Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

who is this guy?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Last night I watched Joe Biden in his acceptance speech for the Vice Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. Exciting times, and seeing Obama come on stage at the end was a thrill.

One of the points Biden hit was his friendship of, and respect for, John McCain. However he said that he fundamentally disagrees with what McCain is proposing for the country. I think also that McCain has been changing and losing his focus in his bid for the Presidency. For example he was for a long time known as being straight up and open, but today a very strange interview was published by Time magazine where McCain is “prickly” and refuses even to define what “honor” means to him, or that he is in anyway uncomfortable with how negative his campaign has gone.

That negative campaign reached a new low a couple of days ago when they released an ad pulling specific words from a statement by Obama to twist what he said. Here’s the backstory – worth reading for context. One of the points is them having Obama say that Iran is a “tiny country”. The actual statement is about how the US should engage with our adversaries – how we did that with the Soviet Union, and “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union.” A very different meaning from what McCain’s campaign implies, you could even suggest that it’s a desperate lie.

that’s all right then

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Interesting point from the US Representative from near where I live (one Michelle Bachmann) – we don’t need to worry about saving the planet because that was all taken care of 2,000 years ago. Ideal.

I think I need a “What is wrong with people?” category in my blog.

donut not

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

On the day of Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin, with apparently the staggering figure of 200,000 in attendance, here’s some information on JFK’s infamous ‘Ich Bin ein Berliner’ line.

this can’t be good

Friday, July 18th, 2008

From Talking Points Memo: Obama Struggling with Older Women. Can’t he be done for assault? Maybe it’s like mudfighting or something. Are younger women easier to fight?

how it happened

Friday, June 13th, 2008

I’m getting over a Friday the 13th-type disappointment – Holland played France in Euro 2008 and by all accounts it was an amazing match. But! I unwittingly found the outcome (not the score though) based on the Facebook statuses of each of my brothers. And! Even worse – our TiVo only recorded the first 10 minutes of the match. Grrr!! It’s being repeated next week so I’ve set it up to record that – looking forward to it.

Aaaanyway, for those paying attention to some of my blog you’ll remember that I was (probably somewhat over-)obsessed with the recent Democratic primary election. Now I see that the whole thing can be summarized (by Slate.com) in just over 8 minutes. Enjoy:

prescient

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

From almost exactly a year ago: a post on Andrew Sullivan’s blog about Obama. Sullivan is a conservative, but even in the early days of the Obama campaign he was seeing that something fresh and needed was coming.

And today, it’s looking like Obama will be able to claim the majority of delegates in the Democratic primary and the word is that Clinton will wind down her campaign and acknowledge him as the presumptive nominee. Either of these candidates would have been history-making as a Presidential candidate for who they are, a woman and an African-American, and they are both super-human in what they have gone through and survived over the past months. I have no idea how they have done it, or how exhausted they must be.

Tonight Obama is appearing in the Twin Cities – specifically in the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, where the Republican party will have their convention in a couple of months – an act of considerable chutzpa seeing as when the schedule was announced late last week the final pieces of the campaign (decisions on the Florida and Michigan pseudo-primaries; the final primaries today in South Dakota and Montana; and today’s flood of super-delegates) hadn’t fallen into place. Unfortunately I’m not able to go, but I would hope that there will be other rallies here. My feeling is that even if you’re not for him, this is quite a moment in history.

about the michican and florida primaries

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Here’s some information if you’re looking to get informed on the Democratic candidates’ positions and histories before the Democratic National Committee meets this coming weekend.

race in the race

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

It’s the West Virginia primary today and as expected the Clintons won by a wide margin:

Clinton’s win here came as no surprise. The state is packed with the sort of voters with who have gravitated toward the New York Democrat: white, largely rural voters, the majority of whom have not finished college.

Disturbingly though, a huge percentage of their supporters say that race was a reason they voted the way they did.

Now Hillary and Bill (formerly known as “The first black President”) could easily put a stop to the racial leanings. They could easily say that they believe race should not be an issue. Even though you could potentially excuse her comments from last week when she said that she won more “among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans” she could also easily and at no cost ask her supporters to put race out of their minds and vote on issues or style instead. But she lets the race issue, and raw, ugly racism, continue, and I think there’s no excuse for that.

sound familiar?

Monday, May 5th, 2008

A politician who thinks that they know more than experts? Oh, I forgot – experts are elitists.

this doesn’t look good

Monday, March 31st, 2008

There may be a perfectly innocent and reasonable explanation for this, but if you’re campaigning for the presidential nomination and using healthcare reform as one of your key policy proposals (not to mention using your (failed) push for universal healthcare when you were spouse of a president as a piece of the evidence for your political experience) then the fact that your campaign owes $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for campaign staffers just looks bad. That on top of the fact that you had to lend your campaign $5 million of your own money to keep it rolling. Kind of embarrassing, don’t you think?

And by the way on general campaign debt, Clinton’s campaign owed $8.7 million at the end of February. Obama owed $625,000 and McCain $4.3 million, though most of his debt was from a bank loan, and only $1.3 million was in the form of unpaid bills to a dozen vendors.