Elizabeth Warren won her Senate seat in Massachusetts. (Photo: qwrrty)
Oh, what a glorious day! I feel like an eight-year-old kid on Christmas morning, tumbling down the stairs in a bright red onesie that was a gift from grandma last year (and that’s almost too small for me) to see all the gifts Santa left me under the tree. In this case, the morning was last night, the tree was the 2012 elections, Santa was the voters, and the gifts, well, I’ll get to those in a moment. On a side note, let me say the only real lump of coal I’ve found so far in my stocking is Michele Bachmann being narrowly reelected to her congressional seat. Screw you too, Santa. I was really hoping my ORU diploma would automatically increase in credibility with her defeat. Oh, well. Anyway, look at the bright side: at least she won’t be getting a show on Fox News!
One of the things every kid has to learn is that, for whatever reason, Santa is a stickIer about giving you everything you write down on your list. Even so, all things considered, things are pretty good (and they could have been a lot worse). So, I invite you to join me as I open my presents–even though they’re really everyone’s presents, not just mine. And we’ll open them together. Continue reading →
Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum spoke on the campus of Oral Roberts University today where I attend school. I did not go, but elected to take a nap instead (and, oh, was it a good one). I elected not to go because I do not give ear to public figures who foment homophobic fear while at the same time slipping in the word “Jesus” or “God” every few sentences to establish some sort of connection with the conservative Evangelicals who comprise their base. Rick Santorum is probably a well-enough guy to be around and I’m sure he’s a great husband and father. He’s also a brother in Christ and I look forward to breaking bread with him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Until that time, however, he will have neither my support nor respect so long as he continues to build his political career on ignorance and prejudice.
There’s a lot of disagreement as to whether or not a candidate’s personal life is a relevant topic of discussion in a campaign. Some believe it is, some don’t. What do I think? It depends.
In the case of Newt Gingrich, the devil is in the details and are they ever steamy. In 1981, Newt left his dying first wife for the woman with whom he’d been having an affair (who, ironically, he would also leave twenty years later for another woman with whom he had started an affair.) Even more interesting (and this isn’t a new revelation, I should point out) is the fact that Newt Gingrich, as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spear-headed the effort to impeach Bill Clinton on charges related to his affair with Monica Lewinsky. It would later be learned Gingrich was at the same time involved in an affair with who would be his third wife, Callista Bisek.