Well I tried to post this earlier and lost the whole thing due to some Blogger craziness.
Anybody catch the NPR telecast of the Democrats debating last night? Now that was interesting. Was nice to see somebody besides religous conservatives. I was impressed with Mosely Brown and actually little Kucenich (sp?). Brown was intelligent and Kucenich was entertaining. Alas, neither will win since America isn't ready for Black, Women Presidents (how about a black woman VP?) and Kucenich doesn't have the looks to get the public stirred up (ala Nader). Everybody was trying their best to spit out their own version of Spanish. Dean made the rest of them look rather clumsy on this issue - he spoke fluently, apparently from working one summer on a farm with Cubans. Kerry showed a good sense of humor and is still what I consider the best bet on the Democrat side to actually give Bush a run for the money. Perhaps Dean, but he is already learning that he is going to have to play more towards the middle if he hopes to get elected. Lieberman jumped on him at one point and Dean stumbled on the reply, but I don't think that gives Lieberman a one up either. My guess is that Lieberman is "old news" and the public wants someone new and exciting. It is a sign of the times when we get excited about Arnold (whom I like as a person, but is obviously not ready for politics). Gephart showed a lot of fire and thumped around a lot, but I think folks will find him too "vanilla" and too "Washington". Sharpton was missing, and though entertaining, doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell. Edwards is too much of a "boy" and his southern drawl will probably drive Northerners nuts. Of note - 2/3 of the American Public hasn't heard of any of these people - is that scary or what? It's no wonder that Republicans are elected - well educated, business types with lots of money get out and vote, along with bible crazed farmers in the "backbone" of America who have been misled into thinking GW is the next Messiah or something. I'm not sure who scares me more - the farmers or the rich businessmen. I do find it interesting that Republicans can speak about "compassionate conservatism", yet aren't any more compassionate towards the middle class and poor than a man in the moon. I find that odd for folks who claim to be "religious" - what are they all - hypocrits? I thought you were supposed to look out for your fellow man.
They all did a good job of bashing Bush - Kerry had some quite humerous remarks and Gephart called him a "miserable failure". Bet he doesn't get invited over to the White House for tea and crumpets anytime soon - although with George, guess that would be barbecue and horseshoes.
Stay tuned - it's only going to get better, especially as Iraq turns uglier (sure to happen), Palistineans and Israelis continue to beat up on each other, the environment falls apart (nice touch with that latest act to allow plants to install new equipment without having to worry about adding clean air components - who were you looking out for there GW? You're not gonna be running 7 minute miles with black lungs buddy.) The list goes on and on -
I still think everyone in this country has the right to bust their butt and earn lots of money - that's the American Dream. But not everybody is gifted intellectually or born with a silver spoon in their mouth or born with the best of health. Why give tax cut money back to the rich? So they can buy a Segway? How bout to those less fortunate? Wouldn't that be the "compassionate" thing to do? Friggin hypocrits!
Until next time....