Wow, Jerry Falwell and John McCain are estranged already.
I’d heard that Newt Gingrich did well at last week’s Minnesota GOP convention. Apparently there were only 540 delegates who cast votes. His candidacy was promoted by millionaire and failed a2002 Gubenatorial nominee Brian Sullivan and David Strom, President of the Taxpayer’s League of Minnesota.
Their pitch, which was apparently effective, was that this was the way to stop the bad Republicans Rudy Guilianni and John McCain from winning the GOP nomination. That means that the Minnesota GOP is still firmly under the thumb of ultra conservatives.
It also reinforces my impression of David Strom as being Brian Sullivan’s lackey. I think Sullivan wasÂ a major investor in creating the Taxpayer’s League to be a Republican mouthpiece.
If the anti-gay marriage folks can’t do any better staking out their position than Bill Bennett does in this discussion with Jon Stewart they will eventually lose.
Â I once refered toÂ the fundamentalist Republican Gubenatorial candidate’s wife Julie Quist in a column. She now has a new mission – to kill a rigorous pre-college program in our public schools.
Look at this Gallup poll to find out how high the Federal Marriage Amendment ranksÂ with American’s on their list of national priorities.Â That’s right.Â Its not on the list.
America simply has to torture to stay ahead of the terrorists. We areÂ a beacon forÂ a sorryÂ world.
As the President and the GOP gear up to get out the vote for the 06 elections. From Newsweek:
“One of his old friends told NEWSWEEK that same-sex marriage barely registers on the president’s moral radar. ‘I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s–t about it. He never talks about this stuff. . .’
From NPR this morning: a story about how moderate Republicans are switching to the Democratic Party in Kansas after years of being ostracized by the fundementalist Republican Party.
Former Reagan speech writer and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan looks skeptically if hopefully at Unity08.
but he/she’s OK with a civil war among evangelicals over George Bush’s policies.
The Story about the Dobson letter hurricane is being birddogged by: www.inopinion.com/features
I should have given them credit before.
I got this in the mail today. I haven’t given the national Republicans any contributions for ages if ever. One question. Since this was sent to me by the National Republican Senatorial Committee how come I haven’t been named to a Senatorial task force? Its niceÂ that they’re puttingÂ a Democrat on the task force.
From the Wall Street Journal. Are GOP Congressman panicking? I wonder what Grams will do? Will he let Bush fundraise for him and if so will it be on the Iron Range or Minneapolis or DC?
If George W Bush is raising even more money for the party than in past years will the GOP money begin drying up? Will religious conservatives continue to tithe for the Party? Will Republicans put all their money into rescuing the Tom Delay Congress and overlook their Republican state legislators?Â
Today’s NPR story explains how one of Congressman Delay’s right hand men used his religious connections to get rich and funnel millions to Delay’s political machine.
The Northland Reader won’t be coming out until next Thursday or Friday but with the submission deadline moved up three days I’m forced toÂ haveÂ my columnÂ ready for publication 5 days ahead of time. Take a look but don’t spoil the surprise for people who wait for the Reader.Â
The DaVinci Code is has just had the second biggest box office opening world-wide of any movie in history after Star Wars 3.
I can’t recallÂ how well Mel Gibson’s Fendementalist beloved, Passion of Christ did but I’m sure it paled by comparison. But that’s not the worst news for Republicans. Mel has been bad mouthing the President. God does work in mysterious ways.
Opus consistently finds way of explaining our politics today more concisely than almost anyone else.
As someone who has never had any doubts about whether humans are impacting the global climate, only on the extent of the impact, I’ve watchedÂ the skeptics of global warming with interest for twenty or more years. Republicans (and they have been the greates skeptics) seem to be rediscovering their inner Teddy Roosevelt.
This story in today’s DNT shows that if anythingÂ Minnesota’s red state leaning,Â red blooded, hunters are leaping ahead of wimpy liberals in their concern for the Earth. There’s nothing like a lifetime of tramping around outdoors each fall to give a person a senseÂ for the changes taking placeÂ on the ground.
I’m not the only Duluthian to marvel as seeing the cardinals of my southern Minnesota youth appearing in my neighborhood. How will the Kyoto Treaty, hating Republicans deal with this change in the political environment? As the great conservationist Roosevelt said as to his rough riders as they faced San Juan Hill… “Last man up is a rotten egg.” (He said something like that didn’t he?)