Sunday, January 20, 2008

Our Tom Speaks on John McCain

And he is Our Tom.

I live in Texas Congressional District 22, the congressional seat held by Tom “I Am The Government” DeLay for over twenty years. He IS Our Tom. We made him. We kept sending him back. And really, “Our Tom” is one of the reasons that I started writing this blog a year and a half ago.

Now Our Tom is gone, replaced by Nick “Mostly A Democrat” Lampson. But Our Tom simply won’t go away, will he? We thought we were well rid of him what with his fishing license being one bought and paid for in the Commonwealth of Virginia. But like a bad penny, he keeps turning up. Now we know that he never left as can be witnessed by his voter registration card, here.

He keeps turning up and he keeps working that mouth of his. But this time, for the first time in my semi-long life, I find that Tom and I are in 100% agreement on something:

Neither of us wants John McCain to be the Republican nominee for president.

Here are Tom’s reasons (fellow Democrats if you don’t want to listen to him, don’t click on the You Tube video; I will translate: “Blah blah blaaaaah, bl-blah blah blaaaaah. Buh-buh-buh blaaaah buh blah blah blah.”):

“McCain has done more to hurt the Republican Party than any elected official I know of.”
Man I do hope that DeLay’s litany takes hold in their party, but it would be well for him to have someone else voice these words. Does it surprise you that the only people listening to him are the media pundits who are often looking for some comic relief?

And why do I hope this? Because of all the candidates, McCain is the one Republican candidate who can still get support from the independent voters. The very reasons DeLay hates McCain, his bipartisanship, his willingness to work with Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold to find common ground, it is that bipartisanship that worries me.

In my own humble opinion, a match-up between McCain and Clinton will result in a toss-up election, just the thing we Democrats don’t want to have right now when the White House is ours for the taking. An Obama vs. McCain race in November is less problematic for Democrats as there are more clear choices between the candidates, but the issue of bipartisanship will not go away, and there will be no clear choice between the two, I think, among the independent voters. An Edwards/McCain match would be a far more interesting race based on true differences between candidates, but I am afraid that while the fat lady hasn’t sung on the Edwards race, she is beginning to clear her throat. No, I think the special interests have again seen to it that Americans will not have an anti-corporation candidate to opt for.

So Tom DeLay doesn’t want McCain to be the candidate because he does not agree with him ideologically. While I don’t either, I don’t want him to be the candidate because I believe that of the entire Republican field, McCain would give us Democrats the biggest headaches in trying to win over the independent voters.

Who DO I want the Democratic nominee to run against? Follow the mantra:

Let-it-be . . . Huckabee! Let-it-be . . . Huckabee! Let-it-be . . . Huckabee! Let-it-be . . . Huckabee! Let-it-be . . . Huckabee! Let-it-be . . . Huckabee!


Anonymous said...

Tom cat is just angry that John didn't go along with his neocon buddies on the repeated tax gifts to his personal special interest. Yes, he is a fine voice for the wrong kind of conservative. I'm surprised he even knows what the constitution is.

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, why do you think that Huckabee will be the easiest opponent for the Democrats to defeat over, say, Mitt Romney? The religious right seem to be all over Huckabee, and their vote seems to be getting more and more powerful as time goes by.

Hal said...


Anonymous said...

Tom DeLay has dwindled to a guttersnipe, a street urchin full of sound and fury, yet signifying nothing.

I would have said, Nick "Democratically Minded" Lampson--as in a "democratically minded dictator.