Friday, September 29, 2006

Nut job Soros to leave politics ?

From The New York Post:

September 29, 2006 -- Billionaire liberal financier George Soros, who spent millions of his fortune trying to oust President Bush in 2004, yesterday said he hopes to stay out of politics from now on.

"In the future, I'd very much like to get disengaged from politics," Soros said at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting on the Upper East Side. "I'm interested in policy and not in politics."

This could mean several things.

One, he may realize that he is a liability to the Democrat Party. He may be smart enough and honest enough with himself to face the fact that he did more harm than good for the Democrats. He may have honestly surveyed the Party and came to grips with the reality that by pouring millions of dollars into the lunatic fringe, to the point that they became the mainstream - driving out reasonable Democrats like Joe Lieberman that he has helped to make the Democrats unelectable anywhere outside of the Northeast, the Pacific coast and socialist Minnesota.

Two, he may believe that his work is done. He may look at the way that the kook fringe (the part of the Party that he belongs to) of the Democrats have become the dominant force in the Party and figure that he doesn't need to spend any more of his money.

Three, he may have noted the way that conservative policy institutes like Heritage and Cato helped lay the intellectual groundwork for bringing conservatives to power and helping them to stay there and believe that the hard left's passport back to control of the White House and the Legislature lies down the same path. That would explain why he is going to concentrate on policy.

Four, maybe he is just giving up. After all with all the money he spent trying to defeat George W Bush in the last election and with Democrat hopes for regaining the House and Senate evaporating amid rising Bush poll numbers he just might feel that America is too benighted to merit his enlightened leadership.