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31 January 2008

Common Sense...

Is it time for Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee to drop out of the race? Huckabee has been handed a resounding defeat in Florida and Ron Paul was a no show. Both finished behind Thompson who had dropped out prior to the vote (although 1/3rd of the votes were cast via absentee ballots). John Edwards, who is the worst example of political expediency and hypocrisy, has finally - mercifully - exited the field. He failed to realize his time had expired just after the close of the 2004 elections.

There is a real battle shaping up across both parties. Victor David Hanson at Real Clear Politics labels the Democrats as unable to win and the Republicans not wanting to win. Interesting analysis. I am leaning towards McCain at the moment, wishing only that Romney was more defined. He is the best equipped to navigate the upcoming economic challenges of the next four years. I would vote for Obama over Hillary and could honestly find some good to say about each of the candidates. I don't think the far right or far left will have much impact on the course of each party's platforms. There seems to be an emergence of rationalism from the electorate in the past year which has muted the zealotry of the right and left.

Once again, the "grassroots" movement which propelled folks like Paul to the fore have shown themselves to be incapable of delivering votes. This reinforces the notion that people are willing to donate treasure (donations) over time (votes). There is something intangible about a donation - I think it is connected to the notion we have about money. For many of us, growing up in an era of unrivalled prosperity, we view money less seriously than the boomer generation.

Let's get on with the show.

5 comments:

sonicfrog said...

I will comment soon. I'm exhausted right now. Teaching is one of the most difficult enterprises I've evr embarked on. Shit. This can be hard. Will blog on it tomorrow

captjackharkness said...

I was going to say something about your subtle support for Mitt "My Momma Named Me After A Baseball Glove" Romney, regarding his flip-flops on certain issues in order to pander to the evangelicals, but I think we need to pause a moment and support Sonic in his time of need. Yes, it is difficult. I am not going to try to tell you it gets any easier (in fact, if you come over here, in the UK, it is doubly difficult), but remember the rewards of shaping and influencing young minds, and perhaps changing one of two lives. Remember, if you only reach one....

Citizen Deux said...

One day I want to grow up to be like you guys.

captjackharkness said...

gee. I always wanted to grow up to be you. Only a tad less Republican. :).

Verification word:vgummi....mmmm, gummibears....

Citizen Deux said...

You should check out Lana's blog for a set of interesting reads.