"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Bland Impromptus - Elections, Primaries....

In honor of one of my favorite (can there only be one? not the case anymore) reads, Impromptu's by Jay Nordlinger at NRO - I'll make a stab...

Katherine Jean Lopez at the corner at NRO wrote of Bill Clinton’s game face regarding Hillary Clinton’s success rate to date….interesting, but one thing stuck out creating a “really?” moment:

Quoting Stewart Applebaum, head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

‘“Hope itself is not a program. There is no Department of Hope…. You don’t hope for a paycheck. You work for a paycheck.”’

“You work for a paycheck?” .Really…..?.?.?

“Barry” Obama had some final words for the student volunteers working on his campaign in NH at a Tuesday morning rally in Hanover (bold mine):

‘"My job is to be so persuasive that if there's anybody left out there who is still not sure whether they will vote, or is still not clear who they will vote for, that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama."’

Me thinks someone’s head is getting a wee bit heavy for that pencil neck… Who needs to make mention of God when apparently you are he?

Oops…that was yesterday morning


Every cloud has a silver lining

I am happy as a pig in…but I’m unhappy too. Such is life as a member of the contradictory human race (come on, don’t tell me that’s not so…I am not that unique

What’s my silver lining? Obama, Edwards, Richardson, Kucinich, Biden, Gravel, and Dodd all lost yesterday and this is a happy event; the silver lining is dimmed as the reality is someone has to win and Clinton did just that and it hurts.

Speaking of happiness, if you want it, sometimes you have to go find it for yourself (no guarantees mind you). What else might make you and I happy…the pundits and the media were wrong about NH. Will they shut up now? No, but that’s the way it works, you have to take the good with the bad. As I like to say every action and even inaction has a reaction; there’s no way around it regardless of how much “hope” or “change” might make us feel all warm and fuzzy.

On the subject of “change,” it’s kind of a broad brush with no color to the paint; it’s your job to select which color makes you feel best and that everything is taken care of. Is mentioning “color” not PC or “inclusive” enough or does the lack thereof imply there is no “diversity?” Diversity is different to the sides of the political aisle; to the Left it’s a visual thing, the Right is more intellectual (I’m guessing someone may disagree).

Sorry, got off the subject of “change” there, though going off subject is a decent example of “change.” Change is good; especially if you have some spare in your pocket as you pass a gumball machine.

Change… Democrats have been railing on about “change” for roughly seven years now. For example, they want to “change” our foreign policy because “change” is good and it needs to be “changed.” We got change with the present administration especially following 9/11; some don’t like this kind of “change,” so they want to “change” it back to what led us to that day as though it’s something new.

“Change” is not really a detailed or structured policy; I’m thinking maybe they could be a little more honest and call it what it is, “time travel,” oh for the peace of the 90’s.

What is this latest garbage about how stressful and grueling the campaign trail is for these “poor” candidates? Don’t like it? Get out! You need us, we don’t need you. As with the media, it is the story and the yellow journalists are the heroes in say, Iraq. Do we really need to look up to these people as though they’re doing it just for us? In all honesty the job does have its perks; I wouldn’t want the job, but I’m not the same kind of “animal” as they. Boo Hoo, Hoo

Well that’s it for my little experiment at dealing with my short attention span. Who are you voting for in 2012…campaign’s about to start, but I’ll hold off a few days before announcing my Iowa predictions.

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