Ketchikan vote Democrat?
By Chris Arteaga
August 28, 2008
In the wake of Senator Stevens indictment, Ketchikan should reconsider
its staunch support of Republican candidates.
Two years ago, the Democrats took control of congress for the
first time in twelve years. This was due in large part to the
excesses of Tom Delay, Ted Stevens, Larry Craig, Mark Foley,
Don Young, and David Vitter. From sex in the bathroom, to lusting
after minors, to a family values conservative doing a prostitute,
these men proved that it s not just Democrats who stain blue
dresses and the honor of our government. But it was more than
that, Americans saw the zeal of Stevens and Young who threw tantrums
in their respective chambers of congress when the earmark for
the Gravina access bridge was removed.
America reacted by resoundingly rejecting the Republicans, their
failed policies, and morals. It is now the Republican party
s turn to wander in the political wilderness and question its
every belief and platform. This can be seen in its nomination
of John McCain. A maverick who has bucked the party for years.
A guy who is against opening ANWR. An ardent critic of the
bridge to nowhere. In short, no friend to Ketchikan.
Now Ketchikan finds itself in a quandary; should it stand behind
its dear Uncle Ted? Even though he has been chastised by the
Republican nominee who will certainly not be in any mood to do
Alaska favors should he occupy the white house. Here s the million
dollar question: should Ketchikan support Stevens and McCain?
Ketchikan should reconsider its staunchly Republican leanings
and change course. If Alaska sends Begich to the senate and
its three electoral votes to Obama it has the potential to be
rewarded. Begich can work with Democrats in the Senate to pass
an energy bill which includes opening ANWR. Obama has altered
his position on off shore drilling and might be more persuadable
on ANWR if he saw Alaska as part of his winning coalition. On
the other hand, a McCain administration would work to remove
the earmarks which Stevens has made Ketchikan s bread and butter.
Ketchikan has a choice in this election: to look forward or
backward. Which party offers island residents
the best quality of life? I think in 2008 it is the Democrats.
About: "Chris was born
in Ketchikan where he spends extended periods of time in the
summer. Chris is a registered Democrat."
Received August 24, 2008 -
Published August 28, 2008
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