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Posted by aogFriday, 22 February 2008 at 16:06 TrackBack Ping URL

Bob Krumm is worried that the current wave of attacks on Senator McCain from the GOP conservatives will provide fodder for the Democratic Party in the fall campaign. I just can’t see that — what, they’re going to run anti-McCain advertisements that say “McCain — he’s not tough enough on illegal immigration” or “McCain — he won’t appoint another Alito to the Supreme Court”? Even the comment by Senator Reid —

The thought of him being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he worries me.

is not one that I would want to use if my candidate was Senator Clinton. Further, given how such complaints seem to have made McCain popular with the moderates and independents, I don’t see why that would be different when it’s the other fringe saying it.

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Brad S Friday, 22 February 2008 at 18:20

Let’s be honest, AOG, you’re starting to think this way:

You know, if someone were to really put faith in numerology, you’d have to say the records of men who got elected President in an election year ending in 8 have been…less than good (other than the first one, George Washington). Lets review:

1808: James Madison. Won two terms, but an invasion of the United States (War of 1812) happened on his watch. 1828: Andrew Jackson. The most successful of the bunch, though the Cherokee (Trail of Tears) and Nicholas Biddle (closing of Second Bank of United States) would vehemently beg to differ. 1848: Zachary Taylor. Ol’ Rough and Ready died in office 18 months after inauguration. 1868: Ulysses S Grant: Won two terms, but squandered his military reputation with a sterling combination of amazing corruption and naivete. 1888: Benjamin Harrison. Beat the previous incumbent by very narrow Electoral College margins. Lost to the same man 4 years later. 1908: William Howard Taft. Ended up in Third Place 4 years later. 1928: Herbert Hoover. The Great Depression rendered him impotent, resulting in one of the worst electoral defeats in US History. 1948: Harry Truman. Korea and other Cold War missteps led to a withdrawal from the 1952 presidential race. 1968: Richard Nixon. Watergate. The less said, the better. 1988: George HW Bush. Well, you know what happened 4 years later.

So the real point is: Why would you want to win now? Let the black community put all its eggs in the Obama basket, and let them fail 4 years later. The country will survive.

You know, if someone were to really put faith in numerology, you’d have to say the records of men who got elected President in an election year ending in 8 have been…less than good (other than the first one, George Washington). Lets review:

1808: James Madison. Won two terms, but an invasion of the United States (War of 1812) happened on his watch. 1828: Andrew Jackson. The most successful of the bunch, though the Cherokee (Trail of Tears) and Nicholas Biddle (closing of Second Bank of United States) would vehemently beg to differ. 1848: Zachary Taylor. Ol’ Rough and Ready died in office 18 months after inauguration. 1868: Ulysses S Grant: Won two terms, but squandered his military reputation with a sterling combination of amazing corruption and naivete. 1888: Benjamin Harrison. Beat the previous incumbent by very narrow Electoral College margins. Lost to the same man 4 years later. 1908: William Howard Taft. Ended up in Third Place 4 years later. 1928: Herbert Hoover. The Great Depression rendered him impotent, resulting in one of the worst electoral defeats in US History. 1948: Harry Truman. Korea and other Cold War missteps led to a withdrawal from the 1952 presidential race. 1968: Richard Nixon. Watergate. The less said, the better. 1988: George HW Bush. Well, you know what happened 4 years later.

So the real point is: Why would you want to win now? Let the black community put all its eggs in the Obama basket, and let them fail 4 years later. The country will survive.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 22 February 2008 at 19:10

I can’t say as I put much faith in to numerology. I am confident, looking at the candidates, that a person who will be a bad President will be elected.

What bothered me about Krum is his effort to supress discussion during the primaries, which is the time when people should be talking about the candidates and how they will do on the important issues. Moreover, even if that wasn’t wrong, his reason is specious — the Democratic Pary candidate won’t be able to use any of those arguments.

It reminds me muchly of Clinton attacking Obama. While Obama is replete with flaws, he has few that Clinton can attack because she’s just as bad or worse in those areas (e.g., job related experience).

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