Archive for the ‘Democrats’ category

Family Values

November 3, 2008

There is a political party in this country that self-righteously claims the mantle of protector of “family values.”   But in practice the GOP seems uncaring about spewing hatred and invective at or in the presence of the youngest and most vulnerable Americans.

Once upon a time parents could let their children answer the phone, retrieve the mail and watch primetime TV without worry that their young ones would be subjected to  ugly scary images in political commercials, racist political attacks disguised as comic books, or frightening robocalls accusing a political opponent of being “in league with terrorists” or “unpatriotic”. (more…)

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Ignore ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin — Pay attention to ‘quick draw’ McCain

August 31, 2008

Sarah Palin is a decorative distraction that John McCain has inserted into the presidential race.

The announcement of Palin as the McCain’s VP should really come as no surprise.  It smacks of Karl Rove’s usual strategy of pandering to the right-wind party base in order to get McCain elected. It is also a signal of just how desperate McCain was feeling at the conclusion of the Democrat’s highly successful convention.

The selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate also says a lot about McCain’s judgment in that he would pick a  snowmobiling beauty queen  from a small state with no national or international experience.   John McCain wants to be president and he will cynically use and abuse anyone he can to achieve his ambition.  This includes plucking a woefully underprepared governor from the backwoods of Alaska and thrusting her willynilly into the national spotlight.  After meeting her just once prior to offering her the job, John  McCain decided Sarah Palin is his “soulmate and partner”.   (more…)

Donna Brazile rules

June 18, 2008

At the recent meeting of the DNC Rules Committee one of my favorite moments was when committee member Donna Brazile laid down the law to a representative of the Clinton campaign from Michigan.  She was speaking to the issue of whether the Michigan delegation should be seated at the national convention in Denver even though the state Democratic party had broken the rules by holding their primary too early.  You can find discussion of this moment at the DNC meeting on Daily Kos at the following link — there originally was a YouTube video but that no longer works.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/1/0154/43424/352/526448

She began by wishing the Clintonite’s mother a happy birthday and then went on to comment about what her own mother had taught her:

“My Momma always taught me to play by the rules.  And if you try to change the rules, it’s called cheatin'” (more…)

A SOFA that’s not so comfy

June 4, 2008

As the media frenzy focuses on the windup of the Democratic presidential primary and the beginning of the GE contest between McCain and Obama, an important issue is flying under the radar. It is called a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and many supporters of Obama will be dismayed by the limitations that it might place on a new president’s ability to end the war in Iraq. Why, you might ask? What has this SOFA got to do with bringing the troops home in 16 months, as Obama has promised? The answer, unfortunately, is everything.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that has been negotiated between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is a blueprint for continued American military presence in Iraq. Not a comfortable SOFA for those Americans hoping that a swift resolution of the Iraq occupation once a new American President is inaugurated on January 20, 2009. (more…)

Who should Obama pick?

June 4, 2008

Today all the cable TV talking heads are obsessed with the wrong questions “What does Hillary want?” and “Should Obama choose Hillary for VP?” Those are the wrong questions.

The real focus should be on what Barack Obama wants in the person who will be his first “hire” — his vice-presidential pick. There should be no rush to judgment here. There should be no pressure from the Clintonites that she be picked.

Let Obama employ the same quality decision-making he displayed in running his primary campaign. The team he picked to run his campaign (Axelrod and Ploufe) have performed brilliantly and have gotten Obama to this moment: today he stands as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. (more…)

Dear Hillary, don’t be like Tonya Harding

May 26, 2008

We have never met but I hope you won’t mind my addressing you by your first name. But it seems natural to address you as Hillary because that is the way it is on so many campaign signs.

Let me introduce myself: 60-something, college-degreed professional woman who came of age, like yourself, in the turbulent 60’s.

So, let’s have a little woman-to-woman talk … but, first, take off those pointy-toe high heels that are so hard on the feet … sit down in a comfy chair with your feet up … take a deep calming breath like they teach in yoga class: breathe in deeply, hold it for a count of ten, then release it all in one cleansing whoosh. Get yourself a cup of tea and sip it slowly — green tea would be good because of all those anti-oxidants and we can’t have too many of those, especially as we get older. But chamomile or peppermint would work, too. There, doesn’t that feel better?

The reason for writing this letter is to lay out what I see as your future in the Democratic party. Yes, I know you really, really, REALLY want to be President of the United States. You have made that abundantly clear to all of us. But things are not quite working out the way you expected – the nomination was not wrapped up on Super Duper Tuesday and since then everything has not exactly gone your way. The other candidate is winning in states won, pledged delegates, and super delegates. These are the metrics that matter according to the Democratic party rules. No one knows this better than Harold Ickes, the senior advisor to your campaign who helped draft those rules. Under these rules, you will not be the nominee of the Democratic party in 2008. Sorry, but that’s the way it is – you can’t change the rules in the fourth quarter of a football game just because you think a different sent of rules would allow you to win. That isn’t the way the world works, either in sports or in politics. (more…)

Hitting a nerve …

May 24, 2008

Like a dentist’s drill hitting an exposed nerve Hillary Clinton’s remarks about RFK’s assassination bring back painful memories of 1968 .

Once again the taste and smell of that violent, blood-soaked year are in my nostrils — massive protests against an unstoppable war, the horror of gunshots aimed at political figures, race riots in major American cities, and police riots at the Democratic convention in Chicago.

One after another during the 60’s, spasms of violence rocked a generation of Americans and took from them the leaders who kindled hope for change. Jack Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas in November 2003. Malcolm X was killed in 1965.

But 1968 was an unparalleled paroxysm of political assassination that took first Martin Luther King Jr and then Bobby Kennedy. The grief and rage at their untimely loss has been locked inside for forty years. Ted Kennedy’s cancer diagnosis this past week had already started retrospective musings about the Kennedy family’s tragedies. Then Hillary’s careless, callous words probed the wound and exposed the raw nerve endings. (more…)