Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The voice Republicans should hope carries the day...

Earlier today, I poked fun at a picture of Michael Steele that carried the caption "the Democrats Worst Nightmare," pointing out that Steele was such a jackass, he was dream come true.

For my Republican friends out there, I will tell you who poses a bigger threat to Democrats: people like Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.

As Sullivan points out, Huntsman gets it. In an interview with the Washington Times, Gov. Huntsman has the kind of conversation I have had with my conservative friends since November 5th.

"I don't even know the congressional leadership," Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
told the paper's editors and reporters. "I have not met them. I don't listen or
read whatever it is they say because it is inconsequential -- completely."
Huntsman added that he would not reject any money from President Obama's
stimulus. While he criticized what he saw as misdirected spending in bill, he
said Republicans had no credibility on fiscal responsibility.

"Our moral soapbox was completely taken away from us because of our
behavior in the last few years," he said. "For us to now criticize analogous
behavior is hypocrisy. We've got to come at it a different way. We've got to
prove the point. It can't be as the Chinese would say, 'fei hua,' [or] empty

I would say this would be Democrats' Worst Nightmare, but that would not be accurate. I believe this country needs a true, governmental philosophy, two-party adversarial system. It keeps everyone honest. But the country is only served if those differences are real and honest. When they are made up bullshit, grasped for only to win elections or when you are not in power, then they are not really true philosophies.

Alas, Gov. Huntsman's voice is in the minority in his party. Just watch the Republican response to the President's address tonight. Jindal, who has spent this week recycling the same old tired bogus stories about bill (see High Speed Rail talking point) while grandstanding about turning down the money (what amounts to a fraction of what his state would get and which Shumer slapped his ass down on today, pointing out the Stimulus Plan is not ala carte), will be their responder.

It will be the same old Republicans from the last 8 years spittin' the same old rhetoric that they ignored while they were in power. Why? Because to admit they were wrong would be to jeopardize their own positions. Why do that?

No comments: