George W. has ruined the reputation of the Republican Party, so it will take a mighty powerful candidate to overcome the "black eyes". Huckabee talks very well about political issues, but I would like to know where he stands on gun ownership. Most street-level "Democrats" are using guns to go out and victimize "working class" Republicans in order to support their crack habit. Democrats want to take the guns away from the Republicans, so they will be easier targets. A crazy way of looking at the situation, but true. I'm sure that most crack addicts don't vote, but if they did, it would be for Hillary or Obama. I'll bet gun sales will soar immediately before, or soon after the election.
Foreign policy is my biggest gripe with Ron Paul. He quotes Jefferson as an example of foreign policy, but Jefferson's insistence on limiting the Navy to coastal defense left the US at a significant disadvantage in the War of 1812. Isolationism doesn't work, because it says we're not going to play defense until the enemy's on first and goal. History has discredited isolationism again and again.
Say what you want about the war, but the US hasn't suffered a terrorist attack in over six years -- our longest streak in decades. So the argument that we've just created more enemies and made things worse doesn't hold much water with me. Frankly, I really don't want the friendship of someone who'll behead the helpless or strap explosives to a kid. So I don't care if they hate us, as long as they're kept at a distance and can't do anything about it. I'd rather have them blowing themselves up in Baghdad than Boston.
Hey everybody, I'm new to the site but I thought I'd jump right into the political discussion. In my opinion I am not a real big fan of Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee. They do have some policies I like but they also have some policies I don't like. I do think President Bush has done more to hurt the Republican party than he has to help it, I don't think getting a republican in is a lost cause. I myself am a "Fred Head". I think he has what it takes to stick it to the democrats. He has been pretty solid on his policies and I think he has the personality to sway some of the fence sitters. I would really like to see Tancredo get the nomination but his chances are very slim. Sorry for getting a little long winded but back to the issue, I don't see any of candidates being as pro gun as I'm sure most of us would like them to be. I think all we need is someone who atleast won't try to make things worse. As long as we have someone ready to veto any anti-gun bills brought to his desk would be fine with me. The way things are now aren't the best but it could get A LOT worse. Anyways, look forwarded to more discussion with everybody, Thanks.
If the press has anything to do with it, it'll be Hillary and McCain. Romney's been doing far better than what most people think, but the press refuses to acknowledge it.
On a more cynical note, one could argue that the media's going to push Hillary as an investment. If we get her, we get Bill. It's like reality TV -- the people that create the most conflict generate the highest ratings. The media has got to be positively frothing at the mouth at the thought that they could have someone as divisive as Hillary in the White House, accompanied by her own personal Billy Carter. Bill's an attention junkie that would go absolutely nuts trying to steal the limelight in any way he could.
Unless, of course, she was shrewd enough to divorce him after getting the nomination. That would generate huge amounts of positive attention for her. I've thought for years that she'd dump him as soon as he became a political liability -- especially if such a move would advance her career.
Bottom line is that even if it wasn't for her politics, Hillary's the media's candidate because her presidency would constitute four years of conflict and scandal that whold generate headlines and send newspapers and magazines flying off shelves. By comparison, a guy like Romney would be downright boring.
I'm not sure how great of a roll the press plays. According to the press four months ago, Giuliani and Clinton were clear winners. The press follows sensation because it sells, but being sensational doesn't always get votes.
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