Congressman Doolittle is simply a bizarre individual. From an editorial in the Sacramento Bee today:
In style and substance Doolittle was much like his mentor, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: shrill, mean-spirited and divisive. Doolittle is no consensus builder on the great issues of the day. Watching him, voters could see why the atmosphere in Congress is so poisonous.
Doolittle seems not to have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable. For every question, whether on Iraq, infrastructure, tax policy, health care or ethics, he turned the issue to his opponent's membership in the American Civil Liberties Union. It's an odd point to focus on.
No kidding, especially since the ACLU spends a lot of time defending conservative viewpoints, contrary to what conservatives say about the ACLU. They simply try to defend this little thing called the Constitution. But there's more on Doolittle's biblical views as well:
Doolittle's views on the Iraq war are simply bizarre. The conflict, he said, "leads to what the Bible ultimately says": Armageddon will take place in the Middle East. The Bible mentions the Euphrates River in Iraq as the place of prelude to the final battle of Armageddon that will bring about the world's end.
Again, this is simply ludicrous...and very dangerous. Basing public policy on your personal interpretation of biblical passages, especially when it's someone else's life being affected and not your own, is in a word, sick. I'm not sure at this point what distinguishes Doolittle from members of the Taliban. Both rely on faith, not reason, to guide their actions.
The Bee closes out the editorial with this:
Listening to Doolittle, it's hard to imagine him contributing to creative solutions and good-faith negotiations on any of the country's difficult issues. Is this really the kind of congressman the people of the 4th District want representing them in Washington?
Of course it isn't. Hopefully the good folks in Lassen County will vote for someone with moral integrity for a change.