Wednesday, June 4, 2008
MEMO: TO: THE REPUBLICAN PEEPS...BY DB
So, here we are. The general election. While Nikki has pointed out that she will continue the current course and tear into Obama at every given opportunity, I must say it would be harder for me to do so with McCain. I am, quite honestly, thankful for McCain. Fred Thompson could have actually tried to run and he could be the nominee. Had not Romney and Huck split the vote, McCain wouldn't even be in the picture. Those two simple concepts have delivered a very moderate "conservative" to the doorsteps of the Presidency pushing the nation's zeitgeist further left giving us Obama. Obama takes the envelope of the left into the position of socialism, much to the fear of conservatives. Is this Obama's fault? Is the nation really going that far left? Who really is to blame?
Take your fingers and point at those "true conservatives". Like Rush Limbaugh said on the radio Tuesday, "you can call it Republican but that doesn't make it Conservative." Many of you think McCain is great and still call yourselves Conservatives. Had the "Conservative" candidate pulled his head out sooner and ran a real campaign rather than expecting the votes (Thompson), this race would be much different and the zeitgeist closer to the middle. Had the "true conservatives" got over their historical ignorance and ignored the fact that Romney is not a "true Christian" like they want rather than splitting the vote with the super-Christian/less conservative alternative, this race would be a lot different right now. It is going to take a lot more than being anti-abortion, anti-gay, and pro-war to stop the socialism-leaning freight train called Obama. These blunders have been the sole reason that are two candidates are further left on both sides than ever before. While you all may hate how far left Obama is, you put him there by not fighting for the zeitgeist and putting forth a moderate, whether you admit it or not. The only people in McCain's camp before he was nominated were the moderates and not a single true conservative like those who support him today because they have no choice.
Many of you will passionately disagree and say McCain is "sufficiently socially conservative" to be the nominee. That is fine with me. Again, I don't dislike McCain because you could have given us worse. You have given us a candidate who called your Christian leaders "agents of intolerance." He was against your amendment banning gay-marriage. He even was against the overturning of the ultimate litmus test, Roe V. Wade. Of course, to pander to your constituency and indeed sell himself as the conservative you guys will force him to play, he back-stepped on these ideas, much to my dismay. While I can see him making promises to get into office now, I know his deep rooted views will come out when it is time to play the maverick role once again. Oh, ya, you guys forgot about that. I didn't even mention how he sold your party out on immigration and campaign finance reform! What happens when he does it when it really matter? Like a Supreme Court nominee? But he is sufficient to say the least.
I will not appeal to conservatives to vote for Obama because I would have never voted for Thompson, had he been nominated. I can understand the fundamental differences you have with Obama and this is why it has become okay to settle on McCain. You have decided to settle on the lesser of the two evils and this is understandable. It is how I felt in 2004. Disagree, but see through your denial. McCain might be your candidate, but he is definitely not who you wanted. Unless you are indeed a moderate, then McCain actually makes sense. But call it as it is.
Identifying myself as moderate and worried more about the far right than the far left, I am easily able to accept McCain and Obama. Perhaps McCain's VP decision will put me firmly in the "against" category, but until then McCain is a sufficient loss.
So, here we are again. The general election. We will get to see news clips of your candidate again. I have almost forgot what the ol' man looks like. How exciting! While I cannot say I care too much, I will say this: good luck. We know elections are less about the people and more about the money being raised and spent. Not much of a good commentary on our Democracy, but at least we are able to put on a good show. Obama will continue to show us how well he can convince people to give him money and for a couple days every month until November we will hear about how much more Obama raised than McCain. We will continue to see televangelist sized crowds and teenage girls passing out from the excitement of seeing his holiness Obama contrasted with a "close get-together" from the McCain side. Doesn't really sound fair, but it is politics. Oh, and also at fault is the "liberal" media, as the "not-fair" card will most undoubtedly be played.
Many of you say that the Democrats are out of touch with the people in the United States. Perhaps. But the economy has had better days, as have the oil prices. Too many morons were allowed to purchase houses they couldn't afford from the morons running the banks that wanted more money so now we all get the privilege to bail them all out. We are also in a very poorly led war, which I can easily admit even though I support the war. Not to mention the planet is somehow going to vaporize or whatever Al Gore says is going to happen if a Republican is elected. I don't think constitutional amendments banning gay marriage will suffice when it comes to our economy, but I guess it will make you all feel better. Security is the strongest, if not the only argument you guys have going in November, and even that is not the popular opinion of the people.
So, pull out your "unfair liberal media" cards and get ready to have the terror threat level raised every time the wind blows. Perhaps we will hear of a successful terror plot thwarted, yet unable to know the details. I expect these to happen late October as fear sells. I suppose the right has a chance to win if they make this election a referendum on gays and abortion like always rather than the ongoing war and failing economy...you know, things that actually affect people. But either way, we all know that Republicans, Conservatives, and McCain are going to need their entire bag of tricks to win this November.
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