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I See Presidential Candidates . . .

It seems like each person running for President gets a news cycle all of his or her own. This week, apparently, is Huckabee Week. I'm kind of divided about Huckabee. Don't get me wrong -- the thought that this man, who seems to understand the concept of "separation of church and state" even less than our current Fearless Leader, stands a good chance of becoming the Republican candidate next year is a thoroughly frightening one. But the question is: will the American people actually go for him, or will he make the Democrat look that much better by comparison?

(We're not even talking about Ron Paul. Really, Nixon displayed less paranoia.)

Given the way that large wodges of America are manipulated by Fox News and the Shrub, I have a sinking feeling that Huckabee is going to go far. It does depress me that my fellow countrypersons find attractive a man who runs with a TV ad that flashes the words "Christian Leader." It also depresses me that the country is apparently willing to seriously entertain questions about whether or not Mitt Romney's Mormon faith makes him a good candidate for national office. Mitt Romney is certainly not someone I'd want for President -- I lived in Massachusetts for a while when he was governor, and the man is an order of magnitude oilier than the latkes I made last night -- but the whole national questioning of his faith makes me mad. Didn't we already go through this with Kennedy?

Why should Huckabee have to emphasize his Christianity to be attractive? Why must Romney defend himself against accusations of being a member of a cult? Why must faith (or the lack thereof) even be an issue in the race for national office? You'd think we'd have learned from our latest experience, but nooooo . . . .

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saadiira
Dec. 15th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
MMM. Oh man, that sounds good. You realize I'm going to have to do this some time in the near future, right? :) We've got a grater. Heck, we probably have several. We never throw anything away, and my Grandma used to make these, and other goodies (pierogies, fresh horse radish, with and without beats, borsht, also assorted sausage. She'd been a Kosher dairy chef, but was herself not Jewish, so those included things like kielbasa.)

Every time I see potato pancakes...man, it's like comfort food of childhood.

-Dira-
frenchpony
Dec. 15th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, then, here are some details:

1) As you grate the potatoes, put them into a big bowl of cold water, then drain them in a colander and squeeze all the water out with your hands. This is supposed to make them less soggy and more fry-able.

2) Don't bother using a spoon to mix the salt and eggs and the grated potatoes. Just moosh them up with your hands. It's easier, faster, and more thorough that way.
saadiira
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
MMM. Thank you! :) (As I do not have a food processor, I shall have to do this should I make them. I shall make them soon, I think. Nummy.)

-Dira-
frenchpony
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm still eating through the BIG pot of borscht that I made on Saturday, and I'm going home on Sunday, so no cooking for me for a while. But maybe I'll make special non-Hanukkah latkes when I get back in January.

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