In which I school the editor of the local paper

Posted: 24 August 2009 in indecision 2010, media, republicans

Stan Huskey, editor of the Times Herald, is my perennial bugbear. He’s quoted me out of context, put words in my mouth, and generally acts as a confused party mouthpiece rather than a journalist. His paper decried the low turnout of the 2006 primaries the same day that it ran a full-page, front-page expose on Truthers (I promptly canceled my subscription). That’s right, they lent credence to the lunatic fringe, and in the same breath wondered aloud as to why no one showed up to vote. It might have had something to do with the fact that they provide almost no election coverage in the lead-up, I don’t know. I mean, what was the point of actually printing the names of the candidates if no one was going to show up, right?

So anyway, I’ve had this go-around with Stan for going on five years now. The other day, he posted his “prescription” for the Republican party’s return to glorious power. I wrapped it up and tossed it at his head:

That’s exactly what the Republican Party must do, get back to basics. We’ve been running scared since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006. And just what have they accomplished? Nancy Pelosi was going to fix all our ills in her first 100 hours after being sworn in. Well, times been up for a long while and we’re still waiting.

Yawn. Are you still trumpeting that old lie? Pelosi said that the House was going to pass or enact eight specific bills or measures in their first 100 hours. Did they do that? Yes. The last time I checked, Nancy Pelosi is not authorized to either vote in the Senate or place a Presidential signature on a bill to enact it into law. Insisting that she didn’t follow through with her promise is not only disingenuous partisan hackery, it’s an outright lie.

Furthermore, of those eight: One was a measure that was enacted on the floor, four were also passed by the Senate, and three of those were signed by President Bush. So, of the plan for the first 100 hours, all points were met and 50% made it through two other bodies that had no such plan. What’s your success rate for reform?

We haven’t done much to help ourselves since then either, but things are about to change. Republicans have been ashamed of being Republicans for the past four years and we have to stop wallowing in our own self pity.

If by “wallowing in our own self pity” you mean “being every bit as obstructionist and bankrupt of real ideas as we accused the Democrats of being for the past fifteen years” then yes, please, it’s time to stop.

It would be wonderful to see an honest debate on healthcare or any of the hundreds of other issues that our nation currently faces. However, what we’re left with is three Republicans in the Senate negotiating in bad faith, and a shrieking horde of right-wing shills beating their chests any time anyone even so much as attempts to have a rational discourse.

Personally, I’m proud of the fact that I don’t like big government. When did that ever become unpopular?

Right around the second half of 2001 when the largest government increase in nearly half a century started (which, strangely, correspended with the largest of period of government ineptitude in nearly half a century).

Of course, the lesson here isn’t that big government = inept government, but rather that inept leadership leads to inept government. And yes, to answer your question, I am blaming the Bush administration here. Just like Reagan, he came into office with the “government is the problem” mantra and then spent the next six years enacting policies and appointing people that would make that mantra a reality.

It’s time for a grass roots, back to basics campaign that will sweep Republicans back into power before we all end up working for the government. Care to join me?

If by “back to basics,” you mean “go scream like a low-order primate at your elected officials because the person you voted for didn’t win,” then you’re not really talking about a grass-roots campaign – you’re talking about might-makes-right mob rule. That doesn’t sound very close to American democracy, so no, I think I’ll sit that one out. Maybe if your party had legitimate ideas and was willing to work in a civil manner to get their concerns aired, then I’d be more receptive to Republicans as a political party. I haven’t really heard any Republican ideas lately that don’t involve simply shouting down anything that Democrats propose.

To his credit, he actually approved that post. He’s pretty good about approving posts these days after I called him on silencing all dissent when he failed to approve a very moderate post of mine. His follow up to this post, however, was a veiled shot at my handle (it’s Gaelic, moron) and the vague insinuation that either a) he didn’t read my post or b) I didn’t read his. Considering I answered his post point-by-point, I’m assuming it was a tacit admission that he can’t be bothered to read criticism.

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