I don’t think that even the Moonie Times would endorse McCain… would they? Really? Let’s wait and see!
But back to the WP’s endorsement “without ambivalence” of Barack Obama (rightly described as a “man of supple intelligence”) due to there “being few public figures [they] have respected more over the years” and “the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race,” etc. Indeed.
It’s difficult to imagine too many other men (or women) who could withstand the grueling, dehumanizing, brutalizing, degrading and mind-numbingly horrific process that is the American electoral system with as much grace, elegance and cool composure as this man has demonstrated over the last year… or however long it’s been — seems like forever.
Given the limited choice on offer (sorry Bob Barr and Ralph Nader and the guy running for the Whig Party) this really is a complete no-brainer. Speaking of which, it’s difficult not to agree with Christopher Hitchens — a long-time critic of Obama (in the past, he called him “vapid, hesitant and gutless” amongst other things) — that John McCain is “suffering from an increasingly obvious and embarrassing deficit, both cognitive and physical.”
Apparently, Frank McKenna is eyeing a bid for the Liberal Party leadership. According to “sources” cited in the National Post this morning, when asked what it would take to draw him into the race he has to be “…persuaded that there is a sufficient level of interest in his candidacy.”
You bet there’s interest. Game over if he wants to run, as far as I’m concerned. Count me in with enthusiasm. I remember watching him on C-SPAN when he was Ambassador to the U.S. and was thoroughly impressed. Also, when batting down right-wing misconceptions about Canada on Fox News. Brilliant stuff.
Update: Let me just state for the record that I was working under the assumption that Dion was stepping down this morning. If that turns out not to be the case, I’m fine with that — I think he’s got lots of room for improvement and growth… Not to mention the ability to maneuver a bit more freely in parliament under its new make-up. The point of this thread is simply to open the door to speculation about a potential replacement, should that turn out to be the case. I’m in no way advocating his ousting, except if there’s an evident lack of internal support — the last thing the Liberals need is another bout of infighting. Now is the time for unity. Make up your minds already and go with it.
Update2: A very passionate call for Dion to stay. Many very good points made.
Update3: A “senior Liberal” (aka Joe Volpe) thinks Dion should go. Well, there’s a fairly convincing argument for him to stay, right there. And here’s another one. Scott is such a sensible guy…
Not to dwell on the outcome of the election or anything, but it’s fun to pore over the interactive map that CBC provides on their excellent “Canada Votes” site (whatever you may think of the Mother Corp. they really do a bang-up job on providing a comprehensive resource for election data and related materials).
Anyhoo… if nothing else, the map demonstrates in quite dramatic fashion how marginalized the Liberals have become, isolated for the most part to core urban areas of the country and the Atlantic provinces. Not news, but interesting to see represented in map form.
Thank goodness these silly “debates” are over and done with.
By the way, in an interview Katie Couric this “Joe the Plumber” character who was star of the show later admitted he isn’t actually in the bracket where Obama proposes to raise taxes, but that he’s worried that he’d shift the bracket downwards. Also, he’s apparently not even registered to vote.
Of his staged encounter with Obama on Sunday, he told Couric that the senator’s response was “a tap dance… almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.”
Update2: And Uh-oh! Turns out Joe isn’t a licensed plumber either.
Update3: More here and here about “Joe” (whose name is actually Sam). So, to re-cap: He’s not a licensed plumber, he’s not registered to vote, he hasn’t paid his taxes, he doesn’t make anywhere near the tax bracket he’s supposedly concerned about ($40,000 according to the Toledo Blade) and his first name isn’t even “Joe”… And McCain wants to pal around with this guy? Another fine display of his poor judgment, I’d say.
Update4: It just gets keeps getting better. Turns out that “Joe the Plumber” is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. (h/t: Lee in the comments)
Update5: Final wrap-up on this subject with Olbie.