Friday, February 22, 2008

The article in the New York Times that is receiving so much attention these past few days goes to McCain's character and his involvement with lobbyists, not necessarily his alleged affair with a woman, which both lack of character and adultery appear to be the norm for Washington politics. Isn’t this business as usual in American politics? Additionally, according to the Drudge Report’s developing story: (full text) “MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY
Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET
Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!
McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
The paper's Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain's aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.
The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.
The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.
Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.
Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about journalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.
McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.
Developing... “
McCain’s hiring of attorney’s to squash the story makes one wonder about his alleged innocence.

It appears that the Republican Party wants to push a candidate that has no chance in Hades of winning the white house in the fall. They are more interested in the 4 year backlash that they hope will occur with a Democrat in charge; providing the groundwork for a return to power in the house and senate. As a conservative McCain falls short of the mark, and is more appropriate labeled liberal. How much character can he have when he is sending out letters via Townhall stating that he is the nominee of the party? Frankly, last time anyone checked he has not received the delegates necessary to clinch the nomination - yet. I find his letter to be somewhat deceptive. I'm concerned that, for once, the sentiments of the NYTimes editorial board maybe on the right track. From Townhall email dated Feb. 21st, sent at 3:40 pm and entitled: “We must unite as a party: "My Friends,

I am writing to you because we must begin to unite as party and prepare for the upcoming election in November. If I am so fortunate as to be the Republican nominee for president, I will stand on my conservative convictions and offer Americans a clearly conservative approach to governing. But my friends, I cannot succeed in this endeavor without the support of dedicated conservatives like you. And today, I write to ask for your support."

Will you join my campaign today by making a generous contribution? We will have a hard-fought battle against either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, and I know that by joining together, our party will prevail on Election Day.

Earlier this month, Senators Clinton and Obama raised over $10 million online for their respective campaigns in just a few short days. I know that I must take the time now to replenish my campaign's funds to prepare for what will undoubtedly be the most expensive campaign for president in our history. That is why I ask you to make an urgent contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more today.

This election is going to be about big things, not small things. And I intend to fight as hard as I can to ensure that our shared conservative principles prevail.

Senators Clinton and Obama want to increase the size of the federal government, raise your taxes, and withdraw our forces from Iraq based on an arbitrary timetable designed for political expediency. I intend to reduce the size of the federal government, cut your taxes and win this war. I have had the distinct honor of serving our great country for many decades and with your support, I will be able to serve her for a little while longer.

I am proud to have come to public office as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. My friends, twenty-five years later, I am still proud to be a conservative and it is my greatest hope that you will join me in this campaign today. Thank you.


John McCain”

Is John McCain a man of Character? The party has a man of character, one that has strong conservative values and one who is more qualified than McCain. Mike Huckabee. The problem with Mike Huckabee is that although he is the better candidate, he won’t play businesses as usual with Washington. Will JQ Public wake up in time? There is time left. There is still time for Mike Huckabee to garner enough delegates to make it impossible for McCain to get the delegates to win the nomination. In an old-fashioned brokered convention, the delegates would have an opportunity to run a true conservative with a proven governing record instead of a feeble excuse for a candidate that one finds in McCain. It is not Mike Huckabee that needs a miracle; it is the people of this county and the Republican Party.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

McCain Wins Wisconsin and Washington
Obama’s on a Winning Streak!
Timing in Life is Everything.

It was with shock and awe that I watched the results for the primary elections in Wisconsin and Washington State last evening. The speed in which all news outlets called the election for John McCain based on exit polls was simply amazing (the exit polls were based on interviews with approximately 800 voters)Fox News Exit Polls (CNN No Longer Available), it was barely 9:00 p.m. and the polls had been closed for less than one minute. What was more mind-boggling was the speed in which McCain took the stage to give his long-winded acceptance speech. It was 9:04 p.m. The raw numbers from precincts reporting in were not even showing at that point. How amazing it must be to be able to so clearly predict a win. (This is sarcasm). The general disillusionment with the system in general (on both sides of the aisle mind you), has grown from one of frustration the process, to one of utter disbelief!

Understanding that Mike Huckabee has always been an underdog, but actually does, even at this juncture have the ability to force this primary season to the fullest by garnering 51% of the vote and thereby, going all the way to the convention; it boggles the mind that the more Mike stays in, the more ridiculous the media, the RNC and McCain become.

On the other side, the constant downplaying of support, and displays of photo’s and video of Ms. Clinton that are less than say, charming, has become, from a feminist point of view, ludicrous.

This is the way I see it: The elite in Washington decided to hold their power one way or another and needed a lackey in order to do so. McCain was perfect, he didn’t stand a chance (in fact, less of a chance than Huckabee), and so given the carrot, he took the bait (and the money). These elite decided he would be their best chance at holding their own against Hillary Clinton.

On the other side, those that hold power in the DNC decided Hillary could be bested by some nasty old man, and so, they have rammed Obama down our throats.

Poll those of us who have voted long enough and this is what you find:
Clinton and Huckabee are the most acceptable candidates based on experience and policy.

Understanding that this is simply conjecture, but, other factors to consider:

With a loss of the white house, the RNC feels that it may be able to gain back its control of the congress.

The DNC feels that with a strong enough candidate they can consolidate their control of the congress.

Both parties help the media, who are helping them in turn, because left versus right has become a huge industry.

Enter the people:
Disenfranchised and Disillusioned.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

With all eyes in the nation on Wisconsin today, it is not without a bit of amusement to find that local Wisconsin media is showing 4 candidates in this preliminary presidential race, rather than the 3 normally shown on major news websites. Perhaps this is why polls are often wrong, and/or exit polls by major networks and focus groups miss the mark. The Huckabee Factor is given little credence in national circles, yet, he manages to do just fine when it comes to local media

Cases in point: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee's Channel 4

More Wisconsin Local Media found at Mondo Times

It must be noted that the local media is treating Ms. Clinton much less harshly than the national outlets.

This is true not only of Wisconsin, but the remaining states (one only needs to do the math, never mind a miracle. With the hype over all the major endorsements McCain has received over the past week or two, including the infamous "Read My Lips", George H. Bush (No More Taxes?), and Karl Rove (How nervous does that make the average Jean and Jo Republican?) it is no wonder that the conservative base might be taking a second look at someone who has proven to have no only staying power, fiscal responsibility (out of necessity, yet, stunning in light of the successes of his campaign), and a true conservative - can do the job, and has done the job, attitude!

Go Mike.

Hillary can expect and/or should expect much of the same treatment on a more local level as Obama's lack of experience becomes more glaringly apparent by the day. (Borrowing lines from a 1 year governor from the State of Massachusetts does not seem to be the brightest idea, no matter how solid the lines. It goes to original thought - does he or does he not have original thought? Or is Obama simply rhetoric without a clue.

Go Hillary.

Now, that is the match up that would make this a real contest. On the one hand, the only thing the media and the DNC can say about Huckabee that would be negative (by their view) is that he can preach. Huckabee, well acquainted with Hillary Clinton, would be more able to tolerate hits received than say: Bush Lite (John McCain).

Not for nothing, but the American people would be better served no matter the outcome. Scary Movie V: John McCain and Barrack Obama.
"Read My Lips, No New Taxes", The Bush-McCain Connection.

Given the fact that every imaginable high-ranking conservative has given their endorsement to John McCain, should not the party rank and file just fall in and throw all their grassroots might behind the "Chosen Candidate?" No. Last time anyone bothered to check, the rule book includes something inane about the people of the party actually voting for the candidate. Enter Mike Huckabee, who is as non-party elite as one can be, yet still holds the party near and dear to his heart. The problem with Mike Huckabee is that he is for the people first, not the party. This is the way he successfully governed in Arkansas (he has an impeccable record which is ignored in favor of the elite and the media crying "Christian" every chance they get, in an attempt to frighten off the general public, who are? - Christian's in some form or other. Those Evangelicals are hardly different from Catholics, Protestants (which, as a Catholic I thought they fell under that umbrella), or any one practicing any faith in this country. Once the fog lifted from the elite hue and cry, it was duly noted that the man actually had more experience than any other candidate, and a successful record of dealing with both sides of the aisle in order to accomplish a thing or two.

The problem is that the administration and elite have anointed McCain as one most likely to fall into line with party dogma; the media loves McCain as he suits their more liberal leanings and frankly, is the easiest target for the Democrats this November. What's not to love about this guy? No disrespect to his service, but his voting record is dismal at best, if you happen to be moderately conservative.

Is there a choice or a chance at this point? Decidedly yes. There is still hope, hope that Mike Huckabee will take the 51% or so, delegates in the remaining states, force it to the convention and garner enough votes in a brokered convention to give the party back to the people and make an honest and successful run at the white house in November.

Is it no wonder that the RNC has given state delegates from Michigan to McCain. They fear that Mike can win, and that if they don't stop him, the party is over.

(Not the Republican Party, but the inside the beltway, elite party).

Is it no wonder that the final debate has not taken place? Why would McCain enter to debate with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul? Because should he do so, he would be shown to be the fraud he is.

Mike will survive (see You Tube video below).

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