One Can Only Hope

It looks like a done deal, Obama is so far ahead in the polls that a landslide victory is almost a certainty.
Given the complexity of the times we live in, one can hope that the next Presidency, built on salesmanship and hype more than substance, will teach the public a lesson.
A failure to achieve could possibly set up a resurgence in 2012 of real conservative values, defined one hopes by people who are not tied emotionally to Reaganism but rather, espouse a Libertarian point of view.
It’s discouraging that the voters make the same mistake over and over again, three times in a row, casting ballots with the gut instead of the brain. Insanity.

Silver Lining

If Hillary Clinton had been elected, I would have been persuaded that sexism was for all practical purposes dead in the United States.
Of course, the fact that she was not, and that Sarah Palin also has been brutalized in the popular media, tells us otherwise.
Conversely, someone observed yesterday that if Obama wins the Presidency, there would be no validity for future equal opportunity complaints from the Black community.
Certainly, this is a pretty persuasive argument: if a Black man, or at least a half-Black man, can raise over $600 million and win a Presidential election, doesn’t that mean that all the billions invested in affirmative action really have worked?
In that case, will progressives have the guts to tell Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to kindly sit down and SHUT UP?

Legacies

Colin Powell, who has suffered as the result of his participation in legitimizing the war in Iraq, isn’t the only one who’s kissed up to Obama in an attempt to save his legacy.
The press, which for years cowered before the Bush administration, has a lot to answer for. And their answer, much to their discredit, has been to attack McCain and Palin unmercifully, while leaving Obama and more particularly Biden, untouched.

Continue reading Legacies

Reaching Out

What this is cockamamie* new “reach out” thing, the mot du jour for silly Gen-Xers everywhere (or is it Gen-Yers, whichever ones You-Tube about Obama).
Thank you very much, but I’d rather you not “reach out” to me or anyone else. There is quite enough of that stuff going on these days – talk to an MBTA cop about their recent subway molester stings.
I don’t mind being contacted, e-mailed, called on the phone or, depending on who it is, visited, with or without notice.
I’m happy to be sent a letter, a package or a nice bouquet, and it makes me happy when someone whom I haven’t heard from in a long time gets in touch, figuratively speaking.
If you are drowning in a hostile body of water, then by all means, reach out to the nearest hand, life preserver or weather buoy.
Otherwise, reach out and touch someone if you must, but please make it someone other than me.
*interesting word, from the French d

What the….?

A woodpecker has been attacking the house, but I hadn’t realized until today that it created a massive hole in one of the window frames.
I threw on some wood putty, figuring maybe the odor would be unpleasant enough to keep it away.
Woodpecker or not, at this hour, the Dow is up almost 3%.
Humble thanks to my Jr. H.S. teacher Mr. Clark for raising our consciousness about the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Now, THAT’S schoolteachin’, by golly.

From The Architect

Karl Rove, in this morning’s wsj online:
Mr. McCain’s other adjustment is his schedule. His campaign understands the dire circumstances it faces and is narrowing his travels almost exclusively to Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada. If he carries those states, while losing only Iowa and New Mexico from the GOP’s 2004 total, Mr. McCain will carry 274 Electoral College votes and the White House.