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VP Debate Preview

We do plan to live blog tonight’s debate, so gather around tonight around 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

I suspect tonight may be more influential to the election than last Friday’s debate between McCain and Obama.  And hinges mostly on how well Palin looks.  If Palin performs poorly, Biden could just stand there and smile and win the debate.  If Palin does well, or even okay, that could seriously swing things the other way.

From all the media discussion, it sounds like Biden will likely keep the gloves on and treat Palin with respect.  The thinking is that he will avoid any reference to her gender in a disparaging way (probably a good idea) and will even give her room to make mistakes without pouncing on …


The Sarah and John Chronicles: The Cedar Rapids Rally

Two-hundred and sixty-five miles and eight hours after leaving Des Moines, I got back from the McCain-Palin rally the airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa absolutely pumped about the campaign!

Andrew and Michael

I left with a couple of friends (Andrew and Michael) at 5:30 AM.  After a stop for breakfast, we arrived at the shuttle parking area at around 7:45 AM.  The ride to the airport was quick and we stood in line for about 45 minutes or so before getting to the security check-point.  Where they did the most thorough search I have ever seen on a backpack, even when I’ve been through the “special” line at the airport.  They even found the knife I lost a couple of weeks ago (and now I’ve lost for good… …


The Sarah and John Chronicles…

For those of you who are waiting to hear my ruminations about the rally in Cedar Rapids today, I will have it posted by the end of the evening.  I’m partly done, but I need to visit a friend at the hospital yet and then I’ll finish it up.  Sorry for the delay.

Meanwhile, John Deeth was there as well, and has a good wrapup of his own.  Check it out.…


Going To See McCain and Palin

Art SmithI’ve got a car load of people, four tickets, and tank full of gas.  We’re heading up to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thursday morning.  They will be appearing at the airport there with the event starting at 8:00 AM (so we’re leaving town around 5:15 AM, with my eyes half open). 

You may wonder why on earth I would spend four hours on the road just to see John McCain? 

It’s all about Sarah.  Seriously, if it were just John, I’d pass since I saw him in August at the Iowa State Fair.  But this will be my first chance to see Sarah in person.  Maybe I can get her to autograph her biography (my copy showed up from BarnesandNoble.com yesterday).

My hope is that we …


The View From Here Is Dreadful

I watched Friday’s John and Cindy McCain interview on The View.  Below is part 1; parts 2 and 3 should be accessible from the video.

I see several posts refering to this interview as “McCain Grilled On The View”, for instance this story at Huffpo, and this one at Century Of The Common Iowan.

A stretch to say the least.

First of all, the ladies of The View basically threw the same lame questions at McCain that have been circulating the Liberal Media and Blog Sites for the past few weeks. It was clear that they did little in the way of real research, and set themselves up to look foolish.  Later in the show, Cindy was brought out, and from there on …


Sarah Palin: “Don’t Blink”

Sarah Palin had her first big interview (6 parts) this week since being selected as John McCain’s running mate.  Paul F. Villareal made the video’s available at YouTube.

Of course, ABC played it for as much air time as they could… including repeating sections of the interview on 20/20 last night.

Let’s see, Thursday “World News”, Thursday “Nightline”, Friday “World News”, Friday “20/20”, Friday “Nightline”.  I’m assuming the advertising dollars were substantial.  If the new season of “Lost” had started by now, they might have included bits of the interview there as well.  I suppose they still can.

I’ve watched all of them, and my impression is:

  1. Sarah showed she can handle herself just fine.
  2. Palin is ready to take and articulate her positions and

Just Like Everyone Else

I feel like I just got punched in the stomach.

Michael Gerson at Real Clear Politics provides an analysis of a piece of the political news of the day that may just break your heart.  At the center of the excitement and controversy over Sarah Palin being thrust into the national limelight is the story of her son Trig, only 4 months old, born with Down Syndrome.  Please, read the piece by Gerson.

Gerson’s analysis includes a startling statistic: 90% of pregnancies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.  90%.  That’s 45,000 last year who were killed because they might be too much of a “burden” to their families and society.

How could we?

I have a dear friend today, and others in the past, …


To Clarify A Point

My friends at Century Of The Common Iowan have pointed out that I made a statement that wasn’t very clear.  Sometimes I assume people know what I’m talking about, and this is a case where that was a really bad assumption.

In talking about the Briston Palin controversy, I had said:

It’s unfortunate that the society that has been largely built over the last 50 years on the social philosophy of the extreme Left makes it so difficult for parents to keep their children from engaging in activities that lead to pregnancy.

You’re right, I led with my thoughts but not with a clear explanation of how I got there.  I really have got to do better.

Anyhow, here’s a reply I left at Century …


Palin’s Biography

I found out from Townhall.com today about the biography of Sarah Palin, titled “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down“, by Kaylene Johnson.

I ordered mine today.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Palin without having to learn it through the filter of the Main-Stream Media, this is probably your best opportunity.

Update: Added book cover image.…


McCain’s Acceptance Speech

A lot of you have seen the speech, some have not.  Overall, high marks for contents.  Very high.  I think he brought out the right issues, positions, and comparisons with Obama.  He’s working out the differences, which he needs to continue to do.  Probably the three key areas that he addressed and should continue to address:

  1. Key distinctions between Democrats and Republicans on social and economic issues.
  2. Demonstrable track record in leading and doing the right thing both in policy and ethical behavior.
  3. Bipartisan attitude and effort in pooling ideas and working with all sides to find the best solutions.

Clearly, the convention floor was energized.  I would say (as others have also said) that the presentation was not as strong as the content.  I’d …


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