Monthly Archives: August 2008

Not again

I just feel sick. I can remember when we evacuated for Hurricane Floyd, years ago. It’s quite a feeling to leave your home, not knowing what you’ll return to. My heart’s with the Gulf Coast right now.

Not "experienced enough" to lead

From a politician with the same level of experience as Obama:

We can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

–Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862

Sound familiar? Did you think of another senator from Illinois, perhaps?

Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.

Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can seize our future. And as we leave this great state with a new wind at our backs and we take this journey across this great country, a country we love, with the message we carry from the plains of Iowa to the hills of New Hampshire, from the Nevada desert to the South Carolina coast, the same message we had when we were up and when we were down, that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we will hope.

And where we are met with cynicism and doubt and fear and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of the American people in three simple words — yes, we can.

-Barack Obama, after winning the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina, January 27, 2008

Of biblical proportions

Would it be wrong to pray for diarrhea? (in response to the infamous — and failed — prayer request for rain by Focus on the Family]

via (where one commenter wrote, “the Lord moves in mysterious ways”)

EDIT: a blogger at Kos puts it this way (regarding the first call for rain):

Yes, that was Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family encouraging people to pray for rain of biblical proportions to ruin the Democrat’s big night in Denver. How Christian of him, no? And, how oh-so-ironic that Hurricane Gustav is now threatening to derail their own convention. While the residents of the Gulf coast are in our own hearts and prayers as they weather this storm, there does seem to be a sense of justice that New Orleans and memories of Katrina would come back to haunt this Republican convention. The memories of Katrina should rightly haunt them for the rest of their years.

Are you listening Stuart Shepard? Hurricanes qualify as “rain of biblical proportions”, don’t they? Perhaps God is trying to tell you something. You would do well to heed these signs and atone for your sins. You can start by focusing on rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf coast.

‘What is it exactly that the VP does every day?’

Not a good quote to have floating around when you’re suddenly the Republican VP pick:

Responses I’ve read today:

McCain has met her twice. Twice. (okay, three times, including today!)

From feministing: “Republicans are more open to a certain type of woman — one who is strongly against things like equal pay, universal health care, and reproductive freedom. In other words, the party is pro-woman-candidates, as long as they enact anti-woman policies.”

Taking Republican faux-feminism to a whole new level

More on Palin’s record.

Some of Palin’s credentials:

Palin was mayor of Wasilla, AK, a town of just over 5,000 people that currently employs just over 100 individuals and — contrary to Rove’s claim — [Wasilla] didn’t even make it into the 10 largest cities in AK while she was mayor.

About that mayoral performance

Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.

Is it a problem that she is “pleased with Obama’s energy plan“? [funny, that story has suddenly disappeared from the main page -- that link is a google cache]

Andrew Sullivan:

Now compare McCain’s pick with Obama’s: a man with solid foreign policy experience, six terms in Washington and real relationships with leaders across the globe.

One pick is by a man of judgment; the other is by a man of vanity.

She may be a fine person, but she’s my age, she has zero Washington experience, and no foreign policy expertise whatsoever.

McCain has just told us how seriously he takes the war we are in. Not seriously at all.

What he said:

CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

All we have heard from John McCain for months is, “Barack Obama is too young. Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. Who do you want answering the phone in the White House at three a.m.? Blah, blah, blah.”

So what does McCain do? He picks someone to be his running mate who is even younger than Barack Obama and has less experience.

Sara Palin is 44 – Obama is 47. Sara Palin is in her first term as governor of Alaska, a state that has 13 people and some caribou. Obama is a member of the United States Senate from Illinois.

It’s not a big deal, except for this: If McCain wins, he will be the oldest person ever inaugurated for a first term at 72. He has a history of health problems that include bouts of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. It is reasonable to consider that McCain’s running mate could be called upon to be our president.

Meanwhile, some may see this as a move for McCain to attract disaffected women who voted for Hillary Clinton and aren’t yet behind Obama. But that might not work for a few reasons: Palin, like McCain, is pro-life. Also, she might be a woman, but she’s no Hillary Clinton – when it comes to her experience or her ideology.

At some point, voters will have to ask themselves who they would want running the country if it ever became necessary: Joe Biden or Sarah Palin.

That was easy

McBush just won the election for Obama with his VP choice, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.

She’s under investigation for a ethics breach, possesses very little experience, is a creationism advocate, voted against same-sex partner benefits, is an active member of “Feminists for Life,” and has zero name recognition outside of Karl Rove-ites, etc.

How considerate of McCain to think of the future of American politics, and give us such a gift on his birthday. Bring on the VP debates, I say.

I’m just as shocked as the pundits — what a “hail Mary pass” if ever there was one in politics. Does McCain think women voters will automatically vote for him, just because he’s chosen a token female as a running-mate? Mr. McCain, we think with our brains and not our uteruses. (uteri?) And to think Palin, and her conservative stances, would sate disgruntled Hillary voters is just absurd (and indicative of how out of touch McCain really is).

EDIT: Just watched the acceptance speech. The feedback echoing on the mic was almost metaphorical. What a trainwreck of a VP choice. McCain clearly chose Palin as an effort to pander to the Religious Right. Here’s hoping it’ll backfire as grandly as I think it will.

About that "lack of experience" argument

From Al Gore’s speech, earlier in the evening:

“A century and a half ago, when America faced our greatest trial, the end of one era gave way to the birth of another. The candidate who emerged victorious in that election is now regarded by most historians as our greatest president. Before he entered the White House, Abraham Lincoln’s experience in elective office consisted of eight years in his state legislature in Springfield, Illinois, and one term in Congress – during which he showed the courage and wisdom to oppose the invasion of another country that was popular when it started but later condemned by history.”

Touche!

Okay, last political post for a while. (who am I kidding, McCain reveals his VP pick tomorrow — tis the season for political rantings. Hold on to yer hats!)