Friday, August 17, 2007
Senate Guru is up with his Friday roundup of the movement of the week in 08 Senate races.
The Friday Line, via WaPo / Cilizza, ranks the same Senate races for the first time in a while. Still looks good for us heading into next year's elections. CO, VA, NH, MN, KY (you read that right), ME, OR and maybe AK look good for red to blue flips. Recruitment has become a factor in the Republicans' travails. Louisiana (Landrieu) is starting to look more like a missed opportunity for them particularly.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee should leverage his good showing in the Ames straw poll to become the conservative alternative to the current frontrunners of GOP candidates, according to the National Review. They're probably right. Large numbers of likely GOP primary voters say that they are disenchanted with their current choices, but they don't know Mike Huckabee really well. He has been very under the radar so far.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
We live in dangerous times, and people of seriousness are required to lead us. Experience is not a bad word and it should be valued in potential commanders-in-chief. Good judgement is key. Obama demonstrates none of the above.
In the last three weeks, he has promised to meet with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong Il in the first year of an Obama Presidency, he has taken the use of nuclear weapons (ever) off the table, he has advocated invading Pakistan in certain circumstances. All of these claims and promises are not only inconsistent with each other in some ways, but they are also extremely bad policy.
Yesterday, with this statement about the war in Afghanistan, Barack Obama went too far:
We've got to get the job done there,and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there."
In uttering this statement, Obama has lost the Presidential election. If he were to be the nominee of the Democratic party, the Republican filth machine would use this quote in advertising with a frequency so great that we would all be able to recite it. And they would not be wrong. Because, as bad as the Bush execution of the war in Afghanistan has been, as bad as their policy has been there- this is not the policy. I don't like George Bush. He is as bad a President as we have seen in modern times. But his policy is not the indescriminate creation of collateral damage. I am sure that that has happened, but it is not the intent. Futher, and most importantly, this comment comes very close to being a slander of our troops. That has never won an election, not even in 1968. A candidate who is willing to do this should never win an election.
In fact, the utterly justified piling on has begun. Governor Romney, no great font of seriousness himself, had plenty to say about this today. Others will follow.
I thought for a while that Obama was suffering from a naivete that was to be expected of a first-term Senator who had bitten off more ego than he could chew by running for President. But the truth is, I don't know of many other Senators, of any length of service, who would say things that are quite this bizarre with such alarming frequency. It does not speak well of Barack Obama, and it would be a death knell for the party in next year's elections. And, as I pointed out, we would deserve it.
We have other good options. I have a favorite, but I could vote for Dodd or Biden. I could cast my lot with Richardson if circumstances required. The same is true of almost every other Democratic candidate. I think that we would be making a severe mistake in nominating Obama. He had demonstrated that he has only a cursory understanding of extremely important foreign policy issues, and starlingly bad judgement in what he says about them.
The last time we elected a President with such a dearth of experience, with such wreckless disregard for good policy, and who lacks basic good judgement, we got George W. Bush. We don't need to repeat that mistake, regardless of party.
Video of Obama's statement on Afghanistan.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Link to ABC story.
Bill Plante of CBS asked the President a good question at the Rove departure announcement:
"...the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: "If he's so smart, how come you lost Congress?" (Fishbowl DC) He was, of course, ignored.
John Edwards issued the best statement of the day: "Goodbye, good riddance." Says it best, I think.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Not since the shoving match between Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth in Bristol last spring have drivers nearly come to blows at the track. But it was just a few weeks ago that Stewart was penalized for an explicative on live television.
Stewart used a curse word after winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and was fined $25,000 and 25 driver points. However, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Harvick will not be penalized for using the word "ass" on live television.
"It doesn't violate FCC [Federal Communications Commission] regulations," Tharp said.
And Tharp doesn't expect any penalties to come from the shoving match between the two drivers either.
* Martin Truex had a strong finish, but punted Juan Pablo Montoya, who then collected Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton. An on-racetrack physical altercation between Harvick and Montoya ensued. It was amusing to watch, but their ire probably should have been directed at the #1 car. Harvick, on ESPN, expressed a desire to "kick his ass," in reference to Montoya. It will be interesting to see the penalties that come out of this mess on Tuesday.
*Junior blew a motor, devastating his Chase hopes. He came into upstate NY in 13th place, seven points behind Kurt Busch. He left in 14th, 100 points out of the Chase. And the Earnhart nation runs rock through their collective hair.
Tony didn't climb a fence today--- this is the image I took at Chicago, at the beginning of his late summer run.
- Obama's unlikely rise to power is profiled in today's Washington Post. Even his brother-in-law likes him, apparently. What a marvel!
- Hillary Clinton is considered a plausible commander-in-cheif by many in the military. Here is the lengthy piece on her national security creds in the Boston Globe.
Republicans don't like their choices for President.
Chris Cilizza: WP
My impressions last night remain my impressions: Not a great showing for Romney, a great day for Huckabee, neutral to bad for Brownback, and really awful for everyone else. Mitt Romney can't be too thrilled by his narrower-than-expected win in a small turnout.