It appears that Willard “Mittens” Romney is on his way to a clean sweep; he has taken the lead over “Crazy Rick” Santorum in Michigan.
Even better: we are losing a RINO:
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will not run to keep her seat this November, according to local station WGME.
“After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate,” Snowe said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress.”
Snowe continued, “As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives.” She added, “I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.”
Maybe we’ll be able to get a REAL Republican in that seat!
Oh yes, the milquetoast RINOS will whine about this (I’m looking at YOU, David Brooks):
Politicians do what they must to get re-elected. So it’s not unexpected that Republican senators like Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch would swing sharply to the right to fend off primary challengers.
As Jonathan Weisman reported in The Times on Sunday, Hatch has a lifetime rating of 78 percent from the ultra-free market Club for Growth, but, in the past two years, he has miraculously jumped to 100 percent and 99 percent, respectively. Lugar has earned widespread respect for his thoughtful manner and independent ways. Now he’s more of a reliable Republican foot soldier.
Still, it is worth pointing out that this behavior is not entirely honorable. It’s not honorable to adjust your true nature in order to win re-election. It’s not honorable to kowtow to the extremes so you can preserve your political career.
But, of course, this is exactly what has been happening in the Republican Party for the past half century. Over these decades, one pattern has been constant: Wingers fight to take over the party, mainstream Republicans bob and weave to keep their seats.
Republicans on the extreme ferociously attack their fellow party members. Those in the middle backpedal to avoid conflict. Republicans on the extreme are willing to lose elections in order to promote their principles. Those in the mainstream are quick to fudge their principles if it will help them get a short-term win.
Oh, cry me a river. Paraphrasing Barry Goldwater: “extremism in defense of my tax cut is no vice.”
And think about it: without rock-ribbed stubborn resistance to President Obama’s plans, we might have compromised and
would have an improved economy President Obama would be much more popular now! It was our stubbornness that gave us a shot to begin with, so shut your mealy-mouth yap.