The Club for Growth, a wealthy group of rich anti-taxers (see: Jackson T. Stephens Jr.) has endorsed Tim Griffin. It’s also honest, in its way. The Club for Growth has gleefully endorsed privatizing Social Security. Had that happened a few years ago, it would have jerked the safety net from beneath millions of older and disabled Americans when the market collapsed.

The Democratic Party is trying to use this issue as a wedge against CFG candidates. Griffin’s website says he opposes the privatization of Social Security. Does he repudiate the Club for Growth? I also wonder if there are any KARN radio clips around where Griffin was for privatization before he was against it, as with the Fair Tax, where he underwent a miraculous conversion after the wingnut dominated Republican primary but before an election before more rational voters. After all, Timmy once worked on political support for President Bush’s privatization plan. Was he then just a private gun-slinger, following orders? Or was he a believer, and just now saying what he thinks voters want to hear. Given his record, you have to wonder. Character DOES count.


SPEAKING OF CHARACTER: The DOG had a positively science fiction editorial today about Griffin, accepting at face value words he’s uttered with which the newspaper agrees, not mentioning at all those at variance. In their test, Griffin passed, as all Republicans do. The editorialist at The Leader in Jacksonville saw a test of character, too. Griffin flunked.

Truth and courage mean something, too, if you are asking to be the people’s representative in Washington. Cummins and [former U.S. Attorney Paul] Charlton remind us of Griffin’s one failing as a candidate. It is not his ideas — they are rote Republican — but his refusal to answer questions about the U. S. attorney episode or his activities during his 10-year career inside Washington politics. He waves questions aside by saying that he only wants to talk about the future. The past, they say, is prologue