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.
Larry the K does a nice summary of how Obama has pulverized Hillary into also ran status. It is true that Barry ( to his high school classmates) O moved left faster and farther than Clinton anticipated. This was a great move on his part because it left her with no way to criticize his positions.
See, the reality of the situation is there's not any difference in the two candidates philosophies. They're both hard core socialists, so where could Hillary attack Obama on policy,even if he had a record on policies? Nowhere.
Soon we'll come to the general election with an aged Republican war hero who speaks in fits and starts and a smoove talk'n jive ass mo'ucker. And guess what. The general population that he has energized wouldn't know a socialist society from a republic ,nor could they care less....they want the winner of American Idol, the cool guy who has out promised FDR and Huey Long.
Ya know what they're gonna get their man if he survives what surely will be assassination attempts. If he does half of what he wants to this country it won't be a worker's paradise or a slacker's paradise ..it'll be socialist hell.
I just hope Geo.Bush bombs Iran before November so that the Iranian threat won't materialize, McCain will have a chance , and if not then Obama will have his hands full of real world hardball from the get go.
Actually, I hope Hill and Bill continue and "destroy" the Democratic party (whatever destroy means). The end of the Clintons and the Clinton corruption machine would be a welcome outcome of this process.
Obama is the most liberal candidate since George McGovern - and George did not fare too well.
Let's hope McCain picks a VP who can bring some credibility on fiscal responsibility, taxes, regulation, small business and so on.
I heartily echo your sentiments but George McGovern's run was 36 years ago and nothing in politics has been the same since that time. Watergate changed everything.
That and now almost all of the Greatest Generation is gone. An 18 year old who enlisted in 1942 is now 84 years old and no doubt feeble.
The Democratic Party will never be destroyed in this country because of the aid it receives from socialist and communist countries outside the US. They will ensure it remains a vital component of the greater international socialist movement.
The only hope for those of us on the other side of history is solidarity. If the far right is piqued and remains home we lose. They need to understand that holding their breath until they turn blue isn't going to get them a newer, shinier bicycle or win an important election. They need to suck it up.
I fully believe that we will see an historic turnout of the youth vote this go around, a vote that notoriously never shows up. 2008 to them is what 1968 was to the boomer generation.
Obama will get destroyed in a substantive discussion of the issues. The public will be shocked, shocked I tell you! The republicans need to run an almost unimaginably bad campiagn to lose, which, of course, is always a possibility. The record is there. The soundbites are there. Barack won't get 44% of the popular vote in a general election. Outside the coasts the guy gets annihilited. McGovern '72. If Nixon could do it, McCain can do it. McGovern had some minimal, spirit of the times kind of credibility. Barack? Reminds me of a magazine subsrciption salesman. Fine for a quarter of an hour or so but he better get the hint when it's time for him to go.
I sure hope you're right and I'm all wet but when I look at the vote totals in the primaries, which admittedly is a very raw calculus I see the Republicans getting a bit over 10 million votes and the Democrats getting over 17 million votes.
You and I both know that there will be no substantive discussion of the issues, at least not from the networks. Those aren't debates or discussions they're political theater. And juxtaposing McCain against Obama in a verbal match is a Rx for disaster.
It is illustrative to remember that in the first televised debates, Nixon and Kennedy, the TV audience voted Kennedy the winner, while those who listened on the radio declared Nixon a walk away winner. Obama is silky and young while McCain is rough and old so TV isn't going to favor McCain in the least.
Finally the Dems are pumped up and the Republicans are in full ennui .... not good.
Habu- McCain has already begun spelling out the basic philosophical differences. The press hasn't yet embarked on the kind of coverage a presidential election will force upon them.
At the moment, the Democratic primaries are being treated like the election itself. Leftist journalists with leftist assumptions are in the leftist echo chamber of the socialist party candidate selection process. A good 30-40% of democrats are simply not socialists. The fun hasn't even begun.
Republicans are not voting in high numbers because its a done deal. McCains the nominee. The two Dems are still in the thick of it.
Looks like the Dems in Congress are reviving an Amnesty Bill. It is probably a stategy to hurt McCain. If he supports it, it will hurt his chances of reconciliation with the conservative base of the Republican Party. If he doesn't support it he will look like he's pandering to the conservatives and he might lose support from the moderates and lib Republicans who got him the nomination. Lets hope the Republicans can stall or kill it in the House.