Conservative Cage Match: Part II
The New York Times reports Dr. Dobson and other prominent Christian conservatives are threatening to stay home during the midterms because the Republicans are all soft on abortion, gay marriage, obscenity (obscenity?). And such.
"There is a growing feeling among conservatives that the only way to cure the problem is for Republicans to lose the Congressional elections this fall," said Richard Viguerie, a conservative direct-mail pioneer.
Um, OK. That is great - if you're trying to win absurd statement of the year. Unless the Ayatollah takes over US government, they're gonna be hard pressed to find a time with a more religiously conservative guy in the White House and his party in Congress. (That doesn't mean Bush = Ayatollah. I'm just saying, Bush and this Congress is about as good as I would expect to get if I were them. Or as bad as I would expect to get for us social liberal types).
Of course, this is just a dance. The religious complain. Then the libertarian types (like me) complain. Then, because the religious types can actually win elections for people, Karl Rove will trot out some sort of anti-gay: adoption, marriage, driving in car pool lanes platform to appease these guys (cause really, what are people like me gonna do - have Jimmy Hoffa Jr. making economic policy?).
Then, assuming it works and Republicans stay in power, they will push it for like three days then drop it. It being the platform - and the bomb on Iran. Just kidding. Sort of.
(Incidentally, if you could bet Tradesports on things like "US bombs Iran", can you imagine the beta associated with news on Vice President Cheney? If he had another heart attack, the option would probably fall by like 80%. And if President Bush went to the hospital - even for a checkup - it would jump like 50%. You know, because of Cheney's plans to have the same planes from the president's funeral flyover just keep going to bomb Tehran. I'm kidding again of course. (Sort of.)).