Right-wingers call on others to screw with the Oregon primary

KPAM talking head Victoria Taft and Oregonian columnist David Reinhard are encouraging Republicans to re-register as Democrats and vote for Clinton to (in Reinhard’s words) “keep the Democratic mess going”. In other words, they want to rig the election so the true will of Oregon’s real Democrats will be overturned.

Being from the party of “ethics”, Mr. Reinhard of course has issues with this, but they are fleeting. After all, he states “When is it unethical to act in the best interest of the nation?” Attempting to rig an election is hardly in the best interest of the nation. It’s my firm opinion that Reinhard’s articles often cross the line from mis-informed into the realm of mean-spirited and just plain ridiculous. This one is no different. You want opinions? It’s my opinion that Mr. Reinhard has long been a blight on the Oregonian’s editorial board, and here he is being ignorant and hypocritical, and proposing a dirty trick which only further disenfranchises people who are already sick of dirty political tricks.

As for Ms. Taft, well, the fact that people actually listen to right-wing radio and take it seriously depresses me beyond all measure. I suppose there are people out there who still think pro-wrestling is real, too. But the fact that such a person would suggest that her listeners game an election simply because their own field was laughably milquetoast is deplorable.

Regardless, I find it ironic and more than a tad infuriating. After all, Republicans are supposed to be supporters of Christian behavior, ethics, fair play, and upholding the spirit of the Constitution. In reality, it’s “do as I say, not as I do”. The fact that you can do this does not mean you should. It’s a lesson that I thought these folks had learned with the whole Iraq war thing, but I guess thick-headedness has no bounds.

3 Comments so far

  1. roym4 on March 19th, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    Right wingers don’t have a monoploy on trying to play games with the system. Wasn’t it Kerry supporters who jammed the Ralph Nader meetings in Portland when he was trying to get on the ballot 4 years ago?

  2. divebarwife on March 19th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

    roym4 – that may be true, but as tenstringesquire said – just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
    And just because someone else did it – doesn’t mean you should too.

  3. daaaaave on March 20th, 2008 @ 10:56 am

    No, roym4, it was Oregon Republicans who tried to show up in force to make sure Nader got on the ballot. The Democrats only shortcircuited an already gamed process.

    However, this isn’t that much different than signing "Ron Mexico" on every anti-gay ballot measure to try to make sure as many signatures are disqualified as possible. It’s cynical, but it’s how the game is played.

    P.S. Nader is a putz.

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