Aaron Ben-Ze’Ev, Israeli philosopher.
In what must be a disappointing development for them, the New York Times reports that the major Republican candidates who appeared together for the first time in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 GOP activists at the annual Des Moines Lincoln Day dinner behaved in obedience of the 11th Commandment - 'G.O.P. Candidates Lay Into Democrats, Not One Another ' (see entire story HERE). The GOP is also far advanced in terms of organization, as the first major debate has been scheduled for May 3rd, with The Politico web site accepting email questions for the ten participating candidates.
There's a joke going around which Porcupine heard from a Democrat friend. The bad news - John Kerry has intentions of running again in 2008. The good news? He'll hire Bob Shrum again, and keep him the hell away from the other Democrat candidates! Personally, Porcupine thinks Kerry will choose Don Imus as his media consultant - there's no other way to explain his weird defense of Imus' crude language. You can only HAVE but so many 'botched jokes'.
Porcupine recently came across two excellent widgets for the politically astute. First, from the excellent Mystery Pollster, comes the analysis of how pollsters choose Likely Voters - knowledge which can temper your opinion of the validity of poll numbers. That said, Porcupine still adheres to the doctrine that the only poll that matters is held every two years in November, and that anyone who votes to be 'in with the in crowd' is worse than a fool.
Another fine widget is courtesy of Porcupine's good cyber-friend, Mr. Ogre (who has pointed out that Rudy Guiliani is scheduled to participate in a Leadership Conference in Raleigh, NC at the same time he is scheduled to participate in the New England Isssues Conference in Boston - we wait to see how he will do both without a transporter beam, and who he will blow off; WHAT did we do before the Internet?). This is a fairly complete issues test - non-partisan - which matches you up with a candidate based upon not only your answers to questions, but how strongly you feel about those issues. Porcupine matched up with a high score of 84% with Mitt Romney (no big surprise there), but is puzzled that Fred Thompson, Tom Tancredo, John McCain and Rudy Guiliani all tied for second at 73%. Ogre, a Tancredo man himself, think that Porcupine broke the test. At least Porcupine didn't have any Democrat break 50%, although Bill Richardson did get 48%.
But - take the poll for yourself HERE - and post your scores in the comments, if you'd like.