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McCain’s Sacrifice and Obama’s Mistake

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2008 by raingeg

In an earlier post I said that McCain was hurt during the primary season by further right individuals, because he was not one of them. On the other hand Obama was loved by nearly every far left man, woman and child out there. There wasn’t a college campus at last semesters end that wasn’t bubbling over with excitement because Obama was the likely nominee.

I think the primary should’ve been about sacrifice for Obama, something that his campaign didn’t do when he was running against Hillary. They both ran on far left progressive ideas. Obama and Clinton had to fight to the death, and in the end, whoever won that fight would have to trek back up a large mountain to the political-center.

McCain made the right move, he scarified his base in the primary election. Obama was not presenting himself as a centrist, he was pandering to the far left anti-bush crowd, they made a lot of noise, but that’s not America. McCain on the other hand, didn’t really have to pander to the center-right crowd because he is center-right. He won the nomination on the authentic premise that he has the ability to work with everybody in congress and I think that he can do that.

The second right move that McCain made was picking a good running mate. He had to pick someone that would energize the conservative base, because he had to neglect that further right base in order to win the nomination. And because of this so-called “deep bench” on the republican side, with people like Romney and especially Bobby Jindal, he could pick a person that would stir up the pot. Enter Sarah Palin.

For weeks before Obama picked his running mate Republicans were on edge, because an Obama-Clinton ticket would’ve been a bad thing for the Republicans. I remember I was in a restaurant when it was broadcast, at about 10 p.m. my time (another bad mistake on Obama‘s part), that Biden was Obama’s running mate and I shrugged my shoulders and harbored no fear. Republicans were actually happy that Obama had picked Biden and I don’t blame them. I said earlier that I didn’t know that much about him, but I found out after about 15 minutes on Youtube that he was no threat at all.

The third good move that McCain made, that Obama messed up on, was picking a running mate without a critical history of the parties nominee. In other words, I think Romney was probably always off the table solely because he ran against McCain in the primary. There would’ve been to much material that the Obama campaign could use against a McCain-Romney ticket because of all the bickering that took place between Romney and McCain. Obama picked Biden who ran against him in the primary and Biden used a lot of the same lines that the Republicans are using today with regard to Obama’s readiness to be the President.

And now we have do deal with the Democrats new line, that Palin is only “a heartbeat away” from being President, as if McCain is going to drop over dead or he only has a few more of those heart beats left. This is still a play on McCain’s age and I doubt it will work. The Obama campaign is attacking Palin far more than the McCain campaign is attacking Biden and this can only mean one thing, she is a threat.

Obama made a mistake by following the far left cries for change and not seeing that there is a sleeping giant in the middle of this country. Its called America and it clings to religion, because when push comes to shove, they look to God for support, not the United States Government.

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DNC (The Defeatists National Convention)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by raingeg

So Sen. Obama’s VP pick is Joe Biden. I’m one of those young voters out there, but surprisingly I am not going to vote for the most popular guy among my young friends. I suppose that’s how I’ve always been, I mean my favorite things to listen to are Sinatra and Dylan, I guess I’m just an old soul, so the old guy isn’t all that bad to me.

To elaborate on Sen. Obama’s choice, I have to say that I honestly don’t know that much about the guy. Thankfully in the internet age it doesn’t take much Youtube searching to find out that much of what he believes counters what I believe.

If you watch the news at all, your going to hear that Biden is the best choice for Obama because of his foreign policy expertise. Just as I heard another reveal, that this is an admission by the Obama team that he is weak on foreign policy. Well, if Biden is a guy with such a great foreign policy record, why did he, along with Obama, continually call for Vietnam era foreign policy when it comes to the surge strategy in Iraq? A policy that says if your getting beat, we (Washington politicians who are not on the ground) know what is better than the generals who are actually guiding and fighting the war. So Biden’s alleged strength in the foreign policy area remains about as weak as Obama’s, because of their lack of good judgment in regard to the troop surge in Iraq. They were not willing to even give it a chance before they called it a failure. Here is video of Biden, only a year ago, give it about 30 seconds before you hear the defeatist mentality.

(I had a video of Biden talking about the surge)

All of this is coming on the heels of this week, nearly a year after the Petraeus hearings in September of 2007, a week that produced a much different story in regards to Iraq than that of a year ago. When I go back and watch the Petraeus hearings last September and I see Biden questioning the general on military operations in Iraq, I can tell that Biden is completely banking on the surge being a failure, and the U.S. running into the same problems that we ran into through out the whole beginning of the Iraq war. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we screwed up for the first half of the operation and the surge was a way to fix what we screwed up and win. And what happened when they were wrong? Well Obama still won’t admit that he got it wrong, but nonetheless, they get a chance to become president and vice president. And now for the next week, during the Democratic convention, we get to hear praises of Biden’s foreign policy, when he and Obama continue to have the same opinion on the surge. The surge that now might have made it possible to start bringing our troops home in victory and not defeat.