Saturday, May 31, 2008

Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

Finally, we begin to get a glimpse of the real Barack Obama. CNN offers a story on how Obama was able to run unopposed for this first statewide office. Quite different from the kumbaya version. See more on AC360 tonight.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oh, puleez!

John Kerry: Is he angling for secretary of state?

Can you imagine the chaos? The very idea sends shudders up my spine. I am still trying to figure out how this guy got the nomination in '04 and they're pumping him up for SOS?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

They're starting to take notice

From the Washington Post: Obama's Growing Gaffe

All I can say is that is about time the news media started paying attention to what he says instead of constantly hyping what they think he says.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Appalling: Causing dimay, consternation or horror

Listen if you can bear it, to the vision Barack Obama spoke of to Planned Parenthood.

How can anyone claim to be a Christian, reference his faith and still give a speech of this nature?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shame on them all!

Yesterday Dad and I watched as CNN played Barack Obama's comments in response to President Bush's speech to the Knesset. In fact, we watched it at least three times and saw numerous pundits comment negatively on President Bush's "attack" on the Democrats before we finally saw a clip of what GWB said. Today I can't even find a video of what the President said except one that is heavily overladen with comments by the CNN talking head. Heck, I can't even find a complete quote. Just an article describing Bush's "attack" on Obama with the words "believe we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."

I finally found a transcript of the President's Speech to the Knesset. I encourage you to read it. Not one word about Obama. Not one word about the Democrats.

Shame on you, CNN, FOX News and the rest. Shame on all the pundits who jumped on the condemnation bandwagon. Most of all, shame on you, Barack Obama. It is a pity you are so self absorbed that you see everything as about you. Get over it! But you owe the President and the people an apology for your outburst.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mississippi On My Mind (Updated)

Governor Huckabee has challenged supporters of Huck PAC to post their thoughts on what the GOP must do to win back the American voter. Read the post and the comments and add your own thoughts.

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November on my mind

Since Governor Huckabee challenged bloggers to post their thoughts on what is needed to rebrand the Republican party, I had to state my case. Of course, I got most of it done and had a problem which lost my post. Aiyeeee!!!! So what follows is not as good as the original, but includes much of what I wanted to say.

  1. The War - we need to stop arguing about how we got into Iraq and focus on how we will help the Iraqi government build strength. How we got there is irrelevant at this point and we should not let Democrats get away with taking the high moral ground on this issue. We must maintain a stable Middle East and a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq is not the way to do that. We need clearly stated goals and sufficient troops and equipment to meet those goals.

  2. Border security - Secure the borders. Promote a fair immigration policy. Deal with those currently in the US in a compassionate manner while enforcing our laws.

  3. Social Security - formulate and promote a plan for how we will handle funding for SS without exorbitant contribution rates for our children. This is important to keep the system viable and is crucial to the ever increasing percentage of people age 65 and up.

  4. Health care - Our system needs reform, but not government mandated insurance. We need to find a way to work with providers and insurance companies to make good coverage affordable. Some insurance companies offer incentives for things like health club memberships if one goes regularly. Perhaps a good insurance program should offer incentives or rebates for healthy habits and staying healthy. Goes to MH's comments on how our system is structured.

  5. The Economy - here again, we need a plan. We must build new jobs. We need penalties against companies that export jobs and manufacturing. We need incentives for companies to retool and retrain their workforce. We need to rebuild the "Made in America" Brand. We need the modern equivalent of the WPA to put people to work and meet the needs of the nation.

  6. Tax Reform - the tax code needs to be overhauled and simplified. We need to be open to any system that would help achieve that, whether it be a flat tax, fair tax or some combination of those. We do need to bring those who currently pay no tax into the system.

How do we win elections? First, by changing our tactics. Instead of negative ads filled with half truths, we need to require honest answers from Democrats. This is the third or fourth election cycle where they have promised "change". We should be requiring them to define that and tell us how they plan to effect it. Barack Obama is running on a theme of change and hope. He is big on lofty rhetoric and short on specific. We should be requiring him to get specific.

We need to key into specific voter blocks and make sure our message is heard. And we need to get the support of voters likely to actually cast a ballot in November. We need our best speakers our on college campuses working with local groups to get new voters registered and excited about our message.

We should be working with unions across the nation. The things we want are the things they want ... jobs, a sound economy, secure borders, a fair immigration policy. We've ceded these groups to the Democrats for too long.

Restore confidence in government by letting people know their opinions matter. John McCain made effective us of town hall meetings early in the primaries. We need surrogates to fan our across the nation, holding town hall meetings and taking the pulse of the voters. And then we need to follow up on that by reporting back to them so they know their concerns are being reviewed and how our candidates propose to address them.
  • Be Positive
  • Be Proactive
  • Be Responsive

Monday, May 12, 2008

McCain's Running Mate?

So I woke up this morning to the radio saying the Washington Post reports that Tim Pawlenty is #1 on the list of potential running mates for John McCain. My first thought was that someone was smoking something bad. :-P

After some digging, I found that the source of the data was The Fix . *WHEW* If it had been a serious news story, I would have had to trot out all my reasons why I would not agree.

All that angst for nothing. :-D

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Republican Hoosiers,Tar Heels Echo Pennsylvanians Sentiments

Even with many of the pundits auditioning for the role of the “Fat Lady” and Hillary Clinton riling up her supporters by promising to continue the fight after her crushing defeat in North Carolina and narrow victory in Indiana, the loudest clangor in John McCain’s ears is probably the echo reverberating from PA throughout IN and NC.

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I'm not sure what this means. Perhaps the base is not energized to get out and vote because they feel the issue is decided. Huckabee and Paul supporters, on the other hand, have taken this opportunity to send a message to McCain and the RNC ... one wonders if they are listening, however.