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From the Left Coast of AZ
By Mikel Weisser, golden valley, AZ Arizona
Liberal commentary for a 21st century Arizona. Sometimes taking on the Tea Party and sometimes the Democratic Party, sometimes funny, sometimes wrong, usually loud.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What Money Can't Buy

mikel weisser

Hey Mohave County Republican Party: Congratulations on your recent victory. It feels good to win, doesn't it? I remember another victory you guys had back in 2004 - an embattled president facing a challenge from a controversial politician out of Massachusetts, a divided nation, everything hanging on Ohio.

In the end, though, a decisive victory with the majority of more than three million votes and a re-elected president who took that margin and claimed it was a mandate. "I have earned some political capital and I aim to spend it!" George Bush crowed and then launched into a program that totally ignored the wishes of the half of the electorate to kowtow to his perpetually shrinking but nonetheless rabid base.

Sure, you remember. We all do. Welcome to 2012. That rabid base of yours has shrunk nationally to below the 50 percent mark and as the song goes, turnabout is fair play. Now, don't you hope that Dems' donkeys are more gracious than your sorry donkeys have been?

Don't get me wrong. The Mohave County Republican Party can be indisputably proud of their accomplishments this round. We are clearly the reddest county in the state. You guys thunderously won virtually every local and state elective office and got Romney 70% of the vote. Only two states turned out such numbers, Wild West Wyoming and, small wonder, Romney-loving Utah. In fact, only 10 states nationally went red by 60+ percent. Metro-area counties like Maricopa and Pinal weren't even greater than 60 percent. Four counties entirely refused your Tea Party and went over to the blue side. College counties Pima and Coconino both backed Obama. He took two-thirds of the Apache County vote and a whopping 68 percent of Santa Cruz County.

So, Mohave County Republican Party, job well done. Now here's my advice: We forgive you for being so incredibly deluded. Now, rather than continuing to crow, it's time to shut up and learn to listen before your party demographically goes the way of the Dixiecrats and other such red-meat-eating dinosaurs. Look outside the Fox News "Romney by a Landslide" bubble. A three million vote margin is a mandate. Your team just lost the presidency in more than half the states, lost seats in Congress in general, lost your supermajority in PHX, and lost more than half of the state's Congressional seats.

This wasn't an error, no matter what joy juice Rush is currently snorting, it's the fifth time in the last six presidential elections that Dems earned more votes. The GOP wants to claim they lost the election because of Hurricane Sandy. But the people in Tempe didn't vote for Kyrsten Sinema because of CNN broadcasting Obama-Christie man-hugs. Whether or not the purist conservative ideologues who claim to shape the party like it or not, the AZ GOP is based on base emotions, blatant greed and brute force. While that approach may win barroom brawls, it's not what the 21st Century public is looking for in governance.

If ever a presidential election could have simply been bought, this surely should have been an example. The GOP and the plutocrats poured over $6 billion into this election. If ever there was a president who has been demonized, vilified, painted as evil as imaginable, it has been Barack Obama. And it did no good.

Turns out asking the public to sacrifice their own best interests for someone else's tax cut isn't the sure-fire winner it once was. No tax cut ever built a highway, taught a child or stopped a criminal. There is no rich man's tax cut worth giving up my son's education over, or my mother's healthcare. Just sayin'.

Turns out the American public also does not actually honestly desire a massive repudiation of Obamacare. We actually honestly do care about caring about people. So, AZ GOP, it is time to get used to the ACA and stop wasting state money on losing litigation trying to battle a program that, while compromised, has more strengths than weaknesses. You know how the Right always complains that us lefty bleeding hearts should stop whining about undocumented immigrants? They say, "The law's the law." SB 1070 got gutted, stop whining. The law's the law, right? Well, the law's the law. The Affordable Care Act passed. It's the law. Shut up about it.

Know what else? Cannabis is going to be legal someday. Get used to it. Women want birth control, not rapists' babies, and same-sex marriage won on the ballot. If you really have to worry THAT much about the sex in someone's else marriage, you are not having enough of your own.

But seriously, while your numbers and sheer orneriness might give you guys the west side of the state home-team advantage for now, the politics of race and rights and money are slipping away from you. America has just had our first true post-racial election. The angrier old white men get about losing their will to stem the tide of time, the more rapidly their time of dominance will slide. In California, they even voted to raise their own taxes. Less than 30 percent of the public out there is even willing to register Republican. And you know what they say about Californians: They keep moving to Arizona.

--mikel weisser writes from the left coast of AZ

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: janice palmer

next election we may put an end to john mccain's yammerings. people of az. are tired of him. look for a new candidate for u.s. senate. any guesses? i know who.

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