As Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama race towards the Democratic nomination, on matters of policy and position, the differences between the two are merely superficial.Ã‚Â Gender, ethnicity, age.Ã‚Â That’s about it.
This common vision for what the future of America should be is one of the reasons Democrats are swamping Republicans at the polls this primary season.Ã‚Â For example, Virginia is a Red State, but Obama got 600,000 votes there, more than doubling the combined total of Senator McCain and former Governor Huckabee. Even Hillary outpolled the two Republicans in the race.Ã‚Â Democrats are going to the polls in record numbers while Republicans are staying home.
Conservative Republicans are simply not happy with their choices.Ã‚Â This was posted on CNN.com:
Although McCain is 379 delegates away from the 1,191 he needs to capture the Republican nomination, he still hasn’t convinced conservatives that he should be the party’s nominee.
McCain has been battered in recent weeks by talk-radio hosts over his relatively rare but high-profile departures from GOP orthodoxy.
Mike Huckabee doesn’t get off easy either; Conservatives have already labeled him “Tax Hike Mike” for the number of times Huckabee raised taxes in Arkansas.Ã‚Â Ron Paul is regarded as a unelectable kook who is against the War in Iraq and looks to the Constitution for guidance.
And look locally, on the Flash Report.Ã‚Â Jon Fleischman’s commentary celebrates the primary loss of a moderate Republican congressman, Rep. Wayne Gilchrist, under the notion of how “Republicans police their own;” (yeah, they did such a good job with Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, David Vitter and Larry Craig).
From the commentary, Jon writes:
This is a very positive thing because it shows that at the local level, Republicans want to send Representatives back to Washington who will stop the liberal agenda of Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts, not ones who will seek to work with her towards her goals.
Those folks should really take a lesson from Gilchrist’s defeat. Remember, no one forced you to run for office as a Republican, but if you are one, you have a responsibility to your party — which right now is to be part of process of reclaiming the mantle of fiscal conservatism. If you’re not on board with that plan, it’s time to look in the mirror, hard.
I especially enjoyed the TV spot Jon posted where the word “liberal” is still a dirty word. Since Maryland is still a pretty blue state, I have to believe Rep. Gilchrist was doing his best to represent the interests of his constituents over the interests of the party.Ã‚Â To wit, Rep. Al Wynn, a Democrat, was defeated by upstart Donna Edwards in the Democratic Primary for the 4th district of MD.Ã‚Â An infusion of younger voters seeking change propelled Edwards to victory; but you don’t see lefties claiming we clean our own house by dumping Wynn.
Yesterday, Jon’s commentary took aim at the California Senate’s priorities and suggetsed the re-election of vulnerable moderate Republican Abel Maldonado not carry the high priority banner assigned to it by Senator Dick Ackerman. Why? Because Abel wasn’t a stand up guy with the Party during the last State budget cycle.Ã‚Â Abel committed the sin of voting in the interests of his constituents and not in the interest of the far right wing of the Republican Party.
IN the Democratic Party, we have hard core left-wingers and moderates; there are also a number of conservatve Democrats worthy of respect.Ã‚Â I believe that all colors of the rainbow will come together for Obama or Clinton come November.