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Thought this was quite funny, hat tip to Maddow on MSNBC.

I find it hard to believe Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in dinosaurs considering her running mate is living proof.

McCain wasn’t as shaky as I thought he would be, but he didn’t outline a vision.  Cutting spending and reducing taxes isn’t a vision, it’s a gimmick.  His stop all spending, with the exception of defense, veterans, and entitlement programs, seemed impulsive and rash.  He clearly doesn’t understand the focus of concern in the war on terror.  He seems to perceive, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran as distractions to the war on Iraq when it is actually the other way round.  McCain held his own, but he was supposed to crush Obama because of his knowledge of international affairs.  Obama conceded too many points and should have gone after the surge issue, by stating that McCain was in Iraq saying how peaceful and wonderful things were six months before the surge started.  If this was the case, why the surge?  I could nit-pick all night.

There is red meat in McCains performance for his base, but Obama resonated more with the electorate as somebody with a vision for the future.

McCain cultural adviser, Sir Pudding McNutter, reacting to the news of the Wall St. bailout.

You’ve gotta love John Stewart…..

This is one video you want to watch!

AMEN!!!!!

The Huffington Post had a great article by Jamie Lee Curtis, she said what I think a lot of Americans are thinking.

“The scariest thing I hear about the Palin nomination was that she would appeal to voters because they would be able to relate to her and she to them. I get that. There are many places where relatability is key. I am a recovering addict alcoholic and finding another group that relates to my struggles is/was key to my sobriety. When I am at school I find myself grouping with others whose kids share the same issues, interests. People tell me all the time that the More magazine article where I showed what my real body looked like in comparison to the air brushed images most women are fed, was important and made me relatable. That too is great. The problem is I may be relatable and share some of your experiences and concerns but you don’t want me as president of United States. Relatability gets you nothing in a complex financial crisis. Relatability doesn’t help you understand the Gordian knot of trouble in the Middle East. Relatability doesn’t help you untangle the obscenity which is our health care and insurance system and relatability doesn’t train the hundreds of thousands of new teachers and repair and rebuild the smashed infrastructure and schools where they work.

I couldn’t hold my own for one minute in a debate on any issue with someone like a Barack Obama or Joseph Biden and neither can Sarah Palin. When the call comes at 3AM I want a mind who was at the top of their class, who has gravitas and a real intellect. I want a leader who is a scholar who can hold the history of civilization in his head and will read and learn from the past as he charts the future. Real debates, where issues are explored, are the only way, prior to an election, to get the two candidates and their running mates to share their ideas and plans for the myriad contingencies they will/might face. This isn’t a test. We don’t get a re-do. This is the hardest time this generation has ever faced and people are all scared about the economy, our health care and mostly our children’s futures. That is what millions of Americans and I can relate to.”

 

Currently, there’s a lot of (right wing) talk about how we should all be embracing Sarcy Sarah Palin, our first second female vice presidential nomination in a non-partisan kind of way.

Hmmmmmm?

Where was all the non-partisan love when we almost had our first female presidential nominee?

 

If you find it, will you please let me know?

Brokaw: But the fact is, Governor, that you had eight years of a Bush administration, and a lot of Republicans in Congress for the past eight years. So why wouldn’t the American people say, ‘look, they had their shot, we’re gonna change?’”

Paging Dr. Freud!

Ridge: Because John Bush…because John McCain is very much his own man. Because John McCain brings a different style, a different approach to the Republican leadership.


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