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?
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…
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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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Sheila Reports promises a perspective here that you may not be getting in mainstream media and the politically charged blogosphere. Don’t expect political correctness, because politics doesn’t determine what’s correct. This space is grounded in the natural law and moral order. And it expects civility, goodwill and an openness to truth and reason.