Election Roundup for 08-07-2008

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Aug 072008

I thought I’d consider a single post to provide my observations on the election shenanigans.

McCain’s still getting pretty much a free pass from the media, but I hope it won’t last. He’s flip flopped on the Bush tax cuts, offshore drilling, campaign finance, immigration reform, the religious right, negative campaigning, torture, etc., etc., How is it possible for anyone to go on television and say that McCain is still the “maverick” of the 2000 election. Perhaps his adoring fans in the media are just having a tough time coming to grips with the fact that their old buddy is no longer recognizable.

Then there is a little issue with a Charlie Crist/John McCain campaign contributer/bundler. McClatchy is reporting:

Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp., drives a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and lives in an apartment in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, Pasquale, an Amtrak foreman.

Despite what appears to be a middle-class lifestyle, the couple has written $61,600 in checks to John McCain’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, most of it within days of McCain’s decision to endorse offshore oil drilling.

A former FEC official said that it’s possible that the Rocchios had the means to make those hefty contributions – their first reported donations to a federal campaign. But the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that their donations also could trigger a complaint or otherwise catch the eyes of the agency’s enforcement staff, tasked to ensure that companies or wealthy individuals don’t illegally circumvent contribution limits by using employees or other third parties as “conduits” for cash.

And it looks like there are some other questionable “donor’s” along with this couple. McCain’s been fast and loose with the election laws, but it looks like this story might get some legs. There are a lot of people involved.

The McCain campaign has managed to push around the Obama camp, and many Democrats are getting concerned. They believe Obama is not fighting back hard enough, and I tend to agree with that. The guy has ideas, but unfortunately, Presidential campaigns are no longer about ideas…they’re about mudslinging…and the Republicans have that down to an art.

Speaking of Good-Time Charlie Crist, Mr. “I’m a live and let live kinda guy,” is apparently still campaigning to be McCain’s running mate. He’s quickly gone from opposing off-shore drilling to being in favor of it, and he’s gone from taking no position on Florida’s Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment to being in favor of the amendment. As we’ve noted previously, despite his life-long status as a  bachelor, it appears he’s now also found a girl toy and gotten engaged (can you say Fag Hag?). I actually had some respect for the guy at one time, but that’s all blown away now.

I also find it interesting that a whole bunch of Republican Candidates in tight races are saying they just don’t have time to make it to the Republican Convention. They all seem to have scheduling conflicts. That’s completely understandable with such short notice given on the dates for the convention. (snark) It appears they’re not even sure if George and Dick will make an appearance. Of course McCain has an ad out now attacking Bush and saying that Washington is broken. I’m sure he’d prefer it if the current administration stayed home. I wonder if they’ve told him yet that they aren’t leaving office regardless?

John McCain is SHOCKED! SHOCKED! To Find There's Campaigning Going On Here

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Jul 022008

The McCain camp is all atwitter about Wesley Clark’s comments Sunday related to McCain’s status as a POW. They’re calling it “Swiftboating,” and condemning Obama for it. Of course, that didn’t stop McCain from putting the head of the original Swiftboats for Truth on a conference call run by his campaign.

What’s the dust up all about this time? Well, it seems that last Sunday morning on one of the news shows Clark said that John McCain’s military service was to be respected, but that time in a POW camp and having flown a fighter does not really do anything to increase a person’s ability to act as Commander-And-Chief. (Remember, Bush was also a fighter pilot, and look where that got us.)

Clark was exactly correct in what he said. As a nation, we owe John McCain and all other veterans who have served honorably, especially those who were prisoner’s of war, a great debt. Serving in leadership and command positions in the military can be good preparation for leadership positions in the civilian world also. But just because one flies a fighter jet and serves time as a POW really does not add anything to one’s ability to serve as President. The truth is, most psychologists would express concern about the temperament and stability of people that have been tortured in that past. So the reality is, McCain’s time as a POW ought to be a concern.) And McCain had a command position for only a short time, and then not in a combat situation. And it should be noted that not a single person has attacked General Clark’s thesis here, just that it wasn’t right to actually say it.

McCain and his team have tried to portray McShame as an humble servant never using his status for political gain, but as Paul Waldman writes, nothing could be further from the truth:

From the first time he ran for Congress in 1982 up to the present day, McCain has made his POW story the centerpiece of his entire political career. The key moment of that 1982 campaign was when he responded to his opponent’s (absolutely true) accusation that McCain was a carpetbagger by saying, “As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi.” At every point since, it has been the deft use of this tool that has brought McCain renewed attention or won him a key victory.

Of course, the news media was all over this clipping what General Clark said. He started the comment by completely honoring McCain’s military service, but the MSM only showed a cropped version of the statement. To hear them tell it, you would think Clark inferred that McCain was never even in Vietnam. It is time for this love affair the media has for John McCain to end.

May 272008

In the past couple of weeks, Ellen DeGeneres had John McCain on her show, and they discussed same-sex marriage. I’ve come realize that Ellen is a very smart person, capable of putting forth a very rational argument in a very concise way.

The good folks at Box Turtle Bulletin have made the transcript available here.

While I’m sure the krazy kristian kooks are reveling in the golden egg handed them by the California Supreme Court (“see, it’s just a matter of time before these ‘activists’ judges makes us let the queers here in Florida get married, and then all the heterosexual marriages will be destroyed”), here’s a little tidbit for them to get worried about.

For some years Gallup has polled Americans about what is moral. Since 2001 homosexuality has been on the list, and it seems that in this year’s poll in May things evened out. 48% of Americans believe homosexuality is immoral, but the same percentage say it’s not.

Gallop Poll ResultsUnfortunately, this means that the Republicans have lost the threat of communism, and now are losing the threat of faggots as a tool for their political gain. I think that’s why they’ve been trying make immigrants the next target of hate, but that isn’t catching on so well.

Rest assured though, they will milk the grave threats of the homosexual agenda for all they can.

Feb 262008

We have already held the primary here in Florida, but of course our vote didn’t count (more on that in another post). At the time John Edwards was still in the race, and I voted for him. I believe he was the most sincere candidate running, and he seemed to have the most radical ideas for change, and some radical change is needed. Of course you know he’s out now, and it’s down to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. So who will I be voting for in the general question? Well frankly, I’m still debating who I hope gets there for the Democrats.

I don’t know if there was ever a time I would have voted for John McCain, but there was a time I could have probably lived with him as President. I have completely changed my mind about him. I think he’s been in Washington long enough to have become pretty much as corrupt as the rest of them. Despite his rants against the lobbying industry in Washington, he’s more connected to it than anyone. His complete support for The Bush/Cheney War and their attempts to circumvent the constitution makes him unsuitable to be President.

There was a hint today that Mitt Romney might “un-suspend” his campaign. While it’s obvious the religious wingnuts don’t like McCain, I hope the Republicans won’t reward this Ross Perot move (I’m in, I’m out, I’m in again.) Of course this has been typical of the Romney campaign. He’s changed his position on practically every issue since he played to liberals to get elected in Massachusetts. So his dishonesty makes Romney unsuitable (but a perfect Republican candidate).

Ralph Nader has said he plans to enter the race again. I’m sure there are a bunch of Republicans whispering in his ear to run, and I suspect they are lining up the appropriate funding for his campaign. Ralph Nader used to have my respect, but his feeble attempts at politics has diminished his legacy. I do believe his 2000 campaign helped King George ascend to the throne. Nader hasn’t even been an active consumer advocate for the past years. He brings nothing to the table. Mervin Malone at ARIA Blog has a great post examining Nader’s motivation.

So, that leaves the choice between Hillary and Barack. I have to admit up front that I can’t imagine not voting Democratic, but I am waffling between these two. I think they started off pretty strong, but have both fallen into the trap of attack politics.

I think Hillary does have more experience/exposure. She would also have access to many of Bill’s former staffers, so she could get up and running much faster than Obama. That will be critical in this time of war. Also, let’s be honest, Bill Clinton is very popular around the world, and frankly, America could use someone like him as a roving Ambassador to help restore our reputation world-wide. I am still a believer in single payer healthcare, but that’s going to require a real leader, and we’re not yet there. But I do like Clinton’s healthcare plan better than Obama’s.     Continue reading »