Michael Bates is an Informed Republican
Michael Bates is an embarrassment to the Republican party asserts a user identified as DCtransplant on the TulsaNow Forum.
Michael Bates is a news and political journalist for local newspapers in Tulsa, Oklahoma who also owns and operates a blog at BatesLine.com. Michael Bates has also been a news commentator on a local radio station.
I respect Michael Bates because I like to read Conservative as well as Liberal blogs. I admit that I am a Liberal Democrat. Anyone who reviews my blog knows this. Michael Bates has one of the few Conservative Republican blogs that I can read and enjoy because it has substance.
While I disagree with many of his political beliefs, I admire his clear and concise writing, which helps me to understand why he has Conservative beliefs. Most Conservative blogs are full of rants and raves against the people in which they disagree and dislike.
During the recent Mayoral Primaries for the City of Tulsa, Michael Bates wrote some articles regarding disappointments with Republican candidate Dewey Bartlett, Jr. Michael Bates was supporting Republican Chris Medlock. Then the infamous forum post asserting, “Michael Bates is an embarrassment to the Republican party” appeared on September 8, 2009 in the TulsaNow Forum.
I do not know who DCtransplant is but I do know that I appreciate a gentleman like Michael Bates who, although Conservative, does his homework. Michael Bates is like a hound dog that sniffs out every clue needed to make a an informed decision.
If more Republicans were like Michael Bates we would not have the lunacy that we have with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and others. Interesting that someone went on an attack of Michael Bates because he researched and provided an informed decision, even though that research included reporting some negative issues on a Republican candidate.
How Republican of DCtransplant. Even in the Conservative world Republicans who are open, honest, and intelligent come under attack as if those virtues were vices.