I was going to go through the diatribe Blackwell wrote this week at the PeeDee, but Pho beat me to it and grasped one of my main impressions too – the utter lack of accountability he places at the feet of his own party for the decade long list of failures.
Reading Blackwell is something of a time warp. It’s 1979, all is bleak and all can be laid at the feet of tax-and-spend Democrats. We’re in a nationwide malaise and it’s all the fault of the other party. But of course, this isn’t 1979. It is 2006, going on ten years since Democrats controlled anything in the state. The economy is moribund with no end in sight. We are in statewide malaise, all the fault of, apparently, Republicans who aren’t Republican enough
I just want to touch on something else too regarding his TEL amendment nonsense. I think that says a lot about the man. If his administration is so worried about not being able to control spending without putting constitutional barriers in the way then i think it is rather laughable he could be the candidate of personal responsibility – he is by definition saying that he and his fellow Republicans have no self control, something we have also seen at the national level. If you dont have personal and civic responsibility how on earth could you be considered fit for office ? Lets just elect folks who do have responsibility and self control, that way we dont have to tie the hands of our elected officials. What is it about puritans who don’t trust themselves to act accordingly that they have to constrain their own behavior, and everyone else’s via legislation? What does it say about conservative ideology that they can’t be trusted to follow it when elected? Must be about time to do some more gay bashing, eh ?