Maybe read this first. Mine is rebuttal to it.
In Thursday's guest Column, The case for John Kasich is strong in
Wisconsin, the author's 'important point' is nominating a candidate
who can " ... bring a Republican into the White House after
eight long years of disappointment in Barack Obama." I
suppose this makes sense to someone who takes it as a given that a
Republican is always better than a Democrat for president.
was born at the end of the Eisenhower administration, the last of a
certain type of Republican president. Since then we've had
eight years of Democrats, JFK and LBJ, who set us on the path to the
moon and back and kicked off a technological revolution the benefits
of which still redound to us today, and The Civil Rights and Voting
Rights Acts. And some questionable decisions involving Vietnam.
Following that we got eight years of one Republican who
initially doubled down on Vietnam, despite having sensed the mood of
the electorate and campaigned as the peace candidate, and his
hand-picked successor, whose principal 'accomplishment' was to pardon
his predecessor, who had resigned under threat of impeachment, for
any and all crimes committed during his time as president.
Four years of a Democrat who at least tried to get us pointed in
the right direction again, energy-wise and in world affairs.
Twelve years of Republicans who assured us that we had been on the
right path all along and pulled out the credit card so we could have
low taxes and high spending, and got too much credit for 'winning the
Cold War.' Eight years of a Democrat who, personal peccadilloes
aside, oversaw a nicely growing economy and pursued a fairly
non-interventionist foreign policy. And eight years of a
Republican on whose watch the economy crashed and who started an
ill-defined and horribly executed global war that to this point has
accomplished a lot more bad then good.
And now 'eight long
years (actually still closer to seven) of disappointment' in the
Democrat who has overseen a steadily improving economy and whose big
'failure' is that he hasn't single-handedly turned the world into a
And yet still I should vote
Republican, no matter what?