There is a primary in Indiana tonight. Long time incumbent Republican senator Richard Lugar will probably lose. Tonight’s Lugargeddon is more proof of the powerful draught served by the Tea Party and the evaporated mist known as Occupy Wall Street.
When/if Richard Lugar gets booted out of office it will be for not listening to the ones that brung him. The decades living in Washington, D.C. distanced Lugar from Indiana and Lugar began to think he was in Washington to do as he desired without listening to the great unwashed.
Our republican form of government requires elected officials to use their discretion, experience, wisdom, and personal judgment in casting votes. But those votes have to be explained. Those votes have to take into consideration the popular will. The votes our representatives cast are votes on behalf of the people filtered though that elected official. But in the end the elected official must at the very least listen to and consider the wishes of the governed. Lugar tonight will learn that lesson.
In North Carolina, a must win state for Barack Obama, there is an anti gay marriage ballot issue, Amendment One, that will likely win. This Amendment One issue puts Obama in a bind.
Many African-Americans are opposed to gay marriage and Obama needs a turnout of blacks bigger than 2008 if he is to have a chance of winning. That is one of the reasons which explains Obama bailing out of a North Carolina visit.
Contrary to what many Republicans/conservatives believe Barack Obama is an anti gay bigot. So are many African-Americans. But a lot of white liberals mouth support for gay marriage and gay rights and Barack Obama needs to fool them again as well.
Honest gay activists are withholding campaign contributions from Barack Obama until he keeps some of his broken promises to the gay community and Barack Obama desperately needs that gay money. But, a lot of swing states such as North Carolina and Ohio are against gay marriage. Obama is caught between the oceans of lies. Remember this from two days after the 2008 elections?:
During the primary Barack Obama organized a gay-bashing tour exploiting African-American homophobia to his benefit. On election day that homophobia continued.
Proposition 2 in California passed on Tuesday. Proposition 2 benefited farm animals. Proposition 2 protects pregnant pigs, calves and hens as well as any animal in an enclosed area. California farm animals have their rights enhanced in Barack World. California Gay-Americans are sent to the Obama slaughter house.
Proposition 8, with big help from Obama supporters passed in California. Many of those Obama supporters that supported Proposition 8 were African-Americans who voted for Proposition 8 by 70%. Obama said nary a word against proposition 8. Obama’s voice was employed by supporters of Proposition 8 in robocalls to win support for Proposition 8. The Obama South Carolina gay-bashing tour echoed in California.
Many African-American Obama supporters who wept and gloried in the end of racism in America turned on Gay-Americans. [Some wonderful African-Americans fought against Proposition 8 with the same strength that some African-Americans supported Hillary.] Obama said nary a word against the bigotry.
The Obama gay baiting of 2008 is catching up with him in 2012.
In Wisconsin the Republican governor Scott Walker will officially know who his opponent will be. In early June both candidates will face off in a general recall/reelection fight. If Scott Walker wins the last of the many recent recall elections in Wisconsin the Obama campaign will have a coronary. Say goodbye to 10 electoral votes that were in the “safe” category for Obama.
Tonight might not be exciting, but it sets the table for the main events to come.