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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wishful Thinking

God love 'em.

The Roanoke Times editorialists this morning are concerned that Tuesday's election results may bring about a loss for the Republican Party of its majorities in Richmond in November.

Their concerns are touching.

The angst:

Step right and out of power?

Two key primary losses by moderate Republicans could push Virginia toward the Democrats, or put the no-tax crowd firmly in control.

Low voter turnout and an angry, hard core of anti-tax ideologues combined in Tuesday's primaries to shove Virginia's Republican Party farther right. A couple of key GOP moderates -- including, alas, Roanoke County's Brandon Bell -- lost their party's nomination and, thus, their state Senate seats.

Voters will decide in the November general election whether the push right will carry the Republicans' General Assembly majority right out the door.

In the state Senate, at least, where the partisan divide is narrow and where moderate Republicans have joined with Democrats the past few years to raise taxes, a turnover to Democratic control is possible.
It's true. A Democratic takeover is a possibility. If those Republicans who were propelled to victory earlier this week don't "go wobbly" * on us.

It's a strange phenomenon. Republicans sometimes run in their respective primaries as conservatives but, upon gaining a position on the general election ballot, feel the inexplicable need to appeal to some mythical block of "voters" out there - commonly referred to as moderates, that group of citizens who don't have enough interest to get off their dead asses on election day to vote - by fuzzying up their stances on matters most important to the overwhelming majority of Virginians - gun control, taxes, gay marriage, the death penalty, illegal immigration, government spending, on and on.

Call it the Jerry Kilgore Roadmap To Success.

What's the winning strategy for conservative Republicans in November? Don't sell your souls to the devil. Be conservative Republicans. Stick to your principles and the people will rally 'round you.

Rather than pick on failed gubernatorial nominee Jerry Kilgore, let me cite a positive example of that which works. Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November, 2006 ballot. It was clear, concise, straightforward and conservative to the core:
“That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions."
Remember the dire warnings? Remember the tales of woe? Remember how we were reviled for having put forward such a mean-spirited proposal (that marriage should be what it has always been, how heartless ...)? How we were putting a bullet into the brainpan of the conservative movement?

The people of the commonwealth were undaunted. They remained steadfast. They knew all along, and maintain to this day, the clear and necessary distinction between right and wrong, good and bad.

The amendment - unambiguous and fundamentally conservative - was approved with
overwhelming support of the voters.

So be who you are and we'll do just fine. Or listen to those really smart professional political strategists and change your message; work to gain the support of those who will never vote.

And go down in flames.

Now's not the time to go wobbly, fellas. There is so much that must be done.

* "Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly." British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to then-President George H.W. Bush, just before he went wobbly on taxes, and was bounced from office.

Our Way Of Life

Try as they might to change us, we still prefer to live life the American way:

Solo commuting on rise despite cost of gas
The Washington Times

More people than ever are driving alone to work as the nation's commuters balk at car pools and mass transit.

Regardless of fuel prices, housing and work patterns make it hard for suburban commuters to change their gas-guzzling ways.

From 2000 to 2005, the share of people driving alone to work increased slightly to 77 percent, according to a Census Bureau report yesterday. Carpooling dropped and the share of commuters using public transportation stayed the same. (link)
The researcher who comes up with an alternative fuel that allows for us to continue to be who we are, with driving our oversized automobiles wherever and whenever we choose being a major part of it, is going to make himself rich.

Until then, we'll do what we as Americans do.

To those of you who think we should be on that scorched earth conservation kick ( but who live your lives exactly the way the rest of us do but refuse to admit it), please lodge your complaint here.

What's Up With This?

You just don't know who to trust anymore:
Colgate Says Fake Toothpaste Found In 4 States
By Reuters

New York (Reuters) - Colgate-Palmolive Co. said on Thursday counterfeit toothpaste that may contain a toxic chemical had been found in discount stores in four U.S. states.

The toothpaste, packaged as "Colgate" and found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, may contain diethylene glycol, the company said.

The counterfeit toothpaste can be recognized because it is labeled as being manufactured in South Africa, and the company does not import toothpaste to the United States from South Africa. (link)
This is a bit frightening. What kind of deranged person decides he's going to go to the trouble of making fake Colgate toothpaste?


A Sign Of The Times

A revealing fact about the state of politics today:
Groups unite against 'amnesty'
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

The debate over President Bush's immigration bill and opposition to it as an "amnesty" proposal have invigorated otherwise dispirited conservative interest groups and forged an anti-Bush unity on the right not seen since the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers.
Once not long ago it took a stunt pulled by Ted Kennedy to rile the right. Now its the leader of the GOP that seems to be able to do the same quite effectively. First with Harriet Miers. Now this.

If only it weren't so.

The Ugly Bottom Line

Delivered by Ralph Peters:
Wonder what Iraq would look like if we left tomorrow? Take a look at Gaza today. Then imagine a situation a thousand times worse.

We need to stop making politically correct excuses. Arab civilization is in collapse. Extremes dominate, either through dictatorship or anarchy. Thanks to their dysfunctional values and antique social structures, Arab states can't govern themselves decently.

We gave them a chance in Iraq. Israel "gave back" the Gaza Strip to let the Palestinians build a model state. Arabs seized those opportunities to butcher each other.
"In Gaza's Shadow," The New York Post, June 14, 2007

The Race Is On ...

In November:
House of Delegates

7th District (Christiansburg, Montgomery County): Democrat Peggy Frank is challenging Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg.

12th District (Craig, Alleghany and parts of Montgomery and Giles counties): Democrat incumbent Jim Shuler is unopposed.

6th District (parts of Wythe, Pulaski, Giles and Bland counties): Democrat William Thomas is challenging Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville.

9th District (Franklin and Floyd part of Pittsylvania County): Republican Charles Poindexter, Democrat Eric Ferguson, and independent Jerry Boothe are vying for the seat of retiring Del. Allen Dudley, R-Rocky Mount. (source)
Let the games begin.

They're Back At It

That contrived scandal that just won't gain traction with the American people no matter how hard the Democrats and the mainstream media try to make it so is raising its ugly head again this morning:

2 Committees Subpoena Ex-Officials on Dismissals
By David Johnston, The New York Times

Washington, June 13 — The Senate and House Judiciary Committees issued subpoenas on Wednesday to Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, and Sara M. Taylor, the former political director, ratcheting up the pressure on the White House to cooperate with the Congressional inquiry into last year’s firings of federal prosecutors.

A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, said in a statement that “committees can easily obtain the facts they want without this confrontational approach by simply accepting our offer.” The committees’ Democratic leaders “are more interested in creating media drama than getting the facts,” Mr. Fratto said. (link)

The bizarre thing is, politics has played a part in executive office hirings and firings since the beginning of time and everyone knows it. Just ask Bill Clinton (oh, but his firing of every one of his U.S. attorneys was different, says the Washington Post).

So, having failed (miserably) to provide amnesty to 12 million future Democratic voters, the boys have reverted to that which they do best. Grousing. Finger-wagging. Tsk-tsking. Tear-shedding. Scandal-mongering.

Life goes on.