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Ms. Rubin, as is her wont, slips in a supposed fact, and then uses it to attempt to prove her point. She writes, “As we go through more rounds of presidential debates…,” and again, “get caught up in the latest debate soundbite….”p>Pardon me, but I would argue that we have not had any debates yet. Surely anyone that would call the travesties that we have seen recently debates deserves a failing grade in the meaning of words. There have been no debates by either the Dems or the Repubs, and I see none in the offing. I sincerely wish that there had been or was going to be, but I see no prospect of such event. br> — Ken Shreve br> New Hampshire /p>
Since the three most popular late 20th century Presidents (Kennedy, Reagan, and Clinton) were effective communicators on TV and two (Kennedy and Clinton) were lightweights, could it be that the American people prefer Presidents who are engaging TV personalities more than experienced or principled leaders? One could even argue that our current political system obsessed with public opinion polls (not unlike the Nielsen ratings) and focus groups is a byproduct of America’s TV generated American Idol mindset.
Consider the meteoric rise of Obama whose telegenic personality and banal platitudes make him a viable Presidential contender despite his radically leftist voting record and potential ties to organized crime, corrupt businessmen and Muslim extremism. If it isn’t his TV generated image that’s propelling him forward what is it that’s make this cipher and thinner male version of Oprah a contender for commander-in-chief?
Prior experience is irrelevant when it comes to the Presidency. Abraham Lincoln, ranked by many as America’s greatest President, was a successful trial lawyer and lobbyist, but a failed politician with negligible leadership experience. What he did have was the ability to connect with people, tell a good story, strong personal convictions and a stubborn tenacity (on par with President George W. Bush) to insure the survival of the United States despite the American electorate. Fortunately, prior to the 1864 election there were several Federal military victories or he would have been a failed one term President whose legacy would have been a shattered nation. Chance and luck are as much ingredients of politics as are experience and leadership.p>With this in mind it would behoove the GOP to nominate Fred Thompson or Rudy Giuliani. Both are effective communicators and come across well on TV. Since many conservatives idolize Reagan without understanding his record one is led to the conclusion that while substance is preferred it still takes a back seat to style in American politics even among self-described conservatives. Fortunately, for us and the country Thompson and Giuliani like Reagan have both. br> — Chaplain Michael Tomlinson
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?