This November the people of the United States will have either a black President or a female Vice-President. We very nearly had a woman as a candidate for President. Maybe I've been spending too much time immersed in history lately, but I never thought I would live to see such a thing. It's a new and different day. It's wonderful.
1. John McCain is actually George Bush in disguise, running for a third term. 2. If you want to be President someday, never ever ever ever buy more than one house. Worse yet, don't buy it on your *wife's* nickel. (Hey, maybe *that's* what happened to John Kerry!!) UPDATE: #3. Hillary gives a very rousing speech.
Nothing like a site that rounds up ALL the best daily rants from all sides of the political spectrum-- I spent most of last evening surfing the various blogs-- and I haven't even finished the "Independents" yet!! HotRants Political BlogReport – The Top Political Blogs from Left to Right.
Madonna kicks off `Sticky and Sweet' tour in UK - Yahoo News. As Madonna kicked off her international "Sticky and Sweet" tour Saturday night, she took a none-too subtle swipe at the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president. Amid a four-act show at Cardiff's packed Millennium Stadium, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe's authoritarian President Robert Mugabe — and U.S. Senator John McCain. Another sequence, shown later, pictured slain Beatle John Lennon, followed by climate activist Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and finally McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.What, no pictures of Jesus?
No I didn't sign up to get the text message notice. I just waited for the mornng news like everyone else. Obama said he didn't want a "yes man". I'm thinking he picked somebody whose lips are a bit *too* loose. This could get interesting. Obama names veteran Biden as VP choice - Yahoo News.
Launching his ill-fated shot at the Democratic nomination last year, he said of Obama: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." Biden apologized and Obama said he took no offence, but the Delaware senator then went on to make another remark that has already become fodder for Republican attacks. Ahead of a debate among the Democratic presidential contenders, he had said Obama "can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." At the debate in Iowa, he said: "I think I stand by the statement."UPDATE: Dave Barry hits the nail squarely. As usual.
The Obama-Clinton tension is only one of the dramatic storylines developing in Denver. Another one is Obama's choice of running mate. Following days of feverish media speculation over a list of names that at one point included the late Hubert Humphrey and a probably fictional congressperson named ''Chet Edwards,'' Obama, in a bold move, went with the one name guaranteed to send an electric shock of electricity through the spinal cord of American politics: Joe Biden. This choice not only virtually locks up Delaware's electoral vote (which it shares with Wyoming) but it also buttresses the Obama team with one of the Senate's most vocal voices. Sen. Biden is scheduled to address the convention Wednesday night from 8:48 p.m. until dawn.
Obama says he's chosen his VP -- won't reveal who it is yet - On Politics - USATODAY.com.
Barack Obama told USA TODAY this afternoon that "yes," he has made up his mind about whom his running mate will be -- but he would not reveal the name or just when he will tell the nation about his choice.Bottle of pop that it's Russ Feingold. Any takers?
THE PEACE-AT-ANY-PRICE PERIL - New York Post.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to Brussels to huff and puff, but NATO isn't about to blow Putin's house down. We'll get an earnest statement of concern, the cancellation of military exercises with the Russians and an easy-to-retract suggestion that, just maybe if the astrologers approve unanimously, there might be a place in the Atlantic alliance for Georgia and Ukraine in the distant future. In an act of breathtaking daring, NATO ministers even put down their teacups and agreed to term the Russian invasion "disproportionate." Boy, Putin's scared now. Meanwhile, Russian troops and their mercenary auxiliaries remain on Georgian soil - and the West doesn't have a single means of moving them. War doesn't change anything? Wish it were true - but war has been humankind's preferred means of effecting change. We're all - right and left - getting an in-your-face lesson about how the world really works. Passive resistance only has a chance when your opponent believes in the rule of law and respect for human rights. Gandhi was effective against law-abiding Britain, but he would've frozen to death in the Soviet gulag - if he'd lived long enough to reach the camps. I'd love it if we lived in a world where war truly didn't work. But war does work. That doesn't mean we shouldn't pursue other means of resolving international crises - but effective idealism has to be grounded in a practical grasp of present reality. To make the world a better place, we have to begin with a clear-eyed assessment of what kind of place the world is.
Putin just showed us what stirring words about democracy and freedom are worth in the face of tanks and combat aircraft. The Georgians had the noble ideas and lofty dreams; the Russians had the troops and ammunition. Guess who won?
I still love those old Seventies songs. This was a goodie, now remade by some bald guy from "American Idol" (heh), as an ad for the League of First Time Voters. Enjoy. Daughtry "Feels Like the First Time" Foreigner Cover for CNN - The Great American Idol Blog.
WASHINGTON -- The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball." Barring a burst of legislative activity after Labor Day, this group of 535 men and women will have accomplished a rare feat. In two decades of record keeping, no sitting Congress has passed fewer public laws at this point in the session -- 294 so far -- than this one. As U.S. Economic Problems Loom, House, Senate Sweat the Small Stuff - WSJ.com.