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November 2, 2012

When I met my girlfriend A, she was a Republican. Like, a hard core Republican. Not a hateful, bigoted Republican, but very much in line with the Republican point of view on most things. At the time, she was also, not my girlfriend.

That was fifteen years ago.

Today she posted this on her FB feed.

Just to be clear, that’s not a “Ha ha, I voted against this guy,” picture.

That picture is exactly what it says on the tin. “I voted for moving the country forward by filling in the Obama/Biden bubble.” I know this because we talk about, well everything, including politics.

It’s amusing given one of the most popular bumper stickers/signs in this area.

Forward or back? Pretty easy choice, at least for us.

How did this happen? It happened because she’s a smart lady. Which isn’t to say that people who disagree with us aren’t smart. However, watching people cling to an idea once it has been disproved, watching them refuse to evolve forces one to question their mental ability…or stability.

According to her, she didn’t leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left her. It’s a common refrain.

The Republicans had an opportunity and they bungled it. After President Obama spanked John McCain in the general election they had a chance to examine their own party. They could have taken stock of the direction in which they were traveling, They could have recognized their problems; the way they are seen by the people, the way their reliably consistent supporters talk about people and the things those supporters consider important. They could have done all of that and changed based on that information. They could have evolved.

Everyone knows about the Southern Strategy. Everyone can see it at work and the Republicans have never truly repudiated it. I mean, they say that they don’t use it anymore but no one believes them because people have, you know, eyes and ears and for most of us they connect to our brains.

They could have examined the transition of McCain’s image from maverick to curmudgeon. They could have looked at the way that their numbers plummeted after the started letting Sarah Palin talk to humans or say any unscripted words out loud in public. They could have done so much to repair their failures and really come out of the gate this election cycle with integrity.

But they didn’t. Instead they doubled down on bullshit.

That makes me sad. No, it really does. I would love it if the Right would suit up and do a damned job. It’s not about winning. It’s about governing. They are failing to do that and it’s about time that we started talking about that. The government that governs least doesn’t govern best, it just governs least. What does that translate to? The government that governs least is ineffective.

I don’t know about you but I want an effective government. If you live in the Northeast section of this nation, (or you know, live or have ever lived in New Orleans or Florida or Tornado Alley) I bet you want that too.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2012 7:30 PM

    I love hearing stories about how people fall in love with someone who’s politically their polar opposite and how that other person comes, during their own journey, to a more liberal viewpoint. I wish I’d believed that was possible in my first very right/left opposed relationship. My kids are parsing the politically-opposed messages of their separated parents…the only thing they see that we both have in common is that we both vote!

  2. November 3, 2012 5:10 AM

    As a Canadian, I find your election both fascinating and terrifying. That so many absurdities can be taken seriously by so many and become election issues is mind-boggling. Like you, I think it is important to have both sides actually do their job; voting should be a real choice, after all. But it is lovely to know that people can listen and learn and change their mind. Evolution is not just a theory!

  3. CinnamonOpus permalink
    November 3, 2012 8:29 AM

    Seconding what murphysmom posted. Reading about the election and the issues and the politics involved continues to be a real education for me.

  4. November 3, 2012 12:28 PM

    I love the idea of moving forward, especially in this particular era, when so much of the GOP’s rhetoric seems aimed at moving women’s rights back a hundred years.

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