...I have seen the field as a collection of highly accomplished, experienced candidates, almost all of whom I could support -- enthusiastically -- in a general election.Mitt. No, really, Mitt...ahahahahahaha. I guess you have to have a certain point of view to appreciate the Republican candidates who attempt to out do each other at out doing Bush at being Bush without ever mentioning Bush. OK, now, they run like scalded dogs from his name, but - more Iraq for longer, more tax cuts, less spending (Iraq ? ), more phony god-talk, more god in government, more Democratic demonization - and it's all new. You know the line, "all new and improved," damn. Change.
No kidding, I'd like to see a respectable GOP, one that is a responsible opposition Party or governing Party. I believe the last dozen years demonstrate the problems with an unrestrained party and Democrats can look back a ways and see some of their own. The thing about this idea is that what now constitutes the Republican Party is something other than respectable or responsible. The next election is not going to improve matters, the "moderate" Republicans are quitting or are going to get handed their heads in 08, the ones left standing will be the noxious ones we've grown to love. Look at the results of 06 for illumination.
Captain Ed is supposed to be some sort of responsible Republican blogger, I don't see anything other than a reflection of the bunch that's gotten us here. His selection of Mitt should say something to you, he likes him, he's not quite conservative enough to suit, but he'll sure do fine. I'm pretty sure ole Cap has read Mitt's stuff, he'll lead the country down the same rabbit hole BushCo went down.
Some of my pals have been bruiting about the idea that Obama will transform the Republican Party by drawing Independents and moderate Republicans (Reagan Democrats -cough). I'm not going to deny the vote getting, though I think it a tad over optimistic in scale, but the reform part plumb evades me. I live in Rep. Greg Walden's OR - 2CD and having run for a shot at him I know something about it. No ordinary Democrat is even going to make Greg spend much money (he's got lots) much less threaten him and though Greg is a Bushman - Waldenbush - he's mild compared to a lot of safe Republicans and they have exactly no interest in being reasonable with Democrats. The good of the nation is secondary to their Party loyalty. They are the safe ones, the ones that will be back for President 44. Their constituents are not unhappy with them, that's why they're still there doing the same things after 06.
Yes, I'd like some uplifting rhetoric from a President rather than the language mangling platitudes of fear evoked by the current resident of the White House, but I expect ass kicking to go with it. I want the Party of fear, hate, and greed hung out for general exposure, objects of disdain and ridicule. I want them broken on the wheel of justice and decency in front of the American public. Now, that's not nice polite talk that'll do it. I want Republicans to understand that they can put up a Party that is interested in the good of the nation as a whole or get pilloried. You do not pet Rep Boehner, you bury him and his ilk.
This country has walked off a precipice with this President and undoing his damage is going to meet fierce resistance from the haters and greed heads. It is going to be nasty in DC with a Democratic president, and no amount of nice talk will change that. So far, Obama has shown he can handle Billary, but they're a different deal from the bunch that'll be in opposition in DC. Obama's supporters are fooling themselves if they think he won't need an iron fist in DC. Keeping the Democrats in some kind of order is going to be tough enough, the Republicans will hate him. Not oppose, hate.
If you think I'm fooling, look at Cap'n Ed and his idea of politics, much less the Red State's or the Malkin's ideas. How do you make a sneer in print - Mitt