Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I didn't read the whole thing, but the following description of Hillary Clinton from an endorsement by a faction of the Kennedy Clan made me laugh:
The loftiest poetry will not solve these issues. We need a president willing to engage in a fistfight to safeguard and restore our national virtues. [bold added]While I disagree that wholesale government violations of individual rights will solve all our problems, I do appreciate the forthright analogy. It so perfectly fits both the methods and personality of Mrs. Clinton that one wonders for a moment whether the endorsement is real!
One Neck, One Yoke
Just as I was beginning to see the possible merits of supporting Rudy Giuliani, his foolhardy gamble of sitting out the primaries until Florida did him in and left us with the John McCain -- perhaps the most dangerous politician in America -- as the Republican front-runner.
On the bright side, this seems to simplify the voting strategy for this November: Take a deep breath, hold your nose, and vote for the Democrat for President and the Republicans for Congress. (But see Myrhaf's Take below.) McCain is so dangerous because he is regarded favorably by the worst elements from each party as well as by so many from the somnolent "middle" that he will sit there and work with impunity to destroy America in plain sight of everyone. As I noted some time ago when it seemed that McCain might head up a "Unity '08" ticket:
How would the election of this co-sponsor of McCain-Feingold (i.e., censorship disguised as political "reform"), follower of the Church of Global Warming, and fan of National Service (to name just a few concrete vices) be anything but a disaster, no matter which ticket he headed up?Now, ironically, we have to hope that Mike Bloomberg joins the fray and damages the Republicans more than the Democrats or, preferably, that Obama wins the Democratic nomination and charms the nation long enough to win office. Somehow, though, I suspect that McCain's win has also taken the wind out of the sails of Unity '08.
Myrhaf raises some other points about the McCain victory that are worth considering and which call my initial strategic assessment into question. He sees McCain as trouncing the Democrats ("Imagine Perot's 19% added to whatever Bush got in '92.") as well as the following possible silver lining:
A McCain nomination might be good for America for two reasons. First, people will better see that the Republican Party is a party of big government and welfare state. Classical liberals and other supporters of free markets and individual liberty will better see that neither party is for them. Second, if an economic crisis hits the next president, be he Democrat or Republican, it will be a little harder to blame it on capitalism.Hmmm. Perhaps the best course is to concede the presidency to McCain and vote straight-ticket Democrat....
Books that Make You Drool
Coreyo points to an interesting use of Facebook data: Correlating a college's SAT scores with the books favored by its student body. With the usual disclaimer that correlation does not equal causation, it is interesting in a very smug way to me to note the relative positions of Atlas Shrugged and the Bible. (Click on image for larger size.)
Oddly enough, the (Holy) Bible pops up twice (at the upper left and upper center), with students listing it as "The Holy Bible" having a lower range of SAT scores.