Published September 7, 2008
2008 election , barak obama , democrats , Matt H. , Obama , politics , republicans
Tags: GOP, lies, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin
A few things have been bothering me with this week’s GOP convention in my home town of St. Paul, Minnesota… there were several speeches where I knew that the pundits were lying and I had to ask myself “Since when did it become acceptable to LIE to the American public on national television?”
Well, I wasn’t the only one who had issue with the statements… so were the Momocrats!
· First – Mike Huckabee: “And speaking of Governor Palin, I am so tired of hearing about her lack of experience. I want to tell you folks something. She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.” Sarah Palin received more votes for major in Alaska than Biden got for President of the United States? – False, Sarah got 909 from her town of 5,469 and Joe got 79,754 before dropping out after Iowa.
· Second – Sarah Palin: “But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.” – False, Barack has sponsored (or co-sponsored) more than 823 bills while in the Illinois State Senate on health care, poverty, crime, civil rights, ethics, the environment, gun control, and immigration.
Published August 30, 2008
2008 election , barak obama , democrats , government , Gun control , Hillary , Iraq , John McCain , Matt H. , McCain , Obama , politics , republicans , voting
Tags: Sarah Palin, vice president, VP
Is it just me or does John McCain seem to be grasping at straws here? He chooses a 44 year old governor of Alaska that hasn’t had any national or international political experience as his Number Two? As a matter of fact, she has not even seen two years in office as Governor! John McCain has bashed Barack Obama for his lack of experience yet would leave the fate of the country in the hands of a novice if he fell ill? I find it an interesting gamble for McCain… an opportunity to court the female Hillary Clinton supporter but her stance on the issues is the exact opposite of Hillary: she is against a woman’s right to choose an abortion, she is pro-death penalty, and she opposes same sex marriages (while claiming to have gay friends) enough to support a constitutional amendment barring benefits for same sex couples, and she supports the war in Iraq. An interesting insight from colleague and State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican who has often feuded with Palin, remarked, “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” Would a woman vote for her just because she is a woman… even if she disagreed with her politics?
From today’s NPR story on “Who is Barack Obama?” the discussion goes beyond the talking points and the policy positions, where guests describe the personality and character of the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. He is described as a kind, thoughtful, and principled individual. The guests include:
Dan Rutherford, Illinois state senator who worked on legislation with Obama when he was a state senator
Lisa Hay, classmate of Obama at Harvard Law School and a member of the Harvard Law Review when Obama was its president
David Mendell, wrote about politics and urban issues for the Chicago Tribune and author of Obama: From Promise to Power
Published August 15, 2008
2008 election , atheism , barak obama , democrats , Obama , politics , Race , religion , republicans , voting
Tags: God, politics religion
Candidates can’t ignore values-based voters
“This much is clear: Presidential candidates ignore the importance of the values-based vote at their peril.”
“[In 2000] White voters identifying with the “religious right” grew from 14 to 17 percent of the total electorate. At the same time, the GOP’s share of the white religious right vote jumped 15 percent: from 65 percent in 1996 to 80 percent.”
“[In 2004] …although the war in Iraq dominated the headlines, it didn’t dominate at the polls. A small plurality of voters cited ‘moral values’ as the most important issue in the campaign; Bush crushed Sen. John Kerry among these voters by a whopping 62-percent margin, 80 percent to 18 percent.”
“‘If white evangelicals had not voted in 2004, Kerry would have beaten Bush by a 53 to 45 percent margin nationwide…'”
And, as such, their first opportunity to share the stage in a “forum” (not debate) will be in a mega-church.
Published August 6, 2008
2008 election , barak obama , John McCain , Matt H. , McCain , Obama , politics , Technology
Tags: Blackberry, Facebook, Internet, Smartphone
There was a great NPR story the other day on the digital divide between McCain and Obama… McCain has his RAZR phone, no Blackberry/smartphone, does not get onto the Internet, and does not send email – Obama on the other hand has multiple phones, is connected with his Blackberry, and has over a million friends on Facebook. Does how a candidate embraces new technology provide insight into how they will deal with new situations, new generations, or new opportunities? Or is this gadget geek reading too much into things?
Published March 27, 2008
barak obama , Mike B. , Obama
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If ever there was a Clintonista, I thought it would be Richardson. But, today in Oregon, Richardson endorsed Obama. Richardson said “I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world.” He went on to say that he believes in “Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”
His endorsement couldn’t have come at a better time. As a former candidate and superdelegate, Richardson will help reassure many party faithful that Obama is ready and qualified to lead.
Separately, I came across this hilarious t-shirt: