Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Strings Attached" - Miller Time

Some folks might be thinking the recent Joe Miller coup over Murkowsi is symptomatic of some grassroots revolt. Actually, apathetic turnout puts this anomaly in perspective: 90k voted in this primary out of 487,575 registered voters, of which approx. 45,909 voted for Miller = less than 10% of eligible voters. Not quite the populist groundswell of support this "movement" is spinning it as. 

And as for the narrative that the Quitter’s anointing has had any legitimate influence: polls repeatedly show Palin’s worn-out welcome mat in Alaska has been used for opportunistic foot-wiping long enough, and the majority of folks are now officially burnt-out and sick of hearing anything about her, much less ankle-biting twitters from the private echo-chamber. Memories being shorter than our growing season, it’s also worth reminding people how much Alaska Hearts Huckabee (second only to Romney): his endorsement of Miller in all likelihood carried just as much water tea for Miller than the Quitter’s down-home, authentic robocalls on election eve.

Fortunately some inklings are starting to seep out about a few of Miller’s ultimate goals to end Medicare, end Social Security, kill off the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, etc. and stop unemployment benefits: all because they are unconstitutional. Advocating for banning abortion even in the case of rape or incest is notable in itself. Makes you wonder what other plans he has, but more than likely he’s going to avoid any possible interaction with public forums and the news media, where more details of his extremist positions might be uncovered. And even should the majority of voters ever realize the full extent of his grand, political vision, the apathy of the average person may very well trump ignorance on the issues, and we will find ourselves, entirely by default, with a Senator who does not represent the people. Or shouldn't.
Though admittedly there's that peculiar mental bifurcation, tinged with glee, when the inner cartoonist recognizes this as a significant opportunity for, eh, quality editorial material. So to say the least this'll be a recurring topic on the drawing board. 
"As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H. L. Mencken

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