A couple years ago I moved most of my political comments somewhere else, but it has seemed appropriate to mainstream them in the election season. I listened to some of the speeches at the Democratic Convention on my way home from Fort Wayne last night. I didn't hear it all, but I thought two lines were good rhetoric.
"Bush was handed a triple and he stole second."
This was on the economy. I both agree and disagree with it. I disagree in that I remember the Fall of 2000 and the economy was already tanking when Bush took office. I actually, with no expertise at all, thought his first stimulus package seemed to turn things around pretty quickly.
BUT, I blame the Iraq War for the absolute demolition of the American economy ever since. An absolute disaster on a war of choice rather than of prudence or necessity. The American dollar is atrociously devalued overseas as a result. We have empowered China and the Middle East by borrowing ludicrous amounts of money from them and in paying for oil. It has made us far more vulnerable than we were before.
Now when something important comes up in Georgia, we're too busy mopping up aisle 3 in Iraq.
"The Democrats don't deserve to win just because the Republicans deserve to lose."
I thought this was a clever comment. I'm a registered Republican but have a lot of anger toward my own party. I thought Bush needed to be fired a long time ago as a disastrous CEO of the company. I have liked McCain in the past but have cringed to see him put on his dog collar so the party can walk him wherever they want him to go. I don't recognize the man who's running for office right now.
But in the 2004 election, Kerry lost--Bush didn't win; Kerry lost. We'll see how Obama does. I predicted he would be the next president immediately after the Iowa primary. I'm still predicting that, especially with Clinton's supporters almost sure to vote for him now. One commentator described some of them as "post-rational," but I know how they'll vote in the booth.
Right now, the election is Obama's to lose, IMHO...