Alex Massie

Des Moines Register Debate: Random Thoughts

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A plea: could Presidential candidates please cease using the term "bully pulpit" as though it meant anything other than "terrific" or "splendid".

Also: could someone please rid us of both Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney?  The others, of course, are pretty awful but their dreadfulness is insignificant compared to the hideousness of Romnabee.

Plus: Why hasn't Alan Keyes been permitted to take part in the other Presidential debates? He's a magnificent loon who a) fits right in with this motley crew and b) enlivens the debate no end with his special brand of madness.

At least John McCain comes out against the absurd ethanol boondoggle so beloved of Iowans. Good for him: "I will open every market in the world to Iowa's agricultural products. I will also eliminate subsidies to ethanol and other products..."

Huckabee's weight-loss disturbs me too. As Wullie Shakespeare put it:

Let me have men about me that are fat,

Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.

Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,

He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

(Granted, Huckabee may not think too much. But what does pass for thought in his brain is the most desperate and dangerous mush.)

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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