July 21, 2006

Pryor Offense

Earlier this year I commissioned Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates to perform a statewide survey of Oklahoma voters on a range of questions. One interesting finding was that 25 percent of Oklahoma Democrats describe themselves as either strongly or somewhat liberal, while a full 56 percent describe themselves as either strongly or somewhat conservative.

So here's an idea. If you’re Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Lisa Pryor, you could refer to conservatives as “kooks” and “kool-aid drinkers” whose “worldview is frightening.” Insult a large segment of your own party. Good plan. Not to mention the fodder you’re providing for Republicans in November. A strong majority of Oklahoma voters (in both parties) identify themselves as conservative. Calling them “kooks” hardly seems the path to electoral success.

Here's another idea. Mrs. Pryor could approvingly cite an article which says “conservatism is the ideology of the past – a past we don’t want to return to” and says “all the major advancements of freedom and justice in our history were pushed by liberals and opposed by conservatives.”

This is good stuff. Republicans have long viewed Howard Dean as the gift that keeps on giving. Could Oklahoma Republicans be lucky enough to have their own version?

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