Here’s what I walk away from the presidential campaign with, in my head: an unbelievably exhilarating journey to be sure. But you stand on the debate stage, time after time — after, I don’t know, ten or fifteen of those gameshows, that’s what they seemed like after a while — and you look at those who are willing to run for the highest office in the land. And I can myself in this statement as well: you say, I a country of 315 million good and decent people — great innovators, leaders of higher education, great scientists, great innovators, great business folks, good moms and dads — this is the best we can do? I mean, you gotta say the barriers to entry are pretty damn low when you get right down to it. We are only as good as the people we put forward, you know what I mean? We are only as good as the people we put forward and who are willing to get involved in the system. And everybody out there will say, But the pain threshold is pretty high and it’s so invasive and why would anybody want to get into a situation where you gotta disclose everything? Well, it is what it is. And our system is transparent. And it’s from time to time pretty brutal, and it’s a rough-and-tumble system but it’s going to require an infusion of your vitality, energy and good thinking that will bring about some reasonable solutions.
It is an abomination and we gotta fix it.
She sat down and said, Let me just make one thing abundantly clear before we begin this journey. She said, If you pander, if you sign any of those damn pledges I will leave you. And I thought, Oh, this is going to be an interesting journey. How do you compete in the early primary states without being able to pander, for heaven’s sake?! That’s just part of the political landscape.
Thank you for that very thoughtful introduction and making me sound a lot cooler than I am. You forgot the most important part which is I’m just a failed rock-and-roll musician. And so what happens if you’re a failed rock-and-roll musician, what is the natural fallback position? Politics, right?
That’s impossible to know.
[Former Utah Gov. Huntsman] took a moderate stance on many social issues as governor and also supported carbon emissions cap-and-trade legislation to reduce heat-trapping gases, another Tea Party no-no. “On a good day, he’s a socialist,” said Darcy Van Orden, a co-founder of Utah Rising, a clearinghouse group, referring to Mr. Huntsman. “On a bad day, he’s a communist.”
[Former Utah Gov. Huntsman] took a moderate stance on many social issues as governor and also supported carbon emissions cap-and-trade legislation to reduce heat-trapping gases, another Tea Party no-no.
“On a good day, he’s a socialist,” said Darcy Van Orden, a co-founder of Utah Rising, a clearinghouse group, referring to Mr. Huntsman. “On a bad day, he’s a communist.”
I’ve never been much into vices.
He’ll be the first to tell you he doesn’t deserve it, the rest of us don’t deserve it, it’s temporary, and it’s there to do something good with before we die.
I wrote the note, and I’d write it again.
Presidential campaigns result in one of two outcomes. It divides the family, sometimes irreparably or it makes you a whole lot closer. It made our family a whole lot closer.