Friday, October 31, 2008
I grew up in a big-ass city, I have worked in medium and small towns, and I would like to be on record saying that no particular locale holds a monopoly on patriotism. Great Americans live everywhere in this wonderful country.
Contrast this with the infamous Obama comments about folks "clinging to guns and religion":
In context, Senator Obama's point shows compassion for small town people who have lost jobs and whose tax base is dwindling, and I can attest that some folks in small towns do indeed, in these hard times, revert back to extolling the virtues of religion, Remingtons and redemption. Palin's remarks are too cute and too divisive for me. I get the impression she has no clue what goes on in those big-ass cities that are full of a lot of very patriotic Americans who fight in wars, suffer and pay taxes just like all those folks in small towns.
One turning point in the general election campaign was Colin Powell's endorsement of Brack Obama, but more importantly, the reasons cited:
Added to General Powell is Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, Ken Duberstein:
"...even at McDonald's you're not hired after one interview..." Ouch. Et tu, Larry Eagleburger: "Sarah Palin ready? Of course not."
Ah yes, and who could forget the wonderful "when Putin rears his head" comment?:
Brings back the old days, huh?
Then, of course, we have John McCain's role model.
What is it about Joe? The lack of an actual plumber's license? The delinquent taxes? The pending country record deal? What. What makes him a role model? You cannot make this stuff up.
Alright, I know candidates misspeak, Geez they must make a zillion speeches after all:
And how is Gov. Palin supposed to know that the Phillies are hated *HAY-ted* in Western Pennsylvania-- oh well, a few boos have become de rigeur for a Palin rally:
Which brings us to my personal favorite. Senator John S. McCain addressing a rally of his supporters with this eery appellation:
Whoa. Look, I'm as respectful of the good Senator as anybody, and even though I may think he is too old and too angry and too neo-connish to be president, I am the first to give him his props. But, good Lord, I don't want to get all Sigmund Freud here or anything, but how much pain is coursing through this guy's noggin' to spit out verbage in this particular order at this particular time?
Have fun at the polls!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I was feeling a little guilty blogging about Elisabeth Hasselbeck from "The View" last week because she is after all a mere concoction of the liberal media, and Kris justifiably called me out on it. The View is a show contrived as a platform for Goldberg, Behar and Barbara Walters to spew their anti-Bush venom-- even I can understand that principle. The same thing is done on Fox News with Sean Hannity; a show was created around him and they needed a caricature of a liberal dolt to plug in as his foil, and voila, Alan Colmes has a job.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I have never before sent money to a candidate for whom I could not vote, until now. Her opponent is Elwyn Tinklenberg and he got my contribution. Bachmann was once comfortably in the lead, now it's a dead heat.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
John McCain is showing signs that he either does not understand the differences between his tax plan and that of his opponent or he's too uncareful to vet his debate props. Either way, McCain is not fit for the job. Joe the Plumber may be just a humorous side-show, but I do find it disconcerting that McCain has shown so little discipline in his tactics and strategy, and is so quick to lower the discourse to a cynical appeal to his warped perception of "the working man", as if he would have a clue as to what that is. Very telling... that's the real story.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wurzelbacher never even realized the brutal irony and self-contradiction of his answer: "I grew up poor. You know I actually have been on welfare, you know, my parents, you know, a couple different times, and we'd, you know, worked harder and got off of it and then, you know, actually did fairly well."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
As the market gyrates it may be difficult to keep focus on saving and investing for retirement. Keep disciplined.
This space has been critical of the policies and campaign of John S. McCain over the past several weeks, except for one. McCain's health care plan, while not sufficient, is leagues better than the one proposed by Senator Obama. Economist Greg Mankiw, while not choosing sides necessarily, begins a wonderful discussion here.
On Meet the Press today, Colin Powell graced us with his endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. A daring move, I suppose, for a Republican and career politician. He will vote for Senator Obama, although he will not actively campaign for him.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
From ABC today:
Given the global economic crisis, a record 90 percent of registered voters say the country is seriously off on the wrong track, the most since this question first was asked in 1973. At 23 percent, Bush's job approval rating has fallen below Nixon's lowest...Bush's disapproval, meanwhile, is at an all-time record – 73 percent.
Four more years? Please no
Sunday, October 12, 2008
“I’m thankful that the report has shown that there was no illegal or unethical activity there in my choice to replace our commissioner, a partisan kind of process [note--LIAR] that had been undertaken by some of the legislators who haven’t been real happy with anything that I’ve done along the way as governor, that process is now over, with that finding that I haven’t done anything unlawful in replacing the commissioner.”
"There was no abuse of authority at all in trying to get Officer Wooten fired. "
Saturday, October 11, 2008
McCain rose to power on his personality and biography. He was authentic. He spoke truth to power. He told the media they were “jerks” (a sure sign of authenticity, to say nothing of good taste; we are jerks). He was real. He was unconventional. He embraced former anti-war leaders. He brought resolution to the awful missing-POW business. He brought about normalization with Vietnam—his former torturers! Yes, he erred in accepting plane rides and vacations from Charles Keating, but then, having been cleared on technicalities, groveled in apology before the nation. He told me across a lunch table, “The Keating business was much worse than my five and a half years in Hanoi, because I at least walked away from that with my honor.” Your heart went out to the guy. I thought at the time, God, this guy should be president someday.
But that was—sigh—then. John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
All this is genuinely saddening, and for the country is perhaps even tragic, for America ought, really, to be governed by men like John McCain—who have spent their entire lives in its service, even willing to give the last full measure of their devotion to it. If he goes out losing ugly, it will be beyond tragic, graffiti on a marble bust.
He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,”pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR.
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, I’m libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. O’Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.
But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
So, I wish him all the best. We are all in this together. Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship. And so, for the first time in my life, I’ll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America.