We have witnessed the October surprise: right-wing extremism is on the way out.

We have witnessed the October surprise. Right-wing extremism is on the way out.

The surprise came in two forms – most visibly when the governor of New Jersey turned to the president of the United States and began working with him to rebuild the ruined New Jersey coast.

Chris Christie told Republican ideologue television anchors at Fox that he didn’t give a damn about politics – he cared about saving his state.

“I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the Shore. I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

In an October flash, the extremist Republican rhetoric about less government washed away in the reality of the storm called Sandy.

The other October surprise came earlier in response to John Sununu, Mitt Romney’s water bearer and a worthy Halloween ghoul. Sununu brought racism to the fore by saying that former Secretary of State Colin Powell supported President Barack Obama because of their skin color.

Lawrence Wilkerson, Powell’s former chief of staff, responded angrily. Wilkerson, a university professor and retired army colonel, who by the way is not African-American but is a registered Republican, said this on national television:

Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.

The presidential election on Tuesday has to do with a return to sanity. The victory of President Obama and the sign of a new pragmatic wave – personified by the likes of Christie and Wilkerson – shows that progress can be made.

Christie found a mission – statesmanship over ideology. Wilkerson dared to voice an uncomfortable truth.

The election next week could restore balance. A victory for President Obama is now linked to new moderation in the Republican Party and a return to two-party politics that works. A vote for the president helps to sweep away the dogged ignorance that has captured the conservative spectrum in this country.

Much is at stake on Tuesday. Vote.

4 Comments

Filed under #Sandy, 1, Elections, Journalism, Obama, Politics

4 responses to “We have witnessed the October surprise: right-wing extremism is on the way out.

  1. Bill Dorman

    As eloquent and precise a statement of the choice before us as I’ve seen, and the opportunity to answer in the affirmative Ben Franklin’s timeless question about whether we can keep our Republic.

  2. Alfred Gluecksmann

    Although one must feel total empathy for and support those who have suffered as a result of Sandy’s impact, it seems that metaphorically it can be said that said impact in effect turned out to be a sobering blessing in disguise.

    Alfred Gluecksmann

    • Alfred Gluecksmann

      This is not what Alfred Gluecksmann wrote in-toto. Something has been abridged by the system since the quotation is incomplete and therefore not contextualized.

  3. Alfredo, fix it or put up something new. Your posts are cleared to go straight online, unedited. I have no idea what happened. Cheers

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