Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The End is Near! (Hallelujah!)

If you're like me, you've probably had it up to hear with the politics of polarization. You are tired of the Cindy Sheehan-Michael Moore-Moveon.org, Bush-hating Left and the Rush Limbaugh-Ann Coulter-Pat Roberston Right.

Well, things might be changing. Bull Moose notes that 2008 might just be the year of the centrists in the way 2004 was the year of the extremists. He cites a column by US News writer Michael Barone that shows that the leading contenders for the prez nod in 2008, John McCain and Rudy Guliani, are "men of the center" as the Moose calls them. Even among Dems, Hillary Clinton is doing what she can to steer clear of the far left and proposing centrist proposals.

It is interesting that at least at this time, are no strong contenders on the far right. Bill Frist is fast becoming a joke and the others are not well known. John Kerry seems to be staging another run, but I think the public already thinks he had his chance.

So maybe in 2008 we will actually have substantive discussion on the issues instead of what someone did in Vietnam 30 years ago. Let's hope the end of polarization is near, indeed.

4 Comments:

At 5:54 PM, Blogger _H_ said...

thank the lord for spotting your blog ,

trust me , i would probably be seen as "extremist" to you , i am way way left of your political roots ,

but i thank you , being non american (am british) the whole world keeps wondering where the old tradional republicans had gone , i would never vote for your views , but seing the actions of the "far" right so called neocons of bush , cheney , runsfield and chums , my view of someone like yourself has changed

i pray for the days that someone like yourself regains control of your party and trust me , most of the world does too

people can argue about reagen and clinton till they are blue in the face , i dont care , but knowing that such a thing as a "moderate Republican" has really made me smile

now how on earth does the world make YOUR voice louder ?

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger The Truffle said...

Rudy is a dark horse candidate for 2008. A thrice-married, twice-divorced, socially liberal New Yorker? The Christian Right won't have him. And besides, he's not a very likeable guy.

McCain's another one who doesn't have a good shot at the nomination, despite his efforts to be nicey-nice with Bush.

The GOP may go with more of the same in 2008.

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger fmodo said...

Don't forget about Pataki--progressive environmental, gun control and abortion positions but still fiscally conservative. But again, not sure he can get enough cultural conservative votes to win the primary...

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.


Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.


Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy


P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

 

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