Circling the drain

Before. After. Best comment under the latter:

  Look, there are times when you put country ahead of party. The Republicans did it in 1974 when they told Nixon to get out. The Democrats did it in 1988 when they agreed to drop all the Iran Contra investigations in exchange for Howard Baker agreeing to clean up the mess as Reagan’s new chief of staff. Some Democrats (myself included) felt that Clinton should have resigned.
  Now is a time for Republicans to accept an Obama/Biden presidency and resolve to fight to win seats back in 2010 and the Presidency back in 2012. Despite what the hysterics say, Obama is not a muslim, he is an American centrist on economic and foreign policy matters and center-left on social matters. Biden is the same. Both are competent consensus builders, and even if you don’t agree with their politics, both are the type of people who lead well in emergencies. McCain, perhaps due to an age-related condition, is now completely self-centered and random in behavior, even worse under stress, while Palin could seriously lead America to the apocalypse — she’s that dumb and crazy (in the extreme religious sense*). For the good of America, Republicans, find a way to lose gracefully this fall, regroup, and fight back with some serious leaders. This is what democracy is about.

Actually, it’s about war. Makes much better television. Also mashups.

Anyway, like Jay said.

Bonus kink: The Ice President. Via Steve Garfield.

* My asterisk. Makes me think of here.


  1. James Robertson’s avatar

    Umm, that’s about the dumbest thing I can imagine reading. If my personal beliefs are wildly at odds with Obama’s stated positions (hard though those are to find), then I should just pinch my nose until I draw blood and vote for him anyway?

    Heck, I could have said the same thing to many Democrats in 1980 vis-a-vis Carter. They would have given me the same answer I’m giving you.

  2. James Robertson’s avatar

    One other thing, too. Yes, Palin looked awful in that clip. However, there’s one thing about Palin that I like a lot compared to all 3 of the others: I don’t think she thinks she has the answer to everything. It’s clear that McCain believes he has the answers; it’s been clear for eons that Biden believes he’s the smartest guy in any room. And Obama? I’m afraid he’s drunk the koolaid his campaign is selling, and thinks of himself as the political messiah.

    I’d rather do without political messiahs and “masters of the universe” types, thanks. I’d much rather have someone who might be willing to learn on the job.

  3. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Well, James, we’re not going to find middle ground here, unless it’s something else to argue about while President Palin runs the country on training wheels.

    As for Obama’s positions, you can find them here. Many are wonky and/or vague, but they’re there, and pretty far short of messianic.

  4. James Robertson’s avatar

    I’m more worried about his “we are the change we have been waiting for” rhetoric than about his stated positions. That, and his seeming hatred of free speech. McCain’s record on speech (McCain/Feingold) is bad; Obama sounds even worse. The last thing I want is another Woodrow Wilson “I know best” type.

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