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.
"Two Cheers for Wall St." The Greed narrative vs. the Ecology narrative. David Brooks. A quote:
... there’s a moment when people realize how stupid they have been. They’ve bought a pile of subprime mortgages without really knowing what they’ve purchased. The ratings agencies suddenly don’t look so reliable. The cycle of overconfidence becomes a cycle of underconfidence because nobody knows who is holding worthless paper.
Then, finally, maturity sets in. Those who have lost great gobs of money get fired. People still find the new product useful, but within parameters and with greater safeguards.
The lesson of the Ecology Narrative is that, in most cases, the market corrects itself.
As the pundits conjure the South Carolina vote they continue to make this point. He can draw white voters.
I think his ability to draw 25% of his total in SC from the white community is a small affirmation of that. The pundits then like to point to Iowa and NH as further affirmation that Obama can draw white votes...
My observation is this. In both Iowa and NH there are what, two dozen blacks? OK 2-4% of the population.
Exactly what color would the people have been in Iowa and NH who were disposed to vote for Obama? Blue? Pointing to those two states as bell weathers of his ability to draw whites in great numbers nationally is tenuous at best.
Having said that I think without a doubt he will be President one day. I just think he needs more experience. He's young and has lots of time to get to the top.