Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Bartender, drinks for everyone! Charge it to our grandchildren.
Talk radio impugns McCain's liberal record
By Donald Lambro, writing in the Washington Times
Conservative talk radio is ganging up on presidential candidate John McCain, attacking him for joining Democrats to push liberal legislation and opposing bedrock Republican positions from tax cuts to immigration.
While most polls show the two men in a dead heat in key primary and caucus contests across the nation, the campaign battle on talk radio has turned into a lopsided offensive against Mr. McCain, whose positions on illegal aliens, President Bush's tax cuts, oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and campaign-finance regulation have infuriated conservative commentators. (link)
What's rather eye-catching about this article is the fact that it is accepted as a given that John McCain, despite his own protestations, has over the years pushed a number of liberal legislative initiatives. Which is the case, of course. McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Lieberman, etc.
There's no argument here. John McCain has exhibited - and exhibits to this day - some very liberal tendencies. Nothing to "impugn" about that.
In the year of our Lord 2008 ...
Winning Despite The BaseYou're scratching your head too, I'll bet.
By Ryan Sager, The New York Post:
January 30, 2008 -- They don't like him. They really don't like him. But he's going to be their nominee.
John McCain has won yet another primary without carrying either self-identified conservatives or Republicans - at least according to the Florida exit polls, which show McCain losing self-identified Republicans by 31 percent to 33 percent for Mitt Romney. More, Romney scored a stunning 37 percent of self-described conservatives to McCain's 27 percent.
But a win is a win - and there's little that can stop the Straight Talk Express now. (link)
I've never gone the "write-in" route. Can you do that in a presidential general election? Because I've got news for you, it's either that (if McCain runs against Hillary) or I stay home on election day and chase Paula around the house.
Until then though, we work our way down that lengthy list of put-upons ...
Australia to Apologize to AboriginesNext on that list? Aborted babies?
By The Associated Press
Canberra, Australia (AP) -- Australia will issue its first formal apology to its indigenous people next month, the government announced Wednesday, a milestone that could ease tensions with a minority whose mixed-blood children were once taken away on the premise that their race was doomed.
The Feb. 13 apology to the so-called ''stolen generations'' of Aborigines will be the first item of business for the new Parliament, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said. (link)
ACLU Sues Over Paper Ballots in OhioFor the love of God.
By Thomas J. Sheeran, The Associated Press
Cleveland (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Monday to block the March 4 presidential primary in Ohio's biggest county if it switches to a paper ballot system that doesn't allow voters to correct errors.
In a follow-up to a suit it filed Jan. 17, the ACLU of Ohio asked for a preliminary injunction against any election in Cuyahoga County if the switch is made.
The lawsuit argued that the proposed paper-ballot system would violate voters' constitutional rights because it doesn't allow them to correct errors on ballots before they are cast. (link)
But am I the only person who is shocked at how his candidacy fell apart? This to me is the big news to come out of the Florida primary yesterday:
For Giuliani, a Dizzying Free-FallI understand that the Democrats quickly forgot 9/11 (on or about 9/12), but I would have thought that national security would have been a bigger issue in the Republican primaries. Does that voter who sees it as his number one issue view McCain as being the best man to combat global terrorism? Seems so.
By Michael Powell and Michael Cooper, The New York Times
Perhaps he was living an illusion all along.
Rudolph W. Giuliani’s campaign for the Republican nomination for president took impressive wing last year, as the former mayor wove the pain experienced by his city on Sept. 11, 2001, and his leadership that followed into national celebrity. Like a best-selling author, he basked in praise for his narrative and issued ominous and often-repeated warnings about the terrorist strike next time.
Voters seemed to embrace a man so comfortable wielding power, and his poll numbers edged higher to where he held a broad lead over his opponents last summer. Just three months ago, Anthony V. Carbonetti, Mr. Giuliani’s affable senior policy adviser, surveyed that field and told The New York Observer: “I don’t believe this can be taken from us. Now that I have that locked up, I can go do battle elsewhere.”
In fact, Mr. Giuliani’s campaign was about to begin a free fall so precipitous as to be breathtaking. Mr. Giuliani finished third in the Florida primary on Tuesday night; only a few months earlier, he had talked about the state as his leaping-off point to winning the nomination. (link)
In any case, here's to a good man. May Rudy do well in whatever he decides to accomplish going forward. Now that we know what he won't be accomplishing ...
“We are engaged in the defining ideological struggle of the 21st century.”
That struggle, despite what small-minded people in this country think, is ongoing; the threat level remains high; the potential hazards are immense.
I'll pause for the shock to wear off ...
The editorial, in part:
Lying to the people? This is so out of character for the Clintons. I'm appalled.
Hillary's word: It's worth nothing
Courting voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, last August Sen. Hillary Clinton signed a pledge not to "campaign or participate" in the Michigan or Florida Democratic primaries. She participated in both primaries and is campaigning in Florida. Which proves, again, that Hillary Clinton is a liar.
Clinton kept her name on the Michigan ballot when others removed theirs, she campaigned this past weekend in Florida, and she is pushing to seat Michigan and Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention. The party stripped those states of delegates as punishment for moving up their primary dates.
Clinton coldly and knowingly lied to New Hampshire and Iowa. Her promise was not a vague statement. It was a signed pledge with a clear and unequivocal meaning.
She signed it thinking that keeping the other candidates out of Michigan and Florida was to her advantage, but knowing she would break it if that proved beneficial later on. It did, and she did.
New Hampshire voters, you were played for suckers. (link)