In the comments section on Belmont, NahnCee outlined the perfect plan for a winning domestic policy platform for the next Presidential election cycle:
|...as an American taxpayer, I am *REALLY* not interested in supporting the United Nations any further either financially or emotionally, PR disaster or not. To me, this will be an election issue in our next Presidential campaign, if it has not been resolved by then.|
|If the Democrats had had it together in the last campaign, they could have tilted the election by focusing on immigration, sealing our borders, and the United Nations -- all issues that Mr. Bush was ignoring but that are becoming ever greater issues to many many people.|
|Just because America may be seen as imperial overseas or someone's little Security Council toes may get stepped on, that is *no* reason for us to continue to house this growing cancer on our own shores. I want the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US ... or Clinton and Bolton in charge and Chirac and Putin out, whichever comes first.|
|If the rest of the world thinks the United Nations is such a great deal and can't be touched, fine. They can support it, they can fund it, and they can house it. And whatever our President needs to do to make changing it happen, he will have my FULL and *FERVENT* support!|
It will be interesting to see which party has the most testicular approach to these issues. One can rightly claim that Bush has enough on his plate (though Gates of Vienna would not agree with this assertion) and thus is leaving them for the next White House tenant. Given the present cowering of the Republicans in the Senate, it's debatable whether any of them has the necessary anatomy for the task at hand.
Here's a thought: maybe the next tenant will appoint her husband to square away the mess at the UN. She certainly has taken a new shine to the military, and she's making the correct noises about the border. Could be that -- unlike her spouse -- she has the testosterone for the job. Since she lacks his character defect of needing to be loved by everyone, she won't be easily deflected from the task at hand.
Here's another thought: consider what meetings between her and Putin would be like.