“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” -Groucho Marx
As we near the end of 2007, the 2008 Presidential campaign is now taking shape. Barack Obama is posing a real threat to Hillary Clinton in Iowa, and Mike Huckabee is shoking all the pundits by taking the lead in Iowa. Mitt Romney’s campaign seems to be disintigrating before our eyes, and Rudy Giuliani is facing some interesting questions about expenses relating to his affair with Judith Nathan while he was mayor of New York.
Charles Krauthammer is a conservative columnist, yet he’s getting tired of the emphasis on religion and piety by the GOP candidates.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES – DEMOCRATS:
Barack is catching fire. He was criticized by all the pundits for not getting tough enough with Hillary, but his campaign pointed out there was plenty of time. After Labor Day he sharpened his campaign, and now he’s surging in the early states.
She’s had a tough month. Her disciplined and programmed style seemed to work for a while as all the experts discussed her inevitable win, but then she stumbled in a debate, and her attack-oriented campaign started with a silly counter-attack that made her look like a fool. Can sherecover?
Edwards has completely transformed himself since the 2004 campaign. He used to be the cautious candidate, but now he’s letting it all hang out. What made the difference? It might be his realization that he completely screwed up supporting Bush’s war, and his admition that he made a mistake probably freed him to be more candid. Elizabeth’s cancer situation also seems to have liberated him. He can’t be counted out.
The resume candidate is hanging in there but he hasn’t made a big impact.
Good man, but no one seems to be listening.
He’s been incredibly disciplined given his tendency to talk too much, but he hasn’t caught fire. Yet he’s been invaluable in the debates as an experienced voice of reason on foreign policy.
Dennis has no chance, but he contributes to the debates.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES – REPUBLICANS:
His rise in the GOP field has been spectacular. He’s the optimistic, feel-good candidate, and he’s the favorite of evangelicals.
Fear and 9/11. It’s a shame that this practical moderate has resorted to such a lame strategy.
He’s dropping like a rock. All that money bought him a lead in Iowa as he tried to woo religious voters, yet he seems to have lost them all to Huckabee.
His lame campaign still has some life and he’s trying to revive his “straight-talk” reputation.
Fred Thompson – coming soon
Not living up to all the hype.
What a breath of fresh air! Paul proves that there are some small-government conservatives left in this country.
This turned out to be Carl Rove’s secret weapon, as it helped to get conservative voters to the polls in states like Ohio. Will the radical left finally give up on this issue?
In an excellent piece in The New Republic, Peter Beinart asks what went wrong in the election, and argues that Democrats cannot over-react to the results. They shouldn’t pander to the cultural conservatives in order to win their votes, yet they also cannot mock them or treat them with contempt. The best Democrats can hope for is to fight for a draw on those issues, while focusing on a real agenda for economic and foreign policy.
E.J. Dionne Jr. describes the thirst for common ground in politics, and the challenge posed by today’s polarized politics.
Molly Ivins ridicules the Republican spin machine as only she can.
Defending Liberty – Peggy Noonan makes a strong argument that our government takes too much authority andnot enough responsibility. By trying too hard to protect us,government takes away our rights to do stupid things. Anyonewith a libertarian streak should read this column.
2004 Presidential Election
They almost saved Kerry’s candidacy.
Dick Cheney and Halliburton
Does Cheney deserve the criticism? Now that the FBI is involved, will this story resurface?
Bush keeps appointing his incompetent and unqualified buddies to important positions, and the country continues to suffer.
Is the GOP destroying the conservative movement? Bush and his cohorts in Congress have abandoned numerous principles that conservatives fought for over the past 50 years.