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Did you know instead of corporate greed that it was actually helping “minorities” get housing that caused this economic crisis? This is according to Republicans and conservatives as they scapegoat “minorities” on the cable news outlets.
I officially endorse John McCain for President! Palin Power!!! September 22, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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What a provocative headline, right? Well, I’m actually officially endorsing Barack Obama. I just like playing around with Obama supporters. Up to this point, I’ve been critical of Obama in certain aspects, even though I have consistently stated that I would vote for him. So as a way to reassure my friends who are Obama supporters, I will be voting for Barack Obama.
I have been hesitant to come and fully endorse Barack Obama as I have, like other Hillary Clinton supporters, needed sometime to decompress and go through catharsis from the rough primary battle. I am still unhappy about what happened during the primaries and how Hillary Clinton was treated. It took me awhile to get over the smugness and ignorance of some Obama supporters. After all the garbage they threw at Hillary Clinton and her supporters, then they unrealistically expected all of her supporters to jump on his bandwagon and play nice. I don’t think so.
I was extremely disappointed that Barack Obama didn’t pick Hillary Clinton as VP. I think it was a huge tactical mistake and paved the way for an unknown governor named Sarah Palin. Had Obama selected Hillary Clinton as VP, I would have definitely been on board much quicker and been more enthusiastic about supporting his candidacy through word of mouth and financial support. However, Hillary was passed over in favor of Joe Biden. I don’t know how many votes Obama lost because of his choice. However, not picking Hillary depressed any enthusiasm her voters would have for Obama, even if they were going to vote for him eventually.
Then when Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s VP, Obama supporters and the liberal media just went after her viciously and disturbingly in sexist ways. Even though I disagree with Palin on almost all the issues, as a matter of principle, especially after the way Hillary Clinton was a victim of sexism, I think I wanted to speak out against the sexism thrown against Palin. There are so many things that you can go after Sarah Palin for that are fair game. There are legitimate questions about who she is and her qualifications for VP. However, I just don’t think her physical appearance, her glasses, her voice, her clothes, and her children have anything to do with her qualifications. Attack her on Troopergate, her flip flop on the Bridge to Nowhere, her championing of so many earmarks, etc. Please attack her on legitimate and substantive issues. Also, nobody asked Barack Obama whether he could be a good father to his young children if he became President. However, the media and the far left kept asking her that question and plus she was running for VP, not President like Obama. This question was only asked of a woman and reinforced the gender stereotypes and double standards in the way our society views family structures. It was a blatant double standard. I just don’t get why there are so many Obama supporters and people on the far left that seem to hate and detest her so much. It’s irrational to me.
Also, I saw some blatant hypocricy in the fact that Obama supporters were constantly telling me during the primaries that experience didn’t matter. Obama was magical because he wasn’t tainted by not being in Washington for that long. Evil Hillary Clinton’s 35 years of experience was actually a handicap because she was in Washington too long. However, when Palin comes along, who is an outsider who hasn’t spent anytime in Washington, then all of a sudden experience matters so much. I’m not defending Palin on the issues because I think she’s on the fringe right. Even though she praises Hillary Clinton now, she stated during the primary that Hillary Clinton should stop complaining about sexism and get over it. These right wingers who had no sympathy for the sexism Hillary Clinton went through suddenly became feminists defending the honor of Sarah Palin. What a bunch of garbage.
With all that said, I am ready to fully get behind the Obama/Biden ticket. It’s time for Democrats to unite behind the ticket. In 2000, I supported Bill Bradley, but Al Gore got the nomination and I supported him. In 2004, I was supported Wesley Clark, but John Kerry got the nomination and I supported him. In 2008, I supported Hillary Clinton, but will support Barack Obama. I hope all Hillary Clinton voters will look at the issues and come to the conclusion that Barack Obama is a better candidate on policy than John McCain. I don’t decry any Hillary Clinton for what they ultimately decide. It’s your individual vote. However, I would urge any Hillary Clinton voter to support Barack Obama as Hillary Clinton herself has done. It’s time to get down to business and make sure that a Democrat gets into the White House after the eight year debacle of the Bush presidency.
Am I crazy? September 18, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in Asian Americans, race, racism.
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Recently, I’ve been thinking about how the issue of race and racism is so complex. Every possible slight, perceived condescension, and numerous acts of disrespect make you wonder if and how race played a part in the incident. You never know for sure sometimes. But you always have it as a possibility. Then when you try to process it with other people, especially people you think would relate, and the response is of resistance, dismissal, confusion, or indifference, Then you wonder if you’re just plain crazy or on crack. The easy thing to do is not think about it and just act like things are ok. In our society, there are so many rewards for those who just assimilate and just go with the flow. But if you decide to actually think deeper about race and racism, there is definitely ways you don’t feel supported and just feel lost in translation. Even though I feel crazy, which leads to me feeling even more insecure about myself, it’s a still worthwhile effort to wrestle with and act on issues of race and racism, or at least I keep telling myself that.
Sarah Palin Thinks Barack Obama Will Regret Not Picking Hillary Clinton September 12, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized, women's vote.
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ABC News; by Russell Goldman; September 12, 2008
John McCain’s Vice Presidential Candidate Talks With Charles Gibson in Exclusive Interview
Gov. Sarah Palin says Sen. Barack Obama just might regret not picking Sen. Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.
“I think he’s regretting not picking her now, I do. What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way — she handled those well,” the Alaska governor told Charles Gibson in her third and final exclusive interview with ABC News.
Palin, 44, took the mantle of the campaign’s only female contender after Obama defeated Clinton for their party’s nomination and picked Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., as his Democratic running mate over Clinton and others.
Palin has praised Clinton on the campaign trail, and when she was first introduced as Sen. John McCain’s running mate last month in Ohio.
“The women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” Palin said as she accepted McCain’s invitation to join the 2008 Republican ticket, referring to a line made famous in Clinton’s concession to Obama.
Palin also cited the performance of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a Democrat who ran as Walter Mondale’s vice presidential running mate.
In her June speech ending her historic campaign, Clinton invoked the suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote and civil rights leaders who fought on behalf of equal rights for African-Americans as she insisted, “The path will be a little easier next time … that has always been the history of progress.
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling, thanks to you it’s got about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before,” she said.
Clinton has been reluctant to criticize Palin on the campaign trail so far.
“We should all be proud of Gov. Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Sen. McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Gov. Palin will add an important new voice to the debate,” said Clinton in a written statement as Palin took the national stage.
In her debut on the party’s ticket, Palin emphasized her blue collar roots, describing herself as “just your average hockey mom in Alaska” and her husband as a member of a steelworkers union.
And some female supporters of Hillary Clinton have been slow to accept Obama as the Democratic nominee.
Though many liberal women say they would not vote for Palin, whose positions on issues such as abortion rights and stem cell research contrast sharply with those of Clinton, the McCain-Palin ticket has pulled into a dead heat with Obama-Biden in recent national polls.
Some of McCain’s biggest gains in the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll are among white women, a group to which Palin has notable appeal: Sixty-seven percent view her favorably, and 58 percent say her selection makes them more confident in McCain’s decision-making.
Among those with children, Palin does better yet. And enthusiasm for McCain among his female supporters has soared.
White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama’s favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift that’s one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences.
In light of such success, Palin’s nod to Clinton may not be entirely unexpected.
Biden: Hillary might have been better VP pick September 10, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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CNN Political Ticker; September 10, 2008
NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) — Joe Biden told supporters at a town hall Wednesday afternoon that Barack Obama might have been better off choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate.
“Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight,” Biden said testily when a voter told Biden he was glad the Delaware senator had been chosen and not Clinton.
“She’s a truly close personal friend and she is qualified to be President of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America and quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me,” he continued.
“I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate.”
After dropping out of the presidential race in January, Biden refrained from endorsing either Obama or Clinton — unlike most of the other Democratic contenders who followed. He told donors at a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday morning that after his withdrawal, Obama asked for his support but Biden declined because of his relationship with Clinton.
Could Clinton have Palin-proofed Dems? September 10, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized, women's vote.
If Barack Obama loses in November, he can look back on August 23, 2008 as the day he lost the race. That’s the day he snubbed Hillary Clinton and picked Joe Biden as his running mate. If he had picked Hillary Clinton as VP, there would be no Sarah Palin right now helping John McCain surge in the polls, garnering enthusiastic support from a formerly dejected conservative base, stealing away female voters, and attracting all the media attention right now.
POLITICO; by Glenn Thrush & Martin Kady II; September 10, 2008
“Every woman in America knows what Barack Obama did to Hillary Clinton: He looked at her and thought, ‘There’s no way I’m doing that,’” said Miller. “If Hillary was on the ticket, he’d be in a much better position to win women voters.”
Sarah Palin’s presence — coupled with Clinton’s absence — may be altering one of the great verities of American politics: that women voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week showed white women swinging hard against the Democratic ticket. Obama left Denver with an 8-point lead among white women; by the time John McCain pulled out of St. Paul, Minn., with Palin at his side, he had taken a 12-point lead.
Former Clinton strategist and pollster Mark Penn on Tuesday said that it’s too soon to know where women will wind up in November, and he declined to engage in any “woulda, coulda, shoulda” speculation about how things might be different if Clinton were on the Democratic ticket.
But another former Clinton adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the “Obama people have got to be kicking themselves” for not putting choosing Clinton as his No. 2.
Julia Piscitelli of the American University’s Women and Politics Institute agreed.
“I don’t think Palin would be seeing these kind of gains if Hillary was on the ticket,” she said. “When Obama picked Biden, it gave Republicans an opening, and they are taking full advantage of it. … The question is: How long will it last?”
The answer, some Democrats say, is not long.
“I don’t think this is a real swing [in the polls] until it’s been a week, said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of Obama’s busiest female surrogates. “We’ll need to see whether Sarah Palin is willing to answer questions. … No one will be a stronger advocate for Barack Obama and Joe Biden than Hillary Clinton.”
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-Ark.) also sounded the Palin-will-wilt-in-the-spotlight theme.
“Sarah Palin delivered a great speech, but we haven’t heard anything else about what she’s going to do,” Lincoln said. “American women are smart, they’re bright and this election isn’t just about Sarah Palin. This is about what they want to do for the country.”
The Obama campaign has denied that it has a serious problem with female voters.
On Monday, campaign manager David Plouffe told a Washington Post reporter, “Your poll is wrong,” adding, “We certainly are not seeing any movement like that. Polls, time to time, particularly on the demographic stuff, can have some pretty wild swings.”
That view won support from two unlikely sources Tuesday: Penn and a Republican senator who backs the McCain-Palin ticket.
Penn said that women are going to be “the absolute swing vote in this campaign, and it’s not clear which direction they are going to go in.
“I don’t think it’s a Hillary backlash we’re seeing,” he added. “With Palin on the ticket, we’re going to be seeing this thing swing back and forth.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who has had a strained relationship with her state’s governor, downplayed Palin’s power. “I find it difficult to believe that many of the Hillary supporters are going to come over just because of Sarah Palin,” Murkowski said. “It should be about strength of positions” and policy.
But Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is locked in a tough race of her own, says several women — former Clinton supporters — have come up to her in Maine to say Palin gives them a reason to back McCain.
“I have never seen such excitement in the Republican Party as we’re seeing in response to Sarah Palin,” Collins said. “I’ve had a lot of Democrats and independent women in Maine who say they’re happy to see a woman on the ticket. Many of them saw an Obama-Clinton ticket as unbeatable. … That is significant and remarkable.”
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Assistant Director Peter A. Brown said the Obama campaign is fooling itself if it discounts the importance of the problem. “This isn’t about Hillary; it’s about Obama’s problem with white women voters,” he said. “Hillary won about 10 million votes from women voters in the Democratic primaries — there are 52 million women voting in the general election.”
Clinton has said she’ll hit the road for Obama, but her team says she refuses to be an anti-Palin “attack dog.” Further complicating matters for Obama, Hillaryland fundraiser Susie Tompkins Buell is leading a group that will fight media sexism against the Alaska governor.
Front-runner unplugged: Media Infatuation with him backfires September 9, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Chris Matthews, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Keith Olbermann, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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Boston Herald; by Michael Graham; September 9, 2008
I have one piece of advice for the struggling Obama campaign:
Fire MSNBC. They’re killing your campaign.
By all accounts the Democrats had a successful national convention in Denver. Their nominee’s speech at the ObamaDome was well received. At one point last week, Sen. Barack Obama had an 8-point lead in the polls.
Today, he’s losing by 4. If you only count likely voters, Obama is down by 10. And he has his fawning friends in the media to thank for it.
The media, of course, doesn’t get it. According to their narrative, Obama was swamped by Hurricane Sarah. Gov. Palin is a political typhoon destroying all in her wake, and mere media mortals can only tremble in awe before her mighty wrath!
Please. Palin may be able to take down a rabid moose at 100 yards with a hockey puck, but she isn’t killing the Obama campaign.
To paraphrase James Carville, “It’s the media, stupid.”
The national media are dominated by enthusiastic Obama supporters desperate to see Obama the Enlightened win the White House, heal our souls, reset our thermostats and shut down the Fox News Channel.
And that’s precisely how their coverage of Palin comes across: desperate.
The media has thrown every imaginable charge at Palin, from banning books to cheating her way to the much-coveted title of Miss Wasilla. Along the way, media outlets like The New York Times [NYT], MSNBC and The Boston Globe-Democrat have gotten story after story just plain wrong.
Palin does not support teaching creationism in science class.
She didn’t fire the Wasilla librarian for not banning books that Palin didn’t like.
As governor she signed budget increases – not cuts – for programs targeting teen pregnancy and special-needs children.
And on and on – so many false and silly stories that entire Web sites have been established just to correct them.
And yet the misreporting continues.
That’s bad for Obama because these errors and rumors make it tougher for his campaign to take on the legitimate issues of ideology and experience. It’s hard to make charges about Palin’s tax policy as a mayor stick when cable talk show kooks are screaming about rumors she killed and ate an Inuit as part of a radical Pentecostal religious ceremony.
What’s worse for Obama is how this is affecting his support among women.
I still don’t believe that true Hillary Clinton supporters will back the McCain/Palin ticket. Liberal feminists aren’t going to turn into home-school hockey moms because there’s a girl on the GOP team. But something is up.
One week ago, Obama had a 14-point lead among women in the Rasmussen survey. Yesterday, it was down to 3 percent. Women are watching what’s happening to this confident and authentic female leader, and they don’t like it.
It’s a shame, too, because Obama’s the one person who hit the right note when Palinpalooza began. He was respectful of her and (especially) her family, while insisting he still thinks she’s the wrong choice.
The mainstream media – those notorious lovers of nuance – just can’t pull it off. Their outrage at the very existence of Sarah Palin is palpable. “How dare she even be on the ticket,” they cry. “She’s never been on ‘Meet the Press!’ ”
The harder the media work to elect Obama, the lower his poll numbers go.
There is one bright spot for Obama. In a final shudder of journalist integrity, NBC has kicked Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews out of the anchor chairs for the rest of the campaign.
But is it enough? Katie and Charlie and Wolfie and the gang are still working hard every day to remind typical Americans that Barack is the media’s favorite candidate.
If they keep it up, he’ll be lucky to carry Illinois.
How Obama Blew It: Pays Price in Polls For Bungled Attacks On Sarah September 9, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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New York Post; by Kirsten Powers; September 9, 2008
YESTERDAY’S Gallup poll had John McCain ahead of Barack Obama by an astonishing 10 points among likely voters. A Washington Post poll had that lead at only two points, but clearly showed a McCain surge – especially among women. This wasn’t what Democrats were expecting when they left Denver – yet they have nobody to blame but themselves.
Obama’s toughest challenge has always been to connect with working-class swing voters. So attacking the poster child for small-town values, Sarah Palin, was a bad strategy.
No, Obama didn’t engage in the mass sneering at Palin – but he did fall into the trap of disrespecting her. When McCain chose her, the Obama campaign’s first response was to ridicule the size of her town. Then the candidate himself began referring to her as a “former mayor” when she is in fact a sitting governor.
When she retaliated (justifiably) by mocking his stint as a organizer, the Obama camp was clearly rattled. Obama himself actually began arguing about the importance of community organizing. His supporters amplified this cry – claiming Palin’s attack was a racist slur and passing around e-mails titled “Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
Meanwhile, the rest of the country was probably wondering what being a community organizer has to do with being president.
Lured by the McCain camp, Obama supporters engaged in an argument about who had more overall experience – the top of the Democratic ticket or the bottom of the GOP ticket. This diminished Obama.
Meanwhile, the media lit up in all their cultural-elite splendor.
Alaska? they sneered. It has the population of Las Vegas! Funny how the coastal elite only sneers at red states with small populations. Howard Dean hailed from a blue state with almost the same population as Alaska and was a national phenomenon and front-runner for the presidency. Joe Biden’s Delaware has a similarly small population – but no mocking was forthcoming there.
Evangelicals will never vote for a woman who works! they declared. This from people who’ve likely never met an evangelical in their lives. They could barely contain themselves when they found out Gov. Palin’s daughter was pregnant, so sure were they that evangelicals would hang her from the highest tree. When evangelical leaders expressed support, there was a palpable disappointment that Palin or her daughter wasn’t branded with a scarlet letter.
They claimed that the Palin announcement was some desperate pick that came out of nowhere. Had they been doing their jobs, or even perusing The Weekly Standard or right-wing blogs, they’d have known that she was on the list.
Since they didn’t know anything about her, they started making things up. Anything that fit the caricature of a right-wing hypocrite was thrown up with, seemingly, no fact-checking.
They said she opposes contraception, when she said in a campaign debate that she is pro-contraception. They said she cut funding for pregnant teens, when she provided a massive funding hike.
They accused her of cutting funding for mentally disabled children, when she raised it 175 percent over the former administration. She was said to have been a member of the wacky Alaska Independence Party; The New York Times had to run a retraction.
Like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Palin has been deemed one of the GOP’s rising stars. Since it’s national reporters job to cover American politics, their ignorance of about her is distressing.
Most Americans think that the media are cheerleading for Obama, so they’ll punish him for the reporters’ and editors’ sins.
So now he is weighted down with more baggage as he works to convince an important voting bloc that he and his party don’t hold them in contempt.
The clock is ticking.
Hillary backers come to defense of Palin September 9, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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POLITICO; by Jonathan Martin; September 9, 2008
The leaders of a women’s political organization that launched earlier this year to supportare speaking out against what they say are examples of media sexism toward and urging members to tell the press corps “to back off.”
WomenCount, a group co-founded by top, posted a lengthy item on their blog decrying questions over whether Palin can, as a mother of five, juggle her family responsibilities and still be vice president.
“The very notion that Sarah Palin should not have accepted this nomination because she is a mother with demanding challenges underscores just how far we have to go,” wrote Rosemary Camposano, the group’s communications director.
She added: ”It will be good for America to watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail – bouncing from parenting to politics. That’s how most women function – multi-tasking, leaning on friends and family, and waking up each morning and doing it all again.”
The group notes, however, that they do not approve of Palin’s politics. ”We cannot pretend thatmeets any standard of progressive politics or social values,” Camposano writes.
Unlike other feminist organizations which have taken up against Palin because of her conservative views, however, WomenCount says they’ll ”work to stamp out sexism when we see it on the campaign trail.”
“To paraphrase the words of one blogger who said it best over the weekend: We will defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we like her or support her, but because that’s how feminism works.”
WomenCount was founded earlier this year by Buell, once the head of Esprit and now a full-time philanthropist and activist, when Clinton was urged by some to quit the race. The group pushed back against such sentiments and has since contributed to other female candidates. They’ve also yet to endorse Obama
Clinton herself took to the campaign trail in Florida yesterday on Obama’s behalf and urged voters to support the Democratic ticket. But, prompted by one spectator, she declined to take after Palin.
“You know what? I don’t think that’s what this election is about,” Clinton said at a rally in Kissimmee. “This election is about the differences between us and the,”
Commentary: Obama wrong to spurn Hillary, pick Biden September 9, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, media bias, Sarah Palin, sexism, Uncategorized.
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CNN Contributor; by Ed Rollins; September 8, 2008
NEW YORK (CNN) — Ten days ago, Sen. Joe Biden was the most brilliant vice presidential pick imaginable. He was going to add the experience and foreign policy credential that Sen. Barack Obama’s thin resume was missing.
The so-called expert commentators were arguing that blue-collar Joe was going to guarantee Pennsylvania (because he was born in Scranton) and other states and get Catholic voters because he is a pro-choice Catholic.
I guess they forgot that Joe didn’t do so well with Iowa Catholics (23 percent of the population) when he campaigned there for more than a year in the Democratic caucus race. But then getting less than 1 percent of the vote and coming in fifth place showed he didn’t do real well with any voter group in Iowa. Nor did he do well anywhere else, other than Delaware.
Then, after Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, people laughed and said Biden was going to wipe the floor with Palin in the vice presidential debate. Now, after her incredible convention speech, Biden is saying that he’s the underdog because he’s not a very good debater.
If Obama had done the smart thing, he would have picked Sen. Hillary Clinton for vice president. If he had, he would have united his party for sure and energized his base.
He just couldn’t do it and maybe thought he didn’t need to do it. He was wrong. That choice would have meant that McCain probably wouldn’t have picked Palin. And if McCain had picked anybody else from his shortlist, the Republican convention would have been boring, and the party’s base would not have been motivated.
The one thing we know for sure — the selection of Biden did the least to enhance any ticket since George H.W. Bush picked Dan Quayle back in 1988. This is turning out to be another election the Democrats were convinced they couldn’t lose. So far, the selection of Palin has been a game-changer and has energized my party like no one since Ronald Reagan did four decades ago.
The polls are back to even again. The only difference is the Republicans now have a communicator to match Obama and the Democrats have on their ticket an older veteran of Washington politics to match McCain’s experience. The reformer Obama who was going to be the candidate of change is now running with Mr. D.C. establishment.
McCain, the maverick who is surrounded and advised by the D.C. establishment, has somehow picked the real reformer who has altered the Alaska political landscape by throwing out the establishment “good old boys” of both parties.
The tens of millions of Americans who watched on television got a visual view of who makes up the two parties (or at least the delegates). The Democrats had many people of color, women, union members, young and energetic folks dressed casually and having a great time: crying, yelling, cheering, singing, dancing. Many are the workers and teachers and organizers who want change.
Republicans were older, overwhelmingly white, men and women (many as old as me) and some young who looked old, in silly outfits or suits and ties with fancy jewelry and big hair, cheering, yelling, crying and trying to dance and also having a great time. They are the businessmen and the producers (who have much to protect) and through their efforts have made America a better place.
I saw more Veterans of Foreign Wars hats and political buttons from past conventions than I thought still existed. And God love them all, the Democrats and Republicans for still participating and enjoying it. But they each represent different Americas and very different ideologies. And though they don’t define it the same, they both want change. iReport.com: Are you still undecided? Tell us why
Judging only from the rhetoric of the conventions, I don’t know what either party really wants other than the big house that sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Both are going to cut taxes; both are going to have new programs.
By the end of McCain’s speech, he was arguing we all need to do something meaningful with our lives to make our country a better place: to become a teacher, join the military, enter the ministry, feed a hungry child, teach an illiterate to read or run for public office. (Just what we need, more candidates.) These were all admirable suggestions, but the speech was the occasion when he was supposed to show the difference electing him would make.
In the end, these conventions became the telling of compelling stories of the lives of the four candidates on the two tickets. All have lived the American dream and have overcome a lot to get to where they are.
But what we want to know in the coming weeks is this — how do we move forward an economy on the brink, end a war and reassure uncertain Americans who feel their lives are not going to get better until someone leads us out of this mess.
That’s the challenge to both tickets today. There are eight weeks left to make the sale.
And so far not enough voters are buying either product.