[Compassionate] Conservative

How fitting for President’s Day to write a piece about the presidential election going on in 2012.

Do you remember the 2000 presidential election? The phrase of the campaign for George W Bush was ‘Compassionate Conservative’. I think it had something to do with the fact that being just plain ole conservative was mean spirited and curmudgeonly. W put a Texas grin and a maloprop in action and talked about being a Compassionate Conservative.

Now, I have not been following the cooky Republican Primary with much attention, but I don’t think I have heard the word “compassion”, much less the more descriptive phrase of ‘Compassionate Conservative’ from any of the candidates. From my vantage point it seems that you have to be CONSERVATIVE to be in the Republican Party and the meaner, more conservative you can be on issues for women, immigrants and the poor the better! Who decides this stuff for the republicans, anyway?

I have said this privately to a few and I’ll go on record today that I predict Obama wins in a landslide. Not that Mr. Obama isn’t vulnerable on certain issues, but the Republicans are in disarray and the President has a few winning hands that he will and should play.

Happy President’s Day!

Author: Phil Black


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