Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ironies

Politics makes for famously strange bedfellows, and watching this year's presidential race unfold has given rise to what seems to me a larger than average number of ironies. A few of my favorites are:
  1. Uber-feminists describing why a woman who governs America's largest state is unqualified to be vice-president, while a man whose longest term at a full-time job will be when he finishes his first term as president is the most eminently qualified individual since George Washington.
  2. The man who ran with Al Gore eight years ago (Sen. Lieberman) explaining last night why the Republican ticket is worth supporting, but the Democratic one is not.
  3. The HISTORIC, UNIQUE, AMAZING Sen. Obama, who represents a supposedly "new kind of politics" nominated as his running mate a man who started serving as a Democratic Senator when Obama was 11 years old.

2 comments:

Eric M said...

Mr. Horn, you can do better than that!

1) ... America's largest state

By square miles. Last I checked, politicians should represent PEOPLE, not land.

... while a man whose longest term at a full-time job will be when he finishes his first term as president

This just isn't true - Obama was an Illinois State Senator for 7 years, and a professor for 12 years. Last I checked you can't be a President for 12 years anymore.

2) The man who ran with Al Gore eight years ago (Sen. Lieberman)

... who's so well respected by the Republican nominee that he's overlooked for a candidate with less than 1/4 his experience ...

3) The HISTORIC, UNIQUE, AMAZING Sen. Obama, who represents a supposedly "new kind of politics" nominated as his running mate a man who started serving as a Democratic Senator when Obama was 11 years old.

... You really believe that Palin is a better VP than Biden? My mom, who is normally a one-issue (she's ardently pro-life) voter was all for McCain until he picked Palin, and my mom even went to the same college (well, one of Palin's seven college's) as Palin.

The Bullhorn said...

Eric,

The conversation with you is stimulating, as always. What I'm saying is that, 1) of the 4 candidates on the major party tickets, the only one who has actually governed anything larger than a campaign is Gov. Palin; 2)Biden's record, such as it is, consists of being wrong on virtually every major foreign policy issue of the last 30 years; and 3) That Mr. Obama, nice as he is, and gifted as he no doubt is, has a thin record on which to run and that he is at the TOP, not the bottom, of the ticket; 4)Vice President is a job with minimal consitutional responsibilities, for which a successful state executive can be easily qualified. What sayest thou, my friend?