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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Dignan Is Back

Sorry for the hiatus folks. A confluence of things have kept me from consistent posting lately. And Applejack's outstanding World Cup coverage made it easier to take a break. But I am ready to get back in the swing of things. Hopefully my cohorts here can join in as well. So what has been rattling around in my head lately...

Primary Elections
Today is pretty much the only chance of getting rid of Cynthia McKinney for another two years. I don't hold out much hope. Her strongest Democratic challenger, Hank Johnson, ran a very uninspiring and lackluster campaign. I still voted for him though.

Another race that is drawing national coverage is the Lt. Governor's race between Republicans Ralph Reed and Casey Cagle. Ralph Reed is the former head of the Christian Coalitionn and former Georgia GOP chairman. For the best coverage of this race, check out PeachPundit. (where I write occasionally as well)

One interesting thought has come out of that race among some Republicans. This campaign has been so negative that many Cagle supporters are saying that if Cagle loses that they will not support Reed in the general election. And the feeling seems to be mutual for some on the Reed side.

My friend Erick Erickson thinks that conservatives should let bygones be bygones and get behind the nominee for the sake of the party.
Folks, I’m rather burned out of this primary. But I just want you all to know that regardless of who wins, I’ll definitely be working for the winner. It aggravates me, frankly, that a lot of the Cagle folks say they won’t work for Ralph. That sounds too “take my football and go home.”

I understand a lot of you have solid reasons. I can’t fault you for not liking Ralph. But as for me and my household — whether it is Cagle or Reed, we’ll be busting ass to get the guy elected in November.

I have the utmost respect for Erick but I have to disagree with him. Blind party loyalty is self-defeating and leads to power politics with little regard for ideals. Partisan politics are also perhaps the biggest reason that we see little change in government. Politically, many Americans have become Manichaen in their views of political parties: many conservatives won't even discuss the possibility of global warming because it is perceived as a Democratic issue. In the same way, liberals pursue an extreme permissiveness on the abortion issue simply because it is opposed by Republicans.

I'll try to delve into the issue deeper later in the week.

Israel/Lebanon
This past Friday night, a member of my local posse mentioned that he pined for the days where the biggest issue of the day was our president staining an intern's dress. I can't say I disagree with him.

I am hoping and praying that this latest conflict doesn't engulf the entire region. I am guessing that the puppet-masters in Tehran are rubbing their hands together in excitement.

And is there anything more chilling than reports of marchers in Berlin chanting "Death to Israel!"?

Upcoming Trip
I will be travelling to NYC from July 28th to August 5th for vacation. I'd love to get together with any of my readers while in town. Feel free to email me if you would like to grab a beer with Dignan.

New Project
Finally, one of the reasons that my posting has been rather light here lately is because of a new project that I am working on. I am working on creating a large multi-user blog to elevate the intelligent dialogue that we have here at Dignan's 75 Year Plan. If you are interested in intelligent and charitable dialogue with those you disagree with, email me to be a part of the beta test.

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