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calendar   Wednesday - January 02, 2008

If only we could vote for the next US president

I thought BMEWS readers might be interested in this view from an arch Brit conservative and assoc. editor of The Telegraph.
If I could vote for this guy, were he running for office, I’d vote as often as possible.  I read him faithfully and wish we had him for our president.
Then clone him and put him in congress and senate.  It’s a longish piece he’s written, some may not agree but click the link at end for the rest.

If only we could vote for the next US president

By Simon Heffer
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 02/01/2008

Tomorrow sees - at last - a real vote in an American election campaign that has already run for a year.

I doubt we shall be much the wiser on Friday about who will be the next president of the United States, but we can be forgiven for expressing relief that this international spectator sport is now under way. Only 10 more months and it will be over.

Many Britons will feel it would be rather nice to have a vote, too. Well, maybe not a whole vote: I would settle for one worth 50 per cent of those cast by American citizens.

After all, since we are a strategic colony of the US, it would be nice to have even a marginal say in how the empire chooses to dispose our goodwill and our blood and treasure. Such considerations were explicit in the founding of the US, and what’s sauce for the goose…

For many around the world, especially among that tragic tribe for whom politics is a recreation, what will play out between now and November 4 will be simply entertainment.

One can almost see their point. It is far from clear who will bag the Republican or the Democrat nominations. It is far from clear whether Mayor Bloomberg of New York will run as an independent.

Indeed, so many factors are so far from clear that the entire election is a pea-souper. Is John McCain too old? Is Barack Obama too black, or not black enough?

Is Mike Huckabee serious (he thinks he is, but that’s quite another matter)? Will Rudy Giuliani last the course? Is Mitt Romney too Mormon? Above all, is Hillary Clinton too Hillary Clinton?

Even if the fog remains thick after Iowa, we should not have to wait too long for some definitive trends to emerge. The New Hampshire primaries next week will either confirm or deny what Iowa throws up.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 01/02/2008 at 06:38 AM   
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