Category: 2008 Presidential Election Issues Analysis

Why the Des Moines Register Shouldn’t Bother Endorsing A Republican This Year

While not big news that Iowa Republicans don’t wait with bated breath for the Des Moines Register to anoint a Republican candidate the cream of the presidential crop, in recent years their recommendations have barely risen above laughable fodder. Since we could all use some comic relief from this seemingly endless campaign season, let’s take a look back at the Register’s recent forays into Presidential advocacy. What follows are two main reasons, among many others, why they should stick to merely reporting on the political pulse of Iowa—instead of trying to alter it.

Reason #1 – A Sketchy, Schizophrenic History

While nearly all the data on editorial board endorsements show that they have a miniscule impact, if any at all, well over 70% of newspapers …

Barack Obama and Morality

I’ve spent the last week–this one leading up to the election next week–thinking about what it is about Barack Obama that really bothers me.  I mean, he seems a likeable-enough guy, good-looking, even-tempered, well-spoken.  I’ve read Charles Krauthammer’s endorsement of John McCain, and of course, the editorials of my favorite conservatives at the Wall Street Journal, namely Daniel Henninger and Kimberly Strassel.  But it was while watching the Dennis Miller piece on The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night that clarified what it is about Obama that terrifies me.  Barack Obama clearly doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, and his entire life story illustrates it.

Barry’s mother was from Kansas, and in his first campaign advertisements, he talked about how she gave him her “Midwestern …

First Presidential Debate: Exercise In Futility, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the analysis of Friday night’s Presidential Debate.  Part 1 was posted on Saturday.


Lehrer asked for a “reading” of Iran by the candidates.  Are they a threat?  Both candidates made it very clear that nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran was not acceptable.

McCain did a good job of highlighting both the big risk against Israel, and the risk to the entire region if Iran has nuclear weapons.  McCain also pointed out again the need for thoughtfulness in diplomacy when dealing with countries whose leaders are as evil and wicked in their comments against America and her allies, specifically Israel.  He pointedly criticized Obama for making just such comments.  McCain also promoted his “League of Democracies” as a …

First Presidential Debate: Exercise In Futility, Part 1

Here’s Part 1 of my assessment of Friday night’s Presidential Debate.  Part 2 will come on Sunday.

All I can say is, I was wrong.  Jim Lehrer does want to be the next Tim Russert.

I will say, I did not sense any partisanship on Lehrer’s part, but he sure dug into follow up questions, including a lot quizzical looks in reaction to the answers.  Making matters a bit worse was his oafish attempts at turning the debate into a conversation, almost as if McCain and Obama were seeking marital counselling.  “Say that to Senator McCain”.  “Direct yourself to Senator Obama”.  “Do you agree with Senator Obama?”.  I don’t know if that was part of the original ground rules that was set prior to …

McCain, Obama and Rick Warren

We were channel surfing on Saturday night because the Olympic coverage was of the women’s marathon, which I liken to watching paint dry, when we happened upon Rick Warren’s interviews of the respective candidates.  The least I can say is that the contrasts were spectacular.  John McCain was the all-around winner, (unless he was being judged by Olympic judges, in which case he would have placed second due to some unusual tie-breaking formula!).

Senator McCain opened up the proverbial can of Whompem on Senator Obama in these areas:

  • Clarity–McCain’s remarks were straightforward, transparent and to the point.  It’s why he also got to answer more questions.  His answers were focused, and his intent was clear.  Note to Obama–at no point in the next eight years

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Ann Coulter says it well, here:

Well, it looks like it’s the end of the road for Hillary. Time for her to pack up her pantsuits and go back to – wherever it is she’s pretending to be living these days. Now we just have to get rid of the other two. Perhaps if I endorse Obama

This week, Bill Clinton lost his second presidential election for a protege.

Ronald Reagan was so popular, he not only won a 49-state landslide re-election for himself, but he also won a symbolic third term

Lincoln-Douglas / Santos-Vinick

So, Hillary this week graciously offered to debate Barack mano a mano.  No moderator.

Set their own rules.  Ask each other questions and answer them.

Millions of people across the country would be THRILLED to have a debate without moderators.

But can we really recreate the pure raw power of the Santos-Vinick debate (from the final season of West Wing)?  Of course, that was a Democrat against a Republican.

And don’t even imagine it could be anything like Lincoln-Douglas.    I can’t imagine that level of genteel.

Although it sounds wonderful, we probably all know the problem here.  Clinton’s calling Obama out knowing full well that Obama isn’t going to bite.  Obama has nothing to offer if put into an open debate… his whole campaign is …

McCain’s Strategy May Be Sharper Than You Think

I tend to agree with just about everyone on the planet (Michelle Malkin, Bithead, Sean Hannity, et al) that has told John McCain, in fairly direct terms, that he’s a dunce for asking the North Carolina GOP to back off with the Obama ads featuring the Reverend Wright.  All this at about the same time that Wright is coming out to tell everyone how misunderstood both he and poor Barack are in the quagmire they’ve created.

It occurred to me today that perhaps John’s agenda is a little different than we think it is… we’ve already seen this happen with other media splashes (remember when Hucksterbee pulled some negative ads at the last minute, but showed them to the press so they …

POTUS Election 2008: Hillary Clinton on Strengthening The Middle Class – Part 2

POTUS Election 2008
Examining The Issues
This is a special series written by the staff of The Conservative Reader. We will examine each of the candidates’ positions on issues they have deemed relevant enough to post on their web sites.

Today we will examine Clinton’s plan of action for American workers. If you have not read Part 1, we suggest you do so.

This week, the Chicago Sun-Times published a story regarding a recent study by the Pew Research Center.  Part of the analysis of the research concluded:

… the majority of the middle class feel they either haven’t moved forward or have fallen backward in their lives in the last five years — the worst showing of short-term personal progress in nearly 50

POTUS Election 2008: Hillary Clinton on Strengthening The Middle Class – Part 1

POTUS Election 2008
Examining The Issues
This is a special series written by the staff of The Conservative Reader. We will examine each of the candidates’ positions on issues they have deemed relevant enough to post on their web sites.

Today we start our review of the 3 remaining candidates for President. The structure of this series will be based on the candidates’ own stated positions on issues from their web sites.

We’ll start with one of the issues on Hillary Clinton’s site: Strengthening The Middle Class.

Hillary’s site essentially abbreviates the more substantive plan called the Economic Blueprint for Rebuilding the Middle Class. Amazingly enough, the abbreviated content includes 5 specific points from the “Blueprint”, 2 of which lack any substance at …

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