Ike! Where Are You When We Really Need You?
Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.
—Ed Zuckerman, Proprietor of “Government Policy Newslinks” to Denny Hatch, e-mail, January 23, 2008
Today is Super Tuesday.
* With Bill Clinton getting more media attention than his wife, who is the candidate? Does this bode well for her presidency?
* Barack Obama is an inspiring fellow, but do two years in the United States Senate qualify him to be commander-in-chief and leader of the Free World?
* Do I really want John McCain—a lovely guy, but my age and a cancer survivor—bearing those titles?
* And Mitt Romney? Read the lead paragraph from the lead article of last Friday’s Wall Street Journal at right, under In the News.
* The only other candidate that won a primary was Mike Huckabee, who stated that he wanted to amend the Constitution so it would be closer to the Word of God.
I am not happy.
I knew one guy who later became president—Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1952. He was a minimalist president—doing what he had to do to keep things together. He could have been president in 1948. But he turned it down.
Not much happened from 1952 to 1960. Eisenhower ended the Korean War, made progress in civil rights and wanted to be remembered as the president under whom the Interstate Highway System was completed. He played a lot of golf, and when he turned the country over to John F. Kennedy, it was in pretty good shape.
But, oh my, was he qualified. He led the invasions of North Africa, Italy and Europe and left an indelible mark on NATO. He was a consensus builder, a healer, a leader who did what had to be done. When he came to the presidency, he had no baggage, no personal agenda, nothing to prove to any person or constituency. He owed no favors.