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What Will Bloom When Mitt Wins? Who Knows?


Crocus on the cusp of blooming in the wood chips at the base of my tree. I'm sure this bud has bloomed since this shot.

I shot these images Tuesday, I think, and they seem pathetically out of date. Daffodils are not just budding anymore, but many clusters are adding splashes of yellow to gardens in Cedar Rapids.

Crocuses are in full bloom. Project beautify the yard was, I think, a smashing success. I worried a bit because when I first stated planting crocus bulbs last fall, I did it one at a time, but quickly grew tired and bored and started planting them in groups. Then I worried that come spring, the odd scattered patches of color would make the yard look like it had some weird sort of crocus mange.

Although I also hoped it would look cool. It’s dangerous for me to pass these judgments, particularly on my own plantings, but I’m gonna come down on the cool side. The flowers look nice.


Daffodil just about to bloom.

Anyway, I shot the flowers Tuesday thinking that I would comment on the southern primaries. So far the mid nation, from Iowa down through Mississippi, is looking like a solid slab of Santorum purple. Yippee. Apparently Midwestern Republicans are way more interested in ideological purity than electoral success, and Mitt’s inevitable ascendance to the GOP crown has been put off a bit.

At least Newt didn’t roar back.

Anyway, Santorum is a bit like the Sarah Palin of 2012, to me. He’s passionately supported by people who seem more than a bit on the fringe. And I find myself barely able to listen. With Sarah, it was her gosh-darn, heard at Wal-Mart folksy Midwestern/Alaska voice forming those rolled weird syllables that never seemed to string together in complete thoughts. With Santorum, it’s his whiny sounding, peevish bluster that seems a bit like a rather nasty gym teacher or unpopular football coach.

Not, I concede, that the sound of politicians voices are fair or important ways to judge the content of what they say. By all accounts I’ve read, Lincoln’s voice was high and rather unpleasant. So it’s not of any great consequence that I always think Rick Santorum is disappointed in my blocking.


Another of the pretty yellow crocuses, this one in the garden.

So, here are some flowers. Out of date, as any analysis I might offer of the Republican race is. I give up.  I don’t know why Newt is still running. I don’t know why anybody would consider voting for Mr. Sweater Vest Crazy Guy. I don’t know why the Romney Robot is both the only likely nominee, but also the man Republicans just can’t bring themselves to embrace. I don’t know why some seemingly bright young people embrace the 18th century ravings of Ron Paul. Dudes, this is the Republican field?

I need to tune out. I think I’ll just go smell some flowers.

Crocus bulb

Crocus that has since bloomed, shown as a bud at the base of a magnolia bush.



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Say It Ain’t So, Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

From CNN.com (not Fox!) the Mike man, with no plan to run.

Well, darn. I’m not a Republican—not now, anyway, although I honestly don’t think I’ve changed politically that much since the 1970s when I was a Republican; from my point of view, I didn’t decide to leave the party to join the Democrats, the party left me, a middle-of-the-road progressive conservative (how’s that for a label to unravel)—so it’s not my fight.

But I have to teach a class on the Iowa Caucuses next year, that that class got a little duller recently.

No, not so sad that The Donald isn’t in. He was always a clown car candidate anyway.

But I had a catchy political tagline ready to go, in case any political consultants wanted to promote a former Arkansas Governor. How would this be, set to a catchy tune, maybe with a cartoony parade led by an animated elephant: “Mike for President, Mike for President, Mike for President–I like Mike, you like Mike, we like Mike” …. Etc.

Thought, perhaps, maybe it’s been done.

I don’t agree a lot with Mike Huckabee. But, at least he seems like one conservative who’s not always “mad dog” about it. He stands where he stands, but he doesn’t hate the world.

He can speak intelligently off the cuff, something many politicians need to learn. I even like this not-running tagline: “All the factors say go, but my hearts says no.” Not great poetry, but OK.

Many conservatives—Sarah Palin seems one example—seem constantly angry or whiney about something.

Well, I’ll not get diverted by Sarah. To be fair, even if she is unable to articulate a thoughtful position on any political question—name the issue, Sarah will spout the empty political platitude of the right for you—it’s also true she does have a lot of be angry about. As does Hillary Clinton. Our politics is not advanced enough to be very kind to female presidential candidates, yet.

Still, back to Mike. Dude, I will miss you. Course, since you’ve been on Fox News lately I’ve pretty much missed you all the time—but you at least seemed to think about things before you opened your mouth.

Many of those thoughts seemed deeply wrong to me, but you’re the kind of conservative that added something to the political discourse rather than making me feel as if discourse itself is coming to an end.

Yeah, I don’t like a lot of what Mike said. But, in a surprising way, it’s still true.

I like Mike. Not that I want him as president. For that, I kind of like Barack a whole lot more.

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