New GOP — Same as the Old

North Dakota is going to have a “personhood amendment” on its ballot in 2014.

You know, the provision that says a fertilized egg has the same constitutional rights you and I have.   The thing that would ban not only all abortions (rape, incest, life of the mother), but also hormonal birth control and in vitro fertilization.

The provision that those wild and crazy leftist radicals in Mississippi defeated.

Having measures like this on the ballot will generate lots of attention beyond North Dakota in 2014 and affect other races, just as ignorant extremists like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin tainted the GOP beyond their own losing races and hurt the party across the board, including Mitt.

Keep the Crazies Coming

You have to hand it to Karl Rove, the Rasputin of the GOP who refuses to die, to have the chutzpah to go back to the folks whose $300 million he flushed down the toilet in 2012 and ask them for more for his new Conservative Victory Project.

Rove wants to use his new group to keep undisciplined, tactless radicals like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock from getting nominated and make sure that more circumspect, less voluble radicals are chosen.  He doesn’t want to change policies so much as personalities.  His preferred nominees would still do everything in their power to keep rape victims from having access to abortion, they just wouldn’t make outrageous comments about it.

The GOP civil war is portrayed as a battle between the Tea Party and the Establishment, but I don’t see where their platforms differ.  It’s more about identifying candidates who clean up pretty, who don’t chafe at putting on their sheep’s clothing long enough to get elected.

Much as I hate to see the ignorant and the insane given a national platform, I hope the Tea Party types win this war.  We need the Akins and Mourdocks to infuriate us so much that we donate money and volunteer and show up to vote for the reasonable choices.

Until the GOP moderates its positions, I don’t want them to succeed in positioning their faux moderates.


Dispatches from the Parallel Universe

Here’s Charles Krauthammer from “The Choice” at WaPo:

“An Obama second term means that the movement toward European-style social democracy continues, in part by legislation, in part by executive decree.  The American experiment — the more individualistic, energetic, innovative, risk-taking model of democratic governance — continues to recede, yielding to the supervised life of the entitlement state.

“Every four years we are told that the coming election is the most important of one’s life.  This time it might actually be true.  At stake is the relation between citizen and state, the very nature of the American social contract.”

This is just pure delusion.  In 2008, pundits could make wild claims about who Obama was and what he wanted to do.  But he’s been president for four years, a very moderate and centrist president, one who has frustrated the left of his own party.  We’ve seen him, we’ve lived with him, he is no radical.

By contrast, it is Romney/Ryan who are a true threat to the American social contract with their dramatic shifts of wealth and resources even further upward.  They are the threat to the middle class and those hoping to join it.

And if you want to talk about a “supervised life,” what better example could there be than the government forcing you to have your rapist’s baby?  Romney/Ryan, both supporters of the Personhood Amendment, offer their own sick version of an entitlement state where fertilized eggs are more entitled than those of us who are already here.