A piece I wrote is now up at The New Republic's website. It's called OutFlanked, and it takes a look at what we can expect now that there's pro-life Democrat running for the Senate. (Free registration is required before you can read the article.)
Interesting piece, but I'm not sure I (as a Pennsylvania voter, incidentally) get your point. Is it that Santorum will ascend (or descend) to new heights (or lows) of opportunism to get elected? (There are a lot of things I don't like about Santorum, but I don't perceive him to be any more opportunistic than the typical U.S. Senator--he always has struck me as more motivated by ideology than by opportunism.) Or are you suggesting that a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat like Casey may be doomed? Or is there some other point?
Personally, I'm a pro-life, crypto-pacifist Democrat. What worries me about the PA race is that a lot of Republicans will cross over in the Democratic primary to vote against Casey, but that Barbara Hafer (Casey's leading primary opponent) will defeat Santorum in the fall. I wouldn't mind that personally, but my wife, a pro-life Republican, will read me the riot act for voting for a pro-choice Democrat over a pro-life Republican. So, in the interest of domestic tranquility ...
I have to admit that I didn't really have a specific satirical point with this essay, which is probably why you couldn't figure out what my point was... I just thought there was something inherently funny in the idea of a Republican starting to get nervous because his Democratic opponent was pro-life.
In any case, I agree with you about Santorum. He has a lot of flaws, but ideological inconsistancy isn't one of them. To the list of flaws he does have, though, I will now add "Putting musicologyman's domestic happiness at risk."
you cannot cross party lines in the PA primaries. You have to vote for you own parties candidates only.
Your new TNR article is not funny. Try harder next time.
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