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    Police unions often endorse Republicans. And Kansas votes Republican, despite the fat that it isn't in the interests of Kansas voters (there's a book about that one). PATCO isn't alone in its stupidity.

    As for 2), it was "screw everyone else on the planet" in the sense that PATCO allowed its narrow, short-term interests to guide its decision regardless of the effect of a Reagan presidency on everyone else.

    I cannot stand Obama. Cannot stand him. Tom Junod gave me another reason the other day. But I'm not enough of an idiot to think that Rmoney would be an improvement.

    And as for 3) yes, he had been president of a union. As governor of California, he also signed the most liberal abortion legislation in the country. But he was also a dedicated hippie-puncher, and I can't help wondering how much that influenced PATCO's decision.

    Thank you very much for these comments. It's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who knows more than I do about what PATCO's motivation was. It's also good to be reminded what a shitheel Carter was in his pre-post-presidency days. I couldn't stand him, either. His conservative pandering (Draft registration, anyone? Olympic boycott?) was appalling. And we all know where his Afghanistan policy led.

    But I didn't need hindsight to know that Reagan was the antichrist. As always, it was a choice between the lesser of two evils.

    Barack Obama: Gives people who tortured other people to death a pass, prosecutes whistleblowers. Change we can believe in!

    by expatjourno on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:20:09 PM PDT

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