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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced that Sarah Palin would or could ever run for president successfully; certainly not as a Republican. She's come to represent everything negative about the party, and not just to people outside of it. She's stupid and arrogant and craves attention, has numerous scandals behind her and before her - legitimate scandals, not ginned-up nonsense like the Birther "controversy" - and generally presents the worst possible face of this country to the rest of the world. So it will be a cold day in hell before she gets the nomination, IMHO.

I'd also say that she's revealed herself to be a person desperately in love with her own televised image, and she can't legally maintain her soapbox on Fox News if she announces a formal bid for the presidency - it's against FCC rules. Given the choice between a comfy seat from which to criticize everyone who disagrees with her and a very slim shot at an office in which she'd undoubtedly undergo some of the nastiest public treatment this country has ever visited on a government official, I think it's pretty clear that, unless she's totally delusional, she'll see that it's in her best interests to hint loudly that she might run for president until the last possible moment and then noisily back whoever most closely represents her perverted values.

Just my two cents.

Love the books.


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