Archive for August 2008

Senator & Beauty Queen vs. Beauty Queen & Senator

And I like our Senator more than theirs.  And Palin is much prettier than Obama.

A run down of the girls’ experiences over at RedState.

That’s the truly confusing part of this for me.  The Democrats are running the least experienced candidate ever for President.  Palin’s experience stacks up well against Obama’s at every level (she definitely beats him on Executive experience), and she’s running for Vice-President and they’re still hitting the experience card.

Are they that lacking in self-awareness?  Is there nothing else to talk about?  I mean other than the hurricane, which somehow helps Democrats?

Those are some strange voters over there…

Hockey Mom!

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee

And who says Republicans can’t choose a woman VP?

Of course, true-blue feminists won’t really care about this because Palin is conservative (and was runner-up to be Miss Alaska in 1984, which no doubt irks them).

We here in Illinois can especially respect Palin for how she was able to buck the corrupt GOP in Alaska. If only someone could do the same here!

Will her youth make attacks on Obama’s more difficult? No. Why? She is not running for President. There is a difference.

Would Pawlenty have brought in Minnesota? Perhaps, but doubtful. This pick was radical, but in a way no one thought would be radical. Excellent surprise.

The One and The Speech

Obama needed the huge, climactic stage to shroud the fact that his speech was absolutely, in substance, no different than any other Democrat liberal prescription for the last 35+ years. Despite the Change signs (Who’s Change?)  Change just means not Republican.  That’ s it.

And it was all quite fascist.

(He did say he’d cut taxes for the “middle class”.  Will John McCain say that? )

He also seemed extremely angry.

Anyway, Democrats are excited. Conservatives are watchful.  We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. Romance doesn’t last by itself in even the best relationships. Something more solid has to be there.

Is the American Dream really “slipping away”?

Joe Biden gave a humdinger of a speech tonight at the DNC, no doubt about it.  I’ll note  quickly that no one can disrespect a man whose personal story is so tragic (death of wife and daughter in car accident shortly after he was first elected to the Senate) and who handled it with such dignity.

However, let’s talk about the substance. Surely, Biden gave one of the most substantive speeches of the week so far.

The Fear, The Worry

We’ve heard it from other speakers, but are Americans really sitting around their dinner tables, filled with fear and worry about the future, uncertain where the next dollar will come from, shivering in their homes? (well, they did in the ’70s when Carter mandated low energey use, but that’s another story). Is that really the American character?  I don’t think so.

Biden says the “promise of tomorrow better than yesterday is in jeopardy”.  Bill Clinton said we “must rebuild the American Dream.”

We’re often told in these speeches that Democrats especially believe in the American character. Biden himself tonight spoke warmly and well of his family upbringing in Scranton, Penn., where people believed in working hard and doing well and providing for their families. But, say these Democrats, it’s not possible anymore. The American Dream is “slipping away”.

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Die Deutschen lieben Obama

Germans Overwhelmingly Favor Obama Over McCain, Poll Shows

This is a shocker.

It’s shame that Barack Obama isn’t running in Germany.  Except — he doesn’t speak German. In fact, he doesn’t speak a second language at all. Not even Spanish.

And may we just add that it wouldn’t be the first time Germans didn’t have the best political judgment?  Stick to the music, the Rieslings and the art, bitte. Danke.

And I’m not being facetious

As we’ve stated, VP choices don’t necessarily affect the campaign end-result, but they do say something about the guy who did the choosin’. I think the Biden pick says a lot about Obama — he knows he doesn’t have enough experience, and thought the Senator who is respected by some (though not by Iraqis) for his alleged foreign policy expertise would be helpful.  And he probably thinks Biden’s “tell-it-like-it-is” -ness is an asset, though Biden’s more of a self-loving jerk than a straight shooter, as evidenced in Power Line’s post:

Power Line: Happiness is a thing called Joe

But is he as clean and articulate as Obama?

Biden is indeed Obama’s pick. Despite his occasional verbal gaffes, which the McCain campaign will without a doubt exploit, he’s a strong pick for Obama overall.  His foreign policy experience (serving as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee)  was probably the deciding factor — especially as  recent events in Georgia and Russia highlighted Obama’s lack of experience (even, probably, to Obama himself).

But who cares? VP picks are not usually the deciding factor in a campaign, of course (unless PUMA forces a delegate fight next week. Or unless, say, McCain chooses Lieberman).

Two Senators? Let’s see — last successful duo was Kennedy/Johnson.

Now to the meat of the matter — the policy prescriptions of these two, none of which are  changeful at all, are will be well-covered territory for Biden during his 30+ years in the Senate: tax the rich more, use windfall taxes to punish companies who do too well, rely on more government intervention, etc etc. I’m already tired of it.

Obama’s VP pick — who…cares anymore?

So reports are in that Bayh and Kaine have not been chosen by The One.

So who has been? We’ll all know in a few hours. But I hope he chooses Biden, (and perhaps he did — according to speculation in this ABCNews blog) and not just because Biden suffers from occasional verbal diarrhea, a la Ms Jones, but because he is actually a human being. He wWould bring the Obama campaign some old-fashioned down-to-earthedness, perhaps. Straight-shooting, as they say. Oh, and gravitas — a word we haven’t heard much since Bush picked Cheney in 2000. Is Biden the next Cheney?

But more to the point, is anyone else a little annoyed by all this build-up? It seems a little juvenile to be waiting until the very last minute like this to share the pick. Even a little needy. “Ready?  Are you sure you’re ready? I know and you don’t, na na naaa na naaa na. .”Oh I know it’s a pick announcement, a chance to shine, and Obama has every right to milk it, but… Just do it already, sir. Will this REALLY be the climax of your campaign?

Moreover, will this be what the presidency will be like for Obama? One theatrical, climactic announcement after another – that leads to very little…true substance?

But of course all political junkies are enjoying themselves immensely.  And I have to say I am extremely impressed by how the Obama camp has been able to keep this all so quiet. Admirable.

The Ice Age Cometh

Mt. Turoa in New Zealand

Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand

A Mexican scientist (a geophysics researcher no less) says global warming (or, excuse us, “climate change”) is not to blame for a recent ice bridge collapse in an Argentine glacier.

AND, he’s also predicting a little ice age that will last for 60-80 years because of a decrease in solar activity.

Translated version of http://www.milenio.com/mexico/milenio/nota.asp?id=651680

Oh, and it’s a good time to be skiing in New Zealand.

But of course these are reports from the Southern Hemisphere, and thus inadmissable in a discussion of “global” warming.

Saddleback Church interviews: McCain wins

Though it wasn’t a face-to-face debate, the Saddleback Church interviews certainly served that purpose. People came away with an understanding not only of Obama and McCain’s beliefs and policy prescriptions, but their sylistic differences were striking. To that end, I think McCain may have helped himself. He was quick, decisive, and calm. Obama, just returned from his Hawaii vacation, was more typically evasive on specifics.

So Rick Warren may have come up with a rather good idea.

The interviews were held back-to-back. They asked the candidates the same questions (broadcast on both FoxNews and CNN). The audience was the same.  Because they weren’t debating, the candidates could talk for more than 30-60 seconds. And they weren’t responding to one another. In essence, they could be themselves (or as much as was possible speaking in front of evangelical Christians, of whom everyone — even evangelical Christians — has an opinion).

Although news articles are pouncing on the difference the candidates had on the abortion question (Obama equivocated — and not even that eloquently, while McCain abruptly said life begins “at conception”), I think one of McCain’s best moments was his discussion of the Russian/Georgian conflict.  He gave specifics, has been to Georgia, and understands Putin is probably not America’s best friend.

Of course, the media is spinning all this as the candidates “reaching out” to the evangelical Christian community.  Although faith was mentioned, and the audience was the Saddleback congregation (a couple thousand), the questions were far-ranging, and  were not about doctrine or theology.

I’d commend this sort of double interview moving forward, especially since Obama refuses the townhall meetings.