What's the difference between a republican and a democratic loose cannon? The republican ones, like Chuck "Impeach Bush" Hagel and John "Freedom of speech for me but not for thee" McCain, are RINOs -- republicans in name only -- who bask in the cerebral-lite press's adoration of them as "mavericks" either against the war as in Hagel's case or against freedom of speech (McCain/Feingold) as in McCain's case -- while the democrats, like Joey Lieberman, are the real thing -- collectivists at heart who've never met a tax increase nor a government regulation they didn't like but draw their line in the sand when it comes to national security. When push comes to shove -- as it did in the last couple of days during the House and Senate votes linking continued funding of the war with arbitrary benchmarks for retreat and lard-heavy porkbarrel bribes -- the RINOs came out of the woodwork. These are not serious people. They are not leaders but followers of whichever way the political winds blow. Michael Crichton's assessment [a must read] of the political class comes to mind:
I was also raised in a scientific tradition that regarded politics as inferior: If you weren’t bright enough to do science, you could go into politics. I retain that prejudice today. I also come from an older and tougher tradition that regards science as the business of testing theories with measured data from the outside world. Untestable hypotheses are not science but rather something else.
Yes, you, Al Gore, and you, Chuck Hagel, and you, John McCain, whose ascientific gaseous emissions re the "sky is falling" scenario on anthropogenic
global warming climate change -- just like his phony "let's get the money out of politics," incumbent-protection campaign "finance reform" law, which YouTube and the internet are fortunately leaving in the dust -- make our blood boil. We must say we were disappointed to read this very day that the otherwise sensible Rudolph Giuliani has thrown in the towel re climate change as well. 'Hope our own personal favorite, Fred Thompson -- who just the other day disavowed his earlier foolish support of McCain/Feingold -- doesn't have any Chicken-Little tendencies. Don't these people realize some of us potential supporters out here read and study the "heretics" and "deniers" who are challenging scientific "consensus"? Not to mention our understanding that tax cuts -- by stimulating the economy -- increase tax revenues? Sigh. In the current political climate -- probably it was always thus -- truthiness trumps truth.