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Country Second & Here’s The Proof!

16 Dec

The McCain Campaign wanted us all to believe that their guy was putting country first.  Turns out, there’s now indisputable proof he wasn’t!

John McCain had the incredibly important and tough job of picking a running mate this past fall.  No other choice a candidate running for the highest office this land has to offer is more critical for the future well being of the nation.  Certainly, John McCain knew this and he picked Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat away.

McCain being a stand up guy and the kind who puts his nation before his own interests CLEARLY must have picked Palin because she was the most ready to lead the nation should he have been incapitated as President.  Right?

Not so fast, my fellow Americans….  It now turns out that McCain is refusing to sign onto the Palin in 2012 movement.  In fact, he went as far as highlighting other young Republican governors that he thought would be great candidates for the GOP in 2012. 

What gives?

Good question!  And I will tell you.  

John McCain, tireless civil servent, real American hero, and maverick for the masses has seen Sarah Palin up close.  And he’s seen enough.

That should tell you something.  Actually it should tell you two things.

First, Sarah Palin will never be presidential material.  Sorry, Conservative base find yourselves another standard bearer if you want to get back into the White House.

And second, “Country First” was nothing more than a slogan.  Some of us realized that the minute McCain picked the surprisingly unqualified Palin to join his ticket.  Some of you needed more convincing.  Hopefully McCain’s lack of enthusiasm for the woman he chose for the second most powerful job on the planet will be the proof you need. 

Proof that John McCain may be a hero, standup guy and a maverick but he’s also equal parts typical politician.  A typical politician who puts country second when the nation’s best interests interfere with his run to the White House.

After all, why should America stand in the way of Ambition!

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The Jury Is Still Out, But It’s Not Looking Too Bi-Partisan Just Yet!

26 Nov

Soooooo…. When I started writing about politics on this here blog, I made the case that our current mess has a lot to with both major parties.  I stand by that.  And I stand by my statements where I’ve argued that being locked in partisan struggles and a blue versus red mentality has keep us from achieving much of anything on the most important issues facing us over the last 20 or so years.

Throughout the primaries and much of the general election campaign, I did my best to stay neutral looking for which candidate would be most in line with my views.  And, hopefully, most inclined to reach across the aisle to work with his or her opponents on ways to move us all forward.  In the end both Barack Obama and John McCain talked the talk.  I ended up supporting Barack Obama earlier than I thought I would simply because of John McCain’s horrendous decision on a running mate.  Ultimately, I’m satisfied that America (and me) made the right choice.

That said, my personal plan is to stay skeptical.  Let’s see (and hope) what President Elect Obama can deliver on.  I wish him well, but will not hesitate to criticize him when I disagree with his decisions and policies.

So let’s start right now!

Bi-Partisanship.  It’s a big word.  Lots of syllables.  It’s an even tougher concept to deliver on in DC.  And so far, Obama is not delivering.  I know it’s early, but I was expecting bigger things on this issue.  Where’s Lugar or Hagel?  Not in the Obama Administration.  So far, I think the only Republicans are Robert Gates staying on as Defense Secretary and a retired Marine general who barely admits to being a GOPer who’s in line for the gig as national security adviser.  Neither of those two situations makes me feel that Obama is up to much out of the ordinary.  Seems like the same old same old so far.  After all many administrations have had a person or two from the other side in their ranks.

Bi-partisanship of course is more than about who is in your cabinet.  Despite the Democratic majorities in the House & Senate, Obama may best demonstrate his new way of doing things by actually working with congressional Republicans where possible.

When it gets right down to it, the question is will Obama decide to rule from the center-Left or simply the left?  Given his political capital and the collapse of the GOP, Barack Obama can do either.  My suggestion and hope is that he will decide on ruling from the center-left as a uniter so that America can actually move forward on solving some of our greatest challenges.

America and Americans still can achieve great things.  Here’s hoping Barack Obama will prove to be the kind of leader who can bring out that greatness.  Naming a few more Republicans to his administration would be a good first step…

OBAMA WINS! Why We Are Safer Tonight, How I Was Right & Other Observations!

5 Nov

Like the true political junkie I am, I spent the entire night watching the results come in by channel surfing the broadcast & cable news outlets and checking my Blackberry for online updates during commercial breaks. 

Maybe I just drank the Kool-aid, but what a great night for America.  I am proud of both candidates tonight.  I am proud of my fellow Americans tonight.  Turnout levels were high and old myths have been shattered.  I’m glad the guy I voted for won, but I’m more glad that I live in a nation like America where we can peacefully chose our leaders.  And i’m glad the outcome was decisive and pray it will help us move on together as a nation.

Months and months ago, I wrote on this blog that America was ready for a woman or an African American to be president.  I heard many women and African Americans say that was not the case.  My point was that it had to be the right woman or African American.  I went on record saying that Hillary Clinton was not the right woman.  I left the door open to Barack Obama’s becoming the first African American President.  Tonight, I’m so happy to say to America “I TOLD YOU SO…”

Now a few observations from all my TV watching & Blackberry checking:

America IS safer tonight.  Sarah Palin is not a heartbeat away.  Yes, technically, Barack Obama doesn’t have her executive experience in government, although he did spend the last two years running the most complex and successful political campaign in history.  But, whether that counts or not, I think what is obvious to most fair minded individuals is that Sarah Palin is not up to leading this country.  A few weeks of cram session simply didn’t get her sufficiently prepped.  And to be fair to her, a few weeks of prep was never going to be enough.  Barack Obama has intensively prepared for this moment.  He may or may not become an effective president, but I completely believe we are better off with him leading us than having a 72 year old John McCain lead us with Sarah Palin as his emergency replacement.  Imagine THAT 3AM call?  I don’t want to.  And now America doesn’t have to.

More on Sarah Palin.  In his concession speech, Senator McCain hailed his running mate’s future in American politics and as a leader in his party.  Here’s the truth.  She has crested.  This is as far as she will ever rise and now she’s done.  It was nice of McCain to say, but the truth is that Palin dragged him only down.  While she initially energized the base, it quickly became obvious that she was oblivious and turned off Clinton supporters, independents and other non-committed voters in drove.  But that’s not the only reason I say she is done.  Palin has cold hard history against her.  Almost no person in her expensive shoes (a losing VP candidate on a non-incumbent campaign ticket) has ever come back to capture the White House or for that matter the top spot on their party’s ticket.  Want proof?  Take a look at people like John Edwards, Sargeant Shriver, Lloyd Benson, etc.  If you’re asking “who’s that” then you get my point.  Bye bye Sarah…

On CNN, commentator Bill Bennett made the point that he doesn’t think this election means that America has shifted from center-right to center-left.  He’s still clinging to the idea that America is center-right. Give Bennett this much, he’s right it’s not this election.  It’s actually the last two elections that have shown us that America is shifting politically.  In these last two elections, the GOP has lost a ton of seats in both house of Congress and now the presidency.  What more proof does Bennett need??

That all said, let’s talk about the center.  My firm hope is that President-Elect Obama keeps the emphasis on the center.  Yes, he’ll have the power to rule from the center-left.  I hope he will have the wisdom not to.  The best thing Obama can do is keep his campaign pledge of trying to unite this country together.  As Obama has said, I truly believe that we have much more in common than the things that divide us.  It’s too important a time in our history not to focus on working together and getting things done.  Let’s hope Obama backs up his words.  From his stirring speech tonight, I for one am feeling hopeful.

So happy to write this.  GOODBYE Joe the plumber.  Your 15 minutes is officially at 15:01. 

I like John McCain again tonight.  His concession speech was class all the way.  This is the John McCain so many of us admire.  Sadly, he seemed to lose his way a bit during the campaign and attacked his opponent in personal ways not to be admired while often stretching the truth beyond its breaking point.  Yet, McCain may have saved his soul and the soul of the GOP in the bargain.  McCain resisted the temptation to play the race card in a major way.  His decision to not bring Reverend Wright back into the campaign debate will be questioned by pundits for a long time.  But, it seems to me that McCain simply was uncomfortable going there because in addition to being old news, it risked a major backfire.  McCain put country first by not inflaming racial tensions needlessly and setting back the GOP in the process.  Clearly the demographics of our nation have changed and along with it racial attitudes.  If the Republican Party is to continue to compete, it will have to widen its base beyond the wealthy and the Joe The Plumber (semi-angry white guy) types.  McCain saw that clearly.

Speaking of race.  What an important night.  Perhaps now African Americans and other minorities believe the American Dream is truly possible for everyone.  Perhaps it’s chrystal clear now that not all or perhaps even most whites are racists.  What a chance for our country to heal and come together.  I have never been the hugest Jesse Jackson fan, but I have to admit seeing him on TV in the Obama crowd with a tear rolling down his cheek was moving sight.

Finally, one last note and it’s a Bush bash.  Watching Barack Obama speak it was so refreshing to hear the future leader of our nation demonstrate his understanding of what America truly stands for.  Both here and across the world, America’s greatest gift to this planet has been her ideals.  During his eight years, the current president has often failed to demonstrate a deep understanding of America’s ideals and focused more on rigid political agendas.  Finally, we will again have a president who gets the big picture.

Ok, I lied, here’s the final point.  Not sure if it was this campaign or the Wall Street mess, but I’m thrilled that Americans are coming around to the idea that government is not always the problem.  Reagan sold on us that false idea.  Yes, the government can mess things up.  YOu only need to take a look at the current administration to see that.  And no, I don’t want higher taxes.  What I do want is a government that gives a damn about all its people.  What I do want is a government that plays a role where needed rather than starting needless wars.  Here’s hoping that’s what we got tonight.

May God Bless America and all of us.  And please allow Senators Obama & McCain some much needed rest.  They’ve both earned it.

McCain’s WORST Supporter!

4 Nov

“No candy for Obama supporters!”  This is hysterical!  You must see no matter who you are voting for.

Here’s a woman who takes politics wayyyyyy too far.  You know somewhere John McCain is praying that she’ll just stop trying to help…

PS – Technically, can you call a woman a D-Bag??

Obama’s Grandmother Has Died – In Your Face, Michael Savage!

4 Nov

I apologize for the crass nature of this post’s headline.  My condolences to Barack Obama’s family on the recent passing of his grandmother.  May she rest in peace.

That said, I must take this opportunity to take a well earned shot at radio host Michael Savage.  Mr. Savage who hosts a syndicated right wing talk radio show that lives up to its title of THE SAVAGE NATION, was on my radio dial recently.  I was on the way home and searching for something to listen to.  Unfortunately, I got Savage.  As it turned out, my timing was actually fortunate as it allowed me to write the post you are reading right now.

You see, as fate would have it, Senator Obama was on his way to Hawaii that night to visit his dying grandmother.  Obama, having missed out on being near his mother when she passed, didn’t want to have history repeat.  So, he cut back on campaigning and headed out to Hawaii to exhibit the kind of family values the right wing is so fond of talking about (although not as equally fond of actually putting into practice).

Only, as I listened to Mr. Savage that night, it was clear that he wasn’t having any of it.  Savage’s theory and on air rant that night were about casting doubt on the true reason for Obama’s Hawaii trip.  Savage suggested that Obama’s visit to his sick grandmother was a cover.  According to Savage, Obama was traveling to Hawaii to continue to work to suppress the truth about his birth certificate.

Nevermind that the birth certificate rumor had been debunked months ago in not one, not two, but three ways.  First, the original birth certificate was examined and found to have an authentic raised seal.  Second, Hawaii had a copy of the original birth certificate in its files.  And finally, the local papers from the time of Obama’s birth included a birth announcement of little Barack that sync up with the date on his birth certificate.

Savage must have missed all of that evidence or, more likely, simply chose to disregard it while continuing to spread falsehood and rumors or as some of us call them – lies.  On the night I listened, Savage pulled a “two fer”.  Not only was he spreading the birth certificate rumor.  He was spreading lies about Obama’s visit to his sickly grandmother to further advance the birth certificate BS.

Now, of course, Obama’s grandmother has passed away after losing a fight against cancer.  So, it seems beyond reason that Senator Obama WAS in Hawaii for the reason he gave.  To visit with his ailing grandmother. 

I wonder what Savage is saying tonight.

My guess is given his lack of class and willingness to cross any line to advance his own barely thought out positions, he’s probably saying something about Obama’s grandmother’s passing being part of some larger conspiracy.

It’s one thing to disagree with someone and argue against their positions forcefully.  It’s another to attack someone’s motive’s regarding their family and using complete lies to do so.

But that’s how we roll in this savage nation.  So, in your face, Michael Savage.

And how about trusting your beliefs enough in the future to actually argue on the merits of them next time?

Just a thought…

Sarah Palin Doesn’t Know Where The U.S. Is At War!

2 Nov

Either she’s easily confused, simply misspoke because she’s so tired, or is projecting the future with a war against Iran as a key part of the McCain/Palin Plan…

If McCain pulls out a win on Tuesday, I’m hoping for the middle option.

Sarah Palin Pranked!

1 Nov

Leave it to two Canadian comics to get more access to Sarah Palin than the entire American news media!

Of course, they had to pose as the President of France to do it…