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RNC Leaders In A New Era Of Political Bipartisanship


Despite the climate of national goodwill surrounding Barack Obama as he takes the oath of office, two of the candidates competing to lead the Republican National Committee unleashed harsh attacks against President George Bush’s replacement recently.

Katon Dawson, the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, promised to be Mr. Obama’s worst nightmare and said it would be the Republican Party’s mission for the next four years to expose the Democrats for what they want to do to this country.  Mr. Dawson defended his tough talk as the duty of a leader for his party.  “Whether you’re the chairman of the state party or the national committee, your job is to hold Democrats accountable in every way.  That doesn’t mean you have to do it in a mean tone of voice or in a way that doesn’t offer solutions.”

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who has positioned himself as one of the most rigidly conservative contenders for the top job within the Republican Party, published a column accusing Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus package of being a liberal Trojan Horse that has serious flaws, some of which convey a partisan advantage.  Mr. Blackwell argued that Mr. Obama’s stimulus plan would create government jobs, and government workers have a tendency to vote for the Democratic Party referring to the arrangement as political mischief.

The members of the Republican National Committee will elect a new chairman at the end of the month at their annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Dawson and Mr. Blackwell have four other rivals in the race for the top Republican job; incumbent RNC chairman Mike Duncan, Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, former Maryland Lieutenant. Governor Michael Steele and former Tennessee GOP chair Chip Saltsman who caught a lot of flack for his distribution of a CD with the song Barack The Magic Negro.

If these people would have only been as half as tough on Mr. Bush during any part of the past eight years the country may not have gotten in the mess it’s in right now.  According to Mr. Dawson, top priority for the Republican Party is not to help rebuild America but to become Mr. Obama’s worst nightmare.  And according to Mr. Blackwell, it is better for the Republican Party that people stay unemployed and the economy stay flat rather than use the government to generate jobs and try to do something to stimulate the economy out of the doldrums.

Obviously, it is more important to the Republican Party that people pull themselves up by their own bootstrap.  The public trough that is better known as the national treasure is not for public consumption but for the consumption of the few.  It explains why the Republican controlled federal government would have reservations about helping pull poor black people out of the aftermath of a hurricane.  Helping to save the underprivileged would only mean more people likely to vote for the Democratic Party.  To these people’s twisted thought patterns, that sounds too much like some kind of political mischief.  A dead Democratic voter is much better than a poor one.

The idea of these people actually working in a way that benefits the country doesn’t register.  It is far more important to keep Republicans on top.  Watching the Obama administration to the country’s economy back on track with government jobs, and then having these people think it’s in their best interest to have a political party in control that appears to be more responsive to their interest.

The Republican Party has already given middle America the middle finger.  Middle America responded by giving the Republican Party its middle finger.  And with this ongoing escalation of middle fingering the ball is in the RNC’s court, and they don’t look like they’re ready to back down.  They are ready to get ugly and keep the wheels of Washington seized up in bureaucratic procedure.  Elect me because I’ll make sure nothing gets done is not a very intelligent response to someone who claims to want to work with others to solve problems.

But then what can you expect from people who think bullheadedness is a virtue?  What can you expect from people who ran the economy into the ground and stood back yelling nifty slogans like drill baby drill and rhetoric like the foundation of the economy is strong despite the fact that it is pretty obvious that the economy is going down in flames like an incompetent President’s rating in an opinion polls.  What can you expect from compassionate conservatism?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Democrats, Economy, Life, Politics, Republicans, The Economy, Thoughts

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