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The debates…

Posted by Brian on January 31, 2008

I watched last night’s GOP debate and tonight’s Dem’s debate. What a contrast…

The GOPers were all Reagan and very little Bush, and the crowd ate it up. My take on it is that there is a massive effort by those on the right to erase Bush 2 from the collective memory. If Bush were a successful president on their own terms, surely there would be more discussion of him. Clearly, they don’t think very much of the job he did, so rather than face up to the damage their political ignorance has caused the country and the world, they are simply resetting the clock back to the 80’s and pretending Bush father and son never happpened. Brilliant… I heard on Air America this morning that some poor sap played a drinking game in which he took a shot everytime Reagan’s name was mentioned. He probab;y didn’t make it past McCain’s second lame Romney joke.

I was pretty disgusted by the lousy treatment they were giving Huckabee and Paul. Was it a coincidence that Romney and McCain were sitting next to each other in the seats closest to the moderator?  It reminded me of the shabby treatment that John Edwards got in his last debate. Personally, I think that such debates should treat all participants the same as long as they pass a certain test of eligibility, regardless of the polls.

Turning to the dem debate, Obama summed up his appeal with the one comment he made about Hillary’s spotty voting record on Iraq. Hillary is in no place to criticize McCain, Romney, or anyone self about the way the war was run as she was sat by and made it possible. Obama, who was against it from the start, is in a much better rhetorical position to debate Iraq with the republican candidate.

Anyway, they both did very well, and Obama seemed very forward-looking compared to the necro-reagan-philes on the other side.

I’m 99% certain that Hillary can’t win a general election against McCain. Obama, on the other hand, has the kind of wide-spread support that would neutralize McCain’s appeal. I have concerns about Obama’s lack of experience, but he will get my vote should he win the primary election. I simply won’t vote for hillary if she wins…

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Edwards is out…

Posted by Brian on January 30, 2008

I woke up this morning to learn that John Edwards, my favored candidate, would be dropping out of the presidential race today. Figures… my top three candidates (Edwards, Dodd, Biden) all drop out of the race before I even get a chance to cast my primary vote. Great fucking system we have here… the envy of the world.

I’m pissed at the way the mainstream media pretty much wrote off Edwards after new Hampshire. Form then on, it was a Clinton – Obama race, which was the narrative the pundits wanted the most. Written out of the process, potential Edwards supporters drifted towards the remaining two candidates. Way to do your country a service, big media.

And god… when the MSNBC pundit said “Well, it looks like it’s a 2 person race now,” this morning in response to the news, I just about threw my coffee mug through the TV screen.

Edwards would have been an excellent president. Surely, he deserves a cabinet position in the next administration.

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Another day…

Posted by Brian on January 29, 2008

Another day… another case of being harrassed by Republicans on the road because they don’t like the bumperstickers on my car. I just love sharing this country with such people…

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Fact of the Day

Posted by Brian on January 25, 2008

From the letters section at Salon.com:

Do you realize that since 1980 (!), every presidential election has featured either a Bush or a Clinton on one of the tickets? And in fact, every election since 1976 has included a Bush, a Clinton or a Dole on one of the tickets.

This angle, the whole dynasty thing, has been completely absent from the SCLM’s discussions on the Hillary campaign. Clearly, such a state of affairs, with a few families dominating presidential politics over the past 20+ years,  can’t be any good for a democracy such as ours. Or do we have a rotating monarchy going now?

I wish both Bill and Hillary would simply disappear for a while.

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Posted by Brian on January 24, 2008

I really admire the way republicans strive to elevate the level of political dialog in our country. While Obama and Clinton are slinging mud at one another, a new GOP 527 has been formed with only the best interests of the American people at heart:


Classy.. all the way.

And don’t  think this is some juvenile stunt by a backwards group of college republicans somewhere. Roger Stone, a long-time GOP political operative is involved, meaning this is straight out of the GOP establishment. 

Can you imagine the vitriol if she’s elected president? I mean, she’s my last choice among the dems, but a tiny, tiny part of me would like to see her win just so I could sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch the right go absolutely ape-shit bonkers over her.

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Colorado Evangelicals…

Posted by Brian on January 24, 2008

I stumbled upon this quote while reading an article on C0lorado Evangelicals and their political tendencies this year:

“What about the Democrats?” I asked. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been making overtures to churchgoers. Brendle laughed and said he’d seen it before. He was in a meeting with John Kerry in 2004 in which the Democratic candidate pulled a tiny New Testament from his pocket to prove his piety. Nobody bought it then, Brendle said, and it wouldn’t sell this year, either.

“If Hillary has suddenly started reading the Scriptures, then I’m glad she’s reading the Scriptures,” Brendle said, but evangelicals are sticking with the Republicans. He assured me that the movement may be undergoing a reshuffling, looking for new leaders and new tactics, but conservative Christians are not retreating from the political fight.

In other words, gestures of faith from democratic contenders are automatically dismissed as empty and meaningless. Reminds me of this quote, from a post I did early last year:

“Debate with the radical Christian right is useless. We cannot reach this movement. It does not want a dialogue. It is a movement based on emotion and cares nothing for rational thought and discussion. It is not mollified because John Kerry prays or Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school. Naive attempts to reach out to the movement, to assure them that we, too, are Christian, or we, too, care about moral values, are doomed. This movement is bent on our destruction. The attempts by many liberals to make peace would be humerous of the stakes were not so deadly. These dominionists hate the liberal, enlightened world formed by the Constitution, a world they blame for the debacle of their lives. They have one goal – it’s destruction.”

That quote is from Chris Hedges’ American Fascists.

It’s kinda sad watching Dem candidates offering up their religous bona fides in a desperate attempt to attract support from a demographic that is dead set on not supporting us. After all, you don’t see republican candidates wasting their time going to liberal neighborhood committees in Berkeley in Birkenstocks. The Republicans know the value of having a political enemy here at home… the Dems don’t.

I’m convined that were Jesus to come back and run for prez as a Democrat, these people would still vote republican.

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With Dems like this…

Posted by Brian on January 23, 2008

With Dems like this, who needs Republicans?

Hillary, your dirty and underhanded campaign for the Democratic nomination is turning off a lot of Dems and independents. You may win the nomination, but at what cost?

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Posted by Brian on January 19, 2008

I’m not happy at all to see Hillary Clinton win the Nevada caucases. Should she go on to win the nomination that will encite every right-wing nutjob to put down his gun and turn off NASCAR racing and go vote against her regardless of who the republican candidate is. That will also hurt us down ticket.

Sorry dems… but America isn’t a monarchy that is to be governed by familial lines. If she’s the candidate, I’m voting for a third party. And I may just give up on politics alltogether since I’m sick of working hard to be an informed voter who ends up getting stuck with bad choices year after year by maroons who like a candidate because he’s the type to have a beer with or because she got a little bit emotional. 

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