There’s nothing like primary election
season. Candidate reaction to the
most recent Edge column indicates that
many who seek offices suffer from emaciated
dermis: They are thin skinned.
Most primary candidates, their
friends and family have little or no
experience at campaigning. After
watching a couple of episodes of “Battleground” these folks come out
the other end convinced they’ve
attained a psychic combination of Karl
Rove, Dick Morris and James Carville.
The reason there’s a coffee shortage has less to
do with plant disease in South America than it
does with primary candidates who can café-pontificate
an hour with one another to partially
explain the concept of competency.
The Edge realizes that it’s difficult to generate
the same excitement in a $2,500 campaign
for Public Administrator as comes from the billion-dollar extravaganzas that characterize
presidential politics. Off-year primary elections
not only demonstrate that all politics are
local, they also showcase the fact that the
political candidate organizations involved are
populated with local yokels.
Also on the August 5th ballot are five proposed
Missouri Constitutional Amendments.
Since Missouri’s Governor approved these five
issues, they are logically numbered 1, 5, 7, 8
and 9. The Edge is concerned about the
absence of numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6.
All of these proposed amendments share a
common thread. They either limit some federal
initiative or seek to duplicate it. Tea Party primary
candidates should approve The Edge’s
hypothesis that duplicating a federal program
with a state program equates to throwing
good money after bad.
Amendment one is known as “The Right To
Farm Amendment.” Who knew it would take a constitutional
change to assure somebody the right to
plant corn seeds? Surprisingly, most farmers
oppose this one saying it really favors the foreign
owners of agri-business conglomerates.