Thursday, November 8, 2007
Personal Asides: Frank Nofsinger Deserves His Name in Bold-Face Was--and is--Jim Thompson Blackmailed by Old George?...Fred Thompsons Error National Security will be the Key to the Election.
Frank Nofsinger, a man Ive never met, yet whom I regard as a very good friendwho lives in Connecticutdeserves to have his name emblazoned in bold-face because he answered the trivia question first yesterday morning, identifying the lyrics of a song correctly as Mockingbird Hill. Congratulations, Frank!
If Jim Thompson isnt and hasnt been held under intellectual duress by Old George, he is the latest reincarnation of Mother Teresaspending what?...$20 million from his law firm on pro-bono defense losing its chairmanship as a partial result with his fellow partners taking cuts in their bonusesall because of his undying fealty to George Ryan? Anyone who knows Thompson understands thats not so.
And if you believe that there is no threat hanging over Big Jimbos head you are a naïf in Illinois politics, my friend. Either that or a slave to political correctness.
Fred Thompson is all-thumbs where it comes to presidential politics. Hes made an effort to capture social conservatives but comes out strongly against a constitutional amendment banning abortion. All of us pro-lifers know that passage of a constitutional amendment, given the state of the culture these days, is extremely unlikely. But you mean to tell me that a nation which seriously consideredand narrowly defeatedthe ERA would regard this propose amendment as outside the ball park? This leaves only two bona fide pro-lifers as serious contendersMitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Ron Paul is against adding a pro-life amendment.
Of the two, I pick Mitt. Hes my first choice anyhow.
Far be it from me to suggest the Republicans are a shoo-in to win the presidency againbut Ill tell you these things which I think are unassailably true:
o The Democrats have just about the weakest selection of candidates they have fielded since William G. McAdoo, Attorney General Mitchell Palmer and James M. Cox fought it out at the convention in 1920 i.e. Woodrow Wilsons son-in-law who was treasury secretary, his AG who was a Red-baiter and an Ohio newspaper publisher who had been governor. They picked Cox for the nomination. Todays Democrats have a former First Lady who has intolerably high negatives, running ahead of her Democratic competitors but with a lot of negatives in the general election a stripling, frosh senator who everybody seems to agree needs seasoning an ex-senator from North Carolina who is a filthy rich trial attorney but who keeps prattling about two nations rich and poor, playing the age-old class warfare card while living in a mansion and getting $700 haircuts a New Mexico governor who as UN ambassador tried to find a job for Monica Lewinsky to get her out of Washington and a space cadet (Kucinich) who actually saw a UFO. The only reason the Drive-By media dont picture them this way is that theyre hopelessly biased.
o National security is the odds-on favorite to be the central topic of the next election and only Hillary has a reasonable approach to it.
o The far-left Internet bloggers are the kiss of death for the Democrats because the party is forced to skew itself far left to try to appeal to them.
o The funny thing is: the country is ripe for change. It sorely wants a change. Its fed up with George W. Bush. But the Democrats dont give them a decent alternative. Thats a tragedy for this country because the Republicans are clearly wearying in governance. But until and unless the Left is driven out of the Democratic party, it appears there is no alternative.