Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fuzzy headed

Posted on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

John Bohlinger has given us yet another reason not to support him in his bid for the U.S. Senate, and that is his fuzzy headed thinking. It is indeed fuzzy headed to say that we have lost the right to choose our senator. I can’t help but wonder if Gov. Bullock had appointed him he would feel that our right to vote had been taken away. The original Constitution provided that U.S. Senators were selected by our state Senate. In some cases, those seats were “bought.” Talk about taking away our right to vote for senators.

John Walsh has not yet been elected, and may not be elected. If Bohlinger were as interested in keeping a Democrat in the Senate as he is in being that Democrat, he would not be whining. He would be campaigning on substantive issues. I don’t know where Bohlinger gets the idea that Walsh’s appointment “is a blatant attack on the very foundation of our freedom—the democratic right to choose who shall represent us in our republic.” Perfectly ridiculous.

If you think John Bohlinger is the best candidate, by all means vote for him. However, don’t be hoodwinked into thinking Walsh’s appointment has deprived you of that option.

For my part, I want to encourage voters to pay attention to what the candidates say, their ability to think clearly, their position on important issues, and then make an informed decision about who to vote for. Bullock had every right to appoint whomever he wanted, and apparently did so. Nowhere is there any requirement that he solicit input from anyone. He even suggested that Sen. Reid “butt-out” when he asked for Walsh’s appointment. And, Bullock certainly didn’t take away our right to vote for a senator.

Jean Bowman


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