So a buddy of mine has a tagline in his gmail chat box that read: Dems, quit calling Reps idiots, not helping. While I can understand the sentiment, I have to disagree. It’s like saying, “Journalists stop scrutinizing the Bush administration — he’s just going to do what he wants anyway.” Somebody has to say it, to get this party’s leadership to get its head out of its ass.
Republicans are idiots. But before you paint me out as a partisan hack, let me offer a brief backgrounder. I’m an independent. I voted for Dole in ’96. I voted democrat the past two elections — but doubt anybody will hold two votes against the Bush Disaster against me. I was excited about John McCain before the general election started — I finally thought we were looking at a no-lose situation.
Unfortunately, John McCain has completely derailed and taken the low road at every opportunity. His nomination of Sarah Palin to VP shows a total lack of judgement. He’s given in to the Republican fear that the GOP can’t win without the Religious Right and the culture wars.
Instead of picking someone who can help McCain craft a coherent strategy to deal with the economic fallout, environmental degredation, and foreign policy disaster our country is facing, he picks a Christian Zealot Hockey Mom. You’ve got Rudy Guliani chanting drill baby drill on a dying technology that makes us dependent on people who want to kill us, instead of encouraging people to invest, innovate and invent.
Bottom line — willful ignorance, fear mongering, xenophobia and authoritarianism are the hallmarks of the past eight years. They proved to be powerful tools to convince middle America to elect an messianic idiot. But we don’t have to go back to that well again.