An article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel yesterday is a good example of how there is too much emphasis by Democrats on a Republican-framed issue. Here is what Rep. John Salazar (“D”, CO-03) had to say about this year’s election:
“In order to win Colorado, he has to win the 3rd Congressional District,” Salazar said, referring to his own district, which includes most of western and southern Colorado.
He said in order to convince the region’s voters that he deserves to be president, Obama will have to show he supports the Second Amendment and gun rights.
In the wake of last week’s ideologically-based Supreme Court decision to interpret the 2nd amendment for Americans for the first time since it was written, I wrote that too much focus has been placed on the 2nd, and not nearly enough on the remainder of the amendments. According to Republicans, the rest may as well not even exist. Every race in every election year is cast under the shadow produced by Republicans’ obsessive attention on the 2nd amendment. What about the 4th amendment? Bush wants to gut that one. But we don’t hear Colorado Republicans saying in order for McCain to do well, he has to show he supports the Fourth Amendment, do we? It’s a good thing too, because John McCain supports illegal searches of Americans’ effects. Have you heard McCain say he’ll support a filibuster of the FISA bill sent to the Senate by the House? Of course not.
And that’s the reality of the situation: John McCain doesn’t support the Fourth Amendment. Barack Obama does support the Second Amendment. How are the two treated by the corporate media? Well, the first isn’t touched at all. And they completely get the second part incorrect. How very journalistic of them!
Back to Rep. Salazar: operating from the Republican frame of “the 2nd amendment or nothing” does not and will not help Sen. Obama get elected president. Neither will it help him govern effectively if he is elected. Rep. Salazar should have rejected, without qualification, any insinuation that Sen. Obama does not support the 2nd amendment. But here’s the kicker: Rep. Salazar voted to grant retroactive immunity to the telecoms. He’s on the same side of that issue as Republican Sen. John McCain! What else will Rep. Salazar say and do that will eventually hinder a President Obama?
CO-03 needs a better Democrat.