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Year of the Rat

In the traditional Asian calendar, there are twelve lunar years, in fashion similar to the Western zodiac of lunar months. Each of the years is assigned an animal, and people born in that year are said to carry the traits of that year's animal. 2008 is the Year of the Rat. For Asians, the symbolic rat is charming and clever, has lots of friends and often a lot of money as well. The more I think about it, that fits the United States political scene just now. Certainly it is very easy to imagine any of the remaining major contenders for President as rattish in their character and behavior.


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DJ, maybe you should head b... (Below threshold)
adriandrews Author Profile Page:

DJ, maybe you should head back to Polipundit. Your insults would fit in with the mean spirit over there.

Ha ha ha ha ha...Right on D... (Below threshold)

Ha ha ha ha ha...Right on DJ.. ha ha ha ha

I take you support McCain/H... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I take you support McCain/Huckabee/Hillary/Obama, Adrian. If so, can you make a case for your candidate? One which demonstrates why, exactly, anyone should trust them with the nation's course?

This is a very weak preside... (Below threshold)

This is a very weak presidential cycle. I have more negatives on all of them then positives. That is pathetic. The race is down to money only. Whoever raises it and spends it gets it. ww

Money? Then Romney should ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Money? Then Romney should have won, right?

I think it was something else. Not sure exactly, though I do think the GOP screwed themselves by copying the Donks's front-loaded primary scheme, and by making caucuses and open primaries the earliest tests.

"by making caucuses and ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"by making caucuses and open primaries the earliest tests."


DJ, I meant at this point i... (Below threshold)

DJ, I meant at this point it is all about money. McCain has a better chance at raising money at this point, while Hillary and Obama are still splitting their contributors.

The primary system needs to be addressed. There is no logic behind letting just a few states pick candidates for the rest of the country. ww

In the Chinese astrological... (Below threshold)
capital L:

In the Chinese astrological system, it's the year of birth that is determinative, not necessarily the year you are currently in.

McCain: 1936 - Rat
Huckabee: 1955 - Sheep
Clinton: 1947 - Pig
Obama: 1961 - Ox

Beyond the humor inherent in the above, one can read the historical Chinese depictions of these zodiac-like signs and find interesting similarities to the candidates. Of course, one will also find discrepancies, as with all astrological mumbo-jumbo silliness. Still it is amusing to some degree...

Year of the DemocRAT? Must ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Year of the DemocRAT? Must be a Rovian dirty trick!

I think McCain is more attu... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

I think McCain is more attuned to year of the backstabber.






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