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.
Again and again throughout the piece by Michael Scherer of Time magazine, Obama comes across as an intransigent fool who will not adapt to the changes in the political reality.
From Michael Scherer of Time magazine: “For someone who so carefully read the political mood as a candidate, Obama has been unexpectedly passive at moments as President. Whereas other Democrats had hoped to spend the late summer talking about two things — jobs and the unpopularity of many Republican policies — the White House has been distracted by a string of unrelated issues, from immigration reform to a mishandled dismissal of a longtime USDA official to the furor over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.”
His downfall began last summer when he gave his last prime-time press conference on health insurance (groan).
I don't understand this desire to almost take the house. Pubbies seem to have this idea that it is sometimes better to lose. To quote Napoleon: "When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna." The Demoncrats don't worry that their congress critters have proven their ability to govern and time and time again they prove that they can't - we know that because they get elected and screw things up - but that is just not something they worry about. Nor should the pubbies.
The idea is to win and then the goal is to govern. I think Newt did it brilliantly in '94. For the life of me, I cannot understand why that tactic was never tried again. Maybe they thought they had too big a majority in the House and Senate! So I guess the pubbies fine tuned their strategy so that they would lose their majorities to set them selves up for a huge gain in 2010 - that they don't really want!?
No wonder the Republican Party is the stupid party!
Re House Blue: in two more years of O-P-R, the task of restoring the economy and liberty will be that much harder. Please, please, take what you can and help us now.
Re: Economy: the principles of a sound economy are easy. Beyond Obama's rhetoric, his plans are the same things that have failed repeatedly and will fail if he continues to try to implement them. Liberty is the key to material well-being. There will be good outcomes and bad outcomes for individuals; the overall outcome is always good.
Re James Lee: if Discovery Channel isn't green enough for you, you're beyond reason. Eco-stupidity was his trigger rather than the cause of his problems. It determined his target, I think, but he was going to become violent at some point.