Tune into Right Wing Radio and whew! Conservative Meltdown! Conservatives of the economic, social, and religious persuasions are throwing a tantrum, because suddenly they have been confronted with the idea that they do not necessarily own, control, or comprise a clear majority of the Republican Party. They remind me of the Sunnis, who were misled into thinking that they were the majority of people in Iraq. The liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein and the Baath (toxic mix of Pan-Arab Nationalism and Neo-Nazism) Party was not nearly as shocking to the Sunnis as the realization that they really didn't have the numbers to call the shots in any kind of reasonably democratic Iraq.
Well, get over it. In this anomalous year nobody from the so-called Conservative "base" is running for the Republican nomination. (Sorry, Huckabee may be a minister, and may be socially conservative, but he didn't make it around the fiscal conservative marker while he was Governor of Arkansas.) This allowed moderately conservative Republicans to be heard, for the first time since Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America." Just deal with it, people.
Of the four front runners, Obama, McCain, and Romney all seem to be decent, honest people (for politicians). I can't apply those adjectives to Hillary Clinton because of the way her campaign has tried to play both sides of the race card against Obama (just to cite the most recent outrage from a list that goes back two decades). Hillary's strength is that she has been around and knows politics, but her weakeness is that half the electorate viscerally hates her and her husband. She will be divisive merely by being President, regardless of what she intends, says, or does. We don't need four to eight more years of partisanship. Obama's strength is his potential to quell the partisan bickering in Congress with his personal charm. McCain may be able to quell the partisan bickering with his willingness to compromise, something notoriously lacking on both sides of the Congressional aisle. And McCain may appear the most scary to Ameria's enemies. Romney's strength is his ability to explain economics to Congress and the American people. And the economy will loom large not only in this election year, but for years to come.
On the other hand, I've started reading the Book of Mormon. Between appearances of the ubiquitous phrase, "And it came to pass," it is revealed that there are only two churches: the church of the Lamb of God (I assume the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and the church of the devil (I assume everybody else, including Protestants like me). I wonder how I'll feel about working for a government led by president who believes I'm going to hell. Or have I been doing that already? [added note: see Blainn's coment.]