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      Tim Russert was negative towards Huckabee today. Always insisting on the inevitability of John McCain. The whole interview was remarkable for absolutely no opportunity for Huckabee to flesh out his own opinions. He was constantly on the defensive about his friends and their troubles. Russert tried to drag Huckabee into the current flap between Sen. Grassly and Evangelist Ken Copeland. Granted McCain has an obvious lead in delegates so far but the primaries this week showed there was no huge across the board, sustaining momentum developing for the McCain candidacy. Big states coming up are by no means a given for McCain. Texas could be a surprise for everyone. It should have been noted that Ron Paul got a very large vote in Washington State and could do very well in Texas. But as usual, Ron Paul was not on the table today on the program.
      I would have liked to have heard more from Huckabee on the Wars and his fair tax. For example, would the fair tax, if instituted, and the IRS abolished, also contain a general amnesty for all violators, convicted and potential, of the current IRS Tax code? Or would the investigations continue? I would have liked to hear how the change over would occur in practical terms on the ground. It would have been nice to hear Huckabee discuss his approach to foreign policy. It's clear to me that the Meet The Press hour and it's sponsors are annoyed that Huckabee is continuing his campaign. So all we heard was talk about fried squirrels, Cuba flip flops, so called Life issues and would Huckabee be a Vice Presidential candidate for the "inevitable" McCain.
     I suppose it will take Huckabee actually winning way more delegates for anyone in media to take him seriously. But as it is, no one will know what they're voting for. It seems that actual issues are just not going to be discussed in the media. Wouldn't you love to hear how the candidates will actually approach Iraq, Iran, Israel, Sub Prime scandals, infrastructure, banking, currency and inflation, Globalism, terrorism, Pakistan, America's place in the global economy, Russia, China, Africa, Health Care and Freedom and quality of life issues. Enough of this ready on day one stuff. Ready to do what exactly, simply and honestly without the caveats and double talk would be a nice change. But I suppose Americans really only want slogans and vague promises. Because that's what all we're getting and we're apparently showing up to vote in the primaries in record numbers.
      There was some talk today about the delegate selection process and the super delegates. Super delegates are Party insiders, whatever that means, ex presidents, Governors, congress and who knows who else. The whole process seems to thwart popular vote selection of candidates in favor of special interests. In the end, in spite of all this sloganeering about change, it looks like it's going to be more same ol same ol. And frankly, that's the way it will be no matter who is elected. Or selected, as it seems to be the way it really is done.
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