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Originally posted by Justin Oldham
Is this cowardice?
Or, is it elitist aloofness?
With the lessons of Vietnam still in our national memory, I'm still amazed that Republican strategists can stomach this move [halting withdrawals]. They have to know how damning this will be at the polls . .
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
I hope Hillary Clinton goes in. Not much to add . . Just my gut instincts that she'd run the country better. She just seems to knows what’s to be done, and does it motto. Obama I feel just does not have the experience that Hillary has.
I have noted with some interest over the last 72 hours that Senator Clinton has successfully tagged Obama with an elitist label. Yesterday, she was doing shots and beers in a blue collar bar. That was a very interesting event. Her experience in Arkansas showed. Notice that she knew how to handle the glasses? If she can just keep Bill muzzled, she may get some real traction out of Pennsylvania.
posted by Justin Oldham
I don't think Pennsylvania will be decisive unless Senator Clinton LOSES. If she wins by double digits, as projected, she'll feel obliged to go on. In purest political terms, that would be the smart thing for her to do. All she wants to do is sew just enough seeds of doubt to sway the super delegates.
Is it possible that Hillary knows that Obama has enough of the Superdelegates on his side to win the nomination but the Dems are still running the race to keep the Republicans off balance?
I will disagree on the idea of a McCain flop. In all quarters, he has exceeded expectations. I think it makes his detractors mad that his star continues to rise. McCain is making the best of a bad situation. As time passes, a lot of Republicans are starting to realize that. He's their candidate, whether they like him or not.
If you look at what most officers study while at the military academy or at a civilian university, the vast majority of them study business/management and engineering, and some sciences. While their service definitely meant something to them, for most, it was just part of a journey that led to bigger and better things (engineers for defense contractors, heads of major corporations, etc.). Very few officers in the U.S. military really stuck to the service and profession in any way, be it in the civilian or military world. Veterans may point to their military service as a merit, but very few of them really got anything truly powerful out of it.
With all due respect, I must disagree. Military service, especially at high rank, exposes the individual to a wide variety of problems and solutions that the rest of us never see or hear about. The American soldiery has traditionally been ultra-loyalist and a-political. That's "non-partisan" to you and me, which is an open minded point of view that would serve any politician well in any country.
As a major power, we have a major military. The people who wield that authority and force have an obligation to the nation that no politician can understand or respect, unless they've worn the uniform.
Veterans tend to be much more cautious than civilians when it comes to the application of force. It's not just a political option to them. It's a last resort, which is what it should always be.
Enlisted personnel learn to be team players, and to serve something bigger than themselves. That's the very essence of public service. A core value that most of our politicians lack.
Privates and Generals alike have more just a civic point of view in mind. They have experience being civic that most of us civilians never achieve.
People who have actually served in Iraq--for example--are better qualified to speak to that situation than those of us who have never been there. I can go on, but I think you get my point.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
Technical point: If Hillary does NOT stay in the race, she risks losing out on the chance to be VP. If she stays in, she can force Obama to take her as VP at the convention.