“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, May 17, 2008

McCain or a Nightmare?

Gingrich applauds McCain while in Phoenix

May 16th, 2008
by Bob McClay/KTAR

Arizona senator John McCain got high praise today from one of the nation's top conservatives.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told a crowd of 800 people at the Arizona Biltmore that conservatives should rally around John McCain.

"If your choice is Senator Obama or Senator McCain or your choice is Senator Clinton or Senator McCain, I don't think any rational person who's conservative can do anything except try to help Senator McCain because the alternative is a nightmare," he said to applauds.

Gingrich said Obama has yet to express exactly what he stands for. He added conservatives will disagree with McCain about 20 percent of the time, but that he is still the best candidate for president.


  1. Wife's hoity toidy friends laughed when I danced like that.
    (not as much energy as the gals in the cages, but I wasn't preforming live then.
    ...or now.)

  2. Ted Kennedy medivaced to hospital

  3. At least Mary Jo won't have to live out eternituy w/him.

  4. "ty"
    First Pub win of the election cycle.

  5. "What happens to the Republicans in 2008 will likely be dictated by what didn't happen in 2005, and '06, and '07. The moment when the party could have broken, on principle, with the administration – over the thinking behind and the carrying out of the war, over immigration, spending and the size of government – has passed. What two years ago would have been honorable and wise will now look craven. They're stuck.

    Mr. Bush has squandered the hard-built paternity of 40 years. But so has the party, and so have its leaders. If they had pushed away for serious reasons, they could have separated the party's fortunes from the president's. This would have left a painfully broken party, but they wouldn't be left with a ruined "brand," as they all say, speaking the language of marketing. And they speak that language because they are marketers, not thinkers. Not serious about policy. Not serious about ideas.
    And not serious about leadership, only followership.

  6. It's the Beauty of our System. The Lefties have been Miserable for 8 years; now, we get to be miserable for 8 years.

    We, ALL, get our fair share of "Misery."

  7. Rufus: It's the Beauty of our System. The Lefties have been Miserable for 8 years; now, we get to be miserable for 8 years.

    Don't count out the American electorate. We prefer divided government. I foresee a Dem Congress, McCain as Pres, and a lot of vetoes and finger pointing.

  8. Bush is holding hands with the King of Saudi Arabia again.

  9. That's pathetic, the leader of the free world begging to up our dose of foreign oil and being told to pack sand by some camel jockeys.

  10. Chuck Berry, dang that old stuff is good.

  11. Misery all round, that's the ticket.

  12. McCain will be a nightmare.
    But'd he'd be "our" nightmare

    No thanks
    I'll not particpate in the affirmation of a negative.

    Obama's "Plan" for Iraq is better for US and Iraq, regardless.

  13. DR, McCain's plan is to withdraw our forces to their Iraq bases. Obama's plan is to withdraw from Iraq totally, which would require a re-invasion if things go south. Patton hated to take the same real estate twicet.