What pinhead wrote a law that requires a candidate, speaking in his/her own voice, to append the words, "I'm Joe Candidate, and I approve this message"? Brilliant! Right, this message. The message I just spoke. Guess what? I approve it!
If I were running, I'd be tempted to say, "I'm Dan Phillips and, frankly, I have mixed feelings about this message... but let's go with it!" Just to mess things up.
An ad. Gotta love Alaska senatorial candidate Joe Miller's riff on the Old Spice man.
Moderates. So we rock-ribbed conservatives — clinging as we do to God, guns, and the Constitution — are constantly being told that we need to open up wide and make room for folks to our left on many issues. We need a big big big tent. And who will fill that tent?
Moderates, those self-convincedly noble souls who find both goal posts, and supposedly try hard to locate a position right in the middle. That's the theory, anyway; but I've noticed that "middle" usually ends up being within spitting-distance of the left goal post.
Regardless, we hear the call, and we heed it. We try to support conservatives, but in the election, we'll vote for the moderate. We need not to be narrow and parochial. We'll never have national influence, otherwise.
But have you noticed that the love doesn't run in both directions?
If your conservative candidate doesn't make it, you go ahead and vote for a Schwarzeneggar or a McCain.
But if it goes the other way?
Well, look at Alaska's Senatrix Lisa Murkowski. Lost her party's nomination, soundly, to Joe Miller.
So, being a big-tent moderate, what does she do?
Runs as a write in candidate, opposing her party's candidate.
Or look at Crist in Florida (write-in campaign, opposing his party's candidate), or Castle in Delaware (will not endorse his party's candidate).
You know, this pro-moderate argument is just getting harder and harder to make...
...thanks to the moderates!