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Old 02-07-2008, 03:56 PM   #41
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That's not keeping me up at night... if they want to seize the reins and fix everything better than the Boomers have been doing, then they're welcome to it!
I am sure it looks a lot easier from the outside than trying to get stuff done once you are in Washington DC.

In my fantasy world, all Senators would have mandatory retirement at age 60, and the House could accept folks as young as 25..........

I don't think the Boomers, and World WarII vets have done terribly, but IMHO they are trying to delay making tough decisions until they die, and leave the problems to their successors...........
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In my fantasy world, all Senators would have mandatory retirement at age 60, and the House could accept folks as young as 25..........
25 already is the minimum age for the HOR...
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I am sure it looks a lot easier from the outside than trying to get stuff done once you are in Washington DC.

In my fantasy world, all Senators would have mandatory retirement at age 60, and the House could accept folks as young as 25..........

I don't think the Boomers, and World WarII vets have done terribly, but IMHO they are trying to delay making tough decisions until they die, and leave the problems to their successors...........
Boy... maybe I should look this up first.... Nah...

I did not think there was an age limit for the House or Senate.. just the prez... anyone knowledgeable?
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Seems to me that many people will be voting for McCain only because it will be a vote AGAINST the democrats. That usually doesn't work out very well for that candidate in the long run.
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Seems to me that many people will be voting for McCain only because it will be a vote AGAINST the democrats. That usually doesn't work out very well for that candidate in the long run.
Perhaps. I suspect that McCain would occcasion low turnout among the religious right.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:17 PM   #47
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McCain is terrible. i think he will be a horrible president. He won't be any better than bush. Im republican the only decent republican i can see is Ron Paul and democrat Obama
I also like Ron Paul the best of the Republicans because he keeps pointing out that everyone is dodging the really important issues.

I think that Hillary does her homework and has a good command of the details, but I don't like her husband at all.

I like Obama, but I worry a little that he is heavy on inspiration but maybe a bit light on the details.

I liked McCain until he bickered with Romney on the debate, but I could tolerate him if elected.

Yahoo had an article today about what each candidate's house was like. McCain has the largest at 4.5 million.

If the guy has never had a private job and spent his whole life serving the country in relatively low paying public service jobs how can he afford the 4.5M house?
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I see that McCain is probably going to be the Repub candidate and I'm trying to warm up to him, but I'm having a hard time. It didn't help when he came out today and said that we Repubs need to "settle down" and see if we can't resolve our differences...and I do have a lot of differences with him. The tone of his voice and the tone of his message seemed like he might have been scolding errant children. Very condescending and arrogant. That kind of attitude does nothing to motivate me to go to the ballot box.
That's exactly the same impression I had when I heard him speak. Like, "There now, don't you worry your pretty little head. I know what's best for you all"
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Yahoo had an article today about what each candidate's house was like. McCain has the largest at 4.5 million.

If the guy has never had a private job and spent his whole life serving the country in relatively low paying public service jobs how can he afford the 4.5M house?
His wife is very wealthy.
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His wife is very wealthy.
His first wife?
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No, his current wife, Cindy.
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I'm not with McCain on many important issues (immigration, the importance of free speech, etc) and I think he doesn't have the best temperament for the job. Still, I agree with his position on other issues (the wars, reducing the size of government) and he is an honorable man with useful experience in foreign policy. He'll need to pick good people to advise him on business/domestic economics, and he'd be smart to get some point papers out there now on these issues. Thompson's tax plan (which he lifted from a Republican legislative working group) was good and not very controversial, he should steal that. He was not my first choice, but like many others I'll pull the lever in his favor rather than risk the alternative..

I don't know if McCain really needs to motivate conservatives. The Democratic nominee will perform that function.

And, now that it's obvious nothing will be done to stem illegal immigration regardless of which party wins, I'm going to open a menudo stand in Ohio and wait for the rush of customers.
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I'm not at all sure I understand this problem of McCain's degree of appeal to conservatives. Since it is all but certain that he will be the Republican nominee, who else would conservatives vote for? He will certainly be more conservative than either Democratic nominee will be. If conservatives follow through with their supposed threat to boycott McCain, then they are effectively throwing their support to the very Democratic nominee that they think is even worse than McCain. That doesn't get them anything they want. I don't see how there's any need for McCain to be any more conservative than he is.
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2 years ago, even before anyone was even in the race, I said in this post that McCain would be the nominee for the R's with Romney as a VP contender.

McCain needs a strong conservative choice for VP. Romney would still be a good choice, although Gingrich is another heavy favorite among conservatives and would also make a good VP for McCain, as I also stated in that same post.
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I'm impressed with your prognostication.

But I still don't understand the need for a conservative (let alone strong conservative) VP choice. It's a certaintly that McCain will be the most conservative candidate in the ultimate election. Why any need for additional conservativism on the ticket? Wouldn't he be better off with a VP who can appeal to a different voting block? Unless something surprising happens, McCain will have the conservative position all to himself.
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It's a certaintly that McCain will be the most conservative candidate in the ultimate election.
Of all candidates or do you just mean between the republican and democrat candidates?
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No, I just meant the mainstream candidates, which in most situations will be the Republicans and Democrats. If there was a threat of a conservative third party candidate that might siphon votes away from McCain, but almost certainly would insure that the Democrats win the election, so it's an unlikely strategy for success.
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2 years ago, even before anyone was even in the race, I said in this post that McCain would be the nominee for the R's with Romney as a VP contender.

McCain needs a strong conservative choice for VP. Romney would still be a good choice, although Gingrich is another heavy favorite among conservatives and would also make a good VP for McCain, as I also stated in that same post.

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But..... you are also like the financial advisor who recommends two stocks.. one wins, one tanks.. and you point to the winner... what happened to:

"For the D's: *Gore-Biden (I think that's all they have anyway)."

Neither one even got in the race....



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I'm impressed with your prognostication.

But I still don't understand the need for a conservative (let alone strong conservative) VP choice. It's a certaintly that McCain will be the most conservative candidate in the ultimate election. Why any need for additional conservativism on the ticket? Wouldn't he be better off with a VP who can appeal to a different voting block? Unless something surprising happens, McCain will have the conservative position all to himself.
Makes sense, except McCain is not a conservative, more of a moderate Independent........
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Conservatives will back him

because they can't stand a parade without getting out in front of it. Then when he loses, they will repudiate him as a lost cause. McCain is very conservative, but a classic Goldwater style conservative, not a radical Limbaugh style conservative.
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