Saying the other guy would be good . . .
by kosnomore, Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 06:53:30 PM EDT
This diary is for folks that want to discuss policy and politics, NOT for gung ho cheerleaders !!!
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Okay, are they gone? Now - -
Earlier today, I rushed to the defense of Russ Feingold.
I don't think anyone can justly criticize Feingold's record. To me, he's the uber progressive. In the dictionary, under the phrase "good senator", they should paste his picture. Feingold was the ONLY Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act. 'Nuff said.
Of course, Feingold was getting a ration of it today. Because he was being honest. Basically, he said that McCain wasn't so bad, and he's a generally okay guy. Not in so many words, but Russ implied that the republic wouldn't end if McCain were elected. Now, Feingold didn't back off one iota from his progressive positions, and he's 100% for Obama. But, Russ just isn't a hyperbolic asshole willing to slime a man he's worked with on positive bipartisan legislation. Actually, McCain is a cut above a Frist or a Guiliani or a Romney. (And, let's be real - - if McCain had said 'yes' to Kerry, McCain would have been our VP nominee in '04, and we'd have all voted for the ticket.)
Responsive comments were generally of two kinds - - abject Russ-love vs. comments like this one from one of our regular contributors,
"It is not acceptable to say that the other party's nominee would be a good president."
Which got me thinking - - why not? or, rather, wouldn't you like that to be the case?
Wouldn't it be nice to have a race in which you want your candidate to win, but you won't feel suicidal if the other one pulls it out? An election without a Bush or a Nixon or a truly odious choice? Wouldn't it be nice to walk into a voting booth and see the choice of Obama/Clinton vs. Chaffee/Hagel? You'd prefer one, but you could deal with the other?
I've always been jealous of those in earlier times - - imagine the joy of voting in an Adams vs. Jefferson race, where there are no losers.
So, putting aside the individuals involved - - I'm not talking about McCain per se here - - shouldn't our goal be to transform our society and culture, not just our party, so that one day we have a choice between good and better?
Okay, now go back to the BREAKING!!! diary reporting that my cousin's neighbor's sister's hairdresser heard Cokie Roberts tell Wolf Blitzer at Starbucks in Georgetown that it's Kucinich for veep.