Monday, June 04, 2007

Dale Cardwell is not Vernon Jones.

But otherwise, I'm underwhelmed. He rightly attacks Chambliss as "a borrow-and-spend pawn of the special interests," and he says

Georgians want the truth. They want an honest person, an independent thinker who will not be the lapdog of their party when their party is wrong . . . When asked about the war in Iraq, Mr. Chambliss, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told us, ‘I don’t know what was wrong with our strategy, or who was responsible for it.’ My fellow Georgians, it’s time to change that.

All good. But from there, it's downhill:

Cardwell said he was not in favor of withdrawing from the region. He wants the Iraq government held to benchmarks. “If they fail, we will redeploy our troops, but we will never surrender a security perimeter, a beachhead if you will, that we’ve earned with the blood of American lives,” he said. "We’ll maintain a base, we’ll make it safe from insurgents, and we’ll use that base to launch attacks against al-Qaida."

"But withdrawing would lead to chaos, he said. “Within five years, within three years, my 19-year-old son is going to be drafted to go to Iraq to go to the Middle East, to keep oil lanes open. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Cardwell said.

. . . He spoke of abolishing the IRS, and replacing the current system with something more “simple.” Whether the so-called “fair tax” or a flat tax, Cardwell said he hadn’t decided.

Cardwell said he’s in favor of a tougher immigration reform bill, and demanded the immediate construction of a wall across the southern U.S. border. He accused Chambliss of helping to write a bill that favored “amnesty.”

Lord, where to begin.

1. More Americans should not die in Iraq because so many Americans have already died in Iraq.

2. Abolishing the IRS is a bad idea promoted by the stupid and the dishonest. The former is true of the "flat tax" and both apply to the "fair tax."

3. Attacking Saxby from the right on immigration, while tantalizing, is nevertheless wrong, and probably stupid, too. Wrong because the position itself is wrong, and stupid because, as I see it, it will alienate Democratic voters - like, say, me - and it won't win any Republican voters. They may not like Saxby, but they know better than to trust a Democrat to oppress the weak.

If you want that, you have to vote Republican.