Boy, are the Open Primaries people testy!

18 Oct 2012 03:49 pm
Posted by: Donna




My my, not exactly the kind on sunshine-y disposition one would expect from a proposition that advertises itself with flowers blooming and promising an end to bickering. Someone should tell Paul Johnson et al, that “civility” doesn’t equal “everyone has to agree with me and no one can ask questions”. Arizona Open Government, the backers of the top two primary initiative on the ballot next month, consistently claims that the problem in Arizona is “polarization” and “hyperpartisanship”, as if both parties are equally to blame despite Arizona having been under mostly Republican control for four decades. I’ve asked supporters of top two repeatedly for examples of Democratic extremism and the responses are getting increasingly comical. The link on the tweet referring to the “extremist blogger” goes to a column by Paul Johnson extolling the wonders of his initiative and there are only two comments to it, one of which is mine.

The “extremists on both sides” false equivalence that has become conventional wisdom is why there is no real penalty for extremism. The problem in Arizona, as in other Red states, and DC is the Republicans. It didn’t happen overnight. This is the culmination of 40 years of the Southern Strategy of appealing to white resentment toward the civil rights movement, the Religious Right organizing around anger over women’s liberation and gay rights, and the anti-tax/anti-social spending economic radicalism of people like Grover Norquist.

There simply has not been a concomitant and equal shift to the radical left in the Democrats. The Democrats actually moved rightward on a lot of issues and brands itself as the moderate party. As a result, there is no Democratic equivalent to Sylvia Allen in the AZ Legislature. If you can’t, or refuse to, correctly state the problem then whatever solution you propose is bound to fail. Arizonans already have plenty of moderates to vote for in general elections. They’re called the Democrats.

Apparently I am the extremist blogger and my mere mentioning of the Southern Strategy and rise of the Religious Right, which are things any first year Poli Sci major is familiar with, is extremism on a par with Birtherism or the belief that fertilized eggs deserve full human legal status. Thanks for proving my point, guys!


  1. Comment by Frank Henry on October 18, 2012 11:08 pm

    Open primaries is great for all voters of
    our fine state of Arizona.

    A YES vote for Prop 121 will:

    1. Allow all voters equal access to be
    placed on every ballot.

    2. Allow all voters equal access to vote
    every ballot.

    3. Allow every political party to work hard
    to promote the issues and candidates
    in line with their thinking and beliefs.

  2. Comment by Donna on October 18, 2012 11:30 pm

    And then only two candidates go on to the general election. And if they happen to be from the same party, which is not yours, oh well. That’s your choice.

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 19, 2012 9:13 am

    Not only testy but evasive and patronizing as well.

    These rather odd responses and curious refusal to back down from false balance (ahem) raises some red flags. Me thinks these folks have realized their wonder pony is seriously flawed and are trying to fend off answering hard questions by portraying the askers as partisan and self serving. I get the sense of a circle the wagons until election day.
    Sorry guys, good intentions and hard work are commendable, but a bad bill is still a bad bill.

  4. Comment by Liberal Democrat Friend of Bruce Ash on October 19, 2012 9:55 am

    Open Primaries is so great that my insurance company notified me that the time I hit my head is no longer considered a pre-existing condition and I can finally get coverage again!

    Oh wait, that was Obamacare. Fucking partisan politics ruining everything!

  5. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 19, 2012 1:50 pm

    Got just the doctah for ya BRUCIE.

  6. Comment by mike slater on October 21, 2012 5:04 pm

    A no vote on Prop.121 is the only sensible thing to do.

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