Sunday, March 27, 2005

 

Theocons organize for Blackwell

Our first reaction to this NYT scary, scary story was: Why are we reading this in the New York Goddam Times? Doesn't Ohio have its own press corps? Did they take the entire month of March off for spring break? Hello? Anyone there?

The sphincter tightening starts with the two first paragraphs:
Christian conservative leaders from scores of Ohio's fastest growing churches are mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and Republican organizations, starting with the 2006 governor's race.

In a manifesto that is being circulated among church leaders and on the Internet, the group, which is called the Ohio Restoration Project, is planning to mobilize 2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activists, train candidates and endorse conservative causes in the next year.
We'll probably have more to say about this, but Jesse and Americablog should be checked out first.

Kudos to Jesse for this laugh-til-we-peed observation:
In the sort of addition-by-melanin that conservatives practice so well, Blackwell is a shining example of what happens when an unremarkable conservative, THROUGH THE SCIENTIFIC POWER OF BIRTH, becomes possessed of the strange and remarkable power of minoritism. Think of it like being invisible, except only in politics, and with better handshakes.

Blackwell can't win in '06, largely because his platform is that Republicans, who control every hall, room and broom closet of power at the state level, haven't been Republican enough. If the Republican platform is honestly so great, and the voters have, inarguably, given Republicans statewide leeway to pursue their platform...why is Ohio so screwed up? Do we need another injection of vitamin R to mix with the past decade of overdosing?

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