Ok. I get it. Unity08 is firmly opposed to partisan bickering. Wow. What a strong and courageous position for Doug Bailey and company to take. You've just got to admire that kind of conviction."To the Congress of the United States: As We the People vote today we are asking you to do your part and end the blame-game politics of Washington. Partisan bickering cannot solve the crucial issues we face. America deserves better."
Fine, the petition is harmless enough. I signed it. I'll even put their promotional banner in the sidebar. Why not? I am as against "partisan bickering" as the next man. Go to their site, sign the petition.
I have posted my thoughts on Unity08 before, and I won't rehash that here. It is just so painfully obvious that the "unity" in Unity08 will last exactly as long as they support no actual candidates, have no platform, and have no opinion on any actual issues, and will not last one minute longer. As I said in my earlier post: "Best to delay as long as possible. Certainly there is no point in risking taking a stand on an issue, before they have raised a few million dollars...". Lets just call this post a place-holder for me to link with a giant "I told you so" post a year or two from now.
I do have one serious question for any Unitoids that may read this -
If a divided Republican/Democrat ticket in '08 is a good thing, why wouldn't a divided Republican/Democrat government in '06 be equally good?
On that topic, consider this chart (click through to a live version on blogpulse):
"Unity08" is a high concept, high dollar coordinated campaign founded by PR professionals and Washington insiders who are attempting to tap into the rich vein of disaffected voter and overall dissatisfaction with the status quo. They received quite a bit of positive press when the organization was announced in the spring. "Divided Government" is a meme without any organized support that has been promoted by a few bloggers, economists, political scholars, authors and columnists. Yet "divided government" is now getting more press, more discussion, and more attention than Unity08. In the last week I have heard: an Indiana farmer interviewed on NPR saying that he was voting for "divided government"; the President asked explicitly about "divided government" in a press conference; the vice president asked about "divided government" in a televised interview; and a conservative financial pundit touting a "divided government" bull market on his TV show. Unity08 is promoting a meaningless petition in '06, while voters embracing the idea of divided government may be the very reason that the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives next week.
There is a lesson here for Unity08. It is not too late for Unity08 to become relevant in '06.
Divided and Balanced.™ Now that is fair.
Just Vote Divided.
Just Vote Divided.