My favorite guru on things requiring political analysis may be slumming a bit in this article aiding the Daily News to be more profitable……..but we all have our down moments. Sometimes we regret them for days after the deed. But not Mr. Krauthammer. He’s too skilled a thinker and therefore too skilled a writer.
I seek Krauthammer words regardless of their pronunciations and/or moods. He has a special sense of humor……bright, quick, trustful…and conservative…
Last evening on Fox news he reported he got a call from Donald Trump that very day. Charles has been negative about the Trump maybe, maybe not stump in the Republican race for the nomination to battle Obamanation. Trump was polite, sensible, reasonable, mature and as sharp as ever…..(my words except for the ‘polite’)………only because I can’t remember the Krauthammer version of them.
(Much later I happened to find a video of the Fox News Charles Krauthammer review of the above event below:)
Even if I can’t see Krauthammer’s maps of face matching his wisdom which of course is a benefit of watching television, this hero’s choice of words and how they are placed in his art pieces called sentences are far better for learning with joy than from any other venue in town or country. Even without his facial contours, they rank as runner up as can be read in this Daily News composition whether one agrees with him or not.
Krauthammer confessed to the maybe-candidate that he had written another Trump-blast for today’s world readership, but did not identify the vehicle of communication. Let’s see what one of my favorite Americans writes about in this article in the foreign, “Daily News.”
Krauthammer writes: “Unified Field Theory of 2012, Axiom One: The more the Republicans can make the 2012 election like 2010, the better their chances of winning.
The 2010 Democratic shellacking had the distinction of being the most ideological election in 30 years. It was driven by one central argument in its several parts: the size and reach of government, spending and debt and, most fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract. The 2010 election was a referendum on President Obama‘s experiment in hyper-liberalism. It lost resoundingly.
Of course, presidential elections are not arguments in the abstract but arguments with a face. Hence, Axiom Two: The less attention the Republican candidate draws to him/herself, the better the chances of winning. To the extent that 2012 is about ideas, about the case for smaller government, Republicans have a decided edge. If it’s a referendum on the fitness and soundness of the Republican candidate – advantage Obama.
Which suggests Axiom Three: No baggage and no need for flash. Having tried charisma in 2008, the electorate is not looking for a thrill up the leg in 2012. It’s looking for solid, stable, sober and, above all, not scary.
Given these Euclidean truths, here’s the early line. (Remember: This is analysis, not advocacy.)
Michele Bachmann: Tea Party favorite. Appeals to Palinites. Could do well in Iowa. Hard to see how she makes her way through the rest of the primaries. A strong showing in debates and a respectable finish would increase her stature for 2016. But for now: 20-1 to win the nomination.
Donald Trump: He’s not a candidate, he’s a spectacle. He’s also not a conservative. With a wink and a smile, Muhammad Ali showed that self-promoting obnoxiousness could be charming. Trump shows that it can be merely vulgar. A provocateur and a clown, the Republicans’ Al Sharpton.
The major candidates
Mitt Romney: Serious guy. Pre-vetted (2008). Tons of private- and public-sector executive experience. If not for one thing, he’d be the prohibitive front-runner. Unfortunately, the one thing is a big thing: Massachusetts‘ Romneycare. For an election in which the main issue is excessive government (see Axiom One), that’s a huge liability. Every sentient Republican has been trying to figure out how to explain it away. I’ve heard no reports of any success. Romney is Secretariat at Belmont, but ridden by Minnesota Fats. He goes out at 5-1.
Newt Gingrich: Smart guy. A fountain of ideas. No, a Vesuvius of ideas. Some brilliance, lots of lava. Architect of a historic Republican victory in 1994. Rocky speakership. Unfortunate personal baggage. 12-1.
Haley Barbour: Successful governor. Experienced Washington hand. Abundant charm. Baggage: Years of lobbying, unforced errors on civil rights, early isolationist deviations. Rarely without a comeback, however. 7-1.
Tim Pawlenty: Formerly, unassuming, unprepossessing, solid two-term Minnesota governor. Currently, mouse that roars. Up-tempo style, middle-of-the-road conservative content. Apparently baggageless. Could be the last man standing. 5-1.
Mitch Daniels: Highly successful governor. Budget guru. Delightful dullness satisfies all axioms (see above). Foreign policy unknown, assuming he has one. Alienated some conservatives with his call for a truce on social issues. If he runs, 6-1.
Likely not running
Mike Huckabee: Has a good life – hosting a popular TV show, making money, building his dream house in Florida. He’d be crazy to run. Doesn’t look crazy to me.
Sarah Palin: Same deal. Showed her power in 2010 as kingmaker and opinion shaper. Must know (I think) she has little chance at the nomination and none in the general election. Why risk it, and the inevitable diminishment defeat would bring?
Even less likely to run – the 2016 bench
A remarkable class of up-and-comers includes Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley. All impressive, all new to the national stage, all with bright futures. 2012, however, is too early – except possibly for Ryan, who last week became de facto leader of the Republican Party. For months, he will be going head-to-head with Obama on the budget, which is a surrogate for the central issue of 2012: the proper role of government. If Ryan acquits himself well, he could emerge as a formidable anti-Obama.
One problem: Ryan has zero inclination to run. Wants to continue what he’s doing right now. Would have to be drafted. That would require persuasion. Can anyone rustle up a posse?”
Further comment: I cannot argue with anything analyzed above by this “Krauthammer”. At today’s evening light, it all appears rational and well laid out like so many plans originating in this wonderful America except for its Marxist cancers. I especially like Krauthammer words regarding Paul Ryan.
I hope Donald Trump is serious about his candidacy. Bama’s birthing isn’t a problem for me. Bama’s lying, his Marxism, his devious character ARE . A truth in lending law is what is needed to regulate Obama. Donald Trump will not be the wuss that John McCain was in exposing the Truths about the Barack Hussein Obama, the political friend, a colleague of terrorist Bill Ayers, of Jeremiah Wright teachings, of America’s blessings.
Donald Trump’s wusslessness may stir some heart and headbeat for all Republicans enough to rally any candidate coming out of the primaries to face America’s most devious Leftwinger, Barack Hussein Obama. If that happens, and it might, Donald Trump will contribute much to his beloved America.
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