Do bullies become Republicans? Or vice versa? Its like the question of the chicken and egg. Theres no obvious answer. Bullies and Republicans are synonymous especially here in Arizona.
Each election season, Republicans seem to have another treat in store for Democrats. The airwaves and newspapers are filled with even more lies than usual. (Not just exaggerations or little white lies, but unbelievable whoppers.) Yard signs for Democratic candidates disappear with regularity, and if Democrats complain, Republicans remove their own signs and blame Democrats. Last, but not least, Democratic bumper stickers are removed or defaced and sometimes the cars carrying them are vandalized.
Its the sort of behavior that would make any junior high bully proud…as well as the ghosts of Richard Tricky Dick Nixon and Spiro The Felon Agnew.
The question is why do they do it? Why do they feel it necessary? Do they brag about their lies and juvenile accomplishments among themselves? Do they turn it into a competition?
If elections are a battle of ideas, why do Republicans feel it necessary to resort to tricks, divisiveness and fear? More important, are these the kind of people you want to represent you?
Dont answer that. If youre a Republican, I already know the answer.