The Jacobin Right Seizes Control of the Maine GOP

The blog Maine Politics brings us this news:

An overwhelming majority of delegates to the Maine Republican convention tonight voted to scrap the the proposed party platform and replace it with a document created by a group of Tea Party activists.

The official platform for the Republican Party of Maine is now a mix of right-wing fringe policies, libertarian buzzwords and outright conspiracy theories.

The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of "collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth," suggests the adoption of "Austrian Economics," declares that "'Freedom of Religion' does not mean 'freedom from religion'" (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that "healthcare is not a right," calls for the abrogation of the "UN Treaty on Rights of the Child" and the "Law Of The Sea Treaty" and declares that we must resist "efforts to create a one world government."

It also contains favorable mentions of both the Tea Party and Ron Paul.

Here's a link to the document.

Let's just hope Thermidor arrives before November but I'm not optimistic. I'd like to think that they are signing their own death warrant but I suspect that in their ignorance, folly and hate, they may be signing the death warrant of thousands of Americans who are unemployed or lack adequate health care.

Tags: Maine, Tea Party Movement, GOP Politics, conservatism (all tags)



any mention of space aliens?

I'd like to laugh but this trend is not good for America.

by John DE 2010-05-10 05:12PM | 0 recs
RE: The Jacobin Right Seizes Control of the Maine GOP

So does Snowe get primaried out in 2012?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-05-10 05:20PM | 0 recs
RE: The Jacobin Right Seizes Control of the Maine GOP

I was about th sk thsi question.

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins:

this is now your party.

What say you about this development?

by spirowasright 2010-05-10 05:23PM | 0 recs
And How Exactly Is the State GOP Going to Repeal the Law of the Sea?

They might just as well vote to repeal a Lunar Eclipse because it is the mark of Satan!

Maine's GOP does not control national policy, and the NATIONAL party is not going to try and actually adopt these various idiocies even if a new Republican president is elected.

That's because it would make any President's job more difficult to repudiate treaties and go against the world consensus. He has to deal with other countries and adopting policies of the barking mad won't make his life with rational countries in Europe or Asia any easier.

Bush had a tough time and it got increasingly worse as his Presidency continued. With the passing years, international tolerance for the stupidity, ignorance and jingoism of the American right wing declines.

The rest of the world will not take kindly to being forced to endure another bout of "Bush fatigue." America's influence in the world would plummet immediately and probably permanently.

It's easy to rant against health care too when you know you're never going to be able to repeal it.

Reminds me of that old Simpsons' cartoon of Old Man Simpson shaking his fist in a newspaper picture titled: "Old man yells at cloud."

BTW: the tea-baggers probably will float the idea of primarying Olympia Snowe in 2012, but it's difficult to see the idea gaining any traction. She's a lot more popular than anyone else they could run and could easily pull a Lieberman by creating a "Maine for Snowe" party and running as an independent.

All that happens then is that she caucuses with Democrats and instantly becomes as big a headache as Joe-Ego.

by Cugel 2010-05-11 08:43AM | 0 recs


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