When politician lacks something, they typically try to make up for it by projecting their flaws onto their opponent/adversary. They hope that people don't take notice that the "flaws" that are being "exposed" about their opponent adversary are acutally their own. For example:
When your record of bi-partisanship is vague, you accuse your opponent of being staunchly partisan.
When your record on supporting veterans is weak, you accuse your opponent of being un-American.
When your record on helping the Middle Class is non-existent, you accuse your opponent for not caring about "Joe the Plumber."
[Orginally posted on my blog]
Charles Krauthammer (with that name, he should have been an action hero, not a political pundit) goes for another round of "I'm Voting for John McCain Regardless." This time, he's focusing on domestic issues (wait, I thought McCain the POW was a winner just on foreign policy alone?) and he almost made a compelling argument...until I noticed three things.
[Originally posted here.]
Barring Jimmy Carter attacking Barack Obama with a weedwacker while screaming, "John McCain's a national treasure!" it looks like it's only a matter of time before we, as a country, make some serious history. I'm still hesitant to come out in say, "It's in the bag, Baby!" because (1) the Democratic Party has their share of Human Gaffe Machines, (2) Gov. Palin and her ilk continue to stoke the fires of bigotry and (3) well, some states are still using electronic voting machines.
Anyway, some have taken it upon themselves to lament over That Which Has Not Yet Transpired. It's what happens when you have poll information that hasn't really budged in about a week or so and a media with the patience of a puppy dog.
When elected officials opposed to Barack Obama on political grounds, I took it in stride. After all, we all have our own personal code; there are issues and positions we hold that may not be as important to others. Fine.
When the talking heads on TV, on radio and on the web begged and pleaded with "The Liberal Media" to "look into" Barack Obama's past and current associations, I didn't really complain. After all, it is important to know who influences a politician.
Of course all wasn't what it appeared to be. The "political grounds" amounted to shouts and cries of, "LIBERAL! HE'LL RAISE TAXES! HE WANTS US TO SURRENDER!" while "current associations" included someone who committed crime while Obama was still in elementary school and a religious figure who was paraphrasing a speech from a politician.
Still, it's politics, right? These things always happen. Spokespeople always stretch the truth. Supporters always get riled up. It's business as usual.
First things first: Politics aside, I would hope that the education of children would not be used as a platform to spread outright lies, propoganda, and personal beliefs, especially the racist/sexist/homophobic kind.
Considering this, I understand how politics can creep into any educational institution in America. We are, essentially, a nation born from dissent. But still, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.
As the focus turns to how Joe Biden is preparing for his debate tonight or what we as voters should look for, I'd just like everyone to take a moment to reflect on how far we've come politically.
This reflection period has nothing to do with us having an African-American running as the Democratic nominee for President or a woman running as the Republican nominee for Vice-President. No, it's more about language, delivery, responses and interpretation.
Why? Because the Paulson Plan is nothing more than a legalized bank robbery. This guy should have come to the Committee Hearing wear a mask and holding a .45.
And John McCain butting in where he doesn't belong (he doesn't sit on any Committee responsible for dealing with this current issue), and basically holding up the democratic process of elections, he's no better.
Let me talk a little bit about Crassus, and why his story is very similar to the Paulson one...
Did you know that John McCain has an IMDB page (who can forget his Oscar-worthy performance in Wedding Crashers)? Almost anyone who's been in a movie or TV show has.
But looking at it, it seems kinda thin. I mean, there's no quotes or even a "goofs" section like other pages.
So here's some suggestions I have to spruce the page up a bit...
Fiction can be fun, but I find the reference section a little more enlightening.
-- Ace Ventura
I wanted to avoid writing something on the spectacle known as the Republican National Convention, mostly because I've found myself (surprisingly) in the role of "political educator" to many of my relatives, many of whom would not have have bothered to vote, let alone watch a debate or speech.
But when my own sister (who before this year had as much interest in politics as a dead squirrel) texted me the following:
omg mcCain has got 2 be joking ahhhhh
I realized that not only have I made an impression, but that I'll eventually have to return to the online world that has so graciously provided me with the material needed to combat the misinformation I hear on a regular basis.
When I first read this story, I was worried. How could America, the country with the most kick-ass military, be so concerned with some crazy new weapon that the Shiite militia is using?
Then I re-read the first two paragraphs:
Suspected Shiite militiamen have begun using powerful rocket-propelled bombs to attack U.S. military outposts in recent months, broadening the array of weapons used against American troops.
U.S. military officials call the devices Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions, or IRAMs. They are propane tanks packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives and powered by 107mm rockets. They are often fired by remote control from the backs of trucks, sometimes in close succession. Rocket-propelled bombs have killed at least 21 people, including at least three U.S. soldiers, this year.
Did ya catch that? The all-to-subtle acronym "U.S. military officials" are using? Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions. IRAMs. Doesn't that sound/look familiar?
Today's the day Scott McClellan (hopefully) squeals. Or C-Span puts it:
CIA Leak Investigation
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
Conyers, John Jr. U.S. Representative, D-MI
McClellan, Scott Press Secretary (2003-2006), White House
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan testified about reported efforts to cover up the role of the White House in the leaking of the informtion that Valerie Plame Wilson was a Central Intelligence Agency covert operative.
Get your popcorn ready...
On some level, Joe Lieberman must enjoy his position: being in the limelight with a presidential candidate of one party, and enjoying a strange sense of immunity on the other party because of his past affiliations. But as this LA Times story says, that enjoyment may come to an end in about five months:
If Democrats expand their Senate majority in November, the Connecticut senator could find himself in a political no man's land. But at least until then, he holds a coveted committee chairmanship and has attracted no hint of retribution. After all, Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is crucial to their maintaining their tenuous 51-49 Senate majority.
My question is: "Why wait?"