And Comments on the News Because the News Asked for Them
England’s rioting is coming under control, and now the damage control has moved over to politics. The government had been blaming the
police, and now the police have struck back at Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his government. London
Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, described the role of the politicians as "an irrelevance" . . .
|British Police - They Were There|
British Government - TheyWere on Holiday
It is always good to get an outsider’s view on American politics, as the foreign press does not have the pressure that the American press does to be kind to Republicans. An English Paper, The Guardian found the Republican debate Thursday to be
a lacklustre showing by other candidates in the biggest debate so far.
the “other” referring to other than Texas Gov. Rick Perry. And
no clear winner emerged from what was a largely dull two hours.
Well isn’t that the way we Americans like Republican politics?
|Mr. Perry's September Goal|
Votes Come Later
Until the next debate, fund raising will be the way that progress towards the Republican nomination will be measured.
With his rather dismal 3rd place finish in the
Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty moved to the front in the race to quit the race for the Republican nomination to run against Mr. Obama. After the results of the Ames Straw Poll Mr. Pawlenty said this. Ames, Iowa
“We made progress in moving from the back of the pack into a competitive position for the caucuses, but we have a lot more work to do,” Mr. Pawlenty said. “This is a long process to restore
— we are just beginning and I’m looking forward to a great campaign.” America
|Bye to You too Mr. Pawlenty|
Words like this almost always preface withdrawal, and on Sunday Mr. Pawlenty quit the race. The appliable quote here is from former Texas Senator Phil Gramm who made a brief run for the Presidency.
When he dropped out Mr. Gramm notably said
When the voter speaks, I listen, especially when the voter is saying someone else’s name.
Mr. Pawlenty had been the favorite to be the first to quit, along with Newt Gingrich, but the Straw Poll was not a good test of Mr. Gingrich’s commitment, since he committed not to commit to the Straw Poll. His lack of commitment was duly noted.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose name was not on the ballot got more votes than Mitt Romney, whose name was on the ballot. Nice going Mitt, you ran hard in Iowa this past week (but to be fair Mr. Romney did not make an effort in the Straw Poll) and you came in behind someone who was not running in that race.
|New Hampshire - Where Mr. Romney Can't Win|
But Can Lose