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Weekly Pick Up: Newt Vs. the Media September 30, 2008

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With my growing pessimism over whether or not Gov. Palin really was
a good choice for McCain’s VP, I need something to remind me why I’ve
been gunning for her to be Sen. McCain’s pick for months.  I’m sure you
do too. So without further ado, an oldie but a goodie.

I love the Former Speaker; one the most down to earth people I’ve
ever met.  Let’s not forget that he was once one of  the most powerful
people in the world.  An intellectual giant; I trust his judgment over
most of the pundits out there.  I just wish Sarah would prove him
right!  Oh lordy, let’s hope a miracle happens this Thursday when she’s
debating Biden! Newt, please please please help her out with her
debating skills!


Video: Bill Clinton on Obama and Palin September 24, 2008

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I knew I always liked him for a reason. Classy Sir, very classy.

Biden, Obama helped keep ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ alive September 24, 2008

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CNN published a really great article today that highlighted some hypocrisy from the Obama/Biden campaign.  (Finally, some balanced reporting from the only other news outlet that I can stand to follow. I bet you can guess what the other news outlet I check regularly; let me give you a hint, it rhymes with socks.) In light of the dozens of negative news stories that CNN has put out about Sarah Palin over the past few weeks, this one duly criticizes both campaigns on their stances on the epitome of wasteful spending, the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.”  While I dislike  the fact that Palin was for the bridge before it became unpopular, I find it even more distasteful that both Obama and Biden criticize her for stance on the bridge, when they both voted keep the bridge twice!

Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice. Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.

An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.

But Biden and Obama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country. Video Watch how Biden has blasted Palin »

“That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere,” said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. “Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to.”

Even worse, both Obama and Biden had the chance to redirect the funds for the bridge to more important projects, namely ones that would have helped Hurricane Katrina victims.  Do people really believe that these two would be better for the economy than McCain and Palin? Quite frankly, it’s laughable. Biden and Obama have proved to be the tax kings in the senate.  They criticize McCain and Palin for having no new ideas and for allegedly being “more of the same.”  But a quick look at their economic histories demonstrates that they haven’t come up with any ideas that would “change” the economy for the better either.  We’ve seen these old liberal/socialist/big-government policies before.  They’ve failed once and they’ll fail again.

When CNN emailed a Biden spokesperson about the Senator’s earmark history, all he could say was, “You’ve interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?” Good comeback sir, very professional.  Biden and his campaign make me picture a kid who’s being punished by his parents for doing something bad.  When the parents ask the kid why he did what he did, his response is, “well the other kids were doing it too, why aren’t you yelling at them?” Well buddy, (or should I say Biden) just ’cause the other kids were doing it doesn’t make it right.  Sarah Palin’s flip flop on the bridge doesn’t make your votes to keep the bridge disappear.  In fact, your votes were far worse then her change of heart.

Update: Palin and the 60,000 and Joe Who? 2.0 September 22, 2008

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Even more evidence to back up my earlier assertion that Palin’s recent slip in the polls isn’t indicative of her true popularity. According to news-press.com,

THE VILLAGES — Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told wildly cheering, flag-waving, chanting supporters that John McCain is “the only great man in this race” and promised Sunday he will fix the nation’s economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.

“He won’t say this, so I’ll say it for him,” the Alaska governor said in an almost confidential tone at the close of her first Florida stump speech. “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. John McCain wore the uniform of his country for 22 years — talk about tough.”

The Villages, a vast, upscale planned community north of Orlando, has about 70,000 mostly adult residents — many of them military retirees — who vote reliably Republican in statewide races. Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd.

“Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!” they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed — along with free water bottles — by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000.

60,000 of 70,000 residents or about 90% of the population stood in sweltering heat for 4 hours just to hear her speak! Granted, it was a very safe spot for her to visit, but as my mood over her chances of being elected grows dimmer by the day, I’ll take in any signs of good news.  Picture some straws and then me grasping for them.  Quick question:  how big are the crowds that go to Joe Biden’s speeches? I guarantee you they’re not this big.

Video: Ann Loves Sarah September 20, 2008

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A hilarious interview with the Queen of the Right.  Does someone have a girl crush…I think so.

What America Really Thinks of Sarah Palin… September 18, 2008

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…is not reflected entirely or accurately by the latest political polls.  According to a CNN article,

Palin appears to be losing some of her initial appeal as Democrats make gains in the polls.

The Alaska governor came out swinging at the Republican National Convention, energizing her party’s base and shifting the momentum to John McCain’s favor.

At rallies in the week following the convention, the McCain-Palin duo saw their best attendance and a newfound zeal, and the Republican ticket took the lead in national polls for the first time.

But polls show that the momentum has shifted once again.

Palin’s favorable rating is at 40 percent, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. That’s down 4 points from last week. Her unfavorable rating is at 30 percent, rising 8 points in a week.

Yes, it is true that Palinmania seems to have calmed down a bit, but I have reason to believe that it hasn’t tapered off as much as the media and the leftist want us to think. According to a video aired also by CNN, there is a two month waitist for anyone wanting a pair of Sarah Palin glasses. Her now iconic eye glass style is all the rage across America. The Japanese manufacturer of the glasses can’t keep up with the demand. The company has sold more in two weeks than they have in the year before Palin’s announcement as VP.

This revelation is a testament to Palin’s appeal, and one that Obama and the Democrats should be worried about. While it may be a cliche, imitation is the highest form of flattery. The fact that so many people want to look like the Palin demonstrates that she is more popular than the latest polls suggest.

I believe that her slump this week is a result of the current economic crisis taking place on Wall Street (and the SNL skit and her less than stellar performance with Charlie Gibson, but more on that later.) Obama and his campaign have capitalized on the public misconception that conservative or classical liberal policies, and therefore the Republican Party’s policies, are the cause of the economic downturn. While in reality, the redistributive and socialist economic plans that Obama advocates for are the cause.

McCain and Palin need to articulate why their plans would be much better for America, something they haven’t been doing effectively at all. By saying that the foundations of our economy are fundamentally stable, John McCain doesn’t sound appealing to the Average Joe and Jane struggling to pay their mortgage on time. McCain and his campaign just aren’t competing well with Master Orator, who is far better at selling his plans to an economically uninformed public.

I hope the McCain/Palin ticket does something to fix it’s marketing ineptitude. Hopefully I’m right and Palin’s silent appeal, as evidenced by multitudes of people who admire her enough to imitate her look, will override their campaign’s blunders this week. This country couldn’t possibly live through four years of Jimmy Carter’s…oh I’m sorry, Obama’s economic policy idiocy.

Weekly Pick Up: McCain Sings Streisand September 17, 2008

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McCain strikes back against the pretentious, know-it-all celebrity who thinks she can do his job.  This is when SNL used to be funny (although Tina Fey’s performance as Govenor Palin was hilarious).

Beautiful College Campuses September 16, 2008

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Random Fact:  I love taking tours of different college campuses.  Here are some of America\’s most beautiful colleges / universities.  Maybe you may want to attend one of these schools one day.

Guess Which Collectivist Said it? September 15, 2008

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Take the quiz; you’ll be surprised! Beware those who put the “public good” over the rights of the individual.

Guess Which Collectivist Said It?

Joe Who? September 15, 2008

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Joe Who?