Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Bipartisan links

I found two interesting articles on potential presidential candidates this weekend.

Peggy Noonan on Barack Obama: The Man From Nowhere

The New York Times on Newt Gingrich: Gingrich, on a Mission, Has No Time to Campaign for ’08

I respect both of these men because they have the instinct to do something different - to address problems in new ways and have a more meaningful, more substantial debate. Of course, they are equally flawed and will likely succumb to the incessant pressure to approach the race in the same way as everyone else. I was always fascinated to read that Goldwater and Kennedy were considering making join appearances throughout the campaign where they would take part in a lengthy, civil debate. Unfortunately, they never had the chance.

It seems that most people agree that the national political process is supremely flawed, but every four years it returns, little different than before. I want a new campaign this time. Anyone else?