Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Brief Observation

I normally try to keep politics out of this blog, but since I work with words, and politicians occasionally utter ridiculous words, this seemed relevant:

In this AP article, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham note that "If the election were tomorrow, we'd be in trouble," implying that Republicans would lose big time because the country is in deep doo-doo due to their party's policies and mishaps.

What they fail to acknowledge is that if the election were tomorrow, they wouldn't be sitting there admitting that things are bad. They'd be singing the praises of their perfect President and blaming everything on the Democrats. And because whoever uses the nastiest rhetoric gets the most votes, the Republicans would be in no trouble at all and would undoubtedly increase their margin of power.

Today, honesty is politically affordable. Once that calendar flips to 2006, I predict that prices will jump. Too bad there's no stock exchange on moral values.

5 Comments:

Sadly, you're probably right. BTW, my feelings towards McCain have cooled off considerably. The last straw was his appearance at a fund raiser for George Wallace, Jr., an avowed racist.

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/22/2005 2:43 PM

Next year will be an interesting time. I think Republicans will lose their singular voice. I am expecting more dissent as presidential hopefuls try to distinguish themselves. Right now there is no heir apparent (unless you count Jeb). I think McCain's firm anti-torture stance is a sign he's looking toward 2008.

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 11/23/2005 10:24 AM

Cecilia, that's really disappointing about him raising funds for Wallace. I didn't see the article until today.

Andrew, I hope you're right. But please, Lord, not Jeb. Why don't we just call it a monarchy and get it over with? The sad thing is, he's probably the most capable of the entire Bush clan.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/23/2005 11:14 AM

McCain does one thing right (anti-torture) and then six or seven things wrong (campaigning with the Governator, backing Wallace of the CCC, et seq.). He should be finished, but I fear he'll rise again.

Posted by: Blogger Blogenfreude at 11/23/2005 4:56 PM

I don't trust the guy, but I think he's enough of a dissenter within the Republican Party that he won't get any support from them in '08. He hasn't drunk enough Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/27/2005 2:34 PM

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