Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mixed Bag

We now have two weeks left. Since earlier this year, I learned that my sitting in a given seat wearing a Kevin Garnett jersey had no impact on whether or not the Celtics won, I am going to apply the same logic to the election. Barack Obama is going to win in the neighborhood of 380 electoral votes. Trust me, I didn't jinx him, he is going to kick major ass.


If there was ever a video to send to all your conservative friends, this is it. John McCain is a socialist.

John McCain's maverick reputation was largely formed early in Bush's first term. My guess is that much of his disagreement with Bush came from his bitterness from the campaign rather than principled differences. But this video is amusing none the less.


What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? for $150,000 you can feed a pit bull for 483 years.


When Bush's approval ratings were 91%, I was part of the 9%. I can't wait til he is gone, with that said, I have no interest in seeing "W". I've seen it in real life and it doesn't have a happy beginning, middle or ending.


Two states I think Obama is going to have trouble closing out are Ohio and Indiana. That said, I think he is going to get Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia all fairly easily and add a few surprises (Georgia, Mississippi, and North Dakota).


I know that they have only been together for a few weeks, but shouldn't Palin know her grandfather, I mean runningmate's position on abortion and stem cell research. This from Marc Ambinder:

Dr. James Dobson today asked Gov. Sarah Palin about her private conversations with Sen. McCain about the Republican platform's planks on life and marriage.

"In your private conversations with Senator McCain is it your impression that he also strongly supports those views? I know that he did not oppose that platform when it was written. Do you think he will implement it?"

Good question. A lot of social conservatives worry about this.

Governor Palin responded: "I do, from the bottom of my heart. I am such a strong believer that McCain believes in those strong planks and we do have good conversations about some of the details too, about the different planks and what they represent."

The 2008 GOP platform is a bit more conservative than it was in 2004. If McCain is going to implement it - something of which Palin is convinced from the bottom of her heart - then that means that McCain will support a constitutional amendment to ban all abortion (including those cases where the mother was raped or was the victim of incest), a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and he will oppose government-sponsored embryonic stem cell research.


Just so no one think that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin get questioned on their emotions, this was a pretty interesting exchange with the top of the tickets about what makes them cry.

COURIC: When was the last time you cried and why?

OBAMA: This one is pretty easy. It was Malia, my ten year old daughter's birthday party. We were in Montana. And you know, she's a fourth of July baby. So often times, during this campaign, we'd be traveling during birthdays. And so we were in this small hotel, I think a Holiday Inn. And we had this big public thing. The staff organized for a smaller family party. And we were in this nondescript conference room -- with--Malia and Sasha, Michelle, me, my sister, my brother-in-law and my niece. And there was a cake. And there was some food which wasn't you know, stellar. And the staff had put together an IPod of all of her favorite music. The Jonas Brothers and Beyonce. And we spent the evening just dancing. And we were all dancing to their favorite songs. And they were laughing because, you know, obviously their daddy is dancing ridiculous. And Malia came up and said--"This is the best birthday I've ever had." And she meant it. And--and I looked at her and I realized--you know, that she was growing up. And that she was wise, turning out to be somebody who would say that to her dad even if she didn't mean it, just to make me feel good. And yeah, it chokes me up right now talking about it. Yeah, my kids get to me every time.

MCCAIN: I cry regularly.

COURIC: You do?

MCCAIN: Aw, yeah. You know, I'm very sentimental. When I see these young people who are serving. I met a woman at a town hall meeting the other day who had lost her son in Iraq. And, I was so touched, because she talked about how proud she was of his service. And what a fine young person he was. And whenever you have that experience, obviously you think, how could I ever--how could I cope with such a tragedy, you know? And so you know, when I say cry, I get--my eyes well up, as they are right now thinking about these brave Americans and their families who have sacrificed so much for their country, especially recently.


Lastly, I have heared far more than I care to about Joe the plumber, but if you never saw the full exchange of Barak Obama and Joe the plumber, watch the video.

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