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Archive for October 18th, 2007

Kevin Stuck in a Rudd?

Posted by Mike on October 18, 2007

The UK Spectator’s Coffee House has collected some articles showing that after just one week of campaigning in Australia’s General Election, Prime Minister John Howard’s government is gaining on the opposition Labor Party. One poll even shows Howard gaining nine points on the issue of which coalition leader would make a better Prime Minister.

Now I admit that wishful thinking motivated me to post this.  It may turn out that Howard’s surge is nothing more than a blip, but stranger things have happened. Although it is still more likely that Kevin Rudd will win the election, it is clear that John Howard is outcampaigning him. Whether Howard’s superior campaign skills are enough to turn the tide remains to be seen.  Let’s hope they are.

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Sam Brownback Drops Out

Posted by Mike on October 18, 2007

Sam Brownback will drop out of the Republican race for President tomorrow.   Although he should applauded for his efforts to protect the rights of the unborn, Brownback’s departure is welcome.  The absence of Brownback will mean more time for the serious contenders, which will help our party make a more informed decision.  If only Ron Paul would follow Brownback’s lead. . .

Brownback was unable to break through the lower tier of candidates and this is no surprise.  He was a weak and unprincipled candidate on illegal immigration, at one point switching his amnesty vote on the Senate floor in the span of nine minutes.  To make matters worse, he was simply too boring to gain any traction.  She Who Must Not Be Named would have wiped the floor with him using the same broom she hopes to rename Air Force One.

That said, Brownback should continue to serve honorably in the US Senate.  The unborn are counting on it.

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Dear Mr. Steinbrenner

Posted by Mike on October 18, 2007

FOAD

Sincerely,
Mike

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Terror in Pakistan

Posted by Ryan on October 18, 2007

Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto returned from exile today in front of a crowd in Karachi of roughly150,000 supporters.  There was a massive security contingent for the procession, but that did not stop terrorists from setting off a small, then a large, bomb killing 30 (at this point) and wounding 100.  Bhutto was unhurt in the blast.  She has recently been viewed as a symbol of normalcy after eight years of Musharraf’s military rule over the country.  Many Pakistanis believe that the situation that propelled Musharraf to power has passed and Bhutto, with other high-profile exiles, are a path towards civilian rule. 

So, who did this?  Musharraf’s people?  Probably not, since Bhutto the martyr would be worse for him than Bhutto the anything-else.  Al Qaeda?  Probably them or some other Islamist group.  If Bhutto was killed it would show a continued need for military rule (which the people are getting sick of), it would also inflame the factions and spark more unrest.  The two-bomb modus operandiis an al Qaeda trademark.  Either way, Bhutto just experienced the life and times of Pakistan during the War on Terror. 

AP photo.

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SCHIP Gets Flushed

Posted by Ryan on October 18, 2007

Not exactly.  It’s still an exisiting government program that’s designed to help extend the scope of socialized health care and all that, but the really poor Democrat bill that President Bush vetoed went down today 273-156, or about 14 votes shy of an override.  So ends this phase of the Democrat’s demagoguery of a bad, irresponsible bill that offered health care to both people who could afford it anyway and to people who already have private insurance.  No Republicans changed their votes for the override– a good sign, but still too many Republicans did not stand on principle here.  One must admit that the Democrats came out better from this round in the realm of public relations, but they still lost the override vote.  Yet, the issue remains in the news for a few more weeks.

However, some news was made when Democrat and California Representative Pete Stark went stark-raving over the issue and made a personal attack on President Bush when he said:

“Where are you [President Bush] going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old, enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Stark was given a “general reminder” not to make a personal attack according to House rules, but the Republicans were not happy about the gentle response to a blatant political hack-job.  Republican Kevin Brady of Texas responded:

“It is despicable to have a member of this Congress accuse the president, any president, of willfully blowing the heads, quote, ‘blowing the heads off’ our young men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is dead wrong, and it is beneath contempt as well that we will sit here silently and allow such a remark to be tolerated, accepted, if not embraced.”

So we can’t both fund Iraq and SCHIP?  Yet, some of the Democrats running for President propose national health care, free money for babies, and matching 401K cash while leaving the troops there through 2013.  Hmm.  The Democrats could have just sat back and had the Republicans take the flack for not caring about “America’s children”, but no, they had to bring up Iraq and give the Republicans an opening to slap them back.  Both sides are playing bad politics on this one in my opinion:  the Dems just can’t side with the troops (even when the bill has no real connection to them), and the Republicans simply can’t get their message out in a clear way.

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