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Obama Didn’t Wait Long

From the Washington Post:

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

All of you that were taken completely off-guard by this news, please raise your right hands.  Now smack yourself on the back of the head.

Any turmoil and angst over this should have been addressed months ago.  If you voted for Obama, and you were oblivious to the fact this was coming: yeah, that’s why Obama was elected.  You weren’t paying attention.

But let’s be candid.  Executive …

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 …

Palin: Ready To Serve

Tonight’s speech by Sarah Palin was a smashing hit!

It was truly inspiring and gave me, and clearly the convention delegates, an even stronger sense of confidence that we will win in November.

Palin hit hard against the liberal media and Democrats who have been attacking her since Friday.

She provided an excellent case for the McCain/Palin ticket.

And she showed that she’s not the naive backwater girl that many would like you to think she is.

Following Rudy Giuliani’s speech, which itself was solid and inspiring, Palin brought what looked to me like the perfect politician: sensitive, knowledgeable, kind, and yet strong, agressive, and ready to strike where needed.

As Bithead states this evening, it’s no wonder the left is scared that they …

… It Keeps Going, And Going, And Going …

The downward pressure on the price of oil continues, although not as strong as the past few trading days.  At the end of the day, it was $117 (down $.22 from yesterday).  Oh, and the Dow was up 40 points.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich showed up today at the Capital to show support for the GOP Protest.  During his time in front of the cameras, he said that Republicans may consider shutting down the government by not allowing action on government spending bills required to replace the ones expireing on September 30.  This was done during his tenure as Speaker in 1995 and 1996… and blew up in Newt’s face.  I don’t think this is a particularly healthy maneuver for Republicans to make if they want …

Slip Slidin’ Away…

…the price of oil that is.  Down another few dollars to $117.22.  In the last few weeks, the price has dropped $30/bbl, or 20%.  I’m convinced it’s because Republicans and the nation’s PEOPLE are up in arms and pressing the majority party to do the right thing… just pressing the case for domestic drilling, in a dramatic symbolic coup, is of such substance to those watching… everyone watching is anticipating that Pelosi will give in, or have to deal with an all-out party rebellion.  Those Democrats that are up for reelection in November should be getting pretty nervous, and hopefully their constituents are letting them have it while they spend August campaigning.

While Democrats are enjoying themselves or campaigning (or both) at home, Republicans

Oil Prices Back Up a Bit

“Everyone knows…” are words I’m getting tired of hearing.  It is a subtle form of manipulation by forcing one to either immediately agree or disagree and by disagreeing become an outsider.  Katie Couric this evening says “The world’s oil problems all come down to the laws of supply and demand”.  Careful here.   On the face of it, the statement says something that seems very simplistic to most people (“it’s all about current supply and current demand”), and therefore lacks credibility, and manipulates people (or attempts to) into believing that long-term solutions won’t solve our immediate price problems.  The reality is, the perceived future demand and perceived future supply are the real drivers.

If every major news anchor got up in the morning and lied to …

Oil Is Not Typical Supply and Demand

More like “Over A Barrel”.  But now that we’ve taken the first step toward off-shore drilling in the US, the impact is already seen.  Because it’s really not about supply-side economics as much as perceived supply-side economics.  And now the perception is that the supply won’t be in a strangle hold any longer.

President Bush takes the first step, dropping the Presidential Ban on domestic drilling.  The pundits say “It doesn’t matter what Bush does, it will take Congress dropping their ban and approval by affected states to open up the drilling, and then 5 to 10 years before there is any impact on oil prices.”.

The current price of oil, as we should all know by now, has nothing to do with the …

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 …

Citizen Journalists

Tonight, Bithead shares some thoughts resulting from this story by James Joyner at Outside The Beltway.  Various questions can be pulled out of the discussion, and James makes it clear that Fowler (a blogger), who attended the fundraiser where Obama talked about “guns and religion”, acted appropriately in recording and releasing the content.

Although I don’t have the answer to this question, I often wonder why we’re so content with the idea of protecting offensive statements made under the understanding of “off-the-record”, as if the situation equates protecting a private source or national security… sometimes it’s just protecting someone’s inability to hide their real thoughts and feelings.

Regardless, the point Bit makes centers mostly on the difference between “professional” journalists and those of us that …

Republican 3rd District Convention (Iowa)

Thanks to Bithead for holding down the fort this weekend!  My schedule was crazy and having a quality guest like Bit fill in for me is like going to McDonald’s, ordering a Big Mac and getting Prime Rib! Go visit him at BitsBlog.

Needless to say, I’ve got a bit to share.  I was a delegate to the Iowa District 3 Republican Convention on Saturday.  Overall I was very pleased with the results of the convention… there were a couple of platform amendments that didn’t go the way I would have liked, but nothing horrible.  The worst part was the same as the Polk County Convention… voting for committee members was long, multiple ballots on some, and everyone trying to figure out how to …

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