Generally Super Tuesday marks an awakening to the many who, up until now, have not paid as much attention to the National Political scene as perhaps they should have. Yet I get sense that this year will be much different. Let's face it, President Obama is just biding his time, while collecting obscene campaign contributions, and waiting for the last man standing to emerge from a very splintered Republican Party.
The GOP has more than a small problem this election cycle. Republicans just aren't warming up to the slate of candidates that they have been given and the continuous rancor among them. I doubt, if anyone who normally votes Republican, has a warm fuzzy feeling about November right about now. Independents, meanwhile, aren't overly impressed either.
As a result, the November Election is shaping up as a positive one for an incumbent who should have lost by a landslide.
Naturally the GOP will have no one to blame than themselves because they have allowed the minority Extreme Left of the party control the dialogue for far too long. Why party leaders seem to think that the opinions of a few are more important than the many is anyone's guess, but I think it is a fools game.
I have been saying that the GOP were making themselves irrelevant for some time now and that I believed that the primary reason for that is because of their refusal to accept moderate positions. Matter of fact, the GOP has done everything in its power to put forth a face that not only vilifies moderates within their party but stands dead set against the idea of political compromise. And let's face it, that mindset will not pull in the majority of Independents the GOP needs to win the General Election.
Of course that is just my opinion, but it is not made without some personal knowledge. You see, I have, more times than not, voted Republican in National Elections. But, I have seen a shift that is going too far to the Right and I simply cannot accept the absolute in some of their positions.
For instance, I am not completely or patently opposed to National Health Care because I have seen first hand what the impact of an insurance company's' decision can, and will, have upon the lives of decent, hard-working people. Yet, the GOP has drawn a line in the sand over ObamaCare despite the fact that this healthcare model was originally the brainchild of Newt Gingrich and his colleagues when he was in control of the House. So, why then, are they so against it now?
All I can surmise is that the health industry, as well as its' lobbies and special interests have lined the pockets of willing politicians in order to maintain the Status Quo.
And NO - this is not just about guaranteeing healthcare to those on entitlements or here illegally, which the Extreme Left often blames. This is about the real possibility that someone who has worked their entire lives and dutifully paid all their insurance premiums finding out that they have been denied a necessary operation or procedure. Or what those who find themselves unexpectedly unemployed and being forced to pay an insane premium for COBRA - can they really afford to pay those premiums for any real length of time while being unemployed? We all know that most people cannot afford that.
It is pretty obvious that we needed health care reform!
But I will say this. National Healthcare must be administrated properly and I think that is where ObamaCare didn't get it right. Insurance companies will still hold too much sway via another layer of bureaucracy. As such there was plenty of need for some meaningful political debate from the onset. The GOP of course refused and instead have given us nearly four years of gridlock! That was just plain wrong and not what ordinary Americans desire or deserve.
Look, I don't think either political ideology has it entirely right. But allowing those on the extremes of either side of the aisle to control the political debate just isn't right either. Clearly the majority Americans want our government functioning rather than being the dysfunctional mess it has become. There should always be room for diplomacy and compromise. And NO - those aren't dirty words.
But so long as the special interest "sluts" maintain their grip over the political extremes, there just isn't anything to get excited about with our politics.
Especially given the choice of candidates -
and more of the same old, same old.