Thursday, January 31, 2008

Something for All to Consider (Yes, that Means You, Henry)

If John McCain is elected president, it will be his choice to govern as a conservative, moderate or liberal. Americans elect a president; they don't elect a political ideology.

16 comments:

Rene M. Grave de Peralta said...

I wish you were right, but I don't believe you are. Once in a while there is a President that fits that description. I would argue that Lyndon B. Johnson fit that description. Johnson was a very powerful politician, for the most part, his party was what he said it was and few dared cross Lyndon Baines Johnson.

I used to have a great admiration for John McCain, now not so much. I still like him, but he's no longer the "champion" I thought he was. The reason is very simple, he made the calculation that he would never be president if he didn't bend and even abandon some of his principles to the lunatic fringe, the "we are entitled to own the whole country" crowd in his party.

The same story on the Democratic side. Neither Clinton nor Obama will ever dare go beyond a certain point against the wishes of their lunatic fringe.

The best these people can do is "pick their battles" and go along with some policies which they know are against the best interests of the country as a whole, but which the activists in each party demand.

From my perspective, McCain and Clinton are the best of a bad field and I give the edge to McCain. Obama could be the best president ever or the worst president ever, I have no idea. Romney is the only clown left with a chance at the prize.

Charlie Bravo said...

Rene, have you heard about the ridiculous concept of electability? People vote for a particular guy (or in this case, gal) because they are "taller, more exotic, or with a thicker head of hair", because they look "presidentiable". That's not ideology, that shallowness of Hollywood proportions, but that's what the political marketers sell to people, like they use to say "Reagan is too old" which today Chuck Norris repeats about McCain, instead of making a good argument on why he doesn't support him. There are studies out there about how usually the taller candidate gets elected and similar bs.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

René:

The power of a sitting president is not circumscribed by political ideology or even political party. He could even decide to switch parties while president. As I said, Americans elect a president, they don't elect a ruling political party and much less an officiual ideology.

CorgiGuy said...

You know this republicans are in trouble when ann coulter says she will vote for hillary clinton over john mccain Watch Video

Vana said...

People vote because someone is handsome, has a nice smile or whatever they find appealing in a candidate, in this country people vote out of their asses, not because the candidate is going to do anything constructive for the country, All politicians lie and we know it!

Fantomas said...

People vote because someone is handsome, has a nice smile or whatever they find appealing in a candidate, in this country people vote out of their asses

Cuando el caso de Britneay Spears acapara la atencion en nuestra sociedad y se habla poco de Darfur o Cuba etc demuestra lo que dice Vana


La señora Vana esta en lo correcto. Ella ha adivinado quien sera nuestro proximo presidente

Ohhhhhh bama

CorgiGuy said...

Fantoma, i think the senator from illinios has the momentum.

I hear that al-gore is going to endorse him and probably edwards if that's so that will close the deal.

The problem with mccain is that he comes acrross as angry and mean spirited. His age is factor, i don't think an angry 73 yearold man can take the rigors of the presidency.

Hillary's downfall is Billy, he is out of control and brings old monica memories.

If i was a betting man i would put my money on the senator from illinois. Americans want change, young energy, new ideas.

Fantomas said...

Right on Corgiguy al fin pegamos una juntos

CorgiGuy said...

Fantomas, oye "que le divcionario detenga las balas, ye que los que matan se mueran de mido"

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

"If I was a betting man I would put my money on the senator from Illinois. Americans want change, young energy, new ideas."corgiguy

... national suicide.

CorgiGuy said...

MAT, i have no horse in the race, just reading the tea leaves

Vana said...

No Fantomas desgraciadamante el proximo presidente sera Hillary, no Obama, te regalo a los dos.

Fantomas said...

Gracias Vana mejor me quedo sin regalo

Rene M. Grave de Peralta said...

"If I was a betting man I would put my money on the senator from Illinois. Americans want change, young energy, new ideas." — corgiguy

I am a betting man and I wouldn't touch that bet with a ten foot pole. It's a total toss up. I think Hillary is going to pull it out, but there is no way I would bet a plugged nickel on it, unless you gave me some real favorable odds.

CorgiGuy said...

Rene, that's why i don't bet, i'm a sucker for the underdog!

Rene M. Grave de Peralta said...

Manuel, of course, you are right that the new president could ignore his base and McCain could renege on his promises both stated and implied. Much like Bush #1 did with his "read my lips, no new taxes" reversal. Most of them, however want to stay in the White House for eight, not just four years.

If McCain does renege and becomes his old self once he captures the prize, then he'll be good for the country and far better for Cubans than any of the others that ran for the office this time around. Therefore, I truly hope you are right and that he does exactly that.