Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sen. Vitter & "Drink Wet, Vote Dry"

Back in 1958 (I was 7 at the time) I remember my father in a heated discussion at a church function. It was memorable because it was the first time I think I ever heard my father so contemptuous and for the phrase "Those BBs, they Drink Wet and Vote Dry".

I knew what BBs were, after all I had just gotten a BB gun for Christmas that year. What I couldn't figure out was how they, the BBs, could drink. It wasn't till years later, after we hand moved to California, that I found out that the BBs my Dad was talking about were the Bootleggers & Baptist. The issue was if Oklahoma would stay Dry or go Wet (that is would prohibition be ended). Everyone new were the Bootleggers stood but they didn't have the votes to keep Oklahoma dry. The key was all of the voters who would drink themselves under the table on Saturday night and then go to church on Sunday and denounce the evil 'wets'.

So what's my point? That hypocritical behavior by social conservatives is nothing new. It has a very long tradition in American politics so don't be surprised with Sen. Vitter. The good Senator is just following the grand southern tradition of "Do as I say, not as I do."

Monday, July 02, 2007

An so it goes....

Conservatives of all strips have taken a god offal hit today with commutation of 'Scooter' Libby's sentence. Eight years ago, when the GOP & conservatives pushed for the impeachment of Pres. Clinton they took the position that it didn't matter one iota what he lied about, what mattered was that he lied under oath. In eight short years we see this simple idea disowned like a drunken uncle. What can we expect from a political party that is younger by several decades than the Democratic party calling itself the "Grand Old Party". Not much it would seem.

Please do not think that the GOP operatives will stop harping on the Lying of Clinton under oath, not for one minute. What will happen is that the 50% of the voting public that are fundamentally "independents" will no longer blindly except the proposition that conservatives in general, and the GOP in particular, are more ethical of the two parties. Some may even see how much the GOP has been taken over by the extreme Authoritarians of the conservative movement.

An yes I still beleave in miracles.;)