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August 28, 2014


Carol Hendrix

Sadly, I have to agree with you.


We don't know Hillary's personal beliefs, but personnel is policy. That's why I don't have high hopes for an HRC presidency.

Peter G

Happily I agree with you. Clinton will win and her behavior in real terms with be more or less exactly what Obama's is and must be, driven by pragmatism and expediency. I have precious little use for idealists. And in this case the American political system will deliver exactly what it has evolved to deliver.

As fascinating as the complexities of the divided system of government used in the US is, I have come to the conclusion that I prefer the parliamentary system we use in Canada. It delivers much better outcomes. We have great traditions. The supporters of whatever party is out of power always accuse whoever is prime minister of being a dictator. Which is more or less true. As it was when their fellow was in power. Canada is run from the Prime Minister's office. We have what we like to call responsible government and you know what they say, with great power comes great responsibility. And also all the blame when you screw up. The disconnect in America's political system of power and responsibility is pretty well designed to lead to dysfunction whenever it is least desirable. And what caused this evolution towards dysfunction? I think you nailed it the other day when you spoke of the poll driven politics made possible by modern technology. Hillary is the best that your system can now deliver.

Jon Ponder

I don't see Romney as sufficiently savvy to carry off scheming. Consider how awful he is at being a serial liar. (Steve Benen kept track of Romney's lies back in 2012. He gets away with it because mainstream political reporters are too terrified of being branded as liberals to call him out. If a Democrat lied as often and as recklessly as Romney, his or her career would be over.

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