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Archive for February 28th, 2007

McCain’s In, My Precious

Posted by Ryan on February 28, 2007

According to Drudge and Fox News, John McCain is slated to finally announce his candidacy (officially beginning in April by the way) on “The Late Show” with David Letterman tonight. No surprises here. McCain is my least favorite of the top three Republican front-runners. Though he’s been consistently pro-life, he’s been obstructing President Bush one way or another for six years now, he’s a current media darling who’ll lose prestige the minute he is pitted directly against She Who Must Not Be Named, and he’s the Democrat’s favorite Republican who John F(‘in) Kerry through around as a potential Veep nominee for the Dems in 2004!

That last point sends up the most red flags. I don’t want a pandering Ted “Fins” Kennedy/Russ Feingold “maverick” as my nominee, I want a consistent solid conservative Republican to run the Republican Party. I want a “Sam” not a “Gollum” as my nominee: a trusted friend to the party, rather than a skeevy, two-faced leech. However, this entrance will give me yet another chance to vote against McCain in the primaries.

Image from Tolkien Depot and concept inspired by Mike.

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Democrat Doublespeak

Posted by Ryan on February 28, 2007

The Dems are at it again: trying to have it both ways.  They can’t withdraw or suspend funds without an embarrassing separation of powers argument from which every one of their candidates for President will run.  It’ll also kill them in the polls.  America doesn’t like the Iraq War based on most polls over the last year, but those same polls indicate that America likes losing even less– some Dems are figuring that one out.  Others, however, are still trying to play games with the troops by demanding things from the Executive Branch that Congress has no right to ask for.

I’ve personally read the Constitution a number of times.   My take is that essentially Congress can:

  1. repeal the 2002 Iraq War Resolution itself,
  2. they can stop funds with their power of the purse,
  3. they can rally public support around an alternative plan, forcing the President to follow their lead, and/or
  4. do nothing.

In my opinion, they could get away with #1 if they frame it right.  They can’t do #2 or face the voters in 2008 with proof that they do NOT support the troops despite their rhetoric.  And #3, the most logical and just, seems only to be a choice of losing or losing faster to a Democrat Party that seems increasingly politically tied to an ugly, messy loss in Iraq.  #4 might just be the ultimate strategy.  Resolving Iraq takes that issue away from them, while framing the debate around it to bash Bush and Republicans falls into their hands looking to 2008.

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