Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has run a new ad responding to joking about a strange appearance on Politically Incorrect years ago, where she admitted to having “dabbled in witchcraft” when she was young. (The occult appears to have a stronger attraction for Evangelical Christians than it does for the general population, a strange but understandable irony.) In any case, a further round of jokes inevitably followed her opening insistence, tongue obviously in cheek, that she is not a witch. The Liberal Ironist doesn’t object to the way the ad starts, but to everything that follows:
“…I’m you. None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us: Politicians who think that spending, trading favors and backroom deals are the ways to stay in office. I’ll go to Washington, and do what you’d do…” (Emphasis in original.)
“Politicians who think spending, trading favors and backroom deals are the ways to stay in office,” is almost a redundancy.
And that makes sense. Soldiers have to be able to kill, firefighters have to run towards flames, and assistant principals have to oversee in-school detention. Politicians compromise on principled positions, on principle. O’Donnell was doing fine until she got to the point. The Liberal Ironist doesn’t exactly want an elected official who would do what a normal person would do in office. A normal person can’t filibuster Congressional legislation, doesn’t ratify treaties and doesn’t approve Presidential appointments. Those things are extraordinary, big-enough to change a person.
People who think a political compromise is a moral compromise are unethically uncompromising, clamoring for either political paralysis or political violence. I for one don’t want someone running for a seat in one of the most-exclusive legislative chambers in the World to pretend that she’s like me. That’s patronizing. What I do want is a candidate for the Senate who would do what she would do when in office–and who says so. If she exhibited that kind of honesty, I’d be equipped with some idea more-rational than her recent ingratiation when weighing my vote. That way I might have a positive reason to vote for her and not the other guy…or my roommate…or you.
This reminds me why I tend to like a capable administrator who people “can’t connect with,” like George Bush Sr. When you can’t connect with a politician, at least you have an authentic lack of connection.
I’m the Liberal Ironist, and I approved this message…and I’m not you, because if I were, you would have lost your right to be yourself.