Monday, August 25, 2008

Tell me something I don't know

John McCain's team thinks Madonna is outrageous.

John Edwards can't find anybody to take his calls. Considering where his career is now, maybe he should try that cold reader guy with the similar name:

And then what?

A Denver media outlet is reporting on a foiled plot to assassinate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech on Thursday.

A group of at least four people with the usual credentials of white supremacy have been arrested in connected with a "Vantage Point" plot to kill the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Some douchebag and his pals, sporting the predictable Nazi accoutrements, have dusted off that old favorite hymn and decided that they can't abide having a president who isn't as stupid as they are.

"Blah, blah, kill the black guy, blah blah..."

And then what?

Grow up, dickheads.

Oscar Night

Like an award winner who won't get off the stage no matter how strident the music, the Clintons will not relinquish the spotlight. While Obama takes the high road by allowing the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated, Hillary Clinton and her errant husband threaten to upstage the Democratic nominee.

I wouldn't be surprised if there were a "draft Hillary" movement that emerged at the convention, and that by counting the properly discarded votes from the two rule-breaking states, ended up stealing the nomination.

All of these hurt feelings have arisen over the fact that Obama beat Clinton, yet did not show the appropriate deference to her or the ex-President by accommodating their sense of self-importance.

At the Democratic convention tonight, Caroline Kennedy introduced a tribute to her uncle Ted with a short film by Ken Burns on the public life of the senior Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy then delivered a short, rousing speech with a good deal of oratorical strength, remarkable considering his on-going and critical health problems.

Now that's a legacy worth celebrating. It's too soon to be concerned with the Clintons' place in history. Right now, their legacies rest primarily in having been elected. All Obama needs to do is to be the nominee. All the Clintons need to do is to assume the position.

Learn from Senator Kennedy, Hillary, and know when to give up the idea of becoming President and focus on your important work in the Senate. Don't take your cues from Ralph Nader.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama has just lost the election

So, I'm awakened at 4:30 AM by my Blackberry. The text message has at last arrived with the anti-climactic news that Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. It's all downhill from here.

Don't get me wrong: Senator Biden has intelligence, diligence, and a grasp of world affairs informed by his many years in the Senate grinding away on the day-to-day business of the American people. He's not the most exciting person in the room, but he is likely to be the best informed.

In short, he's everything Obama isn't.

While the media were congratulating themselves on ferreting out the answer to the needlessly obscure question of the week, the pundits were offering up reasons why Biden is an excellent choice to be Vice President.

But here's why he's not:
  1. Obama's campaign is about Change; Biden is anything but. There's nothing exciting or different about Biden, and if the voter views Washington insider status as part of the problem, the VP choice will do more harm than good.
  2. Obama is a young man with energy and charm; Biden is another "white-haired, wrinkly old dude" who has more in common with Obama's opponent than with his own running mate. This choice seriously undercuts any arguments about how McCain is too old and out of touch.
  3. Obama's relative lack of experience will be even more pronounced with an (excuse me, Joe) elder statesman on the ticket. He will look like a kid compared to the more senior Senator. It's an upside-down pairing; the question that comes to mind is "Why isn't Joe Biden the candidate, and Obama his running mate?"
  4. This choice will do nothing to appease Hillary supporters, as might have a choice for Kathleen Sibelius. At least she would have made history as the first female in the number two slot, the way perhaps paved by Clinton's example. Now what do HRC's fans have to grab onto? I foresee much more drama at the Denver convention than I was expecting, and wouldn't be surprised to see a "draft Hillary" movement get some real momentum. Might she pull a Lieberman? Time will tell.
The choice of the potential Vice President is the first, most public decision made by a candidate. Obama's choice may prove to be an own goal.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

How many smoking guns does it take?

Ron Suskind has exposed a HUGE lie by the Bush administration: fabricated evidence of al-Qaeda involvement in Iraq to justify Bush and Co.'s obsession with Saddam Hussein.

As Suskind reports, Tahir Jalil Habbush, the head of Iraqi Intelligence, secretly communicated with the White House and No. 10 about the lack of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, and that Saddam Hussein was putting on a front to keep Iran at bay.

Even though Habbush was officially among the most wanted men in Iraq, the US had him moved out of harm's way to Jordan and paid him $5 million for his trouble.

But when everyone else in the world found out about the lack of WMD later in 2003, the Bush administration tasked the CIA with creating a back-dated, handwritten letter from Habbush to Saddam stating that hijacker Mohammed Atta had trained in Iraq, and that al-Qaeda was helping Saddam buy Nigerian yellowcake for his nuclear program. And whaddya know, such a letter appeared as a Christmas present for the White House.

So, exactly how many smoking guns does it take to impeach, convict, and imprison the key players of this criminal administration?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Bernie Mac: Victim of our Medical System?

Bernie Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, which apart from being what "it" isn't on "House, M.D.", is some sort of lung condition.

Bernie was reportedly on a new medication that lowered his immune system, so he got pneumonia, for which he was hospitalized.

Hospitals being what they are, he picked up a second strain of pneumonia while under their care, and died of the complications of the overwhelming attacks on his system.

This whole model of "let's nearly kill you so that we can kill the bug, then somehow revive you" seems rather lacking. Especially when the "nearly" becomes "actually".

The medical system failed Bernie Mac, as it has failed others less famous but just as loved.