It’s the economy, stupid. Just kidding, that’s what it used to be. Now it’s race and phony promises. Gillum has turned around his political fortune by playing the race card and promising far more than he could ever deliver. Even with a billion dollar tax hike, you have to wonder how he is going to give teachers raises when the economy crashes. But none of that matters. When Gillum destroys the economy, we must all sit and watch in horror with our hands over our mouths. Any criticism would be racist, just like with Obama.
Fortunately, Floridians may be coming to their senses. After a shock Rasmussen poll showed Gillum up by six points, the most recent poll out from Florida Atlantic University shows it as a 2 point race. Rasmussen tends to lean right, giving Trump 50% approval ratings throughout 2018. But the new poll tracks more closely with Quinnipiac’s 3 point lead for Gillum. Quinnipiac tends to lean left. That means the Florida governor’s race is still a toss up. So perhaps we can have slight restoration of faith in the sanity of Florida voters.
Judiciary committee chair Chuck Grassley has set a deadline of Friday morning for Christine Blasey Ford to decide whether or not to testify about the allegation letter Democrats have sat on since July. Ford has flipped back and forth on whether she will actually show up. Her lawyers have demanded an FBI investigation, even though it’s not a Federal issue, there is no evidence to investigate, and the FBI has already reviewed the information and declined. Perhaps her lawyers aren’t very well versed in how things work.
I suppose Republicans should pat themselves on the back for entertaining this absurd sideshow. In today’s cultural environment it is really necessary. But the whole episode is unfortunate. By turning Ford’s accusation into a circus event and using it as a delay strategy, Democrats have cheapened and discredited women who have been attacked and should be believed. This, like Gillum playing the race card, harms real victims. It also harms the country. Rather than being able to come together in unity and say “racism is bad” or “women deserve to be heard and believed”, reasonable people must pause and ask “was it really racism? Or was it a common phrase used in a context having nothing to do with race that a Democrat got offended at for political purposes”. “Is she telling the truth? Or is she an operative making non-falsifiable claims as a ploy to harm someone else for political reasons?”
It’s not fair that reasonable people should even have to ask. Democrats have a credibility gap and an honor deficiency that has been made apparent by the Kavanaugh hearings. They need to fix this. Not for their own sake, but for the sake of real victims who they have turned into political football to score cheap points.
Speaking of credible accusers, the former girlfriend of Democrat Representative Keith Ellison just released medical records detailing the physical abuse she experienced at his hand. We’ve gone on about Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and other Democrat heroes who raped and murdered women. But Democrats typically yawn and go on about how that is ancient history. The Ellison abuse scandal is not ancient history. It’s now. He beat his girlfriend as recently as 2017.
Shouldn’t Ellison step down? Shouldn’t the media care about this? The media cycle is filled with a 35 year old accusation against Kavanaugh with no witnesses, no location, no date, no physical evidence, and plenty of political intrigue. Is there simply no room left to talk about a real, current case of domestic abuse? Certainly it couldn’t be that the media doesn’t care because of Ellison’s party affiliation. If that were the case, it would validate Republican complaints that the media is severely biased.