Posts Tagged ‘vice president’

Before Vice President Debate, Palin Already Beating Biden

August 31, 2008

Initially, 67% of voters didn’t have enough information on Sarah Palin to have any opinion whatsoever.  But after the rush of media coverage, 53% now have a favorable opinion of her, versus only 26% with an unfavorable opinion, said Rasmussen.

The most important quote:

“Palin earns positive reviews from 78% of Republicans, 26% of Democrats and 63% of unaffiliated voters. Obviously, these numbers will be subject to change as voters learn more about her in the coming weeks. Among all voters, 29% have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin while 9% hold a Very Unfavorable view.”

By way of comparison, on the day he was selected as Barack Obama’s running mate, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden was viewed favorably by 43% of voters.

What I find significant about this is the two numbers – 53% and 63%.  We have never seen Barack Obama or Joe Biden – or for that matter John McCain – poll over 50% at any time.  Paliln’s pull with unaffiliated voters seems incredibly promising.

The full article followed by additional commentary appears below: (more…)

Wow, That Hot Sarah Palin Sure Looks Good In Her… Character

August 31, 2008

Sarah Palin is a real pretty lady.  She’s got that “hot librarian” thing going on, no doubt about it.

But this former Miss. Alaska runner-up looks best of all where it counts the very most: on the inside.

This woman is simply amazing.  I am looking at her with increasing admiration building toward awe.

This is a woman who – shortly after being elected as Governor – fired the Governor’s chef because “her children could fix their own breakfast and sandwiches.”

This is a Governor who put the private jet purchased by the previous Governor with state money on eBay.

This is a Governor who sold the Governor’s limousine and instead drives her Volkswagon Jetta to work.

This woman is better than any giant-killer; she’s the slayer of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Last year, this woman “vetoed 13 percent of the state’s proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, ‘may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history.'”

Now, that is a woman I can look at all day!

Sarah Palin is a pulchritudinous champion of the people against pork, corruption, and pretentious hoity-toity disconnect between leaders and the people they are supposed to serve has a remarkable personal story.  If you read on, you’ll get to see a titillating picture… (more…)

Our Next Vice President: It’s Sarah! Governor Sarah Palin!

August 29, 2008

John McCain just won the Presidencey with his choice of running mate.

Oh, like the U.S Olympic basketball team (and so appropriately, both sexes!), the team has to play until its official, but from this moment on, McCain will increase, and Obama will fade.

Obama had all the hype about making a thrilling announcement by text message.  But it was a bust.  John McCain’s campaign knew how to keep a secret, and how to thrill.  What a bold, against-the-pundit’s “picks” move this was!

Barack Obama should have nominated Hillary Clinton, but he could not put his personal feelings and pride above his choice.  John McCain exercised the most important decision a Presidential nominee can make at hit a grand slam home run with the choice of a woman who has led a state, who has reached across party lines, who has championed the needs and goals of her state as a PTA member, a city council member, a mayor, and ultimately as a governor.  A governor with an 80% approval rating.  She’s a conservative Republican with blue dog Democrat street cred. (more…)

A Dear John (McCain) Letter On V.P. Pick: Name A Woman

August 24, 2008

Dear John,

I am writing to say that you’ve come a long way in actually getting me to support you (rather than holding my nose while I voted for you). That job you did at Saddleback was just great.

Up until now, I was far more energized by my opposition to the most radical candidate in American history. It is amazing that the first most liberal U.S. Senator chose the third most liberal U.S. Senator to be his running mate.

John, let me tell you how you can be President with smooth sailing from now till November: appoint a woman as your Vice President.

It’s time that a woman gets the nod from the bullpen. Neither party has had a woman on the ticket since Ferraro in 1984 – and that seems like an awfully long time ago.

Barack Obama should have at least asked Hillary Clinton to be his running mate, given the fact that she actually got more votes for President than he did. Instead, he snubbed a woman who got 18 million votes for a guy who dropped out after getting about 19,000. And Obama, after saying that Hillary would be on anybody’s short list, didn’t even bother to vet her. As a result, there are a lot of frustrated, angry, bitter Democratic women.

I think you can capture a lot of those women, John, and blow the race wide open by naming a woman to the Republican ticket.

We’ve got some pretty good women candidates, too. Kay Bailey Hutchinson from Texas and Sarah Palin from Alaska top most lists, but there are quite a few others. Both of the aforementioned women have pretty solid pro-life records, and both are real good on energy issues. I still remember watching Elizabeth Dole walk out into the audience at the 1992 Republican convention. I remember thinking, “Wow. I wish SHE was our nominee.”

My own choice: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  Apart from complimenting your “old and busted” persona with “young hotness,” she is also a proven reformer as well as being the governor of a state.  And from what I have read, she presents herself extremely well.

I believe this is the year to put a woman on the ticket. The Democrats should have. The Republicans ought to. When all is said and done, Republicans have a better history on civil rights, and they have a better history on REAL women’s issues. It’s time we let the cat out of the bag.

Come on, John. What do you think? I can imagine you getting a HUGE bounce and all kinds of energy out of your convention, even as the Democratic Convention partially melts down over women’s disappointment concerning Hillary’s snub.

I think it would be a big surprise (after all that chatter about Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge), and the WOW! factor would be huge. So I hope you announce a woman as your running mate, and I hope you announce it on the opening day of the Democratic Convention, just to rub salt in the Democrats’ wounds.

Sincerely,

Michael Eden

Obama-Biden: Obama Not Strong, Not Ready. Just Ask His V.P.

August 23, 2008

Obama wanted to seem all “hip” and “now” but his text message system obviously totally flopped. After all the promises and all the hype, the only text anyone ever got was a fake – a suitable metaphor for the whole Obama campaign.

Barack Obama did a stupid thing by not asking Hillary Clinton to run with him. He should have publicly asked her, and then hoped like heck she said no (maybe he was afraid of having to have someone taste his food for the next four years?). Obama foolishly said that Hillary Clinton “would be on anyone’s short list” – and then clearly never put her on his. She was never even vetted. That looks bad. Hillary Clinton supporters got nothing but another snub.

Tim Kaine was a lightweight, and Evan Bayh just had that name issue: Obama, Bayh (pronounced “Bye”). You don’t want your VP pick to be metaphorically waving “good bye” to your presidential nominee.

So it’s Senator Joe Biden (D-DE).

Supposedly Joe Biden will bolster the foreign policy cred of a kid who clearly isn’t ready for prime time.

But there are problems, oh so many problems.

Ben Porrit, McCain spokesman, was able to point out the biggest one. During the primaries as a candidate for president:

Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing – that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

What we’re going to see is a whitewashing of that record. But let me just quickly demonstrate that the McCain camp is telling the truth.

But The Associated Press story is, “Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence.”  So apparently at some level Obama agrees with Joe Biden and John McCain that he just isn’t really ready.

Beyond the fact that Biden is angry, he’s arrogant, he thinks he knows everything, he’s condescending, he’s aggressive and bullying, he says one stupid thing after another, and he absolutely positively will not shut his mouth, his foreign policy credentials actually serve to actually denounce Obama’s own puny record. That can’t be good.

Biden said Obama wasn’t ready to be President:

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) Reaffirmed That Obama Was Not Ready To Be Commander In Chief. ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos: “You were asked is he ready. You said ‘I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.'” Sen. Biden: “I think that I stand by the statement.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 8/19/07)

Sen. Biden: “Having talking points on foreign policy doesn’t get you there.” (“Biden Lashes Out At Obama,” ABC News’ “Political Radar” Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 8/2/07)

At the same time Joe Biden acknowledged that John McCain was more than ready to be president, even saying of McCain that “I would be honored to be running with or against John Mccain, because I think the country would be better off.”

Biden voted to authorize the Iraq War Resolution. He voted for the Patriot Act in 2001. He voted to re-authorize the Patriot Act in 2006. But there’s another issue that looms even larger: troop funding, especially troop funding for armored vehicles. Barack Obama repeatedly voted against troop funding, marching in lockstep with the Democratic Party line in willingness to cut the troops off.

Our soldiers and Marines were dying due to IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and needed armored transports.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes.

Biden demanded those vehicles, voting against the radical-left Democratic lock-step:

In [the Des Moines Register], the author explains that the Democratic leaders are not happy with the MRAP program. Even when it was not tied to Iraq War Funding, Senators Clinton and Obama voted against it. Dem. Senator Biden voted for it and has said the vote made him “the bastard at the family picnic.” Anti-war activists held “Impeach Biden” signs when he visited Iowa City. His staffers warned he would “get his skin ripped off” if he attended an event in Council Bluffs. All because of the vote. And he says he doesn’t care.“As long as there’s one American kid over there, I’m voting the money for these things,” Biden said in a chat the other day during a stop in Des Moines. “It’s the one way we can save lives before getting them out.”

Biden literally said it was a matter of life and death for the troops:

“I have never begun a discussion of an amendment,” Mr. Biden told his fellow senators, “by saying something as graphic and as drastic as ‘this is literally a matter of life and death.’ But it is. This is not hyperbole. This is not an exaggeration.” He was right on all counts.

Biden’s supporters said the refusal on the part of Biden’s rivals for president – which very much included Barack Obama – “would come back to haunt them”:

“Just as Beau Biden, a captain in the Delaware National Guard, had predicted in August at the Iowa Democratic Party Veteran’s Caucus Presidential Extravaganza in Des Moines, the vote on the emergency funding for the war in Iraq war has come back into play. Beau, the attorney general of Delaware, spoke on behalf of his father, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, and told the room full of veterans that his father’s Democratic rivals’ “no” vote on the funding, despite the attached Biden amendment to fast track funding and production for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, would come back to haunt them.”

During the Democratic primary debates, Joe Biden accused Barack Obama of cutting off support that would save the lives of thousands of troops. Biden very articulately pointed out that, in effect, Obama had voted for our soldiers and Marines to continue to be killed by IEDs. Barack Obama voted against funding armored vehicles even when the whole focus of the bill was providing such armor (as opposed to some larger appropriation).

Interestingly, Joe Biden – who dropped out of the race early because the Democratic base wanted a candidate who would promise to cut and run from Iraq – somehow never really got around to endorsing Barack Obama.

If Joe Biden is the Vice Presidential selection because of his knowledge and experience, we might as well listen to what he said earlier, when he was looking at Obama critically, and take his words seriously.

Barack Obama isn’t ready. Even his own Vice President says so.

Hillary Clinton’s Next Move

June 4, 2008

Although Barack Obama holds all the required delegates, Hillary Clinton still holds a lot more cards than most liberals want to acknowledge.

People have been debating Hillary’s end-game strategy for some time.  Obviously, with Obama ostensibly clinching the magic number of delegates, Hillary’s strategy must necessarily begin to reveal itself.

One of the guests on June 3rds Larry King Live was Kamala Harris, the District Attorney for uber-liberal San Francisco.  She said, “I have faith in Democrats to do the right thing,” expressing her Obama-camp hope that Hillary Clinton will swiftly do the best thing for the Democratic Party and fold up her campaign tent.

Well, I sure don’t.  I count on Democrats to do the most self-serving thing imaginable, and then spin their self-centeredness with the smarmy rhetoric of, ‘It’s a far, far better thing I do…’.

Larry King asked Wolf Blitzer, “The pundits all said she was going to withdraw tonight.  What happened?”

You see, too darn many in the media – who couldn’t be more in the pro-Obama camp if they were on his payroll – have been telling us what Hillary should do, and would do, in a further effort to pressure her to drop out so their Golden Child could win.

Arianna Huffington was also on the program, talking of the wonder of having a black man as the nominee near the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech.  She also said that Barack Obama’s candidacy marks “the end of the fear of God,” which just goes to show just how godless liberals have actually become.

The fact that Obama has now lost state after state by the largest margins ever seen by a nominee of either political party, and the fact that Obama lost South Dakota last night by near double digits when everyone predicted he would win it handily doesn’t fit into the media narrative.  So they ignore it, or “put it in context” in an Obama-favoring way.

Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been increasingly becoming frustrated with being treated like Republicans.  Everything they say is spun in an unflattering way.   Every flaw is magnified, while the media quickly spins the positive side of their liberal darling’s every problem in the interest of “providing context.”  Nasty stories are published  about them that generate a lot of negative attention even though they have little in terms of substantiation to them. that sort of thing.  Republicans have been experiencing this sort of treatment for years.

Heck, the very fact that Hillary Clinton even spoke last night was spun by the media as somehow constituting a slap in the face of Barack Obama on the night of  his “historic victory.”  It was given to the Obama campaign to oh-so-magnaminously say that they didn’t consider it an insult.  Oh, Barack; you’re so… so wonderful!

And the Clintons – who benefited from that same media bias for years – certainly deserve the talionic justice of experiencing the other side.

Bill Clinton got a chance to erupt a bit about the instantly famous Vanity Fair hit piece:

“You know he didn’t use a single name, cite a single source in all those things he said. It’s just slimy. It’s part of the national media’s attempt to nail Hillary for Obama. It’s just the most biased press coverage in history. It’s another way of helping Obama. They had all these people standing up in this church cheering, calling Hillary a white racist, and he didn’t do anything about it. The first day he said ‘Ah, ah, ah well.’ Because that’s what they do– he gets other people to slime her. So then they saw the movie they thought this is a great ad for John McCain– maybe I better quit the church. It’s all politics. It’s all about the bias of the media for Obama. Don’t think anything about it.”

“But I’m telling ya, all it’s doing is driving her supporters further and further away– because they know exactly what it is– this has been the most rigged press coverage in modern history– and the guy ought to be ashamed of himself. But he has no shame. It isn’t the first dishonest piece he’s written about me or her.”

“Anytime you read a story that slimes a public figure with anonymous quotes, it oughta make the bells go off in your head. Because anytime somebody uses those things– he wrote the story in his head in advance, and he just goes around and tries to find some coward to say whatever they want to say, hoping to get some benefit out of it. It didn’t bother me. It shouldn’t bother you.”

Does this sound like the tone of a man who just can’t wait to patch things up with the Obama campaign for the good of the Democratic Party?  Bill Clinton is mad as hell about Obama’s character assassination by proxy and the biased liberal media elite that piles on.

Don’t think there aren’t a lot of sour grapes packed into that Clinton w[h]ine.

So the same media that has been saying that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for months is now predicting that she will drop out in order to show that she is a loyal Democrat.  The implication, of course, being that if she doesn’t drop out she will be revealing that she is a traitor to the Democratic Cause.

And so we come to the Lanny Davis open letter:

Dear Senator Obama,

We write you because we believe it is very important for the Democrats to win back the presidency in 2008.  To do so, we must field the strongest possible ticket for the Democratic Party.  We believe the 2008 election could be close.  And your selection of a vice presidential candidate may make the difference between victory and defeat.

We write to urge you to select  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be your choice for vice president because we believe that she would be, by far, the most qualified and strongest candidate to be your running mate.

Both you and Senator Clinton during this campaign have demonstrated strengths in different segments of the electorate and in different parts of the country. Together,  you stand the best chance of making U.S. history not once but twice — the first African American president and the first female vice president since the founding of our great nation.

We know this is ultimately your decision on who is to be your running mate.  But with the greatest respect, we ask you to select Senator Clinton in recognition of the more than 17 million Democrats who supported her at the polls and who, in combination with your more than 17 million supporters, would form the base of a successful presidential campaign in the November election.

Lanny Davis was on the June 3 Larry King Live program claiming that Hillary Clinton would certainly never attempt to force her way onto the Obama ticket.

But Davis’s letter “polite advice” to the Obama campaign provides the narrative for Clinton’s future moves.

Hillary Clinton is perfectly poised to say, “If the Obama camp wants to reconcile the Democratic Party, they know how to do it.  And I have already expressed my willingness to serve on the ticket for the good of the Party and the good of the country.”

If Barack Obama refuses to allow Hillary on the ticket, and loses the election as her supporters don’t turn out for him, well, who’s fault is that?

Hillary doesn’t have to drop out of the race, because she still has the ostensibly selfless cause of standing up for the rights of Michigan and Florida voters to have their votes fully counted.  She can push this thing all the way to the DNC convention in August.

Hillary has the twin option of either forcing her way onto the Democratic ticket, or else allowing Obama to twist in the wind while her supporters stay home or actually vote for McCain so she can run in 2012 – and she can do either one while claiming to be trying to do the best thing for the Democratic Party and the will of the Democratic voters.

It is a widely acknowledged fact that Barack Obama does not want Hillary Clinton (and Bill too, of course) as his running mate.

But if Obama blinks under the pressure, and accepts Hillary Clinton on the ticket, one thing you can bet is that the media headline WON’T be “Obama Appeases Clintons.”

That, you see, would be spinning right; and the media only spins left.  So it would be worded something like “Obama Unites Divided Party” instead.