"Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war," Bush said.Oh crap...there I go being political again.
"Our democratic institutions are a source of strength, and our trust in these institutions has made America the most powerful, prosperous, and stable nation in the world. (Watch Bush talk about elections and his pick for defense secretary -- 3:42)
Speaking of politics, the local GOP is getting a lot of press these days. Saipan has two GOP factions, well, three if you count the Covenant Party. The two camps fall in line behind their two respective leaders, Juan Babauta, the former Governor and Washington Representative, and Heinz Hofschneider, the former House Speaker. This division cost them the Governor's Mansion in 2005, with Heinz 99 votes behind the winner and Juan 100 votes behind Heinz.
The party is gearing up for the mid-term elections in 2007. Things aren't looking good. When they got together for their meeting they couldn't even agree to disagree. Here's a tip: Don't invite the press to an event that is going to end in disagreement. It makes you look too "political."
On a side note, the Democratic ticket was 1168 votes behind Juan. And in case you were wondering, 13,517 voters decided who got to be governor. If I'm not mistaken, that is fewer votes than Scott received in his election last week...but I don't think Scott gets to control a $200 million budget.
As for my political beliefs on Saipan, I'm just going to stay out of it. I am a born & bred Democrat in the mainland (Yes, my father started off as a Democrat. It wasn't until later in life that he turned to the dark side...just ask my Mom), but I don't see any parallels between the Ds and Rs here and their counterparts in the mainland.
So if you are looking for my support...don't ask. These islands need to focus on good people and great policy; we've had enough of bad politics.