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February 24, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

BREAKING NEWS....Cuba's national assembly has elected Raul Castro president. A shocking upset, I know.

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Meet the new boss.

Posted by: cleek on February 24, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

He seems to be qualified, with lots of Havana "experience". See, experience does matter.

JC

Posted by: JC on February 24, 2008 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

I heard Fidel Castro would appoint his idiot son, Fidel W. Castro.

(Apologies to Letterman for ganking his joke)

Posted by: charlie don't surf on February 24, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

I wish someone would elect me president for life.

Posted by: George W. Bush on February 24, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

I was predicting that it would be a brokered convention with most delegates going for a "draft Fidel" movement.

Posted by: jj mollo on February 24, 2008 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

yeah, we should thank god for living in a country where your last name or family lineage does not matter at all.

Posted by: gregor on February 24, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

The question now is: will Raoul Castro be Cuba's Gorbachev or its Yeltsin?
Or worse, its Putin?

Posted by: Doug on February 24, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Dynasties are a tradition in the Western hemisphere.

Posted by: Alan Tomlinson on February 24, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

So what percentage did Nader get?

Posted by: idlemind on February 24, 2008 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

America's Ultra-Rich Ruling Class, Inc. has an iron grip on the government of this country that the likes of Castro can only envy.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 24, 2008 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

"his idiot son, Fidel W. Castro"

His name is Fidelito and his father evidently doesn't trust him.


Posted by: B on February 24, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

"
"his idiot son, Fidel W. Castro"

His name is Fidelito
" Posted by: B on february 24, 2008


Georgito? Nah, it doesn't sound right.

Posted by: MarkH on February 24, 2008 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

So now...what will be our position regarding negotiations, etc. with Cuba per the Democratic candidates. I know that Senator Clinton has called for some demonstration of different footing/some showing of good faith. I understand that Senator Obama first indicated in the Texas debate that he did not require any "precondition," but then followed that statement with saying that "preparations" would be necessary tho, then followed that with a description of preparations that sounded sort of like preconditions. Yes, I'm being a trifle sarcastic. But, now that Cuba has Raul in for Fidel, do we know where we will be with both Democratic candidates. Seriously, sometimes words have consequences--and, I'm wondering what the consequences here are of the wordy description offered this past week by Obama? Any suggestions about what his position might be?

Posted by: christinep on February 24, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Hopefully this isn't an omen of what's to come in the US in November. 7 years of Bush have seemed like a lifetime and 4 or 8 years of McCain probably will, too.

Posted by: Swan on February 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

Ah...if only the "superdelegates" would follow the "Cuban model" Hillary would be a shoo-in.

Posted by: brucds on February 24, 2008 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

Ah well, I came to steal the Fidel W. Castro joke, which is about the funniest thing I've heard on Letterman in a long time, but found it already sniped.

Zoinks!

Posted by: John on February 24, 2008 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

Yep. I'm not talking about Cuban models or any other kind of models. I live in Denver; and, I support Senator Clinton. Yet, I do know that it is important to know what our position would be toward Cuba (as well as toward a number of other countries)under the new administration--ours and theirs. And--to not be coy--Obama's position is a bit fuzzy. My point: Those specifics matter. Can anyone tell me what Obama's position re: Raul Castro's Cuba is?

Posted by: christinep on February 24, 2008 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

What I want to know is who the other Sith is...

McCain & . . . ?

Posted by: Swan on February 24, 2008 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Alright: if Cheney is Darth Sidious, the hand behind-the-scenes moving everything, then that makes Bush the apprentice... When one apprentice can no longer serve, another (McCain) replaces him... Therefore the other Sith, (the VP nomination), is Cheney...

Well, that's the Star Wars-logic answer, anyway.

Posted by: Swan on February 24, 2008 at 8:30 PM | PERMALINK

The Cuban situation is almost irrelevant to the US these days, isn't it?

I thought the only issue was the political one, involving the Cuban exiles in Florida. Obama is probably not prepared to go there yet. Is this really a serious issue considering the state of our country today?

I am not trying ignore the issues in Cuba, but we are Americans and our focus has to be to take care of our country first; goes for US support to all other countries, too.

Posted by: says you on February 24, 2008 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

says you: "The Cuban situation is almost irrelevant to the US these days, isn't it?"

One word: Baseball.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on February 25, 2008 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

One word: Baseball.
Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on February 25, 2008 at 1:07 AM

Fidel just can't throw that sinking fastball the way he used to.

Posted by: thersites on February 25, 2008 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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