Rational Debate

Oh, wouldn’t that be nice. I fear you’ll be waiting awhile, Jim. Don’t hold your breath.
You make a lot of good points and I think we’re finding good common ground. One of the things I get between the lines from your post is that you are exposed far more than me to the right wing nuts. I feel for you man!
I think any white person who decries MLK day is missing the point. Another reason I like it in addition to presidents day is that it reminds us that it isn’t just presidents who have done great things in America and who have made us who we are. We need to remember that.
Santorum as VP? Well, you’re the first I’ve heard to suggest it. I think Rubio or someone else is more likely. Santorum just has so much baggage. You could be right; we’ll see what happens. So Huntsman, who a week ago in a debate said that Romney’s attitude was what is wrong with our country, now drops out and endorses Romney. Sheesh. So what was his whole run about in the first place? Ego, I guess. Hard to see anything more. At least Ron Paul is there to get his ideas exposed (the sane ones and the crazy ones) even as he knows he won’t get the nomination.
I think you’re right that the tea party is on the wane, which makes it all the more bizarre that the Republicans have let them control so much of the Republican presence in the primaries, in that really, Romney is the only one running who hasn’t completely bowed down to the tea party. All the other Republican potential candidates who would have been mainstream candidates and not tea party ones, decided not to run, or got out very early; Pawlenty, Daniels, Christie. Not that I’d support any of them, though it would have been nice to see someone on the right who didn’t bow down to the tea party. If they had run, we might have actually gotten closer to that rational debate you’re looking for. (I don’t even count Romney, who will change his positions at the drop of a hat, and say whatever he has to in order to match the direction the wind is blowing with the crowd that day.)
Maybe our best hope is for a groundswell of write-in votes for Stephen Colbert in South Carolina!

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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