Oh that troublemaker Stacey Dash. Remember when she broke with the Hollywood herd and rooted for Mitt Romney? And we were all, "Stacey Dash ... what was she in again?" (Clueless and the TV series Single Ladies.) Well, I imagine the election results were a bit disappointing for her. But just before the results came in, she took the opportunity to reflect and express her election thoughts in a letter she sent to TMZ. Let's have a look.
Given TMZ's tone I thought the letter was going to be a hilarious, loopy rant. But it's not. It's thoughtful -- and it sounds a lot like what some of my more conservative friends are saying. YES, I'm a total outspoken pinko, but I've managed to remain friends with people of other political persuasions. (Um, right guys? You're still talking to me?) She starts off with a peace-making tone.
At the end of the day we are in this together. This is our American family. I do not want to be a part of the hateful voices insulting each other. I want to be part of the voices that shape the future. Don't you?
And then she admits that she may have been naive in endorsing Romney so publicly -- I don't think she saw the racially-charged backlash coming.
Stacey wants us to know her endorsement of Romney wasn't a statement against Obama. In fact, she voted for him in '08 and credits him for getting a lot of good work done in his first term. It's just that she happens to be a fiscal conservative and liked Romney's economic plan. And guess what else attracted her to Romney? His record of bipartisanship as governor of Massachusetts and Romneycare.
And yeah, she gets it. "Ultimately I know that what Stacey Dash thinks about who will be the next president of the United States isn't that important in the scheme of things." But she makes a plea for bipartisan cooperation as the only thing that can move our country forward.
I guess she wrote most of the letter before election day and then added a bit at the end once the race had been called for Obama. She admits she's disappointed, but she congratulates Obama and applauds America for voting.
You know what? I feel like we've been set up to mock Stacey's letter ("click to read ... whatever this is"), but I don't see anything here to mock. I don't even know why TMZ is calling the letter a "rant." If anything, Stacey's is the kind of voice that seemed to get lost in all the real rants -- she's a moderate adult.
There's been a lot of childish screaming today from people who are completely, irrationally freaked out over Obama winning a second term. And it's just a ridiculous waste of energy. Are you going to live your life like it's a Ryan Seacrest/Andy Cohen production? DRAMA! OMG IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!! WHOSE EXTENSIONS DO I PULL OUT? (Ahem, Trump.) Or are you going to work hand-in-hand with the rest of the grownups to build a brighter future? I may not exactly agree with Stacey Dash's politics, but that's okay. I am totally with her ethics.
Do you think bipartisanship is possible or are we hopelessly deadlocked?
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