A few things about the debate

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One interesting snapshot of the fundamental difference in the way the two presidential candidates approach issues came at the point of the debate when they had already been discussing health care, and moderator Tom Brokaw asked them a swift and pointed question.

Brokaw: Quick discussion. Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?

Sen. McCain?

McCain: I think it’s a responsibility, in this respect, in that we should have available and affordable health care to every American citizen, to every family member. And with the plan that — that I have, that will do that.

But government mandates I — I’m always a little nervous about. But it is certainly my responsibility. It is certainly small-business people and others, and they… click here to read whole article and make comments



“Perfect but nor normal”

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That’s an inspired description by Gov. Sarah Palin of her son, Trig, a child with Down Syndrome.

The prominence of this family and their embrace of a ’special needs’ child has been a gift to the families and children who have struggled with the stigma some cultural liberals have attached to any class of citizens they deem defective. Trig’s presence has already changed things.

Planned Parenthood has garnered over $800,000 with a cheap shot fundraising email encouraging donations in Sarah Palin’s name, but the Alaska Governor has dished out some grand comeuppance by inspiring the passage of H.R. 3112, a bill that requires physicians to inform pregnant mothers of all available options when receiving the news that they are carrying a special needs child.

The bill was a response to the high abortion rates of special needs children, and was delivered to the President’s desk yesterday.

In the… click here to read whole article and make comments



While they’re still buzzing about the vice-presidential debate

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The next presidential debate is about to begin.

The polls that had Sen. Obama up by about 8 points yesterday, have the two candidates a couple of points apart today, within the statistical margin of error in some key states. That’s one big storyline today…

The other is how well-suited Sen. McCain is to these townhall style debates (though Obama got this far largely on the strength of his speechmaking and his ability to finesse large crowds with oratory).

And most big media pick up the same talking points and pass them along.

More of them should pass along this point of consideration in the presidential election.

The Los Angeles Times, in a weekend article, clearly articulated the massive stakes for the pro-life movement in the upcoming presidential election.

This is important as Barack Obama has pledged to only appoint… click here to read whole article and make comments



Facts can confuse people who’ve made up their minds

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Editorial Cartoon by Dan Wasserman - Boston Globe

In this election, especially right now, the answer to Thomas Sowell’s question seems to be no.

The current financial bailout crisis has propelled Barack Obama back into a substantial lead over John McCain — which is astonishing in view of which man and which party has had the most to do with bringing on this crisis.

It raises the question: Do facts matter?

Not to big, elite media. And politicians in control of them.

Fact Number One: It was liberal Democrats, led by Sen. Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years — including the present year — denied that Fannie… click here to read whole article and make comments



Probably the top reason to vote

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Courts and judges. Especially in these times.

In the vice-presidential debate Thursday night, in some closing remarks, Sen. Joe Biden gave voters another keen reminder of the importance and consequences of electing the best leaders.

IFILL: Final question tonight, before your closing statements, starting with you, Senator Biden. Can you think of a single issue — and this is to cast light for people who are just trying to get to know you in your final debate, your only debate of this year — can you think of a single issue, policy issue, in which you were forced to change a long-held view in order to accommodate changed circumstances?

BIDEN: Yes, I can. When I got to the United States Senate and went on the Judiciary Committee as a young lawyer, I was of the view and had been trained in the view that the only thing that… click here to read whole article and make comments



Political text…unedited

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Joe Biden was sharp in his attacks, keeping things even in the debate.          Sarah Palin proved pundits wrong in Thursday night's debate.

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In answer to the ubiquitous question…..nobody lost, and both candidates did a fine job.

Neither made a gaffe, though one or the other was expeted to. But one didn’t win by not losing.

Gov. Sarah Palin edged out Sen. Joe Biden, in the general consensus in immediate post-debate analysis.

Sarah Palin, the GOP’s self-proclaimed “pit bull in lipstick,” threw off her muzzle in Thursday night’s highly anticipated vice presidential debate and took more than a few chomps out of rival Joe Biden and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Striding confidently out on stage, the Alaska governor reached across to… click here to read whole article and make comments



This media bash may be backfiring

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It depends on what is meant by “bash”.

One thing the media pack didn’t count on in running hard at Sarah Palin, was how the public scrutiny they tried to control…..has turned on them.

Regardless of how well Sarah Palin does in Thursday’s debate, conservatives would be astounded if the major media acknowledged her success.

The vigor with which the media have gone after Palin has been astounding.

Liberals are extraordinarily chagrined that the first woman in 24 years to be on a national ticket isn’t Hillary, but a conservative. And while they critique and disrespect Palin with gusto, they underestimate the backlash of support they’ve created for her, even from many Americans who don’t think of themselves as conservatives.

She needs to be heard now, in her own words, not handled by campaign staffers or edited by condescending journalists. Americans are eager… click here to read whole article and make comments



Media credibility problems….take your pick

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This time, it’s the Gwen Ifill conflict of interest over moderating the VP debate and writing a book in open admiration of Barack Obama.

The media long ago went from reporting the news, to managing it, to creating it. Though perception is everything.

Andrew McCarthy looks squarely at Newshour features on conflicts of interest, starting with Ifill’s probe of the Italian president’s appearance of impropriety, and listing one after another like that probe.

On it goes: Newshour hounds spanning the globe for the constant variety of insider glad-handing . . . but managing to glide silently by their own studio. 

Gwen Ifill has somehow been chosen to moderate tonight’s vice-presidential debate between the Republican, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and Democratic senator Joe Biden, the bottom of the ticket for the Obama campaign. Ifill’s task is to project complete objectivity so the public gets — and can have faith that it… click here to read whole article and make comments



McCain and Obama are going back to work

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 Pic image of Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain on the left and right with a center picture of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where the Senate will vote on the economic recovery package or bailout.

ABCNews Photo Illustration

Not that running for president for about two years isn’t a demanding task. But they are senators, after all, and the country is facing this dire economic threat. They belong in Washington.

That’s where they’re both heading today, to cast their votes on the bailout package before the Senate.

This bill has a better chance of getting passed than the House version.

Congressional leaders seldom call a vote unless they know the outcome beforehand. House leaders miscalculated Monday, resulting in an unexpected defeat for the bailout. Now sweeteners are under discussion to lure dissenters in both parties.… click here to read whole article and make comments



No surprise we have so many activist judges

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Take a look at this little survey of where law professors are sending their political contributions.

Law professors at Harvard, Chicago, the University of Michigan and Stanford have given 100 percent of their 2008 election contributions to Democratic candidates. Furthermore, an overview of 17 top law schools shows faculty members have given 95 percent of their political contributions — more than $1 million — to Sen. Barack Obama.

Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for the Liberty Legal Institute, said it’s no coincidence that law schools are producing a growing number of liberal, activist judges.

“(Elite schools) definitely have an agenda,” he told Family News in Focus. “It’s a Left-wing agenda — versus having judges who would be on the court and respect the rule of law (and) would restrain themselves.”

Another reminder that the election, at the zenith of important issues, is about courts and judges.

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