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Some Republican Governors Break Party Ranks and Support Stimulus Bill

February 6, 2009

Alright, this news article is a few days old, but since the Senate hasn’t voted on the stimulus package yet, it’s still applicable.  I read an AP article that a friend showed me, and while I won’t post the whole thing, I’ll highlight some key points.  The article talks about Republican Governors who are urging Congress to pass the stimulus bill.  The full article can be read here.  Then I went looking for more positions on the bill and found a few other governors’ positions.

Here’s what some of the Republican Governors have said:

  • Vermont Governor Jim Douglas went to Washington, D.C. earlier this week to push the Senate to pass the bill.  His deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey told the AP, “As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Governor Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans.”  On another occasion, Douglas said that he “believes that the federal government should pass some form of federal recovery to assist states that are struggling right now.”
  • Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said, “States have to balance their budgets.  So if we’re going to go down this path, we are entitled to ask for our share of the money.”  He did go on to say later though, “I’m quite concerned about the federal government spending money it doesn’t have.  We’re on an unsustainable path of deficit spending and borrowing.”  A spokesman for Pawlenty also said, “Governor Pawlenty has serious concerns about the stimulus package passed by the House.  He believes the bill should focus more on tax cuts and addressing the housing crisis and not the buffet of Democrat spending initiatives the bill now contains.If a bill does pass, Minnesota will accept its share of the money because we are a significant net contributor to the federal government.  A study shows Minnesota receives about 72 cents for every $1 sent to Washington – so we’re paying more than our fair share.”
  • Alaska Governor Sarah Palin released a statement saying that she “has asked the nation’s leaders to look at these issues to ensure fairness in the stimulus package and that the package does not harm the long-term fiscal health of the nation.  Contrary to some news reports, she looks forward to continuing to work with Alaska’s congressional delegation to accomplish the state’s goals.”
  • Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons’s spokesman told reporters, “The state of Nevada’s economy is in a deep financial crisis and any financial assistance, including the stimulus package, would be welcome.”
  • Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell “supports the idea of a federal stimulus intended to help states create jobs and help states pay for soaring health care costs.  She has written Congressional leaders as well as the state’s delegation on several occasions advocating for such a package; in fact, as far back as Senator Lieberman’s Subcommittee hearing last March on corn, ethanol prices and the food supply, she mentioned in written testimony provided to the Subcommittee that some form of second stimulus package was needed.”
  • Florida Governor Charlie Crist  also backed the plan, saying, “If it passes, which I believe and I hope that it will, I want to make sure that Florida gets her fair share.  I know it’s important in terms of infrastructure, education, making sure that we have good roads that are stable and strong, bridges that are secure, that we have an education system that is second to none.”
  • 19 governors sent a letter to President Obama supporting the stimulus package, including 4 Republican governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Jodi Rell, Charlie Crist, and Jim Douglas.

Personally, I am ASHAMED of those Republican governors!  Just because they can’t get their state to balance their budget doesn’t mean that MY tax dollars should go toward stimulating their state.  Heck! I’m from Michigan – we probably need the money more than any other state, but you don’t see me going around saying, my state deserves YOUR tax dollars.  And the fact is, my state doesn’t deserve your tax dollars.  We got ourselves into this, we need to get ourselves out.  Spending money through some pork bill is NOT going to stimulate the economy!

Stand up to this wasteful spending.  I encourage all of you to call up your Senators and Governors and express concern over this bill.

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Focus on the Family’s James Dobson Will Endorse John McCain

July 27, 2008

Early last week (while I was on vacation), I saw a news story about Dr. James Dobson, from Focus on the Family, saying that he might endorse McCain.  So, I dug around and found the whole quote, from Dr. Dobson’s July 21st podcast.  With him is Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The podcast is originally available on the Focus on the Family website:

MOHLER: I have to tell you, I find Barack Obama to be a very attractive person, a very attractive candidate. I would want to vote for him. But the closer I look at his positions, the more alarmed I become. He is the candidate who bills himself as a candidate of change, and in an odd way he is, just not the kind of change that I think most Americans now understand. So, Doctor, when I look at this, I have to say we’re looking at the most liberal candidate, I think, to gain a party nomination probably in the history of this country. And on so many of the issues, far beyond even where a Bill Clinton was. That’s what I think most Americans don’t understand. Many evangelicals don’t understand, particularly younger evangelicals. This is a man who has staked out his positions for the last 20 years in a way that is markedly beyond where most Americans believe he is.

DOBSON: I think he’s more liberal and more extreme than most Democrats in the Senate.

[...]

DOBSON: That, and the fact that I’m so very concerned about Senator Obama and what he believes and stands for, as well as the need to rethink some of my views regarding Senator McCain, and that thinking has taken place and continues to do so. This is been the most difficult moral dilemma for me. It’s why you haven’t heard me say much about it, because I have struggled on this issue. And there’s some concerns here that matter to me more than my own life, and neither of the candidates is consistent with my views in that regard. But Senator McCain is certainly closer to them than Senator Obama by a wide margin, and there’s no doubt about — at least no doubt in my mind — about whose policies will result in more babies being killed or who will do the greatest damage to the institution of marriage and the family. I’m convinced that Senator McCain comes closer to what I believe.

So, I am not endorsing Senator McCain today. I don’t even know who his vice presidential candidate will be. You know, he could very well choose a pro-abortion candidate, and it would not be unlike him to do that because he seems to enjoy frustrating conservatives on occasions. But as of this moment, I have to take into account the fact that Senator John McCain has voted pro-life consistently, and that’s a fact. That he says he favors marriage between a man and a woman; I believe that. He opposes homosexual adoption. He favors smaller government and lower taxes, and he seems to understand the Muslim threat, which matters a lot to me. I’m very concerned about that. Therefore — therefore — I have considered the fact that elections always involved imperfect candidates. There are no perfect human beings, and you always have to choose between two flawed individuals. That’s the way we’re all made. So, it comes down to this, and I never thought I would hear myself saying this, but it’s where I am — that while I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might, and that’s all I can say at this time.

Transcript from Media Matters.

I’ve bolded the crucial part of that podcast.  And this is essentially Dr. Dobson saying that he’ll endorse McCain.  Unless McCain picks a liberal, pro-choice running mate (like Lieberman), he’ll get Dobson’s endorsement, which equates to at least 95% of the Religious Right vote.  And McCain won’t pick Lieberman or any pro-choice candidate.  He’ll have a hard enough time securing the party base (Religious Right and others) without picking some liberal.  He won’t pick Lieberman just because of his Iraq stance (as I’ve said before).

Dr. Dobson sent a written statement to the Associated Press, saying, “There’s nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context.  Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation.  His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain. … If that is a flip-flop, then so be it.”  He did that to keep the AP from saying what I’m saying now – that his statements are essentially and endorsement.  I do see where he’s coming from – he doesn’t want to endorse him until he picks a VP, just in case, but that VP will be Mitt Romney, and Dobson will be fine with that, and endorse the Republican ticket.

McCain will get almost all of the Religious Right vote, as I’ve previously said, and ultimately, he’ll win the election.

I’ll keep you updated on the Dobson endorsement, as time goes on.

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Iraq Inisists on Withdrawal Timetable

July 10, 2008

Well, the War in Iraq is getting harder for the U.S., and again, this shows it’s time for us to do like Chuck Hagel said, and move our troops to the border, and let the Iraqis deal with the civil unrest.  Let them do their job INSIDE of Iraq, and we get out of their way.  We need to be planning to get MOST of our troops out soon (a full withdrawal isn’t necessary – like I’ve said before: it doesn’t matter how LONG we’re there, but how MANY of us are there – we’re still in Korea, and nobody’s complaining).

Anyway, on Tuesday Iraq’s national security advisor, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, said that Iraq will not agree with any security deal that the U.S. proposes unless it contains a timetable for withdrawal.  Al-Rubaie said, “Our stance in the negotiations underway with the American side will be strong … We will not accept any memorandum of understanding that doesn’t have specific dates to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq.”

Al-Rubaie outlined an Iraqi plan: “The Iraqi proposal stipulates that, once Iraqi forces have resumed security responsibility in all 18 of Iraq’s provinces, U.S.-led forces would then withdraw from all cities in the country.  After that, the country’s security situation would be reviewed every six months, for three to five years, to decide when U.S.-led troops would pull out entirely.”  (Associated Press)

So far, Iraq has been given control of 9 of those provinces.

Ali al-Adeeb, a Shiite lawmaker and a prominent official in the prime minister’s party, told reporters, “This is what the Iraqi people want, the parliament and other Iraqi leaders.”

Prviously, while President Bush was in Europe, he told reporters, “You know, of course, we’re there at their invitation.  This is a sovereign nation.”  And that’s something we all have to remember.  If they REALLY want us gone, we can’t stay.

Today, White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters, “I know people are looking at this as a sign of a split between the United States and Iraq.  I think these are signs of encouraging developments in Iraq.  They want to and are becoming much more adept at providing their own security.”

I’d be interested in hearing McCain’s response to these developments.  I agree with McCain – we need to stay as long as needed, but he doesn’t want to keep thousands of troops there – his plan is similar to what’s going on in Korea now, not what Obama says his plan is (thousands of troops there for 100 years).  I think McCain realizes that we can’t be in a country that doesn’t want us there, whereas Obama’s focus is just, “GET OUT NOW!”

We’ll see what else happens in the coming weeks.

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Religious Right Movement Leaders Leaning Toward Supporting McCain

July 3, 2008

So, I just saw an Associated Press article that really encouraged me.  I have always considered myself to be a member of the “Religious Right” or the “Conservative Evangelicals” or whatever you want to label that group of people like James Dobson (president of Focus on the Family).

But then came Mitt Romney, and a lot of Christians said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon, and I said that if Romney lost because the RR wouldn’t vote for him, I would disassociated myself from them.  Well, Romney lost because the media fell in love with John Sydney McCain III.  But, the RR didn’t exactly put up a fight for McCain’s love, in fact, RR leaders such as Dobson have said that they may not vote for McCain.  I did a post a couple months ago about why pro-lifers should vote for McCain, so I won’t go into details about why I think conservative evangelicals should vote for him.  If you want to read more, see the link above.

I’ll highlight some points from the AP article:

90 RR leaders (Phyllis Schlafly, head of the Eagle Forum; Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series; Beverly LaHaye [Tim's wife], founder of Concerned Women for America; David Barton, founder of WallBuilders; Rick Scarborough, from Vision America; and Don Hodel, a former interior secretary and the former president of Focus on the Family; Dr. Dobson was not there – he was at a book signing in California) met in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night, at a meeting hosted by Mathew Staver, head of Florida’s Liberty Counsel legal advocacy group.

Staver told reporters, “Our shared core values compel us to unite and choose the presidential candidate that best advances those values.  That obvious choice is Sen. John McCain.  I think people left the meeting in unity the likes of which have not been evident through the primaries.  Obama is a considerable threat to our values.  At the same time, Senator McCain recently has been reaching out to evangelicals and conservative voters that we represent.”

The leaders signed a letter to McCain that asked McCain to pick Mike Huckabee as his VP candidate.  Staver, one  of the signers, had endorsed Huckabee earlier in the year.

Phil Burress, the  leader of an Ohio group that was involved in an anti-gay marriage ban in 2004 described the letter as more of a “suggestion, not a demand.  This is a man you don’t threaten.  His principles are his principles.  The last thing you want to do is try to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do because he’d probably do the opposite.”  I think that Burress is overreacting, but McCain does have somewhat of a firey personality, and a list of demands probably wouldn’t come across too well.

Burress went on to say that choosing Huckabee is not the main goal, but that McCain should choose a “pro-life and pro-family” candidate, whether that is Huckabee or not.  He then went on to say that some RR leaders don’t like Huckabee, because of his populist stances (social conservativism mixed with economic liberalism).  And that’s one reason that I disliked Huckabee.  Christians often use a populist message claiming that “Jesus wanted us to help the poor, so let’s have the government help the poor with welfare.”  Well, Jesus wanted US to help the poor, but the “us” wasn’t the government, but the church.  The reason that Christians turn to the government to help the poor is because the church has failed in its duty to the poor and elderly.  If the church did it’s job, we wouldn’t need Medicare and Medicaid.  And who do I mean when  I say “the church”?  I mean every Christian, including myself.  We should at least be giving a tenth of our income, and that would provide a huge resource to churches all over.  A lot of people give to the church, but it’s often just a bare minimum.  OK, back on topic…

Burress told reporters, “People are not saying, ‘Let’s all go out and support John McCain.’  It’s more like, ‘We have to do what we have to do for our country.’  Basically, that boiled down to John McCain.  The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible.  The more and more we learn about Obama, the closer and closer we get to McCain.  We have agreed that we’ll be working hard the next few months.”

“The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible” – THAT’S AN AWESOME QUOTE!  I’ve never heard of that guy, but I like him!  I will say that that  shouldn’t be taken to mean that anybody who votes for Obama isn’t a Christian, but anybody who can support somebody who CLEARLY violates basic Biblical principles (anybody who isn’t pro-life) has some issues with their Christianity (not that mine, or anybody’s spiritual life is anywhere NEAR perfect).

I would like to see McCain stop supporting embryonic stem cell research, but I’d be willing to take the lesser of 2 evils on this one, and I’d like to see Dr. Dobson support McCain.

I’m glad to see the Religious Right coming around and trying to do the right thing here.

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Some Black Republicans May Vote for Obama Because of Race

June 17, 2008

So, a few days ago, the Associated Press came out with a story about some black Republicans selling out their beliefs just to “VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN!!!”  Personally, I think this is despicable and racist, and it would be just as bad as Jesse Jackson voting for Alan Keyes just to get a black man elected.

How are we supposed to fulfill the “goal” of electing an African American, ending race, if we’re VOTING BASED ON  RACE?!?!  It just appalls me that these people are so shallow.

Here’s  some quotes:

Black conservative talk show host, Armstrong Williams, who has never voted for a single Democrat his whole life, told AP, “I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it.  I can honestly say I have no idea who I’m going to pull that lever for in November.  And to me, that’s incredible.  Among black conservatives.  They tell me privately, it would be very hard to vote against him in November.”

That’s ridiculous.  I would never just vote for the white guy just because he’s white.  I’ll vote for a person because I agree with them.  Whether they’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic, or any other race!

Williams went on to say that his  82-year-old mother, who has also never voted for a Democrat, will vote for Obama, “She is so proud of Senator Barack Obama, and she has made it clear to all of us that she’s voting for him in November.  That is historic.  Every time I call her, she asks, ‘How’s Obama doing?’  They feel as if they are a part of this.  Because she said, given the history of this country, she never thought she’d ever live to see this moment.”

And that’s so sad.  An 82-year-old selling out her beliefs just to vote for somebody based on the color of his skin.

J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma Congressman said that he’s still a Republican, but thinks that the party often neglects blacks and that the Democrats reach out to them.  “And Obama highlights that even more.  Republicans often seem indifferent to those things,” Watts said.  He also told reporters that he thinks Obama will focus on poverty and urban policy.

Writer, and actor on “The Cosby Show,” Joseph C. Phillips began calling himself an “Obamacan” or an Obama Republican earlier this year, but since then has begun to question his support for Obama.  He told AP, “I am wondering if this is the time where we get over the hump, where an Obama victory will finally, at long last, move us beyond some of the old conversations about race.  That possibly, just possibly, this great country can finally be forgiven for its original sin, or find some absolution.  We have to not judge him based on his race, but on his desirability as a political candidate.  And based on that, I have a lot of disagreements with him on a lot of issues.  I go back and forth.”

At least he realizes that voting for Obama to end racism in politics would be ironic, but that makes him look even more ridiculous when he says that he still might do it.

John McWhorter, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute and New York Sun columnist (who calls himself a moderate), says that Obama’s victory in the Democratic primary “proves that while there still is some racism in the United States, there is not enough to matter in any serious manner.  This is a watershed moment.  Obama is probably more to the left than I would prefer on a lot of issues.  But this issue of getting past race for real is such a wedge issue for me.  And he is so intelligent, and I think he would be a perfectly competent president, that I’m for him.  I want him to get in because, in a way, it will put me out of a job.”

Again – who cares if a black man EVER gets elected President.  And who cares if we ONLY have black men elected President for the rest of the lifetime of this country.  Vote for somebody based on issues, not on skin color.

Former Massachusetts Senator, moderate black Republican, Edward Brooke said that he is “extremely proud and confident and joyful” at how well Obama is doing.  He called Obama “a worthy bearer of the torch,” in reference to his nomination.  He told the AP that race won’t be a factor in who he votes for, and went on to say, “This is the most important election in our history.  And with the world in the condition that it is, I think we’ve got to get the best person we can get.”

One black Republican, the former Maryland Lt. Governor and failed Senatorial candidate in 2006, Michael Steele, says that “come November, I will do everything in my power to defeat him.  I think people who try to put this sort of messianic mantle on Barack’s nomination are a little bit misguided.”

I always liked him!

Another black Republican, James T. Harris, a radio talk show host in Milwaukee, told the AP that he opposes Obama “with love in my heart.  We are of the same generation.  He’s African American and I’m an American of African descent.  We both have lovely wives and beautiful children.  Other than that, we’ve got nothing in common.  I hope he loses every state.”

Now – that’s an attitude I like to see!

I hope that black Republicans don’t sell out their beliefs just because of race, and I also hope that people don’t vote for McCain out of racism either.  Sadly, I think both will happen.  I know right here in Wayne County, we have 2 VERY racist cities, Taylor and Wyandotte, and although Detroit will help Obama, he may lose a lot of support in those 2 cities (Taylor is a pretty big city and is a Democratic stronghold in the county).

Let’s move past race and vote on the issues!

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Clinton Advisor: Clinton to End Campaign on Friday. Didn’t We Hear This Before?

June 4, 2008

Alright, so, AGAIN, the media (this time the New York Times, instead of the Associated Press) is reporting that a Clinton aide, specifically Howard Wolfson, a chief strategist, told them that she would be suspending her campaign.  Wolfson told the Times that she will announce on Friday that she is done and will endorse Obama.

The move comes after speaking with her supporters in the nation’s capital today, who urged her to just quit already.

Wolfson told the Times that “Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington, D.C., to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity.”

One of Clinton’s biggest supporters (or former supporter), former Vice President Walter Mondale told the Times “I was for Hillary—I wasn’t against Obama, who I think is very talented.  I’m glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.”

And that’s pretty much it – when even your biggest supporters say “get out already,” you know it’s time to quit.

But why wait until Friday?  What does Clinton have up her sleeve?  I’ve said all along - if I were Obama, I’d fear for my life right now.  Clinton is vicious – her and Bill have had people killed before, and they’d do it again.  He’d better be VERY careful - and if I were him, I wouldn’t pick her as my VP, because that’s just asking for her to kill him so she can get the prime spot.

I’ll keep you updated as Clinton prepares to suspend the campaign (supposedly – that’s what they said yesterday, and look what happened).

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Obama Clinches the Nomination; Clinton Open to Being His Running Mate

June 3, 2008

This broke earlier today while I was at work, so my apologies for having it up late.

Although Obama has not formally come out with the “magic number,” my tallies, as well as CNN’s and the Associated Press’s do confirm that he should go over that mark tonight, if what Obama is reporting in terms of Superdelegate pledges is true, and if what Superdelegates themselves have said is true.

Clinton will not formally suspend her campaign until Obama reaches that number, but she will when he does, presumably tonight, a Clinton staffer told reporters.

A statement from her campaign said, “Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination.”

According to an AP article, “Clinton field hands who worked in key battlegrounds said they were told to stand down, without pay, and await instructions.”  It has also been reported that Clinton officials will not contest the seating of Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates.

This morning on the “Today Show,” Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said, “[Once Obama reaches the magic number] I think Hillary Clinton will congratulate him and call him the nominee.”

While on a conference call with other New York lawmakers, Clinto was asked by Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-New York City) if she would be Obama’s running mate.  She told Clinton that she thought that the best way for Obama to win key voters, including Hispanics, would be for him to take Clinton as VP.  Clinton replied, “I am open to it.”

Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-Long Island) told reporters that Clinton said she would do “anything to make sure a Democrat would win” in November.  She went on to say, “If Senator Obama asked her to be the V.P., she certainly would accept that.  She has obviously given some thought to this.”

Representative Velasquez told reporters, “She said that if it’s offered, she would take it.”

I really don’t know – Clinton has specifically said (or at least her campaign did), that she won’t concede tonight.  She’ll just acknowledge that he’s won.  I think she still thinks that the nomination was stolen from her, and she’s too bitter still.  That’s good for us, because if she makes a hissy fit for another month, McCain wins.

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Clinton to Obama: Screw You! I’m Taking This to Convention

May 21, 2008

In an interview with the Associated Press today in Florida, Clinton told reporters, “Yes I will [support Michigan and Florida if they appeal an unfavorable rules committee decision to the convention floor].  I will, because I feel very strongly about this.  I will consult with Floridians and the voters in Michigan because it’s really their voices that are being ignored and their votes that are being discounted, and I’ll support whatever the elected officials and the voters in those two states want to do. … It [the race] could [go beyond June 3rd], I hope it doesn’t.  I hope it’s resolved to everyone’s satisfaction by that date, because that’s what people are expecting, but we’ll have to see what happens. … [Floridians] learned the hard way what happens when your votes aren’t counted and the candidate with fewer votes is declared the winner.  The lesson of 2000 here in Florida is crystal clear: If any votes aren’t counted, the will of the people isn’t realized and our democracy is diminished.  The people who voted did nothing wrong and it would be wrong to punish you.”

There’s also a video of a speech available here, but I only have dial-up right now, and my sound card uninstalled itself, and Dell abandoned me, so I have no clue if it matches the quotes I just gave:

AP Video

If somebody wants to find the video for me, I’ll love you forever.

Um, I should note – the primary process is anything but democratic.  With all the delegates and proportionality by Congressional District (instead of statewide) and thresholds, it’s not democratic, it’s complex algebra.

So, yes, I’m now very hopeful and excited.  If Clinton takes this to convention, McCain wins immediately.  I won’t even have to do phone calls for him.  GO CLINTON!

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Associated Press Releases Comments from Undecided Superdelegates

April 20, 2008

Today, the Associated Press released comments from 10 Superdelegates who have said that they do not yet know who they’ll cast their vote for at the convention.  Here they are with my analysis of them, comment-by-comment.

“The pitches are surprisingly similar, although the Obama people tout their successes in terms of pledged delegates, states won and popular vote. The Clinton people tout her alleged electability.” — Keith Roark of Idaho [Roark is the Idaho Democratic Party Chairman].

I pretty much agree with this one.  Although, I don’t think that Clinton’s electability is better than Obama’s, and I find it funny that Roark adds the word “alleged” when describing her electability.

“Obama supporters want me to declare right now, Clinton supporters want me to wait. A month ago it was the opposite.” — Wayne Kinney of Oregon.

He’s got a point here.  As soon as Obama reaches the magical number, I think Dean will push for Clinton to drop out.  What Clinton would want to do at that point is try to convince some Obama delegates to vote for her at the convention.  His statement about “A month ago it was the opposite” reminds me a lot about what Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM-Obama) said when discussing his Obama endorsement.

“I just say firmly I am tired of being spun. My advice is go out and win delegates.” — Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington.

Again, this reminds me a lot of what Richardson said when discussing his endorsement.

“I’m going to look at the popular vote, the electoral vote and the number of states that each candidate has won. After that (intelligence), I’m going to look at what the climate is of the party.” — Inola Henry of California.

This one seems like there’s going to be a LOT of factors in making a decision.  It reminds me of a question that Wolf Blitzer asked Howard Dean in his recent interview.

“It’s very important, who has the most delegates. The superdelegates should not be the ones making the decision.” — Linda Chavez-Thompson of Texas [She is the Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair].

She’ll be for Obama then – because I DOUBT Clinton can take the lead without Superdelegate help.

“I’m in a Clinton state. Obama seems to be ahead. I’m not going to move to vote for anybody until Clinton has a chance to do everything that she can do.” — Don Bivens of Arizona [He is the Arizona Democratic Party Chairman].

It sounds like he’s a Clinton supporter, but he doesn’t want to vote for Clinton if it would hurt the party too much.  I think he’ll go for Clinton.

“I think it’s critical that we not be perceived as a group of party elites coming in at the end of the process overturning the will of the people.” — Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania.

Obama vote.

“The single most important criterion is backing the candidate who represents the will of the people, but we won’t know who that is until the nominating cycle has concluded.” — Ed Espinoza of California.

You’d better vote for Obama then, because if he loses, you’ll lose more voters come November than you will if Clinton loses.

“The party created superdelegates to keep the process on track, moving toward the selection of a nominee who will be a good candidate and a good president. I have a job when the process starts to get off track, and so far it hasn’t.” — Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey.

Sounds like an Obama vote to me.

“I hope we don’t get to a point where the superdelegates are deciding the election.” _ Rep. Harry Mitchell of Arizona.

I’m not sure if this was included as one of the undecided quotes or not, since it was in italics.  But, according to the Wikipedia list, he’s undecided.  This sounds like another Obama vote to me.

So, there you have it.  A look into the mind of undecided Superdelegates of the Democratic Party (scary, I know).

I still think it’ll be Obama as the nominee, but I’ll keep hoping it’s Clinton.  Keep up the infighting you 2!

Done Quoting,

Ranting Republican
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Associated Press Gives McCain the Ultimate Prize: Sprinkle Doughnuts

April 17, 2008

Well, talk about a Senator with good taste.  This man LOVES his doughnuts (and who can blame him).  Take a look and watch the video:

Well, McCain’s got my vote for sure now (it’s a joke – I would never base my vote on food or doughnuts).

Here’s a transcript:

AP: As you mentioned, Ron, myself, a couple of AP reporters. we spend quite a bit of time with on the back of the “Straight Talk Express” asking you questions and what we’ve decided to do today is invite everyone else along on the ride. We even brought you your favorite treats.

McCain: Oh my God…hehehe..Let’s see if we got the right kind. Oh yes, with sprinkles.

AP: Sprinkles…

McCain: Hmmm. This is our latest health Program..

AP: A little coffee with a little cream and a little sugar. I think we’re set for the hard questions.

McCain: Ok.  There we go.

So, that’s our humor for the day – I enjoy taking a break every once in a while to bring you the lighter side of the news and 2008 election cycle.

Done Drooling,

Ranting Republican
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