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Light on the Vision, Please …

... and hold the charisma.

1:03 PM, Mar 3, 2011 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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We need a Calvin Coolidge or a Dwight Eisenhower. Somebody boring and disciplined and absolutely unfazed by the disdain of the political class. Somebody who realizes that the solution to our woes is not in clever new ideas; that salvation will not come through creative policies. Throw a rock in Washington and you will hit a policy wonk (which might be a good thing) and they keep coming up with ever more elegant solutions to problems created by the wonks who preceded them. Which might account for why we have 47 federal job training programs and an economy with 9 percent unemployment.

The candidate I want to vote for is the one who will ask President Obama, when they debate, “Mr. President, why didn’t you know the government you are in charge of was wasting all this money? And if you did know, why didn’t you something about it? Isn’t that your job?”

We need a somebody, all right. Somebody really dull who we can all get excited about.

Geoffrey Norman, a widely published author, edits the website Vermonttiger.com.

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