The McCain/Palin Administration – Not!

Searcher Sarah Palin started calling it the "McCain/Palin Administration" immediately after her coronation at the Republican convention.  Most of us "inside the beltway" creatures knew right away that this was a bad thing.  For the vice-presidential nominee of any party to claim that he or she will exercize executive power during the administration of the presidential nominee is an act of unconstitutional bravado unsupported by history or law.

"W" gave Cheney delegated power, power based not in law but in his own willingness to sign over function and authority.  It should be understood that "W" could have delegated the same authority to "Joe" Wirzelbacher (or whatever his name is).  So long as he was a citizen, the same powers that "W" gave Cheney could have been "loaned" to "Joe."  The point is that the "loan" of powers by Bush to Cheney was a personal matter, and the loan does not endow future vice-presidents with similar or indeed any powers or functions other than to succeed to the presidency and to act as the president of the senate.  Former vice-presidents have not claimed that the presidency of the senate involved anything other than an occasional appearance in the chamber and the casting of tie breaking votes.  Sarah Palin’s apparent belief that she could inject herself into the business of the senate seems to be unprecedented.  It would have been interesting to watch.

Alas, it will not be.

After watching the developing dynamic of the election state by state, I have come to think that this election will be a landslide of historic proportion.  This is a "perfect storm" for the Republicans.  There are many cyclones that have produced this typhoon; revulsion against the proto-fascism of the neocons, the muddle that is the Bush Administration, "Darth" Cheney and his henchmen, the two wars, the failure to capture bin Laden, the stock market crash, the rumors of a coming depression/recession, etc.  Add some more disasters to the list if you like.  There are many possibilities.

It looked for months as though the deep seated racism of many Americans might be enough to hold back the wind, but that ancient sin and defect has not proven to be effective this time. 

Obama will be president.   The Democrats will hold both houses of Congress so strongly that they will be tempted to govern unwisely, pushing the country farther to the left than its nature will allow.

McCain will be finished.  Perhaps he can find some peace in that.  Palin will become queen of the Northwest and prophetess of the Evangelicals.  Unfortunately for her, there are not enough votes in that base to elect her president.

We will see what the new adminsitration will be like.

It would be a good thing to have a government made up of human beings.  pl

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38 Responses to The McCain/Palin Administration – Not!

  1. Josh says:

    Why would any human being ever want to be in government?

  2. J says:

    McCain sunk his aspiration with his Palin pick, almost as bad as if he would have picked his first choice which was Lieberman, but when McCain saw how much loathing there was against Lieberman, McCain looked elsewhere.
    Palin is sinking McCain’s boat:\ACQDJON200810231008DOWJONESDJONLINE000724.htm&&mypage=newsheadlines&title=Sarah%20Palin%20Dragging%20Down%20Republican%20Ticket%20-%20Polls
    Sarah Palin Dragging Down Republican Ticket – Polls

  3. Well you could be right and hope you are but with a system whereby 50 individual states each with their own voting system elects the President (a justification by the way to federalize the vote by making the popular vote winner the WINNER) we really may have a quite long drawn out process. In my judgement the rationale used by SCOTUS in reaching its result in the Presidential election of 2000 opened the doors to more court litigation, not less, of elections, including federal, state, and local. Interesting that Congress left the decision unexamined in detail even by oversight hearings. Also even more interesting is the almost total failure of Constitutional and legal scholars, not always the same, for not providing expert analysis of the rationale, and not just the result, in detail is a grossly negligent act of the first order. Now that non-feasance may really come back to haunt the system since very few legal specialists are fully immersed in election law intricacies. Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

  4. Curious says:

    with the way things are going. The financial armageddon will happen before January handover. Reality on the ground has moved on and pricing in election concerns.
    Pakistan and Argentina are defaulting. We’ll see how far it will spread. But latin america definitely looks shaky now.
    Pakistan implosion is a done deal. Just have to figure out how many people will die in the process. Since nobody has fixed the clown show in Afghanistan conflict. It now takes care of itself.
    Company Bond Risk Surges to Record on Argentina, Pakistan Default Concern

  5. Palin *might* become queen of Alaska but she will *NOT* become “Queen of the Northwest.” Northwest would include Washington State and Oregon. I doubt those folks are having any of her. Like California, those states are split along a line running north-south, so that the eastern sections may very well be more Palin-friendly. But the power, the money and the population lie on the staunchly blue coasts with their diverse and creative cities: Seattle, Portland, other smaller places.
    Nope, the Northwest won’t claim Palin, either. I think by the time this year is over, she’ll be glad if Wasilla takes her back. I am going to pray for her right now.

  6. Andy says:

    Yes, I’m going to change my earlier assessment about a close election and say it will be an electoral blowout with a popular vote spread of about 5 percentage points. I think your analogy to a “perfect storm” is apt. McCain perhaps had a better chance than any other GoP candidate to survive such a storm, but it will probably not be enough.
    I also agree about the worry of full party control of the government, especially since it looks as if they have a decent shot at getting enough seats to prevent Senate filibusters. The Democrats, out of power for so long, will, I believe, take too much advantage of this situation and will pay a price for that down the road.
    So, in the end, I think either a McCain or Obama presidency will not be good for the US long-term, but in different ways and for different reasons. Still, it will be interesting to see how the most liberal President since Carter will govern. Interesting times are ahead of us I think.

  7. Avi says:

    Hey, I’m an Oregonian. Less of the “Queen of the Northwest” stuff, if you please.
    While there are valid reasons for clubbing WA, OR and ID together, AK is not exactly akin to the other three. (OR and WA are fairly reliably Democratic as a whole, though there is a lot of cross-voting in down-ballot races). Alaska votes Republican by fairly ridiculous margins.
    Not to mention the fact that the Governor of the only oil-subsidized state in the US was hardly known in OR before her selection as VP. Also,the proportion of evangelicals is pretty low in OR and WA, comparatively speaking.
    Less stereotyping, please: Queen of the Ice (or Moose; or Alaska), yes: NW, no.

  8. Pudentilla says:

    “The Democrats will hold both houses of Congress so strongly that they will be tempted to govern unwisely, pushing the country farther to the left than its nature will allow.”
    A lot of the Democrats who will be elected will be “Blue Dogs.” They will happily join what’s left of the Republicans (who will be even further to the right) in blocking any administration proposal. For example, the cries of “pay-go!” and “balance the budget” will rise from the depths after a seeming century of silence under Republican rule.
    From the point of view of this hippy-dippy liberal, the push “to the left” will be almost imperceptible – surely less than the country needs.

  9. Ormolov says:

    I too am beginning to think we might actually see the repudiation of the bankrupt Republicans which they so richly deserve. But I’m still not certain…
    I don’t live in a swing state but you do. Two days ago, after reading of cases of voter fraud in West Virginia and Tennessee, I swore to myself I was going to fly across country to Virginia and make sure your crucial swing state wasn’t victimized by voter suppression tactics. Driving a bus full of college students to polling places was what I had in mind.
    Now I’m sure your first reaction to such out-of-state gestures could be that the Commonwealth doesn’t need any damn West Coast agitators to show them how to vote, but perhaps I’m wrong. On a local level (and keeping in mind that you live in ‘Northern Virginia,’ not ‘REAL Virginia,’ as Nancy Pfotenhauer sniffed through her nose-job), could you as an election observer tell us what things look like on the ground there?
    If Obama wins Virginia he almost certainly wins the election. Virginia or Ohio. He may take both. But for those of us staying up at nights in a cold sweat, whose votes don’t count for anything because our states are already locked up, could you let us know if anything could or should be done at this late stage?
    To address the main theme of this post: Sarah Palin may have whatever ass-backwards ideas about the Vice Presidency, but in a McCain Administration, does anyone think that McCain would voluntarily give up the same powers that GWB did? McCain, for all his many flaws, is still a much stronger leader than George Bush. And Palin, as odious as she is, can’t even conceive of Cheney’s power plays.

  10. Steve says:

    I’m 57 and have never seen electoral dynamics like these. After the republican convention, I felt that Obama would likely win the popular vote by 2-3 points, and have perhaps a 20 vote margin in the electoral college.
    However, the tideswell for Obama these past two weeks seems unprecedented. And I think it cannot all be attributed to the collapse of the financial markets. I have a good feeling that the electorate is venting its absolute disgust at these past 8 years.
    A good, wise repudiation. It gives me some faith in democracy–again.

  11. Charles I says:

    “The Democrats will hold both houses of Congress so strongly that they will be tempted to govern unwisely, pushing the country farther to the left than its nature will allow.’
    Maybe so, Pat, you seem quite fixed on this prospect, perhaps with the present example in mind.
    Given how far to the lawless right the political pendulum has been VIGOUROUSLY, ASSIDUOUSLY PUSHED TO THE RIGHT SEVERAL DECADES NOW, the laws of nature and political physics mean the pendulum will swing back as far as the energy accumulated in its current hyper-polarized trajectory provides. How could it be otherwise?
    The country’s nature can be pushed to lawless warmongering and installation of a plutocracy of profits that socializes losses, yet it may survive. The Democrats may be “tempted to govern unwisely”. Compared to what has been permitted, that sounds like the risk of a cold compared to the present cancer.

  12. kao-hsien-chih says:

    I think the real danger is that the Democrats will be tempted to govern so unwisely that Palin might stand a realistic shot at presidency in 2012. It seems improbable today and one should hope it doesn’t happen–at least given what we know at the moment–but that Palin will be out of political picture in the future is not something we can take for granted.

  13. UNLESS … unless they do in the swing states what they did in Florida in 2000. Link:
    Unthinkable? Think again.

  14. Patrick Lang says:

    Yes. You are right. “We don’t want no outside agitators here.”
    The funny thing about the drivel about real and unreal Virginians is that there is really a lot less difference of that sort than the political pundits would like to believe. People like Matthews and Chuck Todd rarely get more than ten miles from the Potomac River and do not understand the amount of self-selection that takes place in new people in the Washington metro area itself. In general, people who choose to live in northern Virginia as opposed to Maryland or the district are opting to live in places where the judicial and electoral systems are quite different from those in the terra incognita across the river. There are many examples of difference. Gun control would be one. We have virtually none in northern Virginia. Those not comfortable here tend to move over there. People tend to think that this is an area inhabited by transients. That is actually much less true in core areas like Alexandria than some would like to believe. The non-transient population in the city of Alexandria is certainly the majority in a city still dominated by th descendants of its 18th Century founders.
    My wife was an election official here for many years. We know the electoral system extremely well. This state is about as tamper proof as any place you will find. The attitide here is one of a fiercely participatory citizenry that guards Jeffersonian tradition vigilantly. Nobody is going to steal the election here. Churchy nuttyness? Take note of the fact that neither Robertson nor the late Falwell ever succeeded in having one of their sponsorees elected to a statewide office.
    The rest of the commonwealth is not much different.
    Obama and the Democrats will run well across the state this year. They will not be in the majority everywhere but they will run well. This does not mean that the state has turned blue. It means that the Democrats will run well this year. pl

  15. Fred says:

    We like small town mayors here in Michigan. I even told our village president all we need to do is follow Sarah’s example and hire a Washington lobbyist to get us $20MM in earmarks! Of course in Detroit they are now in awe; $150,000 in clothes- in two weeks – that’s more bling than Kwame Kilpatrick managed in a couple of years!
    All that spending also explains the double digit Obama lead in a state that went for McCain in 2000. Yes, the evangelicals, or more accurately the fundamentalists, love her. She will be on the ‘I’m a victim of liberal democrats and the mainstream media’ fundraising tour for a long time to come.

  16. Dave of Maryland says:

    Obama gets the vote, but vote-rigging denies him the victory. Karl Rove is working this election, just as he’s worked the last two. He likes challenges. He made Kerry out to be a coward, and that was a challenge. Stealing the vote outright is in his grasp. He will not be able to resist.
    Unless…. unless…. there are other hands rigging the vote, in addition Rove’s. Of this there have been hints. In any event, get set for a long, wild ride on Election night.

  17. alnval says:

    Col. Lang:
    Way to go!
    Having people who want to vote for you is one thing. Allowing them to actually do so can be another. It was Florida in ’00, Ohio in ’04 and God knows how many states it will be in ’08. The Roveians are not done perverting the system. Obama has every reason to be concerned about complacency.
    Examples: The voting machines are still a problem. Look at the long lines of early voters in Florida – reports are that they cut off the line at 3:00pm because it’s a 3 to 5 hour wait to vote. When they work, the Florida machines are supposed to produce both the ballots and the paper receipts. (Diebold again!)
    There are reports of problems with the touch screens in West Virginia and Tennessee. When the prospective voter touches the screen for the candidate of their choice, the screen flips to the other candidate. Fortunately the ‘flipping’ appears to be bipartisan but that doesn’t help if you expect 2 Democratic votes for every one Republican.
    Purging of new voters has become a successful way of life in Colorado and despite the SCOTUS ruling overturning the en banc decision of the Appellate Court requiring the Ohio Secretary of State to ensure that new voter registrations match up with existing federal data bases (the tactic used in Colorado); the Ohio Republicans are not done. The list goes on.
    McCain done? I don’t think so. The social/religious conservatives will successfully charge him as the sole agent responsible for their failure. The charge will stick because no other Republicans will come to his support. He is not well liked by the other half of the party. It’s easy to believe that he might also be charged with being an agent of the Devil but you never know.
    The social/religious folks are already lining up to support Palin in 2012. Get used to her. She is not going to go away unless Alaska convicts her of something. Although some voters have clearly gotten over the ‘tingle’ she produces, the Vigueries, Schlaflys and Dobsons of the world have not.
    It will be interesting to see what comes of the proposal for a Conservative Convention

  18. RBM says:

    It would be a good thing to have a government made up of human beings.
    Kind of like Mike and the jewish ladies in the following excerpt from ?
    Politico’s Ben Smith:
    Upon arriving at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati to vote early today I happened upon some friends of my mother’s —three small, elderly Jewish women. They were quite upset as they were being refused admitance to the polling location due to their Obama T- Shirts, hats and buttons. Apparently you cannot wear Obama/McCain gear into polling locations here in Ohio…. They were practically on the verge of tears.
    After a minute or two of this a huge man (6’5″, 300 lbs easy) wearing a Dale Earnhardt jacket and Bengal’s baseball cap left the voting line, came up to us and introduced himself as Mike. He told us he had overheard our conversation and asked if the ladies would like to borrow his jacket to put over their t-shirts so they could go in and vote. The ladies quickly agreed. As long as I live I will never forget the image of these 80-plus-year-old Jewish ladies walking into the
    polling location wearing a huge Dale Earnhardt racing jacket that came
    over their hands and down to their knees!
    Mike patiently waited for each woman to cast their vote, accepted their many thanks and then got back in line (I saved him a place while he was helping out the ladies). When Mike got back in line I asked him if he was an Obama supporter. He said that he was not, but that he couldn’t stand to see those ladies so upset. I thanked him for being a gentleman in a time of bitter partisanship and wished him well.
    After I voted I walked out to the street to find my mother’s friends surrouding our new friend Mike — they were laughing and having a great time. I joined them and soon learned that Mike had changed his mind in the polling booth and ended up voting for Obama. When I asked him why he changed his mind at the last minute, he explained that while he was waiting for his jacket he got into a conversation with one of the ladies who had explained how the Jewish community, and she, had worked side by side with the black community during the civil rights movements of the ’60s, and that this vote was the culmination of those personal and community efforts so many years ago. That this election
    for her was more than just a vote … but a chance at history.
    Mike looked at me and said, “Obama’s going to win, and I didn’t want to tell my grandchildren some day that I had an opportunity to vote for the first black president, but I missed my chance at history and voted for the other guy.”

  19. Will says:

    As Carville was quoted on MSNBC, the GOP has not won an election since 1928 on a ticket w/o a NIXON or a BUSH!!!!!!
    The election is already on w/ early voting. And the newly registered voters are making it to the polls.
    when i ran for office, i learned it was more productive to register a new voter than to argue w/ a recalcitrant. And then the job wasn’t complete until they voted. The ones that vote early are a blessing b/c they can be crossed off the list so you can concentrate on others .
    Zogby,whorecently mirrored the Col. and thought that Obama had not yet closed the sale, now again mirrors the Col. and sees a potentiallandslide.
    Politico site says as Wake Co. NC and a certain county in NV, so goes the country. From early voting it appears Wake County is Obama country.
    It has been a while since we visited the presidential temperament Briggs Myerson theory/ Keirsy theory.
    From a site analyzingpast elections
    Guardian Supervisor
    Artisan Performer
    Artisan Performer
    Guardian Protector
    Artisan Performer
    Artisan Performer
    Artisan Promoter
    Artisan Promoter
    the artisan always beats the guardian or rational.
    Slate recently pegged Obama as an Idealist.Dead Wrong. He is a rationalist with a strong pragmaticstreak, a catalyst/idealist w/ strong diplomatic intelligence and quite an artisan as shown by soaring rhetoric.
    Briefly, he is quite a bag.

  20. David W. says:

    After the dirty tricks of 2000 and 2004, I am not resting easy at all right now, and hope that Obama’s lead in the polls doesn’t encourage people to stay at home, because they think it’s in the bag.
    We are seeing the vestiges of Karl Rove’s ‘permanent Republican majority’ strategy in action, which involved politicizing the DOJ, US Attorneys, and state voting operation. A lesser gem amongst the many Orwellian laws passed by bush was the ‘Help America Vote’ Act, which was essentially a Trojan Horse for Rove’s tactics. Fortunately, citizen outrage has forced the retreat of Diebold, Sequoia, etc. by showing how easily their machines can be hacked. Elsewhere, judges are striking down Republican efforts to disenfranchise voters, such as the recent denial of the Wisconsin US Attorney (and McCain state chair) to remove voters from the rolls.
    As noted by William Cummings above, there appears to be a willing amnesia on both sides about 2000, and I think this unwillingness to look back is something the Rs bank on when they pull their tricks. Of course, they tend to mistake justice delayed as getting away with it, as we are finally seeing some convictions in the NH phone jamming scandal, but obstruction on the fact that it has been directly connected to the White House.
    That said, I think the conventional wisdom about vote tampering is that it is only effective in the margins, when there is a close race such as 2000 and 2004, and a gap like we are seeing now is likely to be insurmountable via tampering. Mostly, i’m pleased tonight to hear Col. Lang’s endorsement of VA’s voting verity.

  21. Carol says:

    Palin will be lucky if she can become queen of Wasilla. Please don’t use such a broad brush with the NW.

  22. Curious says:

    Asian stock crashed, and eastern european countries are now near defaulting. (The real global financial crisis is about to hit. nevermind few chump change in wall street.)
    That $2.5Trillion bail out is all gone now.
    This is about to turn from deep recession to a depression.

  23. charlottemom says:

    Col, yes, this is shaping up to be an Obama landslide. Take Obama’s overwhelming election mandate to the next step, and wonder if it will usher in a political, economic and/or social movement or reawakening. His election comes at a time of economic crisis and a reevaluation of America’s political power and wonder what shape and scope this movement will take – it is being written now.

  24. JohnS says:

    The Democrats will hold both houses of Congress so strongly that they will be tempted to govern unwisely, pushing the country farther to the left than its nature will allow.
    Assuming Obama wins, I doubt that we will see much of that, or even anything approaching, that until well into a second term. He’ll have his hands tied up with three all-consuming issues; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economy/recession/mortage mess, (Then there is always the unforseen). To try to do much more than that will really be a mistake — that would be overreaching, though not in an ideological sense. It would muddle his first term, and result in failure.
    Once those issues are resolves, healthcare looms. A chunk of of the second term will be consumed by crafting and passing legislation redifining government’s role in providing/ensuring universal health care in the USA. Passing a good plan would do for Obama and the Dems what Social Security did for FDR and Co, ensure Dem majority status for at least a generation. (That’s why the GOP and their allies in the insurance industry will fight this tooth and nail). As far as over-reaching to the left goes, at least on this issue anyway, I suspect we Americas are much closer to the Europeans than the CW allows. After all, we just witnessed the big bailout where circumstances trumped free market ideology with barely a whimper from the Lawrence Kudlows among us! That now makes single-payer a distinct possibility IMO.
    I do think we’ll see lots of smaller scale efforts in the Congress to do things like amend the bankruptcy bill, pass net neutrality, etc that are liberal AND popular.

  25. VietnamVet says:

    AIG, one company, has gone through $123 billion dollars as of today with no end in sight. Foreclosed $300,000 townhomes in Prince William County are being bought by doctors and dentists for $47,000 as rental properties. There is not enough money to buy the toxic credit default swaps. A hundred trillion dollars has to be wiped off the books.
    If nothing else, the financial crisis gives Barrack Obama a good chance to be President. If the voters realize how dangerous the financial situation is and acknowledge how much money they have lost in pension and home equity value, the Democrats will have a landslide victory.
    The dialectic contradictions arise when the next President realizes that the American Empire is gone and there is only enough money available to keep American from breaking apart and to keep the sea lanes free of pirates. Yet, the Crusades continue unabated in the Middle East and the drumbeats to attack Iran continue to pound loudly.

  26. J says:

    In many ways we’re in deep kimche with Obama, as his ‘advisors’ are pushing the same ‘stichk’ regarding Iran that the same figurines pushed in the run up to the Iraq war, stichk that was/is lies. One is a former U.S. Senator and once-upon-a-mule son-in-law to a prez – Chuck Robb, and a once-upon-a-mule Ambassador wennie Dan Coates. The same tag-team action we saw from McCain and Lieberman back in 02.
    Obama needs to rid himself of the WINEP crowd, and surround himself with America-firsters instead of foreign lobbyist like Dennis Ross and the AIPAC/AEI/WINEP affilated wonks that are nothing more than store-fronts for the Israeli govt..

  27. ISL says:

    I predict that the ability of Obama to push the country anywhere will be highly tempered by the efforts to push the country by our creditors, thanks to the overextended position the country is now in. In other words, Argentina could not alter their society in whatever way they democratically would have liked whilst under the IMF thumb. Swap Argentina for the US, IMF and China (&/or Germany).

  28. Nevadan says:

    “Sarah Palin started calling it the “McCain/Palin Administration” immediately after her coronation at the Republican convention.”
    Within 24 hours, she referred to it as the Palin/McCain Administration. It’s happened a few more times and says a great deal.
    She is the #1 reason I could not consider voting for McCain. He sold out to the fundamentalist right in order to realize his long held dream. In doing so, he compromised his own beliefs. If it can happen that easily, I don’t want him leading “my” country.
    I may owe him respect and gratitude, but not the keys to the nation.
    Just an opinion, but it counts…at least to me.

  29. rjj says:

    Why do people assume Karl Rove does not want Obama elected?

  30. Curious says:

    I predict that the ability of Obama to push the country anywhere will be highly tempered by the efforts to push the country by our creditors, thanks to the overextended position the country is now in. In other words, Argentina could not alter their society in whatever way they democratically would have liked whilst under the IMF thumb. Swap Argentina for the US, IMF and China (&/or Germany).
    Posted by: ISL | 24 October 2008 at 12:26 PM
    This is really scary. $2.5Trillion global bailout are gone and things are cascading into bigger problem.
    No. I don’t think even Obama using US financial resources will be able to handle this.
    We are now back at the brink again. But instead of banking, now it’s ‘states’. and few bankrupt states will bring down the entire global banking.
    If I were policy maker, I would look into those credit swap and start nullifying it. because a lot of those are hedges and bet on the death of a lot of currency exchange on relatively huge economy. (korea, Argentina, Russia, Indonesia) Entire eastern europe is gone. (Poland, Ukraine, baltic, etc)
    These hedge funds should be terminated now, or it will kill the entire globe.
    in a few weeks there will be nothing for Obama to run his administration on.

  31. pbrownlee says:

    Perhaps we are witnessing one of those tipping point moments — perhaps what Churchill had in mind when he allegedly said/wrote (reference??) “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else”.

  32. Clifford Kiracofe says:

    1. Data indicating landslide:
    “INDIANAPOLIS — A series of new polls released Thursday found a bleak outlook for John McCain, even in traditionally Republican states, and a potential landslide victory for Democrat Barack Obama on Nov. 4….
    “Senator Obama is no longer the candidate of the young, the well-educated and minorities. He is now virtually the candidate of the ‘all,'” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which conducted one of the polls. “He is winning among all age groups in all three states. He wins women by more than 20 points in Ohio and Pennsylvania and is competitive among men in all three states. Whether voters went to college or not, they are voting for him.
    “If these numbers hold up, he could win the biggest Democratic landslide since Lyndon Johnson in 1964,” Brown said.
    2. Republican Party melt down:
    “With despair rising even among many of John McCain’s own advisers, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering — much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.”
    3. So will the Republican Party, after the Election, purge itself of the Neocons and Fundamentalists and get back to something along the sensible Main Street lines of Eisenhower?

  33. Matthew says:

    In particular, maybe we will have a government that does America’s will, not God’s. We seem to be quite imcompetent in His affairs.

  34. Curious says:

    Well, is not like anybody hasn’t seen this coming. The two have no chemistry and can’t relate to each other.
    With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.
    Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue” recently, while a Palin associate says she is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a mishandled roll-out that damaged her.
    McCain sources point to several incidents where Palin has gone off message, and privately wonder if they were deliberate. For example: labeling robo calls “irritating,” even as the campaign was defending the use of them and telling reporters she disagreed with the campaigns controversial decision to pull out of Michigan.
    A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.
    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

  35. Clifford Kiracofe says:

    “In America’s conservative heartland the talk now is not just of a win for Obama. With the Democrats poised for gains in the Senate and the House, moderate Republicans fear a wipeout that would leave their party in the grip of evangelicals increasingly out of touch with the public. Could the country be on the brink of change as deep as that ushered in by Reagan…”

  36. Cieran says:

    Dr. Kiracofe:
    …moderate Republicans fear a wipeout that would leave their party in the grip of evangelicals increasingly out of touch with the public.
    Guess they should have thought about that before they made their deal with the devil (literally and figuratively).

  37. Why would any human being ever want to be in government?:
    This is actually a profoundly dangerous statement. Government is a necessary feature of any society more complex than a hunter-gatherer band. The only other choice is anarchy. Irrational aversion and hatred of government is as bad as excessive love of government, either formula can only lead to tyranny or anarchy (producing tyranny).
    It seems to me that there is excessive disgust in the US over government because there is excessive idealisation of, oddly, government. Government is made up of the foibles of actual human beings, not the platonic ideals of textbooks and philosophers. As such, it is as much the trade-off of favours among members of the “tribe” (the nation) in the ancient biological tradition of primate bands, as it is some manifestation of an intellectual ideal.
    To expect government to be more than that is to expect ideals to have come to life, and more than any human can deliver. Dangerous idealisation also has a tendency to lead to dangerous disallusionment and into extremist visions like Communism of Fascism. It strikes me that the US is closer to sliding into such thinking than may would care to admit – and the Col.’s note earlier about military men putting the President as King is indeed a dangerous sign.

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