May 14, 2010

Harmon: 2010 turning out to be a very unusual political year

Could 'business as usual' in Washington and elsewhere finally have offended most voters?

By M.D. Harmon mharmon@mainetoday.com
Editorial Writer

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The pollsters made it clear that voters didn't rank Republicans much higher than Democrats in their ability to run Congress, but the anti-incumbent feeling is running so strong that the party in power is taking most of its impact.

If that's the way this fall's voting turns out, the GOP will have a limited window of opportunity to prove to voters it can be responsible about spending.

Failing that, I wouldn't be surprised to see a strong third-party movement developing.

And all that brings us back to Maine, where in a "can-you-hear-me-now" moment, delegates to the GOP convention last weekend tossed out their party's plain-vanilla platform for one that was part tea party and part vintage libertarianism, with a dash of conservative social issues thrown in.

From the reaction among leftists, you would have thought this was the second coming of Mussolini. It's understandable they are upset over something that directly challenges them the way this document does -- the left holds the reins of power in Augusta and has for a long time, to the point where it feels entitled to run things -- but it shows that the times they are a-changin' in Maine, too.

As one conservative blogger noted, those who give the GOP advice on how to be more like Democrats can't point to any successes that policy has had.

"Moderation" – as defined by people who are not fiscally responsible and never will be – hasn't yielded governors or legislative majorities in years. Being more aggressive about lowering the size and cost of government seems worth a try.

Into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of Hell? Hey, if you take cannon fire doing it, maybe it means the opposition finally has reason to fear you.

 

M.D. Harmon is an editorial writer. He can be contacted at 791-6482 or:

mharmon@mainetoday.com

 

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