Despite my long time GOP alignment and leanings, I strive to use RR for observations about both parties for better or for worse. Why? Because the GOP has lost its way, and the Democrats are not offering any type of direction or vision either…they just sit back and wait for GOP candidates to self-destruct.
It was in that spirit that I criticized Conrad Burns late last month for trying to blame his defeat on the Senate GOP campaign committee not spending adequate funds on his race. No democrats were mentioned in the post…the Burns piece was about republicans criticizing republicans.
I went on to congratulate George Allen for not following the same path, but noted that his loss was less a matter of money than a lack of humility, and that his future chances existed in direct proportion to his willingness to show some humility. For example, in his last interviews he really has not accepted any blame for the pitfalls his campaign experienced, instead blaming the Washington Post and the other usual suspects.
In response to this James Young (judging from the email address he of the “Skeptical Observor”) commented:
This is a pretty bold claim from a member of the “Florida and Ohio were stolen!” party.
To which my old friend Anke replied:
And you know this how, Jimmy? It’s obvious that you have no clue as to the identity of Bwanna, for which I am sure he is quite relieved.
I was not sure what I had done to attract this attention from James…beyond the fact I went to Bridgewater College and he to Hampden-Sydney College, a matter we have nattered about in the past.
Suddenly it hit me…Brother Young thinks I am a democrat!
I have never said that Democrats run rabbits and howl at the moon. I have voted for Democrats in the absence of a qualified Republican candidate. However, there is really no way one could look at my past political participation, my political views, and my thoughts about who is the best protector of our future and realistically say I am a democrat. Of course, Anke knows me and my past activism, so she would understand why Jame’s contention is so silly.
Why do I consider this a New Year’s gift? Because if Brother Young, who has shown himself quick to roll out the RINO label, would actually suggest that I am a democrat then I must be successfully annoying folks on both sides of the aisle…which is something that suits me just fine!
AND I THINK THAT IS A GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!