Terrific read, Rick, thanks.
Of course MLK's speech was political. It was delivered in Washington, in front of a huge crowd, and had an electrifying political impact. Pamela's objection might apply just as well to Washington who was not an elected political leader at the time of his resignation. (And I don't see why time sequence is important.)Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 19.01.2008 @ 08:08
Rick:Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 17.01.2008 @ 15:15
Well, it's probably your influence, but I found myself making the case for Fred while talking politics with a fellow Dem the other day. McCain doesn't gel with the conservatives, Mitt will turn off a significant portion of evangelicals in the general, Giuliani's a Democrat on social issues and has an alarming tendency to drop the more he campaigns. And of course Huckabee's a disgrace. The only guy not actively hated by some significant portion of the GOP is Fred. And he has the attraction of perhaps actually believing what he says. That'd be a novelty.
Fred's on financial life support less than 2 weeks from Florida, 3 weeks from the big kahuna. How does he raise millions in two weeks? How does he produce ads and buy air time? How does he staff up in time? He doesn't have Huckabee's churches.
The best thing he has going for him is the poverty of all the non-Mitt candidates. Only Mitt the Flip has deep pockets right now. So maybe the air war won't matter so much, maybe it'll be all about free media. In other words, your best hope may be the MSM.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 17.01.2008 @ 14:10
Kreiz:Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 16.01.2008 @ 20:42
1972 was my first vote. Turned out I chose evil.
Rick's right. The difference between the Dems and the GOP is that Dems are thinking, "Can't we have both Hillary and Obama?" Republicans are thinking, "Oh man, we're not really stuck with McCain . . . Huckabee . . . Giuliani . . . Romney . . . are we?" As a Democrat I'm happy with 2 of the remaining 3 democrats. How many of you Republicans are happy with two-thirds of your guys?Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 16.01.2008 @ 13:34
It's a rash man who predicts much of anything this year. I'm prepared to predict tonight's winner -- some time after the polls close.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 15.01.2008 @ 14:36
Banjo and Santay:
I hear whistling. Where's the graveyard.
Huckabee vs. Obama, you guys lose the experience issues. Plus Huckabee's a loon. Romney vs. Obama, you weaken your evangelical vote and surrender the moral high ground behind Mitt the Flip. Giuliani vs. Obama, you give off a strong smell of corruption and weaken your evangelical vote. McCain vs. Obama is your best shot, but you all despise McCain.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 8.01.2008 @ 12:27
All real political junkies pray for a brokered convention. Two, even.
I cannot abide Romney. Can't stand him. But the country would probably be safe enough in his hands. Certainly far better off than with the Huckabuffoon. My guy (in your contest) is McCain, but if it's Romney I won't feel I have to leave the country. Same with Fred. It might be interesting to elect an actual, living, breathing federalist.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 5.01.2008 @ 22:53
Yes, the media rules are unfair. Like is unfair. Iran and North Korea and China are all unfair. We hire a president to prevail in a world where, sadly, people don't roll over every time you write a syllogism or quote a Founder for them.
We choose a president who can win unfair games because all the games are unfair.
I'm not saying that we have to forever accept life's unfairness. I hope for a better world. But we don't get from this world to that world effortlessly. It's not as easy as announcing that you won't play by the old rules.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 30.12.2007 @ 13:31
If a person in any field hopes to "break the mold" it takes some considerable effort. Mold-breaking isn't done easily. You don't get into the game late and barely show up for work.
I have no pity for a man who a) wants to be president, and b) seeks to do it in a way that will defy conventional wisdom and redefine the campaign paradigm, but really doesn't do much to effect either "a" or "b." We are all judged by results, and Thompson's results speak for themselves.Comment Posted By michael reynolds On 30.12.2007 @ 10:16
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