Sep 29 2005
Watching the DeLay and Earle reactions I think too many bloggers and pundits live too much inside the beltway (which is really a hoot since I was born and raised there!). While I now live just outside the beltway (more house for the money), us ‘natives’ have been around this town long enough to know when issues aren’t making a dent the rest of the country.
First off, my initial reaction to Earle’s ‘big mistake’ is here – not much has changed. The politically obsessed say this is a big deal, a blow to republicans, etc. What hogwash.
We have a politician who is in possible legal trouble. That stopped being newsworthy a loooong time ago. Moreover, he is a congressman – we have hundreds of those to spare. Remember Rep Janklow from SD and how his legal problems were going to spell doom for the Reps trying to evict Daschle? Me neither. I had to google a bunch of things to get the right last name. Remember Randy ‘Duke” Cunningham and his problems?
Tom DeLay is a big name and power in DC. But outside DC he is ‘some kind of majority leader – whatever that is’. I saw this post on Powerline which made me want to comment on this nothing story:
I believe that the Democrats think they can get away with a filibuster because they have the Republicans on the run–nothing but bad news from Iraq (untrue, but that’s the impression you get from the media), the fiasco of Hurricane Katrina (also untrue, as we’re learning), Bush’s sagging poll numbers, etc. In order to lay the groundwork for their filibuster, the Democrats are doing everything they can to create an anti-Republican frenzy in the press. My guess is that the DeLay indictment is part of that effort.
As silly as that sounds, it sounds right. Because liberal democrats don’t have any contact with the real world anymore this would make sense in their warped reality. The elitists have so isolated themselves in their towers of superiority they have no interest in understanding ‘the masses’. Therefore I can see that kind of ‘logic’ emerging. All people who view strangers through caricatures come to these kinds of idiotic conclusions: “Those savages in the hinterlands couldn’t possibly see this as a desparate act by a partisan democrat!”.
After Clinton’s Impeachment, a congressman getting indicted is not news. A politician getting indicted is not news. A politician getting acquitted is not news and neither is one being found guilty. Sorry – not news.
Why? Well, we have so many more politicians than we have any use for – who cares? Either DeLay comes back (my prediction) or he is replaced. While this may seem like a big deal to many, to me and others it shouldn’t be. We as a people will survive if one of us falters or falls. Sorry to be cold hearted – but DeLay is either innocent or guilty. I put my faith in the process, I wish DeLay well, and I move on.
Folks, if the conservative cause is going to falter every time it is challenged, or it hits a rough patch, then it is not ready for prime time. I sincerely doubt this is the case since conservative values and ideas have been driving this country’s direction nearly all of my adult life. Since Reagan’s first term I have heard so many predictions of doom and gloom that I would be richer than Bill Gates if I had a dollar everytime conservatism was supposed to be on the rocks. We are ushering in the Roberts’ era of the Supreme Court, soon with another conservative justice to be added to the court. How is it we are about to crumble???
And because DeLay has some bogus indictment thrown at him by an incompetent partisan hack I am supposed to be seeing the coming of the end? Geez, I understand how desparate liberals need to grasp at these kinds of scenarios – what else do they have? But conservatives?
But while the sun shines, while we raise our kids to be good citizens, while we honor and respect each other the sacrifices made on our behalf, and while we take pride in this country, conservatives have nothing to worry about from the bitter left.
Buck up folks!