WTF? Vice President Palin?

I’ve been thinking about this for the last day or so now and I just can’t figure it out. The nomination of Sarah Palin seems like such a stupid move to me.  With all of the other well qualified and popular candidates he could have chosen (Romney, Huckabee, Ron Paul etc.) it just doesn’t make sense to pick Palin.  Even if he was dead set on choosing a woman to try and get those Hillary voters, why not pick Condoleeza Rice or Kay Hutchinson the governor of Texas or any number of well qualified Republican women.  But Sarah Palin?  I know she’s cute but come on!  Here’s why I don’t think it works:

1. She’s dangerously unqualified.  Her only major experience in office has been the governorship of Alaska for the last year and a half.  She has zero foreign policy experience and mentioned several weeks ago that she had no idea what a Vice President actually does. Historians are saying she is the least qualified person to join a political ticket in the modern era.

I can understand McCains desire to put someone younger on the ticket, because if elected (god forbid) he would be the oldest president ever going into his first term.  Why risk the second in command having no idea what she’s doing, if something should happen to him? Especially at a time when we’re fighting two wars and the economy is in crisis.  I don’t get it.

Plus she’s going to look like a light weight next to Biden in the vice-presidential debate.

2.  It’s demeaning to woman.  It’s clear the main reason she was picked was the vain attempt to pick up disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters from the Democrats. She made this crystal clear in her acceptance speech citing Hillary Clinton’s historic run and her 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling motif.  I think its insulting to think that the only reason Clinton voters liked Hillary was because she was a woman. What does it say about the guy, that he picked his VP not because of her experience but because of her gender?  

Seems like her insistence on mentioning Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail isn’t going that great either.

3. She’s not the moderate or change agent McCain says she is.  When it comes to her social views she is to the right of the religious right.  She wants creationism taught in schools and doesn’t believe in abortion under any circumstances even in the case of rape or incest.  Unlike the portrait McCain painted of her in his speech, she is in the pocket of Big Oil in Alaska.  She wants to drill in ANWAR and wants polar bears taken off the endangered species list to make it easy for oil companies to drill in their habitats.  She has also been on each side of the issue of the ‘bridge to nowhere‘ lamenting the fact that congressional funds were not more forthcoming to complete the bridge as late as 2006.  

I still think Romney would have been the best choice for McCain.  He has a lot of love among conservatives.  Every Republican I know at work was pulling for him in the primaries. He also ran a successful business and has the perception of knowing a lot about the economy, which is shaping up to be the major issue of the campaign and is something McCain has admitted he doesn’t know much about.  He also has a strong personality that could possibly stand up to Biden in the VP debate.  

Hopefully this will turn out to be one of the worst VP picks in presidential history.  It certainly says a lot about McCains judgment.  I’m seriously looking forward to the Biden-Palin debate.  It’s going to be a massacre.  

Vote Obama-Biden ’08 for real change in Washington!

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Put me in the Cone of Mistrust…

I hate to say it, but Senator Obama should have seen this coming.  In this weeks “Saddleback Presidential Forum” both candidates were set to do some hard-core pandering to the religious right.  In theory, Rick Warren was supposed to host a fair Q&A time, asking both presidential contenders the same questions with neither of them knowing the questions beforehand.

Barack took questions first and, sadly, despite Warren’s assurance that he had “put McCain in a ‘cone of silence'”, he was in nothing of the sort.  He sat in his limo (which is well equipped with a radio and television) for the first half hour of the forum, before being escorted by the secret service to a room with a television monitor (though supposedly not hooked up), none of which would have stopped him from getting text messages or calls detailing the questions he was to receive.  And as the Huffington Post points out “presumably his aides have Blackberries. Coaching could have taken place without McCain hearing anything directly from the broadcast at all”.  This ridiculous incompetence and/or outright attempt to make Obama look less presidential or prepared is why churches shouldn’t be hosting presidential appearances in the first place.

None of this proves that McCain cheated of course.  But what can be verified is that both McCain and Warren violated their promises of a fair interview.  McCain violated an implied or expressed promise to have arrived at the venue by the time that Barack Obama’s interview began. Warren implied to a national audience that McCain was in a quarantined area at the time Obama’s interview began, but in fact McCain was not.  It just goes to show you that progressives shouldn’t trust evangelical leaders.  They’re not interested in being fair.  They’re interested in furthering their own conservative agenda, and eroding the walls between church and state.

Meanwhile I won’t be holding my breath for Sam Harris to host the Atheists Presidential Forum.

The Worst Debate I’ve Ever Seen

Last night I decided to turn on the Democratic Debate between Senators Obama and Clinton. It’s like their 200th debate or something (at least it feels that way) but I was interested in hearing their views on issues that may not have been talked about in previous debates, like the crazy gas prices, the housing crisis and what’s going on in Tibet. Sadly that wasn’t too be. Actually, they hardly even talked about Iraq, and the economy was barely skimmed over, thanks to the god-awful questions of the moderators Stephanopoulos and Gibson. A whole hour of the debate felt like something off E-entertainment news with most of the questions directed at Obama. The first question was about the media contrived story about Obama saying Pennsylvanian’s are bitter. The next was about Reverend Wright (Obama’s old pastor) and whether or not he was as patriotic as Obama. WTF! Oh and speaking of patriotic we notice you don’t have your flag pin on…(yeah they seriously brought that up) And all they threw Hillary’s way was a quick question about Bosnia that wasn’t followed up in any serious way after she admitted to lying about it (without saying the word lie of course). Then it was like “oh yeah, they’re going to be commander and chief. Guess we should ask them about Iraq and stuff”. Ridiculous.

We need a fundamental change in our media, especially in the way we as Americans get news and in so doing are able to participate in our democracy. How can we judge the candidates if we have no idea their opinions on the issues, if all we’re hearing is who misspoke today, and what this one guy the candidate happens to know said once? One of the main problems in my estimation is that the debate wasn’t on one of the 24 hour news channels (although they share similar problems) but was on ABC in prime time. ABC as a company is not set up to promulgate American democracy; it’s set up to make money. And these ‘gotcha’-style questions were in my opinion to boost ratings to make sure people were tuned in and watching the commercials that pay the bills. I’m an Obama supporter that hopes he’ll be able to bring about real change in Washington, but real change needs not stop there. Hopefully somehow, someway it will filter into the way we receive information about the candidates so American isn’t left with a democracy deficit as it has been the last two general elections with questionable counts in Florida and in Ohio. Here’s hoping…

Update: Apparently a lot of other people were as annoyed as I was with the debate. Over 15,000 thousand people have left comments on ABC’s website and 99.9 percent of the ones I read were very critical of the moderators. Click here to share your displeasure, and demand media coverage of the candidates that befits our democracy. MoveOn.org is also protesting the debate.  You can sign their petition at their site.

Obama Ahead In Texas!

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The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Obama attracting 48% of the vote while Clinton earns 44%. Eight percent (8%) remain undecided and another 12% say it’s possible they could change their mind.

This is great news for the Obama camp!  A win in either Texas or Ohio (or hopefully both!) could seal the deal on his bid to become his parties nominee for President of the United States.  Now if only my home state of Ohio would wise up!  Luckily there’s still time, something that hasn’t played in Senator Clinton’s favor in the past.

Politician Steve Novick Has A Link To My Site on His Webpage!

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I just happened to check my blog stats today and found that Steve Novick, who is running for a U.S. Senate spot in Oregon, has a link on his site to my blog! How cool! I’m not so sure if thats a sign that their campaign is desperate for blog coverage (my blog is so new! I’m amazed that they would link to it) or that they just liked my site. Either way I think its really fun. The internet makes the world such a small place. Check out Novick’s Media Roundup Page to see the link to my blog. It’s at the bottom (probably an appropriate place for it) under the title of my post 4’9″ Man With a Hook Runs for Senate (haha I’m feeling a little self conscious about that title now). Best of luck to Mr. Novick in his bid for Senate. If I lived in Oregon he’d have my vote! (And not just because he stroked my ego a bit by linking to my site haha!)

Hillary Clinton Mocks Obama

Wow. I figured Hillary would eventually stoop to attack politics, as the loses keep piling up, and she continues to get more desperate, but I didn’t think it would come to outright mockery. She really has no class at all.  As one commenter on the Huffington Post put it:

If Ms. Clinton were to continue along this destructive path, she might as well kiss her NY senate seat good-bye. By mocking unity and idealism, the very core of progressive politics, she has (in my eyes) reduced herself to irrelevancy and is simply unfit to become the leader of the free world. What a sorry denouement to an illustrious career…

I couldn’t agree more. Click the link at the bottom of the page to see Barack Obama’s response from Cleveland Ohio. Continue reading

I Think America Has Had Enough of Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader announced today on Meet the Press that he would again be running for President of the United States.  Hopefully it won’t turn out like last time, where he stole just enough votes from the Democrats that they lost to the crazy right wing of the Republican party.  Thanks Ralph.  Thanks for eight years of George W. Bush.  It’s been a lot of fun.

I can’t imagine his motives for running again.  On Meet The Press he said, “You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected. You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts.  In that context, I have decided to run for president.”  Apparently he hasn’t been paying attention at all to the Obama campaign which has empowered more voters to become part of the election process than ever before, and promises to address the issues that ordinary people care about.  Does he thinks so highly of himself that he’s willing to ruin the chances of Democrats winning the 08 election?  It’s ridiculous.

Do yourself a favor Ralph, and drop out now before even the ultra liberals can’t stand you.  You’re doing nothing for your cause.