Sarah Palin (the Arctic Fox) recently endorsed a candidate running for office as a Representative of the 23rd Congressional District in New York. She endorsed Doug Hoffman, and it made news.
Former Senator Fred Thompson had also endorsed Mr. Hoffman. They both did this at some political risk. Rather than endorsing the GOP candidate (Diedre Scozzafava), they endorsed the Conservative Party candidate.
(Is it just me, or does anyone else see the appeal of an Arctic Fox / Fred Thompson ticket in 2012? Start the BUZZ!)
The endorsements seem to “connect the dots." Republicans are putting their careers and reputations on the line to bring sense to our political climate. In emblematic fashion, the lady who is Going Rogue breaks from the Party and backs a third party candidate.
Here’s the background information:
Our anti-Republican culture likes to put people into “boxes”; to group us by demographic or geographical characteristics. Whether we like it or not, we end up being classified as something like a “white male” or a “soccer mom”. People then assume they know our behaviors and thought processes, taking away our individuality.
Many of us don’t like that. We fight back. How do we do that? By using the Internet.
Here are some blogs that illustrate the point…
Another Black Conservative
A Conservative Teacher
A Conservative Lesbian
Just a Conservative Girl
I Love Being Right
Left Coast Rebel
Did you notice the word “Conservative” in most of them? Our culture typically places a negative connotation on that word. It is meant to convey a person with an extreme, sometimes crazy point of view.
The good news is that there is now a battle to take back control of that word. The battle is being waged on the Internet.
On the Internet, “Conservative” connotes Intellectual Independence. In each of the Blogs listed above, the person writing the blog is saying, “Don’t group me! I have free will, and this is what I think!” The blogger is using the Internet to control his or her identity.
Let me make the point one more time:
Conservative = Intellectually Independent
I like the banner on the home page of the “I Love Being Right” site. She justifies her Blog by saying, “I just can’t be quiet any longer!!”
The Left Coast Rebel is particularly succinct. His blog title says it all.
Today, there is a battle being fought across our country. In four skirmishes, Republicans are fighting cultural conformity. They are
--“Fighting the Unions” (Douglas County School Board in Colorado);
--“Fighting the Party” (GOP in New York’s 23rd CD);
--“Fighting the Money” (New Jersey Governor’s race); and just
--“Fighting Back” (Virginia Governor’s race).
By tonight, we will know if Republicans have won any of these contests.
Watch for our anti-Republican culture to characterize any Republican victories as “disturbing.”
I think a better word is “fascinating.”
UPDATE: Smitty at The Other McCain links with comments indicating the Arctic Fox / Fred Thompson ticket is not so far-fetched. Does anyone have a good moniker for Fred? Maybe we can get something started here!
UPDATE II (11/4/2009): Well, three out of four isn't bad. As Stacy says, "This isn't over."
In Colorado, we had the good fortune to have the GOP support Republicans in their desire to exert control over public school policy in Douglas County. This might be a good example for other districts to follow.
Then again, it could be the start of a First Amendment battle, to see to what lengths people must go to avoid characterizing a candidate as a Republican or Democrat or Unaffiliated in a "non-partisan election." Can you do it if you speak in hushed tones? How about if you are affiliated with only a couple of outside groups? Is avoiding the use of the letters "D" and "R" on the ballot not enough? What exactly defines a non-partisan election, and what are the penalties for violating the rules? Do we need federal intervention?
We live in interesting times.