He babbles strung-together talking points, straight from his stump speech, at a debate? He even uses the same jokes, and when no one laughs, it makes those of us watching cringe for him. At least he doesn't laugh maniacally, all by himself.
He says he would rather lose and election than lose a war. I've often wondered just what the hell that meant.
We all know who the real enemy of the Bush Republican party is and it ain't Al Qaeda. It's the Democrats and those godless liberals. If there's anything the last two administrations, and the congresses during that time period, have shown us, in stark clarity, it is that there is an internal war; a cold civil war of sorts (not very civil, actually) going on in this country.
It's been going on for most of my life and I turn 60 this year. Nevertheless, It seems that our cold civil war has been declared by the Republicans, loud and clear. They don't only want to beat Democrats in elections, they want to destroy them for any practical purpose. They want one party rule, not just for the foreseeable future, but forever. This means they must be far-sighted, strategic thinkers. The people who run the GOP seem to be just that. The Bush/Cheney administration has managed to make as big a mess as they did a haul for themselves and their political pals.
Maybe they figure that there is no way in hell they can win back the White House and have a malleable congress, without which they have no chance of pushing through their god-awful, murderous, thieving, pseudo-theocratic agenda. Better to make the nightmare even worse with damned near unsolvable problems and hand it to Obama and the Democrats. They can spend four years sharpening their sabers of fascism, while Obama has to break some campaign promises just to keep Americans from being sold into slavery in China or Saudi Arabia.
I'd like to see Obama win, turn members of the Bush administration over to a special prosecutor and then get on with business. We are, for all political purposes (and maybe economic) living in a failed state. It's time for a real president to call the American people out to serve their country; to build a new Democratic Republic based on the true principles of our original founders; principles so inspired, even the founders could not live up to them.
We have had the New Deal and the New Frontier. Maybe it is time for a new founding; a re-birth, as a nation. Perhaps, even in the middle of the untenable mess in which we find ourselves, it is time to return to and remember our origins.
We must also demand transparency NOW. We, the people, cannot shy away form the truth about our leaders, our nation and ourselves. We can either get honest with ourselves and with each other, or we are finished as a nation and as a people.
So, I'll vote for Obama, because I think that we will need him in the years ahead. It's going to get really rough. I want someone who is smart, honest and inspiring; someone who knows what it means to be an effective leader and has the energy to lead in a time of untold crisis. I want a person who can think in depth about issues as they are, not as we wish they were, and plot a course for change; a person who can think outside the box and create a vision for the country.
Voting for Obama is also an admission that he needs us, not merely at the ballot box, but in the trenches as America faces collapse, in just about ever way imaginable. Obama's whole candidacy seems to be about a call to action. It is a call to action that we dismiss at our own peril.
Prominent conservatives are finally starting to realize that an unqualified half-term hockey mom from Alaska might not be the best choice to be a 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency. Here’s the brutal roundup.
It was fun while it lasted.
Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.
Wingnut extaordinaire K-Lo:
I’m not where my friend Kathleen Parker is — wanting her to step aside to spend more time with her family and Alaska — but that’s not a crazy suggestion.
McCain campaign insiders, via Ed Schultz:
McCain Camp insiders say Palin “clueless”
Capitol Hill sources are telling me that senior McCain people are more than concerned about Palin. The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as “disastrous.” One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, “What are we going to do?” The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is “clueless.”
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.