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Sunday, June 03, 2007
Presidential Debate



I watched the debate tonight on CNN between the Democratic candidates for president. It's really very different than four years ago, when I looked at the field, and wondered why the hell I should care. It's really interesting, because each of the eight have at least a couple of traits that I appreciate, and that a president could certainly use. Even the ones who have no chance, like Dennis Kucinich, have important things to add to the debate, and would make good additions to a Democratic president's cabinet.

Tuesday, the Republican field will debate from the same venue in New Hampshire, and I will watch. It won't be easy.

I am old enough to remember Ronald Reagan's presidency in fairly vivid detail. In spite of the nostalgia-tinted glasses and fuzzy-gloved handling of the era, it wasn't all lollipops and handjobs. Which is what makes it all the more surreal for a Gen-Xer like me to watch ten grown men claim that they are the political heir to a man who claimed that ketchup was a vegetable.

In 2000, I would have voted for John McCain, multiple times if possible. It was a grand time, when he spoke truth, like when campaigning in South Carolina, he said ''Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell on the right.''

Of course, Bush set loose Karl Rove and his pandering band of flying monkeys to bludgeon McCain senseless, and sent the Straight Talk Express plunging into Mealy Mouth Gulch. Since that time, McCain has been willing to do and say anything that might get him even a single vote, and he has joined the ranks of politicians who cannot be trusted as far as they could be thrown.

What a nice segue to Mitt Romney!

First of all, I don't care that he's a Mormon. Most of these guys are only paying lip service to the religious anyway, because America will elect a black, a Muslim, a Jew and a homosexual president before it elects an atheist.

Romney is funny because he was governor of Massachusetts, a place that most Republicans refer to as the most liberal state in the country, and yet apparently is just to the right of Ayn Rand. That's a neat trick under any circumstance. This guy is an empty suit, and the fact that he's even in the race shows how desperate things have gotten for conservatives.

"Can he win? Then I'll support him!" Bringing us to...

Rudy.

I've discussed this drag queen at length
, but I would simply invite anyone who actually thinks Giuliani is some sort of war hero to take a quick glance at Radio Silence F.D.N.Y.: The Betrayal of New York's Bravest. The events of 9/11 were made considerably worse by the actions and inactions of the mayor, and the more these failures are spoken of, the further Rudy will sink in the polls. Besides, If you want a serial adulterer in office, either re-elect Bill Clinton, or vote for Newt. Giuliani's tough talk about war is about as convincing as George W. Bush parading around in a flight suit.

But don't despair, there is always Ron Paul, who has no chance at all, mainly because he's not completely out of his mind. He's a true Goldwater-type conservative. You remember them, right? You kicked them out of your so-called big tent in 1980, when you exchanged "Live Free Or Die" for "Pray Right or Burn."

The people of New Hampshire do not care for your revisions, and I hope they bring tomatoes Tuesday.

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