Thursday, January 24, 2008

Florida or Bust?


The enthusiasm had Giuliani unusually animated. He seemed to argue, without saying it directly, that the polling is bogus.

"We're going to surprise everyone," he shouted into a microphone, standing among the restaurants' outdoor tables. "And we're going to win big here. Florida is going to catapult us to the nomination because Florida is going to vote in a way that I think people don't even realize."

*Polite applause*

Even if Rudy beats the polls and takes Florida, It's hard for me to feel enthused. Why is that?

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Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Bad strategy, all around. I'll be surprised if he pulls out a win. Anything less and he's done.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 8:18:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Looks like Romney had a good debate performance tonight (repeatst again at 9 PM PST on MSNBC).

I hope Rudy pulls it off, but it seems unlikely:

Like it or not, the entire momentum of the campaign has already been set by Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina.

Bucking the trends becomes harder and harder after each of those contests.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I missed it. I like Medved's review, though:

In their debate in Florida on Thursday night the five remaining Republican candidates passed up ignored repeated opportunities to attack one another and instead concentrated their fire on Hillary Clinton

That means it was a great night for the GOP.

Voters should make a direct comparison between this debate – which was substantive, serious, genial, even friendly- and the recent Democratic brawl in South Carolina. Instead of sniping at each other with derisive and highly personal attacks (Hillary’s citation of Obama’s ties to a Chicago slumlord; his suggestion that she sat on WalMart’s board while he was organizing poor people on the streets), our guys each looked good. The Democratic debate made both leading candidates look smaller, meaner, less presidential. By contrast, every one of the Republicans on the Boca Raton stage (yes, including Ron Paul – who made considerable sense and emphasized his own party loyalty) looked bigger and better than before.


Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I definitely noticed the difference between the class and respect the Republicans showed for one another during last night's debate, and the free-for all that Hillary and Obama are engaging in. I think that it was hoped by the press that the Republican candidates would turn on one another. It didn't happen. No one even trashed Ron Paul! LOL!

I've made up my mind. I'm going to back Romney.

Friday, January 25, 2008 7:41:00 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

I'll say one thing for you repugs, you are certainly loyal to one another, no matter what! Sheesh. I at least have the good sense to look and Hillary & Bill and say to myself..."my God, please not another 4 years"...

Wordsmith, have you made it into the guard yet? A blogger friend of mine... Marine Mom Activist...herself a former Marine, whose son has done multiple tours in Iraq.. joined the guard last year. She's in Texas right now, out in the field...combat medic training.

Friday, January 25, 2008 8:58:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


When it comes to general elections, yes, I am loyal to the party which best represents my values and ideology. If Democrats become the conservative party, then I'd switch to Democrat. It's that simple.

Yes, sometimes you do vote in "the lesser of two evils", and other times, "the greater of two goods". I do not get those who do not understand Party loyalty. If I am angry because the Republican Party is only agreeing with me on issues 70% of the time, rather than 90 or 100% of the time, how does that help to "punish" the party by not voting, thereby enabling the opposition party, with whom I disagree with 70%-100% of the time, come into power? It doesn't make sense to me.

As for the Guard, no, my waiver never came. In August, I checked in at the Marine Recruitment office, thinking they might make a an exception for me. But they flat out rejected me on the age issue. I even showed up at the end of the month, when quotas need to be made.

I've been sidetracked by a lot of changes happening very quickly, but should be checking in with the Army for another try, by February. Come March, I will probably be out of a job, anyway.

Friday, January 25, 2008 9:11:00 PM  

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