For years, many conservatives have agitated for closed primaries, based on the simple principle that Republicans should choose the Republican nominee, and Democrats should choose the Democrat nominee.
And as long as conservatives have made that argument, lunkhead establishment types have made the claim that in closed primaries, might chose a true believer, a person who had no cross-over appeal. By having Democrats and independents participate in Republican primaries, we would be more likely to pick somebody who would be palatable to undecided voters.
To those who despise closed primaries, I give you Iowa, and Ron Paul.
Game. Set. Match.
Ok, Christmas is done. Santa came for the good ones, Christ Jesus had a happy birthday. A certain amount of after-Christmas business remains – gift cards to spend, sales, sales and more sales, and about 7,000 more bowl games, including the NCAA joke national championship that has clown team Alabama instead of powerhouse and rightful #2 Oklahoma State against Darth Miles and the Evil Empire centered in Red Stick, Louisiana. Many of you have this week off from work. Good for you.
However, play time is over. The REAL Evil Empire reigns over the United States, and they are fortifying their position while we sit around thinking the American people will see it happening and put a stop to it.
Credit where credit is due. I have been a very vocal critic of the Freshman Class of 2010, but this time they have gone and done something good. So, my hat is off.
The Senate deal was so manifestly silly and irresponsible — seriously, a 2-month-only change in the tax code, to go into effect 12 days from today, but it is supposed to save the nation — that conservatives and Freshmen just could not stomach it. It’s a little late to be finding a backbone, but hey, I’ll take it.
There is a pretty interesting dynamic happening as the Republican primary preseason draws to a close, and the Iowa caucus is now less than three weeks away. All summer and fall the media and the right-side pundits have acted as if there were only two candidates in the race: perennial bridesmaid Flipper Goodhair (Romney), and the latest conservative in first place. In order, they’ve been Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and now Gingrich.
This month’s version of pundit wisdom is that it’s a two-man race between Romney and Gingrich. Gingrich, for the first time under the bright light of scrutiny, has been wilting. Finally the GOP Establishment thinks they have their wish in that Romney has finally run out of those pesky “unelectable” conservative rivals.
He didn’t literally punch him in the face. But House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa thoroughly dressed Holder down, badgered him, shouted him down, interrupted him several times, called him out, and called him a crook, right there in an open committee hearing. (Rep. Issa’s questions begin at the 3:30 mark.)
I am no longer willing to tolerate toleration. It’s war now, and I will expect no quarter, and give no quarter. It is time for one way of life or the other to be stomped out. And I am okay with that. Live free or die. And this life we have in contemporary America is not a life of freedom.
This takes a bit to get where it’s going. I hope you’ll stay with it.