The Far-Left Moderate
When Ken Block first began putting together the Moderate Party, he gave me some practical reasons that he was participating more in discussion on RI Future than here. I wasn’t particularly concerned, whatever the justifications, but as his candidacy for governor has brought forward, and as the transcript of his Projo chat palpably illustrates, part of the reason was surely that he’s pretty radical in his social beliefs. In other words, he’s got some good-government instincts, and he may be “moderate” on fiscal matters, but he’s arguably as far left as any other candidate in the race on most other matters.
We’ve already heard his desire to sign same-sex marriage into law, but consider this answer on immigration (emphasis added):
I was in Arizona when Gov. Brewer signed her immigration bill into law. I am against this type of immigration reform. It is open to profiling and smacks of xenophobia. Illegal immigration is a serious problem and has a large associated cost to society. We need the federal government to significantly change our current immigration laws and postures and then follow up on that change with appropriate changes at the state level. I am for E-Verify and use it in my businesses.
Well, we don’t want Americans to “smack of xenophobia,” I guess, least of all in a border state that’s beginning to see social turmoil and drug wars spill over our open border.
The more I hear from Ken, the less I’m sure what he would bring to the table, as governor. The top executive position, in this state, isn’t really empowered to do much about our fundamental problems. That’s especially true of a “reform” candidate who says such things as this:
I am a concensus builder – there are a lot of disaffected legislators in our General Assembly who would be willing to work with the right Governor – a Governor open to dialog and realsistic solutions to the problems plaguing our state.
Ah, yes. If only Governor Carcieri were more of a consensus builder, then all of those well-intentioned legislators would come around. Baloney! The General Assembly will dialogue all day — all year — even as the state falls apart. Governor Block would be rolled on every substantive issue, while he makes same-sex marriage the law of our little land and backslides on immigration.
I’d love to hear why I’m wrong, but in the meantime, I suppose we can thank Ken for ensuring that there’s a broad swath of political space to the right of center in this race. Block, Lynch, Chafee, and Caprio cluster pretty closely on the left, as far as I can see.