Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What the Daily Kos doesn't "get"


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Over at the Daily Kos, Kos writes this about the notion of "Fred Thompson, an Republican, and Sam Waterston, a liberal affiliated with the Unity '08 group, could run together on the Unity 08 ticket:"
That ticket would split the Right while most Democrats would be left going, "Sam who???"

Of course we should all get a chuckle out of the notion that Thompson is an "independent" Republican.... Thompson told Wallace on an appearance on the Fox Propaganda Network that he would appoint Scalia-like judges, that he would pardon Scooter Libby, supports president Bush's escalation of the war in Iraq, and so on.

So what part of this, exactly, is "independent"?

But hell, if Unity 2008 wants to become a vehicle to split the Right, then by all means they should go for it.
The Unity 08 ticket is not looking for an independent. The Unity 08 ticket is looking for a Republican and a Democrat to run together. The premise isn't to divide; the premise is to build-up, to be bipartisan, to be nonpartisan. It's about unifying; it's about unity.
Unity08 believes that neither of today’s major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money.

For most of the 20th Century, the contest for the U.S. presidency was waged over those “in the middle.” Recent Presidential elections, however, have not been focused on the middle but on the turnout of each party’s special interest groups – with each party’s “base” representing barely ten percent of the American people.

We believe that, while the leaders of both major parties are well intentioned people, they are trapped in a flawed system – and that the two major parties are today simply neither relevant to the issues and challenges of the 21st Century nor effective in addressing them.

As a result, most Americans have not been enthusiastic about the choices for President in recent elections, the key issues they ran on, or the manner in which the campaigns were conducted.

Therefore Unity08 will act to assure that an alternative ticket is presented to the American voters in 2008.
And, a Thompson/Waterston would certainly pull in the Law & Order vote, all kidding aside.

Kos thinks the whole thing is a joke; perhaps in his mind, but I suspect there's more than just a little something here.

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