As 2006 wends its way into history, 2007 looms. The New Year is a time of optimism that rarely becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. How many of us actually make it to the first of February with our resolutions?
A new political season is nearly upon us. John Murtha has already declared earmarks are welcome in return for support for his defense bill. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, along with his deputy, are on a trade mission to Peru touring the Macho Picho ruins.
The talking heads are already staking out their Presidential candidates and those they want to destroy before they even get started. Chris Matthews loves Rudy Guiliani even with his dubious record and continually makes snide remarks about Mit Romney and Barak Obama. He fawns over Edwards because he's the name of the day but he lost as a running mate to Kerry and his stump speech offers nothing new. What he has developed is an arrogance that bothers me - because he ran before he knows better than anyone else what is required to be President.
McCain is old and tired and looks it. He is also politically expedient whether right or wrong. Biden? Does he listen as much as he talks? Hillary is probably as divisive as it is said.
In the spirit of our beloved Cafeteria Party, I'll end the year with my thoughts. We need another Gerald Ford. A steady hand, an ear that hears, a true intellect and a kindness of heart.
There are too many unknowns to make a decision at this point but I do know that being a Senator does not automatically qualify anyone to be President. I do know that lack of foreign policy experience does not eliminate anyone from being qualified to be President. So get off it media! A multitude of years in politics is not a requirement, nor necessarily desirable, for a Presidential candidate. Being "mature" doesn't give you a monopoly on wisdom. Look at Cheney and Rumsfeld.
Look at the good men who have already opted out - Mark Warner, the promising former governor of Virginia; Evan Bayh, the promising young Senator from Indiana. Let's hope it doesn't happen to Senator Obama. He's young and fresh. He's articulate. He listens. He does not bring with him the baggage of the current generations in governmental power. And he's as American as apple pie. Might he be a young Gerry Ford? The right person in the right place at the right time? Who knows. Whoever it may be, the future of our country and all that it was and can be again, need such a leader desperately.
It should be an interesting year. May the best of our men and women come forward to lead and have the courage to thwart ambition, greed and lust for power. May the well being of our country be a priority to each and every one of us.
So I take a deep breath, say good bye to 2006 and wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2007.