During the last 24 hours I have been asked no less than a couple dozen times what I think of John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin to be on the Republican ticket with him. I have no great insights into the selection (so you might want to stop reading now), but I share here four or five quick observations.
What Would You Do If You Were President?
McCain and Obama have been telling us what they will do if they become President. Well, what would you do if you became President? Tessa shared her vision for America in the picture above. Need help with the translation?
“If I were President I would make everything free and wear pretty dresses.”
I think I am going to vote for Tessa.
John McCain Now Leading Barack Obama
A new USA Today/Gallup poll taken after Barack Obama’s overseas trip shows John McCain gaining ten points over last month’s poll. Virginia’s Republican head calls for a statewide investigation into voter registration fraud. Senate majority leader gives a little on energy legislation. Police cars fueled by used McDonald’s cooking oil.
Who Will Be The VP?
With the conventions around the corner, rumors abound over who will get the nod as running mate for presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
Robert Novak – Defending The American Dream Summit
This evening Robert Novak spoke during our dinner at the Defending the American Dream Summit. Yes, I know what some of you are thinking who routinely read my blog. It has not been long since I said of Novak that as he has aged (he is 76) he has gradually stopped doing research and reporting and instead has become a gossip columnist. (And, yes I made a similar claim about the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund who will be speaking to us tomorrow.) But, let me tell you, Novak’s speech this evening and the Q&A session afterwards were both insightful and interesting.
I’m Not A Republican
I’m not a Republican. No, I’m not a Democrat, either. I’m not a Libertarian and I’m not Green. I’m independent with a non-capital i.
I find no fault with anyone who is active in a political party, such as my wife. But, I just don’t feel like I can belong to a political party at this point in my life and not get caught in a conflict of interests with the primary calling on my life; the gospel.
Nevertheless, I am a political junkie.
So, I am very interested in what is happening with Huck Pac. After dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee in the presidential election, Mike Huckabee formed Huck Pac to support Republican candidates who share the conservative values of those who had previously supported Huckabee. To quote Huckabee, “Huck PAC is not a “memory-maker” from the presidential campaign, it is a serious effort to make a difference in the campaigns of Republican candidates everywhere.”
I will be very interested to see how this endeavor develops.
John McCain vs. Laura Ingraham
I don’t usually listen to Laura Ingraham on the radio because I am at work during her show. However, several days this week I happened to be in my car during her program. She was ranting and raving with the same hysterical ramblings that she was months ago.
According to Ingraham, John McCain needs to get out there and prove he is a conservative. If he will just show himself to be hateful, bitter, angry and narrow-minded then conservatives can feel comfortable with him as their candidate. In other words, if he acts like her.
That is exactly what John McCain doesn’t need to do. He didn’t become the Republican candidate by acting the way Laura Ingram wants him to act. He isn’t a traditional Republican, and he shouldn’t try to act like one.
Oh, yes, I would very much like for him to take a more firm stance on some issues such as the sanctify of life, but he is not going to win the election this year by portraying himself as more right than he really is. As Dick Morris said in a recent email newsletter, “how did an anti-torture, anti-tobacco, pro-campaign finance reform, anti-pork, pro-alternative-energy Republican ever emerge from the primaries alive? Simple: The GOP electorate, along with the rest of the country, has moved somewhat to the left. (In Florida, for example, exit polls showed that only 27 percent of Republican primary voters described themselves as “very conservative,” while 28 percent said they were “moderate” and 2 percent said they were “very liberal.”)”
Even Republicans don’t want John McCain to sound like Laura Ingraham. By the way, will someone please send her a bottle of Midol.
Texas Is Voting
I voted today. The Texas primary isn’t until Tuesday, March 4 but we have early voting. I was shocked at how many people were there. It wasn’t even election day but people were lined up almost out the doors to vote early.
I voted for the person who I thought would make the best President. He is also the only person who could answer “yes” to all the questions on the following voter’s guide.
New York Times Helps John McCain
The New York Times did McCain a huge favor by printing spurious innuendo which implied that John McCain had been involved in an inappropriate relationship. Conservatives who had themselves been attacking McCain’s conservative credentials quickly came to McCain’s defense. McCain needs to send the New York Times a thank you note for helping unite feuding Republicans.
Favorite Books Of John McCain About Soldiers In Wartime
John McCain’s five favorite books about soldiers in wartime, as reported by the Wall Street Journal in May 2007.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness
Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Books
100 Books Every Child Should Read
Great Books Trivium
Abraham Lincoln’s Love of Reading
Books & Reading – Select Quotes