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    Ahianne, Buckeye Hamburger

    Let the Republicans try to dissociate themselves from this. They've been happily wallowing in the homophobic mud along with these bigots. They deserve to feel a bit dirty as a result.

    Their response only wedges them further-either alienating the fright wing they've been depending on or from decent Ohioans who deserve better than the Blackwell campaign is giving them.

    Also, whether you or I think being gay is a smear, the fact is that's how this is being used. Intention counts.

    And the intention here is clear.

    Before you win, you have to fight. Come fight along with us at TexasKaos.

    by boadicea on Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 02:24:02 PM PDT

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    •  Right, the Ohio GOP *must* now make a choice (2+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, boadicea

      Theoretically, the Ohio Republicans and even Ken Blackwell could still do the right thing at this point, which would be to clearly denounce Russell Johnson and his comment about "withholding judgment" on the Stricklands. But nothing short of an unambiguous expression of disassociation will suffice, and the pressure should be on them for just that. Johnson and the ORP are now making it clear what kind of people they are, and the Republicans no longer have the luxury of tacitly accepting them as political allies.

      Blackwell has had no qualms about courting the troglodyte right, and the GOP must be tempted by Johnson's promise to deliver an army of "values voters", especially considering the trouble they're in. But if they continue down that road, they will be in bed with bigots and hate-mongers, and the harsh spotlight should be shining on them from now until November 7th.

      The Republicans and Blackwell better do something about this quick -- say by tomorrow -- or it will be too late.

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

      by Buckeye Hamburger on Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 02:41:16 PM PDT

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      •  They're not used to doing the right thing. (1+ / 0-)
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        Buckeye Hamburger

        So, I don't expect a swift response.

        The thing is, it shouldn't require an application of political calculus to do the decent thing.

        To the extent that it does for any politician, they fail all of us.

        Before you win, you have to fight. Come fight along with us at TexasKaos.

        by boadicea on Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 02:57:39 PM PDT

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