Monday, September 1, 2008
A round-up of what John McCain wish he knew about Sarah Palin before he chose her:
1. She'll have to testify in the Alaksa Legislature's investigation of her abuse-of-power.
2. She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, and then she wasn't really against the money for it.
3. There was an effort to recall her as mayor of Wasillia.
4. She abused her power as Mayor of Wasillia as well.
5. She doesn't know when the Pledge of Allegiance was written.
6. Her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant.
7. Members of the Alaska Republican political establishment believe that she is incompetent.
To be updated as more facts emerge!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
From the Anchorage Daily News:
The early morning news of McCain's pick sent jaws dropping throughout Alaska, with friends waking up friends with "Oh my God, have you heard?" phone calls.
State House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was astonished at the news. He didn't want to get into the issue of her qualifications.
"She's old enough," Harris said. "She's a U.S. citizen."
That's a comforting endorsement. I posted a diary on Daily Kos about the article here.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
"Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgement, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than 90% of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential nominee is a safe bet. Biden is articulate if not a little verbose, experienced, reputedly knowledgeable about a variety of affairs, Catholic, and one of the least wealthy members of the Senate, which is a plus in a campaign where elitism has become a four letter word.
But where does that leave McCain and his choice for a running mate? He's in a tough spot. Romney would bring the ticket's combined residential properties to somewhere around 15. The exact number would have to be confirmed with McCain's staff. And many evangelical Christians are still uncomfortable with Romney's Mormon faith. Pawlenty? Seems too shallow, and wouldn't stack up well against Biden. Palin? Too green. Crist? Too gay. Lieberman? Too Democratic for conservative Republicans even though he's not Democratic enough for most Democrats. Jindal? Why would he bother now? Whitman and Fiorina? Too inexperienced, with mixed records as business leaders and both are pro-choice. Republican female U.S. Senators Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Hutchinson, or Dole? None would bring much to the ticket.
My bet is Romney. If selected, we can expect to hear a great deal about his multiple homes.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Words of caution for both Obama and McCain from Western Pennsylvania:
Mr. Obama is an Ivy League-educated lawyer campaigning in towns where an eighth-grade education and a sturdy back once purchased a good life. And he talks of soaring hope to people mistrustful of the same.
“People around here want pragmatic, practical language,” said Tina Shannon, the 49-year-old daughter of a steel-mill worker and a liberal activist. “They don’t want high-flown talk.”
This said, Mr. McCain quickens few pulses. Vietnam, where he served in the military and was held captive for more than five years, seems distant. And not all laugh at his commercials poking fun at Mr. Obama’s “celebrity” status.
Fifty yards down the gravel road from Mr. Timko’s home, Brenda Goff, 55, a pharmacy worker who describes herself as a “Hillary girl” but is fine with Mr. Obama. As for Mr. McCain?
“I don’t like his commercials — it’s like he thinks we’re stupid,” Ms. Goff said.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Early in the 2008 race for the White House, John McCain had promised to run an honorable campaign that addressed the significant issues that confront all Americans, from the economy to energy policy to the seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After all, his earlier presidential ambitious were crushed during the Republican primaries in 2000 by the Bush-Rove political slime machine that spread the rumor McCain was the father of an illegitimate, mixed race child. (McCain and his wife Cindy had admirably adopted a Bangladeshi orphan, their daughter Bridget, some years earlier.) The painful memories of that experience no doubt compelled McCain to take the stand to conduct a campaign that respected the intelligence of the American people by seriously discussing the issues.
That was before the emergence of Barack Obama as the one term wunderkid Senator from Illinois, who managed the no mean feat of overcoming the formidable Clinton machine in the Democratic primaries and caucuses. But faced with a fresh and rhetorically brilliant opponent, and burdened with an unpopular Republican president and party, McCain has stepped into the gutter with his recent campaign tactics instead of taking on Obama's views, which are certainly open to challenge, in an honest dialogue. One need look no further for proof than the childish and now infamous McCain advertisement that links Obama's supposed celebrity with tabloid fodder Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
The McCain campaign's improbable conflation of Barack, Britney and Paris is just the latest in a long line of shallow but devastatingly effective Republican campaign advertisements, including the 1988 Bush spot featuring convict Willie Horton that ran against Michael Dukakis, or the outrageous attacks of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, who were anything but truthful, against John Kerry in 2004. We'll know on November 4th whether the latest installment in this ignoble series will eviscerate yet another Democratic presidential nominee and completely avoid any meaningful discussion about the serious issues that confront the United States and the world today.
Two questions remain unanswered: when will McCain and the Republican party treat the American public as adults? And when will the American public demand that the Republicans and their candidates, most of all McCain, not treat them like children?