March 20, 2014

The GOP doesn't need this

It's a lot easier to agree on what is wrong than what is the right way to fix it.  But it is even more difficult it seems, to agree on the root cause of the problems.  Because of that, it's best to focus on what needs to be fixed when seeking elected office and when talking about solutions keeping it simple and talking in broad strokes rather than getting specific.  It's too easy to make mistakes or have something you propose picked apart in the media.

With Republicans in Illinois' 9th Congressional district about as  popular as typhoid (A Republican has not held the seat since 1949, you'd think they need a candidate who focuses on day-to-day issues of voters in a consensus-minded way.  The district is a challenge for the GOP to say the least.

So the candidate they have put forward from the primaries is questionable at best.  Believing in God is fine, being a deeply religious person is not a problem.  But tying God directly to politics is not a winning formula, particularly in a district like the one in question.

Via Mediaite,
Illinois Republicans opted to nominate Susanne Atanus as their party’s choice in the primary for that state’s 9th district by a margin of almost five percentage points. Earlier this year, Atanus drew attention by telling The Daily Herald newspaper that as a “God-first conservative Republican” she believes many of the plights of the last several decades, including droughts, tornadoes and diseases like autism and dementia are God’s punishment for gay marriage and legalized abortions.

“God controls the weather,” Atanus said definitively in January. “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions. We are provoking him with same-sex marriage, gay rights, civil unions.”
Audio can be found here.

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