Wednesday, January 31, 2007

No Point

There isn't a point of this post, only the hope that it will take the Clinton announcement off the front page. The video loads automatically and it's really quite frustrating. (This shouldn't be construed as a criticism of Sen. Clinton, just their auto-start of the video.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

John Edwards' Experience

I found Edwards' revelation to be shocking:
But as he prepared to leave Wake Forest, a member of the crowd asked him why he was a better candidate than Illinois Sen. Barack Obama — also a 2008 Democratic hopeful.

"Experience," Edwards responded. "I've been through a presidential campaign."
I'll keep my initial reaction to myself. There may be more to it than just that quote.

Join The Troops

Stop the escalation (via Wes Clark):

Friday, January 26, 2007

Say What, Sen. Obama?

Everyone probably knows that I rank Obama near the bottom of the list of Democratic presidential contenders for '08 (above maybe Dodd and Edwards). Al Sharpton best described the Obamamania as "razzle dazzle". This isn't to say that I can't worm up to him, but he's given me nothing but cheap rhetoric. Kevin Drum sums up my sentiments:
I still think there's an important distinction to be made here between cheap campaign rhetoric and serious campaign rhetoric... Among Democrats it includes paeans to the importance of education or a commitment to keeping Social Security safe.

There's nothing wrong with stuff like this, but it's a freebie. It doesn't really tell you anything beyond the party ID of the speaker. Conversely, serious campaign rhetoric commits you to something. "No child should go without healthcare" is cheap rhetoric, something nobody disagrees with. "I think everyone over the age of 55 should be covered by Medicare" is serious rhetoric.
Kevin hits on my pet peeve among Edwards and Obama:
And now to literally repeat myself: I know that endorsing a serious universal healthcare plan is politically difficult, and maybe Obama is just working up to it slowly. That's fine. But high-profile candidates have a special obligation here. Dennis Kucinich can yell "Medicare for All" until he turns blue, and nobody's going to listen. That's not fair, but it's reality. High-profile candidates like Obama, Clinton, and Edwards can change that. If they commit to a genuinely bold healthcare initiative, it becomes a legitimate topic overnight.
Personally, I'm waiting for Obama to stop singing Kumbaya and start giving me something real. Until then, I only have hope. And I'd prefer to select a candidate on more than just hope.

Why Wes Is The Best

All the talk of the surge, and a litany of non-binding resolutions on Iraq have clouded one of the central problems going on in Iraq. And that is the absence of any broad, useful political strategy in the country and the region. The New York Times (via Americablog) paints a disheartening picture of the problem:
Iraq’s Shiite prime minister and Sunni lawmakers hurled insults at one another during a raucous session of Parliament on Thursday, with the prime minister threatening a Sunni lawmaker with arrest and the Sunni speaker of Parliament threatening to quit...

In Parliament on Thursday, Mr. Maliki focused his anger on Sunni lawmakers, accusing one of being involved in sectarian kidnappings. The confrontation erupted after Mr. Maliki described the outlines of the new Baghdad security plan and pledged there would be no “safe haven” for militants.

The leader of a powerful Sunni bloc, Abdul Nasir al-Janabi, provoked Mr. Maliki, saying over jeers from Shiite politicians, “We cannot trust the office of the prime minister.”

His microphone was quickly shut off, and Mr. Maliki lashed into him, essentially accusing him of being one of the outlaws he had just said would not be granted sanctuary.
It's no secret that I support Wesley Clark for president and I think this demonstrates why. For some time now, Wes has been trying to get lawmakers to realize that the problem in Iraq is largely a political problem that requires a political solution and this demonstrates this problem.

It's now becoming common for some of the more seasoned and informed lawmakers are coming to the consensus that a far reaching diplomatic avenue must be pursued. Both within Iraq and within the entire middle east as well. Long before it became vogue for political leaders to disucss the importance of regional diplomacy, Wes was talking about how important it is. This is nothing new, people have talked about this since before the invasion but few political leaders bothered to discuss this. One of the first was Wes Clark.

I judge the presidential candidates, not on "hope" or speeches that tug on the sould, but by their ability to find pragmatic solutions to problems. I got to talk to Wes recently and was impressed most by his ability to delve into specific policy measures that needed to be implemented. I'll say more on that later, but the NYT article clearly shows Wes's understanding of the situation, and his understanding long before others were coming to the same conclusion.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tom "The Abolitionist" Tancredo

I don't that I have anything to add to Tom Tancredo's call to abolish the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses.

I'm beginning to wonder if the GOP wants to remain a viable political party anymore.

Late postcript:From the article:
The request comes in the wake of reports that freshman Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn., was refused admission to the Congressional Black Caucus because he is white. All 43 members of the caucus are black.

Cohen said in a statement that he told a reporter that he would be honored to join the caucus but did not apply, "nor has the CBC denied membership to me."

British Catholics forced to gay-ify orphaned babies

Time after time, independent studies have proven that gays have no experience growing up in family-oriented environments. In addition, they are all uncapable of love and affection. Turns out they're all aliens.


[BBC News]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kerry won't run for President

Thank God - wouldn't that have been embarrassing?

[Boston Globe via Political Wire]

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Finally!

It was finally Manning's turn to have a game winning drive to seal the deal for the Colts. Joseph Addai sealed the deal with a nice run on 3rd down, but Manning's 349 yards passing sure helped. Way to go, Peyton. Enjoy Miami.



The relation to politics you ask? Well, Peyton is clearly the leader of the pack as far as QBs...Just like Wes Clark is! (Had to throw that in there, sorry.)

Democratic Nomination: Bill Richardson

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Democratic Nomination: Joe Biden

Democratic Nomination: Chris Dodd

Democratic Nomination: Dennis Kucinich (& Lovely Wife)

Democratic Nomination: Tom Vilsack

What's With Wes?

Retired four star general Wesley Clark joined a small group of Bay Area supporters for breakfast on Thursday for a light, informal chat. For some reason they let me sneak in--what were they smoking? We all wanted to get the scoop on whether or not he would be running. I can't divulge all the details, but will discuss a major reason he hasn't announced one way or another.

If you hadn't noticed, Wes Clark has been pretty busy talking to Congress, military personnel, diplomats and many others involved in setting policy on Iraq. He has been a prominent advisor and spokesman for Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid--God, it's nice to be able to say that. He's been frantically working to push a reasonable, responsible and workable Iraq strategy that encompasses a much broader Middle Eastern strategy. A "Surge in Diplomacy", to use his words.

While the rest of the Dem presidential field is engaging in, to be frank, childish and irresponsible one-upmanship on dueling Iraq proposals, behind the scenes, Wes is very much involved in discussions with top Democrats (essentially on call for Pelosi). What he wants to avoid, as he mentioned previously, is the view that his work on Iraq is a political calculation. He stated that he does not want political ambition to be a factor in his advice and help on Iraq. Unlike any other candidate--Dem or GOP--he has directly worked with, or was in charge of many of the current military personnel. He wants what's best for them and the country, regardless of political calculations. He is postponing a decision while he works on getting a working Iraq strategy initiated. His concern, first hand knowledge of the situation, and clear headed proposals was refreshing and encouraging.

More on my impressions and what Wes had to say later.

Democratic Nomination: John Edwards

In keeping with the Fairness Doctrine...

I'm going to post the videos of the other Democratic candidates that have announced their candidacy for the President. Those candidates are John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Tom Vilsack, Chris Dodd, and Joe Biden. Bill Richardson will announce tomorrow. Everybody's in and it's only January!

The only potential candidate that has not announced (at least of those who have been considered as possibilities) is Gen. Wes Clark. Can our resident Clark supporter clear that up?

As you probably know already, those who are not running (among those discussed as Presidential hopefuls) are Mark Warner, Russ Feingold, Evan Bayh, Al Gore, and Tom Daschle. Keep an eye out for these guys - they will still play important roles, in various capacities, during the 2008 Presidential election.

Hillary wants to talk, Rahm Emanuel hides under table



For some reason, I can't prevent the video from auto-starting. It's like she can't wait to get started! Or something.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Bush folds, FIS Court to have jurisdiction over domestic NSA program

Court that doesn't exist to oversee program that doesn't exist conducted by agency that doesn't exist.

Better than no oversight, right?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Obama announces

Monday, January 15, 2007

I have a dream

Friday, January 12, 2007

Denver, bitches.

It's official. The 2008 Democratic National Convention will be held in Denver, CO, at the Pepsi Center.

A much better choice than NYC, in my opinion.

August 25-28, 2008: mark it down on your calendars, people.
(It's the week before the GOP convention in St. Paul, MN)