I'm relatively moderate, and if I am at all, even a little representative of most voters, I'm leaning towards voting for Obama since he's the party that's out of power (from the White House); no reason, really, more than that and that he's outlined, generally a positive vision for where he sees America going.
Now, I like McCain, and in any normal year, I likely would have voted for him. But honestly, his main fault is other than attacking Obama I STILL have yet to hear where he wants to take the country, his vision for America in the 21st century and what goals as a President that he'd advance. I think that his strongest point could have been REAL energy independence. I briefly became interested when for a short time, he floated the idea of launching a Manhattan Project style-agenda to find the next mass use energy sourece that's plentiful, cheap and clean.
But he dropped it and moved on to other things. I think that could have been a great rallying issue for him, something the rest of the country could get behind.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but both Palin and McCain haven't uttered a reason, other than fear of Obama, why I should vote for them. I'm sure both Repub candidates are great people, but voting for them seems like America would be playing "small ball".Comment Posted By Jim On 7.10.2008 @ 13:13
The reason for John McCain's performance in the polls: it looks like we're in the midst of a global financial meltdown; the Dems nor the Repubs control the Asian and European markets, which nearly fell off a cliff.
The Dow came back a bit, but is still down about 500 points. At one point today it was -800.
People nervous about the economy are going to blame the party that holds the White House, fair or not, and trend towards the party out of power. You can talk about Ayers, Rev. Wright or the Keating Five until you're blue in the face, but if people are worried that the money in their bank savings accounts are in jeopardy, they won't listen to you.Comment Posted By Jim On 6.10.2008 @ 14:38
Right on funny man.
'Washingon Week' is one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to it weekly on the way to work.
It's fairly non-partisan with no screaming matches, pitting a left winger against a right winger.
Sometimes you just want political news as dry and straight down the middle as possible.Comment Posted By Jim On 3.10.2008 @ 14:08
I think Palin did win the debate, but I don't think it helps McCain. What does do is position her for a run at the Presidency in 2012.
The camera clearly loves her and she has boatloads of charisma, but last night, I don't think she convinced anybody that was going to vote for Obama to change their minds.
Anyway, as long as the economy is front page news, it doesn't look good for McCain. He can accuse Obama of being a kooky, left-wing pinko, etc. etc. etc. but as long as job losses mount and credit markets for commercial paper remain frozen, Obama doesn't need to DO anything; he can just sit back, not say anything stupid and he wins the election.Comment Posted By Jim On 3.10.2008 @ 11:50
McCain/Palin have destroyed their argument that Obama is risky and unstable!Comment Posted By jim On 30.09.2008 @ 01:21
McCain/Palin - Unstable and Unable!Comment Posted By jim On 29.09.2008 @ 13:16
I don't like any of the candidates: Obama, McCain, Biden or Palin. Personally, I had been hoping someone like Colin Powell would run for President, maybe with someone like Mike Bloomberg as VP.
But we have the current crop.
Anyway, I don't think it's craaaazy or wacky to hope to hear what Sarah Palin thinks of the current bailout proposal, how she thinks we should deal with Russia and how she would handle an international incident between the U.S. and Pakistan, which is looking more and more likely. (The Pakistani army are actually shooting at our helicopters encroaching on their border). I mean, McCain's age is a factor, and if, God forbid, he passes in office if elected of course, she's President.Comment Posted By Jim On 27.09.2008 @ 12:23
Well Some guy, at some point you have to believe somebody. You can't plug your fingers in your ears and go "Na-na-na-na-na-na....I caaan't heaaar yooou."
I try to read the most non-partisan publications I can find. They ARE out there believe it or not.Comment Posted By Jim On 27.09.2008 @ 11:22
The Economist (a GREAT publication that has been warning about the real estate bubble for YEARS), The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Financial Times are hardly Birkenstock-wearing, granola crunching, Michael Moore-loving radical eyed lefty sources.
I hate this bailout too, but what's the alternative? Do nothing and let market conditions play out? We're literally dealing with the fate of the American financial system. Is ideology a suicide pact? By sticking with libertarian free market principles, are you willing to let the economy crash?Comment Posted By Jim On 27.09.2008 @ 11:13
The best case scenario, from what I'm reading, is that we have a "lost decade" like Japan had in the 1990's, which they're still trying to dig themselves out of. Actually, the similarities are eerie. Japan likewise had a giant speculative real estate and credit bubble, followed by sclerotic lending, negative and zero growth and high unemployment.
Yikes! I should use spell-check. Typo after typo...Comment Posted By Jim On 24.09.2008 @ 09:39