[One of my favorite columnists – always astute and as close as humanly possible to fair and balanced – is Newsweek magazine’s Fareed Zakaria. I first stumbled upon his work in the wake of 9/11, about seven years ago, and I’ve been an avid reader since. Here’s an excellent piece he wrote for the 6 October 2008 issue.]
Palin Is Ready? Please.
by Fareed Zakaria
McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, that is simply not true.
Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come….
Read the rest of the article here:
Fareed Zakaria [photo by Sigrid Estrada]
[I plan return with a real blog (and new photos) tomorrow.]
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…’til I have time to write a real blog.
Last night’s presidential debate, courtesy of CSPAN:
And please vote!
And I looked, and behold a Palin horse:
and his name that sat on her was McDeath,
and Hell followed with him.
And Power was given unto them over the
fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword,
and with hunger, and with death,
and with the beasts of the earth.
– Revelation 6:8
Does the beast have more than one head?
Hillary Clinton will be at my alma mater, Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, campaigning for Barack Obama this Sunday (14 September, which also happens to be my wife’s birthday). I won’t be able to make it, since I have too much to do around the house; but anyone else interested can register here.
The following is an e-mail I received from the Obama campaign yesterday. The message had “Forward this E-mail” written in its subject line, and I’m complying because I believe that although Obama is by no means perfect, he is by far our best choice among the electable presidential candidates.
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In Ohio, you know how few votes it can take to tip an election. You probably also know more than one Buckeye who isn’t registered to vote.
The registration deadline on October 6th is fast approaching.
Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to check out our new, one-stop voter registration website.
Just forward this message.
Our new Ohio registration site makes it easier than ever to get registered. Instead of tracking down the right forms, all you need to do is answer a few basic questions and you’ll have everything you need to become registered. You can also:
- Confirm your registration status
- Apply to vote absentee
If you need to confirm that you’re registered or you’d like to learn more, take a minute to visit the site right now:
This race is too close and too important to stay home on .
If you take the time to register and vote — and make sure everyone you know is registered as well — we’ll be able to turn the tide of the past eight years.
It’s people just like you who will transform this nation.
Thanks for everything you are doing in Ohio,
In my last blog, I posted a photo that seemed to portray Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin wearing an American flag bikini and holding a rifle. I should have made sure it was actually her before I proclaimed it to be so. Please accept my apologies….
Click here to read an Examiner article telling the true story of the image.
And finally, here’s a “photo” I swiped from Photobucket. I hear from a reliable source that the donkey portrayed in it is not an actual ass. I suspect certain folks (including Sarah Palin) might disagree.
A while back, I ran MyHeritage’s face-recognition software on the United States major party Presidential candidates. Now it’s time for the 2008 Vice Presidential Candidates.
Republican Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska:
In case you’re wondering, that IS NOT a real photo of Sarah Palin.
[Update: I apologize for perpetuating the myth that this was a real photo of Palin – I said it was when I posted this blog, having received “verification” from a friend who’d never steered me wrong before. However, we have since learned that it is NOT an authentic picture. It’s Palin’s FACE in this image, but it’s not her body or gun. Damn! But what a metaphor! Follow this link for more information on the photo: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_sarah_palin_bikini_pic.htm.]
If you’re wearing a red white and blue bikini, do you still need an American flag pin?
Sadly, I was unable to find a comparable photo of Governor Palin’s Democratic nemesis. If anyone knows where I can find a photo of Senator Biden sporting swim trunks (or briefs or boxers – or even showing off his rifle), please let me know.
Democratic Senator Joe Biden of Delaware:
I find it interesting that Biden looks more like Catherine Deneuve than Sarah Palin looks like any celebrity besides Sharon Osborne. You may recall that last time, the software said that John McCain looked like B.B. King and Barack Obama looked like Jessica Stam. And at various times (on various photos), it’s compared me to Donald Rumsfeld and Angelina Jolie.
To see which celebrity MyHeritage thinks YOU look like, visit http://www.myheritage.com/collage.
And don’t forget to vote!
As probably all my readers know, Al Gore, former US Senator from Tennessee and Vice President for 8 years under Bill Clinton, is the man who should have been President. He beat George W. Bush in the national popular vote in 2000, but lost the decisive electoral vote after a US Supreme Court decision essentially handed Florida to Mr. Bush. Since then, Al Gore has become perhaps our world’s foremost spokeman for addressing the climate/environmental crisis. His The Assault on Reason is one of the greatest, best-thought-out and most essential books I’ve read in many years. His film An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award. And Mr. Gore himself was awarded a Nobel Prize for his efforts on behalf of our world.
I wonder how many Americans wish he would have run for President again in 2008. How many would prefer him to either Clinton, Obama, or McCain? I guess it’s a moot point now.
Or is it?…
Al Gore can still be the Democratic nominee this year, and here’s how.
You may recall my recent blogs about visiting former President James Garfield’s gravesite and home in northern Ohio. But here’s something I haven’t yet mentioned about Mr. Garfield. Until the Republican Convention in 1880, James Garfield wasn’t even a candidate for President. The three major Republican presidential candidates were Ulysses S. Grant (Civil War hero and two-term former President who was not re-nominated in 1876), James G. Blaine (Senator from Maine, backed by the Half-Breed faction of the Republican Party) and John Sherman (Secretary of the Treasury under then-President Hayes, former Senator from Ohio, and brother of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman). Garfield was at the Convention to support his fellow Ohioan John Sherman. But after 35 ballots (it was the longest lasting Republican Convention in history), none of the candidates had enough votes/delegates to win the nomination.
Garfield’s name was introduced as a compromise, “dark horse” candidate who delegates from more than one side might be willing to endorse. Both Blaine and Sherman, who knew they could not win, yet didn’t want Grant (whose administration had been riddled with scandals) to win, threw their support behind the new candidate. And surprise! Garfield, who hadn’t even planned to run for President, was chosen as the Republican nominee. He went on to win the general election and move into the White House.
For more about the Republican Convention of 1880, please click here.
So what does all this have to do with Al Gore and today? Plenty, I think…. Granted, there are differences between then and now. For one, there were no such thing as “primary” elections back then (the first was held in Oregon in 1910). But the Democrats this year are in a similar predicament to that of the Republicans in 1880. If Barack Obama continues his pace, it is likely that he will remain 100 regular delegates short of securing the nomination. And since re-votes are not going to happen in Florida and Michigan (and even if they were), Hillary Clinton would have to win by a ridiculously huge margin in the remaining states to have a chance of securing enough regular delegates to be the nominee.
What if we get to the Democratic Convention and find the delegates and superdelegates to be so split that neither candidate can become the undisputed nominee? According to a recent Associated Press article by Nedra Pickler (in my local newspaper on 11 April) and a corresponding AP-IPSOS poll, “About a quarter of Obama supporters say they’ll vote for McCain if Clinton is the Democratic nominee. About a third of Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain if it’s Obama.” According to same poll, both Obama and Clinton are in a statistical tie with Republican candidate John McCain, if the election were held this month. Can either candidate afford to lose a significant number of Democrats to McCain in a race this close? I hope that none of the Democratic delegates would desire a Republican victory in November. Perhaps that could be averted with a dual Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket. But how likely is it that either will choose his or her biggest competitor as his or her running mate?
What if neither candidate, Obama or Clinton, has sufficient support at the Convention to be the uncontested nominee? What if it seems certain neither candidate can unite the party and win in November? Why couldn’t Al Gore be nominated and selected – as the candidate all Democrats (and many independents) can trust, rally behind, and propel to a certain victory? Perhaps it’s just a dream. It may seem unlikely. But is it possible? And would you be willing to trade a Clinton and Obama in the bush for an Al Gore in the hand?
Could it happen? Would you support him? I’m interested in hearing what you think.
Please check out these Al Gore works, available through my Amazon bookstore:
To visit Al Gore’s official website: www.algore.com
To read Wikipedia’s biography of Al Gore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore
For more about a grassroots movement to draft Al Gore: http://www.draftgore.com/
Better “Damn Democrats” than “Damned Democrats”… lol. Think about it.
The word for the day is “Disenfranchisement.” And this blog is going to be a bit more scattershot than some others I’ve posted, particularly in the realm of politics. Just a ranting, a venting, a stream of consciousness babbling of some things I don’t quite GET…. And I will break one of my general blog rules by using the f-word liberally (pardon the pun). Generally, I think of profanity as a short-cut for thinking. But upon occasion, I think a peppering of profanity can help make a point and spur people to ponder a point a bit more purposefully….
1) Why the fuck does Howard Dean insist on sticking to flawed Democratic Party “rules” – even when it means allowing Florida governor Charlie Crist and his Republican cohorts to say “Mission Accomplished!” on multiple fronts: essentially silencing Florida Democrats who voted in the primary, perhaps discouraging many of those Democrats from voting in November’s general election, and dividing and (possibly) conquering the national Democratic party?
2) Rules sometimes need to be changed. And which rules should be at the top of the “must be changed” list? Rules that say “fuck you, your votes won’t count” to two states (in this case Florida and Michigan) whose voters were not responsible for either the rules or the decisions their politicos made to violate the rules…. Punish the politicians, I say – not the voters. Why, when public officials do the rule-breaking, are the voters the ones to be penalized? Count the public’s votes – and if you must make an example of someone, make it the real rule-breakers.
3) I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “The popular vote should determine the nominee. The superdelegates should follow the vote of the people and not swing the nomination to another candidate.” Why are the folks who are most gung ho about letting the “vote of the people” (and not of the superdelegates, who apparently are not people) decide the nomination… why are these “vote of the people” proponents in many cases the same folks who want to essentially say “fuck you” to the vote of the people in Michigan and Florida, by insisting that the votes in those states do not count? And if they don’t mean to say “fuck you” to those voters, why are they not doing everything in their power to ensure there is a re-vote of the people in those states? Makes sense, if counting the “popular vote” is your real reason for wanting to count out the superdelegates….
4) Why are many leading Democrats trying to pressure either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama into leaving the race before all 50 states have had a chance to vote? I agree we need party unity – and sooner is better than later. But we also need to let ALL Americans who want to vote in the primaries have a chance to do so. If you want the nomination to be decided by March – and if that’s in the best interest of the Democratic party – then why not let the people in every state VOTE before March? And if that’s what you want, and also in the party’s best interest, why in the hell would you penalize states (like Michigan and Florida) for moving their primaries back so they can vote before March?
Am I the only one who doesn’t get this? I’m a staunch Democrat and we’re supposed to be the party of “the people.” So why are we not letting ALL of the people’s votes count? That’s why I think the f-word is appropriate in this blog. And I apologize if it offends anyone’s sensibilities. But let’s face it, the people are getting fucked here! I’m kinda used to the Republicans doing it – with their unprovoked wars, tax-breaks to Exxon-Mobil, thumbing their noses at our environment, and so on and so forth. But do we Democrats have to do it as well, by disenfranchising voters? It’s not right. I daresay it’s unAmerican.
Let every Democrat’s vote be counted in this primary season. And then whoever wins a larger share of the popular vote, whether it’s Obama or Clinton, should be the Democratic nominee. And we Democrats should unite to support that nominee. If the margin of victory is within a certain small percentage, or if neither candidate earns a majority of the popular vote, then we should seriously consider bringing the top two candidates together on one ticket to face the Republicans in November. What better way to ensure party unity and keep the lion’s share of both leading candidates’ supporters from being discouraged?
What’s the alternative? Tearing each other’s hearts out, handing the Congress and Presidency back to the Republicans, and likely enduring four or more years of the same old same old? Just thinking aloud here…. But it’s enough to make a guy want to use profanity.