Tag Archive 'Election 2008'

Vote For Obama Or You Will Make Little Girls Cry

That’s what I took from Michelle Obama’s stump speech anyway (HT: Jim Lindgren):
She tells the story of a ten-year-old girl she met in Newberry, S.C., before that state’s primary. “It was in a little beauty shop, and we were having a rally — it was me and a bunch of women and a couple of [...]

The Wright Stuff

I haven’t had much time to grace the pages of ASHC lately, but I was skimming through Memeorandum and just couldn’t resist saying something about this little screed:
Wright issue will haunt conservative media elite
By Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor
Now that Sen. Barack Obama has denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many of his critics, [...]

And Pigs Will Fly…

Hmmm, oil states controlling production to just barely meet 35.6% of supply so they can keep prices high. That’s bad.
“We’re going to go right at OPEC,” she said. “They can no longer be a cartel, a monopoly that get together once every couple of months in some conference room in some plush [...]

Clinton Campaign Steppin’ In It - Updated

I agree with one of the commenters over on HotAir…
How DARE they call us Indianans. We are called Hoosiers for some gawd damn reason, so call us that when you’re insulting us.
I dare him to come here and say that. It would be a tossup if he were beaten or laughed at. [...]

Second Thoughts?

Joe Tobacco is now a registered Democrat. Reading this I am thinking he is having some second thoughts.

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And On This Topic -

John McCain gets my vote.
What exactly is the problem with the American health-care system?
The problem is not that Americans don’t have fine doctors, medical technology, and treatments. American medicine is the envy of the world. The problem is not that most Americans lack adequate health insurance. The vast majority of Americans have private insurance, and [...]

The Irony Keeps Rolling : Updated

In searching today about the post I put up last week, about Clinton’s ad about defense jobs lost to China, I found these juicy bits…
Bayh blasted federal policies that allowed the sale of the plant to the Chinese, saying that now the United States has to buy the magnets used in its smart bombs from [...]

Hoist by His Own Petard

John McCain was one politician I admired greatly. While I still believe that the man is a true hero, and while I still do applaud some of what he does, the veil has been lifted from my eyes for one major reason: McCain-Feingold.
Although I, like so many others, wish that we lived in [...]

Is Obama an Elitist?

Finally, someone else is bringing up the same point I’ve been making about Obama’s remarks at that SanFran fundraiser…
For a man who clings to a racist black preacher as tightly as Obama has clung to Reverend Wright, it’s odd that he would speak of clinging to religion as a small-town phenomenon that grew out of [...]

Clinton to Keep Defense Jobs Here

Here’s an ad some of you may not have seen. But now (wonder of wonders) since Indiana is a battleground state in the Democratic primary, it’s been getting plenty of air play during the local news programs.

Hillary Clinton:
Right here over 200 Hoosiers built parts that guided our military’s smart bombs to their targets.
They were [...]

Raise Your Hand

Are you someone who thinks that the Republican Attack Machine is far more vicious than anything Democrats could ever dream up?
Please read this - and if you are still convinced, raise your hand.
That is - if you have never been tortured and are still able to raise your hand.

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But He Knows the Military!

Cross-posted to Registan.net.
The Air Force Times reports on a rather surprising gaffe from the foreign policy Commander-in-Chief-to-be:
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona may not have been paying the closest of attention last week during hearings on the Bush administration’s Iraq policy.
Speaking Monday at the annual meeting of the Associated Press, McCain was asked [...]

McCain’s Tax Plan

Lot’s of stuff to like here…
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for a repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) on Tuesday as part of his “pro-growth, pro-jobs tax agenda.”

If elected president, McCain said he would make it harder to raise taxes. “It should require a three-fifth-majority vote in Congress to raise taxes,” he said.
McCain [...]

The Politics of Condescension

Given the discussion at this post about Obama’s condescension, I suggest Tom Maguire’s roundup of the coverage of Obama making the mistake of speaking his mind about the rubes who he needs to vote for him:
I can’t believe that in all those Harvard classes they never emphasize that you can’t tell the rubes what you [...]

Who Would You Rather Drink With?

I have no idea who’s going to win the election this year, but as I attempt to handicap the race I’m drawn to the old saw that the person with whom most people would rather sit down at a local watering hole and knock back a few tall cold ones with will be the eventual [...]

FEC Complaint Filed Against McCain

Some people are hoping to hoist John McCain on his own campaign finance petard. As satisfying as it would be to see the Senator receive a healthy dose of his bitter medicine, however, the complaints filed against him with the FEC will almost assuredly fail.
In the blogosphere it is the most recent complaint filed [...]

The Left, McCain And The War

The inestimable Oliver Kamm provides a glimpse at the value our British friends find in a potential John McCain presidency:
Two points about McCain stand out. He’s not a conservative and he’s been right all along about Iraq. These are the reasons I favoured him from the outset for the Republican nomination. Indeed McCain has been [...]

Mixed Blessings (UPDATED)

Ever since John McCain effectively wrapped up his party’s nomination, I’ve been thinking that it might not be such a great thing for the Republican ticket. Because Obama and Hillary are still battling it out for the Democrat nomination, and will continue to do so all the way to the convention in August, they [...]

Lightweight Punditry

The inscrutable and vainglorious Boi from Brazil weighs in to explain why Republicans find Obama’s candidacy “scary”:
Conservatives love to claim that Obama supporters have excess reverence for their candidate and see him as some sort of transcendent messiah figure. There is a small minority of Obama supporters — as is true for most candidates and [...]

There Can Be Only One

Two Messiahs. One Religion. McQ considers how this might become a problem for the Democratic Party:
There is indeed a faction on the left who want a Gore presidency badly. And for a variety of reasons, one of which, of course, has to do with global warming and their belief that we’re on an [...]

In the Field of Fire

The press has begun to train its fire on Obama. Howard Kurtz takes notice.

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The Silly Season: A Continuing Saga

“Why are the letters ‘NIG’ on the child’s pajamas?”
Asks a commenter — “Tom” — on my post about the new Hillary Clinton commercial, the one that shows several children sleeping and then Clinton taking a national security phone call in the middle of the night. You can see the commercial at the link, and the [...]

Clinton’s Credentials

While scanning across Instapundit today I came across this (my emphasis)
“When Hillary tells you that she has lots of experience, she doesn’t really tell you what the experience is, but you’re supposed to imagine what it must have been. She must have been sitting in the Situation Room when the Joint Chiefs of Staff were [...]

La La La La

All that Pejman has to say is correct. Ignore at your own peril.
And the fat lady is already belting out her arias.

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Quote of the Day

Multiple times I have lauded the exceptional blog Booker Rising, masterfully managed by my friend Shay Riley. If you are looking for a wealth of information about the black community, a wide variety of viewpoints, articles and comments on related issues, then Booker Rising is a must-stop for you.
Shay has a feature called “Quote [...]

The Politics of Personal Destruction

The Politico notes a rather amateurish effort from Hillary Clinton:

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of “shameful offensive fear-mongering” by circulating a photo as an attempted smear.
Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) had e-mailed a photo calling [...]

Has Hillary Lost or Surrendered?

That’s the only question left after her and Barack Obama’s debate tonight, which took place about a mile and a half from my house.
I can’t believe I’m watching, in real-time, Hillary Clinton get smacked around with the campaign schtick her opponent has knicked from her own husband. The ‘92 election was Bush Sr.’s to lose [...]

Take It Away, Shay

Two funerals in a week. Work commitments. Continuing education. Coverage of a junior bridge tournament.
Who has time to blog?
Fortunately, my (younger) friend Shay is like the U.S. Postal Service: come rain or shine, she does it!
Millions of words have been written about Michelle Obama’s statement the other day [...]

Dirty Lying Liberal Media

Every good smear deserves a plea to stop the smearer and the dirty apes who support them…

One does have to wonder why the New Yawk Times would first endorse a candidate, and then publish what I would assume was to them, a scandalous article about that very candidate. One hand not knowing what the [...]

Obama The Brave

Obama the Confident:
Barack Obama’s campaign, riding a wave of 10 straight victories in the contest for the Democratic nomination after wins in Wisconsin and Hawaii, today urged Hillary Clinton to bow to the inevitable and accept defeat.
Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, dismissed her camp’s hopes of making a comeback when the power states of Texas [...]

Speaking of Cash

In my most recent post, I referred to the cool cash that at least one of the Democrat candidates is spreading around her community.
Cash abounds in the Democratic world! My liberal friends squeal about the money that they believe transfers from Republicans to big biz. It’s true - and that is part of [...]

McCain Abstained

Are you one of those who says there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republican and Democrat candidates?
If so - well, viva la difference.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year’s spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are [...]

Whatever It Takes

Talk about trying to speak to both sides of the fence. He’s talking in all the right code words though, and that should have people worried. “Whatever it takes” “Commonsense regulation” The one thing I agree with him 100% on is that the Constitution PROTECTS an individual right to bear arms.
Barack [...]

Where’s The Youth?

The current dust-up over the Cuban-Che flag (flags?) hanging in the Houston campaign office for Barack Obama (opened by supporters, with actual staffers intended to occupy by next week), has spawned some interesting commentary. Captain Ed advised:
Oh, my. Barack Obama may want to call his new Houston office and suggest some decorating ideas…No, that’s [...]

Sex Change Anyone?

After reading this, boy; do I want to disown being a woman or what? (Warning; do have an air sickness bag nearby prior to clicking on the link!)
Looking at the choices, we began, by rote, to reach up toward the candidate we liked the most, or respected most deeply, or felt was the [...]

The Best Result Possible

Do you want the best possible result? Sure; don’t we all?
When I play bridge, we frequently say: “I didn’t get the best possible result. But - I got the best result possible.” Sometimes, the best possible result is impossible to get. And - you don’t always get what you want.
These [...]

Pence Gives Qualified Endorsement of McCain

There was never going to be a perfect candidate. We support them when the issue drives us to support them, and oppose them (respectfully) when we differ on the issues. It is that way with President Bush, and I don’t ever see changing that.
Congress needs to reform itself as much as, or even [...]

Romney Stepping Aside

Romney is going to quit the race. Or “suspending” his campaigning, whatever that means. Looking at the results so far, this would give McCain the nomination, and leave him to go on the offensive against either of the potential Democratic candidates. Given Romney’s performance as noted below, there’s not really much to [...]

Time For A Cool Change

Although I’m leery anytime Congress says it’s going to “fix” something, something really does need to be changed in the primary system. That the race is all but decided by the time some states primaries, makes those voters with later primaries, much less important in the process.
With Super Tuesday now behind us, there’s a [...]

A Candidate Without A War

Is the Iraq War hurting John McCain’s candidacy? By “hurting” I’m referring to his struggle to be the true conservative candidate who unites the party. Despite his clear lead in the primary race, McCain has not been able to capture the Christian right (who predominantly go for Huckabee), nor has he been able [...]

Daniel Drezner picked….

McCain.  He tells us why.

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The one and only reason to be for John McCain:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the possibility of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) becoming president “sends a cold chill down my spine.”
I’d love to see Harry chattering and shaking on Jan. 20th of next year.

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ACU Presidential Questionnaire

Haven’t had a chance to look at them, but here are the responses.

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Post Super Duper Tuesday Reflections - UPDATE

Well, Fred wasn’t in the game. It seems to me, that both he and Rudy damaged their campaigns by not entering and participating early enough. We don’t get to vote in a primary here in Indiana for a couple of weeks, and I have a feeling the Republican nominee will be locked in [...]

Vote for Hillary

It’s important! Please… pretty please. Republicans for Hillary! I am one of ‘em.
Hillary entered the race saddled with inherent weaknesses. She has the kind of negative ratings candidates usually have only after the battering of a general-election campaign, not before. Her political persona ranges from grim to charmless. She may relentlessly [...]

Who’s Your Candidate?

My sister sent me this short quiz today. Sometimes they seem a waste of time - but - this one did appear to fairly accurately represent my views.

John McCain
Score: 44
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Death Penalty
Gun Control



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Extra Baggage

United has announced that it will charge some flyers if they wish to check a second bag. $25 is the expected tab if you don’t travel light.
I wonder; what will the charge be for Hillary’s extra baggage?
Questions about Hillary’s role in the Clinton administration, and about Bill’s business and philanthropic ventures since [...]

The Competition

(Cross posted at Whatif?)
As a bridge player, I am well aware of competition. Sometimes you pitch a blowout. More often than not, though, winning is a matter of inches. It’s a matter of dogged determination. It’s a function of judging what is needed, changing strategy to meet it, and following through [...]

The Left and John McCain

In a post at QandO, Billy Hollis explains why John McCain will not be getting his vote. Essentially, McCain-Feingold and Johnny’s continued contempt for the Bill of Rights leaves Billy cold:
This [McCain-Feingold] is THE main reason I cannot vote for the man. Heck, I almost shied away from Fred merely because he voted for [...]

Once Again - Blame Bush

(Cross Posted at Whatif?)
This time, however, blame GWB for something few of us consider.
Rarely in recent American history had a political leader received such a visible testing ground for the character of his leadership. Giuliani projected a profound, steely calm, and an all-encompassing competence—announcing the latest street closings or bus service changes one minute, pledging [...]