Your views are so congruent with mine that I find little to say.
The best populist candidate by a mile is James Webb.
Draft James Webb.
Bush is the Perfect Storm economically and internationally. He and his handlers will have destroyed the United States...which, given the tremendous isolation of the United States is probably not such a bad idea.
I would imagine that the conversations in most of the capitals of the world is how to let the US descend into irrelevance without descending with them.
Has Obama revealed a strong capacity for dishonesty? Yes. These "straw men" that Chris has accurately identified are the worst kind of evidence of dishonesty. How do you tell when Obama is telling the truth?
Has Obama joined a ruling clique whose views he values more than Chris Bowers, for example? Res ipsa loquitur.
Look, I don't want to be identified as a someone with a looney, idée fixe that lurks in blog comment sections proposing his troubled version of reality, but what we do need is someone, like Ned Lamont, who is the real thing and not the member of any clique. And who can appeal to a broad cross-section of Americans.
Name anyone on the national scene today who fills that description. The forces of darkness would have you believe that it's some kind of satanic marriage between Bloomberg and Lieberman.
It's someone a hell of a lot more like, in fact it is, Jame Webb.