Just a few random thoughts…
In Britain, the Conservatives have taken power in Parliament. Conservatives over there are far more liberal than over here, still, it’s an encouraging development. Nicholas Sarkozy in France, Conservatives in power in Parliament, Boris Johnson, first Conservative Mayor of London in thirty years—all good signs. Maybe conservatism is starting to make a comeback of sorts in Europe.
I’m reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I’m on about page 900, and it’s an interesting book, but really, Rand really isn’t much of a storyteller. I’ve never seen a plot move so slowly and pointlessly—the main characters overcome a crisis, the liberal government creates a ridiculous regulation creating another crisis; the main characters overcome it, on and on and on. And I saw the big “surprise” coming from about page 150, so I didn’t even have that to look forward to. Anyway, for those who have read it, I’m just to the part where the government has unleashed their ultimate weapon, which actually is about twice as impressive as anything the capitalists produced. I’ll have more thoughts on the book when I’m finished with it.
For years, Bill O’Reilly has salivated over the prospect of Hillary coming on his program. Then, when she did go on, she did a great job and probably got a boost. This is one of the strangest elections ever.
It seems that more and more conservatives are praising Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana—Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin spring to mind. He would make a great running mate for McCain, but probably should remain governor of Louisiana for a while longer. In 2012, though, he would be a great GOP nominee.
Apparently, former liberal talk show host and Senatorial candidate Al Franken has gotten into some foe tax troubles, which could threaten his Senate candidacy. His books were some of the first liberal books I read, and I initially thought that there was something to them, till a little googling showed that he didn’t seem to bother with any research at all. His books are mean-spirited and very unfunny (he wrote an entire book basically calling Rush Limbaugh fat; how clever). He is one of the last people I want to see in the Senate.
I’m almost certainly not going to vote for a third party candidate, but if I did, I would probably vote for Bob Barr. He seems less crazy than most third party candidates, and was a decent Congressman. His biggest drawback is that he would probably want to pull troops out of Iraq immediately. Still, for those who won’t vote McCain, he is the best substitute.
UK’s Telegraph tried to rate the top 50 pundits. I’m not sure what kind of methodology was used, but it couldn’t have been a good one—Chris Matthews was ranked number two! Karl Rove was ranked first. Even though they rarely make much sense, I love these lists.