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Entries from February 2008

Buckley Departs, Taking Our Moral Compass With Him

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments ·

It is impossible to begin to sum up the life of someone as articulate, imaginative, capricious and influential as William F. Buckley, Jr. Every conservative pundit in the old or new media owes him an incalculable debt and is to some degree attempting to imitate him. He died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, […]

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Campaign Songs and Shared American Values

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments ·

Music is an integral part of marketing in the modern era, and presidential campaigns are nothing if not major marketing campaigns. Thus it’s absolutely required that every campaign have a catchy theme song which is familiar, singable and excites the popular imagination. Way back in the beginning of the Democratic party Andrew Jackson started it […]

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Watching the Inexorable Trainwreck of the Democratic Primary

February 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·

My very politically astute mother urged me not to write this article, deriding it as mere ‘common wisdom’ and perhaps beneath the high quality of punditry which I aspire to maintain. But I’m afraid the thought keeps nagging at me and I can’t resist, even if I’m stating something which may seem a bit facile […]

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Romney Bows to the Power of Prophecy

February 8th, 2008 · No Comments ·

On Tuesday, when Mike Huckabee declared that it was now a two-man race between him and John McCain, most people thought it was just a bit of hyperbolic bravado since he had fewer delegates than Mitt Romney. Who would have guessed then that his unquenchable faith had given him the gift of prophecy – delivering […]

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Super Tuesdazed

February 5th, 2008 · No Comments ·

At past opportunities in the primary season, I’ve made attempts to guess who would win various primaries, with some success and some failure. I’d love to do it again, but Super Tuesday involves too many variables for me to absorb, process, and use to produce any kind of meaningful conclusion. All I can do is […]

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John McCain and Republican Values

February 4th, 2008 · No Comments ·

As the Republican primary season has progressed, the cries from the extreme right have become more and more shrill, and as he took the lead in the polls in every Super Tuesday state this week, the outrage against John McCain reached an almost surreal level. It’s been particularly intense on talk radio, led by Rush […]

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What to Call Wesley Clark

February 3rd, 2008 · No Comments ·

I saw on one of the NYT blogs that Wesley Clark was  a frontrunner for a potential VP candidate if Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination. Since then I’ve been working on the best way to describe him in future articles.  Right now this is my pick: “2004 also ran and professional historical footnote, Wesley […]

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America – A Nation of Millionaires

February 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

In the current election one of the big issues, as always, is the economy. The Democrats have a spin they want to put on the economy – that everyone is losing their jobs, that people are getting poorer and that our futures are in danger. They see the American dream vanishing away and becoming less […]

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Presidential Parenthood

February 1st, 2008 · No Comments ·

I’ve finally realized what the election is really all about. The candidates aren’t running for president, they’re running to be our parents. In a nation of fractured families with a high divorce rate and chronically absentee parents, people are desperate for someone to fill the role of mommy and daddy, and politicians are eager to […]

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