He and his latter day swift boaters, the Freedom Defense Fund, have lost all self respect.
It saddens me because at one time I truly admired him.
I watched the debate on my computer at CNN. I didn't want to see the male/female line they had on tv, I wanted to see what the Independents felt. Biden led far more with the positive line than Palin did.
I thought Biden did well and was truly touched when he spoke about being a single parent. I also got a huge kick with his response on what the Vice President's duties were. His score line almost went off the chart with that one.
Palin did well but I found myself getting irked the longer she spoke and it took me a bit before I found out why. I don't want a "folksy" VP, I want one that demands respect from foreign heads of state. I also hatehatehated when she winked. WTF was that? How in the world would we NOT be laughed at because she was being all flirty?
Honest to goodness, the GOP could have picked many, many other women to run in the VP spot that would have been heads above this woman. As a woman who was an MP in the army, put myself through college while working full time to support my two daughters and who fought to get to where I am, she just pisses me off.
And in other news, John McCain has pulled his Michigan campaign. Is he crazy?
Good article my son forwarded to me prior to Monday's spectacular bailout bill failure.
Also, I don't want to spam/repost, so I will just give links to two political posts in my LJ from yesterday:
I think McCain did fine. He made a few good jabs on foreign policy to show he wasn't out yet. On the economy he didn't do as well. He's still haunted by his "fundamentally sound" comment and Obama used it to his advantage.
The thing is, this was said to be McCain's debate since Foreign Policy is, supposedly, his strong point. By just doing fine, he kind of came out weaker. Am I making any sense?
Obama just had to be Presidential and he was that in spades. He was poised and never seemed to go off track. From what the feed on CNN said, the Independents seemed to like Obama more, especially when he spoke about gaining America's reputation back and his environmental goals.
He did make a couple of flubs, I actually liked the "I have a bracelet too" comment because it blocked McCain's hit on that. He didn't know the soldier's name right off though and that wasn't good. You can make all kinds of excuses, including nerves or pressure, but it was still a flub.
In other news, Obama is up a little in the polls, and it pisses. me. off. If he was white, he'd already have this election signed, sealed, and delivered. It just makes me ill.
I'm actually thinking it's a bit of both, but actually more of a grandstanding move. I think he's so far out of touch with the economy that he really doesn't grasp what's going on. He has a real ability to separate what he says with the facts, like his denying that his supporter Carly Fiorina is part of the golden parachute crowd.
The real question is Obama, will he risk acting like he doesn't care and demand the debate or will he look like a "follower" and not a leader by following McCain to Washington.
Obama's speech was amazing. I thought the speech was surprisingly strong and he lived up to the expectations. It's about time a Democrat got some cajones and went on the attack.
I was small, about 4 or 5, when I first became aware of racism. My grandmother took me to the local drug store in Detroit and I went to the candy counter and asked for some "Ni**er Toes", which were the chocolate covered vanilla drop candies. She shushed me because there was a black man at the counter. The thing is, this is what I'd always heard them called. The year? 1959 or 1960. All of a sudden I realized that my family said "bad things" and that ni**ers were the recipients of those bad things. I promised myself I wouldn't be like that and I've tried, usually successfully, to achieve that.
Putting that memory along side the speech was amazing to me. I remember racism being the norm not some dirty little secret like it is today. It was boldly spoken not whispered with a little self-depreciating laugh. My grandparents, and others, might not have used that word in public but the laws were in place to back up that attitude.
Thursday night Barack Obama, win or lose, changed the face of race in this country.
Then on Friday afternoon John McCain pulled a major coup. He knocked Barack Obama off of the front page with the nomination of Sarah Palin.
Now, I can't help but feel that he's going for the PUMA's and Independents, but I don't think Palin will do that. She might make the Social Conservatives more comfortable, they were in a tizzy that he might pick his butt-monkey (tm Joss Whedon) Joe Lieberman, that a true conservative choice made them overjoyed. It was acknowledging their importance.
As far as the PUMA's, I think they are overblown. In the beginning they might have been all about Clinton, but I think there has been a huge influx of GOP's to shore up the numbers and try and spread the seeds of discontent. A woman that believed in Hillary's importance, and her stand on woman's issues, isn't going to go belly up just because a woman is running.
The few that would vote for a woman over women's issues are like the Ron Paul crowd. They are so caught up in the frenzy, that their loudness makes them seem larger than they really are.
This elections is about the issues. It's about the Supreme Court and the economy. The GOP and Democrats are coming at it from opposite ends so a Sarah Palin isn't going to change any true progressive's mind.