Why one group of independent minded people won’t become a third party anytime soon.
President Bush and the GOP reveled in the self righteousness proclamation that they brought integrity back to the nation. Do Americans agree with that notion today? Well, it turns out that in addition toÂ theirÂ strong conviction that Clinton was more competant than Bush a slim majority think he was more honest than Bush too. So much for GOP piety.
Surveyusa shows how theÂ Bush “Red” and Kerry “Blue” states of 2004 feel about their respective choices for President today. Kerry should be singing the blues.
Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Constitution has just been awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for cartooning. I just found this one on McCain.
As I was reading Joe Klein’s recent observations on why candidates seem so remote to the public – he blames consultants – it occured to me that Russ Feingold would be a very interesting Presidential candidate. He doesn’t seem like aÂ phony to me.
I saw Finegold’s humerous TV ads when he first got elected to the Senate because I live across the border from Wisconsin and his campaign bought lots of ads in the Duluth media.
He is a stunningly articulate candidate. He also, like Clinton before him, strikes me as being fellow who has powerful analytical skills. Unlike Clinton, however, Feingold doesn’t strike me as so calculating that he feels he has to travel through politics as though it was a minefied. That’s called “straight talk” and I like it.
One such position which has scared his fellow Democratic Senators cowering is hisÂ motion to censure the President for pushing domestic spying beyond his war time authority. I think the idea of an impeachment is foolish but I think a strong case can be made of censure which is purely symbolic.Â As long asÂ Republicans control both houses of Congress it can’t pass but it seems to me to be entirely debatable and possibly justifiable.
I’m sure that his motion will incline lots of Democrats to his candidacy and I’m sure Senator Feingold senses this. If so,Â then theÂ censure proposal could be calculating. Even so, I can’t help but think it comes from a genuine outrage over principle and I find that very appealing.
If I wanted another too calculating President I could support the other namebrand which has shared the Oval Office since 1988. Gosh, I hope it doesn’t come to that.