The race of the donkeys ends in 2008, and the jackasses are already out of the gate. The donkey with the most energetic burst of speed is Barack Obama, but the jackass in the lead is Hillary Clinton. Her massive teeth and leftwing kick may hold off Obama for a while, but the race may come down to the wire. Perhaps.
Both continue to attack Bush's policies in Iraq, but are slowly realizing that their ultra-liberal stances are actually pushing voters away from them. With the recent election for Congress where a number of Democrats leaning more to the center won their races, it is clear that though their propaganda to make people believe that all things conservative are evil, Pelosi at the helm in the House have reminded people that all things liberal are not what folks desire as well.
The dark horses (or should I say dark asses) are John Edwards and Al Gore. Edwards seems to be leading the opposition to the war, his surge energized by Bush's Iraq troop increase. Fact is, as evil as Hillary and Obama are, they have voiced that they wouldn't vote for a funding cutoff, now that the troops are in harm's way (and Hillary claims that is the whole reason Bush pushed for the increase in troop numbers, and is stepping up deployment). Edwards is not a Senator, and doesn't have to vote, so he does not feel obliged to make the same statement, and having the strongest anti-war position of the group, he'll probably even proclaim Obama and Hillary weak for "not standing up to the evil Bush."
Al Gore has created his own niche among the environmentalists with his movie about global warming, but I think that most people are beginning to take his movie about as seriously as Jimmy Carter's book, which makes Gore look stupid, if you ask me.
Hillary Clinton will probably win the race because of the army of single women that will flock to the booths just so they can make sure a woman takes office in the White House. And why not her? She made history by winning a United States Senate seat as first lady.
And Hillary is in to win.
And she may win, because the Republicans are fast losing the trust of conservatives. Reaganite Republicans recognize that George W. Bush is a neo-con, and disagree with a number of his issues. Despite the disagreements, he has been voted in for two terms because his liberal counterparts are too frighteningly stupid, and would love to see the United States of America driven into the ground by socialist ideals.
Reagan was the great communicator. He pushed policies that were rooted in firm ideas that seethed with common sense, and he pulled it off with a Democrat-controlled Congress. They passed because they were grounded in truth, and were proven to work. He stood nose to nose with the Soviet Union until it collapsed, and he cut taxes so that the American economy could soar.
Now, Republicans have forgotten that if given the chance, the human spirit will rise to the occasion when not shackled by the oppression of socialistic ideas, or taxation that has overstepped its limits. Republicans have squandered the legacy bequeathed to them. They have failed to follow what Reagan taught. As a result, the Democrats won the elections last November.
Conservatives need to take back the Republican Party by supporting Social Security reform that returns the system to what it was originally intended to be, shrink the size and scope of the welfare system, make some concerted effort to stop abortion, limit federally funded stem cell research, and halt federal expansionism.
Even their attitude needs to be adjusted. When Foley's Folly exposed the man's inappropriate pursuit of Capitol Hill pages, the Republican Party acted as if it was a public relations problem. They fought to protect the image of the Party. It was a morality problem that should have been approached as such. They did not recognize it as a problem of immorality, and failed to take punitive actions against Mr. Foley. The GOP has forgotten Reagan's words. They fail to remember that those in the government are beholden to the people. They are supposed to be honorable public servants.
Republicanism has been hijacked by liberal Republicans, and the solid conservatives are crouching in the corner.
Conservatism is on the rise in nationwide trends. Heck, conservatism is even on the rise in the Democratic Party. Jim Webb is a former Republican, and Bob Casey Jr. is pro-life.
Meanwhile, the Republicans have expanded the federal government, and the lesson don't seem to be clear to them. Bush's Administration must do what it can to return the party to conservative ideas, or a candidate that stands for conservatism must rise from the ashes, otherwise, the donkey race will provide the next President of the United States in 2008, and I don't think this nation can withstand another four years of a Clinton at the helm.