Like millions of Americans today, I voted.
Like millions of Americans today, I’m tired of the 2010 election.
In Kentucky, particularly in Central Kentucky, specifically in Georgetown, things got nastier than ever before, as candidates both national, state and local slung mud with the enthusiasm and accuracy of feces-slinging monkeys.
And now, the aforementioned feces has hit the fan.
So far in 2010, we’ve witnessed Jack Conway attack Rand Paul’s religion (giving us the infamous Aqua Buddha), while Paul attacked Conway for being a supposed Obama lapdog (frankly, I’m highly doubtful the president is more than vaguely aware of Kentucky’s Conway). We’ve seen Andy Barr and Ben Chandler jaw back and forth over this and that, and honestly, I’ve not seen much of anything about what either will actually do for the region if elected or re-elected.
Then there’s Georgetown, where the once sleepy little town outside of Lexington saw the bad blood from 2006 (and before) spill over to 2010 (and likely beyond). Incumbent Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames is taking on Everette Varney, who served as mayor for eight years before losing to Tingle-Sames in 2006 by about 80 votes. The battle is equivalent to Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant circa 1987, only with less civility and more villains.
We’ve seen Tingle-Sames’ camp accuse Varney of having Alzheimer’s, a claim Varney’s camp refuted by saying “You can take a pill for senility. You can’t cure stupid.” My suggested line for Varney: “Yeah, I am forgetful. Like the rest of Georgetown, I’m trying my best to forget the last four years.”
Varney, after dominating the May Primary, has gone into hush mode, avoiding any public debates with Tingle-Sames. He knows he has a lead and the best way to ruin it is to open his mouth. Tingle-Sames gets under his skin. He knows, she knows and we know it. Avoiding her, though, isn’t much of a good thing from a would-be leader. Instead of ducking her, he would have been better off by practicing for the debates and coming out swinging. Instead, by doing this political rope-a-dope, he’s the one who comes off as the dope.
Making things worse (here, there, everywhere) is the emergence of the Tea Party, a group that thinks it is building the Republican Party for the future but in reality is only splintering it. Despite some likely victories for the Tea Party today, Democrats have no real reason to fear the movement as a long-term threat. The GOP is dividing and conquering itself, and it makes me wonder how long it will take those who want Obama ousted in 2012 to realize that all they’re doing is bolstering his re-election bid. A strong Republican could give Obama a challenge in two years, but the president will easily defeat a GOP candidate AND a Tea Party person.
Of course, you don’t dare suggest that to the Tea Party people. If you even think about speaking ill of the Tea Party (or the anyone listed as a Republican, for that matter), they come out swinging, calling you names and suggesting that you have no real conservative blood in you.
This has been witnessed repeatedly by a local Facebook page called “Georgetown Politics Uncensored.” This page supposedly began as a way to learn more about the issues and candidates in this election, but it has (no surprise here) turned into a forum 5-year-olds would consider childish. The overriding theme seems to be “If you don’t like my party, you’re an idiot.” Please note that this doesn’t say “my candidate.” No, that’s far too reasonable for this group. Instead, it’s all or nothing, as if to say that Republicans and Democrats can in no way actually work together and get along.
The page is becoming dominated by a small (and I mean 2-3) group of Republicans who act as if they speak for the all Georgetown Republicans (I say Georgetown because it’s worth noting they don’t live in the city limits despite being totally involved in the mayoral race and have no vote). Trust me, they do not speak for all Republicans. At least they don’t speak for the rational, reasonable, sane ones (yes, we do exist).
Lately, they’ve grown overly fond of dismissing any Republican who says anything remotely positive about a Democrat, calling these people RINOs, short for Republicans In Name Only. Of course, they fail to actually use the correct term, calling them RHINOs, despite repeated attempts by some to point out the error.
To them (and to anyone else) who wants to label me (or anyone else) a RINO (or RHINO), I offer this: Rhinoceroses have been around a long time and are actually pretty close to being dinosaurs on earth. They have thick skins and are not to be trifled with. So, keeping this in mind, please shut your elephant asses up.
So, elephants, donkeys, RINOS, RHINOS, winos and albinos (and if he were still alive, Capt. Lou Albano), just for today, do everyone a favor and shut up. Just stop it. Go vote, go home. That’s it. Stop the fighting. Stop the bickering.
Then starting tomorrow, try actually working toward solutions.