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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. 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
The idea of Sarah Palin "slouching towards Wasilia" is rather frightening. She's reminding me of Andy Griffith, in A Face in the Crowd.
Mitt Romney seems to be taking the "appearing presidential" road. I am not a fan, but will give him credit for intelligence. I just think that he changes his stripes a little to easily.
Dec. 16th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Mitt Romney
Funny thing is, I'm pretty sure that if I got to meet Mitt Romney I'd dislike him, and I'm a lifelong liberal. . . but I think he'd be a very good President. He's a great organizer (see 2002 Olympics, from train wreck to triumph in one year) and he actually seems like a moderate guy (mandate for purchasing health care in MA? From a Republican?). And he's got experience as chief executive of several large institutions, a hole in Obama's resume that seems, in retrospect, much larger.

Also, from a pragmatic point of view, seems like the only way anything is actually going to get done is under a Republican president. The current Republican legislators are sheep, terrified of the Democrat Wolf and unwilling to break from the safety of the flock. The Dems have more courage, and would support reasonable proposals from a President of the other party.

Course, if current politics proves anything, it's that intelligent moderates are not welcome in Washington.
Dec. 16th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Ha! You won't remember this, but we worked together (sort of) many, many years ago. You were the stage combat director for Project Shakespeare. ;) You told me not to smile while fighting with a quarterstaff. (I couldn't help myself, it was just too much fun!)


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

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