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.
Not sure who wants Powell, I do because I want Mac to win. Powell is totally electable, respectable, and to the average voter who pays attention when vacation ends, acceptable as a concept. It is all about momentum.
That being said: Who is on the list besides Powell that is not some other corrupt politician? Governors, Senators, etc. are much dirtier than State Dept. wonks. IMO. Powell doesn't need a purdy boy haircut to sell cars, er, um, pander to voters.
Perception is very important in this case. Powell is not perceived by the masses to be a vote whore as all the other suggestions I have seen are transparently so.
or Jindal -- who is perhaps the smartest and most together human being on today's political landscape -- future president -- he's 36 i think. I've got stuff in the back of the fridge older than that --
Jindal has emerged as an impressive figure in the sometimes corrupt politics of our neighboring state. A breath of fresh air, as it were. But I think he's still a little young for hardball national politics. Wouldn't want him to peak too soon, but I can see him as an impressive and viable presidential candidate in a few years.
becoming RC as an adult --an an Indian Hindu adult to boot --could be seen as the act of someone who has settled himself vis-a-vis the next world so that he can get fully clear-headed & effective in this one. Donned his armor, so to speak, and is ready to ride down on the debbil in his myriad public incarnations.