I am willing to bet that most Americans see themselves as Moderate-Left or Moderate-Right. I think Mitt Romney is actually doing himself a huge favor by not denouncing some of his moderate views. It will be easier to sway Democrats toward someone like Romney than to someone like Perry, Cain or Bachmann. It doesn't do us any good if we nominate an ultra-conservative who can't win the general election.
May your tribe increase!
My congressman is one of those ultra-ultra somewhere-beyond-the-horizon conservatives newly elected to congress in the backlash-vote of 2010. He recent sent me a newsletter explaining one of his votes and I got a real good serving of somewhere-beyond-the-horizon thinking.
I doubt it if did much good but I wrote back and suggest what he was selling as foundational economic truths reminded me of some voodoo religious practices of the natives on some island in a Bing Crosy/Bob Hope "On the road" movie.... a religious practice involving a lot of chicken entrails. And that if he was successful in passing the bill he was writing in support of, I expected to spend the rest of my days living off a retirement diet of chick entrails and their equivalent.
How does either party really hope to win elections if we continue with political rhetoric that has stooped to the point that I feel compelled to write a letter that stoops such a low level? Will we have a nation for our children and grandchildren to even worry about if we go to some of the extremes proposed in either direction?
And to bring this conversation back to broadcasting: If radio continues to be the pipeline to feed the liquid fertilizer to help grow the crop of political thinking that cannot be separated out from the chicken entrails in the cook's pot... is there a future for broadcasting to worry about? News headline for 27 years from now: "Satellite photos today revealed that just as the polar ice caps melted a dozen years ago, scientists today today announced that 23% of the United States has now melted down into what has been dubbed the "Appalacheepoochee Gumbo Marsh". Tonight Show centenarian host Jay Leno announced in his monologue: "It tastes like chicken."