Well, Mr. Sanders is a tough old bird, for certain. Not even having a heart attack during the campaign can make him take time off. He obviously desperately wants to be president – enough to gamble with his life.
Now, we need to re-emphasize the obvious here, and that is that no normal person wants to be POTUS. Period. End of story.
We, the people, can hope that the particular pathology of the one that gets the job doesn’t sink us altogether. The present holder of that office is currently involved in some serious foundering of the ship of state, so his time is up by any reasonable standard (mine, of course, being the most reasonable of all).
But Bernie? Can he lead? Who will follow? I remember too well when a charismatic and decent man with a fervent (and younger) following was nominated by the Democrats and went on to one of the worst electoral defeats in modern political history.
I couldn’t have been more thrilled on the night when George McGovern was nominated, nor more saddened at the magnitude of his loss the following November. And that loss was at the hands of a crook. So you’ll have to excuse me if I dither a bit about Bernie.
Dear Ragnar: So, Ragnar, how does the American political landscape look to you today?
Ragnar: It’s fun to watch, but then I don’t have to live there.
Dear Ragnar: What do you mean?
Ragnar: Well, you’ve got this tangerine guy in charge who is just begging for someone with a strong right arm and a broadaxe …
Dear Ragnar: Better stop right there, Ragnar.
Ragnar: Okay, then. But then there is this other guy with the unfortunate initials, BS, who is running for the wrong job.
Dear Ragnar: Explain, please.
Ragnar: Let’s say we were picking a crew to get on the boat for a raid on England, one of my all-time favorite countries to attack.
Dear Ragnar: Go on.
Ragnar: Now who would I want to lead the charge once we hit land in Britain? I would want the fieriest member of the crew, the one with blood in his eye … and that’s BS.
Dear Ragnar: I’m beginning to see where this is going …
Ragnar: So take this superheated guy and give him a sword and three cans of Jolt and turn him loose! Then you’d be playing to his strengths. But … and this is a big one … don’t let him do the planning.
Dear Ragnar: Yes, and why not?
Ragnar: Because when the chips are really down, the rest of the crew wants a cooler head to run the show. They’re all in the boat together, and as much fun as a good battle can be, eventually they’d like to get back to home and hearth and a flagon or two.
Dear Ragnar: So, Ragnar, in your estimation, who is that cooler head for the Democrats this time around?
Ragnar: Everybody else.
These next two pics are for my brother Bill, who has fond memories of driving his pickup camper up Camp Bird Road to this famous rock overhang.
Spooked on the way up. Spooked on the way back down.
This past month a large chunk of that overhang fell off, and local jeepsters are lamenting its loss.
So unfortunately for Bill, it won’t be there for him to drive under when he returns to Camp Bird Road.
You were coming back, eh, Bill?
Took in the Sunday matinee and saw “The Call of the Wild.” We enjoyed it. It is remarkable for having a Harrison Ford that is completely CGI’d, and a wonderful canine actor as well.
Wait a second, Robin is signaling me …
What? Huh? Nooo, really?
Well, dang. Apparently I had it all wrong, and it is the dog that is CGI’d and not Harrison.* Coulda fooled me.
I suspect that Jack London might have a quibble or two with the storyline of this latest adaptation of his famous novel, but no matter. No one has heard from Jack lately. It’s like he just disappeared.
*(I dunno. Robin’s usually right, but look at the photo. Who looks most like they are computer-generated, to you?)