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So, you're a Maverick


Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As we know all too well, Senator McCain and Governor Palin like to characterize themselves as mavericks. And, as many of you know, the first definition of a maverick is a calf that has strayed from its' herd. In other words, some poor little creature that has definitely lost its' way in the world.

Another definition of maverick, especially as applied to politics, is one who refuses to go along with the policies of a group; or, one who is considered to be independent in thought or action. It is too tempting to use the "lost its' way in the world" metaphor to describe or discuss the policies espoused by Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

Suffice it to say that they are lost and wandering in the great land of presidential politics. They are searching for a coherent message that will bring folks back to their herd. However, in place of coherent messages on the economy, energy conservation, health care and job creation they have chosen to go to the mean side of politics and attack their opponents. This is the politics of denigration and fear.

Certainly, Senator McCain has on occasion gone against the policies or dictates of President Bush and the Republican Party. And, in some cases it was the right thing to do. But, making the right decision in a few cases, as a self-proclaimed maverick, does not establish a record of sound policy decision making.

Let us take for example Senator McCain's handling of his own presidential campaign. By all reliable reports the main brain trust advising him consists of many who previously worked with and for Karl Rove and President Bush. Does this look like the actions of a maverick or someone rooted in the past and unable to bring anything new to the process?

What of his choice of a running mate? Say what you will about Governor Palin, she does not have the portfolio of experience to be a President-in-waiting. If the choice of a woman was of paramount importance to Senator McCain there are Republican women whose selection would have brought more credibility to the ticket. It is very difficult to believe, despite what they say on TV or in the press, that many Republican leaders really think that Governor Palin is ready for the job. When conservative columnists such as George Will and David Brooks, and even some Republican Congressman and Senators strongly suggest she is not up to the task, one wonders about Senator McCain's decision making prowess. Maverick kind of pick, you betcha! Sma .....
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People need to take responsibility for their actions

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On my walk to the Post Office and back each day, I glance at the sidewalks, gutters, window sills, and planters along those three blocks. I pick up and discard cans, bottles, cigarette packs, and candy wrappers. Yesterday, I picked up three cans wit ..... 
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Embarrassed and unfortunate

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Embarrassed

Well, after the party comes the hangover. The Sarah Palin rise to political stardom - beauty queeen, hockey mom, bear shootin', corruption fighting governor - is grinding back to an ugly reality; as vice-president in waiting she's ..... 
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Going back in time

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Sarah Palin? Really? I get a regular side dish of news from Colbert Report and Jon Stewart because a little bit of humor makes the nonsense go down so I thought this idea was perhaps a new South Park pilot or something but it seems the GOP means it. ..... 
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Politics and prejudice

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

After watching the Democratic and Republican conventions, I realized that the word impartial does not apply to me. I watched the Democrats with what I hoped was a critical eye and liked what I heard and saw. I watched the Republicans with an attempt ..... 
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It's the economy, stupid

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There are four months to go in the George Bush debacle, perhaps the worst presidency in the history of our country. At this writing, investment bank Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch has been taken over by Bank of America at di ..... 
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You might as well tell the truth

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Well before the two major political parties held their coronations each party put out ads on radio and television touting their candidates' positions and simultaneously offering information about their opponents' positions and programs. Most of us w ..... 
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Is she really the next best?

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The selection of Sarah Palin for McCain's running mate was a surprise to almost all the pundits and most of the politicians. Her introduction to the country at the Republican convention was a smashing success according to the media. She did a good j ..... 
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Palin a risky choice for the McCain ticket

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"It was a reckless decision."

"It looks like a hail-Mary pass."

"It's a weird choice."

"It does nothing for the ticket."

These are a few comments I have heard about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his vic ..... 
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