I'm BAACK- And Apparently So Is The McCain Campaign
I also got fairly burned out on the 2008 presidential campaign; I couldn't support either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama because I have significant philosophical differences with respect to public policy with both of them: Government ain't yer mamma, or, as Lamar Alexander famously put it during one of his ill-fated presidential campaigns, "If you can find it in the Yellow Pages™, government shouldn't be doing it."
I also felt that I could not support John McCain because of McCain-Feingold; anybody who would propose such nonsense has a serious lack of understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
If the First Amendment isn't there to protect political speech, then we might as well edit the page, surround it with <STRIKE> tags, and move on to the Second Amendment.
I also felt that signing that monstrosity into law was one of the times when George Bush played poker and lost: I think that what was going on inside of his head was something like this: "There ain't no way in Hell the Supreme Court is gonna uphold this thing when it gets in front of them, and it's certainly going to get in front of them."
Well, it did, and they upheld it. To their everlasting discredit.
Anyway, McCain's unexpected choice of Palin as his running mate caused a Web-storm that almost equalled Hurricane Gustav.
FreeRepublic.com had a post showing that 44 out of the top 100 Google searches on the 29th were Palin-related and that there were exactly three, count 'em, three that were Obama-related.
Talk about sucking all the air out of the room!
Anyway, Palin is the sort of person that the Founders had in mind when they envisioned people in politics (well, except for that double-X chromosome thing), but the unbenighted among you know what I'm talking about. The citizen-leader.
And there are two more things I'm observing: Her nomination has ELECTRIFIED this race, among Democrats and Republicans alike, and the Democrats are completely confused in terms of how to tarnish her image.
Unlike the standard Democratic modus operandi where everyone recites the "talking points" du jour ad nauseum, their criticisms are all over the map, and they are so befuddled that they make Obama-sans-Teleprompter look positively eloquent in comparison.
And I'm interested in this race again, and even though I have disagreements with both sides, may very well vote for Palin/McCain (because that's really what it's turned into now- a vote for Palin for President in 2012- and that's what would really drive the Democrats crazier- if the first female President was not a Democrat, just like those wacist wepubwicans did with Rice, Powell, etc.)
Anyway, hang on to the straps, because the next sixty days are going to be a bumpy ride.