Saturday, August 23, 2008
He knew Hope and Change was wearing thin, and he grabbed for experience, but from someone that has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth.In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions. He picked a 35-year veteran of the Senate — the ultimate insider — rather than a candidate from outside Washington, such as Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia or Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas; or from outside his party, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; or from outside the mostly white male club of vice presidential candidates. Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't even make his short list.
That is because second fiddle is not supposed to outshine the top, but what will the PUMAs think of Biden?The picks say something profound about Obama: For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old Illinois senator worried that he couldn't beat Republican John McCain without help from a seasoned politician willing to attack.
He can't, but will Obama be able to control his attack dog?The Biden pick is the next logistical step in an Obama campaign that has become more negative — a strategic decision that may be necessary but threatens to run counter to his image.
Friday, August 22, 2008
If this is true, why was this not filed a lot earlier? The supposed "documents" are here. FactCheck disputes these claims.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
You will notice that Obama starts to say Clarance Thomas did not have enough experience, but then Obama realized he did not have any experience to qualify him for the Presidency, so he says he was not a "strong enough jurist or legal thinker". How strong a jurist was Thurgood Marshall when Johnson appointed him. He was Chief Counsel for the NAACP, and he won 14 of the 19 cases he argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the government, but that make him a jurist? Or a legal thinker (which I would assume would be reserved for people that taught in law school.
As WSJ says
By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General's office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation's second most prominent court. Since his "elevation" to the High Court in 1991, he has also shown himself to be a principled and scholarly jurist.
Meanwhile, as he bids to be America's Commander in Chief, Mr. Obama isn't yet four years out of the Illinois state Senate, has never held a hearing of note of his U.S. Senate subcommittee, and had an unremarkable record as both a "community organizer" and law school lecturer. Justice Thomas's judicial credentials compare favorably to Mr. Obama's Presidential résumé by any measure. And when it comes to rising from difficult circumstances, Justice Thomas's rural Georgian upbringing makes Mr. Obama's story look like easy street.
At the Saddleback Forum, Rick Warren's question about dealing with evil in the world showed the stark difference between the two candidates:
"Does evil exist, and if it does, do we ignore it, do we negotiate with it, do we contain it, do we defeat it?"
Obama: "... a lot of evil has been perpetrated, uh, based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil."
Obama's point is the US has perpetrated a lot of evil. Nice. Now see how McCain handles the question:
Question to McCain: "Does evil exist, and if so, should we ignore it, negotiate with it, contain it, or defeat it?"
McCain: "Defeat it."
McCain had a pretty good answer. The only better answer that I can think of would have been for him to say "I must confess that I have read the book (the Holy Bible), so I know how this one comes out. Eventually evil (Lucifer) is chained up for 1,000 years, and when freed of his confinement he goes right back to his old ways, and he is then destroyed. But until Christ comes back to deal with evil, we definitely should not ignore evil, negotiate with it, or attempt to contain it. We may not be able to defeat it, but we should do everything we can do to oppose and try to defeat evil, until reinforcements arrive on a white horse."
Gateway Pundit blogged Obama:
"... Now, the one thing that I think is very important is for us to have some humility in how we approach the issue of confronting evil. You know a lot of evil has been perpetrated based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil... In the name of good and I think one thing that's very important is having some humility in recognizing that. You know, just because we think our intentions are good doesn't mean that we're going to be doing good."He's not talking about another country there-- He's talking about the US perpetrating evil. Is anyone else outraged with that statement?
Blue Star Beth blogged It seems to me that the answer as to who our next President will be is pretty obvious. The man who spoke with humility and confidence and a true and abiding love for our country.
Beth Shaw blogged Interestingly, even the left is saying that McCain did much better in this forum than Obama. They are bemoaning the fact that Obama just didn’t do well and that McCain is so likable. They are saying that even though they don’t like McCain’s policies, at least he’s upfront about what they are and leaves no doubt about where he stands on issues.