Karen Floyd, wary of the the $2 million dollar price tag of special election, and the untold legal costs of a challenge, did the right thing today and conceded that Dr. Jim Rex had won the race for Superintendent of Education.Rex's victory is remarkable, not just for its slim margin, but for the setting in … Continue reading Floyd Concedes: Let the Real Reform Begin
Once upon a time I survived the end of the world. “And,” to quote Michael Stipe, “I feel fine.” It was a Saturday, and the Central Florida sky trembled with excitement. We’d waited for this day for years. We’d underlined Daniel, and Mark and the Apocalypse of John, cross referencing so furiously that our pens … Continue reading It’s the End of The World and I Feel Fine
The state Election Commission has ordered recounts in the races for Superintendent of Education and Lieutenant Governor. In the Lieutenant Governor's race, Andre Bauer leads with 543,767 votes to Robert Barber's 540,535. Don't expect much change in that race.The real drama is in the Superintendant's race, where a margin of 483 votes separates educator Dr. … Continue reading Bauer vs. Barber and Floyd vs. Rex: The Cliff-Hanger Continued
Father Jake has a great link up today about the Episcopal Church's prophetic call for an end to the war in Iraq. That call was made in June, during the General Convention, and was ignored by the war makers. But now that the rest of the American people have spoken loudly about it, we'll see … Continue reading Study War No More
Dr. Dobson says it's because Republicans abandoned their evangelical base. The President said it was Jack Abramoff , Karl Rove and Mark Foley's fault. Grover Norquist said it was the war's fault.But the fault lies squarely and justly with the American people.You can, as Lincoln noted, fool some of the people all of the time … Continue reading Blaming Abramoff, Rove, Foley and Us
When the hangovers wear off, the victors will have to figure out what to do with the spoils. It's going to be tempting to begin investigations of everything that's gone on the last six years, from Iraq to energy policy. There is sleaze and sex, topped off with a lemony twist of incompetence, and oh … Continue reading They Can Win, But Can They Lead?
Courtesy of my partisan brother (Mr. Democrat):The Democrats will take 30 seats or more in the U. S. House and at least 6 in the Senate (OH, PA, RI, VA, TN, MO).And from the smartest poli-sci freshman in America, the someday POTUS himself, my own intern Dylan:Senate Outcome Republicans - 52Democrats - 46Independents - 2 … Continue reading Election Prediction–You Read it Here First
Okay, just don't start. Your governor's probably not all that smart either. At least he's not named Jeb or Sonny. Besides, haven't you ever left your voter's registration card at home when you went to vote? Even though you knew you'd be on national tv? I have, and I can tell you--oh, never mind.It's painful … Continue reading Forget God, What if Governor Sanford Were One of Us?
We celebrated the festival of All Saints today at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, complete with incense, Russian Orthodox chant (with real Russians!), baptisms and hymns that shook the rafters. And of course we read old Ben Sirach's hagiographa on the righteousness of fame and power, "Let us now praise famous men..." (Ecclesiasticus 44:1).In the midst of all … Continue reading Let Us Now Praise (In)Famous Men: Saddam Hussein and Ted Haggard
Ted Haggard is probably living up to his surname about now. The out-spoken opponent of homosexuality has resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after being accused of having a homosexual affair with a gay hooker. He's also stepped aside as leader of the 14,000 member New Life Church in Colorado Springs while … Continue reading Beloved Bastards: Ted Haggard and Us