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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Some Strategy Advice

I doubt that he's going to need a whole lot of assistance in defeating the latest in a long line of lightweight Democrat candidates for president.

But I offer this up for the McCain team anyway.

With great fanfare Barack Obama's handlers introduced not long ago something called "The Blueprint For Change," a 59-page treatise on all the sweet things Mr. Sunshine intends to do for America.

Included in his laundry list, as one might imagine, the man has a plan for curing all our health care ills -

"My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less."

And growing our economy -

"I’m in this race to take those tax breaks away from companies that are moving jobs overseas and put them in the pockets of hard working Americans who deserve it."

He'll protect social security ... somehow -

"... Coming together to meet this challenge won’t be easy. …It will take restoring a sense of shared purpose in Washington and across this country. But if you put your trust in me – if you give me ‘your hand and your heart’ – then that’s exactly what I intend to do as your next President."

Bring us more education ...

Less oil ...

Richer farmers ...

Confident, fulfilled, empowered women ...

An end to hate ...

Ending the war ...

Ending all wars ...

For all time ...

Bipartisanship ...

Openness ...

And, of course, HOPE

Oh, and my particular favorite: Ending poverty.

My response, if I were John McCain?

Americans will believe that you can do all these things, Mouth, they'll believe that you do indeed have a blueprint for changing America for the better, when you come up with a blueprint for changing the plight of your own grandmother.

Deal with this first, Mr. Full o' Hope. Then come back to us with all your happy horse shit.

Until then, to us, you're just another gasbag.

Photo courtesy of AP
Booklet "The Blueprint For Change" courtesy of the Obama '08 campaign

Boucher Caught Up In 'Superdelegate' Flap

While some voice alarm over the sundry doomsday scenarios that have been put forth by "experts" regarding the manner in which the Democratic nominating process is going to play out, should there be something resembling a tie between Obama and Clinton going into the convention in August, I personally have enjoyed the crap out of it. Just exactly what role in that process the "superdelegates" are going to play nobody seems to know (which is indeed frightening in a system where every other bit of minutia is nailed down).

Turns out, 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher has been swept up in the controversy (or feud, depending on your point of reference). This comes to us from Paul Goldman, former campaign manager for former Gov. Douglas Wilder (in this morning's Roanoke Times):
My friend Rep. Rick Boucher, a Barack Obama backer, is under attack from another friend of mine, Hillary Clinton leader Jeff Mitchell of Blacksburg, once Mark Warner's campaign manager. The former first lady carried Boucher's Fighting Ninth congressional district in the recent Democratic primary. Accordingly, Mitchell believes Boucher has a moral obligation to vote for the New York senator when casting his superdelegate ballot at the Democratic Convention in August.

... Mitchell has raised, at this juncture, a philosophical question not a practical one. Should Boucher, a delegate by virtue of his election by the people to the House of Representatives, feel duty bound to vote for Clinton due to her landslide win among Ninth District Democrats?

What should Boucher do?

That's easy: He should vote for the person he believes would make the best president, assuming there is no reason to believe that individual is unelectable. In the end, he has to answer to his conscience ...

Interesting thought. Boucher, if he has a conscience, should vote based on principle and not politics.


The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Discovery of Nazi-looted gold near?
By David Crossland, The Washington Times

Treasure hunters in Germany say they have located a large quantity of gold looted by the Nazis and think they are close to solving one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II — the whereabouts of the fabled Amber Room, the 18th-century chamber decoration Germany stole from the Soviet Union in 1941.

A team led by a member of the German parliament found an underground vault last week in the German village of Deutschneudorf in the Ore Mountains near the border with the Czech Republic and says it has pinpointed 2 tons of gold with the help of electromagnetic pulse measurements. (link)
For more information on the famous and fabulous Amber Room, dubbed by certain experts to be "the Eighth Wonder of the World," go here. Wonderful story.

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