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Archive for February 22nd, 2007

Which Nomination Does McCain Want?

Posted by Mike on February 22, 2007

Former Republican frontrunner John McCain has joined forces with his old friend Ted Kennedy in an attempt to push their illegal alien amnesty bill.  Michael Graham’s take on one aspect of the “improved” legislation is definitely worth a read.

Sometimes I wonder if McCain realizes he is running in the wrong primary.  Well, at least you can’t accuse him of pandering.

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Importance of Free Speech

Posted by Ryan on February 22, 2007

An Egyptian man was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison for writing critical remarks about Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  Many rights groups and others are up-in-arms over this because the Internet was commonly perceived in the Arab world as the last (or for some first)  place where free speech could reign.  Apparently not.

Tolerance of divergent, non-conformist opinions is rare in the Muslim world, so this story does not come as a huge shock to me, but it highlights the underlying frustrations many in the Arab world have about:

  • their leaders (who don’t ever seem to leave),
  • their religion (which has perceptually been hijacked by radical extremists), and
  • their stake in their own quality of life, which because of the Internet seems meager next to the outside and developed world.

The importance of free speech in the Arab world is becoming more and more important as time goes on and, through the Internet, our Muslim friends can see what else the world has to offer outside their highly repressive, dogmatic, poor lives. Maybe their leaders are seeing that too.

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GOP. Enjoy the Show but Take Notes

Posted by Mike on February 22, 2007

When Barack Obama supporter David Geffen recently spoke to New York’s worst newspaper, he actually had the audacity to claim that She Who Must Not Be Named is ambitious and polarizing. In addition, he also pointed out that

“Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling,”

Apparently, a smear this scandalous required the Junior Senator to pull out her patented negative attack play, a tactic usually reserved for Republicans when she wants to avoid exposing her real thoughts on an issue. After whining about Geffen’s “negative attacks,” She Who Must Not Be Named’s campaign demanded that Obama denounce Geffen’s statements and fire him.

Recognizing this tactic for what it was, Obama’s campaign rapidly responded with this little gem:

“We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom. It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ‘he’s black.'”

Now that is how it’s done! Without hesitation, team Obama called out her majesty, both on her hypocrisy and her own questionable associations. No irrational fear of negative media coverage. No “new tone” nonsense. Just good old-fashioned rapid response.

Over the next year, the Democrat frontrunner will provide plenty of fodder to her foes in both parties. When she pulls this nonsense against the Republican nominee, that person had better take a cue from Obama by hitting back and then returning to her weak spot, issues. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the infighting.

Now comes the icing on the cake. Apparently She Who Must Not Be Named’s hysterical overreaction was more than just amusing. According to Nikki Finke, it was also false. Obama can’t fire Geffen because he isn’t a member of the Obama campaign. Looks like someone is fibbing.

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