First Republican candidate for Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, told me he wanted my vote because he’s a native Nevadan, “ready to serve,” making much of his stint in the U.S. Navy – thank you for your service sir. BUT it escapes me exactly how prosecution of terrorists in military courts prepares a person for administering the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Consumer Complaints, Insurance Fraud, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Mortgage Fraud Unit, resolution of questions regarding the application of the Open Meeting Law, Worker’s Compensation Fraud, and Special Prosecutions. Nor does this explain to me how Mr. Laxalt is ready to participate in the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, the Attorney General’s Substance Abuse Working Group, the Committee on Domestic Violence, the Nevada Board of Examiners, the Nevada Council on Domestic Violence, the Nevada Information Technology Board, the Nevada Supreme Court Commission on Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform, and the Nevada Open Meeting Law Task Force.
And, then there’s that not so little matter of having some really dismal evaluations from one’s own law firm. Rather than demonstrate he did not earn the sobriquet “Train Wreck,” Mr. Laxalt is outraged his opponent could be the source of the leaked evaluations – which Mr. Miller is not. That would be a denigration of Mr. Jon Ralston’s skills as an investigative journalist – Ralston got them, Ralston shared them. [NVProg] Even a layman can figure out “promotion to counsel” doesn’t equate to “promotion to partner.” There’s little left but the whining that Evil Doers have sabotaged his campaign? Most of the time using the Victimization excuse merely serves to remind voters that those who are good at making excuses are rarely good at much else.
“Adam is running for Attorney General to protect the safety of Nevada’s families, to preserve the liberty of Nevada’s citizens and businesses and to stand up for Nevadans against federal government overreach.” [Laxalt]
And for this he gets the endorsement of none other than the most infamous Word Salad Shooter the conservatives have to offer – Sarah Palin.
“While most of the focus leading into 2014 elections has been on the country’s life and death fight for our future with a conservative majority serving in the U.S. Senate, there are other offices we need to count on to put a stop to the liberal Obama agenda. In individual states, good Attorney Generals have led the legal fight against Obamacare, to protect religious liberties and states’ right, and to uphold other imperative core Constitutional principles. Here are four conservative Attorney General candidates I’m supporting. They will continue the fight for all of us!”
OK, sometimes I do get into “Comma Queen Mode,” but “death fight for our future with a conservative majority…” says to me the fight is with the conservative majority, which as a progressive is something with which I could agree. This, in turn, reminds me that Mr. Laxalt told me he wanted to “stop Obamacare.” Translation: Mr. Laxalt would like to repeal the health care insurance reforms enacted in the Affordable Care Act.
Seriously? He doesn’t want Nevadans to have any recourse if an insurance corporation rescinds a policy because the person made a legitimate mistake in the medical history portion of an application? Forgot you had measles in 1972? He wants policies for women to automatically be more expensive than those for men? He wants to kick the kids off family policies before age 25? He wants to allow insurance companies to sell junk “life time limit” policies? He wants to tell new entrepreneurs they can’t go to an insurance exchange (market) and pick out a policy from Anthem, Nevada Health Care Co-Op, Health Plan of Nevada, or Saint Mary’s [SSE] that fits his needs and finances? Perhaps Mr. Laxalt hasn’t yet figured out that Obamacare isn’t a thing. There’s are no government issued insurance policies. There are only markets (state and federal) where people who do not have employer sponsored insurance policies can find affordable plans to purchase. If candidate Laxalt hasn’t figured this out, perhaps there is a reason those evaluations weren’t stellar?
Speaking of families, there’s the gay marriage issue on which Mr. Laxalt has made his opposition clear, in spite of advice from Governor Sandoval and AG Masto. There is something to be said for following the news:
“Case law over the last year and a half has completely turned our argument upside down,” Masto told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday. Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican and former federal judge, also said the state’s ban is “no longer defensible” in court and told the Gazette-Journal on Tuesday that he looked at the case “as a judge and a lawyer” and agrees with Masto.” [LVSun]
Indeed, the case law is changing, and in light of the recent refusal of the Supreme Court to take same sex marriage cases Mr. Laxalt continues to say he will “enforce the law” whatever that might be – a far cry from his adamant opposition to LGBT rights in 2010. [RGJ] We might say, given Mr. Laxalt’s Navy experience, that that ship has sailed.
There’s one other arrow in Mr. Laxalt’s quiver – Tough On Crime – he wants to keep women and children safe – and who doesn’t? However, Mr. Laxalt is not running for District Attorney. Or Sheriff. Or applying to be Chief of Police. Or, even running for a state legislative seat wherein crimes are defined and penalties assigned. He’s running to be an an administrator, and thus far his agenda is to fight anything Federal, fight anything that impinges on health insurance corporation profits, and fight anything that says members of the LGBT community should have equal rights. For some this agenda will be adequate, even acceptable. For others it’s an admission that he’s frozen in the politics of the past.
Indeed, those congealed into the Rovian politics of the Culture Wars will find our National Word Salad Shooter only too pleased to endorse them. The remainder of the electorate may see only the candidate’s imploring brown eyes, seeking our votes, and looking for all the world like a young beagle trying desperately to comprehend house-breaking instructions.