Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Oh good

*Updated Again

Just heard on Sirius Patriot's ABC News break that Obama has filed his papers for a presidential exploratory committee. Oh good.

I had a conversation today with a young woman who, in her intro to Poli Sci class, stated that she supported Obama for President. I asked why. She said, "I don't know." I said, "you realize he is basically as socialists." She said, "well I don't even know what he stands for."

What is wrong with people? This is why 'my' generation gets such a bad reputation--because we deserve it when we say we support somebody that we don't even understand...

* Update

Betsy has a few points to ponder on the "new Messiah" (where Clinton was the "old Messiah") of the Left:

It's customary for candidates announcing their run for the presidency to speak in inspiring generalities. So, when Barack Obama announced yesterday, he was full of such generalities such as,
“Our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, common-sense way,” Mr. Obama said, speaking in a video address sent to his supporters. “Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle the big problems that demand solutions.”
Okay, I'll bite. How does he plan to tackle these big problems. What are his solutions? At some point, he has to move beyond talking about a third way that bridges partisanship. And that involves more than teaming up with Republicans for earmark reform. That's a fine start, but if he votes for everything the Democrats put forward and voted against everything that Republicans and Bush put forward, how does that represent the new nonpartisanship? Is his big difference that he'll vote like a typical Democrat but just not criticize the Republicans while doing criticizing their policies? That's nice, but it isn't any sort of move into a purple America.

Eventually, platitudes will not be enough. Then we'll get a look at how Obama really is different.

Well stated as always

*Updated Again:

Via Common Sense & Wonder:

I have heard that Obama is considering choosing Sen. Byrd as his Vice Presidential running mate to balance the ticket.

Now I have not heard that, and I find it doubtful considering Byrd's age and the "polarization factor" of the 500 term senator. While looking for a source, I stumbled on this:

Senators these days, Byrd cautioned the young Illinois Democrat, become fixated on the White House.

"I remember the advice," Obama said matter-of-factly in an interview with The Associated Press last week. "The importance of senators staying in the Senate."

Apparently Obama isn't listening to Byrd...

The article has a pretty good chronology of Obama's build up to a presidential run, though it is a bit dated (Nov. 06).

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