The New York Time's recent obituary for Rev. William R. Callahan stated that the death had been announced by the Quixote Center. That was the first this columnist had ever heard of that group and we wondered if, in this age of ubiquitous awards ceremonies, they hand out kudos and statuettes annually to people who attempt the impossible. Everyone knows that if God intended for man to fly He would have given homo sapiens wings, but that doesn't mean that those crazy Wright Brothers don't deserve an award for trying.
A recent online article by Allison Kilkenny informed readers about a study that concluded that partisan citizens are not prone to being converted by facts, so it becomes obvious that the "preaching to the choir" aspect of political commentary carries with it a meager payoff and that is about all those with a liberal point of view can expect for their efforts.
Those two bits of news added together make it extremely poignant for a fellow who learned that any contributed content (to a certain other liberal web site) concerning the possibility that the Republicans would use the electronic voting machines without a paper trail to rig elections in favor of their own candidates earned him a chance to be (as they say in drinker's terminology) 86'ed off the site. The very idea was denounced as being a conspiracy theory indicating the writer had lapsed into lunacy. Whatever. The bottom line is that only one of two conclusions can be reached. So what binary choice does that indicate?
Well, if the columnist turns out to have been correct in his assessmentof the situation, after the ambush is unleashed and (as a hypothetical example) a Republican, backed by a Republican majority house and Senate, is sworn in as President in January of 2013, then the inauguration will provide the writer with a pyrrhic victory that is filled with a bitter taste and an opportunity to produce eight more years of (Jeb) Bush-bashing columns.
Conversely, if this year's fall elections and the Presidential election in 2012 turn out to be overwhelming mandates for Obama and the Democrats to "continue doing what you're doing," then the ostracism of the "rigged elections" point of view will have been a bit of digital streamlining that while seeming to be a contradiction in the "free exchange of concepts and ideas" policy espoused by the non-ditto-head faction will turn out to have been (in retrospect) an example of editing efficiency.
This columnist knows positively that he has been wrong before (Native Dancer had a lock on the Kentucky Derby's winner circle until Dark Star blew past in the stretch) and so we'll try to turn our attention to more mundane matters while we await the mid term mandate for Obama to appear via the election night stats on the TV screens across America.
One of the liberal radio personalities (Tom Hartman?) pointed out that the conservatives are saying that President Obama is taking too many vacation days. When Bush was President the liberals said the same thing. At this point in the presidency, Bush had taken 96 vacation days and Obama has taken 36. Good thing facts can't be used to dissuade fanatical Republicans, eh?
What compassionate conservative Christian wouldn't be enthusiastic about ending unemployment benefits for his neighbors as a way of paying for a war that is killing dozens of infidels? Actually in a country full of homeless people and empty homes that have been foreclosed, a policy of guns not butter makes complete sense.