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Where have you gone John Edwards?

As I rode into work today, I listened to the beginning of the Stephanie Miller Show. The first caller said she would never vote for Hillary Clinton, and the second caller said he would never vote for Barack Obama.

This is an imperative year for the Democrats to win, especially from a Supreme Court standpoint, And as usual the party is shooting itself in the foot.

Howard Dean pulled out his 50 state strategy at the perfect time. The 50 state strategy worked because of the poor decisions made by Bush, Cheney, Delay, Lott and the like. It can still work this election, but the infighting between the Clinton camp and the Obama camp is really jeopardizing what should be an easy win in the presidency.

Both parties need to stop attacking the other candidate and start attacking Bush, Cheney and McCain. If we tear down our own candidates, how are we going to beat the Republicans.

Don’t give me the line that we are making the candidates tougher, an attack holds a lot more merit when it comes from what should be an ally. Let the republicans toss out shady land deal conspiracies, let them attack religious leaders, let them call Democrats week on defense. They are the party who people find more untrustworthy, let them try to make attacks stick.
Democrats will win by uniting and using the last eight years against the Republicans. We are close to the point of not being able to unite, splitting into irrevocable factions.

Maybe John Edwards needs to get back into the race. Maybe we need to draft Al Gore at the convention. Maybe Chris Dodd needs to ascend to the top. Maybe we need to let the past become the past and wait for the future to become the future, by selecting a truly unifying candidate for 2008.


Let the Real 2008 Race Begin

Well I guess the day of the Iowa caucus is as good as any day to get back into this. I’ve been pretty busy taking two classes, teaching bible school on Wednesday nights, trucking my two older boys to basketball and dealing with numerous dumb little things that seem to make our life so much more hectic than it really needs to be.

It is just over four weeks until the Minnesota Caucus, but am still undecided. I really like Al Franken, but I think Mike Ciresi is very senatorial. In the presidential race I am still leaning toward Barack Obama, but am not convinced. I’m sure I would be a strong Hillary supporter if I didn’t feel like she was hiding stuff. By hiding I mean things like not letting photos be taken until she is ready, restricting who can see her, removing reporters from interviews or conferences who ask questions that they have been told ahead of time she won’t respond to. It is all very Bush like. I like John Edwards, but he has done some stuff that annoy me, and I really like Bill Richardson, but he has no hope of winning. I am baffled by people who like Dennis Kucinich, sorry if you are one of them, I’ve heard him twice recently and he seems almost belligerent, very egomaniacal.

As for Congressional District 2, I believe a Steve Sarvi is the only candidate so far who has announced or filed to run. I’m not sure because I have been out of the loop for a while. Anyway, he is a National Guardsman and really seems to be stressing that point in the little bit I have heard about him. He seems like the perfect candidate to run against John Kline whose only positive message seems to be he served and carried the “football.”

Other than that, I am taking a marketing class and following the Twins hot stove moves, of which there are always many (that was sarcasm). Maybe I will be more active for the next year or so. Check back.

John Edwards 2008

I was listening to John Edwards a couple days ago, and it got me thinking.

Why am I not supporting John Edwards this time? I think I made the mistake of discounting his campaign because of my perception of the power campaign of Hillary Clinton, and the emergence of Barack Obama.

But everything I liked about John Edwards in 2004 is still there. He still has the actual plans for solving many of America’s problems while Hillary Clinton continues to be vague and Barack Obama is still coming up with ideas.

I want a cleaner earth, I want to end poverty, I want a leader I can trust and I want a President with compassion and perspective. That seems like John Edwards.