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The "Putin for President" thing started out as a complete joke, like "Pogo for President" or "Pat Paulsen for President." (I guess having a name beginning with "P" helps.) But unlike the others, there's an actual underlying plausibility to a Vladimir Putin presidency. After all, he is a president already, and a damned effective one as near as I can tell. And, seriously, we haven't had a president with a résumé anything like as good as his since George Bush Sr. Putin is also, in contrast to Clinton, Bush II, and Obama, a definite grownup. The fact that Putin spent much of his life as a nominal communist is getting less and less important, considering Obama's effective ideology. (Yes, I realize that Obama doesn't actually have an ideology any more than Caligula or Al Capone did, but his handlers, now, they're hard-core Marxists of the big-shot capitalist variety.)
When I came across the graphic above over at Gates of Vienna, I got to thinking that maybe the joke element is receding a bit and there's an edge of seriousness developing. Take a look at the prospects for the next election. You want Vlad or Hillary? See what I mean? And, as for the Republicans, there's a lot of talk about Rand Paul, who has a lot of good points but sure as hell doesn't look tough. And the same is true of Ted Cruz, who also has a citizenship problem reminiscent of Obama's. If I had to put money down right now, I'd expect it to be Jeb Bush, and the country, nay, the world, has had all the Bushes it needs for a century or so.
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So here's my attempt at a campaign poster for Vlad. I replaced my own weak attempt at a caricature with an actual photo to make it look more serious, and his good points listed are serious. Taking them one by one, all our recent presidents and all their likely successors are completely uninterested in guarding our border. And they have little interest in protecting Americans abroad, and would much prefer to protect foreigners. Many of them are quite "tolerant" about all the Heather Has Two Mommies business. Putin jails people like Marc Rich instead of pardoning them. And, of course, the big debate right now is what is best for Syria and Israel and every other country except ours. So Vlad is looking better and better. Do send in suggestions for hius other good points.
And I received just such a suggestion, that led me to revise the poster, here:
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