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Letter: Observations of the political arena

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am

This is one person’s observations on the present state of the political scene. Normally it makes little difference who the party selects to carry their banner into the fray; it’s the platform that is all-important.

Their candidate is on an interim basis; the party is forever. When their candidate veers off course, they have little option but to support him. Survival is paramount for lasting control. They also need to admit that their vetting process was just plain sloppy; maybe the right horse, but the wrong jockey!

Recently, Congress passed legislation to increase the federal budget. Enough Democratic members of the House of Representatives went along with the vote — not because they endorsed it, but because they knew that to block it would cause another government shutdown. A shutdown that the public would blame on the GOP, and would hinder their progress on their primary goal — wrest the hands out of the liberal progressives in the Senate. It is that important! The vote is this year! Their aim is to control both the House and the Senate, and then dismantle the improperly named Affordable Care Act, the backbone of this administration. Now that obviously is their plan, and it is extremely crucial to them.

With that accomplished, the result would be an even weaker president. With only one viable candidate to succeed him, the party will be in disarray. Their most likely strategy will probably be one they have used successfully in the past: personal attacks, class and race issues. It is questionable if the public will again go along with this demigod logic. Having weathered eight long years of unkempt promises, the false information, the paucity of truth and the veiled threats to our individual freedoms, plus the tarnished charisma and the lack of leadership demonstrated by the party leader, the smoke and mirrors approach has worn pathetically thin.

Should the above observations come to fruition, then the strong hand would belong to the conservatives. But, as Yogi Berra was quoted as saying, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Played intelligently and with strong support from the Tea Party, it looks like a “slam dunk” for the GOP. Played foolishly, who knows?

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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