February 08, 2008

Campaign Ramblings

*I have to say that I am sorry to see Govenor Romney drop out of the race. If I was doing the hiring he was the only one in the entire field with the resume to do the job. Unfortunately when we look for a leader we are also running a beauty contest and Mitt didn't connect with the electorate and that is a loss for us all. As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in 1835;

On my arrival in the United States I was surprised to find so much distinguished talent among the citizens and so little among the heads of the government. It is a constant fact that at the present day the ablest men in the United States are rarely placed at the head of affairs; (Democracy in America, Ch.11)

Romney is certainly a distinguished talent, perhaps too much buisnessman and not enough politician. He bowed out at the right time and with a grace rarely seen in politicians. Since he and the press are already talking about a bid in 2012 is it possible that McCain has shared plans to be a one term president? (Eternal optimist that McCain will win?) Perhaps the fix is in for the VP slot.

*I always love a good analogy. Many times the connection is tenuous at best but in this case Peggy Noonan hits a humorous mark concerning the Clintons in this WSJ piece;

Deep down journalists think she's a political Rasputin who will not be dispatched. Prince Yusupov served him cupcakes laced with cyanide, emptied a revolver, clubbed him, tied him up and threw him in a frozen river. When he floated to the surface they found he'd tried to claw his way from under the ice. That is how reporters see Hillary.
And that is a grim and over-the-top analogy, which I must withdraw. What I really mean is they see her as the Glenn Close character in "Fatal Attraction": "I won't be ignored, Dan!"
*It was petty for the press and Governor Huckabee in particular to repeatedly say that Gov. Romney was "spending his kid’s inheritance" because he was willing to finance his own campaign. Although I have encountered the saying on a motor home bumper sticker from time to time, this was said with a tinge of jealously. Now that the Clinton Campaign has pulled five million Bucks out of the joint checking account, will the press have the same concern for poor Chelsea?

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