Republicans: Have they a death wish?

Republicans in Kansas and Minnesota have something in common — they aren’t very good at reading the handwriting on the political wall.
Republicans in Kansas can’t make themselves believe that Gov. Sebelius’ veto of their fourth attempt to override the Secretary of Health and Environment’s decision against building two huge coal-fired power plants in Western Kansas will — and most certainly should — stand, just as her other vetoes did.
Republicans in Minnesota just won’t accept the decision of voters there to elect Democrat Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. A special three-judge state panel unanimously declared Frank-en the winner this week, affirming the statewide recount that left Franken ahead by 312 votes.
Norm Coleman, the defeated Republican, won’t accept that decision, just as he rejected the first court verdict and the statewide re-count. He plans now to take the case to the state supreme court.
If that appeal fails, Republicans say they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide.
As a consequence, Minnesota may be without full representation in Congress for a year or more after the November 2008 election.

REPUBLICANS in both states should think again.
The party in Minnesota is making their state, and themselves, a laughing stock. Former Sen. Coleman, who earlier argued against a recount when he thought he was ahead because of the cost to the state, continues to run up the cost of the election while making himself look curlish. He also is arguing by his actions that he thinks judges and justices should make election decisions rather than voters. Is this the new Republican philosophy?
Kansas Republicans should likewise stop making Kansas a poster state for pollution. The plants proposed for Holcomb would be paid for primarily by consumers in Colorado and Texas, who would buy about 85 percent of the power produced. But the millions of tons of CO2 the plants would create would be pumped into Kansas air.
One must assume that the investment in the plants and the jobs they would produce will be in Kansas because Colorado and Texas didn’t want the pollution, a wise decision. And no one in any of the three states seems to have taken into consideration the impact that upcoming federal laws controlling pollution will have on the price of the power produced by new coal plants, wherever they are built.
Minnesota Republicans won’t accept election results; Kansas Republicans either don’t believe in climate change or don’t think Kansas should play a part in reducing pollution.
Quick, somebody, somewhere, start making the dear old GOP look good.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.