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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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Ted Kennedy has Brain Cancer

Posted by Ryan on May 20, 2008

Doctors have identified “a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe” as the cause of Senator Kennedy’s seizure over the weekend.  This kind of cancer affects roughly 9000 Americans per year and early diagnosis and a non-aggressive type can lead to about five more years. 

But it’ll be a tough slog.  Kennedy’s cancer is inoperable and will require chemo and other harsh treatments.  To reiterate a previous post: despite our political beliefs, we here nonetheless hope that Kennedy can recover, even though the prognosis is very dark.

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Ted Kennedy Hospitalized

Posted by Ryan on May 17, 2008

Whereas sometimes we at AOR like to poke fun at Ted Kennedy, in times like this it is not appropriate.  He’s human, and we are not just fallible beings, we’re mortal beings who must deal with what life hands us sometimes.

It’s reported at this early hour that the 76-year-old Kennedy was hospitalized with symptoms of a stroke.  We hope he gets better and continues to engage the Right on the issues when this is over.  We may not agree with his politics, but during this episode he’s a fellow human being, not a political dartboard.

So, buck up Ted!

UPDATE: it was officially a seizure.

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Petraeus and Crocker Surge Update: ’08 Version

Posted by Ryan on April 8, 2008

General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker entered a hostile-fire zone once again on Capitol Hill, and once again came out looking like the adults in the room!  By later this evening, all three Presidential contenders will have gotten a chance to question the General about the continued effectiveness of the Surge strategy.  I’d like to see how they all come across, especially She Who Must Not be Named, who I’m sure had to maneuver through cover fire to even enter the room, and Obama, who has more experience in understanding foreign policy affairs than both McCain or SWMNBN.  Wow, I didn’t know that.

Here’s an up-to-the-minute update on the goings on up there on the Hill. 

Personally, I watched about 30 minutes altogether today and was able to catch Susan Collins meandering her way through a question with one of my classes.  Not very exciting.  

However, earlier I caught Ted [hiccup] Kennedy reading his petty liberal talking points mostly in a coherent manner — I watched him speak before one of his notorious liquid lunches.  It only took about a minute of watching before the predictable Code Pink jerks chanted “Bring them Home!” during the testimony [Note: for more fun, read up a little on the Black Shirts for a quick refresher on fascist tactics when confronting speakers with whom they disagree]. 

So, we’ll see how this Update will play out, surely with election-year drama that will put a few if not all of the candidates on the record for good or for bad.  Unfortunately, being lost in all this political theater is Petraeus’ message that we’re on the right track and still need the intestinal fortitude to see this thing through.

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Democrat Party in Chaos

Posted by Sal on January 29, 2008

Much has been written on this page and others about the state of the Republican party, but little attention is being paid to the possible crumbling of the Democrat coalition that has kept the Democrat Party in contention for the past 30 years.  She Who Must Not Be Named and her supporters have done more to potentially destroy the Democrat coalition than anyone else in recent memory. 

First, SWMNBN and her husband have pushed racial politics into the forefront of first presidential race where an African American actually has a shot at getting a nomination of a major party.  SWMNBN and her husband are trying to pit one minorty (blacks) against another (Hispanics).  Meanwhile, the National Organization for Women (NOW), a supporter of SWMNBN, is accusing anyone who attacks her as engaging in a “psychological gang-bang“.  In addition, they accused Ted Kennedy of betraying woman with his support of Obama (funny how they never felt that he betrayed women before). 

It is clear that the factions that make up the Democrat party are unraveling and at war with each other.  If SWMNBN gets the nomination (shudder), she would be smart to try to heal the work she has done by choosing Obama as her running mate.  However, that in and of itself is not a sure thing.  Obama may refuse, and the coalition may still be torn.  Whatever the problems of Republicans right now, Democrats have their own, and they may be worse. 

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