20 days and counting–no more Bush-Cheney

December 31, 2008

I can’t wait until Noon on January 20th, 2009, when Bush and Cheney head off to retirement.  I won’t miss that smirk.

I’ve had a quiet few weeks and have not posted much since the election.  I needed to take a break, sit back and observe the political world while I attended to some business matters.

If you’re like me, you probably wish the Bush-Cheney team had stepped aside back before Thanksgiving, yielding to the Obama-Biden team.   While there is still the vacuum of leadership from Bush, he’s apparently been busy looking for ways to erode environmental and labor protections.

What am I excited about?

  • The incoming Obama-Biden team replacing Bush-Cheney
  • Our troops get a new Commander in Chief
  • The new cabinet is getting praise from Republicans  and Democrats alike
  • Colin Powell’s candor just before the election
  • A really smart, capable guy is going to be President in 20 days
  • The Iraqi government has expressed the intent to get our troops out just as Barack Obama had suggested for months
  • That the McCain-Palin ticket didn’t prevail in the last election
  • Al Franken becoming a U.S. Senator for the state of Minnesota

What irritates me?

  • Bush and Cheney will likely get away with war crimes
  • That the Bush administration was able to undermine our Constitution, our economy, our environment, our regulatory processes, our standing in the world, and will face no consequences
  • There’s no accountability for Paulson and Bernake
  • I don’t know if any of the $350 billion Paulson has spent is yielding or will yield economic benefits–can anyone explain this to me?
  • That Paulson and Bernake made a case for the urgent need to buy up “toxic mortgage debt” to get the economy moving and then bought none
  • Why we’re focused on what little bailout money the U.S. auto industry is receiving ($17 billion) yet we aren’t keeping our eyes on the Wall Street bailout which continues to move along under “cover of darkness”
  • AIG’s bailout money has quietly increased from $80 billion to over $125 billion–how come?
  • How the SEC–after being tipped off about a scam Bernie Madoff was perpetrating on investors–looked the other way and how this negligence has a price tag of $50 billion.  Madoff is spending his days/nights in his luxurious New York apartment while his victims spend their days living with untold anguish.
  • The arrogance of Bush, Cheney, Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman and Blagojevich

What do you think?

Happy New Year!!    Democrat Dave


President-Elect Obama–Wow!!

November 4, 2008

What a night!!   I’m absolutely ecstatic about this victory tonight.  We’ve come so far from the last 8 years, 8 years I can’t wait to put behind us.

Back in 2004, George W. Bush declared one day after one of the narrowist victories in U.S. presidential election history that he had a “mandate.”  My immediate reaction was “bull shit”–you don’t have anything near a mandate.  He went on to talk about how he was going to spend the “political capital” that he had earned during the election.  It makes me shake my head to this day thinking about this. What an arrogant, pompous ass. George Bush and Dick Cheney have acted as though they could do whatever they wanted without repercussions.  As Keith Olbermann would say, “How dare they!”

This election is a victory for all Americans, a victory for the international community, a victory for hope, a victory for diplomacy, a victory for our veterans and active duty soldiers, and a victory for our planet.

Barack Obama is inheriting a mess: 2 wars, an economy on the verge of collapse, industries that have missed the mark and put jobs at risk, huge budget deficits, over $10 trillon national debt, etc.. It won’t get fixed overnight.  It is going to require careful thought, leadership and the ability to build coalitions of support.  Barack Obama has demonstrated that he knows how to do this.  That’s why he was elected today.

Barack Obama is a smart, thoughtful guy. He knows that with great power comes great responsibility.  If the Democrats act with the best of intentions for the citizens of our nation and the world, they may continue to enjoy the mandate they’ve been given today in the 2010 election cycle.  If they abuse this power, they can expect a reversal of fortunes.

The election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is a clear repudiation of senseless deregulation, needless torture and waterboarding, loosely interpreting the U.S. Constitution to fit the circumstances, inventing phrases to avoid obligations under the Geneva Convention requirements (e.g., “enemy combatants” vs. “prisoners of war”), warrantless wiretapping, catering to narrow special intersts to win votes, “go-it-alone” preemptive military actions, firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons, FEMA support for Hurricane Katrina, and countless other issues.  And, one more thing. Colin Powell hit the nail on the head: We are not just a Christian nation–we are a nation that includes and respects all religions. 

In just the past couple of months, Barack Obama has been called a celebrity, a socialist, a Communist, a “liberal,” a tax and spend liberal, a guy who wants to raise everybody’s taxes (contrary to his position), a pal of domestic terrorists, etc.  How pathetic coming from John McCain and Sarah Palin.  John McCain would want us to forget his pathetic campaign and his disparging words that served to polarize people, but, I’ll never forget the low road he and Sarah Palin tried to take to the highest office in the land.  The American voters won’t forget either.

But you know what–the American people didn’t buy the Republican B.S.  Even many neo-cons endorsed Barack Obama as they didn’t like what Bush and GOP has done to this country and our standing in the world. America saw through it this time. 

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

This is a proud day for all Americans.  It’s a proud day for Barack Obama and his family, his recently deceased grandmother and for all African-Americans who thought they might never see a president who looked like them.

Back in August, I started this blog at the suggestion of my wife.  I’ve been blessed to have over 5000 visitors to this blog since its inception.  Most of my visitors have come for the fact-based, research pieces that I’ve written.  Even today, I had people looking up issues such as the “Bush Tax Cuts” to understand the difference between the plan offered by John McCain and Barack Obama.  I’m grateful for folks who have come to the blog regularly and offered comments and support.  I appreciate it more than you know.  It has made this mission worthwhile.

America made it through this election cycle without one of our best commentators ever:  Tim Russert.  I have to believe that Tim Russert is smiling tonight up in heaven at Barack Obama’s victory.  I miss his insights, his smile, his energy and enthusiasm.  It was great to see his son Luke on the air during this election cycle.

I’m so happy!  Congratulations to the Obamas and the Bidens!!

God has blessed America today!  Thank God for this day and this outcome. Democrat Dave

PS:  I’m not going to retire this blog as this election cycle closes.


Election looking good for Obama

November 4, 2008

6:30 PM PST: With Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Mexico now in Barack Obama’s favor, it is virtually impossible for John McCain to win this election.  Yahoo!!!  

It’s not over yet.  There’s still voting going on out West.  If you haven’t voted for Barack Obama yet, there’s still time.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave


I just voted Obama-Biden!

November 4, 2008

Probably not a very unique headline given that millions and millions of Americans will be doing the same throughout the course of the day.

I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for an Obama-Biden victory later today. 

I want to congratulate the historic achievements of Barack Obama in running a campaign that sets a new standard for what campaigns of the future will look like.

There’s little question that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have taken the high road to the White House while the McCain-Palin ticket have taken the low road.   John McCain–you aren’t the same man you were 8 years ago when you ran for this office. 

McCain and Palin have thrown disingenuous charges at Barack for weeks.  John McCain has run the most uninspired, off-message, erratic, hateful campaign I’ve ever witnessed.  They deserve to lose today’s election. 

Later today, I plan to celebrate the Obama-Biden victory as well as the rejection of the McCain-Palin ticket. 

I want to acknowledge the passing of Barack Obama’s grandmother just one day before the election.  She has to be so proud of who Barack is and the campaign that he’s run.  What a magnificent gift she’s been to American by helping to raise such a fine individual as Barack Obama.

Please vote Obama-Biden today.  Democrat Dave


Protect yourself from voter fraud

November 2, 2008

From the Obama-Biden campaign, comes this informative video:

Please vote Obama-Biden on November 4th!! Democrat Dave


Dick Cheney supports Barack Obama

October 31, 2008

In the spirit of acknowledging all the disingenuous lies and distortions of the McCain-Palin campaign, I made up this headline.  But, unlike the McCain-Palin campaign, I acknowledge that it’s not true. 

One of the leading neo-conservatives has, indeed, thrown his support to Barack Obama.   This guy isn’t from the “liberal media.” From the Huffington Post on the 30th of October, 2008, comes the following:

Francis Fukuyama, the prominent academic and an early intellectual defender of neoconservatism, endorses Barack Obama in the pages of the American Conservative magazine:

I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.

So, why is anyone voting for the McCain-Palin ticket at this point? This guy has nailed it.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008. Democrat Dave


McCain needs help with economy–his choice?

October 29, 2008

John McCain has always admitted that the economy is not his strength. Damn the bad luck–that’s where we need the most help right now. Check out this 30-second video clip:

Democrat Dave


Let’s put an end to McCain-Palin lies about Barack Obama’s tax plans

October 29, 2008

If you’re sick and tired of John McCain’s non-stop stream of lies about Barack Obama’s tax plan, this video can help you put an end to it.  From JedL over at DailyKos comes this gem.

 

As JedL says:

As the video shows, the fact is that under Obama’s plan, 95% of Americans — including Joe the Plumber — would get a tax cut. Income over $250,000 would be taxed at pre-Bush levels (same as during the Clinton years).

That’s not spreading the wealth — that’s a tax plan designed to create wealth by strengthening the middle class.

Don’t tell Matt Drudge or FOX News, but John McCain himself took the same basic approach to taxes as Barack Obama — at least until the 2008 presidential campaign brought about some changes in his views.

Now, with just six days to go, the only thing John McCain has left to run on is a bogus and hypocritical attack on Barack Obama’s tax cut plan. To the extent this video can help reveal that truth, getting it into enough hands could help put an end to John McCain’s lies about Obama’s tax cut plan.

Thanks! Democrat Dave


Barack Obama draws 100,000 in Denver; John McCain trying to raise money

October 26, 2008

When things are going well, they’re going really well.  Barack Obama drew approximately 100,000 people to a rally in Denver today.  Guess folks want to see the next President of the United States.

I happened to receive a John McCain solicitation trying to raise money.  Immediately made me donate another $100 to Barack Obama.  Don’t worry–I’ll send in the GOP fund-raising solicitation (they pay the postage) and let them know I donated money to Barack Obama in John McCain’s name.

Here’s some key points from John McCain’s letter (you may want to grab a Kleenex before reading further–it may make you tear up a bit–not):

Dear Friend,

We’ve reached a critical juncture in the campaign.  The Obama Democrats and their left-wing, special interest allies have come forward in a united front combining their enoromous fundraising arsenal.  Meanwhile, the national Democrats led by Chairman Howard Dean are stepping up their cynical campaign of distortions and outright lies, and with the help of their cronies, are raising staggering amounts of money.

My friend, the last thing we Republicans can afford is to have our hands tied behind our backs due to the fact that their candidate broke his promise to the American people and refused to accept the presidential campaign spending limit–which means they will have no limit as to what they can raise and spend.

We simply can’t be in a situation where the Democrats hold a huge financial advantage over us in the last crucial month leading up to the elections.  That’s why I am writing to you today, as a most valued and trusted member of our Party.

You support is essential right now.  So, please send in a generous Emergency Membership Contribution of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even more if you can afford it.

…I would not ask for your help if the circumstances were not so dire.  However, it is clear that the weeks and days ahead will be the most important yet in our battle to defeat the Democrats and their deeply flawed policies that embrace higher taxes, more government spending, socialized medicine and surrender in Iraq.

…Thank you for your steadfast support of our Party and our country.

Sincerely, John McCain

John McCain lies even in his fundraising messages. What a pathetic guy he’s become as a result of this election.  But, that issue aside–since McCain accepted public funds, how can he still be raising money?  Or, do those rules not apply because “McCain says so?”

Enough!! Obama-Biden in 2008! Democrat Dave


Change: Barack Obama and the “wassup” dudes

October 25, 2008

Hasn’t Cindy McCain made her fortune from Budweiser?  Oh well…

For all you “Joe Six Packs” out there, enjoy.  Democrat Dave


Biden interview with a Florida wingnut TV news host

October 25, 2008

Looks like this interviewer was loaded up with RNC talking points.  Joe Biden does a great job of responding.  Democrat Dave


Is the election over yet?

October 25, 2008

If you believe the polls, the Obama-Biden ticket is going to have a resounding victory against the McCain-Palin ticket.  I believe the polls.  Why?  Obama is consistently ahead in the polls.  This mitigates the potential issue of a one-off polling result such as the AP poll we saw earlier this week.

Democrats can’t become complacent–we need to get out the vote to ensure that we close the deal for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Polls don’t win elections–it’s only the final vote tally that counts!!   Michele Obama reminds us yesterday that we can take nothing for granted.

I got really ill about 10 days ago and am well on the mend now.  I was so sick, I missed the final debate.  That’s sick!  The McCain-Palin tone hasn’t promoted better health for me.  It’s only made me crave an Obama-Biden victory and for us to “get this over with.”

I’ve now reached the point where, like George Bush, I don’t want to hear anything that John McCain or Sarah Palin have to say.   It’s all about bashing Obama-Biden, not telling us why they offer a better solution for America.

The McCain-Palin ticker only advances FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Barack Obama.  The American people aren’t buying it.  McCain-Palin aren’t mavericks, they aren’t for the middle class, and they really aren’t for change.  They are for pandering to their base.

The McCain-Palin campaign has become a travesty for them and good news for the Democrats–the GOP down-party races, e.g., House, Senate, etc., are suffering due to the McCain-Palin ticket.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden want a victory to help steer this country in a different direction.  McCain-Palin want to win to preserve the status quo.  In my mind, the choice is clear:  Obama-Biden is the ticket!!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave


100,000 attend Barack Obama rally in St. Louis

October 18, 2008

Look at this crowd!  This reflects the momentum being enjoyed by our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.  What a sight to behold!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008.  Democrat Dave


John McCain: horrible judgement about Sarah Palin

October 14, 2008

Conservatives continue to take issue with John McCain for his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.  In an article today titled Bush Strategist: McCain Knows He Put Country at Risk with Palin Pick  by Sam Stein of the Huffington Post:

Matthew Dowd, a prominent political consultant and chief strategist for George W. Bush’s reelection campaign eviscerated John McCain on Tuesday for his choice of Sarah Palin as vice president.

Dowd proclaimed that, in his heart of hearts, McCain knew he put the country at risk with his VP choice and that he would “have to live” with that fact for the rest of his career.

This isn’t the “liberal media” making this observation–this is a Conservative insider! How could any Conservatives still be thinking about voting for McCain-Palin? It is a puzzlement.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008!! Democrat Dave


Conservative media on McCain-Palin campaign

October 13, 2008

Conversatives are pretty upset with John McCain and the campaign he has run including the choice of Sarah Palin.  Let’s look at today’s media reports.

Here’s what Conservative, NeoCon media guru Bill Kristol says about McCain in a New York Times piece today:

It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign. He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.
He may be anyway.

Here’s what Conservative, NeoCon media guru Christopher Hitchens says about the McCain-Palin campaign:

With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.

RedState co-founder Joshua Trevino writes on his blog that:

…he can’t bring himself to vote for the Republican ticket. In the end, I couldn’t do it. My California ballot arrived in the mail today, and I opened it fully intending to vote for John McCain….Do I believe in John McCain? Not as much as I used to. Do I believe in Sarah Palin? Despite my early enthusiasm for her, now not at all. Do I believe in the national Republican Party? Not in the slightest — even though I see no meaningful alternative to it.

As you might imagine, John McCain doesn’t see it this way. But, then again, there’s a lot of things he’s not been able to see during this campaign.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008!! Democrat Dave


John McCain isn’t a maverick–he’s a sidekick

October 9, 2008

Joe Biden said this yesterday while out on the stump:

John McCain isn’t a maverick, he’s a sidekick!

It’s too good not to share.  McCain is Bush’s sidekick!

Democrat Dave


John McCain: suspend your campaign–it’s over

October 8, 2008

Dear John McCain: 

My friend, it’s over.  Please stop tearing down America, your party and yourself.  You’ve lost your integrity and a lot of respect over the past few months.  It’s too bad that you were willing to give that away.

We know what you’re about and the American people say “no thank you” to you being President of the United States. 

You are out of ideas and credible plans to help resolve 21st century issues.  You sound irritable, cranky and out of touch.  It’s time for you to get off the stage.

The American people deserve more from you than the crap you and Sarah Palin bring to the table. We don’t need 27 more days of this.  We can’t stand any more of your “maverick, reform” B.S.  It made for a great drinking game with all those Joe Six-Packs out there!

If you really are for “Country First,” suspend your campaign, go home to one of your homes (you choose which one) and relax.  Sure, the GOP and the NeoCons are going to be furious with you for screwing up your campaign.  But, it’s time for a change and you can’t fill the bill.  Neither can your VP choice.

You aren’t entitled to the Presidency of the United States simply because you were a POW.  Sorry. Thanks for your service to our country.  End your campaign honorably now.  

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008. 

Democrat Dave


Obama-Biden lead grows; McCain-Palin attacks not working

October 6, 2008

The Obama-Biden lead continues to grow daily all across America–excellent news!!

The McCain-Palin campaign is becoming increasingly strident as they have no message that is resonating with the American people.  

  • Meanwhile, McCain-Palin will do everything they can to undermine Barack Obama’s campaign. 
  • Watch for the GOP to continue the FUD–fear, uncertainty and doubt–campaign.  
  • Look for Obama-Biden to continue to sharpen the differences between the respective visions of the 2 campaigns.

The American people are properly seeing that the McCain-Palin ticket lacks the talent, capacity, vision and leadership to bring the change America needs.

The GOP hold on the White House is about to be a distant memory.  I can’t wait!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008.  Democrat Dave


I’m finding no support for McCain-Palin

October 5, 2008

I’ve travelled from the ‘left coast” to the East Coast yesterday to deliver a keynote address on Monday. I am presently awaiting a ferry in Savannah, Georgia, to take me to an island off the coast of South Carolina.

As I’ve travelled, I spoke often about my desire to see Barack Obama elected President of the United States. I’m happy to report that things are looking good!

I sat next to the CEO of a mid-sized company who self-identifies as a Republican on my flight to Dallas.  He’s a wealthy Republican–his last company was acquired by Oracle Corporation.  He told me John McCain made the decision pretty easy for him the moment he nominated Sarah Palin.  He’s strongly supporting Barack Obama.  Yes!

As I got my shoes shined in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, I asked Mike what he was hearing.  [Afterall, you’d think more Republicans than Democrats are getting their shoes shined, right?]  Good news.  Mike tells me he’s hardly had anyone supporting McCain.   People are speaking enthusiastically about Barack Obama.  Mike did share one interesting thing with me.  He said the KKK is supporting Barack Obama as they dislike Palin more than Barack.  Fascinating!

My taxi drivers have confirmed that they are finding no support for John McCain here in Savannah–that may not be true amongst most residents in Georgia.  But, the people who are travelling here are supporting Barack.

Is my polling scientific?   No.  But, I sure like what I’m hearing!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!   Democrat Dave


VP Debate: Sarah Palin proves she’s not ready

October 3, 2008

Last night, Joe Biden proved why he is qualified to be VP; Sarah Palin proved why she is not. 

At the GOP convention, Sarah proved she’s an effective actress–if you’re a devout Republican, you may have thought she was entertaining.  She had another reasonable acting performance last night.  But, that’s insufficient to persuade me she’s worthy of our serious consideration for VP. Here’s why I stand by my assertion she’s little more than an actress:

  • Sarah was able to learn a few scripted lines and use them over and over and over and over and over.
  • Sarah didn’t respect the VP debate process–by blowing off questions, she did what she needed to do to survive within the context of her fragile scripting. [What would the GOP be saying if Joe Biden had adopted the same strategy?  Does the word “outrageous” come to mind?]
  • She was able to offer little more than vague, partisan generalities.
  • Just like an actress, there’s no real depth to her understanding–she delivered the GOP script.
  • Sarah tells you that John McCain wants to go after the evil empire (Wall Street) and is suddenly solidly behind the middle class. How dumb do they think we are?  [They will say anything to win!]
  • Sarah Palin thinks the Constitutional authority for the VP should be expanded; as you would expect, she offered no specifics about this.  Has she ever even read the Constitution?  Doesn’t she understand we’ve been down that path with Dick Cheney and we’re not interested in replaying that movie?  [Note: Sarah Palin thinks the biggest mistake Dick Cheney made as VP was shooting his hunting partner in the face.  Really?  That tells me a lot about her!]

The GOP spinmeisters are all over the TV this morning “selling” the idea that Sarah won the debate last evening. Not!

The debate in no way changed my mind about her readiness and, based on post-debate polling, the American people who watched it reached the same conclusion.  Here’s why:

  • Life at the VP level isn’t about reciting talking points as she was able to do last night; the 21st century isn’t following a tight script.
  • Life is more spontaneous–more like the Katie Couric interviews we saw;  Sarah crumbled in that environment. Don’t ever forget that!!
  • Sarah couldn’t provide the names of anything she reads–anyone with any intellectual curiosity can tell you in a heartbeat what they look at on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Sarah Palin looks like a victim of the Bush “No Child Left Behind” program: it doesn’t teach kids how to think; it teaches them how to answer specific questions for the purpose of taking a test.
  • It took most of John McCain’s staff to script her for this debate; what seems natural about that? 

Sarah Palin is not a bad person.  She’s simply been thrust into a situation she’s incapable of rising to in spite of her claims and the GOP claims to the contrary.  I don’t want her one heart beat away from the Presidency.  She’s not ready.  The American people deserve better.

Joe Biden is ready.   Barack Obama is ready.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!   Democrat Dave


Biden-Palin debate: post-debate GOP excuses

October 2, 2008
  1. Palin was intimidated by Biden
  2. Palin was a victim of sexism
  3. The moderator was biased–Karl Rove will announce “he’s never seen such partisan questions in his entire political life!”
  4. Biden threw her off balance with his knowledge of the world
  5. There was a rock in her shoe
  6. She stayed up late last night cramming
  7. The questions came too fast and furious
  8. They hadn’t covered that subject in the debate prep–“how could anyone be expected to know that?”
  9. She’s only going to be Vice President so the questions are largely irrelevant
  10. The liberal media prepared the questions and we all know how out of touch they are
  11. She’s had a heavy campaign schedule
  12. Her kid was ill last evening so she didn’t get proper rest
  13. John McCain was ill last night and she stayed up late reassuring him of her qualifications
  14. etc., etc., etc.

Get ready folks.  Get ready. 

I hope some of you don’t turn this into a post-debate drinking game–a lot of alcohol may be consumed.   Please don’t drink and drive. 

Democrat Dave


Sarah Palin’s success or failure in the debate is about Sarah Palin, Not All Women

October 1, 2008

Sarah Palin only represents herself in the debate tomorrow night, not all women.   I’m seeing some write that “she can’t let women down.”  She can only represent herself. 

If Joe Biden makes a gaffe, it’s not about all men–just about Joe Biden.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to the debate tomorrow night. 

Democrat Dave


10 Reasons McCain-Palin campaign is going down

October 1, 2008

1. John McCain

2. Sarah Palin validates John McCain has really bad judgement

3. Erratic campaign–out of touch; lack of consistency

4. Dishonesty and lack of integrity in ads and messaging

5. Country isn’t first; campaign is first

6. Lying about taking care of veterans

7. Taking credit for or declaring victory for things that ultimately fail

8. Demeanor and attitude

9. Conservatives abandoning the ticket in droves

10. American public is not stupid

What do you think?   Democrat Dave


Paper endorses first Democrat for President in 72 years

September 29, 2008

The Record, a paper out of Stockton, California, has endorsed Barack Obama.  They’ve not endorsed a Democrat for President in 72 years.  Here’s part of what they wrote:

Barack Obama is our choice for president of the United States.
He has demonstrated time and again he can think on his feet. More importantly, he has demonstrated he will think things through, seek advice and actually listen to it.

Obama is a gifted speaker. But in addition to his smarts and energy, possibly his greatest gift is his ability to inspire.

For eight years, American politics has been marked by smears, fears and greed. For too long, we’ve practiced partisanship in Washington, not politics. The result is a cynicism every bit as deep as that which infected the nation when Richard Nixon was shamed from office and when Bill Clinton brought shame to the office.

This must end, but John McCain can’t do it. He can’t inspire, nor can he really break from a past that is breaking this nation.

Excellent. Most excellent! Obama-Biden in 2008. Democrat Dave


I’m voting for Barack Obama because–by StrangeAnimals

September 28, 2008

My dad: “I finally feel at ease” with Obama
by StrangeAnimals (www.dailykos.com)
Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 06:51:44 PM PDT

I spoke with my father back in Ohio this afternoon. He is a lifelong Republican, though no fan of George Bush. While he could not bring himself to vote for Senator Kerry in 2004, he refused to vote to re-elect Dubya.

Four years on, he has joined the legion of disillusioned Republicans. He simply cannot abide John McCain, and over the course of the year, as he and I have discussed this election and this time in history, he has slowly come around to the Obama side. It was just last week that he surprised me by confiding that he’d decided to vote for Barack.

Today, he told me something that I think captured the essence of what Obama achieved last night. My father told me “I told you last week that I had decided to vote for your man, Obama, but after watching last night’s debate, I finally feel completely at ease with that decision.”

That’s what Obama accomplished last night. He made independents and likely even untold disillusioned Republicans feel at ease. That, to me, is the game clincher.

I didn’t want to leave you with such a short diary, really more of a long comment, so I’m attaching to the above story a list I sent to my father and to other fence-sitters I know, a list of reasons why I’m working so hard in support of Senator Barack Obama. I hope someone finds a use for it in their efforts to coax more fence-sitters down onto our side.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because on the day Barack Obama is inaugurated, America will think differently of itself, and this is no small thing. Imagine the symbolism of it. Do not short shrift symbols, for they are very powerful. To be able to point to a President Barack Obama and tell a child of any color anywhere in America that they, too, through education and hard work, could someday be anything they want to be…that’s a powerful thing, especially in our melting-pot nation.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama’s narrative is quintessentially American. His is an All-American success story. A biracial kid with an absentee father raised by a single mother on food stamps. A kid with a funny name whose improbable path carried him from Hawaii to Indonesia to Chicago to Washington; a Harvard law grad who turned away from a coveted Supreme Court clerkship to work just out of law school as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side; a United States Senator who, until his presidential campaign, still shopped for groceries with his young children, and who only recently got out from underneath his student loans; a family man with a solid marriage to a bright and dynamic, articulate and self-made woman; a man of faith who walks the walk of his religion. Nothing was handed to this man – everything he has accomplished has come from the sweat of his own grit and determination.

(Correction per noice: “Obama’s work as a community organizer was before he went to Harvard Law.  He did it after he graduated from Columbia University.  After Harvard Law, he went to work as a civil rights attorney instead of going for a Supreme Court clerkship.” Thanks also to kimberlyweldon and SDLinn for correcting my error!)

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Senator Obama inspires people of all ages to action. And while inspiration alone isn’t enough to get the job done, it’s a necessary ingredient to begin the hard work. After sixteen years of Clinton and Bush hyper-partisanship, Obama’s appeal to Americans to have the audacity to hope falls on fertile ground. He is a hope-mongerer facing down a legion of entrenched, Washingtonian hope-mockers. His unwillingness to cross the line into the dark side of politics has touched a fundamental place in the hearts of many who are eager to believe that the political process is not entirely a cynical joke.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Senator Obama understands that you win elections not by pandering to your base, but by drawing support from independents and from the opposite side, by articulating what unifies people rather than exploiting what divides them. Change comes not just from knowing how to work the levers of power – it takes more than that. It takes creating the popular movements necessary to support and sustain change. No other candidate spurs that kind of enthusiasm.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because most politicians talk about “I”, the crafter of the policy, whereas Obama talks about “we” and “us”, the people who demand it and who jointly carry it out. He talks about this nation as if all of us are in it together. He speaks to the nation rather than preaching to the partisan choir. If he inspires fervor, it speaks only to the deep need of Americans to put behind us decades of the politics of selfishness, pettiness, divisiveness, cynicism, and greed. Americans are sick of it. Most of us are well aware that our nation, indeed the world, faces issues that are intractable, overwhelming, and terrifying, and we know deep inside ourselves that we have to do something different than what we’ve been doing in order to address them.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama’s appeal also rests on an attractive optimism, a chance for America to move beyond the poisonous legacy of the divisions wrought between liberals and conservatives by the 1960s, Vietnam, and the 1990s. He meets a hunger that exists nationwide to turn the page on the tired ideological battles of the past. He captures the electorate’s hunger for meaningful change. With septuagenarian Senator John McCain as the Republican nominee, a man with broad popular appeal but also a man who, if elected, would be the oldest president at inauguration in American history, what better choice between past and future could Americans be offered than between he and Obama?

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama has built a powerful political network unlike seen before, based on cross-cultural and multi-generational grassroots movements and community building. He possesses an exceptional and enduring talent for organization and for connecting with voters, and has attracted voters on a level unseen in decades: over two million Americans have contributed to his campaign! He is about participation, and participation wins elections. His appeal is also much broader ideologically and racially than perhaps any politician in American history, and his demographic diversity contrasts sharply and is more representative of America than Senator McCain’s demographic monotony: mostly white, and mostly male.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because his relatively short time in Washington is more asset than handicap. Not long removed from the pool of the people, in Obama ordinary, everyday hard-working Americans of every political stripe will have a friend in the White House.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because he has the judgment and character necessary to lead this nation in these perilous times. He is serious, thoughtful, and decent. He exhibits charisma, coolness under fire, and an impresive understanding of the issues that face us. He gives rational explanations of his positions and brings people into his thought process, rather than talking down to them. He thinks about the questions, the daunting questions we face, and he answers those questions. He articulates and embodies the idea of a nobler America. He is pragmatic, and has exhibited throughout his political career a genuine commitment to the idea of finding pragmatic solutions by reaching across the partisan divide, and forging relationships with those of differing viewpoints.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because his is the face of the future. America in the coming decades will be predominantly a nation of color, and with the election of Barack Obama America will send a message to its own future that it is unafraid of it, that it welcomes it, and embraces it. That a black man in a country that denied black people the vote as recently as 1964, in a country whose past is disfigured by slavery, segregation, and unequal voting rights, is now the nominee of a major political party is itself an extraordinary comment on how far America has come over the past half-century. His election to the presidency would signal that the next half-century will likely bring continued progress toward genuine equality for every race, color, creed and orientation.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because on the day Barack Obama is inaugurated, the world will think differently of America. The election of Obama, a man with a multicultural name and heritage, would overnight begin to improve the image of the United States abroad, and send the global message that a post-Bush and post-Clinton 21st-century American era has arrived. With his election, the value of America’s moral currency abroad would begin to be restored.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because of Obama’s stalwart opposition to the Iraq War since before its beginning, and his stalwart dedication to see the Iraq War to its end. Obama said, in 2002: “I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” In 2008, Obama speaks once again for millions: “I don’t want to just end the war, I want to end the mind-set that got us into war in the first place.”

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama is a Harvard-educated constitutional law scholar, and civil libertarian. In his campaign speeches, he has frequently referred to his desire to close Guantanamo, stop torture, restore habeas corpus rights to detainees, bring back our lost civil liberties, and return to a presidency that sticks to its vow to follow the U.S. Constitution.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama pushes progressive values into the mainstream. He constantly talks about his core liberal philosophy in a way that’s appealing to non-liberals. He has an ability to use his eloquence not just to persuade, but to mobilize, and to unite. Unlike the method of triangulating, moving Democrats to the middle, Obama moves the middle to our values. He stands for progressive values while appealing to common sense and pragmatism over ideology and demagoguery. And the end effect might be an ascendant, mainstream progressive party that enacts its values into laws.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because Obama has the potential to be a transformative American leader. The best leaders are like magnets beneath a piece of paper, invisibly aligning iron filings into new patterns of their design. Obama could be such a leader. Most of the presidents in American history who have been transformative have been charismatic figures with exceptional oratorical skills who persuaded Americans to share in their larger vision. I am not able to imagine a President John McCain being similarly transformative, or being such a magnet.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because I know that most voters do not vote primarily on the basis of policies, but rather on values, connection, authenticity, trust, and identity. Obama has solid values. He connects with voters as no politician has done since Reagan, or Kennedy. His authenticity is unquestioned. Polls have consistently revealed great differences between Obama and McCain on matters of trust and identity.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because after the bitterness of the Bush years, America badly needs a dose of unity. We face huge issues in the years to come, and to work through them we need not only optimism, creativity, and courage, but also trust in one another, and an end to bitter partisanship. None of that arises out of cynicism and despair. Does anyone foresee an end to – or even an easing of – our bitter divisions with a President McCain?

I’m voting for Barack Obama because this era demands a president who will include all of us in the debate over our future, whether or not we agree on every issue. And while I do not agree with Senator Obama on every issue, it does not matter so much to me, because this election campaign is about so much more than individuals and their pet issues. It is about the reacquisition of an ideal that has been stolen away from us.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because for now, at this time in history, I believe Barack Obama to be the best antidote we’ve got to the darkness and division we’ve endured for too many years. He’s our best hope to re-dignify the office of President of the United States with a stature that symbolizes the awesomeness of America. He’s our best hope not to make change, but to remind us of our ability to make change.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because there is no question Obama is an icon of hope. And despite ridicule to the contrary, hope does matter. When people join movements to realize raised hopes, our nation has a chance of changing for the better. When they damp their hopes, as his opponents throughout this campaign have suggested, the status quo is preserved. Hope and fear, future and past are the determining factors in this election. Not gender, not race. Will grouchy and divided Americans be driven primarily by their fears, or by their hopes? By their nostalgia for some “better” past, or by the courage to face a new future? The possibility of a new president named Barack Hussein Obama hangs on the answer.

Yes, we can! Si se puede!

Update: Yeah! Rec List! First time since March…thanks everyone!!!

Update II: The overwhelmingly positive response to this diary is the biggest honor I’ve received since having met Senator Barack Obama here in Eugene, Oregon back on May 9th. Yes, I met the next President of the United States, and the picture of that meeting sits here still, framed, next to my computer. It inspires me every day, and to think that I’ve helped inspire others brings tears to my eyes. Thanks everyone. What a fantastic place is DailyKos.