As Republican Convention week got underway in Tampa, not only was it overshadowed by tropical system Isaac chrruning in the Gulf of Mexico, but also by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
In his Op-Ed piece in the Tampa Bay Times, Governor Crist wasted no time in getting to the point in the second paragraph:
“I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation”
This is a good time to point out that Crist was a Republican Governor. And,that Florida is historically rather important in the Electoral college.
His reasoning? Among other things, this:
“an element of [the Republican Party] has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.
The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.”
Sound familiar? Yes, I wrote something very similar last week:
“The Tea Party has been taken over by these radicals and the Republican Party has been taken over by the Tea Party.
To win this fight, moderate Republicans will have to cast aside the overreaching influence of extremists and the temptation to court any group for any reason to get their vote. They must revisit their long held commitment to Classical Liberalism and offer Americans an honest, fair and sensible path forward.
It will require an honest reassessment of their entire platform carried out by men and women of vision, long term strategic thinkers who are willing to put their country above a few votes or a few dollars, who are willing to work with everyone and anyone, who are willing to take risks and who are willing to lead.”
Unfortunately for Republicans, it appears nobody is listening to our advice. Nor is our advice being reported.
That’s correct, the right wing media outlets have ignored it. A quick look online shows:
Drudge Report? Nothing to report.
Fox News? No news.
Breitbart? Nothing whatsoever.
Had a former Democratic Governor endorsed Mitt Romney, do you think they might have reported it? You can bet it would be their lead story.
By not reporting such a notable story to their right wing audiences, they have abandoned their responsibility to those readers and viewers. They are intentionally misleading their readers, simply by omitting what is considered news elsewhere. All to further their own political agenda. And all at the expense of an informed electorate.
We know some people choose to read only news they can agree with. But do those same people choose to be misled?
I don’t think so.
Ninety minutes after my article posted above, The Drudge Report decided to acknowledge the story with a post. Amazingly, Matt linked to this New York Times story, oddly liberal for him.
Still nothing from FOX or Breitbart, but it’s nice to know Matt Drudge reads The Wary Lemming.
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