“Bullet Backstops”

Tea Party freak, Sharron Angle, back when she was trying to take away Harry Reid’s senate seat in 2010, famously said in an interview with a conservative talker, Bill Manders:

Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who’s in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical…

Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now.

Angle: Well it’s to defend ourselves. And you know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.

Now, Angle—who, by the way, got nearly 45% of the vote in Nevada in her race against Reid—was suggesting, of course, that the right to murder unrepentant Democrats, who she considered to be part of a tyrannical government, was why the Second Amendment exists. And to be honest, a lot of Republicans in power, most in fact, wouldn’t publicly disagree with her Second Amendment logic, even if they would criticize her Second Amendment honesty.

Now comes the latest freak in the Republican Party to endorse the Second Amendment-sanctioned murder of legislators: Chris Nogy. This man is married to the secretary of the Republican Party in Benton County, Arkansas, chris nogywhich is uncomfortably close to Joplin, less than an hour’s drive from my house. Yikes.

Mr. Nogy is proposing the murder of legislators who voted for “socialism” in Arkansas, otherwise known as Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare. In the latest Republican Party of Benton County Newsletter, Nogy wrote (the piece was titled, “Scathing”):

…we need to get a LOT tougher if we are ever to assure that events like those that took place this week don’t happen again.

Part of me feels that this betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat domestic.  Because no matter how much one group says it is inevitable to start down the road to socialism it isn’t as long as we use our creativity and energy to creating solutions that don’t take us that way.

Fortunately for Democrats, and unlike Sharron Angle’s Second Amendment strategy, Nogy is letting Democrats who voted for Medicaid expansion off the hook:

I don’t feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them.  The Democrats were doing what their party told them they had to do because they were elected to do that job.

Whew!  Thanks Mr. Nogy for at least getting your aim right!

In case you were thinking that Nogy was just kiddin’ around, he wasn’t finished:

We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us that we are serious.  The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.

Damn! That gun-toter is pissed! And he ain’t apologizin’. In a response on the Benton County Republican Committee’s Facebook page, he begins with this:

This is not a retraction, this is a clarification.

After he claimed, falsely, that he “didn’t advocate violence,” he ended with this:

I believe that in a world of nameless, faceless thugs influencing our people every day, it is imperative that we become thugs with names and faces just as scary even if in a different way. If we don’t, then we lose.

Yep. He called himself a thug. No, I mean, a “scary” thug.

And if any of you are tempted to think that this Nogy creep is a lone wolf, think again. You can follow the Twitter accounts of any number of  Tea Party Republican conservatives, or you can peruse the comment sections of nearly any right-wing web site, or, heck, you can just tune into any reactionary radio station near you and listen to the same kind of stuff Nogy based his kill-the-traitors screed on:

To the turncoats that sunk us, thank you.  It is now our responsibility to make sure that you are forever remembered in history, in big, bold, letters as the ones who placed Arkansas firmly on the path to Socialism, to the desires of Obama and Sebilius [sic], and who made it easier for future traitors to introduce all kinds of other socialist laws and programs.  You set the precedent,  now I hope that we can do something to make sure the lesson learned by those who represent us in the future is that bad things will happen to you if you follow that precedent.

For some folks in this country, the metaphorical civil war going on over that Scary Negro in the White’s House, is too much metaphor and not enough war.

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Bizarro!

Although he tried to minimize the damage by cozying up to Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, John McCain, who ruined his reputation by, among other things, unleashing Sarah Palin on an unsuspecting world, did manage to slam the Tea Party on the floor of the U.S. Senate:

What is really amazing is that some members are believing that we can pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation – and that is foolish. That is worse than foolish. That is deceiving many of our constituents.

To hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, it’s unfair, it’s bizarro.

Bizarro. I like that. McCain also dismissed any idea of rearranging payments after a default:

Today we are six days away from a possible default which could plunge this country into a serious crisis. There are those that argue somehow in a bizarre fashion that somehow we could prioritize our payments to the most urgent requirements, such as our veterans, such as Social Security.

Bizarro. Bizarre. Okay. But McCain also said the following, which is bizarrely bizarro in its own right:

This is the same kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP nominees.

What?  He’s dissing Sharron Angle?  Now, that is bizarrely bizarro because of this news story from October of last year:

LAS VEGAS – In her quest to topple U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Republican challenger Sharron Angle introduced U.S. Sen. John McCain (Arizona-R) to a crowd of Las Vegas supporters at the Orleans Friday night. McCain took the stage and delivered a ringing endorsement for Angle.

“I look forward to standing side by side with Sharron Angle,” Sen. McCain said. “I look forward to fighting with her against this out of control spending, this mortgaging of our children’s futures, this generational theft that has taken place.”

Whoops!

[Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images]

It’s More About The Guns Than The Gun Talk

In response to two regular commenters on this blog, Anson Burlingame and Juan Don, I offer the following:

From the beginning of this tragedy, for me it has been about guns and their availability to even the most mentally unstable among us. I certainly agree on the need to change the Second Amendment, especially now that conservatives on the Supreme Court have begun the process of possibly gutting the rationale previously used to support sensible legislation restricting the purchase and ownership of guns.

The problem is that we know that modifying the Second Amendment will never happen.  It doesn’t matter how many congressmen are gunned down or how many nine-year-old girls are shot at town halls, there are Second Amendment absolutists and fundamentalists in this country that won’t give an inch on the issue.  People talk a lot about compromise these days, but there is no compromising with people who believe it is a God-given right to carry pistols into bars, restaurants, political rallies, and now, God help us, schools, as the legislators in Arizona are now contemplating. 

There is no compromise possible with such folks, and they scare the bejesus out of the rest of us, with their “targeting” and “reload” rhetoric and their “Second Amendment remedy” talk and their willingness to bring their guns with them everywhere they go.  I don’t have to remind you that it was in Arizona that a man brought an assault rifle to an Obama campaign event, and at a Gabrielle Giffords town hall gathering in 2009, someone actually dropped a gun.

As for balance coming from me, as you know, I subscribe to Rawls’ idea (the “difference principle“) that we need to try like hell to create the kind of society in which the worst among us are as well off as possible. That’s what I believe in, and I believe in it very strongly. 

That kind of belief is often morphed by non- and anti-liberals into this: “Liberals want a society in which everyone is equal and no one has any more than anyone else, and liberals want to take the wealth of the producers and distribute it to people who don’t want to work.” And more: “Liberals want to take your guns so you won’t be able to resist the socialist redistribution.”

That kind of caricaturing I expect, of course, and I do my best to correct it. But mostly I write this blog because I want people to understand that as a former rock-hard conservative, I have come to realize that conservatism does not create the kind of society I believe is optimal.  

Instead of Rawls’ vision, conservatism would tend to create a society in which the best off among us will become even better off, at the economic expense of everyone else.  That is what I believe has happened over the last thirty years of mostly conservative governance.

I recognize that there are limitations to what government can do to achieve a reality that resembles  “the worst among us are as well off as possible” vision, but I also recognize that government has an important and, today, indispensable role.  As Anson said, this isn’t the 17th century, and as a liberal I believe we need 21st-century thinking to make this a better America.

And I certainly understand that dangerous rhetoric has been employed by those on the left from time to time, especially during the 1960s.  But I have tried to make a distinction between “leftists” and “liberals,” between the extreme and the mainstream on my side of the divide.  And although in our recent history there have been zealots on the left who have used the inflammatory talk of radicalism, these days the intensity and incitement is almost exclusively a product of the right. 

Juan linked to Greg Sargent’s excellent post on the tragedy and its implications, some of which comports with what I have said repeatedly about the fact that some people on the right are not merely content with critiquing liberal ideas or even liberals themselves.  In Sargent’s words, some conservatives say,

Liberals aren’t merely wrong, they’re a threat to the country that needs to be destroyed.

And surely Sargent is right that “only conservatives can truly persuade other conservatives that the situation has gotten out of hand.”  But like him, I don’t believe the rhetoric employed by Sarah Palin and others on the right, including the Tea Party, necessarily had a direct effect on the mind of a very disturbed young man in Tucson. 

As Sargent says, most of us,

understand that Republicans don’t really mean that Obama is a tyrannical socialist trying to destroy America and that this is merely the language Republicans use to satisfy what John McCain once referred to as “fringe people.”

Yes, we understand that.  But we also understand that there are some out there who really do mean it—Rush Limbaugh, for one*—and that there are a number of Americans that fall into McCain’s “fringe” category.  That’s what makes the “Obama/Democrats/Liberals hate America” message a dangerous one, whether the Tucson shooter was one of those fringe people or whether he had some unfortunate mental disorder or pathology that eventually turned him into a killer.

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*  Yes, I am certain that Limbaugh believes the nonsense he spouts.  I listened to him three hours a day, five days a week, for about twenty years.

What Would Happen If?

Yesterday afternoon, when I first heard about the attempted assassination of Democrat Representative Gabrielle Giffords in front of a Safeway in Tucson, the first thing I thought of was what I learned about Arizona while visiting the state last summer.

While I was there, I was disturbed by what I read in the paper about a new law related to gun ownership, and I posted a blog piece titled, “Don’t Forget Your Sam’s Card And Your Pistol“:

Last post from PHOENIX, AZ:  While most of the attention lately has been on the reactionary immigration law passed by the legislature, another unfortunate and reactionary Arizona law went into effect yesterday.

From the Arizona Republic:

Arizona is now the third state, behind Alaska and Vermont, to allow people to carry a concealed weapon without having to get a permit.

And not needing permits means no background checks or gun-safety classes.

The authorities tell us that yesterday’s shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is a disturbed 22-year-old man, “mentally unstable,” in the words of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.  We also learned that his weapon of choice was purchased legally on November 30 in Tucson at a store called Sportsman Warehouse, which has other outlets in Arizona and throughout the western United States and the South.

According to The Washington Post:

Law enforcement sources said the gun used in the attack was fitted with a magazine that held about 30 bullets. The shooter had another magazine that held about 30 bullets and two that held about 15 bullets each, sources said, and he also had a knife.

Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s so-called “constitutional carry” law last spring and it went into effect on July 29, 2010.  Just a few months later Loughner walked into a store in Tucson and purchased the gun that police say killed at least six people, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.

Because I have a daughter and granddaughter living in Phoenix, I am interested in Arizona politics, particularly in the fact that the state has seemed to become a place where the right-wing fringe not only feels comfortable, but many of those extremists have become respected office-holders.

As Sheriff Dupnik said yesterday, Arizona has “become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”  He also talked about how people like Jared Lee Loughner can be affected by a political philosophy run amok:

When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. 

Sheriff Dupnik put much of the blame on people in the “radio business and some people in the TV business,” and many of us think we know who he means by that, but it’s more than just loud-mouthed radio guys or rabble-rousing Fox “News” hosts and guests that are responsible for the vitriol, hatred and bigotry. 

Conservative politicians, some quite extreme, have sought and won political office in Arizona by exploiting the angst and fear over issues like immigration and they have in too many cases successfully turned many good folks against their own government.  They have also promoted an absolutist view of the Second Amendment that allows for almost no restrictions on gun ownership.

They  have done so with the blessing of the Republican Party establishment, which not only has uncritically embraced the Tea Party and its malcontents, but refuses to utter a word of criticism as right-wing talkers daily shout dangerous drivel about Barack Obama and the Democrats, drivel that includes charges that they don’t love America and want to destroy it.

Then there is Sharron Angle, who, now infamously, talked aboutSecond Amendment remedies” during her campaign against Harry Reid in Nevada.  Here is what she told conservative radio host Bill Manders last June:

Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who’s in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical…

Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now.

Angle: Well it’s to defend ourselves. And you know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.

Prior to that exchange with Manders, Angle had suggested that she might be packing a .44 magnum:

“Whoa,” said Manders, “you’re not carrying that today are you in here?”

“Well,” Angle replied, “you know, as part of your test, they always say, ‘Don’t ever tell anybody if you’re carrying because the bad guys don’t need to know if you’re carrying.’ That’s what makes that [sic] concealed carries effective.”

Fortunately, although polling predicted a close win for Angle—Real Clear Politics showed her with almost a 3-point lead at the end—Harry Reid prevailed in that senate race.  But Sharron Angle did receive almost 45% of the vote to just over 50% for Reid. 

Although it was clear that Angle was an extremist, she won the endorsement of the Tea Party Express and the Club for Growth during the Republican primary.  And when she won the primary, the national Republican Party adopted her and attempted to sell her as a mainstream conservative, changing her campaign website and altering some of her policy positions for general public consumption.

The point is that extremists like Angle can only survive if given oxygen to breathe by the Republican political establishment. That establishment embraced Angle and poured millions into her campaign, despite the fact that she suggested it might be okay to shoot and kill elected representatives if all else fails.

I ask this: What would have happened to our politics if some adult in the leadership of the national Republican Party had stood up and declared Sharron Angle unfit to serve?

What would have happened if Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads spent more than $2 million on her behalf, had denounced Angle and said that her Second Amendment suggestion disqualified her from public service?

Finally, what would happen today if the Republican Party would tell Americans that the Second Amendment to the Constitution should not be read as sanctioning an unfettered right to gun ownership, and the GOP  will no longer be a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association?

Dueling Globe Columnists

Okay.  So, a contributing writer to the Joplin Globe editorial board, Anson Burlingame, got pissed about a piece written by a guest columnist, Elliott Denniston, so he shot back with a column of his own:

Elliott Denniston really crossed the line in negative “campaigning” in his guest column (Globe, Oct. 3) and must be rebutted, strongly. I vigorously challenge his shallow research and obvious partisan conclusions in trying to paint all Republican candidates nationally with only the colors of the few.

Denniston’s apparent sin was daring to point out that some of the candidates running as Republicans this fall were, well, let’s just say, extremists of one sort or another.

Here is a summary of what Denniston noted:

Christine O’Donnell: Believes that there are mice with fully functioning human brains.  Believes that witchcraft is a sin but once dabbled in masturbation.  No, wait. I got that wrong. She believes masturbation is a sin and once dabbled in witchcraft.  Whew!  And finally, O’Donnell owes back taxes and “has lived off her campaign contributions for many years and has no other apparent income.”

Although Burlingame challenged Denniston’s “shallow research,” the things he said about O’Donnell have the virtue of being factual. So, let’s move on:

Abortion: “Five Republicans nominated for the Senate want the government to ensure that women who are raped are required to have their rapists’ babies,” Denniston wrote.  He then went on:

Yes, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Jim [sic] Miller of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ken Buck of Colorado, and O’Donnell, although they hate government intrusion into our lives, believe that the federal government should force women to give birth to babies forced on them by rapists or created through incest.

Although Burlingame challenged Denniston’s “shallow research,” the things he said about these five Republicans and their extremist views on abortion have the virtue of being factual. So, let’s move on:

Sharron Angle: “Implied that armed insurrection against the federal government might be a plausible course of action if the government does not change course,” what she called “Second Amendment remedies.”  Denniston also wrote that Angle once spoke against fluoride as “a Communist plot to undermine Western democracy,” and he said, “Ms. Angle also believes that autism is a phony condition that people use to get extra health benefits.”

Although Burlingame challenged Denniston’s “shallow research,” the things he said about Sharron Angle have the virtue of being factual. So, let’s move on:

Social Security: Denniston says there are Republicans running who want to “eliminate” Social Security “as it now stands and replace it with a system of privatized funds.” He names them: Mike Lee, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, and he lists Ken Buck as an opponent of any federal involvement in health care and retirement and Marco Rubio as an advocate for raising the retirement age to 70 and who wants “to cut benefits to younger workers.”

Although Burlingame challenged Denniston’s “shallow research,” the things he said about some Republicans relative to Social Security have the virtue of being factual. So, let’s move on:

Various: Denniston offers that Mike Lee of Utah “wishes to eliminate the income tax“;

that Joe Miller of Alaska “believes that unemployment benefits are unconstitutional“;

that Rand Paul of Kentucky “would scrap the Americans with Disabilities Act and believes that the Civil Rights Act went too far in requiring restaurant owners to admit black Americans“;

that Rick Scott of Florida ran “a health care company that systematically defrauded the government on Medicare charges, earning the company the largest Medicare fine in history — $1.7 billion“;

that Carl Paladino distributed “racist jokes and very explicit pornographic photographs to a large group of supporters; one of these was a photo-shopped image of Barack and Michelle Obama as a pimp and a prostitute.” (Apparently, Denniston wrote his column before Paladino threatened to “take out” a New York Post journalist.)

Although Burlingame challenged Denniston’s “shallow research,” the things he said about the Republicans above have the virtue of being factual. So, let’s finish up:

You see, it really wasn’t the “shallow research” that spiked Anson’s piss meter.  It was Denniston’s “obvious partisan conclusions,” and his “trying to paint all Republican candidates nationally with only the colors of the few.”  As if the editorial page isn’t a place for partisanship and advocacy; as if Republicans aren’t themselves trying to nationalize the election and tie every Democratic candidate to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama.

But I will say Anson has a point about one thing:

If you want to understand, in principle, where many Republicans are “coming from” or “headed,” go read and think carefully about the Pledge to America.  There is more than enough in that broad, even sweeping, statement of principles to scare any Democrat.

Yes, it’s true.  The really, really scary thing about Republicans and their non-specific Pledge, is that it represents a sycophantic salute to the Tea Party and that movement’s extremist generalities about government.

And I think Denniston was just using a few Tea Party extremists, who happen to be Republican candidates for high office, to point that out.

Numbers In The News

Some numbers in the news lately:

41% of Republicans in a CNN/Opinion Research Poll timed for release near the President’s birthday, said Barack Obama was “probably” or “definitely born in another country.”  I don’t think I can say much about that result suitable for a family newspaper, except the number is likely higher here in Southwest Missouri.

29,000 black viewers tune in to Fox “News” Channel during prime time.  That represents 1.38% of Fox’s 2.1 million primetime audience.  I’m just guessing, but perhaps black folks don’t see Fox’s fixation on what Howard Dean called a “theme of black racism” or its confusion of black people all that appealing.

45% is the latest Obama Job Approval number from Gallup Daily.  Given what the country has been through, and given the vitriol directed at him from Republicans all over the country, aided and abetted by Fox “News,” that number is remarkable.

+4 is the spread Harry Reid has over the very strange Sharron Angle in a Reuters-Ipsos poll in Nevada.  Angle enjoyed an 11-point lead at one time, but that was before the extent of her ignorance was fully known. For some Republicans, though, the extent of her ignorance is the extent of their ignorance, which is why she still polls at 44%.

637,789 is the number of times 7th District Republican candidate Billy Long uttered the words, “fed up” or a variation since January, 2010.  [Numbers compiled by The Erstwhile Conservative research staff.]

1,238,000 is the estimated number [TEC staffers worked overtime] of times Billy Long will refer to himself between now and November, either directly or indirectly, as a “citizen legislator.”  Of course, lost on Billy is the fact that hopefully all our legislators are citizens, although there does seem to be some doubt, as noted above, as to whether we have a citizen President in the White House.

Rare Praise For The Tea Party

Since I have been more than a little critical of the Tea Party folks for tolerating and in some cases promoting racist elements associated with their rush to take us back to the 18th century, it’s only fair to praise them when they at least attempt to act like they live in the 21st.

Something called the National Tea Party Federation, which is trying to exert some leadership over the disparate groups of disgruntled people who have raised the temperature of our national politics, has kicked out one of the worst among them:  Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express.

Mr. Williams was the head of Tea Party Express, which as Politico pointed out, “has organized some of the movement’s biggest events, including rallies with former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin.” 

The Tea Party Express has also been closely tied to Sharron Angle’s campaign in Nevada, which, fortunately, has given Sen. Harry Reid new life out there.  In other words, the Tea Party Express is (was?) a big bleeping deal.

The NAACP had earlier urged Tea Party “leaders” to purge their ranks of those “who use racist language in their signs and speeches,” to which Williams replied with what he called a “satirical” letter that began:

Dear Mr. Lincoln

We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

He continued with this:

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government ‘stop raising our taxes.’ That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide-screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society? Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Believe it or not, that is just a sampling of the worst of Mr. Williams’ performances.  Check here for a rundown of the dumb stuff he has said, including calling the President of the United States an, “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.”

But despite the fact that it is a little tardy, the booting of Mark Williams and Tea Party Express is welcome news.  Someday, it may be possible to focus only on the misguided political philosophy animating the movement and not on the white angst that fuels so much of the anger behind it.

There Is Some Hope For Democrats This Fall

A few comments and an easy prediction related to last night’s primary results:

1. If disgruntled folks on the left—regrettably, including labor unions—want to get pissed off at moderate Democrats like Blanche Lincoln and threaten her, they had better be able to deliver.  They couldn’t.  Today, they’re much weaker, and much poorer.  And the Republican in Arkansas is still favored to win that seat.  Is a conservative Republican preferable to a moderate Democrat? 

Listen.  Many of us were angry at Lincoln, but, for God’s sake, we’re talking about Arkansas. There are no Martha’s Vineyard’s in Arkansas.

2. Thankfully, we now know that Sarah Palin—who resurrected South Carolina’s Nikki Haley from the dead and kept her breathing through charges of adultery—is the Queen of the Republican Party even as Rush Limbaugh is the King.  That gives hope to Democrats in the fall, but only if they run savvy campaigns.

3. Meg Whitman, Republican billionaire, will run against former two-time Democratic Governor Moonbeam*, Jerry Brown.  Interestingly, Ms. Whitman didn’t register to vote until seven years ago and appears to have a Palinesque knowledge of the issues.

Perhaps during the general election, Ms. Whitman will have to answer policy questions from journalists rather than hide behind campaign ads. Perhaps there is a crash course on politics for sale on eBay.  Certainly Whitman can and will outspend Brown (she’s already outspent him 200 to 1, spending a reported $80 million of her own dough), but can you hide your ignorance from California voters forever? We shall see.  And by the way, she was endorsed by Dick Cheney.  That has to go over well in California.

4. And why is it anyway that mind-bogglingly wealthy candidates like Whitman and Carly Fiorina (who will face California Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall) are willing to spend so much of their own money just to be elected into government service?  Since the right-wing has forced nearly all Republican candidates into a reflexive I-hate-government-too stance, aren’t we entitled to ask what motivates rich and formerly powerful Republican women to seek….oh, I get it.  It’s the power.  Riiiight.

5. Easy prediction:  From today onward, Fox “News” programming—as well as all of talk radio—will launch a full-blown campaign to get Sharron Angle—who beat the chicken candidate Sue Lowden—elected to Harry Reid’s Nevada senate seat. All one needs to know about Angle is this: she was endorsed by rabid right-wing talker Mark Levin, Joe the Plumber, and the Tea Party Express.

If Nevada voters are serious about getting rid of Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS and the Department of Education, then they have a real choice in Sharron Angle.  As she said, “I am the Tea Party.”

And for an added bonus, she has made comments that would lead Las Vegas voters to believe she’s not a fan of alcohol and is uncomfortable with its legality.  Maybe it is time we think about bringing back Prohibition, especially in Vegas.  Gambling would be much more fun without all that darn alcohol around, right?

For a double-bonus special, after years of fighting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, Nevadans can elect Sharron Angle because she wants Nevada to be “the Nuclear Energy capital of reprocessing spent fuels for the United States.”

This summer and fall are going to be fun for political junkies.

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*From Wikipedia:

As Governor, Brown proposed the establishment of a state space academy and the purchasing of a satellite that would be launched into orbit to provide emergency communications for the state—a proposal similar to one that would indeed eventually be adopted by the state. In 1978 in a Rolling Stone interview Linda Ronstadt called her then boyfriend, Jerry Brown, her “Little Moonbeam”. After this an out-of-state columnist, Mike Royko, then at the Chicago Sun-Times, nicknamed Brown “Governor Moonbeam” because of the latter idea. In 1992, almost 15 years later, Royko would disavow the nickname, proclaiming Brown to be “just as serious” as any other politician.

 

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