Thursday, October 21, 2010

A bit of election stuff

I guess it takes an election to get me out of blog hibernation but I thought this was an interesting and insightful commentary on Kansas politics in the NY Times. Brownback as governor scares the shit out me because he's basically running on a "slash the budget" agenda when there's nothing but bone left to slash. Then there's the whole uber-conservative Christian thing. It feels like we've at least had a Democratic governor to keep their thumb in the dike holding back the flood of crazy aching to break through but with this huge wave barreling towards us I'm worried there's not going to be anyone left standing. My only hope is that, as the article suggests, it might give some of the moderate Republicans a nudge from a party that consists of a large collection of activists that openly loathe them for ideological impurities.

Many of the political ads have me shaking my head but one I saw tonight really made me cringe. Steve Six is a Democrat and the current Attorney General of the state. The ad criticized him for standing up against the health care bill that Obama was "forcing upon us." Six made the decision that he wasn't going to waste the state's nonexistant money by joining a doomed lawsuit fighting for the state's right to prevent its citizens from gaining the benefits included in the new health care law. Of course it's the only logical decision when one looks at it objectively but the ad criticized him for putting his partisan beliefs ahead of the people. Ugh. Bizarro World.

Hmm, with a batshit crazy governor and legislature teamed up I might have to start blogging again. I felt bad when I made a joke about the miners being trapped underground for so long and then they were up before I managed to write more than a post or two...


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