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Archive for February, 2008

Clear Fog on Vacation

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 6, 2008

Off to Egypt and Jordan. Back in March. House sitter not authorized to blog. Thanks for reading.



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McCain – Whose Fault?

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 6, 2008

McCain the Nominee – Who to Blame?

After Super Tuesday, it looks like McCain will be the Republican standard bearer for 2008. Any hope for a Romney comeback is slim to none especially with Huckabee vowing to stay in the race.

In the weeks leading up to McCain’s resurgence, we’ve been treated to non-stop McCain trashing on some of our premier conservative talk shows. He’s a big lib, he’s NOT a conservative, he enjoys sticking his thumb in Republican eyes, he’s an undependable maverick and he plays too often with the Democrats. All this while earning an 83% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, being right on the war, judges, abortion, spending, and recently, making permanent the Bush tax cuts. He even admits he was wrong on the comprehensive immigration reform bill acknowledging that the people want to secure the boarders first and work the illegals problem separately.

Without conservative support, he has no chance of winning the White House. However, without independents and moderate Republicans, he can’t win either. So the choices are McCain’s 83% ACU rating or Clinton’s 9%, Obama’s 8%. Some say let the Democrats have four years. They’ll screw it up so badly we can come storming back in 2012. Considering that the Democrats will most likely retain control of the House and Senate, that is a high-risk strategy. Can you spell higher taxes, surrender in Iraq, liberal judges, Canadian style health care and fill in the blank?

For all the conservative discontent, one has to ask where was the “Reagan” candidate? There was hope for Thompson but after watching his debut speeches on C-Span, it was obvious he was not ready for prime time. Brownback and Duncan were non-starters and early on Romney was viewed with suspicion. Jeb Bush? Conservative? Yes. Electable? No. So suck it up conservatives and get in the fight, John McCain is our man.

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Successful Presidents

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 5, 2008

Among the many e-mails I receive, the following one caught my attention. It certainly contains a viewpoint you won’t see expressed too often. The author, Jim T., was on fishing trips with Ronald Reagan in 1958 and 59 so he has lived through the presidencies he now judges.


In reviewing my notebooks on polictcs going back to 1968 – Nixon,s election, – two interesting conclusion are reached by me as to my judgement of a successful presidency which are:

1. Leading the U.S. and thus the World:with knowledge of freedom of the individual to attain their own heights but with social responsibility of inspiring and guiding others to achieve theirs.

2. And achieving this through a fundamental religious axiom that “All persons are created equal”.

Of the 7 Presidents who have held office since 1968, in my belief only three have suceeded in mastering these precepts and they are: Gerald Ford – Ronald Reagan — and the present George Bush.

All three competed on the field of advanced athletic endeavor to understand true team play and all three had to make a payroll at some time in the beginning of their careers;- these emphasized religious conviction of morality for fellow humans

Our present grouping of Presidents has only Romney as such and our present Seattle City Council has none.The slide since 1968 is one of “please take care of me – my government”

Just a thought from


Anyone agree?

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McCain’s Flood Sinks Romney’s Ark

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 2, 2008

The moon and planets have aligned for John McCain. His rapidly rising tide is about to swamp Romney’s ark, a political climate change no one predicted a mere month ago.

Having swept away Thompson, Giuliani, and for all intent and purposes Huckabee and Paul, in South Carolina and Florida, Senator McCain has only one hurdle left come Super Tuesday. He goes into February 5 on a wave of endorsements from solidly conservative Republicans, Republican moderates, liberal newspapers and at least one Democrat Senator. Age, frequent cooperation with liberals in the Senate (McCain-Feingold, Kennedy-McCain, McCain-Lieberman, Gang of 14) and temperament aside; he looks like the man to beat Hillary and for many that’s the main goal.

So what happened to Mitt Romney? He has the resume’, Hollywood good looks, speaking ability, tons of money, in short a dream candidate. But, and there is always a “but”, this is the year of “change”. People do not see a wealthy Republican businessman, with the perfect family, running negative ads as change. He is known for giving the answers questioners wanted to hear. He failed to refute the flip flopper charge even though on issues like abortion he had well thought out reasons for changing previously stated views. Yes, he’s a Mormon but the too slick, too opportunist, too pandering image did far more damage to his campaign than his religion.

Not all is lost for Mitt, however. He’s only 60 so “Romney 2012” is not out of the question especially if he is McCain’s VP. McCain would likely be a one term President. With four years as Vice President, Romney would have an opportunity to prove himself a worthy successor. Sure, there’s no love lost between them but the same thing was true with John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and practical politics put them on the same ticket in 1960.

“McCain-Romney 2008” – Works for me.

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