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The latest SSKs in the intention-deficit Republican line-up

January 23, 2008

My husband hailed me through my mental airlock to alert me to the recent Republican casualties. It’s funny how, when your concentration is totally occupied with something, everything else that’s going on seems peripherally to reflect the object of your concentration. I’m knitting a sock right now, concentrating on the strategic decreases that are forming the heel gusset. Oops! Three candidates just got SSK’d.

The difference between my sock gusset and the Republicans is that the Republican decreases were inevitable but unintentional. They have no clear target in sight and no definition of what they will look like when they finish. They’ll be able to say anything about where they are, how they got there, and where they’re going from there. At least I will have a sock.

Fred Thompson quit with only a little more decisiveness than he entered the Presidential race.

Huckabee isn’t looking too flush financially.

Neither is Giuliani.

So that leaves Romney the Rich, McCain the Equivocal, and, um, who else…oh yeah, Ron Paul! Ron Paul, the media’s favorite contender pretender. Ron Paul, who has never wavered on a single position in all his public life. Ron Paul: watch him blindside the conservative pretenders at the Convention.

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  1. January 23, 2008 1:38 pm

    Just this morning I was listening to the local conservative truth-station for traffic reports on the way to work.

    The national talking head was saying that, on economic policies, the only person who made sense was Ron Paul.

    There were callers who said things like, “I was supporting Thompson, but now I see Ron Paul might be a viable candidate. If only he were better on the war. . . .”

    So there is perhaps a subtle sea change. Some are waking up. It’s hard to open the eyes after long hypnosis, but a slap of crisis helps.

    It doesn’t hurt that the so-called grown-ups with their hands on the levers of power are visibly panicking–even their “nothing to worry about here” mantra sounds a bit forced and shrill while they are dumping funny-money ballast from every port.

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