Sunday, November 12, 2006


Russ Feingold (Yale Grad) has announced he will not be running for president........

In a related Story, Al Witte, Bob Behnen, Bob Nall, John Cauthorn and Billy Bennett are also not running for president and their intentions are about as relevant to the presidency in '08 as Feingold's.

I like Russ Feingold but.....well, you've heard my rant before on this topic.



At 6:26 PM, November 12, 2006, Anonymous Rob Mellon said...

If I were Obama I would strike while the iron is hot - his popularity is very high. He is sure to get the Oprah bump, as well. Do you know how many soccer moms watch Oprah? I have no clue, but I’m sure a lot do. I know that Barack has experience issues, but charisma can make up for that. Moreover, the Democrats will be in a very good position in 2008. Opportunities do not grow on trees. What is the over/under on the amount of politicians from the major parties that are going to run for president in the 2008 election? What do you think – 12 (over or under)?

At 12:11 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Great Guy but too much like Paris Hilton right now. His occupation is "celebrity". He's gotta get behind important legislation and reform and show he can make Gov't work before he is a credible candidate.

Remember how everybody loved Colin Powell for president until he was close to actually RUNNING for president?

OTOH, I'm from the ABM school, so if that is what it takes to keep McCain's hand off the button, I'm for it.


At 12:25 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Guiliani, Brownback, California Congressman, McCain, Maybe Susan Collins (if she doesn't become a democrat and maybe even if she does.) give or take three Dem Senators and Vilsak and your odd Dennis Kucinich. What's that? an O/U of 11 just to allow for Alan Keyes. I am against wagering and all other manner of sin that doesn't take place on a golf course but I guess I just made the line.


At 4:50 PM, November 13, 2006, Anonymous Rob Mellon said...

I am not a gambler either. You are right about Obama he does indeed need a stronger legislative resume. I saw him speak in Pittsfield and he mentioned an energy policy that would rival the space race in scale. I have not heard anything more from him on that issue. I, as you know, agree with the senator on that issue. He does need to be more active. Why do you think there is a lack of substance in the senate. Is it his junior status? His focus on his image - unwilling to risk damaging it?

At 8:28 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Ah, he's trapped. He can't oppose Ethanol infrastructure but he understands the physics of ethanol. Ethanol Plants are like cell phone towers. Short term dynamite, long term ghost town.

More on this tasty topic another time.


At 4:12 PM, November 14, 2006, Anonymous Rob Mellon said...

I do not disagree with you on this issue - the U.S. energy policy should be diverse. The Brazilian government has made their country virtually energy independent with sugarcane though. Brazil is not some little third world country. In addition, Virginia has a requirement that all gas at VA stations has to be at least 10% ethanol - how much corn do they grow in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Why can't Illinois pass a law requiring all IL stations to offer E85 within five years? Maybe the nation could adopt VA's standard. Ethanol could make a real go of it if they had serious support. Most current politicians lack the courage to do what is necessary.


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