Hi, ho, folks...again, sorry to have been gone so long. I'm writing this as I listen to Terry Gross interview Bill Maher on Fresh Air
, so my thought patterns will probably be rather scattershot. (And did you know Bill has a blog
My Main Man is giving a speech tomorrow
about the post-war Iraq situation in New York City...hopefully either C-Span or CNN will carry it live, considering all the buzz about him getting back in the race. Oh, and by the way, did you see who is now encouraging Al to reconsider? Why, it's Mario Cuomo
"Right now, the Democratic voice is not a single voice. It is not a chorus. It is a babble...â€�
In a subsequent interview with The Associated Press, Cuomo said that the Democrats are lacking a â€œpositive agenda, one that the whole party can come around, and a guy like Gore â€” who has done it, who has it and who can point to it â€” I think he would be an advantage to the campaign.â€�
(Again, emphasis mine.)
And here's another columnist
-- not a nationally known columinst, mind you, but still somebody in the press who believes Al should come off the sidelines and give it a go.
Now, here's a contradictory view from my girl Sweet Sue
-- like me, a fervent Gore supporter -- and she makes a valid point about why Al should stay out of the fray (for now, anyway). From a calendar standpoint, yes, it may be wise for Al not to get back in it...he faces a fast approaching deadline to get his name on the ballots in the primary states, and he's got NO ground organization to speak of anywhere...but still
...the thought of a refreshed Gore jumping back in the fray is just too much for us "Gore-ites" to contemplate.
Shit...just heard the news on NPR: looks like Ah-nold is going to run after all
. Now maybe Feinstein will change her mind and get in the race, `cause at this point, Gray is freakin' toast. I think Ah-nold must've gotten some advice from his Predator
co-star Jesse Ventura
: "Yeah, Arnold, man, go ahead, being governor is real cool, man...ya get to live in a nice big house and have a nice cool office and have a lot of people kiss your ass...ya just gotta deal with those pain in the ass legislators, but you know, man, who cares about them, you'll be the man, dude!" Hopefully Jesse also told him that dealing with budget deficits will also be a big, unadulterated nightmare.
(I just checked the comments over at Kos
-- some people are praying for former congressman/OMB director/Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta to get in the race...and the Political State Report
says Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamente is getting off the fence and will put his name on the ballot. This is turning into a freakin' circus...but hey it's politics, what the hell do you expect?)
Time to face facts -- U-T President John Shumaker's days are numbered
. Personally, I don't think the issues of his spending comes anywhere close
to a scandal (although on the face of it, it all was a bit excessive)...but the fact that he got a big 10 grand payoff from a South Korean company
may be the straw that broke the camel's back. Common sense should've told him to either 1.) decline the money or 2.) ask Hyundai that instead of giving it to him, make a donation to a scholarship fund at the school. Now we come to find out that he took out a marriage license to help a Chinese student get a visa to stay in the U.S.
All this comes down to two axioms: most times, the smartest people do the dumbest damn things...and finally, don't piss off your ex-wife!
Finally...I will try my damndest to post on a far more regular basis. The only way a blogger will get people to read him/her if they blog
(i.e. write) every day...and I would like to be a part of this growing medium, not just as a reader, but a full fledged participant. Unfortunately, over the past week and a half, I've been a bit on the fatigued side, and as I've been trying to catch up on my sleep, it's not only kept me from blogging, but from a new activity -- water aerobics. Hey, brother got to lose some weight!
But I should be able to post more from home, now that we're hooked up on BellSouth's V.92 Modem On-Hold program (now I'm just waiting for their DSL to come to my area). So, like I said, I'll try and post on a more regular basis.