Monday, October 06, 2008

Low Horsepower Politics #2

This cements the case in my mind that the issue isn't idiotic politicians per se, but the idiotic voters who elect them:
DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken has moved into his first solid lead over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

The survey, conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Princeton Survey Research Associates International among 1,084 likely Minnesota voters, shows Franken leading Coleman 43 to 34 percent. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley is supported by 18 percent of respondents.
JD notes:
And the real lesson here is surely a conservative one: Since, given the number and scale of the issues they face, it is not likely that much of what they do will be right, the less we allow them to do, the better. Left alone, most problems take care of themselves.
Charles Hurt, writing in America’s Newspaper of Record on September 29, struck a chord that should resonate in the breast of every true conservative:

The reason Americans endure their federal government is that it is so inept and useless that it has little bearing on their everyday lives. But in an economic meltdown like this, people don't have a choice but to feel the fallout of their government's incompetence …

Exactly. Washington, D.C., is populated by fools and rogues. The less power we give them, the better. Yet we keep on giving them more! Perhaps we are fools, too.

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