John Edwards Steps Up

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

John Edwards delivered the big endorsement of Barack Obama today in Michigan.

The timing couldn’t be better in light of yesterday’s trouncing in West Virginia. This is a signal move, the official coalescing of the party around Obama has now begun. Hillary was already finished, but this is a wooden stake through the heart.

There is considerable speculation that Edwards is slotted for the Attorney General spot.

For a man I formerly disliked, he’s improved immeasurably in my eyes with this overdue (though still well-timed) endorsement.


As For Shared Sacrifice? Bush Gives Up Golf

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It is fortunate that we have a commander-in-chief who so sensitive to the needs of our military families. And it is true that it would have looked bad to be seen on the golf course.

But the question is: why stop there? It looks bad to make stupid jokes at the White House Correspondents Dinner. It looks bad to take August off. It looks bad to not know what you’re talking about during a press conference. It looks bad to cut taxes for the rich while sending (certainly poorer) troops off to war. And so on.

Bush made the comment about giving up golf in an interview with Politico and Yahoo News. I’ve tried to avoid posting about him because what’s the point? But the man is still in charge and still has the potential to do more damage, so I thought it might be nice to know where his head is at these days.

At any rate, I read the transcript. Nothing really worth reading. He was disappointed by the flawed Iraqi intelligence. He thinks Congress is stalled (which it is). I’ll leave you with Bush’s own words:

“Popularity is fleeting, Michael. Principles are forever.”

Don’t we know it.

Foreclosures Up 65%

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One in every 519 homes received a foreclosure filing in April, up 65% over April 2007. In a related story, Freddie Mac reported a loss of $151 million in the first quarter of 2008.

This is still just the tip of the iceberg.

Jim Webb is the New Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A lot of people, including Dick Morris, are going to start panicking about Hillary Clinton getting on the Democratic ticket. Her win in West Virginia last night was convincing, and poses a very real problem for Barack Obama. Unfortunately for Hillary, the votes she received there and elsewhere aren’t a result of anything she has done or represents, they are votes against Jeremiah Wright (this is still, and will continue to be, Obama’s biggest problem – more on this later).

I want to be clear: adding Hillary to the ticket will do nothing to rid Obama of the stain of Jeremiah Wright. It will only serve to open up a whole new series of problems, not least of which is Bill Clinton. People are voting for Hillary because they’ll vote for any Democrat in this election cycle (see post below) and she’s the only one left who is white. Remember that these same voters were thought to loathe Hillary Clinton less than a year ago.

All this is beside the point because, luckily, there is a brilliant alternative to Hillary for VP, and that is Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. Webb is a conservative Democrat and citizen-soldier who will bring blue chip political and military experience, along with a dose of white, working class authenticity, to the ticket. He is honest, direct, and tough. As Obama deals with the Wright issue, having Webb speak for him will be convincing.

Hillary is tough too. But she does not bring balance to Obama’s ticket, she brings a heavy weight that can be measured in tons.

Dems Win Mississippi Runoff Election

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

As predicted, Democrat Travis Childers has won the heavily contested seat of Roger Wicker in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional district.

This is the latest of a series of significant Congressional losses for the Republicans. First, they lost the special election to replace Dennis Hastert in Illinois. That seat had been in Republican hands for 76 years (barring one term after Watergate).

Second, they suffered another loss in the special election for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District a couple of weeks ago. Bush carried that district by 19 percentage points in 2004 and Republicans had held it since 1975.

And now the seat in Mississippi.

There is a clear trend here. Democrats are winning in Republican strongholds; places that were once considered “locks,” places that were once considered uncompetitive. If there is one narrative that will hold true through the November elections, it is this: Republicans are facing a massacre.

Yesterday’s election is just another sign that Americans are fed up with the dishonor and incompetence of the Republican Party.