We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Quite agree, BD, Sen Daniel Patrick Moynihan is my fave Dem Senator. Among many fine qualities, he was not afraid to speak truth to the power centers in the Democrat Party. He was not afraid to advance original and contrary ideas and was a scholarly man who wrote a number of important books and papers on the most controversial political issues of the day.
I recall that he had a very healthy skepticism about the Clintons, I don't think he cottoned up to their style at all; I can just imagine what he would have to say about the current regime, I don't think he would at all approve. He could turn a phrase to make any Irishman proud- "Boob bait for the bubbas", I think, is my all-time favorite, it still makes me laugh out loud every time I hear it or see it in print.
Yup, if I had a choice of politicians with whom to sit down and have a brandy, or port and cigar, ol' Pat would be right up there with Disraeli and Churchill for the Brits, and FDR, LBJ, and Barry Goldwater for the Yanks.
I agree with the party in the room. DPM was a great human being. At least one of his many memorable turns of phrase reckons to be immortal: to 'define deviancy down'. The three 'D's we see so lamentably operant. It's 3D alright --
buddy ... Pat Moynihan has always been a politician I greatly respected -- capable of great wit and piercingly good observations. In the dear dead days of courtesy offered 'across the aisle,' many Republicans were pleased to have a drink with him after legislating hours. Unfortunately, when he died, we lost the last intelligent Democrat on the Hill. I still remember the film clip of him as he told the media he was retiring and urged voters to vote for Hillary ... the sad, conflicted look on his face.