Quote of the Day

“… judging by previous US elections, McCain and Palin are sure to be elected because the American electorate invariably seems to opt for the worst possible choice.”

Bill Ralston, Herald on Sunday, 7 September 2008

What I’ve been thinking too. Reagan over Mondale in 1984, Bush Snr over Dukakis in 1988, Dubya over Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004. Oh dear.

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4 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. adamsmith1922 Says:

    As Churchill noted:-

    It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

    One might abhor the result, but their system is such as to provide the opportunity for change. Indeed, the ‘Framers’ can be seen with the benefit of hindsight to have provided a remarkably robust and enduring constitutional framework.

    One might add Clinton over Bush Snr,

    The problem with these games is one cannot know what the alternatives would have turned out like. There can be no presumption the alternative would have been better.

    Further on some issues which resonate much more in America party is transcended eg abortion, gun control, states rights.

  2. jafapete Says:

    “One might add Clinton over Bush Snr.”

    Not sure about that, Adam. If I recall rightly, Bush was only the second elected (excludes Ford) President to be voted out of office. That takes some doing.

    Clinton fixed the chronic deficit that he inherited — which seems to be the destiny of Democrats — the US economy experienced an unprecedented boom, and ordinary Americans enjoyed real income increses for the first time since Carter. Not at all bad.

  3. adamsmith1922 Says:

    You are making the presumption that because Bush Sr was a one term President he was necessarily inferior.

  4. jafapete Says:

    Adam, I think that it was American voters, without the help of dodgy voting machines, who made the judgement on Bush Snr. In retrospect, of the two Bushes, Bush Snr was the more deserving of a second term. But he didn’t have Rove.

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