Archive for August, 2008

Democratic Leader Laughs About Hurricane Gustav Hitting During the Republican National Convention

August 31, 2008

Well, this is just disgusting.  The following is a video captured on a flight back from the DNC, of former DNC chairman Don Fowler and Representative John Spratt (D-SC) (transcript below):

The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. [Chuckle] The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] … Everything’s cool.

That’s just disturbing.  I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t want a hurricane to hit EVER, and to want to get political gain out of it is just disgusting.  If a Republican said that, I’d be posting the same thing right now.  It’s shameful and wrong!

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Live Analysis of McCain’s Speech Officially Making Sarah Palin His Running Mate

August 29, 2008

I’m watching the live speech in Dayton, Ohio, waiting for McCain and Palin to come out.

Until then, I’ll give  some thoughts about the pick of Palin:

  • It definitely puts some of the angry Clinton supporters back into play.
  • I think it hurts McCain’s chances of winning Michigan now.  I think Romney would’ve been a much better pick to help McCain win Michigan.
  • This really takes experience off the table, since she’s in her first term as Governor (although Governor is a better position to have when running for President than a legislator).
  • She’ll secure the religious right voters.
  • She’s going to have some pull with women, and that’ll really help McCain.

Alright, here the speech goes.  John and Cindy are coming out.  And the crowd loves him.  He’s getting birthday wishes.  They’re singing happy birthday to him, for the third time now.

“I’m very happy today, to spend my birthday with you, and make a historic announcement in Dayton.”

“I found someone with an outstanding reputation” for ending corruption, executive experience, using tax dollars well and cutting taxes, reaching across the aisle, “someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit, and deep compassion.”  Well, that was a very good description to sell a VP candidate who’s somewhat of a rookie to politics.

Talking about her and her husband being union members in the past, and knowing what people are going though today.  Talking about her winning “on a message of reform and public integrity.”  Now talking about celebrating the anniversary of women’s suffrage – and that got a great response from the crowd.

“She’s not from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re gonna be as impressed as I am.”

“She knows where she comes from and she knows who she works for.  She knows what’s right and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down.”

“She’s exactly who I need.  She’s exactly who this country needs.  To help me fight the same old Washington politics of ‘Me first and country second.'”

“My friends, I am very pleased to introduce to you, the next Vice President of the United States, Governor Sarah Palin of the great state fo Alaska.”

And Sarah is walking out now.  Getting a great reception from the crowd.

“Thank you so much!”  And the crowd continues to love her.

“Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate.”

And I have to go to class – sorry, I’ll post more stuff about this late hopefully.

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John McCain Picks Alaska Senator Sarah Palin as His Running Mate

August 29, 2008

Well, holy crap!  I never expected to see this.  I was in the bookstore coming back from class and this broke in, so I got what I needed and rushed back to my room.  I mean – holy crap, I never expected this.

I was expecting Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, but NEVER Sarah Palin.  Her Intrade stock has now skyrocketed to 98.3.

I truly am shocked.  I’ve done some quick Googling to find out more about her – she looks like a pretty cool governor, and all the news stations have been talking about her being a reformer and ending corruption in the party and the state.

This was a very last minute thing.  Her Intrade stock opened at 6.1 this morning, and quickly skyrocketed to 80.  Then by 9:30 it was down near 30.  Then it skyrocketed back up in is  nearly at 100.

I’ll try to get McCain’s speech formally announcing this, but the McCain campaign has confirmed that she is the pick.

Here’s a copy of the press release the McCain campaign sent out:

John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential Running Mate

 

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.

Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us — Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.

In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.

 

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Republican National Convention May Be Postponed Due to Hurricane Gustav

August 29, 2008

There are now rumors flying around that the Republican Party may postpone the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is headed toward the Gulf Coast (possibly New Orleans, but almost certainly somewhere in Louisiana), and will most likely be a hurricane by the end of this week (as of now, the National Hurricane Center is saying Category 1 or 2).

Not only would this create a problem for the party, due to a some speakers being unavailable (President Bush, Governor Bobby Jindal [R-LA], and others), but it would also look bad to see news stories about Republicans celebrating and people dying and having homes destroyed in a hurricane.

Although the media would just naturally have to report both stories, and people would correlate this situation with Hurricane Katrina, I hope that Obama (or other Democrats) wouldn’t attack McCain (or Republicans as a whole) for not postponing the convention (ultimately it’s not his choice), because that would be extremely low.  Conventions can’t be postponed because of a natural disaster, and  hurricanes are a common thing in the month of August.  The Democrats wouldn’t have postponed it, but the whole Katrina fiasco (which was actually more of Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco’s fault than Bush’s) would seem to be replayed here.

Matt Burns, a spokesman for the RNC told reporters on Tuesday, “We are planning for our convention to open on Monday.  Like all Americans, we are monitoring the situation closely in the Gulf.”

An anonymous GOP official told reporters, “You would have to dramatically change the nature of what you do. Much less partisan. Much less political.  Otherwise, it’s the elephant in the room.”

There is also one other possible reason that the convention would be postponed: Bobby Jindal getting the pick for running mate.  Although unlikely, his name has been tossed in the hat of possible picks.  I won’t be surprised if rumors of a postponement will make his Intrade stock scores take a jump later on today as this story gets picked up by the mainstream media.

However, I have also heard that it would be political gold if Jindal was picked and then left the convention to go back to Louisiana.

Personally, I still think Mitt Romney (R-MA), but maybe Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) will be the choice.

I’ll keep you updated as this situation continues.

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Happy Birthday to Senator John McCain

August 29, 2008

Today is Senator McCain’s 72nd birthday.

Senator, I wish you a safe, healthy, and happy birthday.

Now, go out and enjoy some cake!

Or will he eat donuts?

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Live Analysis of Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech at the DNC

August 28, 2008

Alright, I’ll now be doing my last live blog of the DNC, Barack Obama’s acceptance speech:

Video’s starting.  Talking about his grandparents (the white ones), and him being born.  Talking about him going to school, college, then moving to Chicago.

Talking about him meeting Michelle.  Talking about him becoming an Illinois state Senator.

Talking about him move  up to the U.S. Senate.  Talking about his ethics reform bill.

Talking about his mother passing away.

Now talking about the start of Obama’s campaign.

And Barack has entered the stage.  The crowd loves him.  And some girl’s crying – that’s a little over the top.

“With profound gratitude … I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”  There you go, he’s officially the Democratic nominee.

And I just got interrupted – something about thanking Hillary.

Thanking Bill for his speech last night.  And he just thanked Joe Biden for being his running mate.

And thank you to his family and Michelle.

Talking about being at war, “the economy’s in turmoil,” and other struggles.  Talking about not being able to afford credit card bills – WELL THEN DON’T BUY WHAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD!  Blaming it all on “the failed policies of George W. Bush.”  Because it’s all Bush’s fault.

“America, we are better than these 8 last years.  We are a better country than this.”

“The same party that brought you 2 terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney, will ask you for a 3rd” – McCain really isn’t like Bush, but it’s good for them to compare McCain to Bush.

Talking about McCain’s service and that “we owe him our gratitude and respect.”  Talking about McCain voting with Bush for 90% of the time.  Didn’t they say 95% last night?  That’s not too consistent.

Talking about health care, education, and the economy, “Senator McCain has been anything but independent.”  Again, it’s good for them to compare him to Bush.  Talking about his economic plan writer and that we are “suffering from a mental recession … and a nation of whiners.”

Talking about soldiers complaining about the Bush administration.  That’s only a minority of them though.

Now he’s talking about tax breaks, and that McCain’s tax cuts for big business and rich people will hurt the economy.  Well, he’ll cut taxes for the middle class, and cut SPENDING!

“Out of work, tough luck, you’re on your own” – Obama said is McCain’s plan.  “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.  If you don’t have boots, you’re on your own.”  OK, that was a clever line.  He’s doing a good job talking about the economy.

He’s running to help fix the economy.  Talking about veterans coming back from Iraq.  Talking about a student who works a night shift, so he can pay for college.  Talking about a worker whose factory was shut down.  Talking about difficulties in starting their own business.

“We have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect. … The economy should reward drive and growth.”  THEN LET THE ECONOMY RUN ITS COURSE!

“Let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President: Change means that (couldn’t hear it) doesn’t reward the business who wrote it, but the workers who deserve it.”  Appealing to workers – good.

“I will cut taxes for 95% of all working families” – so is he going to give a tax break to everybody except the top 5% of the country?  I can guarantee you that that is NOT his plan.

“Now is the time to end this addiction [to foreign oil].”

“As President … I will invest in clean coal technologies, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.”  I like the nuclear part!  We need to have a LOT more nuclear power plants.

Talking about cleaner cars and making them more affordable.  “An investment that will lead to new industries and pay well.”

“America, now is not the time for small plans.  Now is the time to meet our moral obligation, to provide every child with a world class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy.”  OK,  sure everybody needs a good economy, but that’s something the states need to fix, not the federal government.

“If you commit to serving your community for your country, we will ensure you can afford college.”  What’s that supposed to mean?  That’s a pretty BROAD statement.

Talking about health care, and giving people the same plan as the one that Congress has.

“Stop those companies from discriminating those who are sick … those who need it most. … Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and paid leave.”

“Now is the time to change bankruptcy laws to protect those with pensions.”  OK, that I’ll agree with.

Talking about equal pay for men and women.

Talking about parents “to provide guidance and love for their children.  Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility.  That is the essence of America’s promise.”  OK, that’s good – individuals need to be responsible, but that applies to EVERYTHING, including health care and economic issues.

Talking about McCain having a debate about judgment.

“I stood up and opposed this war [Iraq], knowing it would distract us from the real threats.”

“You know, John McCain says he will follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, but he won’t even follow him to the caves where he lives.”  Bull crap.  McCain has made it clear that his number ONE goal is to capture Osama.

“John McCain stands alone in” defending this war – how the heck does he stand alone?  Our troops support the war, as does about half of the Senate and House!

The Democrats will restore the legacy that America once had – you mean, the legacy that we help countries who need it?

“I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against Al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.”

“I will build new partnerships to defeat” the threats we face.  He says this, but he’s changed his policy on Iraq how many times now?

“These are the policies I will pursue, and we can afford debating them with John McCain.”  Then agree to a debate!

“These times are too serious.”

“I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”  That I can agree with.

The troops “have not served a red America, or a blue America.  They have served the United States of America.”  That was a GREAT line, and the crowd exploded.  That was a really great (and true) line.

“So I’ve got news for you John McCain: We all put our country first.”  Well, I’ve talked with people, and I know that’s not true.

“We don’t agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing” abortions.  Bull crap.  End abortion, don’t just try to lower it.

Talking about guns, but I missed what he said.

Talking about gays being able to visit loved ones in hospitalized.  I agree with that, but that’s about the only right I think they should have that they don’t already.  (Marriage benefits are a PRIVILEGE, not a right – such as tax breaks, etc….).

“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone you should run from.”  Since you’ve voted present so many times and missed so many votes, are you talking about yourself?

“I realize that I’m not the likeliest candidate for this office.  I don’t fit the typical pedigree.”  So he’s just brought race into it?

“It’s not about me.  It’s about you.  It’s about you.  For 18 long months, you have stood up 1 by 1 and said enough to the politics of the past. … You have shown … that the chang we need doesn’t come FROM Washington, the change we need comes TO Washington.”  Well, then it must not be you, because you’re FROM Washington!

“I believe that as hard as it will be, the change is coming.”

Talking about giving better care to veterans – good, and keeping nukes out of our enemies hands – sure you will.

Talking about “Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic ballot, but they did.”  TRAITORS!

“You know, this country of ours has more wealth than any other nation…  We have the most powerful military on earth, but that’s not what makes us strong.”

“That promise is our greatest inheritance – the promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in to bed. … The promise that led workers to picket lines … and women to vote.”  I missed what he said, but he tied it all in to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.

“America, we cannot turn back. … Not with so many children to educate. … Not with an economy to fix. … America we cannot turn back.  We cannot walk alone.”  Something about the promise – I couldn’t keep up with him.

“Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

And there you have it.  Honestly, I didn’t think it was THAT great.  It was good, but compared to Clinton’s and Biden’s, it wasn’t that good.  I’d give it a 7.5-8 out of 10.

He talked a LOT more about issues, which was his job, instead of getting people fired up, but it didn’t seem as charismatic as he could’ve been.  Perhaps it was that he was tired, but it wasn’t his best.

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Analysis of Senator Joe Biden’s Speech to the DNC

August 28, 2008

OK, again, like Bill Clinton’s I’m getting this up late due to some meetings I had, but here’s my analysis:

He’s starting out talking about being proud of his kids, and that the way they turned out made him a success.  Now he’s moved on to his wife.  Talking about how he wants to bring the country as far along as Bill Clinton did.

Talking about Hillary, who’s made history, and will continue to make history.

“I am truly honored to live in a country with the bravest warriors in the world.”  A good quote there, because it shows how supportive of the troops he is, whereas, up until now, McCain has been the one who appears as the ally to the troops.

“And I’m honored to represent … my state of Delaware.  Since I’ve never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply as I can.  Yes, yes I accept your nomination to run and serve with Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America.”

Started talking about his road to where he is now.  Talking about his dad and mom.  And the place just erupted in support of his mother.  He’s really a GREAT speaker.

His mom taught him, “You are defined by your sense of honor, and you’re redeemed by your loyalty. … Bravery lives in every heart, and it will be summoned.  Failure, failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.”  And now he’s talking about some funny stories from his childhood.  He’s such a down-to-earth speaker, but very inspirational.  He almost reminds me of Tony Snow a little bit, in terms of speech-making.

My mother’s creed is the American creed: “No one is better than you.  Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”  Wow, that’s another great quote.

So far, the speech hasn’t had much issue substance, but it’s still been a good “American” speech.

“Today [the] American dream feels like it’s slipping away.”  Very good imagery.

Talking about bad economy, gas prices, and health care conversations he hears while taking the train from D.C. back to Delaware.

“That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the America we’ll continue if George, excuse me, John McCain is elected President of the United States of America.  Freudian slip.  Freudian slip.”  Well, you could tell that was scripted (he paused right before he said George), but it was still a good, funny, clever line.  And comparing McCain to Bush will be CRUCIAL to the Democrats in this election.

“Barack Obama … is the great American story.”

Talking about Obama going to South Chicago.

“Work is more than a paycheck.  It’s dignity.  It’s respect.  It’s about whether or not you can look your child in the eye and say, ‘We’re going to be alright.'”  Great quote.

Talking about Barack Obama helping people get health care in Illinois.  Talking about his accomplishments in Congress.

“You know, you can learn a lot about a man, campaigning with him, debating him, seeing how he reacts under pressure.  You learn about the strength of his mind, but even more importantly, you learn about the quality of his heart.  I watched how Barack touched people, how he inspired them, and I realized he had tapped into the oldest belief in America: we don’t have to accept the situation we cannot bear.  We have the power to change it.  And change it is exactly what Barack Obama will do.  That’s what he’ll do for this country.”

“You know, John McCain is my friend. … You hear that phrase used a lot in politics. … I mean it. … The personal courage and heroism demonstrated by John still amazes me, but I profoundly disagree with the direction John wants to take this country from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Amtrack to veterans.  John thinks that during the Bush years quote, ‘We’ve made great economic progress.’  I think it’s been abysmal.  And in the Senate, John has voted with President Bush 95%, and that is very hard to believe. … That’s not change, that’s more of the same.”  That’s good for the Democrats.  He showed that he’s friends with him personally, and that he respects him, but he’s comparing him with Bush, which is an image that will stick in the minds of voters.

Talking about oil, economy, and Iraq.

“The choice in this election is clear: these times require more than a good soldier, they require a wise leader.  A leader who can change.  The change everybody knows we need.  Barack Obama’s gonna deliver that change.”  Good quotes again – emphasizing change from Bush, but still showing respect for McCain.

Talking about Obama’s tax cut plans and alternative energy plans.

“Barack Obama knows that any country who out-teaches us today, will out-compete us tomorrow.”  Talking about better teachers and more affordable college.  A good issue to get young votes.

Talking about “affordable, accessible health care for every American.”  “Put security back in social security.”  Talking about equal pay for women.

Talking about the real center of the war on terrorism being in Afghanistan, not Iraq.  Talking about Russia challenging the freedom of Georgia.  That he and Obama will hold Russia accountable and help Georgia rebuild.  Well, if you’re opposed to Iraq, why are we going around helping Georgia?

“This administration’s policy ahas been an abysmal failure.”

Talking about Obama wanting to send more troops to Afghanistan while McCain said that we’ve already won there.  Talking about Al Qaeda reorganizing.  ”

John McCain was wrong, and Barack Obama was right.”  Talking about talks with Iran.  Saying that even the Bush administration now says we should talk to Iran.  Talking about timelines in Iraq, that McCain said stay indefinitely.  Now the Iraqi government is almost ready to set a date.  Barack Obama was right, and McCain was wrong.

Joe Biden: “I am here is for the [workers].”

“Millions of Americans have been knocked down, and this is the time as Americans together, we get back up, back up together.  Our debt to our parents and our grandparents is too great.  Our obligation to our children is too sacred.  These are extraordinary times.  This is an extraordinary election.  The American people are ready.  I am ready.  Barack is ready.  This is his time.  This is our time.  This is America’s time.  God bless America, and may God protect our troops.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.”

WOW!  Another great speech at the DNC!  Although I disagreed with most everything policy-wise, I think it was a great speech that went after John McCain and fired up the Democrats for the election.  Biden is a great speaker, and he did his job of getting everybody really excited for Obama’s speech tomorrow.  Biden brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table as well as experience, and although he may not help Barack a lot in any individual states, it’s speeches like that that make Biden a very likable guy, and a good guy to have on a campaign.

I’ll (hopefully) be doing a live blog of Barack’s acceptance speech tomorrow.

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Analysis of Bill Clinton’s Speech to the DNC

August 28, 2008

My apologies for the lateness of this.  I had meetings earlier tonight, and I’m just getting around to his speech:

Wow – he got a great reception.  A REALLY great reception.  “I’m here, first to support Barack Obama.”  Hillary didn’t look to happy there, but Michelle did.  “Second, and second, I’m here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden.”  That’s good.  Starting out from the beginning saying that he’s supporting Obama is what the party needed.

“I love Joe Biden, and America will too.”  But will ENOUGH of America love him?  I don’t think so.

“That [primary] campaign produced so much heat, it increased global warming.”  Good to see him joking about the campaign.  “In the end, my candidate didn’t win.”  Wouldn’t it have been better if he called her his WIFE!

Talking about Hillary doing everything she can to elect Barack Obama.  “That makes two of us.”  Again, it’s good for the Democrats to see him coming together with Obama.  “Actually, that makes 18 million of us.”  Very good quote.  So far, he seems to be unifying the party.

“Our nation is in trouble on two fronts.  The American dream is under siege at home, and America’s leadership in the world has been weekend.”  Talking about jobs and poverty rising, mortgage debt, spike in cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.  These are all things that are often blamed on Bush (but not really his fault), so it’s good for the Democrats to raise these issues.

“A refusal to lead on global warming.”  What!  We’ve been one of the best countries when it comes to reducing emissions and other greenhouse gases.

Talking about foreign policy mistakes in the Bush administration.

“Barack Obama is the man for this job.”  Great quote right there.  He’s doing what the party needed him to do.  “He [can] inspire people.”  Another great quote.

Talking about his policies on taxes and economy being superior to the Republicans.  I HIGHLY disagree with that, but when McCain says economy isn’t his strong point, it’s hard to counter Clinton’s comment.

“The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him.  And in his first Presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park.”  Hillary’s smile is SO fake there.  Clinton did a good job in bringing up the long primary race and saying that that strengthened Obama, and it was good for Clinton to agree with Obama picking Biden as his running mate.

That got a good response from the crowd.

Talking about “Joe Biden’s experience and wisdom” and Obama, we’ll have the national security we’ll need.  “Barack Obam is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.”  GREAT line.  The “ready to lead” part was GREAT, and it’s something that Hillary should’ve put into her speech, but it’s good for the Democrats that Bill put it into his.

Talking about Obama will defend and protect the Constitution – again, a good opposition to the current admininstration, who has, in my opinion, overstepped the bounds of the executive branch.  “Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States.”  Continuing that line is going well, and it’s a good counter to the McCain ads asking if Obama is ready to lead.

“As President, he will work for an America more partners and fewer adversaries.”  Talking about reducing biological and chemical weapons.  Talking about the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Battle against HIV and AIDS.  All of those were hot issues getting a good response.

“President Obama will choose diplomacy first and military force as a last resort.”  Again, a good show of the complete opposite of Bush.  Talking about standing up to adversaries.

Talking about a range of issues: education to environment.

“Most important of all, Barack Obama knows that America cannot be strong abroad, unless we are first strong at home.”  Good quote.

“People have been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”  WOW!  What a great quote!  A GREAT quote.  Now talking about the the example the Republicans have set.

Talking about American workers giving us rising productivity, but getting declining wages and jobs in return, worse health care, and more poverty.  He’s hitting John McCain’s weak area – that’s good for the Democrats.

Talking about parents with children with autism who couldn’t afford health care.  Talking about military families.  Talking about “the assault on science.”  Again, what is he referring to here?  Evolution?  Stem cells?  I disagree that the current administration has “assault[ed] science.”  “What about Katrina.”  Oh come on, that was Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin’s fault, not Bush’s.

“My fellow Democrats, America can do better than that, and Barack Obama WILL do better than that.”  And the crowd just errupted.  He can’t even get a word in now.  The entire room is chanting, “Yes, we can.”

“Yes he can, but first we have to elect him.  The choice is clear.  The Republicans will … nominate a good man, how has served our country heroically, and who has suffered terribly in a Vietnamese prison camp.  He loves his country, every bit as much as we do.  As a Senator, he has shown his independence of right wing orthodoxy … but on the 2 great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American dream, and how to restore America’s leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy that has defined his party’s for … 25 years. … It’s a philosophy that … wasn’t fully seen in action until 2001 … then we saw what would happen to America if the policies … were implemented.”  Then he goes on to give details about the economy, and other stuff.  That was a good quote from him.  He talked about McCain being a good man, but a bad candidate, and AGAIN, aligned him with Bush, something that helps the Democrats.

“Now, in spite of all this evidence, their candidate is promising more of the same.”  Good quote.

“They actually want to reward them for the last 8 years, by giving them 4 more. … Thanks, but no thanks. … In this case, the third case is not the charm.”  A whole slew of great quotes there.  Clinton is really doing a good job here.

Talking about him running, and being called too young and too inexperienced.  “Barack Obama is on the right side of history.”

“Senator Obama’s life is a 21st century incarnation of the old-fashioned American dream.  His achievements are proof of our continuing progress toward the more perfect union of our founders’ dreams.  The values of freedom and equal opportunity, which have given him his historic chance, will drive him as President, to give all America … their chance to build a decent life and show our humanity as well as our strengths to the world.  We see our humanity, our strengths, and our nation’s future in Barack and Michelle Obama and their beautiful children [and Biden and his family].  Barack Obama will lead us away from the division and fear of the last 8 years back to unity and hope.  So, if, like me, you believe that America must always be a place called hope, then join Hillary, and Chelsea, and me in making Barack Obama the next President of the United States.  Thank you, and God bless you.”

And there you have it.  Bill Clinton’s speech.  I had heard a rumor that he wasn’t going to actually write a speech, but just talk, and it looks like he didn’t look over at teleprompters (the glass things on the sides of the podium), and if this is the case, that speech was purely amazing.  He’s always been a great speaker, but this was something more.  He combined issues with charisma, and added in the fact that he had once opposed Obama, but now supports him, to give one of the best speeches at the DNC.  I think he really did his job, and the DNC owes him one for that speech.

If the DNC told him to just do national security, it’s really good for them that he ignored that.  That was a great speech.

We’ll see how effective it was come this November!

Done Analyzing,

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Bill Clinton Contemplating Voting for Obama? He Says He’s Not

August 27, 2008

News broke yesterday that Bill Clinton spoke at the International Leaders Forum at the Stage Theater in Denver and said the following:  “Suppose for example you’re a voter.  And you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y.  Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that person can deliver on anything.  Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver.  For whom would you vote? — This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”

Here’s a video of the speech (a huge thanks to my friend Mike for finding this for me):

Wow.  Because, Mr. President, that seemed to be everything of whta’s going on now (although you don’t agree with Obama on everything.”

Think of it this way:  The following is a liberal-conservative chart of the candidates:

DP  O   C    L                |               M      H  (M)B  RP

DP=Democratic Platform; O=Obama; C= Clinton; L=Lieberman; M=McCain; H=Hagel; (M)=Where the Democrats say McCain is; B=Bush; RP=Republican Platform; |=halfway between a Republican and a Democrat.

So, if Clinton WAS talking about McCain, it was an exaggeration that he agrees with McCain on half the issues.

Do I think he was talking about Obama and McCain.  I do, and so have a lot of liberals I’ve talked to (although, a lot of them are pro-Obama and anti-Clinton).

Clinton did say at another point in his speech: “For those of us interested in politics, it was an endlessly fascinating process already, and it’s still got some twists and turns between now and November. … [The purpose of the convention is] introduce the candidate in a new and different and hopefully more positive way… [to] unify the party and [aid in] defining the battle [between Democrats and Republicans].”

Former Clinton aide and Democratic strategist Paul Begala told The Hill (who broke the story), “He’s totally for Barack.  He’s totally for Barack.”

He may say he’s for Barack, but will he actually vote for him come November?  That I can’t answer.

If anybody can find the video of his speech, pass on the link to me (I can’t find it ANYWHERE).  Thanks!  (Again, thanks for finding the link for me Mike!)

Done Wondering,

Ranting Republican
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Live Analysis of Hillary Clinton’s Speech at the DNC

August 26, 2008

I’ll be blogging about Hillary Clinton’s speech to the DNC, live, as she speaks.

OK, so I’m waiting for Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to get done – he’s actually a good speaker, really energetic and fun.  I disagree with what he’s saying, but he’s a really likeable, down-to-earth guy.  Wow, this guy is just getting the crowd fired up.  Talking a lot about oil.  He has FIRED up the crowd.  They’re all cheering for him.  He just asked who’d be the next President and somebody just raised a Hillary sign.  My liberal roommate just said, “Make him his running mate, not Biden.”

And now we’ve got Hillary Clinton’s biography video going.  And I am not liking this video.  They just captioned Bill Clinton, “Hillary’s husband.”  Holy crap, that’s funny.  Anyway, I’m not liking the video, it’s just like a slideshow of soundbytes and talking about women astronauts.  Michelle Obama’s and Ted Kennedy’s  videos were  so much better.  Now they’re talking about her laugh, which my roommate just described as a cackle.

And the video’s getting better.  They’re talking about her being an inspiration, and persevering, and not giving up.  I do like that quote about the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling.  The end of the video, where they talked about her being an inspiration was MUCH better than the beginning.

Now Chelsea’s introducing her.

She got a really good reception from the crowd.  They are really cheering her on.  And Michelle Obama was clapping, but she could’ve been smiling instead of just glaring down.

Talking about being a “proud mother … Democrat … American … and supporter of Barack Obama.”

“Time to take back the country. … Whether you voted for me or Barack … unite for a single purpose.”  So far, she’s really stressing unity.  “We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines.  This is a fight for the future, and it’s a fight we must win together.”  Good emphasis that NONE of her supporters can afford to oppose Obama.

Michelle Obama’s looking a little happier now, but she still needs to actually look like she’s enjoying the speech.

“You haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last 8 years, to suffer through more failed leadership.  No way, no how, no McCain.”  That was actually a really good quote, although she’s moved off the unity.

“Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our President.”  Again – stressing the unity.  Flashing to Michelle Obama, who keeps getting happier.

Talking about meeting people in homes and work places.  “Every day America’s greatness is (I couldn’t hear her) in the American people.”  Talking about people going on through enormous obstacles.

She’s talking about health care.  Told a story about a woman with cancer who came to one of her events.  Now she’s talking about a marine who needed medical care, and asking to take care of his friends overseas.  I agree there.  All of our military men should have health care.

She’s just thanked all her supporters, in the states, and Puerto Rico and other territories.

“Thank you … to the sisterhood of the travelling pant suits.”  That was a pretty good one.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us.”  Talking about the Supreme Court and partisan gridlock, faulting the current Administration.  “Putin in Georgia.”  How is that Bush’s fault?

“We want to create a world-class education system and make college affordable again.”

Something about women’s rights and gay rights.  OK, but gays already have rights.  Marriage is a privilege.  This is something that people forget, and Clinton just forgot it.

“Care for our veterans and give them the services they have earned.”  Like McCain won’t do that!

“Join with our allies to confront” a bunch of issues – terrorism, global warming, and I didn’t catch the others.

She just said that the reasons that she ran for President “are the reasons that I am supporting Barack Obama for President.”  Again, this is good – showing that the Democrats need to unify based on principles and issues, not candidates.  The speech is going good.

“There are no limits to what is possible in America.”

“We need to elect Barack Obama” because he’ll help the economy, and will help stop global warming.

“We need a President who understands that the genius of America has always depended on the strength and vitality of the middle class.”  McCain will cut taxes for the middle class.  “Government must be about ‘We the people’ not ‘We the favored few.'”

“Just think of what America will be. … I cannot wait to watch Barack Obama sign into law a health care program that covers every single American.”  That was good – she’s showing that she supports Obama on health care, which was a HUGE part of her campaign.

AND MICHELLE OBAMA SMILES!  There we go!  “She will be a great first lady for Ameria.  Americans are fortunate that Joe Biden will be at Barack Obama’s side.”  Michelle is still smiling.

“We don’t need 4 more of the last 8 years.”

Talking about John McCain saying that the economy is sound and that we shouldn’t have nationalized health care.  Talking about McCain not wanting women to get equal pay for equal work.

“Awfully hard to tell them [McCain and Bush] apart” – something about the Twin Cities – a pun on the RNC being in Minnesota.  That’s another good thing to do.  She wants to tie her and Obama together and McCain and Bush together.

Talking about giving the women the right to vote.  “My mother was born before women could vote.  My daughter got to vote for her mother for President.”

Quoting Harriet Tubman.  And the crowd is cheering.  She is so inspirational right now.  Michelle Obama stood up.  Talking about firefighters, military.  “We’re Americans.  We’re not big on quitting.  And remember, before we can keep going, we have got to get going by electing Barack Obama the next President of the United States.  We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. … Think about your children and grandchildren on election day.”  VERY good quotes right there.  She’s uniting the party.  She’s giving a GREAT speech.

“There is not chasm too deep … no ceiling  too high.”

“That is our mission, Democrats.  Let’s elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden for that future (something – I missed whatshe said.  God bless you and God speed.”

WOW, that was an incredibly good speech.  Sprinkled with enough substance, but a LOT of enthusiasm.  She united the party, at least at that moment.  We’ll have to see what happens at the roll call vote, and ultimately in November, but I think that speech swayed some of her supporters to vote for Obama.

Looking back, I think the one thing she should’ve added was a quote along the lines of “Obama is ready to lead” to counter recent McCain ads, but overall, she did her job, and it was a good speech.

A great speech.  I think that’s what the party leadership wanted.

Done Reporting,

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