Blogging around: Reed goes down, Cherokee wisdom, one issue voters

NewDonkey says Praise The Lord that Ralph Reed lost his bid to become the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor:

At one point, long after Reed had conceded to Casey Cagle, I was on the phone with a Georgia political operative, who was watching local television, and said: “Seems to be about five people left at Ralph’s party. Wonder if they’ve started serving liquor yet.” She went on to report a more disturbing image from the tube: Cynthia McKinney (who may, in the biggest upset of the night, wind up getting knocked into a runoff) appeared to be doing the electric slide with Cindy Sheehan at her election night shindig.

The Moderate Voice invokes some Cherokee wisdom applicable to today’s politics:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.  He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

“One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

McBlogger has visited the land of the left and comes away with a Mcheadache!

There’s an old theory that if you move far enough to the left politically, you find yourself within handshaking distance of the Right. Then there’s another theory that the continent is tilted to the west so lots of loose nuts end up in California. Recently evidence to support both of these ideas has turned up in the form of a collection of West Coast crackpots styling themselves the “Patrick Henry Democratic Club”.

Normally I wouldn’t give a second thought to what some people half a continent away talk about when they get together at Denny’s. But it seems that they are sticking their noses into Texas business. If you go to their website, which is sort of a Tiger Beat for fans of Dennis Kucinich put together with the graphical skills of a three year-old, you will see that they are also fans of a certain Texas congressman…

…That’s right, these “Democrats” are raising money for Ron Paul, the incumbant republican congressman whose bizarro world libertarian beliefs occasionally result in him making statements that are somewhat soothing to liberals’ ears. Yes, Ron Paul is against the war, but as an excellent post on BOR recently reminded us, he is also against aid to the poor, against affirmative action, against helping the victioms of Hurricane Katrina, against Medicare. And his openly racist views were expressed yet again just last week when he voted against the extension of the Voting Rights Act.

Just one more indication that the far left have become one issue voters.

U.S. News reports how the stem cell research bill has Republicans in a precarious situation:

A majority of Americans support the research, but those who oppose it are religious conservatives— evangelicals and traditional Catholics—who constitute the GOP’s base.

“Stem cell research has been merged with the anti-abortion argument in the minds of many activists,” says John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. “It’s become a surrogate for doing something about abortion.”

Dennis Hastert believes, despite all polls to the contrary, that Republicans will gain House Seats in the upcoming midterm elections:

House Speaker Dennis Hastert Wednesday became the first Republican leader to predict that the GOP will gain seats in the midterm elections.

Emerging from a meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, where the new “battleground fundraising campaign” for embattled members was laid out to party officials, the speaker said trend lines in the news have him believing that the Republicans will pick up seats.

“We are going to keep seats, and we are going to increase them as well,” he said, according to an aide. A Democratic House official scoffed, however, saying that their polls show the Democrats on the verge of taking over the majority.

No other Republican leader has been so bold, not even Rep. Tom Reynolds, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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