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On those two points, I'm generally in agreement with Pat.  Like I said, he's not all wrong.  Few are.  And, studying the mechanics of campaigns, I have a great deal of respect for Buchanan as an observer and commentator.  "He's crazy, not stupid" is generally my take on him.

Palin obviously hasn't taken many stands on national issues, but her view on health care should serve as a warning, especially for guys like you who are extremely skeptical of market-based approaches, because her stance is essentially "Let the market decide."  Her view was to support greater information to consumers rather than have active government involvement.

That she calls herself a Bush Republican and has agreed to the veep slot with McCain, who is most certainly a free-marketeer, should also serve as a red flag in comparisons with Buchanan.

She was very big on pushing the big-box retailers while mayor of Wisella.  I'm inclined to not put too much stock in that, for the record.  But what I gather, reading about her, is that you're essentially going to see a Bush Republican with harsher views on social issues.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 05:19:33 PM EST
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