Mitt Romney would have made a better candidate than John McCain. . . . Sure, he's Mr. Waffle, but he's not the first candidate who earned that title. Romney is an effective speaker and telegenic. He comes across as vigorous, informed and confident. In recent televised interviews, he proved again and again why he would have made a stronger candidate for president than John McCain -- and at least should have been McCain's choice for running mate over Sarah Palin.

Nobody aske me but . . .

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The McCain must be sweating the prospect of the Palin-Biden debate. Do you think McCain might ask that it be postponed so that Gov. Palin can return to Alaska to help with the annual marmot count? A friend writes: "Friday's debate sets up as: Miss Alaska Runnerup v. Mr. Malaprop. Should be a great show.  I generally don't watch political debates, speeches, etc., inasmuch as what they say is not what you get, but this one may be too funny to miss."

Nobody asked me but . . .

The Democrats should court Romney to conversion. Romney could be comfortable among Democrats for a number of ideological reasons, not to mention the blue party's complete separation from the fundamentalist right-wing and the various windbags who continue to harp on Romney's Mormonism. The latest to claim Romney is not a Christian, but a member of a cult, is a Texas pastor named Robert Jeffress. "Christians are uniquely favored by God, [while] Mormons, Hindus and Muslims worship a false god," this cowboy told religion writers last weekend. "The eternal consequences outweigh political ones. It is worse to legitimize a faith that would lead people to a separation from God." Here's the Salt Lake Tribune's report.

Nobody asked me but . . .

Most people can't see their own prejudices. Take this letter from a reader in New Freedom, Pa., for instance. It starts out fine, but she gives herself away in the closing sentence: "I'm sure there are many people who would not vote for a black man, but in this case I, and many others share belief that the Democrat is not qualified for the job. Being a community organizer, a state representative, then only a brief time in the US Senate before beginning his run for the presidency does not qualify him to lead this country.  Many people say they don't trust him because of his previous affiliations; they feel he has no regard for our military, and that he is an elitist.  I personally don't want the president of this great country to have a name like Barack Hussein Obama."

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