"MODERATION” STRIKES AGAIN!
I left California for Arizona several years ago and did my broadcasts from my own studio. While Arizona is not without its fiscal problems, they're minor compared to the train-wreck in California. They developed, however, because Janet Napolitano succeeded in convincing some gullible swing-voters that she was a "moderate" Democrat. Then, once in office, she demonstrated her "moderation" by running the state into debt paying for typical liberal social programs.
Now a Republican governor is trying to repair the damage and the legendary Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County (Phoenix) has announced that he's going to run for the job. The pro-illegal-immigration crowd is in a tizzy, of course, but the debt run up largely on freebies for illegals under Napolitano has opened many Arizonan's eyes. The idea that, as head of the Department of Homeland Security, she would "secure our borders" induces gales of laughter in the Grand Canyon State.
The hiring of Michael Steele as party chairman by the Republican National Committee was obviously, from the start, an affirmative-action tactic.
Typical of the kind of blundering that has cost the Republican party the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, the so-called "leadership" was apparently playing a misguided racial-politics game when they selected Mr. Steele. A game of, "They have a black president, so we'll counterbalance with a black... party chairman??!!" Only the kind of political hacks who've risen to positions of leadership in the Republican Party could possibly see that as equivalence.
One of his first acts as the new chairman was to pick a fight with the most prominent conservative voice in America, Rush Limbaugh. That was the first clue that Mr. Steele was not going to be a party unifier. Now comes the sex-club scandal; the spending of party funds for an outing to a nightclub specializing in bondage acts.
Perhaps the evening was intended to dramatize the position in which Mr. Steele has placed his party: tied-up and whipped.
There's nothing wrong with the party having a black chairman, but the first priority should be qualifications of the sort Mr. Steele clearly lacks.
Now his defenders within the party establishment are faced with the uncomfortable dilemma often faced by managers in the private sector forced into unwise hirings under what is manifestly a racial quota system: they've hired somebody they can't fire.
(Ed. Folks, Lee Rodgers has a blog and knows how to use it. From time to time, I'll be re-posting his musings. You can read for yourself at www.radiorodgers.com)