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The Ultimate Outsider For President: David Petraeus

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The Man Who Would Be President?

With the rampant disgust voters have with our current crop of politicians and wannabes, who should they look for as a fresh face on the scene? Even Palin is starting to look like old schtick, voters and tea party supporters are starting to look around and say, who will take the lead?

Some are saying David Petraeus is the man for the day. Many times in our history we have looked to men who have served with distinction in the military to lead us in Washington. To name a few:
George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysse S Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight David Eisenhower.

From the Telegraph:

Many voters yearn for an outsider, someone with authenticity, integrity and proven accomplishment. Someone who has not spent their life plotting how to ascend the greasy pole, adjusting every utterance for maximum political advantage.
In this toxic climate, perhaps the only public institution that has increased in prestige in recent years is the American military. Its officers are looked upon, as General George Patton once noted, as “the modern representatives of the demi-gods and heroes of antiquity”.


Toxic climate indeed and no better an analogy than a “greasy pole”. Someone once said that politics is like hollywood for ugly people. Well, the greasy pole is a competition for those whose only advantage is that they are what I call “sfaciamo” or no faced, meaning they can have any number of faces. Call it multiplicitous as to only duplicitous. As they say, we reap what we sow.

So, does David have a chance? Would he run? Does the Tea Party (The Ersatz GOP, or is it the other way around?) want him?

We could do a lot worse, and we have.

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Written by James Lagnese

April 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Putin wants back in: Is Vlad the Impaler thirsty for blood?

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Putin is looking to get back in the game. Having sen the weakness in electing Obama, this will be a test for the next administration. Putin has already shown his willingness to flex what power he has irrespective of world opinion. He is much worse than Bush as he has no moral base. It will be interesting to see what happens. Juxtapose this with he alliance with Iran and China and Iran’s coming of age as a nuclear country. 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.
Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev’s first deputy chief of staff.
Under the plan, Medvedev could implement changes to the constitution and unpopular social reforms “so that Putin could return to the Kremlin for a longer period,” the newspaper said.
“Under this scenario Medvedev could resign early citing changes to the constitution and then presidential elections could take place in 2009,” the newspaper said, citing the unidentified source close to the Kremlinl.
The paper said Putin, who is currently prime minister, could then rule for two six year terms, so from 2009 to 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009.
Investors, already jittery over the impact of the financial crisis on Russia’s economic boom, are trying to work out who is really in charge of Russia, the biggest question for those seeking to ascertain political risk.
They are seeking any details on how the current set up — with Medvedev as president and Putin as prime minister — could change. During Medvedev’s speech Wednesday the Russian stock market erased most of the gains it made earlier in the day.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Alison Williams)

Written by James Lagnese

November 6, 2008 at 7:25 am

Putin wants back in: Is Vlad the Impaler thirsty for blood?

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Putin is looking to get back in the game. Having sen the weakness in electing Obama, this will be a test for the next administration. Putin has already shown his willingness to flex what power he has irrespective of world opinion. He is much worse than Bush as he has no moral base. It will be interesting to see what happens. Juxtapose this with he alliance with Iran and China and Iran’s coming of age as a nuclear country. 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.
Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev’s first deputy chief of staff.
Under the plan, Medvedev could implement changes to the constitution and unpopular social reforms “so that Putin could return to the Kremlin for a longer period,” the newspaper said.
“Under this scenario Medvedev could resign early citing changes to the constitution and then presidential elections could take place in 2009,” the newspaper said, citing the unidentified source close to the Kremlinl.
The paper said Putin, who is currently prime minister, could then rule for two six year terms, so from 2009 to 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009.
Investors, already jittery over the impact of the financial crisis on Russia’s economic boom, are trying to work out who is really in charge of Russia, the biggest question for those seeking to ascertain political risk.
They are seeking any details on how the current set up — with Medvedev as president and Putin as prime minister — could change. During Medvedev’s speech Wednesday the Russian stock market erased most of the gains it made earlier in the day.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Alison Williams)

Written by James Lagnese

November 6, 2008 at 7:25 am