Two AM Thoughts about the GOP Contenders

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I heard one of Michael Medved’s rebroadcast at 2:15 AM Sunday and made a salad from his thoughts and mine.

  1.  Every one of us wants to “Keep my guy” as if this were a horse race. Shouting and
    stubbornness increase as the finish line nears. And as if winning bets, we expect one or a dozen favors from our guy … “favorite” takes on new meanings.
  2. Many of us may like Newt so that we can see BO “pancaked” in a debate. That may get us what we want but then we are stuck with Newt for four years. The man has odd ideas (global warming, health care, immigration, anger management) and is devious. We elected one like him last time.
  3. Medved thinks that proportional representation in the electoral college favors a “brokered” convention if there are still three contenders. We got Reagan that way and could get Pawlenty, Huntsman, Perry, Christie, or Bob McDonnell.
  4. We wait for Superman (or Seabiscuit) and attract a fanatic … it happened in 2008. (See Coulter’s descriptions in Demonic of the French Revolution. Every committee person should know chapters six, seven, and eight. The news that Coulter doesn’t mention: heritability appears to favor collectivist, independent, or non-committed philosophies. Either extreme must win the non-committed to achieve majorities.)
  5. Finally, Mike Savage said that we look for a tribal elder. Probably true but potentially fatal during rapid changes in the environment, crises when the old guys are apt to repeat what they did twenty years ago. And with time, guys become “more themselves” … heritability for major personality traits increases with age. And each of us makes physical and ideational worlds that match our individual nature. Whether Mitt, Newt, or Michelle, each of them is a refinement of the kid that used to bug their mother. Our innovators in art, literature, science or politics usually come from males between twenty and forty.

Meanwhile it’s another great season for cartoonists…

Cartoon at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesbrody/6492820457/in/photostream

Also posted at Tea Party Nation, http://www.teapartynation.com/profiles/blog/list?user=1lz6mosc67yb3


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