Friday, August 31, 2012

The Chair was a Car Wreck

Clint Eastwood was an actor I could watch and enjoy. Fictional stories and  the characters created in books and movies allow us to examine their behavior in stressed, conflicted situations so we think and maybe learn. I liked his acting. Later, I liked movies he directed. I liked his attitude in interviews. I was impressed that he got into local government. Now, at 82 he tried to invoke those tools that he had used for years and they failed him. I had to tell my Dad to stop driving his car when he was 85 before he killed himself and someone else. I do not blame the GOP, I'd have been hard pressed to turn him down. That dialog with the chair was a car wreck. I feel sorry for Mr. Eastwood and a little sorry for myself at realizing we all have limits. No one should talk down to the President of the US.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Comments on Character

Last night I watched the GOP Convention and dozed. Something came to mind.
Candidates spend their entire lives competing in elections. Preparing to compete, raising money to compete, listening to constituent groups with disparate agendas. Molding those constituent views into a plausible campaign plans. Finally campaigning in a primary.
Who are their competitors? Older more experienced incumbents, younger fresh faced talented newcomers, well moneyed industrialists, well informed academics, and senators becoming governors or governors becoming senators. All from your own party. Heaven knows, then you must face the opposition party. Who can a new presidential candidate trust?
Spouse's with foibles and personal political paper trails, family with opinions and normal weaknesses of character, advisers with agendas and personal expectations and plans, an opposition party ensconced in both houses of Congress, and the media, and to what degree are those pesky SCOTUS  members in your court? (I left out the military, CIA, NSA, and Secret Service because they are too stealthy to comment on.) Maybe past Presidents?
You had better believe in yourself and your ideas. You need real courage of the quality of your convictions. You need to be able to teach, decide, explain, cajole, finesse, care, empathize, and wake up in the face of doom, well presented and ready for each day.
I am comfortable we have that person in the White House. How does the latest opposition candidate compare? Like previous presidents he'll need and take advice from an array of folks. Who are they likely to be? You may think he's good and smart and capable. In spite of all the rhetoric and bluster, do you really think he has enough?