There are countless reasons for thoughtful people to reject the philosophies of the Party of Greed, but Mr. Russell Capps today nails the heart of the matter: Republicans hate democracy. Why else in an interview with the News and Observer would the bizarre representative from Wake County say such a perverse thing as:
If turnout is low, we (Republicans) win.
Republicans do not represent the interests of people, they represent the interests of the monied and power elite. They have no stake in more participation in democracy, they win only when their extremist minority gets engaged. Republicans don't care about voters, they care about profits for corporations. Which accounts for their methodical suppression of voters all across America.
In Wake County, population growth has transformed a House district that was once a sure thing for Republicans into a tossup. Veteran Rep. Russell Capps, a Raleigh Republican, is defending his seat against a strong challenge from Democrat Ty Harrell, a fundraiser for Duke University. New Triangle voters, not raised in the South, don't necessarily identify with traditional Bible-belt Republican issues, Davis said. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district, but about 30 percent of voters are unaffiliated.
"Even registered Republicans, they are not as conservative as a Russell Capps Republican," Davis (of NCFREE) said. "It's the new urban voter."
Russell Capps is like Joe Boylan is like Art Pope. Riding the Rovian wave of Republican extremism, these people see government as an opportunity for personal power and profit. They are all cut from the same piece of rotten wood as Grover Norquist, who seeks to "drown government" by destroying funding continuity, driving professionals out of public service, and privatizing everything that moves.
A vote for Russell Capps is a vote for incompetence and greed.