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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This is the dilemma, but we know that the Republican campaign machine will attempt to eviscerate the Democratic nominee, whoever that turns out to be. Hillary C. is the most vulnerable, but perhaps the most able to defend herself, having a sixteen year history of vicious Republican attacks behind her already.


Yes! And isn't that a vicious cycle!


Those darn Republicans! Thank goodness good Democrats like the Clintons never try to make nasty political attacks!

Donna B.

Why do you think Obama is genuinely moving away from his hard-left liberalism? I'm really curious, I haven't seen it.


For one thing, he has a hawkish streak (though it has been disappointing to see him dutifully pandering to the base on the war). For another, he acknowledges the roles of faith, family, and personal responsibility in dealing with social pathology; it isn't all government programs. Third, he talks about gathering good ideas from all parts of the ideological spectrum. For him to say anything at all positive about Ronald Reagan was a leap over the heads of primary voters to the general population.

James Stanhope

At the risk of sounding like a broken record on this issue, "Republican attacks" on the Democratic nominee, even though they're inevitable, will not change the outcome of this election. The Republican nominee, whether he likes it or not, will be running on the Republican record of the last eight years. Since, in 2008, voters want different policies and not merely different personalities, Republican attacks will backfire unless the Republican nominee can also offer a credible alternative to the policies of the past eight years. Since, with the exception of Huckabee and Ron Paul, the Republican candidates have mostly endorsed Bush's policies of tax cuts and war, no Republican will be elected unless he unexpectedly offers a program radically different from Bush's. Otherwise the Republican attack strategy will be counterproductive for Republicans, all the more because voters have come to expect a Republican style of discourse that is both disingenuous and even openly cynical, and voters no longer buy it -- and I'm speaking as a conservative Republican. Democrats don't have to worry about Obama's "glass jaw" because Republicans have already done themselves in, unless they change radically before November 2008.


I wonder if Obama's campaign is hitting the same emotional chords vis-a-vis Bush as Carter's did with Nixon. That is to say, the need to flee from an ugly situation and the desire for some form of idealism. This doesn't necessarily make for a good candidate however...


Ron, actually it does make a good candidate.

Which is not to say that it makes a good President afterwards. Carter was a good candidate. And I personally think he is one of our better ex-Presidents (if not up to Hoover). But as President, he was mediocre at best.


Funny, because I think it's near the end of that New York Mag article that it says, "Obama could be our next JFK . . . or our next Jimmy Carter."

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