Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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So why not Clinton?


Similar reasons, actually. Cold and ambitious, and pretending not to be. And in her case, a statist and pretending not to be. While I'm to the left of the Bush administration on the role of government, I'm to the right of the historical Hillary, and I don't believe in miraculous political rebirths.


Frist scares me a lot too. It's frightening because, as you mention, he seems sleek and non-threatening. But also cold. I would almost think his name "Frist" belongs in some sort of political satire for a cold politician, sort of like "Frost." He's definitely a possibility for 2008 candidacy, though. Like many Republicans, he masquerades as a mainstream, moderate politician when he absolutely isn't. However, the scarier possibility for me is one George Allen. That man is duplicity incarnate.


Sen. George Allen (R-VA). . .I realized after I posted that I should've indicated his full title. And I also realize he merits discussion under this topic. I'm from
Virginia, as I indicated in a comment, so I know his history as governor of the state and then his rise to senator. Essentially, his entire career he's marketed himself as a moderate but has been fairly extremist, being close personally to Fallwell and Robertson.

He votes 100% (or high 90s last year), with the Christian Coalition. More scarily: he headed the senate campaign committee for the republicans and engineered their huge recent takeover. He also has positioned himself as a member of several centrist groups, even though his voting record is totally against them. He's a master,in a lot of ways, of political deception, able to sell theocratic extremism as "mainstream."

I talk about the man this way, which makes me sound paranoid, but I am honestly paranoid of him being elected President. Whatever you feel about the religious and evangelical leanings of Bush, Allen would push it much further.

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