Working backwards, I have no take on the latest letter. Abbott's shouldered so many hits lately, I've quit trying to predict stock movement based on any single event. As a long, I shouldn't ever be doing this anyway, but it's human nature to seek answers when unlikely events come to pass, especially ones excessively detrimental to the pocketbook.
I harp on politics because I'm on the long train with Abbott, and I truely believe the best thing for the company (besides internal initiatives) is a Gore defeat in November.
Now, as you say, time for the fun stuff.
1)My eschatology is quite proper. No one knows the hour of His coming. God knows a joke when He hears one. Apparently, you don't.
2)I know as well as you do Keyes is out of it. I'm still waiting to hear why you'd nevertheless like to see him president. (I remind you again, you did say that.)Your posture, consistent with most Libertarians, suggests an anti-religious bent. A stab here, a stab there, that kind of thing. ...Oh yeah, I forgot! As long as you think Keyes is best for your pocketbook..!
3)Good point on the remaining primaries. If Bush wins the nomination, no doubt the media byline reads: 'The Republican party, captured by conservatives unwilling to tolerate inclusion, faces uphill battle against Gore.' To that Bush should respond forcefully; 'If you want the kind of regulation and government meddling McCain wants, DON"T vote for me.' Reagan won because he wasn't afraid to go on offense. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" and poke at Robert Bork's "Slouching Towards Gomorrah", were two steps in the wrong direction.