Friday, October 08, 2004

Bummer

One thing that should be obvious, I guess, was brought home for me by what I saw of this debate. It's impossible for an honest conservative to get elected President.

When Bush is completely straightforward, he's generally not conservative (e.g., we spent lots of money on education, have a bunch of new environmental laws, more Medicare entitlements), and when he's conservative, he has to dissemble at least a bit. Ok - you can be straightforwardly conservative on a few issues, like judges who don't legislate, and, interestingly, abortion. Plus, it's been long established (since 72, at least) that an honest liberal has absolutely no chance of being elected.