Put them together with the Republican Senator from Oregon who is supporting Barack Obama and you can see that John McCain is watching a major desertion under his command. HOW SHOCKING that the great “commander-in-chief wannabe” is losing his troops before the war is over.
Now, some may not know that this is not a new trend. Of course we’ve seen almost all Republicans including John McCain trying to get some safe distance from George W. Bush. But what those outside of solidly Republican Texas may not have seen is how Republican candidates, whether up for re-election or running for the first time, are running away from the Republican label as far as they can. It seems that the Republicans of Texas are too ashamed of their party affiliation to put it out there on their signs or television ads.
Here in Texas this is a great source of encouragement to those of us who have been left in the dust by a state-wide Republican revolution that has drifted more and more toward the radical right-wing view of things. Fourteen years ago, when George W. Bush ran for Governor of our state, smiting the evil Ann Richards, he made a big deal of being not a compassionate conservative, but a moderate Republican. He knew that in the Texas of that era, while a good many people embraced conservative fiscal policies, most who lived in and around the cities, Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, were turned off by the Moral Majority and their social agenda of intolerance for anyone outside their narrow beliefs. So George W. Bush assured independents and moderate Republicans of Texas that some of his best friends were gay and that he would not side with the Moral Majority.
This assurance being proffered, many Republican politicians who were also of a moderate viewpoint, jumped aboard the Bush express and stressed in ad after ad that they were “George Bush Republicans.” It worked, as Dubya and the Republicans were on their way to taking over a state that had teetered in the conservative/moderate balance for quite some time. For the next three election cycles, Republican politician after Republican politician stressed his moderate bonafides by sidling up to George W. Bush. Unexpectedly, in the last of those three cycles, George W. Bush, with a little help from a scary Secretary of State in Florida – oh, and, that’s right, his brother – and a favorable ruling by the Republican-stacked Supreme Court of the United States, moved into the White House still spouting his moderate mantra under the new guise of “compassionate conservatism.”
You know the rest. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, with a little help from Osama Bin Laden, moved the pseudo-moderate Bush way over to the right to get him re-elected in 2004. Not so subtly, moderate George W. Bush, became a born-again Christian and savior of the Religious Right. Mission accomplished! The most right-wing element of the Republican Party now had the power of the presidency at their disposal. And did they ever use it. They supported the war in Iraq, claiming that it was the sign they had been waiting for of the “last days” as promised in Revelations. Suddenly those who claim to follow the Prince of Peace were cheering warmongers. Of course, they believed that Bush himself bought into his own rhetoric, but instead the evidence suggests that he was really being guided by Dick Cheney and the so-called neo-cons who have a more imperial vision for America. The Religious Right was seeing the Second Coming of Christ, but the neo-cons were seeing the second coming of the Roman Empire.
Years later, only the most die-hard supporters are unable to see through the deceptions of George W. Bush and his cronies. Just look at the poll numbers that show the President’s approval ratings. So, only the lowest level of the Republican base, those who would cheer while their fellow attendees would shout out things such as “kill him” in reference to a candidate for President of the United States, fail to see the truth of George W. Bush’s presidency.
That brings us back to all those “George Bush Republicans” that Texans sent to Austin and Washington. There are no “George Bush Republicans” to be seen anywhere these days. As a matter of fact, there is not one single Republican running for the Senate or the House of Representatives at either the national or state level who even uses the word “Republican” on their campaign signs or television ads. Senator John Cornyn, the biggest Bush Republican of them all – he stood prominently in every camera shot of Dubya signing a bill, or speaking out against evil Democrats – is running an anti-Washington campaign. No mention of Bush or Republican affiliations in his ads, no siree! He claims in his TV ads that Washington has stood in the way of every energy plan that could have helped us out of the fix we’re in. What he doesn’t say is that he, an oil-friendly Republican, stood right there in the way.
My dear old Mother, who lives in Oklahoma City, says the same thing is going on up there. Not one single Republican candidate is admitting that connection on their signs or TV ads. Now, what does it say about the Republican Party that in two of the reddest of red states, Texas and Oklahoma, they are afraid to be associated with their own political party? It says that they know the people of this nation – those who see their paychecks not going up while the prices at Wal-Mart do – have had a bellyful of “trickle-down” economics. IT’S NOT WORKING, REPUBLICANS! Take all that money you have in the bank and buy a clue. People are turned off by your ideas.
It is refreshing to see the party of Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and Karl Rove in an all-out panic so close to election day! You guys have been digging this grave for a long time, and I for one am glad to see you pushing yourselves into it. Keep up the Karl Rove-style attacks against Barack Obama and not talking about the bread-and-butter issues that are hitting your constituents out here so hard and see what happens. It probably doesn’t matter anyway, because like your leader of the past eight or fourteen years, depending on where you live, people have “turned the page on you.” BUH-BYE!
Now, as for my fellow Democrats and Independents for Change, don’t let up. Keep fighting till the end. To quote that great orator, John McCain, “We’ve got him right where we want him.” On to November!
P.S. Once again I would direct my readers to Willpen, Willpen’s World who has a couple of new videos as well as a link to a petition calling for John McCain to stop his campaign’s racially charged attacks against Barack Obama. I think the Senator from Arizona needs to hear from some real people out here who don’t agree with his crowds.