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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.

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Boxer Hits the Pope

Posted by Ryan on April 18, 2008

Barbara Boxer is a complete b-tch!

Here Pope Benedict XVI, leader of over 1 billion Roman Catholics around the world and 65 million in the USA alone, has come to the United States for the first time in his Papacy bringing good will and reconciliation to all, when Ned Flanders himself Senator Sam Brownback wanted to pass a resolution hailing his visit for good will purposes. 

Simple right?  Not in this Democrat Congress! 

In steps the b-tch.

Apparently, the unabashedly pro-life Pontiff just couldn’t have the US Senate pass a resolution simply cheering his visit containing the phrase:

“Whereas Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the weak and vulnerable, witnessing to the value of each and every human life.”

without Boxer threatening to sink the resolution! 

Brownback still wanted this thing to fly through while the Pope’s still here so he agreed to take the last clause out, cutting the part about “witnessing to the value of each and every human life.”  Despicable for Boxer; weak-kneed on Brownback’s part. 

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Rudy Giuliani’s Good Strategy

Posted by Mike on January 30, 2008

Rudy Giuliani made the right decision when he decided to skip Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina to focus on Florida. The fact that his strategy was unsuccessful does not change the fact that the alternative would have been even more difficult to pull off.

At this moment, the Republican Party is not a conservative party; however, it is still a pro-life party. Any pro-choice candidate faces an uphill climb in a Republican primary. This is especially true in Iowa and South Carolina and generally true in New Hampshire. Rudy had no chance of winning any of these states. If he had campaigned heavily in these states, he certainly would have lost and resulting negative media attention and lost momentum would have killed his candidacy before it even reached the Sunshine State.

That’s not to say he had much of a chance in Florida either, but focusing his attention there was at least a plausible strategy. Unlike Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Florida is home to a large number of New York transplants who hold the Mayor in high regard. These voters, coupled with what Rudy hoped would be a split vote among a large field (similar to the large field in the earlier states) gave Rudy his only chance, small as it may have been, to win. It did not work, but that does not mean it was the wrong strategy.

If a mediocre football team with no passing game focuses on the run and still manages to lose to the New England Patriots, chances are, the strategy was not the reason for losing. OK, that’s a bad hypothetical because the Patriots cheat, but the point still stands. A pro-choice Republican lost in a pro-life party. It wasn’t the strategy that killed his chances. Pun intended.

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