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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 9:20pm

Democratic Debate Thread

9:12pm:  Enough talk about universal health care.  We all know where each candidate stands.  Move past it.

9:17pm:  Hillary looks like a crybaby while whining about the media's supposed pampering of Obama.

9:22pm:  I'm sick and tired of Tim Russert and his ridiculous questions.  Someone tell him that he is not the story.  Just ask the question and shut up!

9:35pm:  There she goes again, claiming the Clinton presidency as her own...she's talking about her extensive foreign policy experience.  Um, she doesn't actually have any.

9:40pm:  Obama is killing Hillary anytime the Iraq War comes up.

9:44pm.  Again, Russert needs to shut his pie hole.  Now he's coming up with random, hypothetical questions on Iraq and interrupting both candidates as they speak.

9:52pm:  That fake Hillary laugh is killing me.

9:59pm:  Did you ever notice that Hillary stares disturbingly at Obama every time he speaks.  Some consultant must have told her it was a good strategy to trip him up.  It reminds me of Al Gore's bizarre debate tactics in 2000.

10:05pm:  Russert interrupts Obama and Hillary again.  Timmy, you are not the focus of this debate.  You are an overweight blowhard who turned Meet The Press into an unwatchable program.

10:08pm:  I officially deem this debate a fraud.  Tim Russert was just about to read off all of Farrakhan's racist rants and then try to associate them with Barack.

10:19pm:  Point to Obama on answering questions on his liberal record.  However, the topic does not generally favor him.

10:22pm:  Foreign policy question on Russia.  Hillary handles it well.  Russert tries a 'Gotcha' question at the end, asking the name of the next Russian leader, but Hillary takes care of that too.  It would've been interesting to see Obama answer this first.

10:28pm:  Obama praising Hillary and delivering a powerful close.

10:34pm:  Hillary has a chance to take the high ground as Obama just did in saying she'd be a better President than John McCain.  She didn't take yet another cheap shot at Barack, so I guess that's a plus for her.

This debate was essentially a draw, with a slight edge to Obama.  Either way, Hillary did not deliver any knock-out blows to the frontrunner.  She needs to win both Texas and Ohio by double-digits just to keep this race going.  She did nothing tonight to demonstrate that she can.


Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 7:40pm

Barack Obama's Experience

Now that Senator Obama has established himself as the frontrunner to be the next President of the United States, everyone is trying to take him down.  John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and the mainstream media are all taking shots at Obama.  The biggest argument they put forth is his supposed lack of experience.  McCain and Clinton call him a naive, empty suit while the media furthers the notion of his inexperience.

So let's take a chronological look at what Barack Obama has done over the course of his life.  Then you can decide if he has enough experience.

  • Graduated from Columbia University.

  • Held two jobs in the private sector in New York City.

  • Moved to Chicago to become a community organizer, helping low-income residents.

  • Completed his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

  • Became Harvard Law Review's first black president.

  • Worked as an attorney with a prestigious law firm in Chicago.  He specialized in voting rights cases and discrimination claims.

  • Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for over ten years.

  • Wrote two bestselling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.

  • Won two Grammy Awards for the audio versions of his books

  • Elected to Illinois Senate in 1996, a position he held for eight years.

  • While in the State Senate, Obama worked on ethics reforms, improving healthcare laws, negotiating welfare reform, and enacting laws to monitor racial profiling.

  • Elected to U.S. Senate in 2004.

  • While in the U.S. Senate, Obama co-sponsored legislation for improved border security and immigration reform.  He worked with Dick Lugar (R-IN) to reduce and dismantle weapons of mass destruction.  He also worked with Tom Coburn (R-OK) and expand transparency and disclosure of entities receiving federal funds.

  • Current member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  As part of this committee, he has made official visits to Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Kuwait, Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, Kenya, South Africa, and more.

I would argue that Senator Obama's experience far surpasses Hillary Clinton and rivals John McCain.  Hillary argues that she has "35 years of experience", but she is including time she spent in the White House doing nothing.  In reality, she hasn't even had a job in eight of the last fifteen years.  Senator Obama has actually held elective office longer than Clinton.

McCain's experience is longer, but is limited to the military and as a politician.  McCain has never held a position in the private sector, unless you count a fluff job his wife's rich dad gave him while he was waiting to run for Congress.  Obama clearly has a wider range of experience in the "real world".

A lot will be made of Barack Obama's so-called "inexperience", but the truth is a far different reality.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:48pm

Nine and Counting

The witch is almost dead....Obama wins Wisconsin by double-digits....T-minus 14 days until the end of the Clintonistas!


Monday, February 18, 2008 - 8:50pm

Getting Closer in Texas

The latest CNN polling in Texas has Obama within 2% of Hillary.  The primary in Wisconsin is too close to call, with polls going both ways.  However, if Obama sweeps tomorrow and wins Texas on March 4th, this race is over!!!


Friday, February 15, 2008 - 7:40pm

Clinton Campaign Gets Desperate

Here comes the next wave of attacks.  Now that Senator Barack Obama is beating Hillary Clinton like a drum, she is breaking out cheap, baseless attack ads in Wisconsin ahead of the primary.  Hillary hasn't even campaigned in Wisconsin, but she tries to make the argument that not having a debate in Wisconsin means that Obama will not answer tough questions.

 The fact is that Hillary is losing and she is desperate for the free publicity of a debate.  There are two more debates scheduled between Clinton and Obama, but I guess that's not enough for her.  If she was so intent on winning Wisconsin, perhaps she should show up and talk to the citizens of the state...ya know, like Barack's been doing all week.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 9:45pm

Obama Buries Hillary in VA, DC, and MD....McCain Wins Ugly

If the Republican race was only between Mike Huckabee and John McCain for all fifty states, McCain would probably lose.  In Virginia, polls had the Senator ahead by over 20% just a few days ago, but he will only win the state by a few percentage points.  Mike Huckabee is surging dramatically as hard-core conservatives flock to him in droves.  The only problem is that he's too late.

On the left, it was another phenomenal night for Barack Obama!  He buried Hillary Clinton in Virginia, a state she campaigned hard in.  With most of the precincts reporting, Senator Obama looks like he'll win by about 27%.  That is an enormous win for Barack.  He is also annihilating Hillary in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.


Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 11:50pm

Huckabee Surges, Obama Sweeps!

Mike Huckabee is making life difficult for John McCain, the presumptive nominee of the Republican party.  Governor Huckabee trounced McCain in Kansas and is ahead in Louisiana.  He may also win in the State of Washington.  If Huckabee takes all three states, John McCain is officially embarrassed.

Senator Barack Obama swept all three states holding elections today plus the Virgin Islands.  He crushed Hillary in Nebraska, Washington State, and Louisiana.  All four wins by Obama were by double digits.  He is moving much closer to the nomination.  The Clinonistas are in real trouble now.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:59pm

Advantage Obama, McCain

Only one week ago, Hillary Clinton was ahead in nearly every Super Tuesday state.  Tonight, Senator Barack Obama won from coast to coast, capturing a dozen states and coming very close to winning in many others.  Obama dominated the vote in Illinois, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Colorado.  Hillary Clinton won seven states, with California and Alaska still not declared.

In the Republican side, the coronation of John McCain will have to wait.  While he dominated the Northeast, he lost out to Mike Huckabee in the South and Mitt Romney in the West. 

As of this writing, Senator McCain had won seven states, Mitt Romney took six, and Mike Huckabee claimed five.  The State of Missouri is between Huckabee and McCain, while California will be decided between Romney and McCain.

The Democratic race is officially neck and neck, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton virtually tied in the delegate race.  The Republican election is also wide open.  McCain will lead the delegate race, but Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee will still be within striking distance.


Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:20pm

My Vote

My primary issue in selecting a presidential candidate is one of trust.  I must be able to trust my president, in part because the last two have been crooks and liars.  The other issue is one of unity.  The last two presidents have torn this country apart with their divisive politics.

 Of the four remaining lead candidates left in this race, I deem most of them to be relatively acceptable.  However, one candidate stands out as completely unacceptable.  Hillary Clinton has proven over and over again that she will say and do anything to get to the top.  She has a long history of corruption, from her dealings in Whitewater to illegal trading in the commodities market.  Clinton continues to show her true colors in this 2008 Democratic primary.  She and her husband have injected race into this election in an attempt to further divide the nation.

My belief is that whoever wins the Democratic primary will win the Presidency.  The Democrats are turning out huge numbers of people to vote in these primaries, dwarfing the turnout of Republican voters.  Even in South Carolina, a bedrock conservative state, more Democrats came out to vote than Republicans in the primary.  That is remarkable.  This trend will continue in the general election.

With my desire to stop Hillary Clinton from coming anywhere near the presidency, I will be voting for the only person that can beat her.

Barack Obama is the complete antithesis of Hillary Clinton.  He is an honest, trustworthy man who can inspire a nation.  While I don't agree with all of his positions, I believe he will unite this country.  Therefore, I will take a Democratic ballot tomorrow morning and cast my vote for the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama!!!


Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 9:00pm

Mitt Romney Wins Maine Caucus!!!

You may not know this, but the State of Maine held their caucus today and Mitt Romney won decisively!  Ron Paul and John McCain were battling it out for second place, but they were a solid thirty percent behind Romney.

(Precincts reporting: 64%)

Mitt Romney - 52%

John McCain - 21%

Ron Paul - 19%

Mike Huckabee - 6%

Unfortunately, the brain-dead mainstream media will barely cover this story.  For some reason, they have assigned far more importance to Iowa and New Hampshire.  They ignore states like Maine and others they deem unworthy.

If the media did cover this race, Mitt Romney might receive a boost going into Super Tuesday.  However, we know that will not happen as the media has already decided that John McCain will be the GOP candidate.


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