You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me

April 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm (The 2008 Presidential Race)

This just came up on the MSNBC ticker:

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. John McCain has erased Sen. Barack Obama’s 10-point advantage in a head-to-head matchup, leaving him essentially tied with both Democratic candidates in an Associated Press-Ipsos national poll released Thursday.

How can this be true? I know it’s early, but for crying out loud, have we not had enough with the warmongering already?




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Is This Our Guy?

March 5, 2008 at 11:58 pm (The 2008 Presidential Race)

barack-borat.jpgHere are a few excerpts from a recent Rolling Stone article on Barack Obama (and bear in mind they’re endorsing him):   

“Obama is a politician whose best chance for success has always been on the level of myth and hero worship; to win the Democratic nomination, he must successfully sell himself not just as a candidate but as an icon, a symbol of the best possible future for twenty-first-century multicultural America.”

“Whoever Barack Obama is, there’s no doubting the genuineness of his phenomenon. And maybe, who knows, that’s all that matters.”

“It’s a mood thing, not an issue thing, and it stems entirely from Obama’s unique personal qualities.”

“But mostly, Obama is selling himself.”

“There’s just something about him,” says one middle-aged gentleman. When I suggest that his comment was vague, he shrugs. “Yeah, but it’s good vague.”

Is this our guy? Is he more than an undefined symbol of the future (whatever that is)? Will he stand up to corporations and their stranglehold on so many facets of American life? Will he pursue an non-interventionist foreign policy? Will he actually do any of the things we want, or will he merely be “one of the best moderately Republican presidents we’ve had,” as Greenspan said of Bill Clinton?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll vote for him in a close race, but my cynicism just won’t allow me to trust a politician who has made it this far in one of the two major parties.

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