And with the push of a touch-screen, my unblemished record of consistently voting against Alan Mollohan has ended. I had to really work to push the button for Byrd, but I managed to get it done with minimal internal discomfort. As for the voting itself, it was rather easy- no line, the voting machine was easy to use, and it provided a paper trail. I would prefer a paper ballot, but I guess a paper trail is better than nothing at all.
And so it is done. I hope I am not the only one to stick the knife into my party’s back, because they really have to go, although the Baseball Crank does make a good case:
Even here and now, on Election Day, you can still hear the grumbling of disaffected Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians who will tell you that our elected representatives in Washington, and their leaders, deserve to lose this election. Many of us have felt the same way at some point or another over the past two years.***
The question you have to ask yourself, or ask of anyone you know who still feels that way, isn’t what the politicians deserve. It’s what we deserve. Why should we and our posterity be punished for their mistakes with the kind of folly that a Speaker Pelosi and a Majority Leader Reid would visit upon us?
Any other year, I might agree. But the Republicans really are that bad, and if some higher taxes are the price I have to pay to clean out these sewer trout, so be it. Also on the front page of Red State is this piece by Ben, titled “In Your Heart, You Know They’re Nuts” :
Make no mistake: The Democrats will win in spite of their message, not because of it. They will win because they are not Republicans, not because they embody principled reform. A morally corrupt lifetime Congressman like Ben Cardin is not an agent of change; an empty suit like Bob Casey Jr is no champion of the little guy; and a politically crass Washington insider like Harold Ford Jr is no idealistic leader.
They will win because they have successfully convinced voters that they are not the other guys – except on issues like national security, where they’re just like the other guys, don’t you worry. And marriage – they love marriage. And abortion – in Pennsylvania and Colorado at least. And taxes – don’t worry, we’ll only raise them for OTHER people, not you.***
My sister, following an assault by a sign wielding Cindy Sheehan goon at a rally yesterday, said to me: “You know, if people saw that this is what the Democrats are today, this election wouldn’t be close.”
The title of that piece is, of course, a co-mingling of the Goldwater election slogan and it’s counterpart. After 6 years of faith-based legislating, it is not surprising that Red State wants you to go with your heart, as it is simply what the current GOP does- they feel, they believe, they have faith.
But they don’t think.
We currently have a party in power that has rubber-stamped an authoritarian and arrogant administration, has codified torture, has spent us into huge debt, has rejected science in favor of the religious fanatacism du jour, thinks that chanting “Stay thecourse” is an actual strategy/plan, cares more about a brain-dead woman and a blastocyst than the living, and thinks the greatest peril to western society is gay marriage (of course, only when they aren’t flashing pictures of Osama every election cycle). I could go on and on (and have in the past), but you get the point.
“The Democrats are Worse” may have been a successful rallying cry for GOP faithful in years past, but the problem is that the Democrats actually have to be worse in order for that message to resonate. The current GOP and their enablers have made that impossible.
*** Update ***
A humorous aside- I just check the mail and a postcard from Brian Louk, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, was in the mail- the front had a picture of him handling a baby and the caption “Standing up for our values.” On the back, Brian let me know he had been endorsed by the West Virginia Family Foundation and West Virginian’s for Life.
What weighty issues did Brian think matter most to the folks of West Virginia? Legal protection for ‘unborn children’ and the “Marriage Protection Act.”
I am feeling better and better about my vote.