John McCain on the mortgage mess

McCain’s lame attempt to offer something about the mortgage mess just two weeks after saying he would do nothing to bail out homeowners shows he will say anything and propose anything to get elected. Conservatives are not happy.

Once the general election starts, McCain’s inability to articulate and defend clear positions on the issues in a consistent manner will be his undoing.

Hillary’s collapse

She’s starting to tank in the polls. Gallup has her down 9 points and Rasmussen has her down 10 points. The polls are tightening in Pennsylvania, and slowly the superdelegates continue to break for Obama.

It’s only a matter of time. Obama will be the nominee by June.

Also, McCain has not been able to build on his earlier lead when Obama was dealing with the Wright issue. The polls are now basically even, which means McCain is in trouble as well.

Run Bob Run

Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr might run for President as a Libertarian. If he decides to run, this could be a huge blow to John McCain.

Can a conservative former congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU dent Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid?

That’s exactly what Mr. McCain would face if Bob Barr, the former Republican who joined the Libertarian Party two years ago, wins his adopted party’s presidential nomination.

Barr is one of many Republicans who are fed up with today’s Republican Party that has embraced the religious right and has abandoned the principles of small government and freedom. The Ron Paul candidacy showed that there is real support for traditional libertarian positions, and Barr could present a protest votes for conservatives who are fed up with the GOP.

MIke Huckabee on the Wright controversy

It’s statements like this that explain I always liked Mike Huckabee and why he was able to generate so much support. I don’t agree with many of his policies, but the man is a true Christian. He has empathy for other people and tries to understand their plight. He also understands that we’re all human and we make mistakes.

And one other thing I think we’ve gotta remember. As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Reverend Wright said some very stupid things. They should be condemned and Barack Obama condemned them. But, it’s clear this man is very angry about the injustices that blacks have endured in this country. This does not justify his statements, and as Obama explained, this anger can cloud one’s judgement. Wright could not see the progress we have made.

That said, it was incredibly gracious for Huckabee to show some compassion and understanding, and to not kick Wright while he’s down. Here’s the video.

Obama blasts McCain on Iraq

Over the past several days, John McCain has twice repeated a ridiculous statement about al Qaeda in Iraq, saying that Iran (a Shiite nation) was training al Qaeda terrorists (who are Sunnis). This is almost as ridiculous as his recent statements that al Qaeda would take over Iraq if we left, as if the majority Shiites would ever let that happen.

Today, Barack Obama went after McCain on his fundamental misunderstanding of the situation in Iraq.

Now we know what we’ll hear from those like John McCain who support open-ended war. They will argue that leaving Iraq is surrender. That we are emboldening the enemy. These are the mistaken and misleading arguments we hear from those who have failed to demonstrate how the war in Iraq has made us safer. Just yesterday, we heard Senator McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and al Qaeda. Maybe that is why he voted to go to war with a country that had no al Qaeda ties. Maybe that is why he completely fails to understand that the war in Iraq has done more to embolden America’s enemies than any strategic choice that we have made in decades.

Obama extends delegate lead over Hillary

Final delegates have been allocated in Iowa at the state convention, and Barack Obama has picked up 7 more delegates as some John Edwards supporters switched to Obama. This is big news considering that Hillary only netted 9 delegates out of Ohio.

Hillary’s only hope is that the Wright controversy explodes the Obama candidacy. So far, there’s some evidence that Obama might be talking a short-term hit, as the Rasmussen poll narrowed his lead sharply in one day.

The key is whether Obama can recover and use Wright’s outrageous statements as a call for unity. He started that today when speaking in Indiana, invoking Bobby Kennedy and others who implored Americans to reject anger and hate and to unite around a common purpose.

This is the theme of his campaign. He just might be talented enough to turn this fiasco into a positive message of reconciliation.

The FAA’s cozy relationship with the airlines

The Southwest Airlines fiasco was probably the tip of the iceberg. Is there any part of our government that hasn’t been totally screwed up by the Bush administration? How can you run a government if you hate government?

Romney endorses McCain

Good move by Mitt. He’ll earn some points in the party for this one, as Huckabee looks like a fool for staying in the race.

Same Old Politics

Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to another debate in Wisconsin. When he declined (2 more debates have been scheduled), Hillary ran an ad attacking Obama for ducking a debate. Here’s the response from the Obama campaign.

The key to the ad is its simplicity. It points out that the candidates have had 18 debates already and that 2 more are scheduled, so her silly charge that he is ducking a debate is the “same old politics.” This plays perfectly with Obama’s narrative – he wants to move beyond the old politics and unite the country, and Hillary keeps proving that she can olny operate from the old playbook.

In South Carolina, when Hillary ran an ad accusing Obama of claiming that Ronald Reagan and the Republicans had better ideas, the Obama campaign quickly responded with an ad refuting the baseless claim and charging that Hillary will “say anything” to get elected. Ouch. The Clinton campaign pulled the ad and got smoked in South Carolina.

The Obama campaign has been impressive in its ability to counter the ridiculous claims coming from the Clinton campaign. Anyone who thinks he will be “Swift-Boated” by the Republicans in the fall might be in for a surprise.

Romney drops out

This news will bring conservatives closer to the ledge.

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