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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Loser Mike Gravel leaves Democratic Party to join the Libertarian Party (but no one cares)

Mike Gravel leaves Democratic Party to join the Libertarian Party
"I look forward to advancing my presidential candidacy within the Libertarian Party, which is considerably closer to my values, my foreign policy views and my domestic views," he said.
What he means is, "Hillary and Barack will not let me play because no one loves me."

What is the truth?
Gravel, 77, has been excluded from recent Democratic debates because he failed to meet fundraising or polling thresholds.
What poor Mike Gravel has not realized is that the Democratic Party has no time for losers. They have enough trouble fending off Republican John McCain.

Gravel will be blogged about today and forgotten. He reality is, he is too old for Barack Obama's Facebook perspective and Hillary Clinton's, "Chelsea's mine and Bill's product of conception, not Monica's" college campaign.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Religion and Politics: We are all hypocrites

Barack Obama's faith is, presently, an enormous issue, because, in his case, his faith is affiliated, directly, with a man who appears unapologetically race-focused. Obama himself makes no apologies, like Bill Clinton and George W Bush, when he says he is a born-again Christian.

Obama's pastor is under fire for two questions: is he racist, and, is he using the pulpit to promote a specific political candidate. One is wrong ethically, and the other is illegal, so the questions are valid.

The correlating question: is Obama the same as his pastor in matters of disrespecting those who are not black? The Wall Street Journal thinks so, claiming Obama's own white mother would not be welcome at his church.

Obama tried to address all of this yesterday. He may lose the presidency through this issue, or win triumphantly. His speech might be the edge he needed to win over whatever remaining delegates or super-delegates, or sink him entirely. The issue gave him a platform to do what he his famously strong for, and famously criticized for: giving powerful speeches that have nothing to do with public policy or international issues.

Meanwhile, Republicans, often be courted by various faith-based groups and people of faith, have taken hits for letting this dominate their platforms and affiliations, and have, along the way, have been accused of the same thing Obama's pastor is being accused of.

Hillary Clinton, in the middle of it all, is, for all intents and purposes, a humanist. She has though, in Little Rock, been a Sunday school teacher and hob-nobs with the leadership of the United Methodist. However, she has not known, nor has been suspected of, being a person who makes decisions from her Christian perspective. She's laying low on this issue, having just ousted Geraldine Ferraro from her campaign for pointing out that Barack Obama is black. Hillary is happy no one is talking about this.

John McCain, meanwhile, is Baptist, yet clearly does not claim to be born-again. As with Hillary, though, no one looks at him and suspects a deep man of faith has walked by. He is happy because he has nothing to do with this issue, and is able to actively campaign without putting out religious or racial fires.

Obama, for all the heat he is taking for the irresponsible comments his pastor has said, is playing the "I'm a Christian" gambit the loudest. And, in my observations, Christians who otherwise disagree with him on his moral issues, are buying it. I don't know if this is nationally true, or merely my small circle.

In other words, if the claims of the candidates are true as to what they believe, atheist candidates who vote for one of the two major parties, no matter who wins the Democratic nomination, for a self-claimed Christian. Each of these three of the remaining candidates has gone out their way to be visible as Christians, and each has gone out of their way to hob-nob with their church's leadership.

Christian Republicans. Cliche? As long as Democrats are playing this concept up, but themselves doing speeches in pulpits, it is not only cliche, but disingenuous.

All of this leads to the fundamental issue: religion in politics. What of it? It, in America, is all over the place, from Reverend Jesse Jackson to Barack Obama's pastor to Mike Huckabee's former job.

We say we do not want religion as a motivator to vote, but then, we vote against a guy because of what he, or his pastor believes. Or we vote for the same person. Religion, or the absence of it, motivated us, and intrigues us enough to explore the candidates and what others are saying about their faith.

If it didn't, you wouldn't be reading this post. :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

How to Poop on Voters (Re-do an election)

I'm not sure about Glenn Beck, but I generally agree with this regarding the Michigan vote re-do.

Politics are not the same as life - mercy and grace are especially important when a life is directly involved (mercy toward unborn kids, imprisonment might be two overlaps, certain lawsuits against an individual by the State).

This, though, is not the same. However, whatever a political party wants to do is fine by me. If the Democrats want a do-over, do I care, really? Same if the Republicans want to. Either way, if they make a dumb decision, I might not vote them next time. That's where my care will show the most.

Play games with voters? Expect 'game over' the next election.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Obama Crushes Clinton in Mississippi

Barack Obama takes down Hillary Clinton, which is just as well for Obama fans. Obama has declared he would not work for anyone. He pointed out clearly that if he was in the White House, Hillary would be working for him, or he wouldn't be there.

Obama beats Clinton in Mississippi
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton in Mississippi on Tuesday, giving him new momentum in their increasingly nasty presidential fight as they head into the next critical ...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Democrat Spitzer Is Linked to Whore Ring

Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

Sex, lies, and it's all for sale, so saith New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

How will this affect fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton? If she's on the ballot in November, it can't possibly help.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some: Obama and Hillary Share the Love

Clinton-Obama? Or Make That Obama-Clinton? Wall Street Journal
Clinton won primaries in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, halting Obama’s winning streak. Obama won in Vermont. In Texas, Democratic party officials plan to resume counting caucus results today after they’d suspended their count around 2 a.m. EST. Obama was the preferred candidate of 54% of caucus-goers in the handful of caucuses reporting.
It is no secret to the less than numb observer that Hillary is shooting to be VP. Once this is ratified by the top Dem dogs, half of the world will cheer. The rest will poke away at the ebbing question, "Are these two together too liberal for today's America?"

In other words, I think John McCain will see new support from moderates who might have supported just Hillary, or just Obama and a more conservative running mate. Together, an Obama-Hillary team might concern them on key issues like support in Iraq, abortion and homosexual issues (gay marriage and so forth).

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A Joker Stumps for Hillary Clinton (and Batman is Ticked Off): Jack Nicholson On Hillary

The Hillary Clinton Campaign released a video starring Jack Nicholson today. The spot consists of a statement from Nicholson along with him in character as The Joker, Col. Jessup (A Few Good Men), and Jake Gittes (Chinatown). Watch it:

Commissioner Gordon, Batman, and Robin all declined comment. Barack Obama is said to be preparing a video response dressed as Bat Girl, to appeal to his more liberal fans. John McCain was quoted as Sylvester Stallone's character, John Rambo, "Remember who drew first blood." His YouTube video response will presumably be done with him dressed as president.

Personally, I think "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest."