O.K., Iâ€™m trying to â€œmove onâ€ past the election, but Iâ€™m having no success. I find myself contemplating my nationalization theory; specifically, Iâ€™m assuming the theory to be true, and looking back at events from that perspective. In other words, Iâ€™m recalling the statements of the Democrats and imagining what they would mean if spoken by their national leadership.
Donâ€™t try this at home! In fact, I avoid doing this alone because occasionally it leads to hyperventilation, which can lead to a strong stomach cramp that can only be cured by breathing into a paper bag for a protracted period of time.
The Tucson Citizen (one of Tucsonâ€™s hapless dailies) stated that â€œTrasoffâ€™s campaign is all anti-Ronstadt, with little attention paid to proposals for serving the ward and the city.â€ This is a fair description of both Democrat campaigns, and a precise picture of the party leadership activities at the national level. Even their affirmative campaign promises were reactions to the accomplishments of the Republicans â€“ repeal the garbage fee, quicker implementation of impact fees, completely subsidize KIDCO, etc. Nothing creative or original was proposed.
Letâ€™s translate some phrases that are repeated at both the local and national level (the wording might not be identical, but the assertions are the same). Uhlich says, â€œItâ€™s about our values;â€ translation: â€œRepublicans are out of touch with the people.â€ Uhlich says, â€œItâ€™s about accountability;â€ translation: â€œRepublicans are corrupt.â€ Trasoff says, â€œMy opponent just doesnâ€™t get it;â€ translation: â€œBush is an idiot.â€ Uhlich says, â€œI support gun safety;â€ translation: â€œI donâ€™t support gun rights, and Iâ€™ll use â€˜safetyâ€™ as a ploy to deny the people that right.â€ These translations are mine, and not those of the candidates.
So, are the Democrats dullards with no vision or direction? I think not. It is more likely that they have a vision, and a direction in which they want to take Tucson â€“ they just didnâ€™t run on it. Is it a secret? Are there any clues?
How about the endorsements? Well, letâ€™s look at the ones about which Trasoff boasts (taken from her flyer). Here are some: AZ Dem Progressive Caucus; Pima Area Labor Federation; Sierra Club / Rincon; S.AZ. Building Trades; Arizona List (State version of EMILYâ€™s List); SEIU (a service workers union); Democracy for America / Tucson; Linda Ronstadt; Las Adelitas.
Where is my paper bag! I know better than to do this alone.
Jeez! This looks like a list of all the organizations that reserve tables at the local May Day celebration!
This is just too awful to contemplate. Letâ€™s change the subject toâ€¦sayâ€¦national Democrat party coordination at the state level! Now, I do not generally believe in dark conspiracies; but I do not believe in coincidences either. So when the Democrat governors of both Arizona and New Mexico suddenly declared states of emergency in their border counties, and threw some resources at border security, I smelled a plot rich with fertilizer.
Have the Democrats suddenly gone rational on us? No, Bush is a big open-borders guy, and they are the Antibush, voila! Seriously, someone in the party has finally identified border security as the big sleeper issue, and they want to get on the right side of it before the Republicans.
All politics is nationalâ€¦go figure!