President Obama’s presidency would have been better if he had a congress interested in dialog and compromise. Without doubt, we are looking at one of the worst congresses in modern history. Obama plan to have a healthy line of communication with the House and Senate and central to that plan was talks with conservatives like current GOP VP selection Paul Ryan.
The ugly part of the conservative movement wouldn’t let Ryan or any GOP members of Congress debate issues and seek solutions with the president. Oh yeah, the ugly part has grown in the body of that party like a cancer. As a party, Democrats are weak in the South but well-intended while Republicans are strong but hell-bent on running the nation without input from anyone outside their shrinking tent.
If they had listened to former RNC chairman Michael Steele, things would be different. Steele and reasonable conservatives (who were moderate in their temperament) wanted to court those of us in the political center. However, the Tea Party’s nature took them in another direction. Understand, all conservatives share the same fiscal and size of government views but temperament is the key.
The temperament of most southern conservatives will not allow them to select congressional candidates in primaries who will appeal to moderates in the general election. Representative John Barrow of Augusta, Georgia, is the last White Democrat in the House of Representatives from the deep South. The GOP has been after him for years and to be honest, a moderate conservative Black candidate would have taken that seat. Oh, I forgot that there are no GOP moderates since the Tea Party purge their ranks.
In the 12th congressional district primary, businessman Rick Allen lost to state Rep. Lee Anderson. Allen has civic and social connections with non-Republicans in the Augusta area but that meant nothing to primary voters. They wanted someone just like them and they got a candidate who refuses to debate Harvard-educated Barrow. Democrats in Georgia that are looking for some action should get involved in the Barrow campaign because we can’t become a one race party in the South; we would be bogus. Okay, I tossed in “bogus” because I was listened to MC Hammer yesterday and thought politics when he said “your party is bogus..yo, it ain’t legit” on the rap classic “Let’s Get It Started.” Hammer could have been talking about Romney and the post Michael Steele RNC with their 47% nonsense.
Let’s Get It Started had a sample from Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” and that is what is going to happen to GOP congressional candidates until they develop a moderate wing. Hammer can be in a blog post about Augusta politics because brother James Brown is from that area and Hammer clearly bites from the Godfather of Soul’s beats and dance moves. When America was on fire after the MLK assassination, Brown cooled things down.
We should get “Get Out The Vote” started for Barrow and Obama in that part of Georgia. Barrow and the Blue Dogs bring moderate to conservative views to the Democrat table.