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Simons: Democratic Convention tough act for GOP to follow

August 30, 2008

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One U.S. presidential nomination convention is over, and the other gathering is about to begin.

Democrats wrapped up their show in Denver on Thursday night with a tremendous and powerful display. Their nominee, Barack Obama, is an eloquent and effective speaker and delivered an extremely well-crafted speech.

Obama had an outdoor audience of approximately 80,000 people who arrived up to seven hours early to hear their champion.

Known for his oratorical skills, Obama didn't disappoint. The setting, staging and anticipation all combined to provide an electric atmosphere to kick off the formal final sprint for the White House.

It had begun, at least the public portion of the quest, 17 months ago, and it paid off this week in Denver with Obama closing out any chance of Hillary Clinton being on the Democratic ticket.

The entire Denver convention should receive a grade of "A" for arrangements, speakers, staging and the generation of enthusiasm and excitement.

The big question, however, is how good a job the convention did in selling Obama to voters across the country, not just those in the Pepsi Center or the 80,000 at Invesco Field.

There's no question that Obama is a superb public speaker, particularly when following a well-written text on a teleprompter. He is smart and attractive, and he has the historic attention-getting factor of being the first African-American to be nominated for this nation's highest elective office.

However, the entire Obama campaign theme has been to find fault with almost anything and everything the Bush administration has or has not done and to make pledge after pledge of what he would do if he were elected.

It's easy to say he would end our nation's dependence on foreign oil in 10 years, but he doesn't say how he'll do it or whether it is, indeed, possible. He talks about so many major issues that are, indeed, of concern and great importance to America and its citizens, but he does not say how he intends to solve the problems.

It's easy to cite the problems and get an audience excited and enthused about what he is saying, but it's quite different to tell the public how he intends to execute the grand-sounding plans.

Republicans face a daunting task in trying to match the Democratic convention. Obama and his handlers did a superb job in the selection of good speakers; the staging was excellent and no expense was spared.

A good example of the differences occurred Friday morning when McCain announced his vice-residential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Wright State University basketball auditorium in Dayton, Ohio, was not a match for Denver's Pepsi Center, and the hand-painted signs touting McCain, Ohio, etc., were no match for the professional signage at the Denver show.

McCain's announcement was made the old-fashioned way, at a public gathering, rather than the Obama e-mail to his followers. The contrasts go on and on, including Obama's big advantage in the amount of money he has to spend on his election campaign.

It's going to be an interesting campaign. Friday's announcement about Palin raises many questions, and it is likely to cause Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden to rethink his debate tactics with Palin, compared with how he might have planned to challenge Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty.

At this time, no one knows how successful the GOP convention will be or whether delegates will return to their respective parts of the country enthused and excited about their presidential ticket and their chances of winning the election.

There are bound to be many comparisons between the Denver Democratic Convention and the St. Paul GOP gathering and the ability, attractiveness, respect and likability of the Obama-Biden team versus McCain-Palin.

Hopefully, voters will pay attention to what the candidates have to say during the next two-plus months, and those who go to the voting booths in November will be informed about the strengths, vision, character, truthfulness and ability of those seeking the world's most powerful office.

It's easy to make grand-sounding pledges, pander to the wishes of the electorate and say what is most popular to voters. It's something quite different to be able to deliver on those promises and pledges.

Comments

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

Obama needs to quit spinning and lying:""Well, he's made his choice," the ad states. "But, for the rest of us there's still no change. McCain doesn't get it, calling this broken economy 'strong.' Wants to keep spending ten-billion-a-month in Iraq. And votes with George Bush 90 percent of the time.""The President does not vote in the Senate, and that "90% of the time" includes most Seantors, and in "90%" of the time all of the senators are voting on important stuff like naming a post office or issuing a proclaimation for a college of pro team winning a championship.So Obama too, bvotes with Bush "90 percent of the time" as well.that is looking at factual things like "voting rolls".

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey bozo, whenever you come up with an original thought you might be worth listening to. Until that coincidental day when swine also soar, your commenting on the 'meat' of anyone's posts, A N Y O N E S, is akin to John Madden saying someone else eats too much."When I stop seeing Obama being referenced as "the Messiah" and "the Chosen One" by your cohorts, I'll consider more respectful treatment of Grampy McSame and his little Snow Bunny."Lovely. Did I say junior high? Apparently it's elementary school, my bad. "He said it first, Mommy!" Brilliant. So your excuse is that others do it so you should be just as juvenile? C'mon, man. Some of your stuff is smart and insightful, at least when you stay away from the 'conspiracy theory' baloney. At the absolute minimum you often have original thoughts and/or ideas. Don't stoop to the level of bozos and duplentys, you're better than that.

TecmoSuperBowlChristianOkoye 6 years, 3 months ago

Unless you make more than $111,000 a year you will have more of a tax break under Obama than McCain.The convention must have really been good for Dolph to give it props...

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Palin can easily be challenged on her politics and why she is currently under "Troopergate" investigation. As I watched her acceptance speech from a city heavy with military which allowed many booming male voices to be trucked in I thought typical safe ground for McCain. That's exactly the way Bush handlers want it. Last night I watched the republican platform committee on C-Span. Lots of talk about abortion,cloning and back door ways to allow corporate tax credits to fund christian privateschool scholarships. Apparently corporate america will not provide unless they can write off the expense. This will make the Wal-Mart/Waltons very happy. Do whatever it takes to destroy public education in the interest of privatization. Yes a corporate line of christian private schools would love access to our tax dollars. Kobach from Missouri was pushing hard for this platform item.

LiberalDude 6 years, 3 months ago

"So Palin has had more on the job days working as Governor of Alaska than Obama has had on the job days working in the Senate since he was elected. Obama will get toasted if he tries to compare himself."Wrong BigPrune. Palin was on a city council and mayor of a tiny town for about 10 years. She has been governor of ALASKA for only 2 years!!! This isn't New York, California, or even Kansas. This is Alaska. There are more moose than people in Alaska. Wow what great qualifications to be Vice President! lol Obama meanwhile was a State Senator in ILLINOIS for 8 years and a UNITED STATES Senator for 4 years. The comparison is not even close. Obama is 10 times more qualified. Plus we could get into education- Obama (Columbia and Harvard Law) vs. Palin (Idaho). Now there is nothing wrong with the University of Idaha but it's not exactly Columbia or Harvard Law! Obama was also a professor of CONSTITUTIONAL LAW at the University of Chicago Law School. That might be handy for a future president. There is no comparison in experience here. Obama in a landslide.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"Apparantly not, as the DNC has been completely forgotten with McCain's VP choice."Oh, I doubt the 40 million (more than tuned in to see the Olympic Opening Ceremonies) have forgotten what they tuned in to see. Gramps has pulled a nice little trick by playing American Idol with the Vice Presidency, and is being aided and abetted by the corporate media, but I highly doubt the vast majority of those people who cared to check Obama out have forgotten what they've seen. You all just wish that were so.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Last night on C-Span Palin claims she cut off the funding for a bridge to nowhere. Well it looks as though congress cut off the bridge authorization in 2005 but Alaska still got the pork.Other Outrageous Exxagerations http://www.factcheck.org/outrageous_exaggerations.html=============Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst NewspapersThursday, November 17, 2005Fiscal conservatives in Congress won a rare victory Wednesday when lawmakers scuttled plans to spend $230 million to help build "the bridge to nowhere," a span that would lead to an Alaskan island populated by about 50 people.//The money -- championed by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the powerful head of the Senate Appropriations Committee -- was earmarked to help construct a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island in the Alaskan Inland Passage in the southeastern corner of the state. A ferry boat now provides transportation between the two points.Lawmakers in the House and Senate decided to drop the project after it was derided by critics as "pork-barrel spending" on "the bridge to nowhere."They also decided to ax $229 million for a bridge between Anchorage and the sparsely populated Knik area of Alaska. That span has been named "Don Young's Way" after Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who, as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, has helped send federal dollars to the bridge.Under a compromise transportation spending bill, Alaska would still get the federal dollars -- but the money would not be specifically designated for the two bridges. As a result, Alaskan lawmakers and other officials would decide where to spend the money -- and they could opt to fund other transportation projects.Stevens on Wednesday blamed weeks of bad publicity for the decision by House and Senate lawmakers to drop the bridge projects. Stevens said his colleagues asked him in the midst of the outcry, "What are you going to do about this?"

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"McCain's announcement was made the old-fashioned way"Isn't that Obama's point, the old fashioned way is exactly what we can expect from Gramps and his acolyte? By the way, it makes little sense to compare the VP announcement with the convention speech. Obama's VP selection speech was an equally spartan presentation on the steps of the old Illinois capital. There was a larger crowd, but then that reveals something about McCain's appeal, doesn't it?

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

Simons: Democratic Convention tough act for GOP to follow*******Apparantly not, as the DNC has been completely forgotten with McCain's VP choice.

Jeff Barclay 6 years, 3 months ago

Obama's higher taxes and more presumptions that government can fix things, not a very creative show in my view. Symbolism over substance. Kept waiting for a Jackson costume failure! But then, I don't think this young emperor wanna be has any clothes... GOP has a candidate that will protect us. Obama is very naive. The world is not a safe place. And contrary to the way most Demos think, we are not the problem, America is the solution. Obama must understand we have a country worth protecting or we would not have an immigration problem. Now the GOP has a very intriguing VP candidate. I think alot of people are going to like what they can't find in Palin. I hope the GOP leaves the costumes and stage acts at home and puts some meat on the table. One thing for certain no one needs to guess what McCain and Palin stand for. I am still trying to decode Obama's rhetoric. By the way, I am from Illinois. Obama is no stranger. Everyone needs to look closer to his activist past. They might be concerned. Obama is a focused man, but he is not principled in the ways I think a president ought to be.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

McCain supported bush and his policies more than 90% of the time. That is the basis for the tie. I understand why you don't like it, as Obama pointed out in his convention speech, you all do nopt like having to own up to the results of your policies and mismanagement. As far as my analytical skills and decision making, I supported Kerry. I was right.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

If you want to do some interesting reading do some research and find out what David Hackworth thought of McCain & his time in Vietnam. http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/cin_hacker_2.htm

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

Jaywalker:Sorry, this stuff needs to be contested. Democrats for far too long sat back and assumed most people would be smart enough to see through the childishness of many of the Rovian tactics that we have been subjected to in the last 20 years. That got us george w. bush and a Republican control of the House, Senate and Supreme Court. No mas!! The vast majority of people are apparently too stupid to even vote their own self interest and fall for these tricks time and time again. Until I see some evidence that such shenanigans are not effective, it's scorched earth, buddy. This election and the situation our country is in is far too important to leave to a doddering fool and his piece of eye candy (and the evil theocrats and corporatists propping them up.) But, maybe when responding a more reasonable person such as yourself I'll try to use more reasonable language to describe the Senator and mayor of the Alaskan village.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"Quit with the spam merrill."To the apologists, I guess damning facts are considered spam. McCain's little American Idol contestant winner is quickly proving to be a typical Republican power grabbing, truth bending politician. She gets in office and she immediately starts using her power to get at an ex spouse of a family member. Are these the people we want using george bush's spying powers?

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"I, like most everyone else, don't ever read merrill's posts."Knowledge is power, Kansas778, you ought to try it some time. Given this startling admission that you don't even read before you dismiss and criticize, why would anyone care a whit about anything you have to say?

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

Worth repeating:######Unless you make more than $111,000 a year you will have more of a tax break under Obama than McCain.######Gramps, this is where you need a rebuttal. Throwing a creationist, pro lifer to the wacko wing of your base will only distract things for so long. You still need an answer here.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Enough with the juvenile "Gramps" references, pretty please, Scott. That's little better than a junior high retort. Grow up already. As far as Pallin, I'm torn. Would like her to have more experience, but at the same time everything I've read about her thus far says she's a self-made woman who's multi-faceted and well-rounded. From what I understand, the ethics investigation, and investigation should be capitalized, has to do with her vigilance in going after her brother in law for beating her sister and tasering her nephew. Scream for the suspect all you want far lefties, outside of the Pope there are few who wouldn't use every power at their disposal to go after those who've abused their loved ones. If she'd sat on her duff there'd be more to criticize. Either way, it's an investigation, not a censure nor a conviction. Give it a rest until it is, if it is.

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

Scott, no one reads merrill's spam. And why would we? It's boring and unengaging, and because of the size it's annoying as well. If he makes any point that he hasn't posted 100 times already, then you can be in charge of pointing it out to everyone. People haven't forgotten Obama's speech, but they sure aren't talking about it much anymore.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"Obama must understand we have a country worth protecting or we would not have an immigration problem. "Barclay, would you please detail McCain's solution to the illegal immigrant invasion.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

"Boog for President!"Na, he's not a Republican. How about Sandy Praeger?

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

BTW Scotty, Hackworth was "against McCain in 2000 The date of your post, and he was supporting current President Bush.Again you use sources that are counterporductive to your support of the "Messiah".

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"Enough with the juvenile "Gramps" references, pretty please, Scott. That's little better than a junior high retort. Grow up already."When I stop seeing Obama being referenced as "the Messiah" and "the Chosen One" by your cohorts, I'll consider more respectful treatment of Grampy McSame and his little Snow Bunny.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

"Enough with the juvenile "Gramps" references, pretty please, Scott. That's little better than a junior high retort. Grow up already. "I agree, the left that is supposed to be so sensitive to diversity seems to have no problem with using agesism, sexism, and racsim, when it supports their guy.You hatre filled dems and liberals may want to look throught posts and try, just try to find anywhere the reference to Obama that was "tarbaby",... "boy". or anything like that. There simply was not any. Yet, your "supperior and arrogant" view of your own social sensebilities is put in the ditch with your hatred of Bush which is so ddep you cannot manage to do without it and transfer it to all others. Talk about sterotyping!However the "Gramps" and the derogatories toward a professional woman exhibited by the lousey dems shows that your party and philosophy holds none of the moral high ground you claim on these topics. They are easily jettisoned and disposed of in the justification of your "fight".Did you notice the GOP did not conduct themselves in the way local and national Liberals and democrats did?You should be ashamed.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

Scotty, Scotty, the link you posted here from Hacjkworth was from 2004, before Obama was even in the Senate, and Hackworth died in June of 2005, long before the Primaries.So your posting is irrelevant.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

"Democratic Convention tough act for GOP to follow"... as follow they must.The problem with being led by shrubbery is that the roots are so anchoredas to preclude movement.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

" That's little better than a junior high retort."And yet they form the "meat" of nearly every one of your posts."as to do with her vigilance in going after her brother in law for beating her sister and tasering her nephew."These are (alleged) criminal acts, and they should be dealt with by law enforcement and the courts, and if he is found guilty, he will automatically lose his job. Setting herself up as judge, jury and executioner is an abuse of power that should not be tolerated, even by rightwing wackos, although since you all still cheerlead BushCo for doing that for the last eight years, why am I not surprised that you'd just shrug this off, too.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

"At this point Obama has maintained an electoral college poll lead for most of the campaign."True, but his "lead" has eroded 28% over the last 2 months."""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""'''"Many would not consider a 44 year old, 5 time baby popper to be all that desireable."Thank you Scotty for showing youself to be the sexist that we have all stated you are. Criticize the woman on issues, but statments like that from "Obama supporters" reflect on Obama.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""'"And especially not a bible thumping creationist one."And you exhibit an intolerant view of religions, ex[pecially Christianity. Now, how will you square that of the "Bible thumping " Obama?Are you listening to yourself? A sexist intolerant person driven to this level of behaviou because you hate BUsh A guy that is not running, and transferring your HATE onto others that have no association other than Political Pqarty.Yeah, you are one moral high ground, ethical, analytical guy. IF this is the High standard of liberals, I am not too worried, expecially if this is reflective of Obama nuts.I simply cannot believe you posted the description of a woman as a "five time baby popper".

KRITIKOS 6 years, 3 months ago

I did not see her kick off her campaign from ....a mans house who bombed our nations capitol and who still shows no remorse for his actions....I bet she knows where her State's National Guard's equipment is too!

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

"But, maybe when responding a more reasonable person such as yourself I'll try to use more reasonable language to describe the Senator and mayor of the Alaskan village."Scotty, we will not be holding our breath. You have constantly demonstrated a complete lack of objectivity and posting DailyKos talking points.And as another poster stated, ""Who are you to determine what my best interests or the interests of the country are?""That is the example of the "audacity of aduacity" the Democratic Party exhibits this smugness of "we know better what you need than what you can decide for yourself." That is not dcorrect, and if people are in your opinion "too stupid to see" the obvious, maybe you need to re-evalutae your "Bush derangement syndrome" effect on your judgement.Remember that Bush is not running, and McCain is not Bush, as his pick just showed. The tired McCain/Bush tie that the Democrats are pushing and repeating just show they learned from Georbels, if you repeat something long enough people will start accepting it as fact.Thank you for exposing your limited analytical skills, and showing that your decision making skills are just sumg, not superior to your opponets.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the beauty queen will explain to everyone how the world is only 7,000 years old and was made in 6 days & all the rest of her kooky creationist nonsense. Or, since you right wing kooks love talking about the Messiah & the Chosen One so much, maybe george w. bush could come explain more about his chats with God and how God wanted him to invade Iraq and bring peace to the Middle East. Or how he didn't bother consulting with his father the former President on the Iraq Occupation, he consulted a Higher Authority on that one. You Republicans are so hilarious, you alway try to tar and feather your opponents with your own shortcomings & in the process broadcast your failings for all to see. McCain claims Obama is just a pretty boy celebrity, and then he picks an ill-equipped beauty queen to be VP.McCain claims Obama puts his own self interests before the country's, then McCain picks the most ill qualified person of the last 50 years as his VP choice in hopes of reviving his failing campaign. McCain has no policy proposals that will put this country back on track, and simply lusts for the job of President and a continuation of the ruinous Republican strategies that have brought us to this point, so all he can do is try to create a little buzz and distraction with the latest pathetic loser in the Quayle/Harriet Mier/Alberto Gonzales/Brownie line. McCain seems desperate to convince the 38 million plus viewers of Obama's Thursday night destruction of McCain. "Trust none of what you hear, and less of what you see, this is what will be..."

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

By the way, for all you religious kooks, we now know that McCain has done well by you and picked the requisite creationist, pro-lifers. McCain claims that he's Baptist & has been for 15 years. He grew up a country club Episcopalian, so I was interested in seeing when he was baptised in the Baptist Church. I cannot seem to find any information on it. Seems like being baptistised is a pretty big thing in the Baptist Church (given the name and all.) Can anyone tell me when he was baptisted & truly became a Baptist?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree, scott. the audacity of the choice has certainly gotten some attention, but as the reality of that choice begins to sink in, probably on about Tuesday of next week, McCain might just shoot himself somewhere besides his foot.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

Anonymous says: "... showing your usual inconsistency, tange?How can Republicans follow if movement is precluded?"Well... I didn't say they wouldn't be left behind... in the dirt, so to speak....

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

When you switch churches you don't have to be baptised again, you simply transfer your membership.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

OK Scotty,Here are links (that are new!) showing the real crack in the DNC and the problems of the Hillary Voting Women and the effect on Palin nominee for VP by McCain. SOunds like they are scared and Howeird Dean screwed up.http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/palin-puma-vote/http://minx.cc/?blog=86&post=271898http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrbhYQLrqp0http://www.care2.com/news/member/176597074/863042I got about 20,000 hits on a search of PUMA and Palin.This is a pretty big deal according to the internet

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

scott3460 (Anonymous) says: To the apologists, I guess damning facts are considered spam.******I, like most everyone else, don't ever read merrill's posts.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

If being mayor of a town of 6,500 makes one qualified to be VP, then mayor of a town of 80,000 should make one qualified to be President.Boog for President!

BigPrune 6 years, 3 months ago

Obama could've taken the money for his convention and paid for a social program.merrill's cut and paste says DESPERATION.I will be interested to see how the press starts spreading the democrat's talking points word-for-word, like they ALWAYS do.So Palin has had more on the job days working as Governor of Alaska than Obama has had on the job days working in the Senate since he was elected. Obama will get toasted if he tries to compare himself.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"True, but his "lead" has eroded 28% over the last 2 months." In a national poll, perhaps, but those are meaningless dog and pony shows used by the corporate media to maintain interest in their product. In the electoral college calculation he has been very consistent. "Thank you Scotty for showing youself to be the sexist that we have all stated you are. Criticize the woman on issues, but statments like that from "Obama supporters" reflect on Obama."McCain chose her, I simply posited a reason why. Given his treatment of women I'd say it's entirely plausible. My comments are not sexist, they are simply factual. It seems you do not understand the meaning of the word you've chosen to use. To be sexist is to believe that one gender is inferior or less valuable than the other. For example, it may be sexist of McCain to state that women don't need equal pay legislation, instead they need "more training and education" because the underlying assumption is all women have inferior training and education and that is the reason for pay disparity. "I simply cannot believe you posted the description of a woman as a "five time baby popper"."What else should I call her? Wanton breeder? Welfare queen? "And you exhibit an intolerant view of religions, expecially Christianity. Now, how will you square that of the "Bible thumping " Obama?"Well, first off, quite a bit has been made of Obama's religion, including quite a few lies, so I think equal time for the other side is only fair. I'd love to know more about McCain's supposed conversion to baptism, especially since he does not appear to have ever been baptised in that church. Since they put such great stock in adult baptism, that is rather curious. And what to make of Ms. Palin, the creationist who seems to have quite a few disturbing ties to the Christian Dominionist movement. That's a movement that seeks influence or control over secular political government through political action. This country is not (yet) a theocracy. She may want to make it one. She accepted McCain's offer to step up to this job she is not prepared for. Let her take the examination she'll go through over the next 30-60 days.

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

scott3460 (Anonymous) says: The vast majority of people are apparently too stupid to even vote their own self interest*******The arrogance in this statement is exactly why these people don't vote for your candidates scott. Who are you to say what my best interests are?

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

Or demonstrably false. But whatever, I'm not one of the annointed, so what do I know.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 29, 2008Shocking Choice by John McCainWASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund."Senator McCain's choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies."Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration. "This is Senator McCain's first significant choice in building his executive team and it's a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain's commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil."

Kontum1972 6 years, 3 months ago

Barclay your comment: Obama is a focused man, but he is not principled in the ways I think a president ought to be.and u really think the past eight years was focused and u really think the navy guy is gonna fix it.....?this guy has an axe to grind...he is a former POW who was tortured repeatedly because he was the bomb dropper...the Vietnamese hated these guys....if he is such dependable person why haven't any of his surviving POW room-mates come out and said vote for him...mb they know something we do not know....remember this guy will be carrying the FOOTBALL, and its the one in the black brief case he is not a hero..Medal of Honor winners are heroes....Col. Roger Donlon is a HERO read his book "Beyond Nam Dong" This man is a hero not McCain!My uncle was POW from WW2 and he was in a nazi concentration camp/along with the jewish prisoners he was MIA for a very long time until the end of the war when they were liberated by US Army forces he was never treated like a hero he died a common man. I am Nam Vet I have been around a few former Nam POWS, they are still traumatized, the night mares do not go away nor the the angst. they have deep seated issues. Do u really want some-one like this in the white house? I sure as hell don't i remember when i came home i was labeled a baby-killer hey, doesn't the same apply to McCain he bombed them and killed many babies, at least the VC i took out i could see what i was shooting at, and i was a helicopter aviator I saw some combat and i was 20...now i am 56.this guy is a walking time bomb!I think Mr. Putin knows this too..he is preparing!

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

""I simply cannot believe you posted the description of a woman as a "five time baby popper"."What else should I call her? Wanton breeder? Welfare queen?""Yeah buddy, that clearly shows your "character".

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

It may be arrogant, but it is also demonstrably true.

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

Ass*:Is there a shelf life on criticisms I am not aware of? That there even is an organization called Vietnam Veterans Against McCain pretty much tells you all you need to know, but Hackworth can have a valid point, even if he wrote it a few years ago. By Messiah, do you mean Obama, or george w. bush, who actually claims to carry on conversations with God?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

logicsound04: "Grow the fck up."jaywalker: "Grow up already."All these admonishments to "grow up"... from people who could benefitfrom simply... growing*.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

"whenever you come up with an original thought you might be worth listening to."How can anyone think something that's never been thought before? (not expecting even a rational, much less original response from you, nota.)

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

sweet dreams, Asbestos. You keep right on dreaming that Hillary's voters are going to come save the day. That's right, they are going to abandon the guy who supports their positions for a anti-choice, creationist.At this point Obama has maintained an electoral college poll lead for most of the campaign. He's held on to all of the States Kerry won and has expanded in to bush territory. He's got a solid lead of 5% or more in enough states to secure 260 or the 270 required votes. McCain's chore, at this point, is to toss the coin in all the remain States and have it come up heads like 10 times in a row. Possible? I suppose, but how likely? My guess is even McCain knows how desperate his situation is & decided if he had to go through with the farce he'd at least have some eye candy along for the ride. That's eye candy for a 75 year old, of course. Many would not consider a 44 year old, 5 time baby popper to be all that desireable. And especially not a bible thumping creationist one.

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