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[the following is a bulk answer to a slew of emails]

No, this is not me, nor do I have anything to do with it. If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked about that over the past week or so, I'd be able to buy a Big Mac meal, super size it, and get the two apple pies for a dollar deal. Twice.

It's not that I never thought of anything like that, because I have. And I bet a lot of you have, too. But I figure if I'm going to take issue with any sacred cows, I'll show my face while I'm doing it. Come to think of it, I have done just that. And the results were not surprising.

I was asked by a kind reader if this bothers me at all and I can honestly say no, it does not. I'd much rather speak my opinion out loud - even if it goes against that grain - and face the finger pointing than swallow what I want to say because it may upset some imaginary apple cart that we're supposed to be riding in.

I think some people - especially a certain few emailers - are forgetting an important fact about me. Well, several really. I am not a conservative. Yes, I am a Republican, but that does not make me conservative. And they forget that I was a one issue voter. So when I get emails saying things like "We need to stick together, not take each other apart," or "It's not in our best interest to be back biting," I almost fall off my chair laughing. What? You don't see the asburdity in people telling me to keep my opinions quiet and stick with the program? I sure do.

When I declared myself a Bush supporter, I was welcomed into the Republican's "big tent" as they like to call it. Yea, yea we know you support gay marriage and you don't really like the President's immigration policies and you're an atheist, but here's your 'Hello, I'm a Republican" name tag and have some punch!

I campaigned for Bush. Hard. I went all out for him because I believed he was the right president at the right time (and I still believe that). But a funny thing happened after Bush won the election. That big tent suddenly got very small and I found there really wasn't an awful lot of room for me in there after all. I got squeezed out, so to speak, by people who think because my views on religion and marraige and education don't coincide with theirs that I should just shut up about those issues and speak only about Iraq and democracy and the war on terror. You know, the things we agree on.

Hell hath no fury like a hard liner being disagreed with. And so I end up coming full circle, back to that place where I'm not on the left, and I'm not on the right and I'm kind of looking around for a place to sit down and eat my lunch, but the cafeteria is looking mighty segregated. And I'm fine with that, because even if I sit by myself, or with other geeks and freaks, I'm at least being honest about who I am and what I stand for. I wear the Led Zeppelin shirt, but I'm not afraid to admit my love for a little KC and the Sunshine Band. Know what I'm saying?

Why didn't I write anything about Chris Rock, you ask? Why? Because, unlike many of you, I wasn't surprised. I wasn't shocked. I just stifled a yawn, had another bite of apple pie and waited for him to stop talking. If you were shocked and appalled, then you need to really reconsider watching television at all, because the thing is rife with Bush jokes. And if you're getting so bent out of shape about what a comedian said about the president that you want to form some kind of campaign against Rock, the Oscars, ABC and the makers of Rock's tuxedo, then I think a little chill pill is in order. Was his act funny? No, not really. Not even the part about Jude Law, and I hate Jude Law. Was it something to get worked up about? No, it wasn't. Free speech, consequences, all that. We've done this before. I don't do boycotts, so don't ask, ok? I mean, I don't own Pootie Tang, so I can't throw it on your bonfire, but you'll pry my copy of Osmosis Jones out of my cold, dead hands.

Anyhow, my potty mouth and loose morals and "abandonment" of my party notwithstanding, I'm still a Republican. Maybe I'm not your idea of what a Republican should be, but then again, you're not my idea of what a decent human being should be. So there.

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there was one great thing about chris rock. he wasn't billy crystal.

You can share my tent anytime you want, uh, figuratively speaking. Thing is the people trying to push you out don't own the tent (but they sure got a lot of left wingers believing that they do).

Yeah, well... you're my kind of Republican. Let the far right and way left scream at each other, maybe that will keep them busy enough to not screw with anything that actually matters.

And you thought that after the election you were going to be able to stop writing about politics. HA!

I have always thought that people who believe that asking me one question will crystalize my entire political thinking. You are against gun control, you must be for prayer in the schools, and against abortion and ... It's insane.

Was the Oscar's on recently?

Heh. Seriously, I've stepped on quite a few toes because I don't suffer fools gladly and I like to see fools suffer*. No matter what political side of the altar they huddle on. But well, their toes were in my space, so to speak. Oh -- and I won't do it anonymously; I do it right there on my own blog in front of god and everybody.

*ibid. Florence King.

Well, there's a few minutes I won't get back reading a website that's the equivalent of scribbling dirty words on the fence outside the home of other bloggers.

Complain about a bloggers nic while using one "charlie foxtrot"?

[rolls eyes]

Seriously, Michele, I would not associate YOU with the dreck because you have the cajones to do it under your own name (as you've explained) and you lacerate the object of your pique with laser prose, not sniggering 3rd grader potty talk.

I dunno. I've considered myself a Republican from before the time I could vote. Throughout that entire time, my views have been my views--that is, they were divergent enough from the party line to be significant. Since I've grown older, even more of my views have gone astray (although on at least one issue I can think of, my opinions have grown closer to the party's (if a party has an opinion, that is (I'm still expanding my improper use of punctuation, too, and I'm pretty sure the GOP is in opposition to that, too))). No one has ever made me feel like I'm less of a Republican for being pro gay marriage or for being anti death penalty, though. It still feels like a pretty big tent to me, just one with some healthy dissension.

What's funny about this is that a bunch of people emailed to to ask if I was "My Foot."

Nope, not me.

Left...Right...Screw 'Em Both.

I know, not the most enlightening comment.

Well, I get the other side of it. I home school, and am affiliated with a non-religious group that gets together for outings,field trips, etc. I co-slept my kids, breast fed (liberally), and cloth diapered. I live in Detroit- and actually GO TO THE CITY to do things. Everyone assumes I am liberal. Usually, when they find out my political leanings, they avoid me like the plague (I get shoved right out of the tent.)

I think what I find most annoying, is the pigeon holing people do based on someone's political affiliations. As if you can predicts someone their entire being, experiences, and opinions based on the R or D beside their name.

Michele,

I'm a fairly conservative, devout Catholic, who's opposed to gay marriage and abortion. I'm sure that you and I disagree on a lot of things, but personally, I am glad, and proud, to have you in my party. You're a free-thinking individual with a lot of moxie, and that's exactly what the Republican Party needs. Yes, there are some people who are intolerant here. But it's important to remember that they don't own the party, as JFH said above. We free-thinkers in the party welcome you. Frankly, I agree with you in that not everything Bush does is something I agree with, but I could never vote for the Democrats, because I'm a confirmed member of the "I Like Being Alive" Party, which these days is the Republican Party.

The tent's still big. Some people just have sharp elbows.

We're not going to agree on a lot of things. Big deal. First and foremost to me is seeing my 13-year-old grow up relatively free of fear. And what's worthy of fear aren't those of us on the "farther than you" right or the left, but the Islamofascists who want us all dead.

BTW, I've got that song stuck in my head now. Thanks.

I also strongly supported Bush and I find that I generally support Republican candidates. Having said that, I also disagree with the Republican party platform on a number of issues. I just find that on the more important issues I agree with the Republicans more than the Democrats.

The Texas Republican party is particularly bad and I would never associate myself with it.

Let's form a group of people who don't belong to any groups...

Bolie IV

KC and the Sunshine Band sucks! There. I said it. You can throw me out of the tent now.

"Was the Oscar's on recently?"

I, on the otherhand, was "on" when I typed that -- on drugs, obviously.

Irony time: Although I'm a red-state, redneck, Protestant, denizen of Wal-Mart nation, I'll guarantee you, Michele, you and I disagree on pop culture far more than politics. Cest La vie!

Regarding Chris Rocks' comments, you said :

If you were shocked and appalled, then you need to really reconsider watching television at all, because the thing is rife with Bush jokes. And if you're getting so bent out of shape about what a comedian said about the president that you want to form some kind of campaign against Rock, the Oscars, ABC and the makers of Rock's tuxedo, then I think a little chill pill is in order.(emphasis mine)

I was neither shocked (how could I be after watching the MSM meltdown of the last 4 years) nor appalled.

Had Chris Rock joked about the President in a similar manner to how he joked about Kerry, i.e. a joke regarding his marrying money - which was politically neutral, then there would have been no objections. You can't say there is a lack of this sort of material to poke fun at Dubya :). Instead he chose to politicize this awards show by selecting and parroting the same tired memes we've all heard the past few years.

Now I wouldn't call for any boycott over this, but I will point out the bias shown by the show's producers and the network, and factor that into my buying (watching) decision making.

I also have to wonder why anyone who is trying to sell a product would choose to promote themes that could alienate half their target customers at the onset. How would you characterize the producer of any other consumable that acted this way?

I second Joseph White's comments. We can always have a civil conversation with people who are in the tent.

Hey, who let Solonor IN the tent, such that he's just begging to be thrown out?!

Be afraid of this Pied Piper, he's a liberal with a brain! Make sure he leaves by himself and not with some of the younger, more influenceable, campers.

Pfft. Hells woman, you ARE my idea of a good Republican. You're smart, you're passionate, you've exhibit more commonsense than most folks, you've got a twisted sense of humor and a wickedly sharp tongue. Damn 'em all if they don't want you, I'll quit too. The hallmark of the Republican party since Reagan has been the ability to argue the merits of differing view points while still being inclusive, and anyone who disagrees with me can kiss my ass on their way out.

"people who think because my views on religion and marraige and education don't coincide with theirs that I should just shut up about those issues and speak only about Iraq and democracy and the war on terror"

are idiots.

Ignore them, come sit at my Republican table (even though my views don't coincide with yours) and I'll buy your McMeal, just to hear you talk.

I'm not on the left, and I'm not on the right and I'm kind of looking around for a place to sit down and eat my lunch, but the cafeteria is looking mighty segregated.

You can always sit with me, babe.

I wear the Led Zeppelin shirt, but I'm not afraid to admit my love for a little KC and the Sunshine Band.

What a perfect couplet. That describes almost exactly what I feel as a libertarian towards conservative Republicans.