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2008 Presidential Campaign


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Question: Who is your choice for President?
Hillary Clinton
Rudy Guiliani
Barack Obama
John Edwards
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul
Dennis Kucinich
Fred Thompson
John McCain
Bill Richardson
Joe Biden
Chris Dodd
Mike Huckabee
Tom Tancredo
Mike Gravel
Ralph Nader

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« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2008, 12:09:45 pm »









Balance It All Out


Where the candidates have come from, what positions they take on the issues, whom they listen to, and how they make decisions all matter. No one quality is the key to success. Take experience, for example. It's hard to imagine a President coming to the White House with a more stellar resumé than James Buchanan, who had been a Congressman, a Senator, an ambassador, and Secretary of State. But he failed miserably as President — passive in the face of a looming Civil War.   

Nor can a candidate who promises change necessarily achieve it.  Jimmy Carter came in after Watergate  promising "a government as good as the American people," but he ended up not having the political skill to deliver one. Experience, judgment, and competence all have to be weighed in equal measure.

And think hard before disqualifying a candidate for being a flip-flopper. Flip-flopping can be the most devastating criticism — and deservedly so, if the candidate shifts with the political winds. But history also is full of Presidents who changed their minds for the right reasons. The Louisiana Purchase was the kind of power-grab that ran against Thomas Jefferson's deepest principles, but he came to see it as a wise investment in America's future, and supporting it turned out to be one of the best Presidential decisions ever. Abe Lincoln promised the South that he wouldn't abolish slavery. Thank goodness he changed his mind.




Always Remember That Your Vote Counts


It's a cliché, but look at recent experiences. The 2000 election was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court when the official  count showed 537 votes in Florida separating Bush from Gore — a difference of less than one-tenth of one percent of the state's electorate. Flip fewer than 60,000 votes in Ohio, and John Kerry is President in 2004. Nixon would have won in 1960 with 5000 shifted votes in each of Illinois and South Carolina, and 12,000 in New Jersey.

Who knows if this year's contest will be a cliffhanger? What I do know is that 2008 is shaping up as one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history. More Americans will vote this year than ever before. I'm confident that we will prove Mencken wrong — one more time.





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