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Romney Takes One For The Team

Friday, February 15th, 2008

While Romney’s endorsement of Sen. McCain makes sense for the Republican party, it still comes as a bit of a surprise considering the heated rivalry that developed between the two during the early phases of the GOP primary race.  McCain had referred to Romney as a  “phony” and Romney had referred to McCain’s campaign as the “Straight Talk Detour”.  Those were probably the more mild examples available.  It was heated to say the least.

So it couldn’t have been an easy decision for Romney to release his delegates and ask them to vote for McCain.  This endorsement should clearly define McCain as the Republican Nominee and will allow McCain to get an early jump on the general election.  In fact, McCain waisted no time at all and has already begun to attack “The Senator from Illinois” on the issue of earmark spending.  “The Senator from Illinois, who says that he wants transparency in government, will not reveal the number of earmarks that he received in 2006 and 2005,” McCain told a crowd of supporters in Vermont. “Is that transparency in government? I don’t think so.”

What’s Huckabee Up To?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

    With the Republican nomination all but locked up for McCain now, you have to ask the question: “What’s Huckabee up to?”.  He’s say he didn’t learn about math in college, he learned about miracles.  Well he should have signed up for that Reality 101. It’s over!

I don’t think Huckabee is stupid. So what I would really like to know is what is Huckabee trying to gain by staying in the race.  Before Romney dropped out, it was widely believed that Huckabee and McCain had, on some level, agreed to work together to get rid of Romney.  But now that Romney has dropped what do people think Huckabee is trying to get by staying in the race.  Is he trying to better position himself for a 2012 election run?  Is he hoping to jump on the McCain ticket as a Vice President?

Hillary Looks Beatable

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

So far this week we have heard that Hillary had to loan $5 million of her own money to her campaign, complaints about a sexist portrayal by the media to make Hillary appear crazy with the images they use of her, and after tonights caucus and primary results, the Clinton’s are looking very beatable.

Just four or five months ago it was widely presumed that Senator Clinton would be sqauring off with former New York City Mayor Giuliani.  Just a few months later and Giuliani is completely out and Senator Clinton has to be nervous.  Obama seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the race goes on.  Some are saying that the closeness of the race on the Democratic side will hurt their party because McCain is a clear favorite on the Republican side and he doesn’t have to battle it out with anyone.  But I think the battle that Obama is going through with Clinton will make him stronger and give him some much needed experience.

It’s still too early to call but more and more, Obama looks like he can beat the Clinton’s.

Conservatives Must Face Reality

Friday, February 8th, 2008

With the announcement this morning that Mitt Romney has withdrawn from the US presidential primary race, true conservatives must finally face the reality that they will no longer have representation in the White House.

Romney said that his reason for pulling out is that he felt it was the best thing to do for the Republican party as a whole and that staying in the race would only make it more difficult for a Republican to win the nomination.  It’s also clear that Romney must have believed that he had virtually no shot at winning.

What about Huckabee? He has less of a chance than Romney, which means no chance, and it seems that his objective for remaining in the race was achieved with this mornings announcement.

Spare Us Anymore Celebrity Endorsements

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Does anyone else out there get sick and tired of hearing about these celebrity endorsements? These celebrities are so full of themselves it just makes me sick.

Look, Jack Nicholas’ vote is worth as much as yours. 1 vote. But these celebrities think that we actually care what their political views are. I don’t care who Sean Penn is going to vote for I just want to know what movies he is working on. Why does Barbra Streisand think that people are concerned about who she will endorse? Has Barbra been apart of anything in the music or film industries in the past 10 years.

This list goes on and on and it just gets tired.

Final GOP Debate before Super Tuesday

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The debate is over and there probably wasn’t a clear winner. A couple things to note from this debate are this. First, Romney needed to dominate the debate and it didn’t feel like he did. He had some really good moments but I think most would agree that he needed to do better going into Super Tuesday. Another assessment, concerning McCain, he came off as being a bit shrewd, consistent with some of his tactics in Florida. As for the other two candidates at the debate (Huckabee, Paul), we could have just done without them. And was it me or did McCain turn the answer to every question in to something about “timetables”?  He also stumbled around the Immigration question big time.

Race issue finally reaches the surface

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I’m surprised it took as long as it did but the issue of race has finally reached the surface for the Democratic party.  It seems like it was just going to be a matter of time and a how but the with the first African-American presidential candidate with a real shot at winning in the race this year, the issue of race was bound to surface.

I think it is also fair to say that it is exactly what the Obama team wanted and it couldn’t have come at a better time heading in to South Carolina where African-Americans make up a 50 percent majority of Democratic voters.

The Clinton’s just can’t seem to stay out of their own way.  First Bill Clinton refers to Obama’s presidential campaign as a “fairytale” and then Hillary makes the following statement:

“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Clinton told FOX News last week in remarks that sparked the current conflict. “It took a president to get it done.”

Some say the comment takes away from Dr. King’s accomplishments and sacrifice and others say the comment is simply blown out of proportion.  Either way, if you’re Hillary Clinton, why make the comment? What good could come from? We now know the bad that can come from it.

Who will be easiest to beat?

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Politics have become so precarious that even how you should use your vote is no longer just a simple question of which candidate is aligned with your core values and beliefs.  For example, Democrats in Michigan are being asked to use their vote to undermine the Republican party.  Because the Democrats have lost their delegates for Michigan they are encouraging voters from their party to vote for certain  Republican candidates that they feel would hurt the Republican party as a whole if that candidate were to win or stay in the race.

So I wonder which of the leading candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties would be easiest to beat? In the example I mentioned, the Democrats seem to want Romney to win Michigan because many of them believe that if he remains in the race then the Republicans will have to spend more and battle each other more throughout the primary process.  It also seems that Democrats are not too concerned about having to go against Romney and I can understand why.  It should be pretty clear by now that while are country has socially matured and grown so far that we finally seem ready to vote the first African-American or female into the oval office, we still are not ready to have a Mormon president.  In short, Democrats know that if Romney were to win the Republican nomination, his religion would make him an easy opponent.

From the Democratic party it’s not as easy to pick out.  The Clinton campaign believes that the fact that she is a woman would not negatively affect her at all and would, in fact, draw more women voters.  While it would be naive to think that our country is free from prejudice, it does appear that Obama has actually crossed the color barrier and is the first African-American presidential candidate that could actually win the not only his parties nomination but the presidential election as well.  Of these two candidates I think that Republicans are more afraid of Obama because he is flat out a more talented politician.  He would perform far better in the debates and his speeches are much more inspirational.  So I believe that the Republicans would rather face Clinton.

GOP youtube debate

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Lots of action in this one. Things are tightening up and there was a lot of one on one attacks. The only disappointing thing about the debate were some of the questions that were let through. What does the rebel flag mean to the candidates? Are you serious? With all of the critical issues facing this country I just don’t understand why they waisted time with a few of these questions.