Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm Officially in Mourning

Fred's dead. (Link goes to Volokh Conspiracy)

No, not really dead. He's dropped out of the race for President.

Okay, so I realize his poll numbers were abysmal not too long after the post-announcement honeymoon. But now I can't vote for him. My choices now apparently have been reduced to Rudy Bolonioniagni, the Romneybot, and Great-Great-Great-Great Grandpa McCain.

I just don't know what to do now. I've been a "Friend of Fred" since September 12 of last year, and now I'm a ship without a rudder. A sailboat without wind. A dinghy without an oar. A canoe without a paddle.

I didn't even get a break-up email. I don't know why. I'm on the mailing list, along with all of Fred's other Friends, and he didn't even have the common courtesy to call me first. I would have convinced him not to quit.

Seriously, if my vote now is to be a protest vote, shouldn't I be able to cast it for a conservative candidate instead of Pollyanny, Romneybot, or John-Jacob-Jingleheimer-McCain?

And don't get me started on Huckabee. I've had quite enough of allowing Arkansas to determine the future of the nation, thank you very much.

And so, with great reluctance, I will remove the "Fred '08" widget from this page. I will add in its place a similarly widgety widget for Ron Paul, if I can find one.

If not, oh well. Maybe I'll vote for a Democrat. It'd be the same as voting for a Republican now, anyway.


CCB said...

and what Democrat would the Great Aggle consider voting for?

Aggle said...

Oh, I don't know, anybody but Hilary, though.

I'm tired of the Bush-Clinton dynasty. That Bill is all buddy-buddy with Daddy Bush makes me want to go get my tinfoil hat out of storage.

SheepishLion said...

Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul

CCB said...

Ron Paul seems like a good fit for you, Aggle. I think he hands out tin foil hats to his supporters.

Aggle said...

He's the only one who's honest about what he'll do, which is something.

The others all blather on about what they're going to do, when we all know they'll really just maintain the status quo.

Oh, sure, there'll be a couple of minor changes no matter who's elected. Iraq, maybe China, a little fiddlin' with health care, a little fiddlin' with social insecurity; but nothing of any substance is going to happen unless Paul's elected.

CCB said...

I watched RP on Meet the Press a few weeks ago and I liked his honesty too. And this guy definitely wants to make changes. But the changes he wants to make are radical and will never happen. And that's a good thing in most cases--because he's a little crazy.

Aggle said...

That's the whole point. Someone who's campaigning on a platform of "tweaking," like all of the Democrats and all Republicans except Paul; all they're going to succeed at is cosmetic change.

If Paul's elected, the eventual compromises will result in ACTUAL change.

Which is what the country really needs.

Aggle said...

And what Pres. candidate isn't "a little crazy?"

It's a crappy job. I wouldn't want it.

CCB said...

Well there is a difference between "you have to be crazy to want to run for/be PODUS" and "dude has some crazy-ass ideas."

I agree that the country desperately needs real change. Change in policy, in perspective, in tone. That's why I'm supporting Obama.

His policies are not off the map, but his tone and approach are. That, in my opinion, is the only way actual change will happen.