I am enthusiastically neutral among all our fine Democratic candidates — knowing that whichever one gets the nomination will be miles ahead (in my view) of the Republican. That’s not blind partisanship; that’s a recognition that their nominee would appoint Supreme Court justices like the ones the Bushes appointed (Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Sam Alito*) where ours would appoint justices like the ones Clinton and Obama appointed (Ginsburg and Breyer; Kagan and Sotomayor). And that their nominee would favor the powerful and wealthy at a time when the pendulum has already swung too far their way.
My long-time hero Barney Frank (“How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?“) also wants a Democrat to win . . .
. . . and offers this particular point of view.
*With whom, at a swank function populated almost entirely by Democrats, I once had the pleasure of speaking for five minutes — mainly about the weather — assuming he was a mega-donor whose familiar face I knew I knew, but couldn’t quite place. “So what did you and Justice Alito talk about?” the friend who’d introduced us — “Andy, you know my classmate Sam?” — asked later that evening.
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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