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November 21, 2007

Who's Who?

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“Who’s Who”

In the Presidential Wannabe Races

 

Hillary is Nixon without the anti-communism.
Obama is Carter without the southern governorship.
Edwards is a trial lawyer without a chance.
McCain is Truman without the charm.
Giuliani is Dewey without the wedding cake.
Romney is FDR without the wheelchair.
Thompson is an actor/lawyer without a TV gig.
Happy Thanksgiving!
JBG

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 08, 2007

Why Pessimists Don’t Have All the News, All the Time

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Why Pessimists Don’t Have All the News, All the Time

Yes, Virginia, there are good lawyers.

The preservation of liberty requires a strong judicial system and, yes, lawyers.  Democracy can be as primitive as one vote followed by a lifelong sinecure for the authoritarian elect.  This holds true in Venezuela, Russia and Pakistan.  As a recovering (but still licensed) lawyer, the bravery of Pakistan’s lawyers reminded me of the many honorable members of my profession I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.

Yes, Iraq is growing into a real country again.

A nascent democracy is – by definition – flawed and fragile.  One test of its growing muscle – as opposed to growing pains – is the reasonable exercise of sovereignty against the parent (think of a teenager growing in responsibility who insists on taking a job).  When we give birth to a sovereign client, there comes a point when we no longer get to run it.  The real story about the Blackwater scandal in Iraq is that the client democracy really does intend to exercise sovereignty here.  All else aside, this is a healthy sign.  Would we long tolerate foreign private security agencies freely operating here under immunity?

Yes, a thrice divorced social liberal can attract evangelical support based on the greater good.

Is this a stretch?  Pat Robertson endorses Rudy. Robertson says, “It’s just amazing.” I agree.

Yes, we can now laugh at the presidential race.

Mark this link: http://www.aniboom.com/boomzones/raceforthewhitehouse .  Cartoon version of the Race.  Obama is Luke Skywalker, Mitt Romney is like, R2D2 man, and Hillary is Princess Lea.  Uni Shinar, an Israeli TV guy organized the effort, the animated “Race for the White House” is written by Late Show’s Gabe Adleson (who also has written Clinton speeches).  And I’ll bet you just thought that Al Gore was funny. Well, that’s still true.  Go to http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/algore/Al_Gore_Jokes.htm .

Yes, there are no soap opera reruns for now.

And you thought there was a writer’s strike!  It turns out the soap operas really didn’t need writers….
JBG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

November 01, 2007

HILLARY RODHAM VS. HILLARY CLINTON

 

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The Thursday Morning Quarterback

HILLARY RODHAM VS. HILLARY CLINTON

 

Mrs. Clinton’s tightly scripted campaign has reached Stage Two.  In Stage One, her campaign’s goal was to clinch the nomination without ever having to go negative on Mr. Obama. That step, had it proved necessary, could have been a disaster in the general election because the wounds to the community of black voters would translate to diminished turnout in that critically important constituency.
Having made the calculation that the nomination is well in hand, the next stage is to tack sharply to the center before it’s too late.  Mrs. Clinton is at heart a Fabian Socialist (after the British Labour Party’s commitment to gradualism) and she is a foreign policy realist whose core ruthless temperament will not brook looking weak in the defense of the nation.  This has tempered her criticism of the Bush foreign policy that – when all is said and done – displayed a greater continuity with that of Mr. Clinton’s than the “Code Pink” crowd will acknowledge.
Senator Clinton’s “negatives” remain at an unprecedentedly high level for any national, viable candidate – somewhere between 47% and 50% if we are to believe pollsters Zogby and Rasmussen. This means that her general election race against Rudy, Mitt, Fred or John, might be decided by the turnout of the faithful. 
I suspect that voters are hungry in these troubled times for authenticity, the “real deal”, but they don’t want to be scared by too much of it.   If that assessment sounds a bit ambivalent or even schizophrenic, recall that this country is only apparently unified by dissatisfaction with Mr. Bush’s administration.  When you peel away the layers you see an electorate divided into three parts, left, right and center.  And the center – which holds the key to this election – is a good deal to the right of the activists who currently run the Democratic Party. 
The democrats need to notice that Mr. Bush is not running again.  Mrs. Clinton’s team already has figured that part out.  Her problem is whether the move to the center is sufficiently credible.  Hence the authenticity question.
Stay tuned….
 

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