My Closing Argument for Obama

Monday, November 3, 2008

I could write at length extolling the virtues of Barack Obama. But I will assume any reader of this blog already knows the difference between the two candidates. I will keep this brief.

Obama represents a generational shift towards competence, intellect, character, and judgment. An Obama win will instantly renew a sense of optimism about America at home and abroad, and will give us our best chance to climb out of the dark pit the GOP has dug for us. He is pragmatic, responsible, and honest. He is unquestionably the best candidate for the presidency.

But putting that aside, my final argument comes down to two words:

Sarah Palin.

If you are still undecided, and you love your children and your country, you cannot risk putting this proudly ignorant, deeply unprepared, ethically challenged, inarticulate half-wit near a position of power. I don’t like to use fear as a tactic, but we must all legitimately be afraid of a Sarah Palin vice presidency. In America, or anywhere else, her ascent to higher office should never come to pass.

It boils down to this: we are at a defining moment. We must ask ourselves, what kind of country are we going to be?

There is only one answer for those who believe in the best of America.

Barack Obama for President.

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TR on Palin and the GOP

Monday, October 27, 2008

Teddy Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris channels the great man himself in the NY Times today. On Palin:

Q. Talking of foreign policy, what do you think of Mr. McCain’s choice of a female running mate?

A. Times have changed (sigh). It is entirely inexcusable, however, to try to combine the unready hand with the unbridled tongue.

And:

Q. One last question, Colonel. If you were campaigning now, would you still call yourself a Republican?

A. (after a long pause) No.

The “interview” is entirely made of direct quotes from TR. Good stuff, I thought.


Don’t Be Afraid of Sarah Palin

Friday, October 24, 2008

Watch this:

(h/t: Andrew Sullivan)


CBS/NY Times: Obama +14

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wow:

Just 7 percent of registered voters say their opinion of McCain has improved recently, while 21 percent say it has gotten worse. The numbers are nearly reversed for Obama: Seventeen percent say their opinion of Obama has improved in recent weeks, while 7 percent say it has declined.

Looks like the Kristol/Rove dirtbag wing of the GOP is failing again.

P.S. Bloomberg/L.A. Times has Obama +9


Former Michigan Governor Backs Away from McCain

Friday, October 10, 2008

Here are the money quotes from former Michigan GOP governor William Milliken:

“He is not the McCain I endorsed,” said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday. “He keeps saying, ‘Who is Barack Obama?’ I would ask the question, ‘Who is John McCain?’ because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me.”

“I know John McCain is 72. In my book, that’s quite young,” said Milliken, 86, Michigan’s longest-serving governor. But he added, “What if she [Palin] were to become president of the United States? The idea, to me, is quite disturbing, if not appalling.

It makes me feel proud of America to see honorable Republicans standing up to the dangerously bigoted, anti-intellectual rabble-rousing by McCain/Palin. Milliken is right. Palin is appalling, and the two of them are running a disgraceful campaign. I just wish more conservatives would stand up and say the same.

Christopher Buckley (Son of William F.) is another one.


Obama Interview with Charlie Gibson

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It’s a very good, reassuring interview from Obama. He really does exude calm and confidence. He is a natural leader. This interview also includes the moment where Obama calls out McCain for not making shameful claims to his face.

Joe Biden’s response?

“All of the things they said about Barack Obama in the TV, on the TV, at their rallies, and now on YouTube … John McCain could not bring himself to look Barack Obama in the eye and say the same things to him … In my neighborhood, when you’ve got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him.”


Guilt-by-Association Absurdity

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gail Collins, brilliant as usual:

Before we go any further, I have a confession to make. When I was a college student, I believe I attended a party with Bernardine Dohrn. This was pre-Weather, when Dohrn was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society, better known as S.D.S. Some of my friends wanted to meet her because they were interested in establishing an S.D.S. chapter at our campus. I was opposed, under the presumption that S.D.S. meant Students for Decent Styles, a group that had been active in fighting spaghetti-strap dresses at my high school.

Still, under the new rules, I believe I may now be held partly responsible for all of Dohrn’s misdeeds, including aggravated battery, bail jumping, the Days of Rage and unreadable political tracts.

McCain’s favorite supporter, Senator Joseph Lieberman, recently called the Obama-Ayers connection “fair game.” This reminded me that Lieberman once came to a party at my house. It was years ago, when he was still a Connecticut state senator, and we have already established that state senators will go to anything. Still, I can’t help but feel that I am not only a potential victim of the new guilt-by-association standard, I am also somewhat complicit in establishing it.

In a related story, Obama calls McCain out in an interview with Charlie Gibson:

“I am surprised that, you know, we’ve been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days, that he wasn’t willing to say it to my face. But I guess we’ve got one last debate. So presumably, if he ends up feeling that he needs to, he will raise it during the debate.”

Looks like this nonsense is not going away.