Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Republican Stupidity - Part 2

I understand what angers the Scorched earth Republicans about the President's immigration stance. In fact, I actually agree with them about "enforcement first" policies towards illegals. But, there's a difference between supporting tough immigration policy and rejecting Republicans at the polls if things don't quite your way on this issue. Here are the problems with the latter attitude:

First it's incredibly short-sighted. For those who believe that making sure Republicans lose elections will get you what you want, can you name a single time that's actually worked? Were you the same people who supported Ross Perot or didn't vote for George H.W. Bush in 1992 just to teach him a lesson? How did that work out for you? Anyone remember Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright, North Korea nukes, Rwanda, Chinagate, or Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Yeah, that cutting off your nose thing really paid HUGE dividends, didn't it?

Second, it's stupid politics. If there's an elected official you have a problem with, seek to defeat that official in the primary (within the party) and replace them with people more to your liking. Hey, if a small Pennsylvania county can do it, so can you. But NEVER, EVER vote for third party candidates or sit on your hands and stay at home. This always has the result of giving the person you least agree with a win thereby ensuring you don't get what you want.

My fellow Republicans, in the words of Bill Clinton, "I feel your pain" at our party right now. But don't allow your emotions to lead you to do something stupid.

Part 3: Why we should act more like Democrats (in certain instances) in order to further our goals. And why it's better to send a message in the primary rather than the general election.

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