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09/08/2008

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Objection sustained. Two out of the five planes he lost were not his fault. And Keating kidnapped him and his family to the Bahamas. Three times. John McCain magnanimously declined to press charges. Obama's association with Rezko stinks so I'm not using the your guy is worse defense. My point is that Obama is more capable of thoughtful, informed decisions and more capable of admitting it when a decision is wrong and charting a new course. The Britishism was a typo but it did give the sentence a certain stilted style, no?

But if we're going to be so picky Tom, McCain was a Lt. Commander when he was shot down, not a Captain.

"My point is that Obama is more capable of thoughtful, informed decisions and more capable of admitting it when a decision is wrong and charting a new course"

You mean like the thoughtful, informed decision he made to reverse his thoughts on the surge? Steadfastly refusing to admit the surge worked, until he was on O'Reilly last week when he said that it had worked "beyond anyone's wildest imagination." Except, of course, that it worked exactly the way Bush, Petraeus, McCain and everyone who supported it said it would work.

Or about infanticide? Where he refused to vote for protection for premature babies born alive as a result of abortions. Even though pretty much everyone else in the country supported it, including NARAL.

Or more likely you mean announcing one day that he's all for an undivided Jerusalem and then reversing his position on that the next day.

Or his position on NAFTA, which seems to be to bash it in public while reassuring the Canadians he doesn't really mean it.

Or how he promised to filibuster FISA, but then voted for it.

Or how he promised to take public financing, only he didn't.

Or maybe it was his shifting opinion on extending the death penalty to non-capitol offenses?

Or whether there should be unconditional talks with Ahmanutjob? (First for it, then against it.)

So really, when you say "thoughtful and informed" you mean "take a poll and see what's most likely to get him elected" right?

I have to say "ouch" because approximately half of the things you listed are indeed true. It does suck not having a perfect candidate. In particular, if I'd had a better option I would have bailed after the FISA vote. But looking at both tickets, I still see Obama/Biden as better equipped to make decisions that require intelligence and thoughtful consideration.

I never thought I'd say it, but I agree with Wally. Broken clocks, and all that, I guess.

By saying Obama is more capable than McCain of making "decisions that require intelligence and thoughtful consideration," he has indirectly pointed out one of McCain's (many) weaknesses: he's a hothead who, like W, thinks from the gut. McCain picks a position--often a very bad one, like amnesty for illegal aliens--then sticks to it, regardless of polls, popularity, etc. This makes him look "principled," when it fact it just makes him obstinate.

Still, I can't support Obama's "thoughtfulness," because he's just going to think of a way to impose more socialism. Ever notice that he sounds downright Marxist when he talks about taxation?

...ABC's Charlie Gibson noted that the record shows increased taxes on capital gains -- which would affect 100 million Americans -- would likely lead to a decrease in government revenues: "Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness."

Translated into ordinary English, what that means is that it doesn't really matter whether a tax increase actually brings in more revenue. It's not about robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Robbing from the rich will do, especially if it's done in the name of fairness.

Ah, a fine choice between a hotheaded grampa and a cool-tempered proponent of punitive liberalism! As the T-shirt says, "We're Screwed '08."

I know a lot of people don't agree with this stance, due to - as the Democrats aptly named it - "the politics of fear" ("BUT THE OTHER GUY'S THE DEVIL!"). Nevertheless, it needs be said:

If you don't think either man is fit to be president of the United States, don't vote for either of them, and make it clear why to anyone who cares to listen. Otherwise nothing will ever change; it'll be "We're Screwed '12, '16, '20", too.

Adam, that's my position exactly: I can't vote for either one of those lying, damaged, fatally flawed "persons" (I don't consider either one to be a true man).

I believe I have been criticizing McCain every time I excoriate Obama; I just find the socialist an easier target, especially because Tom has fallen victim to Obamania!, the new liberal craze that's sweeping the nation.

I would be curious to hear Adam and Squidley describe their ideal candidate.
Mine, of course, would nationalize all private businesses, divorce all married couples by decree and assign each person a same sex partner. Churches would become "counseling" centers with clinics and mandatory birth control to help reduce the number of live Caucasian births. This first trans-gendered President would pay high government wages with benefits to those streaming across the open border with Mexico to build a fence across the Canadian border and appoint a dolphin or Minke whale to the cabinet in the new post of Interspecies Harmony. And that's just the first 100 days!
A boy can dream, can't he?

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