Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Last week's blog was the 200th in the Just Sayin' series. On this milestone, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has encouraged us in this endeavor. Your kind words have kept us motivated. We started writing Just Sayin' in March of 2012 as a channel to provide a rational and progressive viewpoint on national, state, and local politics. We could not be more pleased with your response.
Today we learned the results of the first national Presidential preference poll held after Wednesday's GOP debate. The new CNN/ORC poll has former Governor Walker with support of less than half a percent. That's right, the one-time leader in Iowa, the politician who planned to ride his Iowa and New Hampshire momentum to the Republican nomination, is barely above zero in the polls. That is down in Pataki, Graham, Jindal, and Gilmore territory.
One of my earliest political memories is from the Indiana Senate campaign of Birch Bayh. During his first run for the office, he introduced himself to voters through an unforgettable little campaign jingle, sung to the tune of "Hey, Look Me Over":
National Republican leaders have been very busy. When not penning traitorous letters to Ayatollahs or attempting to take health care away from Americans, they have been planning to dismantle Medicare. But perhaps their highest priority project has been a drive to defund Planned Parenthood.
America was horrified last week by yet another fatal shooting, this time on live TV. The Virginia murders were only the latest in what has become an almost daily occurrence. A crazy person gets a gun. The lethal weapon allows them to act-out their violent impulses on innocents. Politicians give speeches on how our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Then back to normal. Nothing gets done to stop the insane violence.