The LuLac Edition #424, Feb. 22nd, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: GEORGE WASHINGTON, OUR FIRST PRESIDENT, SENATORS CLINTON AND OBAMA AND OUR 1968 LOGO.
When the story broke on Wednesday night about John McCain's 2000 relationship with a lobbyist who was an attractive young woman 31 years his junior, the old hound dog in me came out and said, "Good on 'ya John". I mean the age thing was like two generations. Then when I remembered my self counseling, I began to look at the story. Here's what I see:
At last night's debate, at the end, Senator Clinton said to Senator Obama and the people in attendance, that in effect, no matter what happen, things between them would be fine. She only hoped that the same can be said for the American people. The crowd, as they say in sports, went wild. This might have been a tapping on the window by Senator Clinton to say that she might accept the Vice Presidency. It might have been a plea to him to consider it too. The Dems now are in the same place the GOP was in 1980. They wanted to win. Win bad. Reagan had considered taking former President Gerald Ford as a running mate but thought better of it when Ford started to make noises about a co-Presidency. (And they say Reagan was detached!) He wound up picking George Bush as his Vice President even though Bush called his economics "voodoo". Look for this Democratic fight to end well. No one wants to see an extension of a Bush third term, no matter how opposite John McCain appears to be from the current occupant. Watch these deveoplments carefully. Both are wthin shouting distance of the top prize. But the two aren't closing any doors and hollering like a dysfunctional couple yet either.
In the storied history of the U.S. Presidency, only three legislators have won the Presidency out of 43 elected. Congressman James Garfield in 1880, and Senators Warren Harding in 1920 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. All three died in office. This year, with Senators McCain, Obama and Clinton in contention, it will guarantee a Legislator wins the Presidency for only the fourth time.
Two little known facts about our first President, whose birthday is today.
Forty years ago this week, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller with great fanfare called a news conference. Everyone was convinced he'd be announcing for the Presidency for the third try. The national networks blocked out time for him too. Instead, he made the decision not to run.......In Harrisburg, Governor Raymond Shafer a huge Rockefeller backer was chagrined and disappointed about Rocky's decision. Shafer stayed loyal to the New York pol, eliminating any chance of a job in the Nixon administration.....locally Stephen Farris, former Luzerne County Democratic Chairman died....Duryea Mayor John Salek, a GOP partisan vetoed the borough budget......On the West Coast, Nanticoke resident Nick Adams was found dead. Adams starred in "The Rebel" TV series and the movie "No Time For Sergeants".....retired Judge Frank Pinola celebrated birthday #75....in Pittston at St. John the Baptist Grade school, the 8th grade class tried out the new TV bought from coed dances seeing Nelson Rockefeller say no to the world on the Presidency and this week in 1968, the late, great Otis Redding had the number 1 song in LuLacland and America with "Sitting On the Dock Of the Bay." From YOU TUBE, Otis! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzrXc68gNjQ