Sunday, August 12, 2007

Mitt Romney and the Iowa $traw Poll

Isn't democracy great? The GOP has an event like the Iowa straw poll where if you want to vote for your favorite candidate you have to pay 35 bucks. Isn't it ironic that the man who has the most money won the event? Mitt Romney grabbed 31% of the vote and said that he was what the people of the heartland were looking for in a candidate. He didn't win anything. He paid for people to come vote for him. And now he will be on Fox and CNN 24/7 and other candidates will not get a platform to share their ideas for the country.

Mike Huckabee did very well considering he doensn't have the deep pockets that Govenor Romney does. He will not win but he probably put himself in the running for the VP slot on the ticket.

Brownback and Tancredo didn't accomplish anything by finishing 3 and 4. They are an afterthought and will be lucky if they are considered for the VP spot on the ticket.

It's really sad that Ron Paul gets little to no media coverage. He raked in over 9% of the vote and he didn't even advertise or set foot in the state until the week before the Straw Poll. If he was treated with respect by the mainstream media he would be treated as a contender. In his speech yesterday he said that we are fixing bridges in Iraq while the ones over here are crumbling. He's on to something. I really wish that he had a shot.

Tommy Thompson and Duncan Hunter are through. They'll be pulling out soon freeing up more debate time for Guiliani and Romney.

Fred Thompson, McCain and Guiliani did not even compete so they didn't win or lose anything. McCain should have tried to compete. His campaign needs a shot of momentum but I think he knew that Romney had already bought and paid for the end result. I hope Guiliani doesn't win the nomination. If 9-11 never happened he would be a partner in a law firm somehere but now he's telling us that he was at ground zero just as much as the rescue workers. He's worthless and will continue to exploit 9-11 as far as he can take it. Fred Thompson was in Die Hard 2. Who cares?

It's just plain wrong that the guy who has all the money can buy a victory at the straw poll and all the press that comes with it. Our country deserves a leader with the best ideas not the deepest pockets.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sizing up Hillary, Obama and the rest of the Democrats running for President

After watching the debate the other night I was thinking where do these candidates stand? Are they really running for President or are some just trying to make a name for themsleves so they could be considered for the Vice President slot on the ticket. I'll give my analysis on each candidate below;

1. Hillary Clinton-She's pretty much all or nothing. I believe she is too proud to take the VP spot if asked, it would seem like a demotion.

2. Barak Obama-He is a contender for the Nomination but could also be a top contender for VP. I like what James Carville said about him. He has spice but he needs some seasoning. He is rather young and new to the national stage. If he doesn't win it all he should accept the Vice Presidential nomination if offered because the Democrats should win this election and in 8 years this would set him up as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination (2016).

3. John Edwards-He's all or nothing. He has about a 30% chance of winning the nomination but as a VP pick it's not going to happen. He accepted the spot on Kerry's ticket and he won't do that again, nor will he be asked.

4. Joe Biden-This is the guy I like, he has no realistic shot at winning but he would be as safe as a pick for VP as anyone running. He knows foreign policy like the back of his hand and has been to Iraq and Darfur countless times. He has a 50/50 shot at being VP as long as he doesn't come after Hillary and Obama too hard during the debates.

5. Bill Richardson-I don't like this guy. He just seems full of himself and really phony. He will however bring in the Hispanic vote which could be seen attractive as a VP selection. He has no shot at being President but I'd say he has a 25% chance at becoming the Vice President nominee for the aprty.

6. Dennis Kucinich-I think he has done very well in the debates but I believe he's just too liberal to be elected. He would almost be a liability as a VP pick because he is so liberal. I think he has no shot at winning and a very small chance at being the VP pick.

7.Chris Dodd-He just gets lost in the shuffle. He is however the only Democrat running to serve in the Armed Forces. He has been attacking Obama and Clinton a lot so I don't think he has a shot at being VP or President either.

8. Mike Gravel- I like this guy but he has no shot to do anything. He's there to keep things interesting during the debates. I think he and Ron Paul are the only guys running who actually do the right things if elected.

9. Al Gore-I really would like to see him jump in there becasue I believe he could win the wole thing. With the movie, concert, and a possible Nobel Prize in October I think he could be the guy to win it in a blowout. But he doesn't want to run, yet...

Other possible VP candidates,
Wesley Clark, John Kerry, Jim Webb, Phil Bredesen, Evan Bayh

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Romney, Guiliani draft-dodging GOP frontrunners

I have a newfound respect for John McCain. I did a little research and that man is a great American. Check out what this man has been through. Make sure you read about his military career and how Bush beat him for the 2000 GOP nomination. He also stood up to the "Swift Boat Veterans" who tried to smear John Kerry. He didn't however stand up to me when I said Kerry was a shitty candidate in 2004.

According to Mitt Romney his sons are "showing support for our nation" to help their dad get elected President. Wow, that really makes them great Americans. Too bad their dad and Rudy Guiliani both received defrements so they didn't have to go to Vietnam.

But what about the candidates that served our country? John McCain graduated from the Naval Academy and later served in Vietnam. He was also captured and held as a POW for many years. Duncan Hunter also served in the army during Vietnam. Long-shot Ron Paul was a captain in the Air Force and later volunteered for the National Guard.

How in the hell are the two guys who skipped out on serving our country are now the frontrunners for their parties nomination for President?

Thoughts on YouTube Democratic Debate

Well I watched the debate on CNN last night and it was rather entertaining. You can go to this link to see how much talk time each candidate got.

I thought it was a big infomercial for Barack Obama since he receive almost 15 and a half minutes of talk time. I thought it was kinda funny they waited to have his 30 second video to be shown last right before the debate ended so he was the last one you would remember. He also was in the center of the stage. I don't know if that was all coincidence or not but it sure seemed like Obama was the chosen one last night.

I felt really bad for Mike Gravel. He only got 4 minutes worth of talk time during the 2 hour debate. And the one question he got was one that tried to make him look bad. Someone asked him if he wanted to retract the statement he made about all the soldiers in Vietnam that died died in vain. He responded that America has most favored trade nation with Vietnam and you can got to Hanoi and get a Baskin Robbins ice cream cone and Iraq was going to be the same way. And he's right. We went to Iraq to get their oil. I mean we went to Iraq so big corporations who fund our polititcians can get their oil. He also had another question that he tried to respond to and ask Obama about where he's getting his money but Anderson Cooper, the moderator cut him off. He really had a good point about the money that funds the candidates. It's going to be more of the same like he said until we take the power back from the corporations that fund these guys. Gravel isn't taken seriously by CNN and therefore no one else takes him seriously
Hillary Clinton, she did ok. She was par for the course. Nothing really impressed me about her. She and Obama are the front runners so CNN projected her as such with 12 and a half minutes of talk time.

John Edwards, I know he's a snake but he's a likeable snake. CNN tried to throw him under the bus with the basing policy around faith question but he answered it very well. His religious views are against gay marriage but he said he wouldn't force his religion on anyone or allow it to shape policy. He got 10 and a half minutes of talk time. 3rd most amount of talk time for the guy in 3rd place. Seems about right.

Chris Dodd, who cares. No shot.

Joe Biden, If I had to pick one person on stage right now to be President it would be him. He did very well especially when talking about foreign policy. He's been to Darfur. He's also been to Iraq more than any other law maker. He also had a good point about gun control. If you have a mental illness or if you have a criminal record then you don't get a gun. Sounds about right. He also sounds the most presidential and I'd like to see him get more coverage but Clinton and Obama seem to have a stranglehold on all the media. He'd make a very solid VP pick for whoever get's the parties nomination.

Bill Richardson, I don't like him. He just seems full of himself. He also has no shot. He might get a look for VP since he would help bring out the Latino vote. But I hope not.
Dennis Kucinich, I thought he did very well. He was very articulate and made a very good point about putting heat on our Congressmen to end the war in Iraq. Even though he did a very good job communicating his position he's too far to the left and he really has no shot. The whole reperations thing is silly but might help bring out the black vote. Cha-ching!

All in all it was entertaining. It wsa very slanted to make Obama look good and Edwards and Gravel to look bad. I am looking forward to the debate in September and I hope Ron Paul gets to kick ass and take names like he has in the other debates.

The sad thing about this debate is that no one really cares and watches them unless they are really into politics and usually someone like that already has their mind made up as to who they are voting for so what's the point? CNN will say Obama and Clinton won because they are the frontrunners so when Joe Sixpack turns on the news they will hear that Obama and Clinton won so they will vote for one of them.

But don't take my word for it, research and figure out who you like best. Like Mike Gravel said last night. "Wake up People, follow the money." Also, pass this on. People need to be informed. And write me back I enjoy the feedback good or bad.

Larry Sinclair comes clean about his crimial record. Read about it in the latest update.


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