Fewer jobs, more wars

John McCain’s new campaign slogan.


Debate thread

8:32 PM – Obama is on a roll. So far the debate has been a wonky debate about policy. Hillary as usual is doing well, but Barack is doing just as well, and is showing he can hang with Hillary when it comes to policy details.

Both of them are scoring huge points taking shots at Republicans, and Obama just had a zinger about John McCain’s flip-flop on Bush’s tax cuts.

Hillary’s advantage is experience, but just listening to the debate they both look like they have the knowledge and experience to do the job. This blunts her best argument.

8:40 PM – Obama hits it out of the park, saying immigrants should not be used as scapegoats for black unemployment. The crowd loved it and this will win him points with Latino voters.

9:10 PM – Hillary scores some good points ragging on Bush. The questions have drifted away from policy.

9:31 PM – Obama is crushing her on the issue of the Iraq War, and he’s also demostrating he will be able to handle McCain on this issue. Hillary’s statements defending her vote border on the ridiculous. Wolf Blitzer hammered her and called her naive.

9:48 PM – It ends with a love-fest. I think Barack won this one.


Huge coup for Obama with California Latinos

Ted Kennedy was a guest on the most popular Spanish language radio show in LA campaigning for brack Obama. Read the story to see the magnitude of this support.


Conservatives rallying against McCain

I won’t bother quoting entertainer Rush Limbaugh.

Instead, here’s a column by Mark Levin from the National Review.

Even worse than denying his own record, McCain is flatly lying about Romney’s position on Iraq. As has been discussed for nearly a week now, Romney did not support a specific date to withdraw our forces from Iraq. The evidence is irrefutable. And it’s also irrefutable that McCain is abusing the English language (Romney’s statements) the way Bill Clinton did in front of a grand jury. The problem is that once called on it by everyone from the New York Times to me, he obstinately refuses to admit the truth. So, last night, he lied about it again. This isn’t open to interpretation. But it does give us a window into who he is.

Of course, it’s one thing to overlook one or two issues where a candidate seeking the Republican nomination as a conservative might depart from conservative orthodoxy. But in McCain’s case, adherence is the exception to the rule — McCain-Feingold (restrictions on political speech), McCain-Kennedy (amnesty for illegal aliens), McCain-Kennedy-Edwards (trial lawyers’ bill of rights), McCain-Lieberman (global warming legislation), Gang of 14 (obstructing change to the filibuster rule for judicial nominations), the Bush tax cuts, and so forth. This is a record any liberal Democrat would proudly run on. Are we to overlook this record when selecting a Republican nominee to carry our message in the general election?

The national polls show a dead heat between McCain and Romney, so I’m not writing Romney off just yet.


Martin Peretz can support Obama

Peretz asks a simple question – can friends of Israel–and Jews–trust Obama? His answer is yes.

Peretz is very influencial in the Jewish community, so this column will be very helpful to Obama.


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