I agree...Obama is probably more of an opportunist than a socialist. It was convenient to him back then to associate with these far left characters, and now it is convenient to him to be more mainstream. My question is, what will be convenient to him in January if he is elected? Which Obama is America going to get?Comment Posted By Shelby On 9.10.2008 @ 19:31
I had another thought: does anyone see the irony in writing a piece about 9%'ers that must believe "The media is in cahoots with the Democrats to suppress all the good news" at Pajamas Media, a site with the self proclaimed slogan "Send the MSM down the river""?? But then again, that's why I read sites like that and other blogs. I like people who give it to you straight--unlike many stories I find in the MSM. (you know I love ya, Rick!)
Actually I think there are people out there who will be optimistic no matter what they read because that's just the way they are--just like there are people who will always find a lot to scrutinize and criticize. A lot of that is just personality, although ignorance can certainly enhance it.
PS, Chuck -
you're right, economic conservatism is like an urban legend nowadays. I think it started to die long ago. (and the # should have been 300 billion, not million - my bad LOL)Comment Posted By Shelby On 8.10.2008 @ 14:09
PS and McCain has lost the election all by himself... It's true that the media hasn't helped matters, but you have to admit, if the guy is proposing a 300 million bailout for homeowners he's kind of lost touch with conservatives. At first I thought McCain supporting the bailout bill and going back to Washington was a true sign of leadership, but now I think it's been the kiss of death in his campaign...Comment Posted By Shelby On 8.10.2008 @ 12:33
I just read that over at Pajamas Media and I hope I'm not one of the relentless optimists that leaves comments on blogs that you were talking about... LOL.
I have a lot of things erode my optimism lately, and in general I don't think the country is going in the right direction. I think in the next 10-20 years we are going to see the United States change a great deal and I don't know whether to just roll with the punches or feel depressed about it. I think this stream of economic bailouts in particular is the first sign that we are truly saying "goodbye" to the old American way. I was raised to believe that you have to work hard for everything you get, and if you make a mistake you have to deal with it. How do those rules apply today? from everything from the economy to even the media's coverage of the election, it's obvious that sometimes people and politicians who make mistakes can get away scott-free. I feel like the media used to keep American politicians honest. I always envision reporters to be like the reporter in that Chicago movie The Untouchables with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. Even though Kevin Costner was going after Al Capone and he was the new city hero, the press was right there to photograph his every mistake (especially the one where he was sure he was leading a big alcohol bust but the suspicious crates were instead filled with harmless things like umbrellas). But the media doesn't serve that purpose anymore. The media takes a liking to certain story lines and people, and passes over any news that doesn't fit the mold.
So my question is, how can we improve our country if we can't even identify who the crooks are?Comment Posted By Shelby On 8.10.2008 @ 12:24
I feel like the media will insure Obama is elected even if it means looking the other way where these suspicious connections are concerned. Note the recent headlines attacking Palin as racist for daring to point out any connection with Ayers. It's obvious that attacking Palin is fair game, but they won't dare turn that same scrutiny on Obama.
A lot of my friends are so used to hearing the same old CNN storyline that it never occurs to them that the things McCain and Palin are saying are TRUE... and so I think the media has done its job. It has made the truth seem like lunacy, and lies look like truth. That's why I think this election is lost. We might as well just hand in the towel.
I'm preparing myself for an Obama presidency, but its going to be sickening watching the media finally go into these stories with a rabid curiosity in 2009 when it is safe to do so and gives them better ratings. Sick, just sick!Comment Posted By Shelby On 8.10.2008 @ 09:10
I'm sure Obama will win also. I just don't see anyway around it. He never gets criticized or scrutinized in the mainstream media, so any critique of him immediately seems "untrue" to the average voter. I have friends I've talked to who are just normal everyday folks--they like to watch their TV shows more than follow politics--and they didn't even know he's spent less than 200 days in the Senate. I am serious. They are that clueless. But despite me pointing out a few things like that that made me nervous about Obama, they are still "pretty sure" they're going to vote for him. It's unbelievable! I think he's just a smooth talking political machine... conservatives like us get a laugh out of the silly things he says without a teleprompter, his former associations that scream "rookie with bad judgement", and the egotistical Presidential seals and minted coins he puts out, but let's face it, does that news about Obama really get out? Does anyone care what he did even 3 weeks ago, much less 3 years ago?
It occured me that Obama's campaign is not based on what he has DONE. It's based on his POTENTIAL. And come Election Day, we will see just how far that potential has carried him.Comment Posted By Shelby On 5.10.2008 @ 19:20
I really think Biden and Obama live in a fantasy world sometimes and you can tell when they start talking exactly how bad it is. 57 states? The "bomb" dropped on Pearl Harbor? but you know, since this was BIDEN saying this and not a Republican, you can bet there won't be any coverage on this. It's just Biden being Biden! It's part of his charm! He means well!
Maybe picking Biden was a good strategic move because he is the only Democrat alive that I know of who is more gaffe-prone than Obama. He sure makes his boss look smart!Comment Posted By Shelby On 3.10.2008 @ 15:42
PS, Looking at the polls, I still think we are going to lose this election, but hey, at least we're having fun while doing so. lolComment Posted By Shelby On 3.10.2008 @ 09:31
Hi Rick, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the debate! I was cheering for her and glad to see she decided to use her response time to directly confront Biden on his answers because I am tired of him and Obama getting away with changing their mind on issues everytime the wind blows. I think that "shook things up" well and allowed her to connect with viewers, but the media no doubt will find a lot to criticize about that.
I also think some in America don't like her "you betcha!" way of talking...but hey, to me it just reminds me that it's kind of strange that we readily accept it when our friends and family speak in one way, but yet we expect our politicians to sound like drones. To me she sounds like just another midwestern woman. But maybe we're so used to smooth talkers that now that's all we want. It reminds me that maybe Washington could do without another law school graduate and would do well with a woman up there who has plain common sense. Maybe we need less talkers and more decision makers.
I think she showed that although she is not a masterful Washington politician, she is a master of everything she has been called to be in charge of yet in her life, and it's only a matter of time before she is a true leader in Washington. Yeah Sarah!!!Comment Posted By Shelby On 3.10.2008 @ 09:26
I think both Obama and Palin still have their training wheels on. They reach for what to say on world affairs and sometimes their lack of experience leads them to say funny things. And I agree--some of the interviews with Palin were bad, and even if she had been free to say whatever she wanted, they probably still would have been bad (although her throwing in jabs at Obama would have certainly been very gratifying to me as a Republican to watch). But you know what? Palin has one distinct disadvantage Obama doesn't have: she doesn't have the media on her side. In fact, they deliberately edit her interviews to make them even worse than they are. They know foreign policy is her weakness and that's all they want to ask her about. They don't ask her the touchy feely inspiring questions they ask Obama, like "why did you decide to become President?". Instead, it resembles an interrogation session: questions along the lines of "What made you think you were qualified?".
But Palin's strengths don't lie in foreign affairs. Her strengths lie in connecting with everyday voters. Maybe, just maybe, she might end up being a politician who listens more to regular Americans than corporate money and interest groups. Here we are on the right, always complaining about how politicians never are out there for the little guy: and now we have one right under our noses, and she's so inexperienced that we can't even appreciate it. I think we should wait and see what happens.
But let's face it, even if Palin was the next Margaret Thatcher, she would still be getting attacked. Why? Because she's the mythical "everyday man" type politician--the kind every politician struggles to be, the kind that really connects with voters. The kind that makes people like John Kerry think they can win a few votes by dressing up and going hunting to appear "normal". So I would assert that no matter what Palin does or says, she is always going to be a target, especially for the media. The left is always complaining when they think no one can hear about how middle America doesn't understand what's best for them. Now that they have a real living and breathing everyday American politician, you can bet there is going to be a feeding frenzy. They have something to prove and they are not going to stop. The left will never be able to produce a politician like Palin who connects with everyday Americans, so they have to take her down however they can. Obama is the closest thing they have to Palin and they will stop at nothing to make sure he wins.Comment Posted By Shelby On 29.09.2008 @ 14:29