Obamas’ greatest strengths are that he is very likable, has a strong-engaging presence and he is an efficacious public speaker. And, he has a solid campaign organization and a huge budget.
But, Obama is a 60’s style social activist with little national government experience. The only reason that he is the front runner is because the Republicans have the worst possible candidate, the eco-neocon McCain.
After 8 years of a president who can't put three coherent sentences together, and compared to the stammering gaffe-a-minute self righteous McCain, Obama is a welcome speaker indeed.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 10.06.2008 @ 13:00
michael reynolds,3:58 pm, Post 5
"Lacking any capacity to make a case for Senator McCain you chew and chew and chew over the Obama cud, getting ever stranger in your analyses, ever more divorced from anything that anyone but your fellow obsessives could find relevant."
You're absolutely right that anyone would be hard pressed to find anything good to say about McCain. McCain’s nomination is compelling evidence that the GOP primary procedures were flawed.
It will be easy work for Obama’s people to link the toxic policies of Bush to McCain. George Stephanopoulos asked Lindsey Graham the following question on This Week:
"You said the tax policy and the healthcare policy were essentially...John McCain is calling for an extension or maybe even an enhancement of the Bush policies."
Graham's response: "Yes, absolutely..."Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 10.06.2008 @ 11:45
I am not sure that an Obama administration would be any worse than the neoconservative Bush gang on foreign policy, especially the Middle East. Instead of building “democracies” – that easily become Islamic “theocracies;” the US should exercise its military power in direct operations against terroristic groups like al-Qaeda Hamas, Hezbollah and the Taliban.
Let’s not forget that Hamas took power through democratic elections and the same scenario is possible in Iraq with Islamic fundamentalists taking power.
Many say Bush is a good friend to Israel in spite of the fact that he stood on the sidelines, dictating a deadline, during the justified Israeli incursion into Lebanon to confront Hezbollah. Had Bush been a sincere partner on the war against Islamic terrorists, he would have bombed Syria during the Israeli offensive for the many transgressions that you have articulated in this blog.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 9.06.2008 @ 22:32
Your projections assume that the election will between two candidates. Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) and Ralph Nader (Green Party) are also running and while they have little hope of winning, they will most likely have an impact in determining the final winner.
A Rasmussen poll in May of this year showed that a four way race would go as follows: Obama earns 42% of the vote, McCain 38%, Bob Barr 6%, Ralph Nader 4% and 11% were undecided.
They say that generals prepare to fight the last war instead of the war at hand. McCain is an old war horse and he enjoys much of his support from his criticism against Bush’s debacle in Iraq. But, like Bush, he still argues that the war in Iraq was a just war worth the sacrifices of the American people.
Bob Barr has better conservative credentials than McCain and he will act as the spoiler in helping McCain and the GOP take the whipping they deserve.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 8.06.2008 @ 11:46
It is hard for me to imagine the bravery that was required of men to storm the heavily defended beaches of Normandy. I stand in awe and appreciation of what those soldiers endured and the unselfish sacrifices they made to protect our freedom and liberty. The horrific scenes of the landing and the huge forest of grave markers nearby, should serve as a lesson and reminder of the deadly and serious consequences of war.
After WW2, the Nazi war criminals were tried at Nuremberg. During the trial, in conversation with Gustave Gilbert, Hermann Göring explained how Hitler was able to launch war with the full support of the German citizenry:
“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
There is no doubt in my mind that WW2 was a just, legal and honorable war. And, there is little doubt in my mind that the war in Iraq was waged on bogus claims by politicians that have no courage or honor.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 6.06.2008 @ 12:39
A preview of Hilary's coming statement scheduled for Saturday:
"On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.
I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise."
Many thought Hilary was pushing for the VP spot (she has 8 years experience at it) but she seems content to get back the money her campaign owes her through the help of the DNC.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 5.06.2008 @ 14:28
Obama would appear weak and compromised if he selected the disrespectful Hilary as his VP. She had the audacity to suggest that he is a flawed and inexperienced candidate. It would also be a concession that he lacks appeal with the Democratic base.
Ding dong the witch is dead. But before she melted, she helped pull back the curtain on the great wizard Obama!Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 5.06.2008 @ 10:16
One good thing, Obama’s preference for race dominated religious theology is bringing the whole issue of racism front and center in this election. I was very surprised to see the amount of anger and resentment in the black community towards white people.
Slavery and racism are morally and fundamentally wrong by Christian-Judea morals and common sense. Slavery was a terrible tragedy in the history of America. Like most European, Latino, Asian, Arab, etc., Americans; I do not feel personally responsible for slavery since it happened hundreds of years ago. But, the amount of racial driven resentment needs to be discussed because there is indeed racism in America.
Racism has become institutionalized and adopted as Government policy through reverse-discrimination. Why are whites discriminated against in America?
Obama said “the anger and resentment of white folks, about affirmative action, crime and forced busing are born of misperceptions -- and of "bogus claims of racism." Like Wright, Pfleger and the Trinity Church; Obama cannot understand that the anger and resentment of white America is legitimate.
Blacks have legal, preferential treatment over whites in college admissions, employment opportunities and professional advancement (and firings). Many Government contracts have “minority” clauses that give black businesses an unfair advantage. And maybe the worst racism exists in the “politically correct” censorship that whites endure every day.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 3.06.2008 @ 13:43
“McCain, in the classic tortoise-hare confrontation, will remain steady, uninspiring, and boring – a perfect combination for the majority of white, middle class, middle aged Americans who will be doing most of the voting in November. They don’t want milquetoast. Nor do they want some Gargantua on steroids. They want peace. They want quiet. They want time for the last 8 years to settle in their stomachs before moving on.” – Rick Moran
You’re right, McCain is uninspiring, boring and a poor choice for the Republicans. But, they have a formula that has worked with other poor candidates: “don’t run on the strength of our candidate; instead scare enough voters away from their candidate.”
This time that strategy might not work. This time they have Bob Barr to funnel conservative and Libertarian votes away from their lousy candidate; McCain. According to a recent Reuters/Zogby Poll (May 21, 2008): "Barack Obama has sprinted out to a 10-point lead over Republican John McCain in a four-way presidential contest including Libertarian Bob Barr and Liberal Ralph Nader."
Maybe next time they will find a candidate to run on their own merits rather than the demerits of the Democrat.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 2.06.2008 @ 19:08
There is no comparison between FDR’s administration and Bush if that's your point. FDR followed the law in stepping aside to allow Congress to fulfill their constitutional charge in determining if a declaration of war was merited. Clearly, the Constitution stipulates that the Congress alone has the authority to declare war.
Congress was complicit in breaching the Constitution when they yielded to Bush's request that he alone would pull the war trigger.This effectively removed all checks and safeguards. Why the bum’s rush to war?
Bush wanted to avoid the national debate and vetting process that would have taken place in Congress. Unfortunately, Bush’s decision to invade Iraq was made in spite of the fact that we lacked the solid evidence and the imminent danger to warrant a just and legal war.
Unlike WW2, Iraq was clearly a war of choice, not necessity.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 1.06.2008 @ 18:16