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One can read a lot into this Palin controversy, but it does little to swing the election…

However, it does point out the elitism of the Republican Party, where unless you shop at Neiman Marcus, you can’t hang around with “them”.

“Can you get some nice clothes on her so we can get our pictures taken together? We shouldn’t be seen with someone who buys cheap clothes from Target.”

The Republican National Committee does not understand Main Street America.

How can any American expect their policies to help us as well?

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin describes herself as a “hard-core pro-lifer” and expresses confidence that in spite of disheartening polls, “putting this in God’s hands, that the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

Interpretation: she knows or believes the voting is fixed... Electronic manipulation in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and Colorado will make McCain the victor…

Lets review….

2004 Ohio

A compilation of Ohio’s voter fraud.

Books on Ohio’s voter fraud

election tampering
Courtesy of Rolling Stone

There is considerable evidence suggesting that some type of anomaly occurred during 2004. Although culpability has not been fingered by a fraud friendly justice department, that evidence that something really different occurred in 2004, different from anything else in history, is compelling.

The real problem is not with counting Acorn registered voters who most likely will not show up at the polls anyway… The  true problem we need to fear lies with the counting of votes that have actually been cast…

Already some real threats to democracy are emerging… They are not from the “left”.

Vote switching in West Virginia

Vote switching in Tennesee

Candidates not listed on voting machines in South Carolina

All incidents were on ES&S machines.

Long Lines in Florida for early Democratic voting. (machines breaking down)

CNN waits 3 1/4 hours in line to vote

Fear’s of Voting Machines Have Prompted 1/2 of Colorado to vote by mail.

An electronic voting machine in New Mexico was found to be operating on faulty software which could have eliminated hundreds of votes.

Just a few…

On another front, intimidating voters from voting and stripping voters from the lists…

A Republican sheriff in Greene County, Ohio, has demanded social security and other records from 302 local voters whose ballots he apparently wants to negate. The Sheriff says he has no evidence of voter fraud other than phone calls stating fraud was a possibility

In Franklin County, home of Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Capital University, Ohio Dominican University, and Otterbein College, election protection observers are reporting continuing surveillance by Republicans at Veterans Memorial, the site for early voting. The observers have documented Republican operatives taking photographs and writing down license plate numbers of voters. Election activists expect similar criminal charges

FBI over it’s own objections, is forced by Justice Department heads to investigate ACORN

Now in a nation of 300 million one would expect incidents to occur, especially with an embittered Republican base completely repudiated by all members of society and on the verge of one of the most debilitating electoral defeats ever recorded.. Obviously some diehards would like to pretend they are on Iwo Jima’s volcanic sands preserving the future vestiges of Democracy.. We expect kooks.

But what is notable… Is that on day 3 of early voting… all the incidents are in Democratic districts with intimidation aimed only at Democratic voters…. Where are the shams in Republican districts?

And if machines are breaking down during early voting, what on earth can we expect November 4th?

Prediction: the election will be closer than expected… It will be much closer than predicted by exit polling… It will be a narrow win for the Republicans but it won’t be because more people voted that way…..

It will be because many of those voting…. Poof….. didn’t…

New meaning in Sarah Palin’s prediction: that she is “putting this in God’s hands, that the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

Define “right”?

Off the top of my head, the following are a synopsis of battles being waged over the election districts of Delaware…

Property Rights:

Do developers have more of a right to your property than you do?

Do property owners have any right to control what happens in their neighborhood, especially alongside their parcels of land, if it directly impacts those very parcels?

Do manufactured housing owners have any rights to the rented property under which they built?

Open Government

Should caucuses and every meeting be open to the public?

Should all expenses be posted on line?

Should all budget and bond bills have 3 days scrutiny before being voted upon by the entire legislature?

State Budget:

Can we possibly cut spending any more, or are we finally forced to raise taxes this session?

Should the State augment local school spending to bring teaching up to standard?

Do we need to spend for more auditors?

How can we do what we do …. cheaper?


Should we continue with Charter Schools?

Should we eliminate the DSEA or whittle down their influence, as voice by Copeland and Lee?

Should Wilmington become it’s own school district, and busing inner city kids out to the suburbs be eliminated?


Should we hold those accountable who did not support the Bluewater Wind deal, and who threw up roadblocks at every attempt made to force our electric bills to go down?

Should we do better at holding large corporations accountable to environmental regulations, at the risk of losing jobs to another state which is less stringent?

Should we legislate environmental laws tougher, or more lenient due to economic reasons”


Should we reward someone with office, who 1) went to Seacrets, 2) included his legislative id with his driver’s license when pulled over, 3) drove 30 miles in Delaware while intoxicated (oh, he didn’t kill someone?), 4) cause his wife to call for back up in a domestic matter, 5) ask (threaten?) the babysitter not to tell a soul about what she had witnessed?

If he wins, can we still call Millsboro “God’s Country”, and can it still keep the insigna, In God We Trust, up on the corner bank?

Hi Joe, this is for you.

Who says repetition doesn’t sink in.

Most of you don’t attend these…  Like LG you have other obligations, and that’s ok.

Because here is what happened…. More or less.

Castle looked good.. O’Donnell came in late so he spoke by himself, then stood by himself after the process was done…  Shortly afterward he ducked out….

Gates was speaking, or trying to.  A decent looking guy, he should have been a Bollywood star, but public speaking was not his forte…  He is running against the Delaware Favorite: John Kowalko.  His campaign signs are lapis and lime green.  If you live in Newark you’ve seen them… Since I wasn’t planning to write anything, I didn’t take notes.. But he came across as a typical Republican with typical Republican answers, at a time when we know Republican answers don’t work…  When asked by a petitioner of his views on taxing pension benefits (I think), his answer was to leave it to the market place… (Huh?)  His time ran out and no one bothered a follow up, as we were all anxious for Kowalko to speak…

Kowalko, gosh darn I love him, but he needs someone to help him with his public speaking… I sympathize.  He and I share the same affliction of big ideas rushing out through a small hole, unfortunately making as much sense as jet engine….  Having bragged about him highly, my partner turned to me with a quizzical eye, and raising the left eyebrow, said “really”?  ” I was left to repeating the old adage, one uses anytime events don’t correlate with ones expectations… Bush uses the phrase a lot….  “Trust me,” I said. “He’s a saint…”  It’s obvious John cares about those who are victims… But I should volunteer my speech writing skills to him; even one of his constituents with whom John worked to remove a crack house in a neighborhood, required some clarification by John….

Of course John was most proud of his efforts to bring Bluewater Wind to Delaware… as well he should be…and that is where John, gosh darn I love him, is at his finest….and the reason why his constituents as well as those from the rest of the state, should be praying that John is returned to office.  Gates just does not have the capacity to decipher a thick folder thrown down by someone like Delmarva power, full of nothing really.  John on the other hand, can read throught their gobbly-gook, absorb that it is garbage, and tell them so… “sir, your facts make no sense!”  And what paid consultants who made stuff up thought would sail right past the legislature…… never got past the House Committee on Energy etc.  And so six years from now then all of our out of state friends read about our low electric bills, and turn green with envy, we can thank John.  We can thank him now, if living in the 25th, by voting for the better man…

Stephanie Ulbrich was ironically sitting across the aisle from him…  It must have been uncomfortable for her to be so close to the one who beat her down two years ago…  She is probably a much better person than she appeared to be tonight…with all that emotional baggage she was carrying around… But her snippety question (I forgot what it was about, but will forever remember the tone of her voice) sent a chill throughout the room… John was gracious and answered it…  The other note of interest was that upon returning to his seat, John gave Gates somewhat of an ackward hug…(maybe just a misplaced pat on the back)  Gate’s face turned radish.

Next up was Amick’s old seat… the tenth.  Weldin went first… a gracious man, schooled in emergency technicalities, he did not embarrass himself… In a rather likable presentation he slowly laid out his candidacy and why he was running… If I could put a theme on it, I would say he was running on Law and Order, based on his experience… But on other issues, he would follow the Republican line all the way… yawn…zzzz

The next speaker was like jumping from the complacent eye of a hurricane through the eyewall into peak winds.  Bethany Hall-Long suddenly brought the room to life..  Excitement in her voice, interesting modulations of her voice, zapped the room back to attention… In the short time she had to speak, she covered a lot of ground… so much that I can’t remember anything she said…  but if it was good, she said it… Now some may call me partisan because I whitewashed her speech, describing style and no substance.. But that friends, is just the way it stuck.. others who were there could fill in those details…  All I can remember is that there was a lot of substance there, but none of it sank in…..  I do remember being puzzled by one thing that took place during the Q & A session…  When answering a question on open government, she danced around quite a lot; too much…. Enough to make me who of course knows nothing about HB4, SB4, or any other open government bills, go hmmm…….  The dancing was like that of a marionette,… one where Thurman Adams was pulling the strings… It was as if she was afraid to step on his toes.  In what was a golden public opportunity to say that bills should not be locked in drawers  but voted on up or down…. she hedged….. Why I wonder?   Hmm…..

The announcer (timekeeper) mentioned a scheduled change as someone with a Brady sticker on his lapel edged along the side of the far wall.   That doesn’t look like  John Brady I thought… it wasn’t… Dave Jones, Republican spokesperson for Pencader High (charter school) showed up to speak in John’s behalf… His message was this… John is a lawyer, John is not rich, John does pro bono work for those who cannot get legal help and therefore are victimized, John will work the same vein as insurance commissioner..  John wants to make Delaware the insurance capital of the world, just as Wilmington became the credit card capital of the world…. As old manufacturing jobs leave, insurance jobs come in….

Sounded good, but without John’s charisma to sell it, I began to wonder where Delaware would  be as banking consolidation begins worldwide because of the current financial crises… And since the liberal credit laws were passed in Delaware, the amounts owed by citizens here and out of state, has soared…  So if we were to make Delaware an Insurance very-very friendly state…. what kind of protections would we have covering ourselves? Weak?  I will need more information.  On the other hand, if as with banking we could get a twenty year ride out of it before the floor caves in…..( and being smarter now, were we to elect in our future, Democratic internet inventors over Republican cowboy oil strikers, our floor may just stay intact…)  As I said, I wasn’t sold.

Biden spokeperson, Meg Stapleton??, next took the mike and read Joe’s message to us…  A reverent silence came over the room… I’ve had that feeling just once before.  It was after 9/11 when we were ready to do anything, anything for our country.. And back then it was Bush who was talking…  Some belittle what was said, but the emotion of that Bush televised conference, was suddenly resurrected in that room.  I am sure a copy of this letter will turn up, so I don’t want to massacre Biden’s words here, but instead discuss the emotion I felt as it resonated through me…  I would almost say it was similar to what a Revolutionary battle captain would read to his men on the field, as penned by the Commander George Washington..  I am not good with words, but I got the feeling that our country was fighting for its survival in this banking war; and as of yet, the outcome is not decided; it could still fail; and that our efforts were needed, and only through them, could we prevent that from happening…  It was a beautiful moment.  Biden has moved on from just being a Senator.. He has become a part of the history of this great country…  And I decided then, that this election is not about the little things… it is about who can better lead this country….

Christine O’Donnell grabbed the mike, and began touting that Biden wasn’t there… How COULD he care, if he was not there?  And if he is elected Vice President, Ruth Ann Minner will appoint the next Senator… herself?  Why not?  In her best Fox talking heads voice, with energy and excitement, she tried to pull the room back into the present.  Unfortunately a good reporter I am not… for while she was talking I turned to look at Mike Matthews who was sitting three rows behind me.  His face went from light rose, to red, to crimson, to scarlet, and held for a couple of minutes before it gradually returned to its natural color.   Delaware Talk Radio should have more about that tomorrow afternoon when he is on.  Please call and tease him…  it was my highlight of the meeting.  Oh my goodness, even I felt somewhat embarrassed for him…  When he stood up and asked her a question, and the rest of you turned around, his facial color was back to normal by then… but yep, it was scarlet.  lol

Being an expert of the bailout, I was surprised that she beat the bailout drum…. we shouldn’t be doing it… Apparently she as many others who do not understand the consequences of NOT doing it, insisted on calling bailing out banks worldwide, a slide towards socialism… “Sorry Honey, but we are already there… In case you didn’t know, the Fed’s today bought a majority of preferred shares of the top 9 banks…guaranteeing they will not fail… and at a 900 Dow Jones stock points rise in one day, investors worldwide cheered the advent of socialism…  In truth, if it weren’t for socialism, every bank would be broke today, every stock market would be stalled near the bottom ..  So during uncertain times, socialism is not a bad thing… it occasionally saves our ass.  Christine, bless her, is still not on top of her financial facts.  Constituent concerns… maybe; but facts… no.  To be honest, as rapidly as things moved forward this past week, it would be a reasonable assumption that very few people are economically up to speed….

But most of what she said was covered up by her make up… By that I mean I kept thinking about her makeup, and lost focus of what she said… Too much dark around the eyes honey.  Girl to girl, you look better with lighter shadow.  I looked at your on line images and nowhere, nowhere do you use the dark like you did this night…  Maybe it was the position of the overhead light, which accented the shadows of your eye sockets, hiding your eyes entirely,  maybe it was the black Gothic outfit you wore… maybe being late, you didn’t primp as much as you could have… but just between us, lose the dark?… But even despite that…girl… you can still light up a room…

But honestly, you are not yet the stature of Biden yet.  But I was able to figure out where you could be most effective…  After this election, start gearing up for a primary run against Castle…. Don’t worry about party hierarchy… pull a Markell.. If you run against Castle you will get every Democratic male pulling for you in the primary, maybe recapturing those who left your party to side with Markell,  and with that buzz pulling in your direction,  you will win among Republicans, and then ride that wave of good fortune over the next two months through the election…  That is your niche.

Matt Denn stepped up to the microphone… He mentioned four things he wished for in that room four years ago in 2004.. All four were accomplished… Insurance rates are not tied to credit scoring. Your housing insurance could not be dropped from a claim caused by a freak storm.  Retired doctors could work around malpractice clauses and assist at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere…Foster children could get car insurance after all.  On education, Matt says we need to keep focused. Graduation rates are the statistic that is truly important.  Equally important, although not politically expedient, helping those with disabilities to achieve a better life, is just something that Matt Denn likes to do…  As Lieutenant Governor he will work with Markell to improve governments role in our daily lives.. Things are changing rapidly, making it hard to deal in specifics, but keeping Delaware’s options open, would be a primary focus in the Markell/Denn administration.  But, Matt… you need to wear a lighter suit.. With your red hair and light skin, a stiff dark suit takes away way too much from you… You are at your best in a pair of khaki’s and blue chambray shirt…  if you have to wear a suit, go with a double breasted navy, left open, undercut by a blue oxford and colonial buff tie… But despite that small distraction, you are a man who fights for little people.  Which in corporate coded Delaware, makes you a hero…

I should mention that Stephanie Ulbrich stood up during Matt’s Q & A to comment that all schools were public, both charter and public schools, since they all relied on the state stipend per student… The difference was in who paid the capital costs…  private or taxpayers…  The rest of us exchanged knowing glances, like “yeah…ok… so just why are you bringing that up?”  She might as well have stood up and stated that “the moon is 240,000 miles from earth..”  The fact checks out, but the relevancy does not….  umm… ok… Afraid people had forgotten who you were, Steph?

Next was Charlie Copeland, and wow, did the negative energy level go up… Not by Copeland himself, but from the room in front of him.  He gave a generic speech worthy mostly for its unworthiness.. His approach was biographical.  Duke, physics, computers, family business, AGS, from 10 to 80 people, won a software award in Germany…. can grow jobs, only person running who’s run a business and made a payroll.  When done he took a question on his view of charter schools… He spoke of cutting spending.  I couldn’t help but think of Red Clay’s students, using the facilities and afterward just rinsing their hands under plain water then going back to class, putting their hands all over their desk…bell rings, class changes, and a new person sits down.. How much more can we cut?  He spoke of need for new jobs, new sources of energy, and not once, not one single time, did he mention Bluewater Wind building an offshore wind farm off Rehoboth, bringing 500 start-up jobs, with 100 remaining over the twenty five year period.. I wonder why… Then John Kowalko, slowly stands up to ask a question…and I think “oh, boy.. here it comes… History will be made…” but John asked about Copeland’s vote on an insurance bill instead… Lastly someone asked how he stood on minimum wage bills… ” I’m one for three” Copeland responded back.. “when the economy is good, I voted for one, when it is bad, I didn’t vote for two.. Most likely you are referring to my “no” vote on the tipped wage minimum upgrade.”

And that’s the difference, ladies and gentlemen, between these two candidates.. “When times were bad”  Matt Denn sided with the people… Charlie Copeland sided with big businesses.  That… Is… The…  Difference.  In a nutshell…  It is only when times are good according to Charlie that we should say, ” Oh darn it, let the people have something… throw them a bone…”

Wow.  Just curious as to how you feel;  since we have bad times coming… who do you want to be in charge”…( ok, ok, yeah I know it’s an office that does nothing).  But that doesn’t mean you still can’t vote your conscious now, does it?

Markell couldn’t make it, another engagement previously arranged. But Bill Lee could….. almost… He staggered up to the podium, after putting a hand on Matt Denn’s sturdy shoulder to keep from falling in his lap.  ( no, no, it wasn’t THAT… he tripped on the carpet! ) lol  Lee is no Jack Markell.  I got the impression Lee was like a prom date that said yes,  knowing the outcome wasn’t going to be pretty.  He’s a nice guy, but is not up to running a state.. We’ve had eight years of that.. (nice guy not up to running a state).  He got some flack from one member of the audience for when he said “he didn’t care if he was running for governor” implying win or lose, it didn’t matter to him…”How can anyone take your run for office seriously, after hearing a statement like that?”  Bill laughed it off..  :”it’s good for Delaware if I don’t care”  he said… huh?  (what he was trying to say was that someone who cared deeply would try dirty tricks to make sure they one, but not he, since he didn’t care, dirty tricks were not in his agenda… just bringing up Markell’s Nextel Lawsuit…)  Bottom line, Republicans should have left both the governors and Lieutenant Governors spots blank this year, considering the damage those two candidate may do to their party…  But watching it made me realize that in politics everyone is a nice guy… our job is to elect the smarter nice guy, or the nice guys who are selfless, instead of selfish….

Tom Savage for Insurance Commissioner.  He is a one issue candidate running on a bill drawn up 11 years ago hat has not yet been passed… or perhaps even voted upon…  Tom lost the Democratic primary and is running as an independent.. After listening to him, there is a reason he runs as an Independent.  No one else can stand to be around him…  He started out with a populist approach against Thurmond Adams that was refreshing, but quickly turned into a rambling attack on all those against him… Sometimes loud, too loud, and sometimes extremely too loud, as one who has not been prevalent in the public eye, it was obvious that he had some misconceptions on how to win friends and influence people…  I guess if I were nice, I would say he just self destructed…. accusing Karen Weldin Stewart of taking money from insurers… Like an old character in a black and white movie, he refused to yield the podium when his time was up… perhaps figuring it was his only moment to publicize his cause and he was not giving an inch of it away..  Unfortunately by this time i was watching the spectacle and to be honest, I have forgotten what he was talking about….  I hope he writes in and chews my ear off so i can at least get it in writing and remember what he said…  My take away was that perhaps his cause was good, but unfortunately it was carried by the wrong messenger..  As he sat down next to his poor wife, (in a lovely green dress by the way, it really pulled out her eyes, she started the critique.)

Karen Weldin Stewart spoke about herself..  She has a hard time pronouncing her S’s… almost using the Georgian form of pronouncing it with as a “ts”.  I began to wonder if she hailed from the Caucuses themselves.  She spoke of her business expertise, but to be honest it was in vague terms, not in plain talk.  She was an interim CEO, but not a CEO..  She apparently during her reign grew whatever she was doing…  But since she was last, I didn’t pay attention as much as I would have liked… I remember thinking to myself… oh dear,… this insurance thing is going to take a lot of work, isn’t it…. But I do remember what she wore… An unnaturally bright teal blazer over a white blouse, with matching black skirt and hair…  I didn’t think of it at the time, but she was wearing Estonia’s national colors…   Maybe she was from Estonia… Unfortunately I don’t know too much about their language…. (alas, perhaps I’ll learn if they get invaded).

After taking one question from the audience, Tom Savage put up his hand… The time keeper said “he’s a candidate, he’s had his time, you don’t have to take his question if you don’t want to..”   But to Karen Weldin Stewart’s credit… she took it..  (To myself I said, “damn girl. You take it on”.  Tom savagely said, (like that?) “you took insurance money! You’re a liar!”; i think was a direct quote.  Karen responded, ” Actually it’s illegal to take insurance money when you are the insurance commissioner.  I have not taken any money from them..”  “Times up,” stated the moderator…”thank the candidates for coming, thank those of you for coming, time to go…By the way, the other candidate for Congress, Karen Hartley-Nagle has just arrived and will not speak, but will take your questions in the lobby”.

As everyone was getting up KHN trapsed in wearing the same dress she used on the televised primary debate, which she got pinged for, and I guess she had something wrong with her shoes, for her gait was rather odd.. Maybe someone will enlighten me (and everyone else) if there is something i should know, but it reminded me of walking on Acme spring shoes.. like that of the coyote on old Roadrunner cartoons…

But the event was not yet over…. as Tom passed by Karen Weldin Stewart on his way out,  “you lied, you took money from the insurance firms. It’s in your report”… pointing to a blue binder he was carrying.  Karen, gosh darn it, held her composure, saying she had not..  Keep in mind this guy is yelling at her. (What was he thinking?… Oh that’s right… he was an independant… they don’t have people skills…That’s why they are always independant.)  ” I’m going to report you; you can’t get away with this..”  To which Karen said “call the Election Board and file a complaint…  Let them look at it.”   Mr. Savage’s wife had enough.  Sliding her arm under Tom’s, she pressed his arm hard against her and pulled him off balance out the double doors…  She left him in the Embassy lobby briefly to return to Karen, and with those beautiful green eyes, I think a couple of tears were starting to well, she told Karen, “I told him..I told him… I’m so sorry….”  The guy can’t be all bad if he has a good women like that sticking to him…..

Click on the questions below to direct you to where to find the answers…

By The Way…What Number Is The District In Which I Live?

Where Is It Again That I Have To Vote?

Who Is Financing Each Of The Candidates In My District’s Races?

Where Can I Find The Real Time Results of Local Races?

You may wish to bookmark this page so you can find it at a moments notice when you need it the weekend before election day.

Any other questions you might wish to know, please comment and I will, if valid for a large audience, add them later…

For those so celebrity struck, that they still consider McCain’s VP choice a reason to vote Republican, …you probably are too busy to know this….



But the stock market is below where it was when George Bush took office….



(Allow that to sink into your pretty little heads for a moment)




Republican philosophy has set you back 8 years….




Everything you have done in the last eight years financially…. has been in vain.




You can pay them back by wiping them off the planet on November 4th.




(Then everything they did over the last 8 years, will have been in vain……) Fair is fair.



It’s their philosophy, stupid.

When The Whole Country is Going South, Look to the North, as In Northington
Photo Courtesy of Northington 08

It is hard to run a Congressional campaign… sometimes things go wrong…

But sometimes one does things right, and that in itself, is an achievement worth celebrating…

Jerry Northington has run a good campaign from his own bootstraps… Not only is it good, but running without the “backing” of the state’s primary neutral Democratic party, he has emerged as one who has the potential to ruin Republican Mike Castle’s dream of his last election…

And that, is what this years Delaware election is all about…

I don’t need to preach to the choir about how Mike Castle has voted the Republican line… I don’t need to preach to the choir about how Mike Castle has voted for the war of oil; I don’t need to preach to the choir about how having a Republican in the extreme minority of the House (it will be entirely Democratic) will affect our slice of federal money; I don’t need to preach to the choir about how having a Congressional Republican from Delaware, puts growth in this state on ice. No…. you all know that already.

You also know that the challenges we will face in the next four years, here at home, 200 miles away in Washington, and across the world, will require a new path to be taken. They will require new ideas to inspire. They will require smart people for a change…. smart enough to work out the details….

And what impressed me about Jerry… was his intelligence…

(Now don’t get all hot and bothered if you support another candidate…I’m refusing to make comparisons…You can discuss it among yourselves if you wish…)

Intelligence… that IS a relative term…..Let me explain….I (cough, cough) have been called on occasion, by misguided people, “intelligent” at times for some of the posts I have written here…. But… I would not expect Dave or Hube to EVER utter such a compliment (except perhaps at my funeral) …. for based on what they represent….(making the assumption they are intelligent too)… my ideas appear bunk… 🙂 But, without them, the blogosphere would fall like a thud, cracking our asses wide open like a seesaw that someone has jumped off too quickly. The world needs some type of balance. We need those guys for constructive dialog, just as they need us….

So real intelligence is the understanding that even though we put the best argument for OUR side up for debate, we NEED another side to debate against, in order to get what we need done…..

I know… it is a big concept to grasp….(come back to it later, will you?) The big guys get it…. I think Clinton got it mid term… I actually heard Newt a year ago in New Hampshire, and I think he got it too. Despite our distaste now for Carper, I know he gets it… and the reason Castle has won so big so many times, is that he gets it…

So let me tell you about Jerry….

First if you haven’t, you should check out the Congressional Primary Debate here.… You should, really… For we are talking about our strategy to navigate this state over the next ten years….

Usually since the beginning of this nation, an outgoing administration has set in place, plans that self perpetuate over several years before they become obsolete.. This administration, however, has been so preoccupied with day to day dilemmas, that they are leaving us with no future plan and an empty treasury starting January 20th……

We need to choose someone smart.

Why? For what happens in Washington, for those of you that do not know, is that a lobbyist shows up at your door with a pre-written bill, he wants you to sponsor it, you horse trade, and then you set your staff on bringing it to the floor… The bills are never read by Congressmen, maybe only by two staffers, and the rest is all hype. To really change Washington, we need smart people to say, “wait a second, why are you billing us for this…?” Dumb people, oh dear, will just rubber stamp…..

I am afraid to say that Mike Castle has become a rubber stamper,…. In his defense, if I had been there as long as he, as I got old I would probably evolve into the same… In the twilight years it just gets so hard to read reams of paper; the cocktail circuit is much more intriguing and fascinating…..

There comes a time, for an old general to retire…. His past victories though glorious, are meaningless if he leads us into one more battle that loses it all……..History is full of such generals who have stayed on a little bit too long…. The best way to preserve ones legacy, I think, is to walk away from it while it is still intact….

Jerry is tall enough to fill Mike Castle’s shoes… To be honest, he is the first Democratic candidate since Mike and Tom flipped, to do so…
In listening to Jerry, one gets the sense that we will do ok if he represents us… He is not harsh like the last candidate…. He is open and understands that he has been led down a miraculous path, one he could ever imagined would continue as far as it did…..

The only reason he is not yet considered a strong contender, is because so few people have gotten to know him… My sources and calculations show him winning on Tuesday… Soon more will learn how good a candidate he really is… We know he’s tough… His gentle toughness has got him this far… But what impressed me most, was that he is solidly balanced….He may not be the raving Liberal that some progressives want….

Unlike most previous candidates for that office, I sense he understands the need, that if America is to get better…. WE ALL HAVE TO GET BETTER AT THE SAME TIME… Conservatives too.

It’s time we had a smart person in Congress. And Jerry can, I believe, push a moderate form of Health Care that will cover all Americans, without busting the budget…. His focus will be on prevention… If a pill taken early costs $3 dollars and a surgery costs $30,000, preventive heath care makes sense…

My favorite line, and the one I think that pushed me to understand that this man has not only the smarts to represent Delaware, but the charm, confidence, and intelligence to make things happen ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, was this one:

“Ladies, and gentlemen, I’m a veterinarian… My medical experience…is that;… taking care of sick animals… We have known in veterinarian science, that the cheapest, most cost-effective way to treat a large population of animals…. is through preventative health care… We have known that for 100 years….. Now if we have known that, and we can accomplish it for animals….why in hell’s name,… can’t we come to an agreement, to do it for Human beings?”

Yeah, I think,……… he’s the one.