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Update: McCain and E-Mail

Posted by Sal on September 15, 2008

Last week, I wrote on the Obama Campaign’s reprehensible (or just plain stupid) ad attacking John McCain for not using a computer, which he cannot do easily due to war injuries.  ABC’s Jake Tapper has done a good piece documenting this, and it is worth the read. 

Another post of interest, Michael Graham, a local Boston-area talk show host and contributor to National Reveiw Online, recently published on his blog a devastating email he wrote to the Obama campaign on this subject.  This story has legs, and it is going to be very problematic to team Obama.

UPDATE:  Michelle Malkin has picked up on Michael Graham’s email, and suggested that more people send emails such as this one.

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Who’s Out of Touch?

Posted by Sal on September 13, 2008

The Obama campaign released an ad last night declaring McCain to be out-of-touch, attacking him for supposedly not knowing how to use a computer or how to send an email. 

The Obama campaign also looked like it was beginning this line of attack with its surrogates, as outlined in the AP.  In the last 24 hours, however, several facts have come to light on the blogosphere, beginning with Jonah Goldberg over at The Corner.  Jonah has found several articles, dating back to 2000, showing that McCain cannot use a keyboard due to his war injuries.  It is primarily this reason that he did not for a while learn to use his computer.  Forbes Magazine as well touched on his war injuries, and the things he could not do because of these injuries.  Since the time that the articles were written, however, HotAir has found a New York Times story from this past July outlining McCain’s familiarity with many sites and blogs on the Internet;  he may not be able to type or use the computer heavily himself because of his injuries, but he does go on many websites (including his daughter’s blog) with the assistance of Cindy. 

So Obama is either cruel and insensitive in regards to McCain’s war injuries, a liar for not reporting the facts correctly, or clueless for not being able to find this basic information.  If anyone is out of touch, it’s the Obama campaign for not knowing how to do a simple Google or Lexus Nexus search.

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Real American Heroes Are For McCain

Posted by Sal on September 12, 2008

Joe Cook is a veteran of the Iraq war who supports McCain (note this was an independent ad put together by Joe Cook, and not in any way affiliated with the McCain campaign.)  The ad is very powerful, especially the end.  Rather than go into detail, I will let Joe Cook speak for himself.

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Vice-Presidential Qualifications

Posted by Sal on September 11, 2008

There has been much talk of experience and qualifications in regards to Sarah Palin and the VP slot.  While one looks at the person of Sarah Palin, both as a person and from her experience, one finds that she : 

  • is young (under 45)
  • has a reputation as a Republican Reformer
  • has taken on Republican Party Establishment
  • has a large family with many children
  • is a lover of outdoor sports
  • is a Hunter
  • was chosen as VP Candidate with less than 2 years experience as Governor

While this describes Sarah Palin, it also describes Teddy Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was Vice President for one year when William McKinley died.  Yet with a similar resume to Palin’s, he became one of the most influential Presidents in American history.  Leadership is not about any kind of Government experience, it’s about having the right ideals and philosophy, and having those intangible characteristics to lead.  Truth is, one can never be sure who will be a good or great President and who will be a disappointment, but it is ideology and worldview that help give the best indication.  President George H.W. Bush was probably one of the most qualified presidents in history, but he did not perform in a way that made him one of the greats.  Lincoln was probably one of the more “unqualified” men to ever occupy the White House, but was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President.  Palin’s Washington “experience” may not match that of Biden and McCain’s, but she has the right ideology, and at least so far, she appears to exhibit that intangible leadership quality that can effect real change in government. 

(The above bullet points are a paraphrase of an item that is all over the Internet in various forms).

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Snapshot Polls Post-RNC

Posted by Ryan on September 7, 2008

Things must have been really bad for the Dems last week: some are beginning to bring up race as the reason why Obama might lose again.  The latest Gallup Poll has McCain up by three (48-45%), which includes Palin’s speech.  Obama’s still up by 0.8% in the RCP average, but that includes a few ridiculous pro-Obama outliers.

Tomorrow all the three-day rolling polls will include McCain’s address and show us the true bounce that came out of the RNC.  I hope it’s about +4 in the “Likely Voter” polls — “Registered Voters” and “Adults” won’t tell us as much, especially the latter.

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McCain’s Address

Posted by Ryan on September 5, 2008

Last night I watched John McCain give his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention; watching along with more people than saw The One, himself, a week earlier, discounting PBS (McCain was on fewer networks, however).  With Pain solidifying the Right, and positioning himself in the “non-ideological center,” McCain set himself up well for garnering wide electoral appeal in the Poppin’ Fresh General Election.

I thought the speech was OK.  It was John McCain being John McCain; he was true to himself.  I was with him 80% of the time and wanted to throw something at the TV 20% of the time.  But, that’s exactly the John McCain we nominated — he’s not fully Conservative, nor a reliable Republican.  The speech dragged in the middle, but ended with a great, passionate crescendo that wooed many of my Democrat colleagues at work today — you know, the people who know nothing about politics but are told by the Union which lever to pull and loyally oblige. 

They were generally impressed.  In fact, one of them was an Obama supporter until she saw Palin’s speech and heard for the first time about McCain’s brutal Vietnam War experience last night after watching the Giants game coverage meld into the RNC speech (the timing of the game actually worked out well!).  I know she’s not alone.  The Kool-Aid Lefties at work were on the defensive today worse than I’ve seen since the testimony of David Petraeus last September indicating the success of the Surge.  It must be serious out there!

One more note: some anti-war fascists disrupted McCain’s speech a few times over a ten-minute period.  Republicans, learning from their 2004 experience with these folks, chanted “U.S.A.” to drown them out. Finally McCain had a great appropriate line: “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other…”, which drew laughs and applause.  In fact if you add up the amount of time disrupted from the 2004 Bush speech and 2008 McCain speech, that’s more speech suppression from these anti-war rubes than any free speech the Patriot Act ever squelched!  At the end of the day these anti-war crazies hurt themselves more than help, but they just might be crazy enough to hurt someone one day, so I don’t condone their self-destructive Black Shirt behavior.

AP photo.

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RNC– Day 3: Sarah, Rudy, Mike and Mitt

Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2008

Last night’s Republican line-up was awesome!  When Republicans fight back and articulate our basic winning principles in such a fashion as last night, we’re very hard to beat.  After 9pm EDT the activities began in earnest:

Mitt Romney’s speech was pretty good.  I thought he started slow but really gained momentum when he articulated conservative principles in his call to “throw out the liberal government in Washington” saying “Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”

Mike Huckabee’s speech, however, was excellent. Huckabee had many great lines including: “I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.”  He went on to tell a story about a teacher giving a lesson about the importance of veteran’s sacrifices in the service of our country.  It was great speech-making and hit home.

At 10pm EDT Rudy Giuliani showed up and ripped the Dems a new one!  It was absolutely awesome, with so  many good points, I can’t write them all here!  In my opinion, the line which may be one of the strongest to undecideds was about reading the resume of the two candidates for President while blanking out their names and parties.  It’s not even close who should be President.  Giuliani also filled the speech with tons of red meat, tearing Obama limb from limb!

Then came Sarah Palin

Actually, her speech was similar to her first speech last Friday, but the stage was completely different: so big, so important, everyone watching.  With only six networks showing Sarah Palin’s speech at about 10:30pm (compared to Obama’s 10), she still managed to pull 37 million viewers (just 1.1 million short of The One’s speech).  Good thing, too, she knocked this one out of the park and the MSM doesn’t know what to do with itself!  From suggesting that she didn’t write her speech, to that she shares nothing but a chromosome  with She Who Must Not Be Named and so forth, the Dems and their campaign wing, the Mainstream Media, are completely miffed and grasping at straws that will come back to bite them. 

The energy was electric and the moment historic.  Even the adorable little Piper Palin, Sarah’s youngest daughter, waving at her mom and the crowd with the excitement of a seven-year-old who’s never seen so many people clapping for her Mom, was perfect. 

10 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned. 

If I were Barack Obama, I’d be a worried today.  Very worried.

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Petraeus: Iraq “Spiraling Upwards”

Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008

David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground.  He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.”  What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!

Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week. 

Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue.  And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts?  It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone.  It would have truly been war without end.  Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work.  Let’s keep it that way.

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Republican National Convention, Day 2

Posted by Mike on September 2, 2008

Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman seemed subdued to me as they delivered the major speeches at tonight’s session of the Republican National Convention. Normally, that isn’t the demeanor one projects when delivering a political speech, especially at a political convention; but somehow, it worked. What other demeanor would be appropriate when explaining the details of John McCain’s ordeal in a North Vietnamese prison? From Fred’s speech:

We hear a lot of talk about hope. John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on. For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home. John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who’d been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, “It will be very bad for you.” They were right. It was. The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at the gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew his shoulders back. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm. John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beaten for NOT communicating with so-called “peace delegations.” He was beaten for not giving information during interrogations. When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in his squadron, John gave them the names of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers. Whenever John was returned to his cell — walking if he could, dragged if he couldn’t — as he passed his fellow POWs, he would call out to them. He’d smile … and give them a thumbs-up. For five-and-a-half years this went on. John McCain’s bones may have been broken but his spirit never was.

Subdued, but effective.

Also effective was the “red meat,” at least from Fred.

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.

That got the crowd excited.

Overall Fred and JoeMentum seemed subdued, but that was appropriate on this first night of major speeches because they used it to lay a foundation Obama and Biden cannot match. Fred was especially good at it and the MSM knows this. That’s why the three blind mice didn’t cover it. They are terrified.

As effective as tonight was, subdued won’t cut tomorrow. Palin needs to rip The One a new one.

AP photo

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Let the Smears Begin!

Posted by Ryan on September 2, 2008

It began today in earnest:  the MSM onslaught against the McCain-Palin ticket is in full force after using the Labor Day holiday to figure out a way to attack McCain-Palin.  It’s been tricky.

Drudge has a good balance of the smearing on his site, including McCain’s response to what’s been going on since Friday at around 12:50 pm EDT: race and class war if Obama loses; pandering to women who feel sorry for Palin the Victim; and of course, McCain’s deep political calculation and cynicism.

All of it further demonstrates the MSM’s double standards, as well as their fear that the McCain-Palin ticket might pull it off. If they weren’t such a big deal, they wouldn’t care so much, nor would they get so personal.  It makes sense though.  Many MSM members suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, which has carried over to the republican name-brand.  If a Republican wins in the Fall, they might as well cash it in.  They MUST do what they have to do to prevent that, even if it means handicapping the race in favor of Obama, then they’ll see to it with passion.  It’s going to be a rough 63 days.

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Bristol Palin’s Having a Baby

Posted by Ryan on September 1, 2008

She’s 17 and has got a lot of growing up to do! 

Bristol Palin is having a baby and will do the right thing and shortly marry the father.  Sarah and Todd have indicated that the press should respect the historical privacy of the candidate’s children and stay out of this ordeal.  The One agrees.  The Palins have a positive attitude and will be supportive of their oldest daughter and her soon-to-be-husband… given Sarah Palin’s history with guns, this gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding.”

Elated Libs just don’t get it.  Some of the conspiracy theories and allegations on the blogosphere are terrible and I will not post a link to them out of respect and tact. 

To be frank just because Bristol is pregnant, doesn’t mean Conservatives will abandon her mom, nor does it mean Palin’s not Conservative, nor will Conservatives lose respect for her.  That Bristol is getting married, keeping the baby, and is still embraced by her parents are all things consistent with Conservative values.  Remember, the Family Values crowd also believes that we’re all sinners and need the guidance of Jesus’ teachings to help us through life’s tribulations.  This whole issue doesn’t exemplify model behavior, but given the situation, this shows the Palins are ready to face life’s challenges, while showing themselves to be good people dealt a difficult hand.

Reuters photo.

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Palin v. Obama on Experience

Posted by Ryan on September 1, 2008

Gerard Baker penned this quick comparison of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.   The contrasts could not be more clear and could not be more indicative that a Palin-type character is much more desirable in high office than an Obama-type politician. 

Young and ambitious, Obama has followed a typical political corsus, yet rising much too fast to accumulate wisdom and take true responsibility for his political decisions without hiding behind or within the votes of others.  Young and driven, Palin has worked in the private sector, the public sector, and has held local and state offices that force her to be where the “buck stops” on numerous issues, accelerating her wisdom and forcing her to take sole responsibility for her actions.

I know that this election is McCain v. Obama (which on experience isn’t even close), but if the Dems are going to whine about Palin’s lack of experience, then their own candidate needs to look in the mirror and do some thinking about whether or not the Dems really want to go there.

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In Love with Gustav

Posted by Ryan on August 31, 2008

Reason #314 why I will not be voting for a Democrat any time soon:  former DNC Chairman, Don Fowler was giddy with the notion that the deadly Category 4 Hurricane Gustav (as of this writing anyway– it could go up to Cat 5 by landfall) is timed so well with the Republican National Convention that it just “demonstrates that God’s on [their] side.”  Comic Book Guy himself, Michael Moore has echoed these statements too, saying that this is proof there is a God.  But we except as much from him, plus Moore’s not a political leader.

Both links have videos which made me angry given that it is a certainty that lives will be lost, people are already displaced, and suffering will ensue despite whatever political ramifications the Dems think this will all have.

If you’re going to bring up God, here’s a letter which in my opinion has its heart in the right place.  Yet, why do these Dems become so unabashed about invoking God when a deadly hurricane destined to take some lives and destroy homes coincides in what they think is great political theater?  They must have quite a warped view of God (but that’s reason #26 why I won’t be voting for a Democrat any time soon).  The balloons not dropping on cue when Kerry finished his 2004 acceptance speech was great political theater, but cheering a deadly monster storm is just sick.  I’m waiting for the McCain campaign to tactfully pounce on this one.

Map from NOAA.

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Democrats Stumble Out of the Gate on Sarah Palin

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

Now this Operation Chaos. Totally blindslided by McCain’s spectacular running mate, the Democrats’ initial responses to the selection are as hilarious as they are pathetic. Obama’s campaign has already fallen into McCain’s trap by criticizing inexperience at the bottom of McCain’s ticket and Ken Salazar is apoplectic because she isn’t famous enough.

The left’s initial reaction to Sarah Palin is almost as exciting as the selection itself. Thanks liberals!

UPDATE: All morning I’ve been calling Palin’s nomination a trap. I like the way The Anchoress, puts it:

The Democrats have to be careful, now, and so does the press. Much of what they’d like to say about Palin – about age, experience, identity politics, etc – will only open the door to similar inquiry about Obama. And the bottom line to those sorts of debates will always be this: Palin is at the bottom of the ticket; Obama is at the top.

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McCain’s VP Pick To Be Announced Today (UPDATE: McCain Selects Sarah Palin)

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

The official announcement of John McCain’s running mate is expected in about three hours and current rumors are circulating around Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. I hope this is true as she is one of three people who would excite and unite the Republican Party. I have a couple of quick thoughts on the potential selection.

Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for a number of reasons but three stand out in mind: (1) Palin is pro-life; (2) Palin is a woman; and (3) the selection is a trap. The pro-life issue is important because it shows a respect for human life and united the GOP. The fact that Palin is a woman helps McCain because women tend to vote for Democrats and those inclined to vote based on gender are people who would not normally support the GOP, it adds votes.

The genius behind this pick though is that its a trap. Palin is only a one-term Governor and I already hear the squawking that she’s too inexperienced. The response? “Experience might be an issue here. At least we had the good sense to put our ‘inexperienced’ candidate at the bottom of the ticket. Where will the candidate at the top of your ticket get his on the job training?”

I hope this rumor is true.

UPDATE: I hope this update is a misdirection.

UPDATE 2: McCain’s doing a great job of hyping this process the day after the Sermon at the Temple. I hope the Corner is on to something.

UPDATE 3: Is a CNBC confirmation worth anything?

UPDATE 4: The trap is set. Palin it is!

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Obama Preaches to His Choir

Posted by Ryan on August 29, 2008

Last night, Barack Obama accepted his nomination for President and gave “The American Promise” speech.  No ceiling could tame this monster, but perhaps 85,000 mind-numbed rubes at the oddly phallic Invesco Field Obamapolis would suffice!

The speech was well delivered, but I’ve seen him better.  Its content was remarkably average for a “hope and change” candidate.  He wrecked on Ronald the Great and tried to write an epitaph for Conservatism.  He challenged McCain to a debate (though McCain challenged him to 10 in June), had the audacity to use the phrase “brother’s keeper” twice, and promised to end our pain and solve life’s problems for the masses.  By the way, it’s “never been about [Obama]….”  Right.

Typical liberal bilge and run-of-the-mill convention-style red meat, but two things really bothered me about the speech: 

Firstly, his mention of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 45th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech seemed muted and down right obligatory.  Obama was in a unique situation to evoke the power of the message Dr. King gave that day, without comparing himself to King while bringing home Obama’s place in history.  Yet, he blew it.  I’m not rooting for Obama, but that’s a powerful card he should have played respectfully.  Or perhaps he just couldn’t have pulled it off.

Secondly, the Obama Nation and the Obamapolis.  The tears were obnoxious.  In contrast, back in 2004 Bush evoked his conversation with a mother of a fallen soldier, tears welled up and should have — powerful mental images, powerful example in consequential times.  The Obama Nation are simply swept up in the power of the European-style personality cult which surrounds The One.  Nothing in the substance of the speech last night, under normal circumstances, should have created a deluge of tears like what we saw.  Plus, when the speech ended, the fireworks display, the intense music coupled with the cult-worship of the Empty Suit seriously reminded me of something out of Nuremberg in the 1930s. 

AP photo.

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Day 3–The Truly Historic Moment in Denver

Posted by Ryan on August 27, 2008

There was a major historical moment tonight at the Democrat National Convention…

You guessed it!  At 6:49pm EDT the Democrat Party nominated a Presidential candidate with less experience than anyone in living memory! (see below)  He’s never really done anything of note, had to make a serious executive decision with true consequences, has no major legislation with his name on it, and apparently only “has a speech he gave in 2002.”

What’s worse is that he has to forever share this moment in history with the person who finally put him over the edge to secure the nomination: She Who Must Not be Named, herself!  This is shaping up to be the biggest Clintonian convention since 1996, beating out 2000 when Algore was consciously trying to avoid BJ’s political stench. 

Of course it’s historic that he’s the first half-African American to get the nomination of a major political party.  As a nation, we really should be proud of this moment.  However, after that quiet moment of reflection, we should move on and make sure he never reaches his goal — not because he’s half-black, but because he’s a dangerously inexperienced empty suit.

AP photo.

Some examples on the issue of experience:

JFK served in the House for three terms (1947-1953), the Senate for one full term and was reelected before beating Nixon for the White House in 1960.  JFK was 43 years old and already had 11 years as an elected national political figure over Barack Obama.

Bill Clinton was elected to non-consecutive terms as Governor of Arkansas, serving twelve of the fourteen years from 1979-1993 before defeating Bush 41 to be elected President in 1992.  BJ was 46 years old and already had 9 years as an elected administrator of a state over the experience of Barack Obama as a significant public figure who’s had to make consequential decisions.

The Dems made a real poor choice with Obama, given their track record of nominating young, experienced people.

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The DNC — Day One

Posted by Ryan on August 26, 2008

So it begins!

Michelle Obama gave last evening’s major speech where she tried to rehabilitate her image amongst the folks.  Some think she did OK.  Though obviously managed and edited by fierce poll-reading sycophants it didn’t really hurt in my opinion — kids, shoutouts, kinder/gentler, blah blah.  I saw a re-airing of the speech and while I watched I couldn’t get past those “down-right mean” unscripted remarks she made earlier this year where she dissed an America without her husband on the verge of leading it.  That’s the real unscripted M’Obama, not what we saw last night. 

Ted “Fins” Kennedy gave the more notable speech of the evening, borrowing heavily from the memories of his more apt brothers and continuing the long tradition of populist welfare-state dribble from the top tier Democrat hierarchy.  It was the address he should have given to that audience and his mere presence was a powerful image to hardcore Dems.  If the torch is indeed being “passed again to a new generation,” then thank God it’s leaving his.

Funny thing:  after the weekend where Obama picked Joe Biden as his Veep and after one full day of the Democrat National Convention, John McCain jumped ahead of Obama (46-44%) in the latest Gallup Daily tracking poll.  Obviously The One will get some kind of bounce after his big speech Thursday, but for now I like the trend — the more people know about him, the lower his national numbers go!

Preview: Tonight’s the real popcorn moment

AP photo.

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Ryan’s VP Endorsement: A Seconding of John Kasich

Posted by Ryan on August 25, 2008

Let me explain. 

Sarah Palin’s been the flavor of the week because she’s conservative, female, and a new face on the scene.  But what has she really accomplished of significance with national or regional implications that makes her qualified to be one heart-beat away from being President?  What aid does Alaska’s Governor give the national ticket strategically?  Dick Cheney was from Wyoming, yes, but he had decades of real national security experience before being Veep.  Most people vote top-of-the-ticket anyway and I don’t think she’s the best one for this election cycle, though.

Throughout the primaries this year I’ve been pragmatically (though not always philosophically) behind Mitt Romney because he is positioned well with money and notoriety as the one who would have been #2 behind McCain in the primaries had he stayed in the race, while being able to articulate ideas superbly.  He’s not without faults or a faux-pas or two.  Yet, with all that he was “conservative enough” to me given our realistic choices this year.  Some people will simply never vote for a ticket which carries a Mormon on it, and others think he’s either too “squeaky clean” or too “used-car salesman” for their support.  Yet, he is McCain’s most likely pick:  he’ll appease a good number of conservatives and shore up protection against those who attack McCain’s own shaky statements on the economy.  I’d support the ticket — it’s not a bad pick…

But it’s ultimately not the best pick in my view.

John Kasich’s superlatives have been well-documented by Mike below so I will not stray into Mike’s territory too much; only to say that I agree that Kasich nearly guarantees Ohio while solidifying Pennsyltucky for McCain.  Kasich has no real enemies or controversies and also left Congress on the top of his game.  I also agree that his down-home nature will cream O’Biden in the Veep debate and on the stump.  Furthermore, he would make a fine President if the need arose and will strengthen the ticket being young, articulate, strategically important and very bright (“bright” as in quite smart, not as in Obama-holy-halo shine “bright”).

Thusly, because John Kasich is a conservative with a mainstream likability which will add votes, not subtract them like the odds-on favorite Mitt Romney, I concur with Mike and endorse John Kasich for the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nomination.

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Mike’s VP Endorsement: John Kasich

Posted by Mike on August 24, 2008

You can file this one under “wishful thinking,” but I’d like to offer my two cents on who John McCain should select as his running mate. I am convinced that John Kasich would be McCain’s best option for both political and government purposes.

Politically, Kasich is the best option because he would be a tremendous boost in the State of Ohio. Traditionally a light red state, Ohio has been drifting to the Democrat Party because of the state party’s unique brand of incompetence. Fortunately, Kasich left politics before the party’s reputation was damaged in the Buckeye State and remains one of the few popular Republicans in the state.

Kasich would also help McCain because he is acceptable to the conservative base of our party. He is pro-life, a tax cutter and truly believes in the concept of limited government. He would satisfy all wings of the party.

Kasich would also help McCain on the political front because of his economic expertise. One of the knocks against McCain (rightly or wrongly) is that he is weak on the economy. Kasich could fill that void by reminding people of the fact that he was the Congressman who led the fight for the balanced budgets that the Republican Congress shoved down Bill Clinton’s throat during the 1990s (no pun intended).

Finally on the political front, Kasich is optimistic, bright, telegenic, and would wipe the floor with Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate.

Kasich would also be an excellent member of McCain’s administration. Every President should be surrounded with people truly committed to limited government, lower taxes, and protecting the unborn.

In my opinion, McCain’s best option for Vice President is John Kasich. Since Kasich probably won’t be the choice, I’ll be rooting for my second choice, Sarah Palin.

UPDATE: Admittedly, I should have searched before writing this post, but I’m happy to see that I’m on the same page as Michael Novak.

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Biden on Obama: In His Own Words

Posted by Ryan on August 23, 2008

The McCain campaign has an honest to goodness War Room up and running, of which I am very impressed.  Here’s an ad released by the McCain campaign as it was becoming evident that Joe Biden would be Obama’s running mate.  It’s Joe Biden on Barack Obama:

Those pesky debates are certainly going to haunt Obama time and again.  Now it’s up to McCain to pick a good Veep candidate.  Aside from the obvious potential Romney pick many are speaking about, some are thinking that McCain picking a conservative woman would be perfect to not just appease conservatives but gather a big piece of the female vote, which is so critical for any Democrat to carry if they want to win.  Romney has attacked McCain before (on the economy) and ads similar to the one above will undoubtedly be run during the Republican National Convention against the Republian ticket.

Just throwing it out there but Kay Bailey Hutchinson has a 91% American Conservative Union voting record, and a 90% rating from Americans for Tax Reform.  She’s articulate, an experienced and popular third-term Senator, and a Southerner.  Her problem is immigration reform, but then again, that’s one of McCain’s problems too.

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Obama Selects Joe Biden As His Running Mate

Posted by Mike on August 23, 2008

With bad news going out to Governor Kaine and Senator Bayh, no 3 a.m. phone call for She Who Must Not Be Named, a private jet from Chicago landing in Delaware, and a new Secret Service detail for the dumbest U.S. Senator, indications are that Barack Obama has selected Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

Other than the fact that Biden is is a dim-witted hothead who suffers from diarrhea of the mouth, plagiarized his way through law school, plagiarized his way through his 1988 campaign, exaggerated his academic accomplishments to New Hampshire voters, and hails from a tiny blue state Obama will carry anyway, Obama made a great pick.

I can’t wait until Biden displays that trademark grin after saying something stupid that he, and he alone, thinks is genius. What a lucky break for John McCain.

Pic via Moonbattery

UPDATE: CNN confirms.

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McCain vs. Obama: How Many Houses Do You Have?

Posted by Ryan on August 21, 2008

Did you know that McCain is out of touch with regular Americans?  It’s true, I heard The One say it today.

According to the Obama campaign, McCain is so out of touch that he doesn’t even know how many homes he has, while at the same time thinks “rich” starts at around $5 million (see video at 1:35 for the remark and 1:52 for his prediction that it would be taken out of context like Obama is doing), making “middle-class” be around $3 million to McCain.

Great!  Do the Obama people really want to go there?  So, how many homes does Obama have?  How many were sold to him by perp Tony Rezko and his people?  Surprisingly, the McCain spokesman Brian Rogers was smart enough to rope-a-dope Obama with a great and swift response:

Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon [Tony Rezko] really want to get into a debate about houses?  Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

Zing!

Obama’s campaign looks more desperate everyday, plus the McCain campaign consistently has pleasantly surprised me thus far in August.  There might just be “hope” for this November!

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McCain Up 5 in Latest Zogby Poll

Posted by Ryan on August 20, 2008

Up 46%-41% over The One, John McCain finally has the lead in a national poll!  What’s special about this poll is not simply that McCain is up, but unlike many of the polls which have this race tied, the new Reuters-Zogby poll is of 1,089 “likely voters”, rather than the weaker “registered voters” or the worst “adults” in its sampling.  McCain’s even up 5 points when you add in Barr and Nader!

However, with a +/- 3 point margin of error, it’s still pretty much a tie in the worst case scenario, and like Obama, McCain has still not cracked 50%, but this outlier and its trends are a good sign going into the DNC early next week.

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Obama Whines at VFW Convention

Posted by Ryan on August 19, 2008

In sum: “John McCain called me names, waaah!” 

It’s time to call a “WAH-ambulance” for Barack Obama.  Not only did he whine about McCain’s criticism of him in front of the VFW Convention today, he got his analysis of Iraq totally wrong, and he brought this out:

“But one of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism. I have never suggested that Senator McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same.”

Every time a Democrat brings up someone questioning their patriotism, you the listener have to immediately assume that their patriotism is suspect.  The Dems see no difference from questioning the judgment of a candidate and questioning their love of country.  It’s been quite a psychological drama unfolding before us since 2002.  And that unfolding drama continued today!

Obama had a chance to go to the VFW and take control of the agenda, instead he basically responded to McCain’s attacks and looked small and whiny in my opinion. He’s showing himself to be a poor candidate when it comes to outreach.

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McCain Slams Daily Kos

Posted by Mike on August 18, 2008

Not wanting to be outdone by the NBC “News” parroting the Obama campaign’s false claim that McCain cheated at the Saddleback forum, Daily Kos stepped up to the plate and accused McCain of plagiarizing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn when he told the story of his Vietnamese prison guard who drew a cross in the sand.

Ryan posted on the McCain campaign’s excellent response to NBC, so I thought I’d quote the best part of the McCain campaign’s stinging and hilariously accurate response to the Daily Kos smear:

It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”

Heh. Say what you will about John McCain, but this is not the Dole campaign.

Hat tip:  The Corner

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McCain Slams NBC’s Bias

Posted by Ryan on August 18, 2008

I was wondering when McCain’s campaign was going to take the obvious pro-Obama MSM bias out of the realm of humor and into the realm of substance.  Well, his campaign finally took the worst of the bunch, NBC, to task, sending a letter to the President of NBC, Steve Capus!

I was flipping through the morning talk yesterday and I heard Andrea Mitchell (Greenspan) actually accuse McCain of having a heads-up on the Saddleback Church forum since McCain answered the questions so quickly.  It couldn’t be because McCain knows what he believes and can articulate it succinctly, he must have cheated!  I accepted the bias, but the McCain camp did not… and good for them!

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

Mitchell: “The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because what they are putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama. He seemed so well-prepared.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 8/17/08 )

Make no mistake: This is a serious charge. Andrea Mitchell is repeating, uncritically, a completely unsubstantiated Obama campaign claim that John McCain somehow cheated in last night’s forum at Saddleback Church.

This isn’t whining on the part of the McCain campaign, it’s a legitimate gripe.  It’s the Obama folks that are whining about the fact that their guy lost this round, this time with NBC parroting the Obama campaign’s dictates.

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McCain v. Obama at the Saddleback Church Civic Forum

Posted by Ryan on August 17, 2008

Last evening, the evangelical mega-church, Saddleback Church, had a “civic forum” with the candidates to discuss issues Pastor Rick Warren wished to hear about.  It was not a debate in the usual sense.  The format was excellent: about 50 minutes a piece, one candidate at a time using the same questions with the same audience for roughly the same amount of time without hearing how the other responded.  On a coin flip, Obama went first followed by McCain.

There is a sense that McCain looked strong and decisive, while Obama looked measured and at ease.  I didn’t watch the whole thing.  I popped in here and there.  I thought McCain looked good and answered with authority.  Everyone knows Obama can speak, so McCain’s performance beat the lowered expectations… that concept helped get Bush two terms!  McCain’s not my favorite politician (even slightly misquoting Reagan’s “[take] down this wall!” remark), but he did not hurt himself at all in this event.  In fact, I agree with those who say that he even won.

Much of the “analysis” afterwards on the cable networks dealt with the potential gaffes.  In my opinion, Obama had the biggest gaffe of the night on the issue of abortion:  he really did utter the phrase “above my pay-grade” in response to a question about his opinion as to when unborn babies should get legal protection?  I guess until he’s President, right, then he’ll be paid enough?  The Empty Suit strikes again!

What a ridiculous answer and one which will hurt him with evangelicals and pro-life Catholics!  To all those who doubt: life begins at conception — that’s not a political opinion or a moral issue, it’s a scientific fact.  That is a premise on which we all should agree.  Politics and policy come next and everyone’s opinion matters.   McCain handled it right and his pro-life beliefs make him the choice for evangelicals in this election.  Obama will not sway the one-issue pro-life voters into voting for Obama-style social welfare (which they like), when Obama is openly pro-choice.

LA Times photo.

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A Pro-Choice Republican Veep

Posted by Ryan on August 14, 2008

Well, John McCain said he was open to the prospect today, as rumors still fly that he is closer to picking Joe Lieberman as his Veep in the coming weeks.

Veeps don’t really make all the difference in the voting booth.  My choice is fundamentally between voting against McCain or Obama — I didn’t vote for Bush because of Cheney, nor did I vote for Dole because of Kemp.  But, the Veep says a lot about the candidate himself, his relationship with the party, and his deeper views.  In essence it is the first true consequential decision a President will make — it says a lot about him.

McCain has staked his chances on getting moderates and some disaffected Dems to vote for him, but a pro-choice or even an Independent-Democrat Veep is going a bit too far: he’ll lure the Center, but sacrifice the Right.  A lot of Republicans stayed home in 2006.

I can’t vote for Bob Barr (his checkered ethics in the past, plus the Libertarian Party plank is very liberal on social issues) nor can I stay home.  I have to vote against Obama… and I have to repeat that to myself everytime I watch the six o’clock news.

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He Can See Clearly Now: Bush Takes A Second Look at Putin

Posted by Mike on August 13, 2008

Most criticism of George W. Bush is off base and will look downright silly in a few years; however, one criticism of Bush is completely warranted. When Bush looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and saw a man he could trust, he should have done a double take. Today was the double take.

When the Soviet Union Russia invaded Georgia a couple of days ago, President Bush was a little slow in reassuring our ally that the US would stand by its side. At the very moment our ally was invaded by its former slave master, the U.S’s reaction should have been repeated statements of support coupled with actions that would make Russia take notice. Thankfully, John McCain is on record stating that Russia should be kicked out of the G8 and that the U.S. should build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Since it is now clear that Iran is not the only threat in the region, that would be fine with me. So would fast tracking Georgia, Ukraine and other willing members of Russia’ near abroad into NATO.

A healthy friendship with Russia is in the United States’ best interest. The thing is, a healthy friendship with the United States is also in Russia’s best interest. The world has basically ignored Russia while it whittled away at its civil liberties, armed American enemies in the Middle East, and poisoned people on foreign soil. The world’s reaction to this crisis has been reassuring. It seems that partying like its 1968 was a step too far.

Reuters photo

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