I Might Be Wrong
I’m still working on my drug policy series. But in the meantime, let’s look in on Circus 2008!
While the MSM is practically orgasming on-air over the Clinton-Obama “race war” (as John Stewart mocked last week – sorry, don’t have time to find a link), the really interesting story is Fuckabee’s (it’s just too easy) strange political strategy. He’s abandoning his appeal to moderates, which we saw in Iowa, and embracing the conservative religious base. If his game is to get the nomination, I don’t think that threatening to re-write the Constitution to bring American law more in line with his god’s law is the way to go. Sure it will get him the base, but unlike the election trends that kept Congress in control of the GOP for over a decade, current voting trends will not work in his favor. We’re all aware that the Christian base is alive and strong; but the center is going to decide this election. The center does not support the war in Iraq, but still wants to be protected from terrorists and Muslims. The center does not want a non-Christian president, but still favors the separation of church and state. The center does not want a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but still does not want states to allow gay couples to marry – maybe civil unions. The center wants to play it safe. That’s why they’re called moderates. Moderates in this election do want “change” from the destructive follies and policies of BushCo, but they don’t want too much “change.” A black conservative Democrat or a female conservative Democrat might be just the center’s speed.
Maybe I’m being uncharacteristically optimistic. But even ultraconservatives like my father are repelled by the speeches Huckabilly is giving. Does this seem like the language of Christian kindness?
“If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole. That’s what we’d do. ”
This quote was from a speech he gave in Myrtle Beach, SC on Jan. 17. He was referring, of course, to the Confederate flag. Very nice indeed. Raw Story has a link to an article detailing Huckabilly’s relationship with the Council of Conservative Citizens, which is a present-day incarnation of the White Citizens Councils.
Let’s not forget other Huckanuggets of wisdom, such as his desire to ban miniskirts, his statement that women who dress provocatively are responsible for whatever happens to them, and his warning that we must monitor our borders for any unusual Pakistanis entering the country.
As one of my favorite Radiohead songs says, I Might Be Wrong. With the MSM ignoring Huckabee’s fanaticism, even moderate conservatives might vote for him if they’re not paying too much attention. But despite my own cynicism about the electorate’s ability to make good decision, I don’t think many people are going to buy what this crazy, racist, hate-filled, sexist sack of holy crap is selling. I hope that America has at least learned that much from the past 7 years.