Sunday, January 6, 2008

Oklahoma Does Not Need This "San Francisco Treat"

Results from Oklahoma pollster released on Wednesday in the Tulsa World show Senator Inhofe in a strong position in the 2008 election.
"Sixty percent of those surveyed favored Inhofe over Rice, with just 19 percent going for the young Democrat and 21 percent undecided. Inhofe was the pick of three of every four Republicans surveyed and nearly half the Democrats.

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Rice, meanwhile, had the support of only 28 percent of his own party."

Primary Election Possible: A steady drumbeat of internet forums and blogs have carried the message that State Senator Andrew Rice, right now the lone Democrat opponent to Senator Inhofe, is potentially facing a primary challenge. Many outspoken Democrat party insiders believe a primary is wise so a more moderate candidate who appeals to a larger segment of Oklahomans can win the nomination.

State Senator Andrew Rice has some problems, alright. Not the least of which is his amnesty stance toward illegal immigration, which is clearly against the will of the majority of Oklahomans. His pet project to bring a more liberal Democrat party to Oklahoma, the Red River Democracy Project, lists both links to, and support from,, Michael Moore, Al Franken and Air America.

While the Local Malcontent normally does not deal with scare tactics and fear mongering, (such as an image of Hillary, the Wicked Witch...) I will add that the image here, from the Republican party of Oklahoma, indicates that Rice "proudly labels himself a "Gramscian Organic Intellectual, after Antonio Gramsci, the founder of the Italian Communist Party". I am continuing research on this.

Wikipedia has this to say about Antonio Gramsci:
Antonio Gramsci (January 22, 1891April 27, 1937) was an Italian writer, politician and political theorist. A founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy, he was imprisoned by Mussolini's Fascist regime. His writings are heavily concerned with the analysis of culture and political leadership and he is notable as a highly original thinker within the Marxist tradition. He is renowned for his concept of cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining the state in a capitalist society. Gramsci is seen by many as one of the most important Marxist thinkers of the twentieth century, in particular as a key thinker in the development of Western Marxism.

Whatever, just as long as we keep Senator James Inhofe in office. Rice's brand of collectivism thought is well suited for his relatively small Oklahoma City stomping grounds, not in Washington, D.C. Afterall, it is far better to keep an infection small and localized.

It will take a concerted-enough effort of all of Oklahomans to keep this dude from making our state into another miserable, ineffective and Liberal California.


Dave said...

I really can't stand Inhofe, but I see Rice as a dead end.

The Localmalcontent said...

I appreciate your honesty, Dave; it is in the light of the Hillary or Edwards threat upon the presidency mostly, that I support our state having a seasoned Republican Senator in place there.

For the Sooner state to elect a rookie now would push back much money and support Ok. receives now, without worrying that our new Senator would be a Liberal rubber stamp for passing restrictive new laws under either of the two people I mentioned here. Because new Senators begin at the bottom, back of the room, at the end of the senate committees.