November 2nd won’t be the end of the world for Democrats; it may not even be end of the world for the GOP. Sharon Angle may oust Harry Reid, which puts moderate women Nevada Republicans in the position of not being able to bring themselves to endorse Reid, but outspoken in their anti-Angle pronouncements. While every vote counts, I was never that enamored of Reid either, I don’t know much about Nevada politics, but you’d think a state where the vast majority of the people live the Las Vegas area would be a bit more progressive than Sharon Angle. Hell, that albino priest in the Da Vinci Code was more moderate than Sharon Angle.
As for Delaware, I can’t believe (well, I really don’t want to believe) that Christine O’Donnell can ensnare the hearts and minds of an entire state…that would take some kind of magic spell. But Ms. O’Donnell swears she’s not a witch and I truly believe her; I’ve met at least a dozen Wiccans and they all cited ‘The Rule Of Three’: Whatever you put into the world, positive or negative, you’ll get back three times. Witches are very careful to put out only good thoughts and feelings. So while I applaud her commercials saying she’s not a witch- that’s good for witches everywhere- I worry a bit that she thinks instead now that she’s everyone in Delaware.
Carl Palladino isn’t doing so well in New York polls. But like Meg Whitman in California, when you’re willing to spend millions of your own money to buy a political office, anything can happen. That still confuses me- why would voters trust a person with their tax dollars who’s so willing to piss away their own money on a low paying job? Either they believe they’re gonna get something big in return (like major tax breaks on their own fortunes) or they’re just plain ego-maniacs who think they can just step in and Bam! change everything. Problem is, they succeeded in business cause they could A) make decisions on their own and B) could fire people who pissed em off. Welcome to state legislators and civil service workers, kids.
I don’t know where Kentucky’s Rand Paul is polling, but I suspect the anti big government Tea Partier who gets half his income as an ophthalmologist from Medicare/Medicaid payments but still opposes federal government involvement in health care (I don’t know where he stands who would pay to sew his nose back on when he cuts it off to spite his face), may indeed win.
I did find out that he calls himself a “board-certified” ophthalmologist. Actually, he’s certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology; founded by Paul himself, he’s it’s president and his wife the vice-president. It’s address is a UPS store and lacks even a website. God only knows why, but its not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the group that actually does that sort of thing. A spokesperson for the ABMS stated bluntly: “He is not board-certified.”
Mr. Paul also says, “…a free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin.” (read: racists don’t have to serve Darkies) and believes, like Sharon Angle, that if your Daddy, or anyone else for that matter, rapes you, you should be required by law to have the kid.
There’s a real irony here: The Tea Party claims that it represents America; I get a lot of comments where they refer to themselves as “We The People”. Yet even Dick Armey, former GOP Majority Leader and one of the drivers of the Tea Party movement- his nonprofit group FreedomWorks has facilitated Tea Party activists with advice and buckets of cash- said Tea Party candidates should avoid both the “Tea Party” label and the press, other than Fox of course…(“We Report- You Deride.”) since their ideas are too far out of the mainstream.
When it comes to the Tea Party he wrote the book. It’s called, “Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto” and is published by William Morrow. I mean, he just about started the thing and even he says they’re so out there that they shouldn’t talk about what they really believe.
By the way, his lobbying group was paid millions by guys like The American Council of Life Insurers, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Metropolitan Health Networks and the pharmaceutical firm Medicines Company, to fight health care reform and deregulate life insurance; he used FreedomWorks, the non-profit, to do it, a legal conflict of interest. He’s also tight with that paragon of political ethics, Tom DeLay and the seemingly rather hastily named Newt Gingrich.
It’s the same throughout the movement…Palin gets millions to talk about “regular Americans”; her state gets back twice as much tax money as they pay and has some of the highest property and business taxes in America. So many Tea People gladly take Social Security and Medicare, Rand Paul gets half his paycheck from Medicare and yet they bitch about socialized medicine and big government. It’s just so hypocritical, it makes me want shake the lot of em by the scruffs of their necks. Bad Tea People! Bad!