SUNDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2008

No debating this

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More and more people are asking why the presidential debates are not asking the right questions. Or at least certain categories of them, which seem to be off limits.

Like issues that are important to moral conservatives.

The questions he chose, and they were all of [moderator Tom Brokaw’s] choosing, predictably precluded the social, cultural, and moral issues—abortion, same-sex marriage, the judicial usurpation of politics—that have real traction with McCain’s base. Not that McCain seems to understand his base, or else he could easily have moved the discussion in those directions.

That’s another question people are asking…..since candidates typically use any question whatsoever to launch into whatever issues and talking points they want to make. Why isn’t McCain raising these social, cultural and moral issues himself somehow?

All the particulars implied in the familiar, and true, assertion that Obama is an extreme liberal are legitimate, and urgent, subjects… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2008

America is looking for a statesman

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While we endure the presidential campaign frenzy, the voices of constant and reliable moral government leaders rise to the top.

Here’s one of them. Saturday on ‘America’s Lifeline’, Sen. Daniel Webster is the featured guest, and he is inspiring.

Three times he has earned the recognition as ‘Statesman of the Year’ in the Florida Senate. Talk about reforming government and encouraging bi-partisanship….Sen. Webster has long had a reputation for both.

Summarized in a Florida House resolution adopted unanimously April 28 naming the body’s largest committee room, “Speaker Daniel Webster Hall,” Webster “radically reformed” the Florida House “permanently changing the culture of the Florida Legislature,” according to House Resolution 9183.

The first Republican Speaker in 122 years emphasized the importance of family by requiring all House business be concluded no later than 6 p.m. He empowered members of the minority party by allowing their bills to be considered on… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 9 OCTOBER 2008

Be prepared for more of the same next time

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It will be a pleasant surprise if the next - and last - presidential debate tackles the tough questions on moral issues and judicial philosophy, among other areas left unaddressed lately in the other debates.

But don’t count on it. There’s a template for these things, and network anchors pretty much stick to it.

The candidates were queried on a narrow range of foreign, economic, health care, and environmental issues–the stuff they talk about every day at rallies and fundraisers. These didn’t come close to what voters at a real town hall meeting might have asked. There was no mention of abortion, immigration, moral values, same sex marriage, guns, their role models, their view of the presidency, or their religious faith.

Like Barnes suggests, let’s have Rick Warren back.

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WEDNESDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2008

A few things about the debate

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Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

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


 

TUESDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2008

“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


 

TUESDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2008

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


 

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2008

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


 

FRIDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2008

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


 

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2008

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.

Beck/Getty                                   Somodevilla/Getty

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


 

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2008

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


 

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