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I'm thinking through this here, online, so this post won't be coherent or orderly, but will emerge as my thoughts emerge ...haphazardly. I just read an article about Rubio challenging Crist for the Florida US Senate seat. Rubio is a clean-cut, Cuban-American. He is young, articulate and fluent in spanish. He's also very conservative. New Republican leaders are emerging, aren't they? Rubio is one of the new, conservative faces. What interests me, and is the subject of this posting, is the degree of conservatism among the new leaders compared to the old, such as Charlie Crist, the other contender for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Today I registered my child to be homeschooled. After driving from the Carefree area to a government office on Central and Indian School, the government worker handled my request efficiently and quickly. Nice. I didn't know that my child had to be registered, in fact, I first heard about registering my child at a coffee meeting a few days ago, when another woman casually mentioned that registering her child in Arizona was so much easier than in California. My ears perked, "...registering?" I've had my children in public schools (my daughter graduated from an AZ public school), charter schools, private... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Perhaps this will explain why a woman raised in a lefty family in California is now Republican. For what its worth ... I grew up in Palo Alto/Los Altos Hills in the 1960s and attended public school well into the 1970s. A few memories. I remember four school trips to the tertiary sewage plant where we watched poop and paper swirl around in giant vats as an environmentalist droned about saving the planet. This was science. I remember pulling tires out of the bay for a biology class. I remember grabbing oil-covered birds and wiping them clean for health class.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
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President Obama’s recent speech at Notre Dame was a rare strategic blunder. Until Notre Dame, Mr. Obama had been able to skillfully avoid a confrontation with Catholic conservatives who opposed his vote for partial birth abortion and embryonic stem cell research. During his campaign, the MSM willingly portrayed Obama as a thoughtful liberal Protestant (UCC) sympathetic to Roman Catholics of a similar, liberal bent. At Notre Dame, however, this calculated strategy was unmasked. In what Mr. Obama called “a little controversy,” Catholic voters were exposed to an argument over Roman Catholic theological liberalism as well as to a heated discussion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
In the upcoming 2010 elections, the candidate with an authentic populist appeal will win. Why? After two years of Obama, voters will be disillusioned with top-down governing and liberal elitism and will be looking horizontally – not “up” -- to candidates that understand their lives and values. The 2010 election, then, will mirror the midterm election of 1994. During this election, Newt Gingrich promised voters that he’d try to enact ten legislative changes, the “Contract with America.” His appeal was populist. The upcoming election in 2010 will also mirror the presidential election of 1976 when Jimmy Carter made his famous... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
I am thoroughly disgusted at the non-reaction of the MSM over yesterday's antisemitic statement by Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In a interview, when asked about recent conversations with Obama, Rev. Wright said, "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ... They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes: "What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted." ____________________ For those of you who don’t know, or haven’t guessed, I’m seriously considering running for the House of Representatives in LD 7. I will run only if it is a meaningful act, and by meaningful I mean, simply, that my presence in the legislature will make a difference in the lives of at least one of my constituents. Otherwise, why legislate? If the twisted cannot be straightened, and the lacking cannot be counted, why would I want to untangle and enumerate? My answer, of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Today is my day to lounge, a deserved day of rest and respose. My house is relatively clean. The gardeners come tomorrow so I don't have to worry about such things. My younger son is idly sleeping before a day of software and calculus -- my older son is taking an exam in a more difficult level of calculus. And the cat is sleeping. A few minutes ago, I finished reading Theodore Dreiser's The Genius, a rare book I've wanted to read for years. It is a dissolute book of illicit sex and twenty-something ambition, but also of touching sensitivity.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
"I think no persons are more hypocritical, and have a more affected behaviour to one another, than the young. They deceive themselves and each other with artifices that do not impose upon men of the world; and so we get to understand truth better, and grow simplier, as we grow older." William Thackeray, The History of Henry Esmond. _________ It’s amusing to watch teens and younger twenty-somethings "express individuality" -- the same way. After awhile, their pretend uncommonness becomes strangely common. For example, body tattoos fail to attract more than a passing glance. Avant-garde haircuts, spikes and piercings ... so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Another Father's Day. I'm ambivalent, as usual. I loved my father -- still do -- but never really understood him. He was a private man, the last of the east coast WASPs, who lived according to the public Protestant ethic in spite of his lack of private faith. As a child, he told me what was expected of me. I was told to "be upstanding" and "give back to society what society has invested" in me. These were my social rules. These were my expectations. And for years, I rebelled against them. I was told I was lucky, that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
I have never understood the motive and mindset of Independent voters. In a partisan, bifurcated political universe, standing in the middle and refusing to choose sides seems a bit irrational. On another blog, I questioned a man I have never met -- Frank -- whose opinions and insight I deeply admire. Below is the text of my post and his response, as copied from Rightpundits. Frank, Respectfully, why do you assume that independent voters want a centrist? If the electorate is “ideologically split” then it follows, logically, that voters really want either a left or right candidate, not something in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Frank, I’m not as sanguine about the motives and thought-processes of the “middle,” but your interpretation does make much sense. Still thinking about your words … The polarization of voters — Rs huddling around the R pole; Ds huddling around the L pole — could also be due to “rationalization” of political parties. Back in the 1970s, in the pre-Carter years, boweevil (sp.?) democrats were conservative Southerners, but still Democrats. Their own particular history and (then) recent civil rights legislation pushed the white South into the Democratic party. The D party, then, was tempered by the political moderation of Southern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Posted elsewhere, but my words: Okay, as a gal, I’ll give my $0.02, though I’m not sure its worth even that. I’d suggest we look at the gender gap from the other direction. Rather than ask, “Why do women approve of Obama?” lets ask, “Why don’t men approve of Obama?” Frankly, I think its easier to answer. After all, Obama is a MAN. I find it interesting that men are rejecting a man, particularly because men were more supportive of GBush than women. In other words, something about Obama turns men off — and something about Bush attracted men. What... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
Gosh, I love this stuff. Sorta addicted. Some people -- like me -- just love sorting through political data. I get a thrill looking for trends, trying to smooth out outliers, and in the best of all possible worlds, accurately predicting future races. Every morning, before I get out of bed, I reach over to my laptop and pull up Rasmussen's daily, Gallup's daily, Hedgehog, Right Pundits, RCP averages, and 538. My daily fix. I've met quite a few political "junquies" who spend considerable amounts of their waking hours devising formulae for predicting upcoming elections. They're sick puppies -- really!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Political Hermeneutics
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Mar 15, 2010
I expect to file next week as a candidate for the AZ House of Representatives, LD 7. Obviously, this is a busy time of life so I'll let this blog go ... for now. So many of you have read my blog, sent personal emails and publicly commented. I can't thank you enough! Those who email me, please continue -- those who haven't yet emailed me, please consider it. Our virtual conversations are precious. Priceless. Necessary. Again, thanks. Kristen Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Gosh, I love this stuff. Sorta addicted. Some people -- like me -- just love sorting through political data. I get a thrill looking for trends, trying to smooth out outliers, and in the best of all possible worlds, accurately predicting future races. Every morning, before I get out of bed, I reach over to my laptop and pull up Rasmussen's daily, Gallup's daily, Hedgehog, Right Pundits, RCP averages, and 538. My daily fix. I've met quite a few political "junquies" who spend considerable amounts of their waking hours devising formulae for predicting upcoming elections. They're sick puppies -- really!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Posted elsewhere, but my words: Okay, as a gal, I’ll give my $0.02, though I’m not sure its worth even that. I’d suggest we look at the gender gap from the other direction. Rather than ask, “Why do women approve of Obama?” lets ask, “Why don’t men approve of Obama?” Frankly, I think its easier to answer. After all, Obama is a MAN. I find it interesting that men are rejecting a man, particularly because men were more supportive of GBush than women. In other words, something about Obama turns men off — and something about Bush attracted men. What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Frank, I’m not as sanguine about the motives and thought-processes of the “middle,” but your interpretation does make much sense. Still thinking about your words … The polarization of voters — Rs huddling around the R pole; Ds huddling around the L pole — could also be due to “rationalization” of political parties. Back in the 1970s, in the pre-Carter years, boweevil (sp.?) democrats were conservative Southerners, but still Democrats. Their own particular history and (then) recent civil rights legislation pushed the white South into the Democratic party. The D party, then, was tempered by the political moderation of Southern... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
I have never understood the motive and mindset of Independent voters. In a partisan, bifurcated political universe, standing in the middle and refusing to choose sides seems a bit irrational. On another blog, I questioned a man I have never met -- Frank -- whose opinions and insight I deeply admire. Below is the text of my post and his response, as copied from Rightpundits. Frank, Respectfully, why do you assume that independent voters want a centrist? If the electorate is “ideologically split” then it follows, logically, that voters really want either a left or right candidate, not something in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Another Father's Day. I'm ambivalent, as usual. I loved my father -- still do -- but never really understood him. He was a private man, the last of the east coast WASPs, who lived according to the public Protestant ethic in spite of his lack of private faith. As a child, he told me what was expected of me. I was told to "be upstanding" and "give back to society what society has invested" in me. These were my social rules. These were my expectations. And for years, I rebelled against them. I was told I was lucky, that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
"I think no persons are more hypocritical, and have a more affected behaviour to one another, than the young. They deceive themselves and each other with artifices that do not impose upon men of the world; and so we get to understand truth better, and grow simplier, as we grow older." William Thackeray, The History of Henry Esmond. _________ It’s amusing to watch teens and younger twenty-somethings "express individuality" -- the same way. After awhile, their pretend uncommonness becomes strangely common. For example, body tattoos fail to attract more than a passing glance. Avant-garde haircuts, spikes and piercings ... so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Today is my day to lounge, a deserved day of rest and respose. My house is relatively clean. The gardeners come tomorrow so I don't have to worry about such things. My younger son is idly sleeping before a day of software and calculus -- my older son is taking an exam in a more difficult level of calculus. And the cat is sleeping. A few minutes ago, I finished reading Theodore Dreiser's The Genius, a rare book I've wanted to read for years. It is a dissolute book of illicit sex and twenty-something ambition, but also of touching sensitivity.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes: "What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted." ____________________ For those of you who don’t know, or haven’t guessed, I’m seriously considering running for the House of Representatives in LD 7. I will run only if it is a meaningful act, and by meaningful I mean, simply, that my presence in the legislature will make a difference in the lives of at least one of my constituents. Otherwise, why legislate? If the twisted cannot be straightened, and the lacking cannot be counted, why would I want to untangle and enumerate? My answer, of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics
I am thoroughly disgusted at the non-reaction of the MSM over yesterday's antisemitic statement by Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In a interview, when asked about recent conversations with Obama, Rev. Wright said, "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ... They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2009 at Political Hermeneutics