It almost makes you feel sorry for her, not quite, but almost.
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Wow. The thing is, all Presidents need advisers. None can be an expert in every area, or in any area. I don’t expect John McCain to know everything about everything. He needs advisers, and if his expertise is not the economy, so be it. I’d prefer someone other than the president be making money decisions, as a matter of fact. I do not hold his lack of economic experience against him. What bother’s me is…
1. By his own admission he needs his VP to help explain economic issues to him? So, you’d think he would pick a running mate with strong economic experience. He picked Sarah Palin. Um, John, Sarah Palin doesn’t even read the Wall Street Journal, how’s she supposed to advise you on economic issues? She probably thought Fannie and Freddie were Lockhart’s dogs. Oh wait, that’s right, she doesn’t know who James Lockhart is either. Great adviser. Anyway, Sarah is old news, so what also pisses me of about what this ad reveals is…
2. John McCain knows he doesn’t have economic expertise. But since the economic meltdown he has been blowing his own trumpet… “if only they’d listened to me in 2005, blah blah blah, we could have avoided the whole ‘collapse of the US economy thing.'” Like he was the economic herald we ignored to our own detriment. He wasn’t. And now we have the words out of his own mouth to prove it. And KNOWING that, he picked Sarah Palin. Great plan.
Luckily he won’t win. If he had, we could have sued him for gross malfeasance.
… bail out at the ballot box that is.
There appears to be an unprecedented number of Republican party intellegencia publicly denouncing the McCain campaign. Despite the visibility and numbers of party-defectors, this is no ‘come to Jesus’ Republican conversion. I don’t believe these staunch party die-hards are permanently disavowing the GOP or their core belief systems. I think they’ve come to realize that there is something worse, much worse, than a big-government, elitist liberal at the helm. What’s worse is clearly a McCain-Palin ticket.
I have often wondered why this ticket doesn’t scare thinking Republicans? Apparently, it does. Colin Powell is just the lastet to announce an 11th hour endoresement of Barack Obama. Earlier this week, in a dramatic turn worthy of Lost, Christopher Buckley (son of William F Buckley and former columnist for The National Review) announced his support for Barack Obama.
From Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama
thedailybeast.com, October 14, 2008
Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.
As to the particulars, assuming anyone gives a fig, here goes:
I have known John McCain personally since 1982. I wrote a well-received speech for him. Earlier this year, I wrote in The New York Times… a highly favorable Op-Ed about McCain, taking Rush Limbaugh and the others in the Right Wing Sanhedrin to task for going after McCain for being insufficiently conservative. I don’t—still—doubt that McCain’s instincts remain fundamentally conservative. But the problem is otherwise.
… John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man…
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets.
But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
McCain – Palin rally attendees accost Obama supporters. It’s even sicker than the one below:
Although there is a funny part where Barack Obama gets accused of, along with Acorn, engineering the current financial crisis.
If you still don’t know what Acorn is, please get your facts straight. Look at the post-Debate 3 analysis by the non-partisan group FactCheck.org, scroll down for more in depth coverage of the current allegations against Obama and Acorn. Or go to Acorn’s site and read up on what it is they do.
It made me sick to my stomach to watch this.
Another Sarah Palin smack down by one of my heroes:
Okay, last question. I’m sure you’ve seen all the comparisons in the media and among Republicans of Sarah Palin to Wonder Woman. How do you feel about that?
Don’t get me started. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman. She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness … that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn’t she?
No one has the right to dictate, particularly in this country, to force your own personal views upon the populace — religious views. I think that is suppressive, oppressive, and anti-American. We are the loyal opposition. That’s the whole point of this country: freedom of speech, personal rights, personal freedom. Nor would Wonder Woman be the person to tell people how to live their lives. Worry about your own life! Worry about your own family! Don’t be telling me what I want to do with mine.
I like John McCain. But this woman — it’s anathema to me what she stands for. I think America should be very afraid. Very afraid. Separation of church and state is the one thing the creators of the Constitution did agree on — that it wasn’t to be a religious government. People should feel free to speak their minds about religion but not dictate it or put it into law.
What I don’t understand, honestly, is how anyone can even begin to say they know the mind of God. Who do they think they are? I think that’s ridiculous. I know what God is in my life. Now I am sure that she’s not all just that. But it’s enough to me. It’s enough for me to have a visceral reaction. And it makes me mad.
People need to speak up. Doesn’t mean that I’m godless. Doesn’t mean that I am a murderer. What I hate is this demonization of everybody but one position. You’re un-American because you’re against the war. It’s such bullshit. Fear. It’s really such a finite way of thinking about God to think that your measley little mind can know the mind of God. It’s a very little God that way. I think that God’s bigger. I don’t presume to know his mind. Or her mind.
From Philadelphia Magazine, September 2008