SUNDAY, 29 JUNE 2008

McCain is getting little attention

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Sen. John McCain is getting somewhat bashed by his own party, especially some of the heavyweight popular spokespersons in talk radio. He’s not all that popular with too many folks, conservative Republican or otherwise.

Over the weekend, I traveled to a family wedding in a critical swing state in the Midwest and talked with a cross-section of people there about the candidates, learning even more about the mistrust of Sen. Obama. And the grudges against McCain, including some Vietnam veterans who turned on him with the last GI bill vote.

His renegade reputation has been in question lately. It’s either, ‘where is it?’, or ‘why is he expressing it in THIS way?!’.

So I’m at the airport today reading the weekend Wall Street Journal and coming across some interesting articles on John McCain. Especially since very few media are doing any real coverage of him these days. Understandably so. Which is the point… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 27 JUNE 2008

A story the mainstream media didn’t report

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They never do much with the annual March for Life each January on the Mall of Washington on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

This is definitely newsworthy. But the major news media ignored it.

A coalition of African-American pastors and other pro-lifers marched on the headquarters of both major American political parties in Washington on Thursday to demand that the party committees and party candidates for office refuse the $10 million that Planned Parenthood has said it will spend to influence the 2008 elections.

Decrying what they called its “philosophy of prenatal murder in the black community,” the marchers also demanded that Planned Parenthood be stripped of its $350 million in taxpayer funding it receives each year.

The marchers visited the headquarters of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. They were led by Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union and Dr. Alveda… click here to read whole article and make comments



Chicago politics

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Sen. Barack Obama being the hometown man in a presidential election, Chicago style politics, and analysis, plays an interesting role in this campaign season.

First, there’s this piece from the Chicago Tribune the other day saying, okay, there’s been plenty of focus on Obama’s race.

But Americans also have never sent a Chicagoan to the White House, and one intriguing question posed by his candidacy is whether they are ready to now.

After all, this is a very proud city. Or….is pride the gist here?

For all his talk about change, Obama remains a product of a Chicago and Illinois political culture renowned for corruption and filled with characters who range from felonious to just outrageous.

The piece goes back and forth on Obama’s political relations in Chicago, but the central point is that being a Democrat from Chicago will figure in to the campaigning ahead.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Obama’s Catholic advisors serve another purpose

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They are there to help the candidate reach out better and appeal more to ‘the Catholic vote’. But their presence is raising some questions of consistency and morality that haven’t been asked much. Yet.

Closed Cafeteria noticed yesterday that the Wall Street Journal examines this compromise.

Read the whole piece, it’s instructive. Look at the NARAL approval ratings of those Catholics, along with Sen. Obama’s 100 percent certification with the abortion group. If only there were more Bob Casey Srs. around today, strong pro-life Democrats who uphold the values and morals that made the party great.

As the piece points out, they do have morals. It’s just a choice set of them, selectively applied.

It’s not that Catholic Democrats lack a moral language. Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), for example, is another Catholic council member who also enjoys a 100% NARAL approval rating. During recent Senate hearings, he… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2008

The political dictionary is limited

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Campaign slogans don’t tend to change (no pun intended), so we’re pretty much stuck hearing and seeing them for months on end. Imagine the potential for a candidate to fire up enthusiasm by actually saying something new, and often.

And Paul Jacob makes this good point about politically motivated language, as well.

Take the word “staunch.” Please. Somehow, “staunch” only applies to conservatives. He’s a “staunch conservative,” they say; she’s a “staunch opponent of big government.”

It’s such an ugly word. For some reason, when I hear it, or say it, I think of plumbing fiascos. Can’t we think of another word?

Like, uh, “principled”? “Faithful”? “Steadfast”?

Why not put the word “staunch” on our taboo list for a year? Or try to apply it only to liberals for a while. I really would like to read a news report describing a current liberal politician as… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2008

So should the candidates come after Christian voters or not?

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There are mixed messages in this WaPo piece on seeking the support of Christians who are left of…right.

With the Democratic presidential nomination in his grasp, Sen. Barack Obama is making a full-throttle push for centrist evangelicals and Catholics.

It’s a move that’s caught some conservative evangelicals off guard. They say they are surprised and dismayed to see a liberal-minded politician attempting to conscript their troops. At the same time, they say that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has done little to court their affections.

They’re going to be seeing a lot more of Obama coming after the Christian flocks.

Obama’s campaign is also launching a grass-roots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.

A political action committee set to launch this month, the Matthew 25 Network, plans to direct radio advertising and mailers… click here to read whole article and make comments


SUNDAY, 22 JUNE 2008

Who’s making the distractions the issue?

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When Sen. Barack Obama recently launched his ‘anti-smear’ website that’s intended to seek out and shoot down whatever smear campaign he perceived was being run against him….I thought that was a good, organized and aggressively pro-active move. And I wondered if it was actually such a ‘best defense is a good offense’ move that maybe he was creating a diversionary focus. A focus on the personal characteristics he wanted to defend.

NRO’s Bench Memos caught on to this as something of a new habit by the candidate.

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FRIDAY, 20 JUNE 2008

They’ve made up their minds. Forget the facts.

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Sen. Barack Obama has said he would oppose domestic oil exploration and drilling. So has Sen. John McCain. But there’s new pressure to reconsider the facts about the availability of those resources and the ability to extract them cleanly. Anybody listening?

The New York Times paints kind of a confusing picture of John McCain’s position. Or maybe John McCain is confused about his position. 

Senator John McCain reiterated his opposition to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, a day after his statement that he would be willing to “go back and look at it again” sparked speculation among both opponents and proponents of drilling that he might change his mind.

So…what does that mean?

“My position has not changed,’’ Mr. McCain said here on his campaign bus.

“People have said to me, ‘I’m going to bring you new information about ANWR,… click here to read whole article and make comments



Ready on Day One

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Remember when Sen. Hillary Clinton regularly used that line for her campaign? Something you may not know is a promise Sen. Barack Obama has made about his first order of business as president.

He made the promise to a choice crowd.

…almost one year has passed since Obama made his vows to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that abortion would be the first priority of his administration.“The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” Obama said in his July speech to abortion advocates worried about the increase of pro-life legislation at the state level.

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is legislation Obama has co-sponsored along with 18 other senators that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion.

The 2007 version of FOCA proposed: “It is the policy of the United States that… click here to read whole article and make comments



The irony of it all

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Sen. Barack Obama is ahead of Sen. John McCain in the polls right now, and he’s far more popular in the media and pop culture. But analysts enjoy parsing down the percentages and commenting on what the numbers mean. Which requires the candidates and their campaign surrogates to answer questions about their support.

ABC News sees potential problems in Obama’s closer-than-they-expected lead at this point.

The poll indicates that Obama did not get the traditional “bounce” in the public’s opinion by finally defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and getting her endorsement as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Actually, the bounce that counts always comes after the party convention. 

While leading among young voters and other key demographics, ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos saw what he called “danger signs” for Obama.

In an exclusive network interview with ABC News, Obama said that his long Democratic primary… click here to read whole article and make comments


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