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The Right is not Right Enough for the Right!

8 January, 2010

Off the top of my pointy little head, I can think of many, many truly uncomfortable things that I could be doing.  Getting a root canal while listening to rap music is up there near the top.  As is listening to the 1812 Overture played entirely by cats on blackboards.  Nothing that I can think of, however, could be as bad as running for office as a member of the Grand Old Party, forced to please both the religious and political radical right. 

The party has moved so far to the right that a right-winger like McCain or Snow are considered too liberal.  The teabaggers and thumpers are controlling who can, and cannot, be elected as a Republican, and it is based on faith, not fact.  Today, Saint Ronald Himself would not be an acceptable conservative.

 Two cases in point:

Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) is not conservative enough for some conservatives.  He is anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-human rights, anti-taxes, anti-government, anti-anything that doesn’t make the rich richer.  He appeared (in early 2009) with Karl Rove at a fundraiser in which

. . . Rove declared that “Republicans will be defined this year by their effort to block Democrats’ efforts for health care reform.” “This year is going to be defined by Republicans and conservatives by what we oppose,” said Rove. After Rove praised Bennett’s health care plan, Bennett said that he agreed with Rove’s goal of killing health care reform:

Rove said that he supports Bennett’s work on the Healthy Americans Act – the health care bill Bennett is co-sponsoring with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon – although he said it’s “not exactly the bill that you or I would like each and every section.”

Bennett said his bill is not a negotiating tool on health care, but it will be there as an alternative after Democratic reforms are blocked. “The No. 1 assignment in 2009 is to kill Obamacare,” Bennett said.

(from Think Progress)

Seems like a good example of the radical extreme right, right?  Well, Club for Growth (the anti-tax zealots) have decided he’s not conservative enough for them (from CBS News):

Continuing its trend of backing conservative candidates over more traditional Republican politicians, the anti-tax group Club for Growth announced today it is opposing the re-election of three-term GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah.

“Bob Bennett is out of touch with the times and with his state, and Utah Republicans have better choices for their candidate in November,” Club President Chris Chocola said in a statement, which can be found on the group’s web site. “Our extensive research suggests Utah Republicans already understand this, as they have begun rallying around several viable and superior candidates,” Chocola said.

snip

Chocola said in his statement that Bennett’s record, including his “disastrous plan for a federal health care takeover” and his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is “part of the problem in Washington.”

Bennett worked with Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, to produce the Healthy Americans Act (commonly referred to as the “Wyden-Bennett bill”), a health care proposal that gained approval from both Democrats and Republicans. The bill never made it out of committee, but it was commonly referenced during the past year’s ongoing health care debate. The Club for Growth spent $90,000 in radio ads last year to attack the bill, the Deseret News reports.

While he has long advocated for his bipartisan solution for health care, Bennett earlier this week told a town hall audience that Republican opposition to the current Democratic plan will help the GOP win up to seven Senate seats this year, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“Tea partiers” and other conservative activists stood in front of the health care “tank” Democrats are driving, Bennett reportedly said, while Republican senators “were around the back of the tank, screwing off the gas cap and pouring sand in and loosening a lug nut here and putting a spike in there.”

Shit.  Glad I’m not that guy.  I bet, though, that it’s far easier to please the insane when dealing with local or state politics, right?

Wrong.

Bradley Burn, a gubernatorial candidate down in Alabama, got himself into some hot water last November (from the Huntsville Times):

Byrne had been quoted in the Mobile Press-Register in November as saying, “I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not.”

So how did that go down with the open-minded people of Alabama?  Not so good:

That quote has followed him, including to his appearance at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in New Hope, where Byrne came to announce his first big endorsement this year, from the Alabama Retail Association.

When notice of the press conference was posted on al.com Wednesday morning, several posters said things similar to this:

“Just got a call from a person at my Church letting me know about this,” said uafan1198. “My family will not be shopping at Ragland Piggly Wiggly stores anymore or anything else they own…. I don’t shop at places that think it is OK to stand next to people who don’t believe the Bible is all true.”

So how is he defending himself?  Well, by stepping even further to the right, of course:

“I believe the Bible is true,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said here Wednesday. “Every word of it.”

And by, of course, denying he ever said it:

Byrne said at Piggly Wiggly that he had been misquoted. The report has been used by his opponents in anonymous attacks since November, Byrne added.

Deny, and then play the victim.  See, he really is a modern conservative.

I think I would rather submit to bone surgery without benefit of morphine during the recovery than be a GOPer trying to please Club for Growth.  I would rather listen to (((Girl)))’s ‘music’ than be a Republican trying to keep the radical Christians satisfied.

And the most annoying part?  The further right the Grand Old Party goes, the further right the Democratic Party moves.

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13 comments

  1. Here in Utah Bennett is considered pretty center right. We have loons like Chris Buttars to compare him to.

    I live in a political hell.


  2. They want a pure Christianist theocracy, nothing less. But would they actually be able to live with it once it was implemented?


  3. You dare mock the bible and deny it’s absolute truths Mr.Byrne!? and at the southern American holy Mecca of retail Piggly Wiggly no less!? I will also be buying my family’s pork rinds and Jimmy Dean sausage elsewhere.//


  4. Around here people are against anything like affordable health care (or anything else beneficial) because it will mean that most horrible and intolerable of events will have happened: someone will get something for less than the hater paid for it, or worse yet, they might get it free. And it will probably be someone who doesn’t deserve it!

    That’s the big bone that sticks in their throats: “I had to pay for mine, why shouldn’t the next guy”?

    It’s part of the “‘murkin” way of inverting things: like “life is cheap”. Quite the contrary, most places ignorance, disease, poverty, fear, death, they blow onto you like dust in a wind storm. They stick to your shoe like dog shit and you can’t get rid of them, try as you might if you are Average Person in most of the world. Life, health, security, nourishment, those things are damned expensive. These are reserved for the few, they are commodities, and should only be meted out to those who can pay for them.

    The “conservative” American looks at that, says, “Yeah, but there it is. Them’s the rules, tough shit if you can’t get the cash to get on the table”.

    Most people think a theocracy would be nice. No uncertainties, everything just spelled out. No real philosophy, just slogans.

    The Handmaid’s Tale, The Armagedon Crazy, and a few other nice pieces of literature illustrate these situations quite well. And they’re not a patch on the genuine articles, like Calvin’s Geneva.

    But there’s always people who think that’d be as close to heaven on earth as you could get, and there’s always a Calvin or Savanarola waiting there to make it happen for them…and keep them there if they change their minds.


    • Excellent post sarge!


    • Great comment.


  5. The Republican party is scary. The more level-headed among them need to split and leave the wingnuts to their own devices.


  6. I can’t help but think that these Republithugs will do everything in their power to keep Obama from accomplishing anything during his first two years in office, so that when the midterm elections roll around, their campaign slogan can be “Obama didn’t get anything done!”


  7. I’m sorry, (((Billy))). I couldn’t get past the revelation that a relative of one of my childhood heros, Count Chocula, is one of the baddies.


  8. The really sad part is that even a perfectly rational, yet no doubt totally Christian position like “not EVERYTHING in the Bible is supposed to be taken literally” has to be disavowed lest you incur the wrath of the GOP’s substantial nut-job wing.


  9. Poodles: He’s considered moderate? Then again, it is Utah.

    Buffy: If they ever achieved it, can you imagine fundamentalists not able to adulterize or divorce?

    Cankles: He did not desecrate the Piggly Wiggly. The quote was from an interview late last year. This was merely protesting that Piggly Wiggly would associate with a non-literalist.

    Sarge: The economic aspect had, before this, escaped me. Which is odd considering that I am Marxist historian (history happens because of money). Fantastic comment.

    Chappie: If the moderates do leave, I’d bet dollars to donuts that, as soon as they have even a little bit of success, the radical political and religious right will transfer to the new party and take it over.

    SI: No question. The only way they see to win is to sabotage the government and then point and scream, “See, the government doesn’t work!”

    Postie: No, this is Chris Chocula. He is the son of a nephew of and aunt of the Count. Not to worry.

    Lifey: Black and white is so much easier to argue than shades of gray.


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