05
Feb
08

The Autopsy Political Compass

Ducan Hunter blew my mind.  Seriously.

He’s the guy with the best conservative cred, and the conservative base abandoned him and flocked to Rudy, Mitt, McCain and Huckabee.  I was a bit confused, then my head exploded when Hunter endorsed Huckabee.  Seriously.  I was shell-shocked for about two days.

Duncan.. Huckabee?  Why?  I could understand Rudy, or Mitt, or McCain– but Huck?  My guess is Huck offered him VP and Duncan thought he could have a meaningful impact on policy in a Cheneyesque manner.  To have Hunter as President of the Senate would be awesome.  You listening, Mitt?  John?

So, I had to regroup.  Then McCain started winning.  The Maverick was on the loose.  And my head exploded again.

Yes, two explosions.  But it still works.  It must be American made!

So, we’ll see how Super Tuesday fares.  I’m feeling a McCain vicotry, and I’m dreading it.  If McCain locks up the nomination today, the head won’t explode, but I’m going to have to actively work against McCain.

We should elect a Democrat.   Bring on Hillary.  Bring on Obama.  We need to have 4-8 years of meandering bollocks policy.  Seriously.  America needs to remember why we don’t elect Democrats any more.   The last thing we need is President McCain reminding the people of the country why we don’t like electing Republicans.  We need to be able to point at the past and say, “We did things your way.  See what happened to the country?”  We need people to flock to the polls, overwhelmingly elect a Hillary or an Obama and have them enact 8 years of the worst legislation ever.  We need to dispel the myth that people should vote for a race of a gender because it would be historic.  We need 8 years of boneheaded leadership that puts Bush’s leadership to shame.

For that reason, I’m endorsing any Democrat for President this year.  Please, enter office.  Get out a plan for Universal Health Care.  Pull us out of Iraq and instead put us into Darfur.  Enact sweeping Global Warming legislation.  Do it all!  DO IT ALL, GUYS!  Don’t let any stone go unturned.  Show us how a good Liberal runs the country, and do it 100%.

That was the problem with Bill Clinton.  In 1994, he figured out that everything he was doing caused a Republican backlash that cost him the House, and later, the Senate.  I don’t think Hillary or Obama have that self-editing power.  They’ll roll on with their mismanagement, and there will be a revolution.  And hopefully we’ll be able to send Code Pink, MoveOn.org, DailyKos, CAIR, and everyone else on a quick trip to nowhere.

Then, in 2012 or 2016, Duncan Hunter can run again, or some other conservative (me!), and start reducing the National Debt, fixing Social Security, cutting pork, reducing the size of government, and getting America out of the hole its dug itself for the past 50 years.


4 Responses to “The Autopsy Political Compass”


  1. 2 William
    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Becareful what you wish for. The job will be tough for anyone. Inheriting 2 poorly conceived and planned wars, a failing economy, deteriorating international relations…. the damage Bush has done will not be reparable in 4 years. However, a liberal will certainly be better equipped to do it.

    Liberals by nature are are much more adaptable than conservatives. Are better at problem solving and at altering their habitual responses in order to cope with changing circumstances.

    A recent study
    shows what we all know. “Stay the course” is a conservative ailment.

    The study found: “liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern…. conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty.”

    Basically saying that conservatives tend to rely on ‘persistence’ in a ‘habitual response pattern,’ despite signals that this response pattern should change.

  2. 3 Matt R
    February 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    The abstract reads like so: “Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty.”

    Presuppostiton & Prejudice: What political scientists and pshcologists? Sterotype.
    Tautulogy: “Conservatives” by definition are more structured. However, there is a big difference between that and the political definition.

    ” We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.”
    Sorry. It says liberals (what are their params for liberals anyway?) are more senistive to new stimuli. It says nothing about ‘persistance.” Maybe they are saying Liberals are “quitters?”

    Then there is the problems of leadership and problem solving in the real world.

    And, in my opinion, the more persistant man will always win out over a smarter, lazier man.

  3. 4 William
    February 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Basically saying that conservatives tend to rely on ‘persistence’ in a ‘habitual response pattern,’ despite signals that this response pattern should change.

    STAY THE COURSE!!


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