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It's the competence stupid
Monday, March 20, 2006
It's the competence stupid James "cue-ball" Carville will always be known for one thing and one thing only. He's the political operative who coined the phrase, "it's the economy stupid," and by doing so, helped Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992. For several months, I've been telling my friends that the winning theme of the 2008 presidential election is going to be "it's the competency stupid." In my years of covering and predicting politics, I've never been more sure of anything. Democrats are the first to latch on to the theme, but that doesn't mean that they will be the ones to ride it to victory. The next President will be someone with administrative experience and a record of competence. Here's why. Conservative ideologues like myself are irreparably disillusioned. We installed a Republican Congress in 1994 and gave them a Republican President in 2000. They have been the biggest ideological disappointment in the history of politics. Many of us have permanently given up on Republicans as conservative reformers. If they surprise us someday, we'll be pleased and supportive, but we no longer expect it. We're hopeful, but not stupid. The Bush administration has not just disappointed on reform issues. It has disappointed on more mundane fronts, from Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to the Dubai ports deal. Being disillusioned is one thing. Being disillusioned and embarrassed is another. Many conservatives are ready to elect a president who simply knows how to make the trains run on time, even if we disagree with him on reform issues, because we no longer trust anyone to reform government. That's why former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani is the man to watch. Ralph Bristol
posted by Jack Mercer @ 3/20/2006 04:19:00 PM  
  • At 3/20/2006 11:32:00 PM, Blogger English Professor said…

    "a record of competence." Lordy, I hope so--that would be a change. But Guiliani? How could any self-respecting Republican who bashed Clinton's sexual morals vote for a man who moved his lover into the governor's mansion with him? While his wife still lived there? Jiminy.

  • At 3/21/2006 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi EP!

    Any self-respecting Republican would not have bashed Clinton's sexual morals. :)

    Not endorsing him, just think that he is the one who will rise to the top.


  • At 3/27/2006 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Mark Smith said…

    It's "Jackel" not "cue ball." If Carville isn't the Anti-Christ, then I'm a femi-Nazi pro-abort.

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