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.
We agree with the Anchoress that it is still too early to get too invested in national politics, but it's hard to deny that politics can sometimes be an entertaining distraction from the realities of life.
An excellent update from the always-interesting, often-wrong Dick Morris.
He doesn't care for Hillary, of course, having worked with the two of them for years, and notes that if living for eight years in the White House is a qualification, then it applies equally to the White House pastry chef. He has some interesting polling data at the end of the piece.
I think the Clinton faces are growing tedious to everyone, and I think there is plenty of room for a calm, "moderate" Dem candidate.
Me? I'm waiting to hear more about what Fred has to say. I think he could be my candidate.
There's plenty of time - and there's plenty of time to grow weary of the faces and the soap-opera campaigns.
Does the Presidential campaign ever end? Kudos to the Anchoress and to you, BD!
That said, Obama seems to be the enemy of my enemy: that dismal junior NY senator and former Park Ridge lass, who now say to her looking glass, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall! Who is the likeliest of us all?" And sees a more confident Barack smiling back at her.
I hope and pray that we Conservatives have someone of substance who can lead us out of this lame duck Presidential term and Democratic congressional malaise. Fred Thompson would be ideal--if his ideals hold up and he projects the strength, confidence, effectiveness, and morality that this country so badly needs now.
I hate being a cynic. But age does that to you. I like Fred for the most part, but he does have baggage. The ol' S&L scandal for one example. I should have saved the link but didn't. He has the charisma to get out in front of any skeleton's. Open, honest, fair and forthright, should be his mantra, to my mind.
This country starves for want of a leader. Many make light of stirring words and calls for unity, but such make a difference.
I should say that I have only one true issue when I walk into that booth next time. The war.
Which candidate will protect this country? I trust no one on the Dem side to do so. That means my vote will go to the Repub that can defeat the Dem. I am unsure about Rudy's chances, lots of pluses and minuses with him. Romney will be fighting the JFK fight in that respect. Not sure if that is doable. I admit too being biased, ever since Scien****** was recognized as a religion, anything goes. Ah, I'm pussyfooting around. The beginnings of Morm**** leave me less than impressed with its believers. As Hugh H. would perhaps proclaim, I'm a bigot, I guess. Call'm as I see'm. Castigate at will.
After all that horse hockey, Fred may well be the person that gets my vote.
I have no idea why the bolded part came out that way, it was not me, and I have no idea on how to fix it. As well to much brandy to give a damn.
fully agree that ideological purity in the primaries needs to take a backseat to electability in the general election. Hate to be so utilitarian--but Hillary scares the snot out of me. Mostly it's Bill's scandal record that scares me. She ain't no innocent bystander. It's actually pretty shocking that her party has so ignored all that stuff--some of it is really, really bad.
Yes, Obama scares me, too--but at least he's closer to being what you see. I'd estimate the Clintons as maybe 10 or 20 times as dangerous as Obama. The Chicago machine is much more local--not so much part of the UN/Tong/Eurotrash ring.
Well I did have good intentions BL. Trying to keep those 'bots' from picking up on certain words, that's all.
Damn BL, you confuse an unmade mind. Though I'm not sure on the 'Chi local' thing, that is a very good point vs. the Hill. I guess it is my old conspiracy ridden dem mind that sees something sinister behind the O. As I said, just too slick, is it really just because of his brand of stirring and unity? Though the opposite effect of what I desire. I much prefer plain and simple over deep and nuanced. They both fail on that score for me. Night.
LM, good reminder on the S&L scandal. But this voter thinks BL is 103% correct about Hill & Bill, who stand a great chance of getting elected given their predilection to coloring outside the circle, so to speak, and friends who are willing to give them all the stolen crayons they need.
Once back at the WH, I see President Clinton doing what it takes to give American health care a Euro Progressive-Socialistic imprimatur-- mercifully, though, she’ll then tax us to death so many of us won’t actually have to suffer the medical meltdown. Meanwhile, First Gentleman Bill no doubt will keep occupied by auctioning state secrets and his pro-dictatorship speeches on Ebay with the help of an ample assistant.
Perhaps Obama does have some shadowy world interests behind him, but they couldn’t possibly be as organized and ruthless as the post-patriot Clintons and Friends international consortium. (imho)