A Friday off from work means I get to eat an Italian Tuna Sandwich for lunch from Fiore’s. This sandwich - a staple from this fine Hoboken establishment - is honestly one of the most delicious I have ever eaten. The tuna mixed with balsamic vinegar is fantastic and the fresh mozzarella is incredible. I can’t wait!
John McCain’s central and best argument in this campaign is that Barack Obama simply lacks the experience to be President of the United States. And now John McCain, who is a cancer survivor who turns 72 years old today, is picking a vice presidential nominee who has been governor of a small state for less than two years and prior to that was mayor of a town with roughly one-twenty-seventh of the citizens that Barack Obama represented when he was a state senator in Illinois.
Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s qualifications to be President, Palin is manifestly less qualified. And that undermines the central premise of McCain’s campaign.
“The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor’s race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state’s public classrooms. Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night’s televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information.”—Palin, not just anti-choice, she’s a creationist (via dailykos.com) (via biteofpythias)
“I hope he rots in jail,” said Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist. “It’s going to affect the sales of the record, and it’s not fair. The Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, it’s theft.”—
The first serious female candidate for executive office was just undercut by a younger woman with a fraction of the experience, who will enjoy her candidacy soley because an old white man picked her out of a lineup.
If I were a Hillary supporter, I’d be really pissed off right now.
I am really beyond understanding why people think Bush and McCain are the same person. The War in Iraq is not a moot point since we already have a withdrawl plan. He can’t enact the USA PATRIOT Act—it already exists. If you think this is a third Bush term, you need to look closer. While he is a conservative, they’re not all the same—in the same way Barack Obama isn’t a perjurer and didn’t kill a woman.
But this brings up the question: is Bill Clinton still going to be the first black president if Obama is elected?
The fact that Mc Cain voted with Bush 90% of his term might be a pretty good indicator.
“If Fannie and Freddie are bailed out, expect the auto companies to muscle Congress for money. Michigan is up for grabs this year, so they intend to push for as much as $40 billion in loans to cover their losses.”—Karl Rove (via muppetpants)
It was a great speech—and did a stellar job of everything it should have done. It outlined policy specifically enough to persuade the doubters without getting tediously pedantic. It aggressively challenged McCain and outlined many of their differences without getting nasty. It celebrated the moment but stayed firmly on the goal. It nodded to the moment of the occasion without being overwhelmed by it.
But nobody but a few politicos will talk about this speech thirty years from now. There’s no question this is a historic occasion, but Obama isn’t running for a sidebar in American history books. He’s running for the Presidency. He is candidacy is groundbreaking, but he is not running as a groundbreaker. He is running as the best candidate America has seen in a generation. This speech isn’t the pinnacle of a political career. It is a speech to outline a set of policies and win an election. It’s important—but it’s not the rhetorical gem your grandchildren will memorize in fifth grade.
They will memorize the one given after the election, the one given to inspire a country with an eye toward history. They will memorize Obama’s inaugural address.
“Bin Laden is almost certainly in North Waziristan, which is of finite dimensions. Bush knows this. McCain knows this. Obama knows this. Everyone knows this. What’s lacking is the will to go in there militarily, because of the political complications it would entail, which is reasonable (Pakistan has nukes). McCain once criticized Obama for talking about going into Pakistan unilaterally to pursue bin Laden. McCain may be right on that, but if so, then he should shut the hell up instead of pretending he’d take a different approach when he knows full well he’d follow the (defensible if debatable) Bush policy.”—