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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 not fit to lead the United States, not quite ready to take that 3:00 a.m. call.

After viewing Palin in interviews with Charles Gibson (ABC), Sean Hannity (Fox) and Katie Couric (CBS), it's clear that Palin has little knowledge about the economy, domestic policy, or world affairs - her proximity to Russia not withstanding.

Don't take it from me, take it from conservative columnists and pundits who support McCain's candidacy, but find Palin's nomination an embarrassment to the Republican party and the McCain campaign for president. Yes, "embarrassing" is what conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks, long an admirer of John McCain, recently called Palin's candidacy. And he's not alone.

• "I think she has pretty thoroughly, and probably irretrievably, proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States," former Bush speechwriter David Frum said.

• After watching Palin in the Couric interview, conservative Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker called for Palin to step down.

"Only Palin can save McCain, her party and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first. Do it for country," Parker wrote last week.

• Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska questioned whether Palin has the experience to serve as president.

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

Hagel went on to say that experience is not the only qualification for elected officials, judgement and character are indispensible.

Parading Palin around New York so she can rub elbows with a few world leaders as well as Henry Kissinger only brings more attention to the fact that Palin lacks the bonafides to serve in the White House.

"I think it's a stretch to, in any way, say that she's got the experience to be president of the United States," said Hagel, who supported McCain's bid for president in 2000.

In the end, Palin's selection really ref .....
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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
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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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Voting is both a privilege and an obligation - be informed

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
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Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

And in an E-mail essay on Winston Churchill's 1947 comment that "Democracy is not perfect, but it's better than any of the other methods that have been tried so far," the co ..... 
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Shame on Edwards, shame on us

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
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John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the ..... 
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