Dude, read this:
We're being fucked by everyone...
It doesn't matter which party has the Presidency, we're being fucked over.
That is reality.
At this point, even that 15 year old kid who keeps showing up at the tea parties would get my vote.
Jack, you know I don't click on Sullivan links.
Without leadership, the masses of people are like a river overrunning its banks: shallow and useless, albeit exciting . . .at least for a short time on the mall in D.C.
As much as I wish it were not so, you have summed it up very well. We desperately need a viable third party, but the system IS stacked against one ever forming. About all I can see as giving some hope is that perhaps we will return to divided government in 2010 as the GOP regains control of one house of Congress. But for 2012 unless a governor can sneak in under the radar before the media can destroy him, I don't see a possible GOP contender who can even deal with an Obama who has been revealed to be a true "zero." (sigh) Maybe I'll emigrate to Chile.
My dream ticket would be frighteningly impossible, because it would require Clarence Thomas to step down from the bench in order to be sworn in to elected office.
And we cannot afford to open up even one more SCOTUS appointment to the present communist in chief.
Sunk New Dawn
Zell will be 112, er, 80 in 2012. Excellent candidate for Imhotep II, however.
I hate to make corrections of a fairly decent post, but you completely forgot or purposely left Michelle Bachman out of the mix. There's also another very popular Texas boy named Rick Perry who may or may not give it a whirl. Not to mention Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts.
Hell, if you crap on those folks too, I'll do it myself. And my last name has appeal.
A name way out in right field you didn't mention, but who is definitely running: Rush Limbaugh.
He's got the money, the 'fides, and millions of devoted fans.
He is tweaking The One daily.
Don't believe me? Just wait and watch all hell break loose.
(You heard it here, second.)
You are officially the one millionth person to make that lame "Moroni=moron" joke. Congrats for such fresh, cutting-edge wit.
Quick, make a (lapsed) Catholic joke, so *I* can pretend to be mortally offended, and balance things out. I'm OK with it being one I've heard a million times, too.
I eagerly await your fresh, cutting-edge wit.
Wow, people are a bit touchy today (ok, well, yesterday now) aren't they?
Hmmm, personality of a rusted Brillo pad. . . not sure on THAT one. I do believe that Newt has the smarts and possibly the ability, but don't see that as a really "happening" presidency. I mean, seriously??? No.
Again, there's no one out there to inspire or fire anyone up in a good way. Instead of just recruiting more members for the Piss & Moan Club, there has to be someone to be a LEADER. A real one.
And, good lord, do people still read Andrew Sullivan? Who knew he still had a job even?
From there it's a short leap (at least in my fervid imagination) to strippers on the payroll, and reacharounds.
That's not necessarily bad. At least the man knows what the hell he's trying to accomplish, unlike the majority of the Capitol Hill buffoons.
Stan: Bobby Jindal seems to make making some headway without attracting too much attention.
I thought Ford was a lineman? Didn't bother to look it up, though.
Carter and Clinton were longshots when they won. It might pay to handicap some of the lesser known fat chicks, like Rick Perry.
Excellent rundown, BTW.
Gingrich could not stand even temporary irrelevancy, and cozied up to Hillary and global warming. He's finally earned his name.
The first order of business for a leader is to rid the party of republocrats--just give them a going away party and send them across the aisle to stay. That leaves a home for classical liberals to engage in, if a temporarily smaller home, and has the further great advantage of inflicting John McCain on Democrats. The cure for a dog, or a voter, that will not stop chewing shoes is to tie one in his mouth.
The only person I know who understands ALL the issues and can articulate them spontaneously is Mark Levin, who will not run. But where there is one, there will be more than one. He or she may necessarily not be a professional politician, but will know how to mix it up.
Patraeus is also one who will not run. The best men avoid this like the clap; the only thing that brings them in is disaster. So we may discover them after all.
I still like Mark Sanford. Guy's libertarian enough, and he pisses off the theocrats, so he can't be all bad.
Honestly tho, I think Dick's got the right idea. How about this:
Amen, Brother V-dude!
"Whereas I despise the Democratic Party as it has existed since 1980, I resent the hell out of the Republican Party, and only vote for them truculently, and with great indignation."
My sentiments exactly. Thanks!
Unless the publicans can come up with a living breathing saint they are better off playing the blind man card. The unbias press with help from the current party in power will destroy any viable candidate that pops to the surface. A few throw away candidates will pop up.
I wish Limbaugh WOULD run, because it would send the left into such a tizzy it would make their reaction to Palin look mild.
He does have the bucks. His opponents have been digging up dirt on him all along and throwing it at him, so they've pretty well used up their bucket of mud. What the heck? Throw in Bolton and Cheney somewheres as potential cabinet members, and let the games begin.
Try saying Ike Gingrich just once. Go ahead. Now say it fast.
You foolish man.
Gingy should just keep writing books. His political analysis is brilliant. It's just that when he opens his mouth, his pompous-assity is revealed.
Put down the liquor bottle, V, and just walk away.
Oh, and I have my candidate for 2016.
Aaron Schlock of Illinois.
And in 2016 he'll be 35.
I would look for Mike Pence to make a run of it and, maybe, Jeff Flake.
Flake makes the libtards foaming mad so he can't be all bad.
Oh. And, btw, scuttle the fucking caucuses.
Friggin Iowans and New Hampshirettes deciding for the rest of the country? It seems a little off course considering the delegate system is supposed to keep places such as NYC and LA from doing the very same.
Grumpy Old Ham: Jindal is someone I could live with. I'd be content with a Jindal-Bachman ticket in 2012. Heck, I'd even join that campaign!
I hold fast to my dream...
The Nuge/Palin - rockin' in the new world (order).
Hell, at least you can be certain they won't be shooting each other whilst vacationing.
jmflynny, Flake has the same problem that Newt and Mister Boner have. "President, uh, Flake?"
Gingrich is a former Democrat. And he's yesterdays news.
Tamara: President Schlock?
Why don't conservatives have better names...
You use big words too much.
Oh, I don't know, I think a name like Barrack Obama is pretty iffy.
Go to Schlock's website.
He's what the GOP needs.
Maybe he should change his name to Schlong.
Well said! Greedy and/or progressive Repubs have turned the GOP into Democrat Lite. I'm glad to hear someone else talk about classical liberalism...the liberalism that actually promoted individual liberty, before progressives sullied the word 'liberal' forever.
Not to rain on the Jindal parade, cause I like the guy, but he is not a natural born American (darn that pesky Constitution), as both his parents were not yet naturalized citizens before he was born (although he was born here).
Perry from Texas might be interesting if he decides to toss his Stetson into the ring, Bolton would be very interesting, but I wonder how long it would be before he launches on someone (figuratively or literally). From what I understand, the man has a famously short fuse. And last but not least, don't think we should completely discount Palin, there is lots of time before the 2012 circus starts, and she might be primed and ready by then. (This assumes there is going to be a 2012 election, with everything else that has happened in the past 8 months or so, sadly, it would not surprise me, if "elections" were held in name only.)
yJXcMb Wow, great blog post. Keep writing.