ritzl, ToivoS et al —
A coalition, in sophisticated Europe where they have experience in multi-party legislation, is a coalition of parties. Can one pol build a coalition? The last amazing upstart pol we put our hopes on lacked the bottom and conduct.
I could go along with the project of Rand Paul building a coalition. What makes me doubtful is the sorry example in the late sixties when liberals (before we had to re-register as “progressives”) hoped the same from — (what was his name again? Thoughtful bellwether of ecology damage — ahhh, YOU remember, declined to be drafted but got some write-in votes for US President anyway — NO, not Alfred E. Neuman of MAD Magazine, the real guy. Not Pat Paulson either (“Picky, picky, picky”), though my friends and I would have trusted him way more … COME ON, you remember! …)
I’d rather see the bi-goofus US system broken by some strange-bedfellow coalition of Libertarians, Laborites, Whigs, Socialists, Communists, Peaceniks, Survivalists and Mugwumps. Yeah, some poor sacrificial shlub would have to draw the lightning. Rand Paul? Meh.
A superb manager like JFK is what’s really needed. Someone able to recruit the best regardless of party, listen all around the table, decide, require timely reporting. How do you find a world-class manager outside established party apparatus? Someone from the MIC or other job downsizer gets bored with making too much money? That leaves us with what? Pretty close to the bought-and-paid-for Plutublican party anyway. More hopes dashed, more cynics on the scrap heap like this correspondent.
The Tea “Party” hasn’t the gumption or breadth of message to bolt the Plutublican party. Maybe true splinter parties (labor? peace? socialist? secularist?) would be bolder, just for the sake of negotiating coalition among Libertarians and splinters with other agenda emphases.
Read my lips. Do you see me holding my breath?