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How a bout a new ticket?

Dear Editor:The upcoming election promises to be a shell game where the gem is missing, or perhaps a round of Let’s Make a Deal where we greet the donkey behind door No. 3. Will the voters forgive the elephant for all the folks crushed beneath Dick Cheney’s favorite marionette? Or will the Democrats turn the White House into the Waffle House?Pick your poison. With regard to Bush II, he has been riding in the rumble seat of a bicycle built for two, steered this way and that by a tattered conservative ideology that expired along with Leonid Brezhnev. Even if we grant that Bush is both genuine and resolute, there is a profound sense that he is not able to moderate or contribute to the republican ideology that he promotes. It is as though he rules by grafting some generic governance template on a situation that is far beyond his depth. Economy bad? War Good!The simple nature of this man is revealed in his public speaking, where each sound byte is backlit by the infamous smirk, the moment where he gratifies himself with wisdom owned by a speech writer. As if in amazement at the words that tumble off his tongue, he spins a cogent moment and his lips curl up in delight. Truly, if George Bush fell off a cliff, he would see someone else’s life pass before his eyes. That said, I wonder if Kerry understands the complexity of the situation he may be entering. We understand from the press that he is either a thoughtful man or indecisive, constantly re-evaluating situations. This would be admirable if we wanted Socrates (a fictional character) for a president. I think the press has it wrong. Kerry is not part of some liberal conspiracy. True liberals would first seek federal aid for a conspiracy and be found out. It’s more conceivable that he has an anemic plan, and will likely make ridiculous concessions to curry the favor of the international community. Do we really care what Jacque Chirac thinks? Militarily, Kerry would be the proud benefactor of a Republican regime that reminded the world that there really is a stick to go with the carrot. So, how do you vote? John McCain was my pick. When he speaks, no one else’s lips move. I don’t know how Mr. McCain would manage an act of aggression in Glenwood Springs (a question posed by an eminent colonel from Carbondale in a letter some time ago). I suppose George Bush would send troops into the town of Meeker while Kerry hosted sensitivity trainingsLike I said, pick your poison. Would you like curare or belladonna with your candidate? Personally, I’d revise the ticket. Cheney would make a fine dish of sacrificial lamb. Halliburton could make a killing on the dinner. Could the Republican party be revived after the Iraq blunder with a Colin Powell replacement (CPR)? Any takers? Bush-McCain maybe?Bruce MunroeNew Castle


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