I hold Gail Collins personally responsible for the downward spiral on the NY Times editorial page over the last several years, but occasionally she says something important. Like today
Meanwhile, the Republican far right has fallen into a remarkable snit over John McCainâ€™s march to the nomination. Rush Limbaugh is virtually gnawing his own ankle in rage. By co-authoring legislation with Democrats, Limbaugh ranted, McCain was working with â€œthreats to the American way of life as weâ€™ve always known it.â€ James Dobson says he wonâ€™t vote if McCain is the nominee because of infractions ranging from failure to back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to â€œfoul and obscene language.â€ Ann Coulter claims sheâ€™d support Clinton â€œbecause sheâ€™s more conservative than he is.â€
Once again, the reason for everything terrible about American politics for the last 20 years becomes clear. These people are nuts.
It’s important because these people have had a stranglehold on American politics for about 10 years. These people are responsible for the republican party’s policies on detention-without-trial, immigrant-hating, torturing, suspension of the Bill of Rights and the invasion of random middle-eastern countries.
These people paint their enemies as evil, terrorist-lovers who hate America. These people forced emergency sessions in congress to keep a women in a coma alive for 10 more years and threatened the judges who would not bend to their will with violence. These people have smeared, slimed and discredited anyone who dared to disagree with them.
These people have tried to govern the country with a 50%+1 majority by appealing to the basest elements of their base and painting everyone else as traitors.
These people hate McCain because he does not do those things. He doesn’t have this same compulsion to smear his political opponents (OK, sometimes he does) because he understands that a nation united is stronger than a nation divided.
Now, here’s the thing. Of the Democrat contenders for the nomination, which one has a message of unity? Which appeals most to the widest spectrum of political views (even political opponents)? Which does best in red states? Which is winning most independents?
And which one is most likely to continue partisan politics as usual?
They don’t let me vote, but if they did, that’s why I’d vote for Obama. That’s why, if y’all who do vote do the right thing….and if Obama lives up to his promise, I’ll vote for his re-election.