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A Horse Race in Florida - 01/28/08 03:27 PM
I have indicated that I thought Mitt Romney would be the beneficiary of Fred Thompson’s departure from the race and that would push the Governor to a photo finish tomorrow in the hotly contested presidential preference primary. Mitt is actively working the state and I get more calls from his campaign than from my Mother. But things have become more complicated, as things in Florida do. Popular Florida Governor Charlie Crist has taken time out from pushing what I believe will be an unsuccessful ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to endorse Senator John McCain for President. Senator McCain has (5 comments)
Nothing Stimulating about this Deal - 01/28/08 01:16 AM
I don’t usually use the title of the featured article as the title for my post – but in this case I couldn’t improve on it. I am not impressed with the economic stimulus package announced to the public recently. With the cooperation of the Speaker of the House, the President plans to provide cash rebates and temporary tax breaks for business to try to inject a little more life into the economy to stave off recession. The plan has not yet been passed by the Senate. There are several problems here. First, We are not in a recession and I am (0 comments)
More criticsm of the Clintons - 01/27/08 06:47 PM
I haven’t had this much fun since Winter Haven was assigned a zip code by the US Postal Service. Even the liberal press and commentators are piling on the Clintons. I wonder if it will make any difference. The feminists are complaining that the first woman candidate seems to need her husband to drag her across the finish lines. The Black commentators are complaining that the Clintons are disrespecting the first Black candidate. The white commentators are complaining that the Clintons are injecting race into the dialog of the race. All are saying repeatedly that the Clintons will do anything or (15 comments)
No solution on the Horizon - 01/27/08 10:41 AM
I always have admired Peggy Noonan as a writer. She is thoughtful and articulate and this week, writing for the Wall Street Journal, she is right on the money for several points in the same article. It is my personal opinion that Bill Clinton, masterful politician that he may be, has always been an embarrassment. I don’t mean for the scandals (well, I am not limited to the scandals) – I mean the man has no core beliefs or conscience; he has only polls and focus groups. I agree with Dick Morris’ view that Bill’s outbursts and bad behavior in (5 comments)
A new slant on "Check for the Union Lable" - 01/25/08 03:03 PM
I have previously mentioned a blog maintained by a friend of mine called tywkiwdbi.com. We do not always agree on politics, but he brings forth some of the most interesting (and sometimes off the wall) items on the web. The following is a recent post from tywkiwdbi.com. The t-shirts spoken of in the text are sold out and will not see further production. I recommend your stopping by his blog for enlightened entertainment and thought. By the way, the name is an acronym for things you wouldn't know if we didn't blog it. Read the last two lines of the label (the (4 comments)
US Foreign Policy and Isolationism - 01/23/08 08:44 AM
Dr Ron Paul is clearly going to exert continuing influence on the presidential primaries and the political process. He attracts dedicated supporters and he has raised a substantial amount of money – through mostly non-traditional means. He is a force that will influence the outcome of the process. Dr Paul continues to bother me in that his candidacy is recommended to me by people whom I respect and in the sense that his positions come from his view of the Constitution and I try to adhere to the founding documents. So it is a concern that the candidate that speaks of (2 comments)
A Current view of Roe v Wade - 01/23/08 05:55 AM
Yesterday the annual March for Life took place in Washington DC to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade. The topic of abortion has been the most difficult and divisive issue in American politics. For those who oppose abortion on demand, the issue is religious and moral and there is no compromise, no middle ground. When I look at the Roe decision, I try to view it from perspective of a student of the law rather than from the position that I just disagree with the decision on moral grounds. The fact is that the decision (15 comments)
Fred Thompson on the right track at last? Not so much. - 01/22/08 02:26 PM
Fred Thompson has announced today that he has dropped out of the race for the Presidency. With my Florida primary coming up in a week, the question is where do the Thompson supporters go. Mike Huckabee is pulling back on expenditures in Florida in order to conserve resources for super Tuesday, February 5. So although many see him as an attractive candidate, Mike seems to think he was not going to be competitive in Florida. The local commentators feel that Guliani and McCain are unlikely beneficiaries of Fred's departure. And Dr Ron Paul is still not considered to be aligned with (10 comments)
Thoughts on the Day - 01/21/08 03:49 PM
I have mentioned in my personal blog (Cadfael.net) that one of the highest compliments I can pay to Senator Obama is that he is the Senator from Illinois who happens to be Black - I do not view him as the Black Senator from Illinois. That comment is intended to be high praise indeed. He is educated, bright, articulate. His words tend to be inclusive rather than devisive. I do not agree with his politics for we have differing views on the role of government. But I believe that he believes what he says. And I respect the man for that. (5 comments)
Dr Ron Paul takes Second in Nevada ! - 01/21/08 05:37 AM
Well - it is true - and you can read about it < here >. You certainly won't see it reported anywhere else. But, once you get past the headline, you kind of have the story - so I will talk about something else. I expect the concerns about a close primary season and brokered conventions will go away after February 5 and the Super-Tuesday with more than 20 states casting presidential preference primary ballots. The prominence of the small state shows ahead of the "real" primaries has generated news fodder (and an interesting definition of "Electile Dysfunction" - the inability (5 comments)
An Event to Watch - 01/19/08 08:36 AM
If we can take a few moments from watching presidential candidates of both parties running in little squirrel cages (creating enough hot air to cause global warming and generating enough electricity to replace a nuclear power plant – but far more dangerous) there is an event on the horizon that may be interesting. February 7–9, Washington DC will host the Conservative Political Action Conference – CPAC. Among the many speakers expected are President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan, Jeb Bush, Ann Coulter and a host of others (speaker list drawn from unofficial blog sites). The democrats hold a (2 comments)
What is the Right Answer - 01/11/08 10:44 AM
My wandering eye, seeking a target of opportunity for today for my personal blog at www.cadfael.net, will focus on two topics. The first is my concern that the Democrat majority in Congress has not accomplished much in the way of meaningful legislation since they controlled the agenda for legislation. It is my view that one reason is that they have spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort in investigating the current administration seeking political gain rather than substantive policy. This political and media prism through which we are viewing the issues of the day is very slanted and obscure. (8 comments)
Wall to wall Coverage - 01/08/08 10:22 AM
I seem to suffer from several addictions. First I am on the road a lot and second I am a political junkie. With that prologue, I have a product endorsement for you. More and more cars are being sold with satellite radios installed - primarily as a result of the major automakers being primary investors in the satellite radio service providers. My particular brand of automobile comes with a factory installed XM radio which I have enjoyed for its selection of music and available special programing such as old time radio shows to comedy. I have not utilized the talk radio (5 comments)
The Supreme Court and the Election Cycle - 01/07/08 11:26 AM
This is a year for high drama from the Supreme Court which will occur during the presidential campaign. Cases concerning the 2nd Amendment, death penalty by lethal Injection , Guantanamo detainees and even election procedures themselves are on the Courts docket for the next few months. That is a strong list for a Court whose Chief Justice seemed to suggest at his confirmation hearings that the courts should maintain a low profile. This week the Court will hear arguments in a case of tremendous significance to the political process. An Indiana case challenges a state statute that requires presentation of photo (4 comments)
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