Politics, Economics, and the Law
America’s quadrennial horror continues unabated. The lack of enthusiasm coupled with mild amusement which characterized my early reaction to the Republican nomination race has been entirely replaced by resignation and loathing. I still like Ron Paul, but I’m a realist, and it’s clear that he’s playing this game for platform exposure and bargaining chips. I dislike everyone else to varying degrees.
Romney wouldn’t be substantially different from Obama, he just plays for a different club. Newt “King of the Moon” Gingrich is a horrifying megalomaniac. And Santorum is, well, Santorum…
I talked with a coworker of mine who also attended the local caucus. He told me I lost pretty much everyone with my first sentence, right as I belittled their firm adherence to the idea that abortion, gay marriage, immigration, et al were The Most Important Issues Ever. Another caucus ally said that eyes everywhere glazed over after I brought up budget figures. Last election one local gentleman affirmed that abortion caused illegal immigration, so this is probably about what I should have expected.
Anyway, Santorum won my county with 47% of the vote, and took the whole state with 51%. He won a couple more states shortly thereafter. He’s transitioned from an amusing back-marker into something approaching a legitimate contender for the nomination. I would still put my dollars on Romney clinching it, but Santorum’s recent victories could make the rest of the race much more
interesting tedious. I do not understand the appeal, but to hear my fellow caucus-goers talk, there may be a widespread belief that if we just keep the gays from getting married and the women from having abortions, then the Good Lord will balance our federal budget and scrub the rust off all our abandoned factories.
The election can’t get here soon enough. The sooner we sort out the issue of either replacing or retaining our current Fearless Leader, the sooner we can all get back to driving the country into the ground.
Here are Kansas caucus results by county.
Here is a fancy-pants pie chart of the overall Kansas results (‘uncommitted’ votes, and those who voted for someone no longer in the race omitted.)