Great rant. It seems that you, like I, don't vote for Republicans so much as againstDemocrats - as a counterweight to their greater tendency toward the welfare state. And now we see where that got us.
I disagree with your characterization of Governor Palin, but this is inconsequential. McCain and the financial bubble were bigger problems. Combined with the same dynamic we saw Tuesday, they were bound to lose.
And one caution: Beware of promoting "equality of opportunity" as alternative to equal outcome. Equality of human beings is an unnatural state, requiring state intervention to achieve. Equal treatment under law is the moral principle we must promote.
I'm feeling better after reading this. Y'all?
A stock line in this house when somebody says Feeling better:
Waiter (John Cleese): Ah, good afternoon Sir, and 'ow are we today?
Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones): Better...
Mr. Creosote: Better get a bucket. I'm going to throw up!
I guess I am coming around, but you might wanna keep that bucket handy...
And I'll second jg on Governor Griz. An admittedly imperfect candidate, she added spark to a dull ticket and a philosophical center to one that was rudderless. I don't yearn for her return to the electoral stage, but she was not the worst candidate on that particular ticket.
Powerline (++NaCl) suggests that ticket might have won in 2012.
This IS a great rant. I'm going to excerpt part of it for my blog because it's perfect. Am I cheerful yet? No, not when JK is still down, but the words have been coming.
A right wing friend has completely disavowed a left wing (actually - apolitical yet Obama supporter) friend. Both want me in the middle and rather than step aside, I have stepped in.
Yes - I understand completely why she no longer wants to be friends with you.....you clearly do not believe in freedom, in low taxes, in less govt intervention, or in anything she, as a small business owner needs to survive. Yes, I can understand why she would stop investing with you. How could she when you don't believe in free markets? Oh you say you do believe? You don't show it when you vote for people like Obama.
Outstanding rant. To quote John Paul Jones, "I have not yet begun to fight." By all means, let's have the fight.