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.
The Story about the Dobson letter hurricane is being birddogged by: www.inopinion.com/features
I should have given them credit before.
Pat Robertson (the self describedÂ “Christian businessmen”) is selling his protein shakes by saying that he can leg press 2,000lbs.
I’ve never been a fan of Pat’s.
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?)
President Bush and the GOP reveled in the self righteousness proclamation that they brought integrity back to the nation. Do Americans agree with that notion today? Well, it turns out that in addition toÂ theirÂ strong conviction that Clinton was more competant than Bush a slim majority think he was more honest than Bush too. So much for GOP piety.
Thomas Lifson editor of “The American Thinker” writes this short piece on the anger of the Democratic Party’s “secularist fundamentalists.”
Over the weekend I met a former State GOP Poobah at my brother’s home. I told her husband that I had changed parties; that I had once been a bad Republican and was now a bad Democrat. Lifson’s article helps explain why I’ll be a bad Democrat.
I’ve always narrowed my eyes and looked with suspicion on usism and fringe politics. (of course that was before moderates and centrists were pushed to the fringe of American politics) Here’s an old column of mine which tries to get that point across: “Limbaugh’s Bastard Child.”
Did Fox News guarantee George Bush’s election in 2000. My second cousin’s husband’s research suggest that the answer is, Yes! See for yourself. Its in the Post. The Washington Post that is.
My Reader column for this week begins:
“In 1990 I was ecstatic when the popular Republican, State Auditor, Arne Carlson replaced the opportunistic, “pro-life,” political hack who had defeated him in the gubernatorial primary with the help of naive religious conservatives. When John Grunseth was outed for having chased his daughter’s friend around the family pool in a drunken attempt to rip off her bikini top he became instant poison. The pro-life Republicans had no face-saving choice other than to relinquish their death grip on the nomination in favor of Carlson. It would not be the last time that a false friend of religious conservatives would betray them. . .”
Reading the Story of El Salvador’s draconian pro-life idealÂ spurred me to get this off my chest.