The Great Unknowns

‘Hey, I don’t know who we are, either.’

Actual caption:

Republican lesser known presidential hopefuls from left, Hugh Cort, H. Neal "Cap" Fendig Jr., Daniel Gilbert, Albert Howard, and James Creighton Mitchell Jr. listen to Cornelius Edward O’Connor, right, during a presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

9 thoughts on “The Great Unknowns

  1. Karen McLeod

    And for all we know these folks may be much better than most of the current crop–lets face it, of the Republican front runners the only one worth a hardly is McCain.

  2. weldon VII

    What? A group of unknown Republicans?
    Quick! We’re the media. Let’s make fun of them while we bow at the feet of a Democrat on our other post for the day.

  3. Richard L. Wolfe

    The last time I checked all that was required to be president was that a person be of a certain age, be born in the United States and have lived here a certain number of years. In the spirit of fun the caption should read: Thanks for the photo now my grandkids will have to believe me.

  4. Brad Warthen

    Sheesh. You know what, Weldon? If you had asked me today what party those guys I posted on my blog yesterday were trying to run in, and not let me look back to see, I’m not sure I could have told you. That’s important to you, not me.

    Tell you what — if there are any goofy pictures of a bunch of people I’ve never seen before running as Democrats, tell me where to look, and I’ll post it.

    Now, to the subject of Mr. Sorensen: You’re telling me you wouldn’t have been impressed? You would actually let your partisan attitudes turn off your ability to be impressed by the guy who — to mention but one thing among many — drafted all the memos that went to Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis? If that’s so, you’re either putting me on, or you’ve got it bad. Like terminal.

    The really amazing thing about it is, you’re going purely by labels. Democrats and Republicans in 1960 were about as much like Democrats and Republicans today as Einstein is like a sponge. Both can technically be called "animal life," and that’s about it. And yet some people are so partisan today that they can actually look back that far and be prejudiced for or against someone according to whether he had an "R" or a "D" after his name.

    Here’s how different things are today: As you know, I find it highly insulting to be mistaken for a Democrat or a Republican. Why? Because I have such a low opinion of both "sides" in this bogus, unending war of words.

    But if this were 1960, I’d feel fine about being either a Democrat OR a Republican. You should go read the transcripts of the presidential debates from that year. Or look at just about any speech or policy position from those times. They involved thought.

    It’s like when I saw the JFK "religion" speech for the first time recently — at the same time Romney was doing his. I had always had a low opinion of that speech, because I had only read ABOUT it, and had never read the whole thing or seen it delivered. I did not expect to be blown away by it, but I was. It was SO much stronger than anything anybody running for president today COULD deliver or WOULD deliver.

  5. Brad Warthen

    Something else just occurred to me, Weldon — would YOU have known they were Republicans, if I had not copied and pasted that caption for you?
    If so, my hat’s off to you, sir. You are one primo trivia ace.

  6. Brad Warthen

    … now that I look at it again, if the cutline had said the guy who’s shrugging was Howard Dean, I might have believed it. There’s a resemblance.
    You don’t suppose Howard’s changed his name and is trying again, do you?

  7. Gordon Hirsch

    Brad … How about we forget about politics or how it’s changed since the ’60s, at least for a couple days? Your comments reminded me that Christmas nowadays is no fun either. Everybody I talk to seems put out by the holidays — most can’t wait for them to end. Maybe we need a post on the spirit of Christmas, or the folly of what it’s come to mean.

  8. weldon VII

    Thanks, Brad. You noticed one of my posts.
    That’s progress. 🙂
    So politics in the ’60s featured thought, eh? Like “Ich bin ein Berliner” and “Ask not what your country can do for you…”
    That’s a far cry from “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
    And much more like “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
    Back when a former vice president would NEVER go to another country and say, “My country is the problem.”
    Back before the Democrats turned the public school system into something fair for everyone and good for almost nothing but turning tax money into facades have no more warmth than the closest prison’s.

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