Again, I am not much interested in blogging, so instead, a few more week-end quick hits:
1.) Sen. Obama was onMTP, and esentially declared that he is thinking about declaring being interested in a 2008 run. He is an attractive candidate- good looking, has a commanding voice with a thoughtful tone, and seems to be unrattled by questioning. Having said all that, I just get the feeling he is not the one nor is he quite ready.
2.) As I should have guessed, yesterday’s quick hits generated a great deal of discussion about the Instapundit. Many of you seem to think that I am stating Glenn didn’t think about his vote for Corker, which simply is not the case. I am sure he did think about it, and probably could give, if requested, a number of reasons why he voted the way he did. However, all I have to work with is what he has said, and to date, he has said pretty much nothing but positive things about Harold Ford, and then voted against him anyway. His stated reasons were, as I have noted, due in part to the ‘sexual McCarthyism’ of the left, the Democrats being worse, etc. One issue that does stand out is guns, I guess.
So he voted for Corker- that is fine, as a lot of other folks will vote for Corker in a few weeks. My issue isthat Glenn continues to present himself as a libertarian, when I think he isn’t. Lots of people support stem cell research, homosexual marriage, and a new policy on the drug war, and lots of people firmly believe the Democrats can not be trusted and reliably vote Republican. So many, in fact, that they even have a name for them- ‘moderate Republicans.’ A moderate Republican is not, however, a libertarian.
Time and time again, Glenn has (correctly, in my opinion), voiced his displeasure with this administration and the GOP controlled Congress, and he was (again, in my opinion) right to do so. But every time it counts, every time the chips are on the table, he does not hold this President or this Congress accountable. Voting for a Democratic governor does not, as Glenn wrote, “split my vote,” because the Democratic governor has no impact on the make-up of the House and Senate and will play no role in bringing some accountability to this administration. In essence, a vote for a Republican Senator or a Republican congressman this election is a vote to greenlight their activities over the past few years. It is a vote to keep the House and Senate leadership the same, it is a vote for fiscal irresponsibility, it is a vote for an anti-homosexual agenda and gay marriage amendments, it is a vote for flag-burning amendments, it is a signal that Congressional meddling in personal matters (Schiavo) is fine, it is a vote for continued feckless foreign policy with no oversight of the President, it is a vote for corruption, it is a vote against stem-cell research, it is a vote for the status quo in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a vote for domestic surveillance and torture, it is a vote that says “NO PROBLEM” to the sleazy demonization of the opposition and the even sleazier campaign tactics of the GOP, and it is a vote for the continued injection of religion into politics.
No libertarian I know would vote that way.
3.) Speaking of the Instapundit, he has a link to this Jules Crittenden piece about the military crackdown on Milblogs. Check it out.
4.) Here is today’s Rorschach test- check the blogosphere to find out who is linking to this piece claiming the Republicans will hold the House and Senate, check out who is linking to this piece about Democrat’s possibly winning.
We’ve been following Ken Blackwell’s career for years. Our file on him is more than an inch thick. We’ve talked with him personally and come away impressed with his intelligence and commitment to change — both of which are much needed in this state.But while Blackwell may still get some of our individual votes, he’s lost our endorsement, for whatever it’s worth. His total nastiness at the Monday debate with his opponent, Democrat Ted Strickland, has proven that he’s really not the kind of man we need as our next governor. Personal attacks of dubious accuracy should have no place in a political campaign. As Strickland said, “Mr. Blackwell, you should be ashamed of yourself.”***
Strickland is not much of a candidate. In Congress he’s voted as a liberal most of the time, heavy on spending and taxation. He has few ideas, and some of the few he has presented have been analyzed as unworkable. He has no daring, no noticeable personality or charisma. But he’s a nice man who works well with others — and that’s the main reason why Blackwell is losing this race.
With Governor Strickland, we’ll likely have another Bob Taft or worse — but with Ken Blackwell we could easily have four years of gridlock, with little or nothing getting done. It’s a poor choice, and one that we’ll have to let local voters make without any recommendations from us.
Considering the only thing the Republicans have running on this year is that the “Democrats are worse,’ when you sit down and think about it, the fact that the REPUBLICANS are actually worse is pretty damn devastating. In fact, once your recognize that the Democrats are not worse, there is no reason to vote Republican whatsoever.
6.) In case people are forgetting, FOLEY FOLEY FOLEY FOLEY.
The GOP chooses to look the other way, time and time again, when something troubling gets in the way of their power. Say it over and over and over again. They are corrupt, and they don’t give a shit about anything but remaining in control. Period.
7.) Steelers. Falcons. ‘Nuff said.