Another Northeastern Republican Governor with Presidential ambitions is Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. This article explains why he too probably will not get very far on the national stage, in spite of his recent conservative drift.
Republicans really need to start looking at the interests of the party and not their own interests. The GOP field is way too crowded already, and I expect it to unfortunately grow, unless someone like Condi Rice runs as the Administration candidate and clears the field.
-- Alexander K. McClure
Rick Santorum and Bob Casey are pursuing very different strategies this summer. Santorum is very much in the public view, while Casey is staying behind closed doors.
Frankly, I believe Santorum is missing a golden opportunity to damage Casey. Santorum should go on the air this fall, and attempt to pull into a dead heat or even with the Democrat by the end of the year.
-- Alexander K. McClure
I’m re-reading Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain”, and as always I am impressed with Crichton’s ability to explain the force of events, not always in our control.
“The Andromeda Strain” dealt with the unexpected arrival of a strain of a previously unknown organism, one which killed rapidly, and seemed to represent a grave and unstoppable threat. With respect to the plot as Crichton wrote it, I could not help but see the present world political condition in that light. On the one hand, Global Terrorism is a virulent threat to every nation in contact with it, and puts all nations at risk by its nature. To that, the W Doctrine is an antibody (and the Democratic Party is the guy who wants to avoid going to the doctor). On the other, the obviously beneficial effects of free elections in Afghanistan and Iraq are like the reinforcement of an Immune system, making the W Doctrine like a Symbiotic organism which generates healthy blood (as in Free Trade) and cell regeneration (as in the development of democracy-friendly policies in Middle East countries). The people most famous for trying to prevent that healthy existence (Mcdermott, Penn, Moore, Dean, Kennedy, as obvious examples), may best be compared in function to, well, germs.
I wonder how Michael Crichton would write up the next Presidential Elections?
-- DJ Drummond
Even his most obsessive critics have to admit that President Bush has had his share of successes this year.
-- Alexander K. McClure
Democrat Senator, Chris ("Man for all seasons") Dodd, says John Bolton “lacks support” for that U.N. post.
Well, I was saddled with the albatross of having attended the New York public school system, but even I’m able to count and to divide by 100. And when the motion to invoke cloture on John Bolton’s nomination came up in the Senate, a couple of months ago, a grand total of 56 U.S. Senators said “yea.” If Bolton really lacked the necessary support of the Upper Chamber to be seated at the U.N., then the Democrats simply could have allowed an ensuing floor vote. But they chose to block that vote instead.
Nearly as *surprising* as dead felons voting for Democrats in Chicago, eh?
So, ergo, I’d say it’s less a question of Bolton lacking the requisite “support,” but more a question of the Democrat Senate caucus being consumed by a pathological state of loathing, if not dementia.
In any event, I find a recent suggestion by one of this blog’s thread barons – JorgXMcKie – to be quite apropos (with a slight modification):
After President Bush gives Bolton his recess appointment, the Democrats should bring forward a resolution calling for his ouster. If they can get51 votes, that would prove Bolton lacks the support necessary to fulfill his duties.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for that resolution, Skippy.
‘Cause it ain’t gonna’ happen . . .
Now, if your reaction to that story is to want to burn an American flag, you’re not a “libertarian.” You’re a wing nut.
Additionally, and on a different but related topic, if you’re one of those people who supports Roe v. Wade, and wants the U.S. Supreme Court to mandate gay marriages – nationwide, and to abolish the death penalty – nationwide, and if you want a federal statute preempting local firearms rules, thereby prohibing conceal and carry permits – nationwide, you’re not actually a libertarian either.
Sorry, Chomsky, but chanting “profilgate federal spending” does not make a person a libertarian. Nor does picking and choosing the issues for which you want states’ rights.
And on Monday this will happen.
Although we obviously have lost at least a material percentage of Generation Y to the Ward Churchills, Paul Krugmans and Noam Chomskys of the world, that does not necessarily mean the same or even a similar percentage of the Millenial Generation are heading for Brain Death Syndrome.
And certainly not if this report is accurate.
P.S. - I laughed out loud when I got to the end of that piece, and saw AFP’s lament of the “cyber-bullying” of today’s youngsters.
Hell, when I was 13 years old, I had to worry about people strong-arm robbing me on the streets – with freakin’ guns and knives!
Has the country really gotten that soft and PC over the past 25 years that “cyber-bullying” now has become a trust-fund liberal media meme???