But on the other hand, he is a big old geek.
And he's a smoker.
And he's a CrackBerry addict.
In other political news, I like singer Melissa Etheridge's solution to protesting the ridiculous and bigoted passage of Prop 8.
And with the wreckage of the SS GOP washing up on shore, lots of column inches have been devoted to "what now?" for the elephants. Here's something from the always entertaining P.J. O'Rourke. Here's a feedback form, taking ideas on rebuilding the party. (definitely worth checking out, and I'll come back to that in a moment). Here's what the so-called "evangelicals" think about candidates. Here's a clear-headed article entitled "Free The GOP." And here's a discussion of the "Libertarian Temptation."
Currently, the thinking about the GOP retrenchment seems to fall along two lines:
- Retreat further into "the base," and organize the party around supernatural underpinnings, "cultural" issues, and using government and politics to advance an intolerant, judgmental and constitution-warping theocracy.
- Embrace the "big-tent" theory, and move the party more toward an inclusive, small-government and Libertarian philosophy.
Go back to that "Rebuild the Party" site, and look at the ideas in order of the votes:
- Reach out to Ron Paul.
- Make room for Libertarians.
- Fiscal conservatism, limited government, constitutional rights.
- "Small c" conservatives (removing the dogma).
- Embrace the Fair Tax.
- Be inclusive.
- Embrace science.
- A party that wants to give you the freedom to believe what you want to personally believe, without infringing on anyone else's rights? Or...
- A party that will only accept you if you adhere to their dogmatic, insular, prejudiced and theological constraints?