November 05, 2008

As I Get Ready for the Policy Fights,

and for the struggle to re-build a Small Government coalition; re-work campaign-finance guidelines, and buttress the security/integrity of our polling procedures, I must pause and say that a part of me is gleeful that the "racial barrier" has been broken WRT the Presidency.

This wasn't quite what I had in mind, of course: I wanted someone who looks and sounds like Morgan Freeman, and thinks like Thomas Sowell. I'm sure most of you recall that I tried hard to draft Condi Rice, before she made it utterly clear that she had zero interest in the job (and before A the H and I began arguing whether it was she, or G.W. Bush, who was more responsible for the flaws in our foreign policy lately).

Yeah: Larry Elder, "the Sage from South Central," had to spell it out for me—"no Condi, get used to it"—when I interviewed him two years ago at the Liberty Film Festival. Elder was right. And I know we'd need a crowbar to pry Sowell out of academia, where his approach to economics and his passion for scholarship are desperately needed.

But on a certain level it's still cool to have a black President. Can we have V.F. Blanchard next time? Or, perhaps, the first choice of Desert Cat's wife, Alfonzo "Zo" Rachel of Macho Sauce Productions?

Posted by Attila Girl at November 5, 2008 10:24 AM | TrackBack

The racial barrier that needs to be broken is the one that keeps blacks in the Democratic Party.

Posted by: John at November 5, 2008 03:06 PM

They are leaving in droves, and it's approaching critical mass. Once Big O starts breaking his explicit promises, along with the delusional ones people inferred, the migration may gain momentum . . .

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 5, 2008 04:16 PM

So far, Hamas has drafted a letter of congratulations to Obama, Russia is aiming missiles at Poland, Iran and Venezuela are ecstatic, and Iran has also warned us that our choppers had better not fly too close to their border. We are off to a heck of a start for one day since the debacle! Apparently our enemies are quicker on the uptake than the American people are.

Posted by: Deep Black at November 5, 2008 05:13 PM

I nominate Kevin Carnes!

Posted by: Mike at November 5, 2008 08:53 PM

He may surprise us--particularly if he wants two terms. There is no way around it: he must either Carter it and be out in four years, or Clinton his way to the center in hopes of bagging a second term.

Meanwhile, we organize around libertarian, free-market principles, and support the fresh talent we have (Jindal, Palin, etc.).

There are going to be a lot of disillusioned Obama supporters in 2-4 years, and if we can present coherent plans that adhere to our principles, we should be in good shape for the ideological counterassault.

In the meantime, this guy is our CIC. "You salute the rank; not the man."

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 5, 2008 11:27 PM

The Achilles' Heel of Democrats since at least 1968 has been foreign policy. Granted, the Republicans haven't always been champs, but not even Bush's handling of Iraq beats out Carter's handling of Iran for sheer incompetence.

Posted by: John at November 6, 2008 04:50 AM

Not even close. Bush stumbled a little, but he got the job done. And he didn't, a la LBJ, try to fight a war without really fighting it--when we needed to turn up the heat, he listened to advice and did it.

So we won. None of his mistakes can take that away.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 6, 2008 02:50 PM

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