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Why Barack Obama Is Winning

Oct 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By Joe Klein
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General David Petraeus deployed overwhelming force when he briefed Barack Obama and two other Senators in Baghdad last July. He knew Obama favored a 16-month timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, and he wanted to make the strongest possible case against it. And so, after he had presented an array of maps and charts and PowerPoint slides describing the current situation on the ground in great detail, Petraeus closed with a vigorous plea for “maximum flexibility” going forward.

Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views “under advisement.” Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind. “You know, if I were in your shoes, I would be making the exact same argument,” he began. “Your job is to succeed in Iraq on as favorable terms as we can get. But my job as a potential Commander in Chief is to view your counsel and interests through the prism of our overall national security.” Obama talked about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the financial costs of the occupation of Iraq, the stress it was putting on the military. (more…)

Uncle Ruckus at it again

Oct 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions

Posted By: attitudebk

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I can’t imagine a President being named Obama.

Oct 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

Posted By: Dallas Bueller

I swear some of the most religious people I’ve met have also tended to be some of the most ignorant f%#ktards to walk the planet. – Dallas Bueller

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By: Daniel Henninger
Source Link: The Wall Street Journal

The abuse being heaped on Sarah Palin is such a cheap shot.

The complaint against the Alaska governor, at its most basic, is that she doesn’t qualify for admission to the national political fraternity. Boy, that’s rich. Behold the shabby frat house that says it’s above her pay grade.

Congress has the lowest approval rating ever registered in the history of polling (12%!). She isn’t the reason polls are showing people want the entire Congress fired, with many telling pollsters they themselves could do a better job.

Sarah Palin didn’t design a system of presidential primaries whose length and cost ensures that only the most obsessional personalities will run the gauntlet, while a long list of effective governors don’t run.

These rules have wasted the electorate’s time the past three presidential elections, by filling the debates with such zero-support candidates as Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Al Sharpton, Duncan Hunter, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden (8,000 total votes), Wesley Clark and Alan Keyes. (more…)

Generation Jones is in play

Oct 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By Clarence Page
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What do Sen. Barack Obama and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have in common—besides their deep desire to win your vote? OK, not much. But they both were born in the early 1960s. That puts them in a generation that could make a big difference in the outcome of the Nov. 4 election.

Obama, born in 1961, and Palin, in 1964, are Baby Boomers. That”s generally defined as the generation born in the 1946-to-1965 birth bulge that followed World War II.

But that”s not saying enough. Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George W. Bush are also Boomers. But they”re old Boomers.

Obama and Palin are late Boomers, the Overlooked Generation. Or, as Los Angeles-based cultural historian Jonathan Pontell calls them, “Generation Jones.” Pontell, who published a book with that title a few years ago, argues that Generation Jones doesn”t get the attention it deserves.

The odd title of his book comes from “keeping up with the Joneses,” which refers to the one thing late Boomers became known for quite early: conspicuous consumption. Pontell argues that they also have an influence on elections that, to borrow one of Bush”s locutions, has been vastly “misunderestimated.” (more…)

The Power of Powell’s Rebuke – Eugene Robinson

Oct 21, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

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The Power of Powell’s Rebuke

By Eugene Robinson

Colin Powell demonstrated his eponymous “Powell Doctrine” of overwhelming force on Sunday when he endorsed Barack Obama on “Meet the Press.” The one-time chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff systematically marshaled his assets to neutralize the Republican endgame strategy, which is to suffuse the air around Obama with a vague mist of terrorism, socialism and “otherness.”

Powell was so definitive that it was easy to forget the disconnect: Obama made his reputation with a speech in 2002 warning against war in Iraq, while it was Powell who went before the United Nations and used his credibility to build support for the Iraq invasion.

Powell told Tom Brokaw that he still believes that war was the right course of action, on the basis of what he and other officials knew — or thought they knew — at the time. He said he believes the war was mishandled. And he said he still opposes a “deadline” for withdrawing U.S. troops, though he added that a “timeline” for withdrawal is beginning to emerge. (more…)

Morning Joe Give us a Break on the Biden issue

Oct 21, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions

I’m sitting here watching morning Joe, and Meka and Joe are doing their best to sell me on the Joe Biden comments being some type on controversy.

Joe Biden made the following statement:

“Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy,” Biden said. “And he’s gonna have to make some really tough — I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you, it’s gonna happen.”

But what he also said was this:

” They’re going to want to test him. And they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.”

I’m so tired of these manufactured news stories, with all of the problems facing the U.S. and the world, why do we need to take Joe Bidens’ comments out of context and run with this story.

Let’s just put this story in the same file as the “Lipstick on a Pig” controversy and move the hell on.


BY Richard Cohen
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Party Like It’s 1964

A column, like a good movie, should have an arc — start here, end there and somehow connect the two points. So this column will begin with the speech Condi Rice made to the Republican National Convention in 2000 in praise of George W. Bush and end with Colin Powell’s appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press” in praise of Barack Obama. Between the first and the second lie the ruins of the GOP, a party gone very, very wrong.

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Bush and now John McCain have constructed a mean, grumpy, exclusive, narrow-minded and altogether retrograde Republican Party. It has the sharp scent of the old Barry Goldwater GOP — the angry one of 1964 and not the one perfumed by nostalgia — that is home, by design or mere dumb luck, to those who think that Obama is “The Madrassian Candidate.” Karl Rove, take a bow.

It is worth remembering that both Rice and Powell spoke at that Philadelphia convention. And it is worth recalling, too, that Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative” and had compiled a record as Texas governor to warrant the hope, if not the belief, that he was indeed a different sort of Republican. When he ran for reelection as governor in 1998, he went from 15 percent of the black vote to 27 percent, and from 28 percent of the Hispanic vote to an astounding 49 percent. Here was a coalition-builder of considerable achievement. (more…)

Source Link: Wall Street Journal

“Sometimes the leak is so bad that even a plumber can’t fix it.” This was the concise summation of a cable political strategist the other day, after the third and final presidential debate. That sounds about right, and yet the race in its final days retains a feeling of dynamism. I think it is going to burst open or tighten, not just mosey along. I can well imagine hearing, the day after Election Day, a lot of “You won’t believe it but I was literally in line at the polling station when I decided.”

John McCain won the debate, and he did it by making the case more effectively than he has in the past that Barack Obama will raise taxes, when “now, of all times in America, we need to cut people’s taxes.” He also scored Mr. Obama on his eloquence, using it against him more effectively than Hillary Clinton ever did. When she said he was “just words,” it sounded like a bitter complaint. Mr. McCain made it a charge: Young man, you attempt to obscure truth with the mellifluous power of your words. From Mrs. Clinton it sounded jealous, but when Mr. McCain said it, you looked at Mr. Obama and wondered if you’d just heard something that was true. For the first time, Mr. Obama’s unruffled demeanor didn’t really work for him. His cool made him seem hidden.

There is now something infantilizing about this election. Mr. Obama continued to claim he will remove wasteful spending by sitting down with the federal budget and going through it “line by line.” This is absurd, and he must know it. Mr. McCain continued to vow he will “balance the budget” in the next four years. Who believes that? Does even he? (more…)

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Michael Smerconish is and has been one of my favorite Conservative Republicans. When I listen to the other side I like to hear a true opinion based on how they see their ideology and beliefs. I get so tired of Democrats and Republicans reciting the party talking points. Michael Smerconish has always been a straight shooter, if the Dems make a good point he will say so, if he feels the Republicans are on point he will say so. His insight was very useful during the Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania. Yesterday he endorsed Barack Obama, The article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and a interview with Chris Matthews is listed below. – Veston

Head Strong: McCain fails the big five tests
His aim is untrue in too many areas, so a longtime Republican is voting for Obama.

I’ve decided.

My conclusion comes after reading the candidates’ memoirs and campaign platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple times, and watching all primary and general-election debates.

John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28 years ago, I’m voting for a Democrat for president. I may have been an appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amid the crowd at an Obama event in North Philadelphia.

Five considerations have moved me:

Terrorism. The candidates disagree as to where to prosecute the war against Islamic fundamentalists. Barack Obama is correct in saying the front line in that battle is not Iraq, it’s the Afghan-Pakistan border. Osama bin Laden crossed that border from Tora Bora in December 2001, and we stopped pursuit. The Bush administration outsourced the hunt for bin Laden and instead invaded Iraq.

No one in Iraq caused the death of 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Our invasion was based on a false predicate, so we have no business being there, regardless of whether the surge is working. Our focus must be the tribal-ruled FATA region in Pakistan. Only recently has our military engaged al-Qaeda there in operations that mirror those Obama was ridiculed for recommending in August 2007. (more…)


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