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Good News for Palin - So Sayeth Nate Silver

Nate Silver over at 538:

I find this truly remarkable: in a National Journal survey of 109 Republican "party leaders, political professionals and pundits", not a single one deemed Sarah Palin to be the most likely Republican nominee.

He explains why this is a positive for Palin:

2010/12 is shaping up to be an anti-Establishment cycle. The Republican Establishment is not popular, to a large extent even within their own party, and certainly not among "conservatives" more broadly, only 55 percent of whom have a favorable image of the G.O.P.

Palin has some obvious flaws as a candidate. But she's the best equipped to bridge the divide between the Tea Party and the Republican Party. In some ways, indeed, the "message" that she unveiled in 2008: a mish-mash of populism, everywomanism, and paranoia -- coupled with a light touch on policy specifics -- has proven to be highly prescient in terms of everything that has come thereafter. And most of the other candidates have flaws that are at least as significant: Romney has his Mormonism, his flip-flops, and his MassCare; Huckabee has Maurice Clemmons and is despised by the establishment every bit as much as Palin, and Tim Pawlenty has become the dweeb trying to keep up with the Cool Kids -- we live in a branded world, and in a branded world, the inability to differentiate oneself is death. John Thune comes out looking pretty good, I guess, but he's also the least exposed so that could change.

But back to the point I made in November -- there's going to come a time, probably in July 2011 or so, where the knives are really drawn on Palin and Republican pundits, strategists and candidates start saying in public some of the things they've been thinking in private. And that in all likelihood will play very well for her. Although the Establishment's concerns about Palin's viability as a general election candidate are well grounded, mostly they're just terrified of her because she doesn't need them.

Amazingly I agree with much of what Nate says here, but I do take exception to his calling Romney's Mormonism a problem. The Republican Party is full of Mormons and they are welcome here (certainly more welcome than with the Dems). So sayeth me.



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Paranoia? What in the hell... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Paranoia? What in the hell is he talking about?

I think the biggest problem... (Below threshold)
Dave:

I think the biggest problem that I (and many others) have with the Republican party right now is that they appear to have taken a "lets just lay low until the 2010 elections before we do anything" attitude. What they are failing to see is that the Democrats could not care less about the 2010 election. They are attempting (and so far succeeding) in changing the fundamental fabric of the nation. I think if they were concerned with the election, we would not be seeing all these MSM stories about it. Show some leadership NOW, Republicans. Stand up to these Democrat bullies, stand up for the Constitution and the foundations of this nation because if you wait until November of 2010, it will be too late.

We don't need anyone with "... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

We don't need anyone with "a light touch on policy specifics." I like Sarah, but not as a candidate!

Romney's being a Mormon did... (Below threshold)
Hermie:

Romney's being a Mormon didn't bother anyone until he ran for President. Then all of a sudden, the MSM decided it was a 'problem'. Heck, PBS pushed a show that was a history of the Mormon religion, but had enough slams against it that obviously made it a 'hit piece'. That show helped McCain, the liberals' favorite Reublican, obtain the nomination because Romney's 'bizarre' faith was now made into an issue.

I am extemely amazed at Pal... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am extemely amazed at Palin and her putting up with all the vile attackes against her a her children by the left. The left has lowered the bar to incredibly low standards of behavior. We can now go after all candidates children and family.

That being said, I never new if she had the experience to be president. I do know her resume was much heavier then the current clowns. So, hopefully in 2012 both parties run candidates that actually have experience and not just good speaking skills. ww

Palin needs to enter the in... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Palin needs to enter the intramural blanket wrestling contests over the smaller things now rather than let another cauldron of expectations develop, because Pressure is NOT Palin's Thang.

Romney's has a good seat, Huckabee is determined to goober on through whatever he thinks are his negatives, dammit, no matter what (Palin needs what Huckabee has). Pawlenty likes to let his hair touch his collar in back.

It's not Romney's Mormonism... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

It's not Romney's Mormonism. As long as people think it is they won't understand the real issue...it's because he is from the Northeast.

Republican or not, conservative or not many people across this nation view the Northeast as filled with snobbie people who want to always tell the rest of the country how to live.

Look at the Presidents since Kennedy:
LBJ - Texas
Nixon - California
Ford - Michigan
Carter - Georgia
Reagan - California
Bush - Texas
Clinton - Arkansas
Bush - Texas
Obama = Illnois

None from the NE--4 of the last 6 from the South. Romney being from Mass had more to do with him not getting the nod more than anything else.

I'd argue that Bush I was m... (Below threshold)
James H:

I'd argue that Bush I was more Maine than Texas. Sure, he set up a home there, but that Kennebunkport DNA always showed through. Bush II, OTOH, struck me as more of a Texan.

(GHW)Bush - TexasL... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

(GHW)Bush - Texas

LOL!!!

Though you are TECHNICALLY (factually) correct, the man with four initials (count'em) is more Yankee than Mrs Drysdale. Texas was his business address. Barbara loathed the ants and the wind. To GHWB's credit, he never played it any other way. He left his heart at Andover Prep.

I keep sending letters to m... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I keep sending letters to my Congresscritter and Representative - in return, from the RNC I get pleas for money thinly veiled as 'surveys'.

They get trashed. I'm not going to support them, because they apparently figured I'd be glad to have a slightly lighter hand pulling money out of my wallet than the Democrats. The concept of actually scaling back doesn't seem to register.

BTW, got my first paycheck of the new year today - anyone else see their withholding increase?

...from the RNC I ... (Below threshold)
...from the RNC I get pleas for money thinly veiled as 'surveys'. They get trashed.

You shouldn't just throw them away. Do what I do: write on the form that you will be sending them $0 and tnen explain, in as colorful and florid language as you can, your reason(s) why. And then send it back to them in the pre-paid envelope. If they get enough of these complaints and not enough money, there's a chance they'll listen. At worst, they won't listen, but you will have had an opportunity to vent your spleen on their dime. So it's win-win.

Leaders of the Tea Partiers... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Leaders of the Tea Partiers can actually accomplish some of their agenda, but only if they work within the Republican Party. If the Tea Party leaders take the 3RD party path they will only guarantee the election of Democrats and more big government, big spending politics. When I say work within the Republican Party that includes making the party as a whole more conservative.

Tim - my immediate thought ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Tim - my immediate thought was the same. In what way is Palin paranoid? As far as I can tell, she has been right in virtually every instance. Sometimes 'they' really are after you.

"When I say work within the... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"When I say work within the Republican Party that includes making the party as a whole more conservative."
13. Posted by Mac Lorry

That's a school of thought. Unfortunately, the two parties are complimentary entities interlaced like the twin helixes of a DNA molecule to promote long-term projects and goals. If you think either party would have stood in the way of the Federal Reserve Act, the Marshall Plan, the Panama Canal Treaty, SEATO Treaty/ MACV, NAFTA, PATRIOT Act, TARP, or the upcoming Immigration bill, then I have a bridge to sell. Each was/is/will be an INSIDE moneymaker via interest payments and fees on (bad) loans to sundry agencies on the back of the American taxpayer, FOR the benefit of financiers who sponsor the permanent government that presidential elections don't effect.

You should read the first couple of chapters of Halberstam's "The Best and the Brightest"... Shazaam!... Here's a(n IMPORTANT) snippet of Chapter 1 online. It's the beginning of the book.

The "young man" is JFK.

Note that the "old man" is NOT Eisenhower.

http://ebooks.efollett.com/E5D8CDA7-159A-4667-867A-A6BC7C43994E/10/136/en/ContentDetails-exc.htm?ID=DF8F0C45-9E44-40BB-886E-76ED27AA7FD9

BTW after Halberstam wrote this masterpiece, he was approached by the very establishment he exposed, and was offered formal Level 1 membership (into the Council On Foreign Relations). Halberstam being Halberstam, turned it down on principle. (But he LOVED to tell the story!--GREAT man and writer---read ALL his stuff.)

Continuing, Pantload Rep. or Dem. careerists have no such scruples and rationalize their weakness by presenting red meat on the floor (abolish Dept of Ed, NEA) as faux penance. Reagan taught America that by his own poor example. And yes, it's true. Bush Sr was assigned as Reagan's V-P. And the Bush-Hinkley connection is pure coincidence maybe.

As for Palin. I'll admit, there COULD be (theoretically)a germ of greatness through sheer cussedness (a'la A.Jackson) but the world has seen NONE of it, or even a hint (so far, corny scripts). Her willingness to put herself under W Kristol's wing very early--Kristol, being the "genius" behind Dan Quayle(!!!!) is not a favorable portent for Palin's groundedness or savvy. Palin will be absorbed by the party organization without a single burp expelled, or else she will hurt herself by apparent exhibitionistic kicking against the scriptural pricks described in the Book of Acts. And yes, parties assume a god-like position versus the fleas that win the various county fair votes and become nominees.

So far, looks to be a Romney year in 2012. That's a good thing these days.

Funny thing about Romney's ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Funny thing about Romney's Mormonism-- I remember hearing a lot of reporters and other leftists bring up polygamy even though the mainstream Mormons stopped that long ago, while Obama's father was an actual polygamist and that was never brought up.

Of course that's irrelevant to most Americans and especially Republican primary voters. Faith+1 is right on the money about that. Anyone who's leftist enought to be Governor of Massachucetts is never going to go far nationally in the Repbulican Party. Sorry Mitt, not gonna happen-- don't want another flip-flopper.

Romney would be another hold my nose and vote against the Democrat like McCain was for me. Now if it actually was Sarah I'd actually be voting "for" someone for the first time since Reagan.

Romney is going to be cruci... (Below threshold)
ravenshrike:

Romney is going to be crucified over MassCare in the primaries. As well he should be.

Being an old fart has its a... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Being an old fart has its advantages. Like seeing fashions becoming "retro", stick around long enough and you get to recognize recycled lies that get trotted out by political hacks and lazy journalists whenever possible. I swear there's a catalog called "Political Lies for Dummies" somewhere.

Kennedy was a Catholic. Couldn't possibly be president or the Pope would be running the country. Don't laugh. It was used.

Lieberman is Jewish. Couldn't possibly have a Jewish president or Israel would be running the country. Most of you can remember this one.

Romney is Mormon. Couldn't possibly have a Mormon president or the Salt Lake elders would be running the country. It was used last time around and it will surface again.

I could write the thoughtful NY Times or AP article -- in advance -- almost from memory. Along with many of the regurgitated articles we're going to be seeing about Sarah Palin.

I still think Palin can rise above it and come out looking great doing it. Last time I noticed, she had over a million people a day reading her Facebook postings, and she's not even running for office.

The way to make the self-se... (Below threshold)
davidt:

The way to make the self-serving GOP 'leadership' work for the rank and file again is to overrule them by supporting better candidates in the primaries. Which is what Palin and many of the rank and file will be doing.

It is significant that the RNC isn't getting the money from the rank and file that they are accustomed to getting, because the rank and file are donating directly to their own candidates of choice rather than to the powerbroker RNC. This means the self-serving GOP 'leadership' won't have as much money to support THEIR candidates in opposition to the rank and file's chosen candidates.

Imagine what is going to happen if/when Palin endorses Rubio over Crist. Money will pour into Rubio's campaign the way it did into Hoffman's, while the GOP 'leadership' has to try to ration its funds amongst all their candidates. Rubio will also get the publicity and subsequent endorsements like Hoffman did, while the GOP 'leadership' tries to play catch-up.

It looks like the lamestrea... (Below threshold)
Clay Barham:

It looks like the lamestream media is trying to poison the Tea Party supporters by convincing them the GOP is taking control of it, when in reality; it is a majority of republicans who are part of the Tea Party with little concern for what the GOP thinks one way or another. The GOP has let us down since Reagan, having rebelled against Reagan's policies. Be the "go to" person Rush spoke of. See claysamerica.com for the roots of what separates us.

GHWB had many defects in hi... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

GHWB had many defects in his political make-up, but to claim he wasn't Texan just because he was born in New England is rather silly. He lived and worked there, was elected Congressman from Texas in the '60s and ran for Senate in 1970, losing to Lloyd Bentsen, a fellow Congressman, back in the days before Texas became truly competitive in other than Presidential races.

He still lives near Houston, and has now maintained his primary residence in Texas for over 40 years. He did work out of state a good bit - representing the state in Congress, serving as RNC Chairman, first "ambassador" (before we technically had diplomatic relations) to the PRC, Director of CIA, and as VP and President.

Obama shows more of Indonesia than GHWB does of New England. Blow it out your old wazoo!

Romney's Mormonism I... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:


Romney's Mormonism IS a problem for the Huckabee following among fundamentalist Protestants. In GOP primaries, that's a significant minority aligned against him from the start. But he also has problems with other social conservatives over his abortion views, which many believe changed due to political expediency and cannot be trusted by the pro-life side. He also has some weak spots in his record on taxes and spending, so the social right isn't likely to warm up to him too soon. That said, the guy is as well qualified to be President as any man in the country with the exceptions of Cheney, whose health may be suspect, and Rumsfeld, who is too old now.

Palin has far more executive experience than Obama had, but being better prepared for the Presidency is about as tough as being younger than George Burns used to be - not very. It will take more, so she will either have to establish a solid policy platform or assemble a group of experienced leaders early on.

Huckabee goes nowhere this time. Nothing he has done since has won over more voters, and he has given opponents the pardon hammer to beat on his head.

Pawlenty has the skills to do the job, but may be someone you need to learn to love personally. Of course, after Obama, "a little less sizzle and a little more steak" could be a winning campaign slogan!

Three Cheers for Gov. Palin... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

Three Cheers for Gov. Palin.

I don't know who you could ... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

I don't know who you could place on the ballot that would KEEP me from voting for Sarah Palin. She has appeal to the average citizen, not the MSM obviously, not the democrats (witness the family and personal destruction aimed at her) and not the republicans who don't think she can go it with another party and will bend to their will. WRONG WRONG WRONG

Sarah Palin, if she chooses, IS THE FUTURE PARTY. She will endorse candidates, regardless of party, who most closely reflect her and the average American's values. The more she does this, the more viable her candidacy.

If the clowns in DC shared a vision of a better America, they wouldn't be facing a virtual rebellion today. We have roughly 550 elected appointed officials in DC telling OVER 300 MILLION of us what they will let us do, when they will let us do it, and how. They are like a teenager with a credit card, having fun now and to hell with the future.

Regardless of the pap and bull coming out of DC, don't you think that if they were so inclined, we would have a balanced budget amendment, strong national defense, a better education system - etc etc??? It is quite apparent that those in office now do not have the best interests of this nation or it's citizens in mind. As long as the government can keep us fragmented playing race, religious, ethnic, political extreme differences etc, they can control the masses. It is long past time to clean our house.

TAKE BACK AMERICA ONE ELECTION AT A TIME

That's a school of... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
That's a school of thought. Unfortunately, the two parties are complimentary entities interlaced like the twin helixes of a DNA molecule to promote long-term projects and goals. If you think either party would have stood in the way of the Federal Reserve Act, the Marshall Plan, the Panama Canal Treaty, SEATO Treaty/ MACV, NAFTA, PATRIOT Act, TARP, or the upcoming Immigration bill, then I have a bridge to sell. Each was/is/will be an INSIDE moneymaker via interest payments and fees on (bad) loans to sundry agencies on the back of the American taxpayer, FOR the benefit of financiers who sponsor the permanent government that presidential elections don't effect.

Well that's another school of thought. Fortunately, it has no basis in fact. Your list of acts is inconsistent with any rational political philosophy, so of course a Tea Party influenced Republican Party wouldn't stand in the way. The Tea Party movement is all about fiscal conservatism and that's why it includes former Obama supporters who are social liberals.

Neither the Republican Party or the Democrat Party can stay in power unless the economy is growing and providing most voters with a reasonable life style. There's lots of disagreement on how to maintain a strong economy, but most Americans know that massive deficit spending is wrong. Yes, Republicans did a poor job at limiting deficit spending, but it's really stupid for democrats to use that as an excuse for their massive deficit spending. The Tea Party message is simple; enough is enough. It may already be too late for Democrats to save themselves from losses in 2010, but unless they change their ways soon then in 2012 Democrats will find themselves in the same position 2008 put Republicans in.

"Your list of acts is incon... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Your list of acts is inconsistent with any rational political philosophy, so of course a Tea Party influenced Republican Party wouldn't stand in the way."-mac

Political parties are all about control and administration of key elements in society. Philosophy per se has little to do with it, though philosophies are useful as a sop to the public. The pro-life issue is a perfect illustration. "Red" states maintain within their borders the most notorious abortion mills in the country. "Red" states receive the greatest amount of national tax realottments. Republican politicians have always been prime movers for the outsourcing policies championed by the privately-run US Chamber of Commerce. The Republicans, to this end, have joined with the opposite party in demoting sovereign citizens into "consumers", and formerly-chartered and overseen corporations into sovereign citizens called "Persons" under law.

"Neither the Republican Party or the Democrat Party can stay in power unless the economy is growing and providing most voters with a reasonable life style."-mac

Comfortable shoes and a warm place to shit...it could be worse...

BTW The 1900 dollar is worth 3 cents today.
The 1961 dollar is worth 10 cents.

My prediction: if things get really bad economically, the government will grant everyone apx $68K to buy a house or condo between the Sierra Nevadas and the Alleghenies. And free lifetime internet access AND a big phat Chinese computer. Beer consumption skyrockets. Pant sizes explode.

"but unless they change their ways soon then in 2012 Democrats will find themselves in the same position 2008 put Republicans in."
25. Posted by Mac Lorry

It's not a disaster for them. It's called The Cost of Doing Business. The Dems and Pubs lose roughly 50% of the time. Look at your conception of party representation along the lines of Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. You should know that actual Combat Politics is not tolerated in the USA. Wellington crushed the last public attempt at direct action in the English-speaking world in the 1830s, Germany in the 1920s, France compromised (in the name of Revolution) in the 1950s. Since then, there's been a management revolution of some sophistication. Despite the USA's self-image as adventurous, American's are rather docile and willing to defer to government with little or nothing in return for high taxes.

On a brighter note, I'm an optimist. Perot had potential, Ron Paul has potential, but Sarah"cuda"? Like I said somewhere earlier, she needs to wade in to the deep end of the pool and quit sunning herself.

Political parties ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Political parties are all about control and administration of key elements in society. Philosophy per se has little to do with it, though philosophies are useful as a sop to the public.

You're joking, right? Conservatism is a philosophy as is Liberalism. Same for Capitalism and Communism. Gaining control of government is just one tactic by which a political philosophy is implemented.

Comfortable shoes and a warm place to shit...it could be worse...

Be dismissive, but you greatly underestimate the political cost of a poor economy. The American people are not going to allow any party to stay in power if it can't deliver a strong economy.

BTW The 1900 dollar is worth 3 cents today.
The 1961 dollar is worth 10 cents.

You got it backwards. Today's dollar is worth what 3 cents was worth in 1900 and what 10 cents was worth in 1961. Nevertheless, all the money in the world in 1900 couldn't save your life from a simple bacterial infection of the blood, nor could you buy a navigation system for your car in 1961 even if you had billions of those dollars. That's the fallacy of trying to compare "value" across time. There is no immutable unit of value, and so the results change depending on what's picked to represent a unit of value.

It's not a disaster for them. It's called The Cost of Doing Business. . .

Sounds like you're spewing libertarian philosophy, a political philosophy that has never existed as a ruling government anywhere or anytime in the real world. It's actually a watered down version of Anarchism to make it a bit more palatable. No election or series of elections can bring about such a radical change from our current government. Apart from a natural disaster of Biblical proportions, defeat by a foreign power, or another civil war, it's pointless to engage in such political philosophies. Doing so only guarantees the success of the most progressive elements in our society. Obviously, liberals like the idea of libertarians taking hold of the Tea Party movement, as it guarantees their staying in power.

"You're joking, right? Cons... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"You're joking, right? Conservatism is a philosophy as is Liberalism."-mac

Yes. And today's conservative would have been a flaming liberal 40 years ago.

And I DO mean Fuh-laminggg!

I mean, calling the dismantling of the US manufacturing infrastructure Inevitable and a welcome "New Paradigm" ushering in the utopia of the "Service Economy". That was Jack Kemp's rational while trying to explain Reagan's 2nd term LIBERAL* policies.

*I'm forced to use the stage term here so as to draw attention to the overt "Declaration of INTERdependence" of Jimmy Carter toward which Reagan had begun to hew drastically. Of course, Carter was following Nixon's example. Remember: Nixon (R-CA) instituted WAGE AND PRICE CONTROLS.

By the way, your Ron Paul allergy reveals signs of defeatism nestled within a freedom agenda. We'll have to enlist you at a base rate of private if things hit the fan.

Yes. And today's c... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Yes. And today's conservative would have been a flaming liberal 40 years ago.

Conservatives are pragmatic and know that they have to change as the world changes if they want to have any say in governing the nation. Only fools and libertarians think they can operate as if the world hasn't changed in 200 years and somehow get elected in large enough numbers to have any influence. The Tea Party movement is about fiscal conservatism, a principle that many Democrats embrace as well as Republicans. It's that broad appeal to a simple and correct principle that makes it a potent political movement.

I mean, calling the dismantling of the US manufacturing infrastructure Inevitable and a welcome "New Paradigm" ushering in the utopia of the "Service Economy". That was Jack Kemp's rational while trying to explain Reagan's 2nd term LIBERAL* policies.

Free trade is a conservative principle, but there's no guarantee that any sector of the economy is going to prosper. US manufacturing was at a unique advantage after WWII and trying to maintain that advantage was futile. You can't judge whether free trade was the right policy without knowing what would have happened to our economy had we instated protectionism. All we can say is it didn't work for China when they built their Great Wall nor has protectionism worked for any other nation. That said, US trade policies have been driven by political goals rather than economic goals for too long.

Remember: Nixon (R-CA) instituted WAGE AND PRICE CONTROLS.

Yes, for a whole 90 days in order to fight inflation. Nixon was also the idiot who gave us the 55 MPH speed limit and year around daylight savings time to save energy. The system worked and all these errors were fixed, some in short order and others took 20 years, but they were fixed.

By the way, your Ron Paul allergy reveals signs of defeatism nestled within a freedom agenda.

Like other libertarians, Ron Paul can only get elected running as a Republican. As soon as a libertarian pops their head out of the hole and runs as a libertarian they give up any chance of getting elected to anything higher than local government. The Tea Party movement is about fiscal responsibility and to succeed in electing candidates that support that goal the movement needs to distance itself from libertarian baggage. Of course, libertarians want to hitch their wagon to the Tea Party movement because they haven't gone anywhere on their own, and with good reason, it's a bankrupt political philosophy.

Mac Lorry, we'll agree to d... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Mac Lorry, we'll agree to disagree, and may the spirit of Gerald Ford be upon ye!

BUT you may find that your Living Constitution creed is the opposite of popular among your Tea Party confreres.

The two tea parties I've attended seemed to be 50% Reagan's Ghost, 25% Ron Paulians, and 25% Buford Pusser. Your apparent blue suit/red tie constituency must have been observing incognito.

BUT you may find t... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
BUT you may find that your Living Constitution creed is the opposite of popular among your Tea Party confreres.

You confuse Living Constitution creed with pragmatism that defines effective conservatism. Conservatives hold to proven principles yet embrace the 21st century reality while libertarians rail that we stopped making buggy whips.

The two tea parties I've attended seemed to be 50% Reagan's Ghost, 25% Ron Paulians, and 25% Buford Pusser.

Reagan was once a Democrat and a union man who switched to Republican over tax and spending issues. He never was a libertarian. The Tea Party movement will do well for stick with Reagan, but if the Ron Paul loonitarians get control the Tea Part movement it will go nowhere. As for Buford Pusser he's best portrayed by the character Buford T. Justice.

Your apparent blue suit/red tie constituency must have been observing incognito.

You just said they made up 50% of the attendees. What's telling is that you didn't recognize them. You just said they made up 50% of the attendees. What's telling is that you didn't recognize them. Just because someone wants to limit out of control government taxing and spending doesn't mean they subscribe to the libertarian political philosophy.

I attended a debate between a liberal, a conservative, and a libertarian, and you are right to imply there's no real difference between mainstream liberals and a mainstream conservatives relative to a libertarian. I liked the discussion that centered around the libertarian idea that there should be no prior restraint on freedom such that a person should be able to do whatever they wanted until they cause harm. That means that under a libertarian government a person could legally drive drunk at 90 MPH through a school zone as long as he didn't hit anyone. Somehow the libertarian couldn't understand why parents wouldn't find that acceptable, after all, they could sue the driver if he killed their kid. By the time the debate got to regulation of drug companies the audience was laughing out loud at the loonitarian. That's why Ron Paul has to run as a Republican to get elected. That's why the biggest danger to the Tea Party movement is having it hijacked by libertarians.

Sarah Palin needs to find a... (Below threshold)

Sarah Palin needs to find a way to beef up her resume. Given what we have seen from Obama, I'm not sure the country will go for a thin resume again. I recently wrote a blog on this. Read more at http://www.jkevinedwards.com/?p=314.

"Given what we have seen... (Below threshold)
914:

"Given what we have seen from Obama, I'm not sure the country will go for a thin resume again. I recently wrote a blog on this."


How about just "A" resume?

It would be nice to get a real Person for once and not just a fabricated characature with a push button on the back to start 'er up and read the scripted party line.

She fits the bill... She did'nt play the dumb cutesy broad wity Her mouth shut and adore at the RHINO altar... That makes Her at the top of My very short list.

"" ... Huckabee (Finn) ... ... (Below threshold)

"" ... Huckabee (Finn) ... is despised by the establishment ... ""

"By 'the establishment?'"

That be the same East-Coast-elitist, "Democrats"-in-RINO-suits-ridden, "establishment," that ran Mr Finn as a spoiler to knock out its own and the Goebbels' media's candidate, J. "Brains" McRainman, in '08??

Spare it the scorn. It doesn't despise the Hapless-Huck Finn any more than every conservative and even the vast majority of Republicans loathes and despises him.

And every other East-Coast-ish and/or Arkansas flim-flammer.




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