The entertainment level at the GOP Convention in Cleveland may take the title of "greatest show on earth" soon because the hits and misses just keep coming. Whether it be the Colorado delegates stomping their feet and marching out of the Conventional Hall like a bunch of dope-smoking weenies, you have the doggone POTUS candidate's wife using Michelle Obama's speech! What a bloody train wreck it has been and we've only just begun! It is hilarious and tragically sad at the same time.
It's insanity. It's as thought the whole of the convention has been turned over to the children who are busy playing with their crayons and wetting their pants.
There is even a contingent who are staying away from the convention, headed up by the ever-pathetic John Kasich from Ohio who is by far the most liberal Republican to come of out the Republican Party in the last two decades. Key Senators are avoiding the convention and it simply makes them look like petulant children who can't stand the heat and only proves that the people did the right thing by not voting for them at the polls (particularly Kasich).
And speaking of foot-stomping points of interest...
State Senator wanna-be Paul Blair, who happens to also be the pastor of one of Edmond's more active Baptist churches had a meeting/press conference where announced that his opponent had slandered him because of a photoshopped picture of the Pastor Blair. Well, first, he's a public figure and as a result is open to be lampooned predicated on the 1st Amendment of the Constitution that he claims to have read and so vehemently supports. Second, It is highly doubtful that his opponent has the ability to use Photoshop itself but rather an opponent of the former football player turned pastor turned candidate for State Senator.
From the Oklahoman:
Blair said Pugh’s supporters have also posted on social media that he has ties to Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church.
“These kind of baseless vile accusations can destroy a man’s reputation forever. And can destroy the reputation of a church forever,” Blair said Monday afternoon from the fourth floor press room inside the Oklahoma state Capitol.
Pastor Blair had for himself quite the all-star lineup backing him; he had Congressman Steve Russell, term-limited House Rep Kevin Calvey, and other supporters by his side when he proclaimed that his opponent had slandered him. The Scripture is clear about issues between brothers that they are supposed to take issues to one another in private and then if it isn't resolved, kick it up a notch. Seems to me that Blair ignored the very Scriptures he preaches from.
Blair doth protest too much, methinks. You have to ask yourself why a former football player who heard the "call from God" to be in ministry now thinks the time has come to move to the realm of elected office. From what I recall about the New Testament, Matthew 23 was pretty clear about what Jesus thought of the religious/political leaders of his day. Thought the role of the Church was to make disciples, care for the sick, the elderly, the poor, the widows...not push for voters. And he's talking about "slander?" What? He wants to be a State Senator but the pastor seems to have thinner skin than when he played football.
But what do I know?
On another local runoff front, things have been pretty quiet in the Oklahoma County Clerk race. The embattled incumbent of about a hundred years, Carolynn Caudill, will be facing trumpet-player and musician to the elected elite, David B. Hooten. Hooten ran for the State Senate a couple years back and lost and now he found himself in a runoff with seasoned campaigner, Carolynn Caudill. If Hooten thinks that she's just going to lay down and do nothing, he has a few things to learn about the incumbent County Clerk and her supporters who are already elected down at the County. This is not going to be a walk in the park for the newcomer, but the talk is that he has former Speaker of the House Lance Cargill running his campaign. This one has the potential to be an awesome race or fizzle and be a dud. Wooten tends to be a bit soft-spoken, but giving credit where credit is due, the musician has gained the endorsements of former Governor Frank Keating and Governor Mary Fallin which means he must be pretty tough. Hooten has the chance to blow Caudill out of the water, but he is going to have to start sounding his horn (see what I did there?).care
Of course, my opinions don't really amount to much these days and I've been horribly wrong in the past.
The whole political climate right now is very sad and frightening for the GOP; or at least it should be. The future of the party depends on its ability to be more inclusive, to recruit more women to run for office, and to have more people of color run and actually receive the support of their respective party offices. So far, we're coming off like a bunch of xenophobic, redneck, racist dingleberries who are completely out of touch with culture. Something has to be done and it isn't going to come from plagiarism nor will it come from pastors who are jumping the pulpit to run for public office.
These are just my opinions and I could be wrong, but, in this case it is highly unlikely.
Ron "Gorilla" Black