FLORIDA, July 26, 2013 — Much has been said about Angela Corey over the last several months, especially since her failed prosecution of George Zimmerman.
While the Jacksonville-area State Attorney’s critics correctly go after her record of overcharging alleged criminals and apparently using unlawful tactics to prevent evidence from reaching Zimmerman’s defense team, they often overlook or ignore one glaring fact.
This has nothing to do with Zimmerman or Marissa Alexander or Crisitian Fernandez. Rather, it is a matter of partisan affiliation: Corey is a registered Republican.
She also is known as a conservative. There can be little doubt that Corey’s detractors who hail from the Right find this difficult to believe.
The truth is, though, that Corey is such a rock-ribbed Republican that she was incumbent Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s campaign manager during the 2010 election cycle.
Chances are that no small number of Corey’s Right-leaning critics are wondering how one of their own flock could be such a self-serving authoritarian. After all, modern rightist philosophy emphasizes individual liberty and personal responsibility.
The answer is almost definitely not what these righties want to hear. Nonetheless, it must be said: Party labels and ideological identity politics mean nothing in real time. While this gimmickry works well at rallies and over the airwaves of talk radio, it is the ultimate in bread-and-circuses.
What Corey’s fellow “conservatives” probably will find to be unbelievable is that the man who fired her several years back — former State Attorney Harry Shorstein — is a Democrat.
Interestingly enough, Corey was voted into her current office the year after this happened. While such a thing would seem unbelievable to most, in Metro Jacksonville, it appears to be the “GOP” label which grants one instant eligibility for publicly elected positions.
A candidate’s work record and personal qualities barely factor.
Why is this? Because swaths of voters have come to believe the following formula and apply it to every election: My party is good, the other party is bad — my party isn’t always perfect, but the other party is always worse — my party might let me down time and again, but folks in the other party are evil, so I can’t vote for them under any circumstances.
Like it or not, this warped and ultimately self-destructive mindset brought Corey to power.
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