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Tuesday, November 13. 2007
Why I think Hillary will win. I am by no means as pessimistic as Mr. Armey, but he makes good points with which I agree. In fact, I believe McCain or Rudy could beat her relatively easily.
Without the MSM carrying her water and covering her tracks, and her last name, she would not even be in the running. She is a wholly media-made celebrity product, like Crest toothpaste and Paris Hilton. Where's the beef?
I think the country is "ready" for a woman, black, or anything-else President (I know I am - but I do not like to vote for a potential Commander in Chief without military service) - but I don't think it's ready for a socialist with a rotten personality and a dubious moral compass.
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BD, I know you must've treated injuries from machinery--someone with an arm or leg or worse caught in a baler or a drive chain or some such piece of relentlessly efficient and totally unthinking automatic force-generator.
i could finish the thought, but i think i don't need to.
in the sense of something big and heavy careening toward some place no one intended, it fits even better.
Isn't a septic tank more metaphorically apropos? It just remains to be seen whether whether the complete blockage in the leach fields will have an impact prior to next November.
The MSM may keep pumping for all its worth but she's a lot faster at filling it up than even Bubba was.
well, that works better re the fluid nature of politics--but Armey had kept returning to the "machine" metaphor. I thought BD, in his confidence in the judgement of individuals, was missing that point.
It's almost as if the machine could run anything it wanted--say Hugo Chavez, or Donald Duck, even. The vote-supplying machine would still work because the machine is its own product.
Armey may overstate, but if so, not by much--that machine is an entity and it wants to harness you.
clank clank clank clank
"If the 2008 presidential election were held today"...
In the raging corner, Ms. Ery Incarnate, also know as Hillbillary. Look at her pace, her undeniable desire focused and calculating. this girl is no nursemaid but tough, aggressively crafty. Her eyes, steeled determination waiting abject.
In the cool collected corner trainers and ring doctors await the Champion who is surely making his way to coolect his coup.
Hush settles upon the crowd. They can feel the floor boards hummin' a manly victory under his unassuming confidence as he slips through the ropes.
The roar comes rumbling for the Champ of 08.
"clank clank clank clank"
Sounds like the Gramscian march through the institutions to me. It worked just fine until JF'ngKerry 'reported for doody' and Dan the Dim held up the forged TANG memos.
Then something happened and there is nothing in Gramsci's theory that accounts for innovation overtaking the precious institution.
It's going to be an entertaining election - on the Adams/Jefferson model, IMO. I wouldn't put money down at the moment but I don't believe that the Clinton machine is that fearsome or efficient.
Hillary Clinton is the Barry Bonds of politics.
Her responses to criticism are her most powerful asset, because she is not called on it by the legacy media. If one criticizes her ideas, she calls it a personal attack and diverts from answering. If one criticizes her, she claims that people are afraid to debate her ideas. Very neat. Never answer either.
Why does everyone walk on eggshells around her? What is everyone so afraid of? What she needs is Dorothy to throw a pail of water over her...
She gives women leaders a bad name. There are thousands of equally well educated women with better characters who have served their families and communities devotedly, volunteeered, helped husbands' businesses, juggled their own careers, who know how to be civil and behave honorably, and stand up for what is right. Who aren't profane and vicious. Pick any random PTA mom or church deacon and you would do better than this dreadful Hillary...Pick somebody's cleaning lady, and at least you'd have someone used to cleaning up other people's messes, which is a large part of the job.
One of the kids, voting for first time, is fit to be tied. She can't relate to the old white men, but the wicked witch is even more repugnant to her. And Obama: "He's a flake, he's never done anything, just preens and spouts because he's pretty!" That 's the voice of youth in my house.
Agree that our C in C should have served in the military.
THANK YOU RETRIEVER! You said it just right. However, this is the process that has put a woman in charge of the EPiscopal Church, and the Governor's mansion of WA state.
Rig the nomination process and you don't have to rig the election. Obama v. Clinton = loose, loose, therefore Edwards slides in and picks up one of the above for his VP (Probably Obama).
With regard to the Episcopal Church they did that with choosing the woman in charge and with picking the new Bishop of Chicago, which by the way is where Hilary is from no?
Then there is the problem with who manufactures the voting machines? What is the relationship of voting machines to slot machines? do they have related parent companies? So, how is your state going to manage the counting of votes this coming year? GET BUSY TODAY FOLKS! Make damn sure you know how those ballots will be counted!!!!
Nice post, Bird Dog. I didn't always vote on the basis of military service, but 2008's got Iraq written all over it. I'm a single issue voter on the war, and that's why I still support McCain for the nomination.
I must respectfully disagree with your assessment that either McCain or Giuliani could defeat Shrillary. To the large numbers of libertarian-leaning folk, the only advantage that some Republican candidates have over the Democrats is that they have an innate distrust of large government.
Both McCain and Giuliani are statist asshats. They are anti-gun bigots, and refuse to uphold the Constitution (McCain with the 1st Amendment, Giuliani with the 2nd). There is only a gnat-hair's worth of difference between them and the Wicked Witch of the East.
Should the Republicans be so stupid as to nominate anyone other than Thompson, the libertarian-leaning of both the centrists, the Republicans and even freedom-loving Democrats (both of them) will stay home in droves...and hand the election to Shrillary.
Here's a link to someone who can say it from a more Republican/conservative point of view:
And an excerpt:
" To counter Hillary Clinton’s perfectly oiled political machine, Republicans need to return to their Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan roots. They need to present an alternative vision for America—a positive vision that limits government and trusts individuals and leaves families, churches, and businesses free to make their own decisions, and not have bureaucrats and politicians calling the shots.
Right now, the country is headed toward a date with Hillary Clinton, and big government is on the agenda. The only way to change that rendezvous is for candidates to offer a clear, principled, limited government alternative."
And you think Guiliani has a moral compass? Good Lord, man, have you no sense left. He giving ambition a bad name by his shameless self promotion and his willingness to turn anything into a mirror that reflects himself. He is scary because he understands nothing but his own ambition. McCain is far wiser than his ambition allows him to be. He seems to know good things and when not blinded by what will never be he takes and holds good position. But the glimpse of glory seems to blind him and he becomes far less than he is capable of.