BHO is going to win in November DESPITE the economy, largely because Romney is a terrible candidate who is running an undisciplined, juvenile, brain-damaged campaign.
For my part, I think Republicans tend to run undisciplined, juvenile, brain-damaged campaigns because of their tendency to go with the guy who’s first in line. There needed to be a deeper reason to go with Romney than he was in second place in 2008.
Just like there needed to be a deeper reason to go with McCain than he came in second in 2000.
Just like there needed to be a deeper reason to go with Dole in 1996 than he came in second in 1988.
Just like there needed to be a deeper reason to go with Bush in 1988 than he came in second in 1980.
Just like there needed to be a deeper reason to go with Reagan in 1980 than he came in second in 1976. Well, perhaps there were deeper reasons for that one, but Jimmy Carter didn’t exactly help himself.
In sum, I think Angus is right, but he’s describing the symptom not the cause. Undisciplined, juvenile and brain-damaged behavior in crown princes is a result of … crowning them heir apparent in the first place.
[Conservatives] concept of what is fair starts with our concept of what is a right. … So far, I have never heard a good argument that we have a right or a claim to the fruits of others’ labor unless they have promised them to us for some reason. We certainly never have an intrinsic a priori claim on the fruits of someone else’s labor.
It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. The good “Liberals” (i.e., the illiberal liberals) who voted for Obama the first time around, the mostly white, privileged products of elite schools and progressive attitudes, were supposed to be on the winning side …
… Much of the time, liberals’ views of conservative positions and values are simply a caricature that bear little resemblance to what conservatives actually think and, more importantly, why they think it.
That helps explain why a conservative’s reaction to a liberal critique often isn’t “you’re wrong.” It’s “you don’t even know what I’m trying to say.”
In related news, China’s soon to be retiring # 8 also reappeared on TV after going missing for 2 weeks. Oddly, he is not seen to be neutral between factions.
No confirmed word on why they’ve been out of the pubic eye … although Xi looks pretty healthy to me. I’m speculating now … but if he had routine health problems they probably would’ve said something, and if the simultaneous assassination-attempt-by-auto-accident is true then you’d expect to see some healing injuries. So here’s what I wonder: was the assassination attempt real, it was uncovered in the nick of time, and it was so involved that it took 2 weeks before it was safe to show his face in public?
* China is run by many layers of power. At the top is the 9 man Standing Committee. This group has 2 top guys, who are roughly equivalent to the President/Chairman of the Board, and the CEO of an American firm. So, the outgoing guys are Hu and Wen, and the incoming ones are Xi and Li.
CRAP: FORGOT TO ACTUALLY PUBLISH THIS POST LAST NIGHT!
The Times does have new information though. The party Congress where power will be transferred has not been scheduled. It was expected for October, but these things are usually announced months in advance, and this one still hasn’t been announced. Here’s the new stuff:
The last pre-Congress meeting of the bigwigs in August did not go well, and did not resolve much.
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