Good side of bad things

By AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2012

"It is time for a change in Washington to ensure your voice is heard and decisions are made not through party politics but by doing what is best for our country." That's from the website of GOP 1st Congressional District candidate Jon Courtney. So, is Courtney promising he'll reject the partisan voting record he compiled in the Maine Legislature and become a mushy moderate? Or is he just making up stuff because it looks good online? I'm going with that second one.

OneMaine, the political action committee set up by independent Eliot (Run for governor again? Why I hadn't given it a thought) Cutler, defines itself as "a rallying point for people who think for themselves, who believe that our politics need to be more effective and less partisan, and who care less about parties and more about common interests and shared purpose."

The only "common interests" these guys agree on deal with Cutler becoming governor, and the only "shared purpose" involves running his undercover campaign. Somebody dump a big load of gridlock on OneMaine.

Good government has nothing to do with harmonious relations among various factions. Rather, it's the result of vigorous, contentious — even nasty — debate, followed by victory at the polls for one side. Claiming something different is just attempting to cover up a hidden agenda, probably one involving self-interest or wishful thinking.

Casting a ballot based on that hogwash is both delusional and dangerous.

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