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US Elections – change is the key

It seems to be an easy combination these days, to be a politician and a liar. Maybe it was ever so? It’s one of those questions which trip you up. The guy’s always going to insist he’s not a liar, but is he lying about it?

Well, yes, usually.

But it’s sometimes funny as well.

Yesterday’s article in The Times by Tim Reid and Tom Baldwin from New Hampshire, reported on a Democratic debate on Saturday where the rivals fell into arguing which one of them represented real change. John Edwards joined forces with Barack Obama, asserting that, unlike the former First Lady, both he and Obama were “agents of change”.

Hillary Clinton responded angrily, in the most heated moment of the night. “I want to make change, but I’ve already made change. I will continue to make change. I’m not just running on a promise of change. I’m running on 35 years of change.”

Earlier in the day, Bill Clinton, working non-stop to save his wife’s campaign, told a crowd in a school gymnasium in Amherst: “She’s a change-maker, the best I ever saw.”

Hey, you got to smile.

5 Responses to “US Elections – change is the key”

  1. Diane says:

    Not if you’re an American;-)

    jb says: Oh, c’mon, Diane, you can smile.

  2. Kathleen says:

    “The guy’s always going to insist he’s not a liar, but is he lying about it?”

    Not to be a pest, John, but I take it the gals are the same as the guys in this.

    jb says: Kathleen, a guy like you is never gonna be a pest.

  3. Ann says:

    The most depressing thing about the upcoming election is how the Democrats are turning on each other instead of on the Republicans. Mrs. Clinton would be a good president. But Edwards and Obama are more interested in personal ambition than in serving the country — come on, guys. Get your priorities straight. Another four years of Bush republicans will bring the end of life on our planet.

  4. Diane says:

    Ah, yes, of course I can smile… actually I have quite perfected my sardonic grin over the past 7 years or so. I suppose a well-functioning sense of humor is a necessity for emotional survival these days, eh?

    jb says: OMG, yes. The ones not laughing are in deep despair.

  5. pnsmeds1 says:

    Americans, being eternally optimistic, will always be willing to hear arguments for “change.” The weird thing about the current campaign is that the voters, sick of Bush and Iraq, really do want change. There is, in other words, a chance for the candidates to be specific for once. But they seem reluctant to do so.

    Rudy Giulani said at least one good thing in the current campaign when he questioned the use of this particular mantra after even Mitt Romney started using it. And when the crowds at Obama headquarters started chanting spontaneously “We want change!” tonight, I felt like a waitress facing a testy customer who has just paid a twelve-dollar cheque with a twenty-dollar bill.