If Barack Obama takes a leaf from Harry Truman, he will go on the offensive, making the Boehner-Ryan record the centerpiece of his campaign. Democrats shouldn't be above implanting a few fears, especially about the consequences of the Republicans' plan to shift Medicare to private insurers . . . In the end, turning out voters in a presidential election rests far more on enthusiasm than money. If Obama can reinvigorate that energy in 2012, the GOP's principal redoubt, whether in curtailing abortion, mandated medical care, or limits on corporate political spending, will be the Supreme Court.
Nutcases at Large -- More the Merrier
Finale: any Palin freak show replay -- or tons more "cures" from the stultifying Bachmann-Perry-Paul gang -- serve Hacker's overly optimistic projections. The more outlandish the phonies pushing the Power of No as Asia (and South America) eat our lunch, the more likely America awakens from the anti-thought nightmare. Okay, a long shot. Who knows, the next frantic underdog (like Romney) may replicate McCain's brilliant ploy -- name another untested, good-looking, fringe V.P.? Oh goody, Obama again gets slammed for "palin' around with terrorists," like that "treasonous" Fed chief, one more (Republican) official who hates America.
Historical note on Perry: the last presidential politician to campaign against, then derail the federal banking system was that slave-owning, Indian-eradicating, pioneer-bigamist Andrew Jackson. He died 16 years before the Civil War and defended states rights (but not secession). A forerunner to southern-style Dixiecrats, Jackson might well endorse Rick Perry and the "grassroots" Tea Party. Assuming Texas' grass and roots are part of the U.S. at the time of endorsement. I mean, what's to stay around for if you reject federal income tax, civil rights, health care, the Federal Reserve, Social Security and Medicare?