We Interrupt This Race For Some Negativity

There’s no way I’d ever run for public office.  Ok, maybe I would just out of spite, but I’d never do it with any illusions about my electibility.  I seems political success is somehow tied to likability, which disqualifies me.  But just in case I do run, here’s a little head start for my opponents in case the campaign goes negative.

And if I get my way, it will go negative.  

I’ve taken a page out of Stephen Littau’s book and written a negative campaign against myself based on past blog posts.

Sadcox…he seems like a nice enough guy, but have you looked at where he stands on the issues?

Sadcox has as considered raising his own children based on recommendations of an aged and addled Rock Star.  Sadcox is in favor of deregulation of PIMPS and has counseled and encouraged unwed single mothers to break up marriages.  His gambling problem runs so deep that he’s wagered furniture on the results of a basketball game.

And what about education?  Sadcox has called some school administrators “turds”, and has referred to children who participate in fund raisers as “beggars”.  He’s in favor of eliminating all federal funding for education, and has the audacity to mention Shakespeare and Tupac Shakur together.

Not only that…(dramatic pause)

Sadcox calls Social Security a ponzi scheme.

In these uncertain times, can you really afford a leader who is willing to trust you with your own money?  Do you feel comfortable risking your safety by voting for someone who has enough beezwax of his own to worry about yours?

Vote for someone who is willing to take responsibilty so that you don’t have to.  Vote for the other guy.

This was a very theraputic experience, and I recommend all of you give it a shot as well.

What She Said, Part 5,307

Jen is channeling my thoughts.  However, she writes better than I do and probably smells better too.

The question shouldn’t be “which of those two are you voting for” but rather “why are you tolerating a system that is stripping you of your right to fair process and what can we do to change it?” Stop settling for less and start demanding more from the systems that your dollars support. Stop following the process blindly and start looking at the bigger picture and asking the hard questions. Demand more… our nation deserves it… our nation needs it. We certainly do need change, but I assure you change will NOT come from any candidate put before us by either the democratic or republican parties.

Every election cycle we seem to get more and more polarized as a country, aligning ourselves with two parties that are becoming more and more alike.  I’m worried that this country may have missed its last chance to grow a set and demand more.

Sarah Palin, Bears, and Alcoholics

If you still don’t think Sarah Palin is qualified to lead, think again.  She’s dealt with two issues specifically that make her uniquely qualified to handle any challenge Washington can present…

When I did the researched it I found out two things about Alaska that there are a ton of bears up there.  Name one other governor who has to deal with that on a daily basis.  Even though we don’t have them in the United States as many, it is a unique problem.

Also, alcoholism is big in Alaska according to my research.  So when McCain always talks about the drunk sailors in Washington D.C. I bet she is used to dealing with drunks from being governer of Alaska.

Read the whole thing.

Everybody’s Webless For The Weekend

Well, at least I am–mostly. Just a few thoughts that kept me up for a good 5 or 10 minutes last night…

John McCain’s speech was pretty non-eventful until the end. He tried to do something that is very effective when he was speaking over the applause and hoots. While it was effective, if he had a powerful voice like Obama or a passionate delivery like, uh, Lou Holtz(?) it would have been even more effective.

As far as Cindy McCain’s speech goes…families are off-limits to bloggers, right? Fair enough. I’ll save it for Twitter.

Although I disagree with him on more than I agree with him, I think John McCain is an honorable guy as far as politicians go. And I’ll take a guy who suffered through 5 years of physical, mental, and emotional hell in service to our country over a guy who pads his resume with “Community Organizer”. Seriously? Really? That would be like me interviewing for a network security job with a bank and boasting about my vast experience setting my MySpace profile to “private”.

I still haven’t decided who I’m voting for, but I know it won’t be Obama or McCain. And before you leave a comment about “throwing your vote away”, remember that I live in a state that is solid Republican and won’t be changing this time around. Besides, I think voting for one candidate even though you like another one better is the real definition of throwing your vote away.

Ron Paul Speech Reaction

I didn’t get to watch it yet…the Tivo is set and I’ll get to that post later, but here’s a quick roundup of reaction I’ve found so far:

@rogelsm: Ron Paul’s speech is one of his best, and I heard many of them.

@colindean: I once again feel compelled to run for Congress. Thank you, Ron Paul. Excellent speech, sir Champion of the Constitution!

@libertycafe: just heard/saw Ron Paul at the Rally – he was amazing, the crowd was phenomenal and getting ready to blog about it now.

@ganjablue: I’m really sorry Ron Paul couldn’t reach mainstream America. That would have been real change.

And the released text of the speech.

Palin Was a Brilliant Choice

Now Obama is campaigning against her instead of McCain:

In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Monday night, Obama was asked about whether his experience in the U.S. Senate dealing with weather-related situations compares to Palin’s executive experience running the state of Alaska and as the small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

At least in this instance, McCain’s been able to dictate the debate.  And in this case, he’s put himself above it.

Defining Moment of the DNC So Far?

I think this interview after Hillary Clinton’s speech last night was some of the best political television I’ve seen in a long time. Off the cuff, heart felt, and honest. Try finding that anywhere else at a big party convention. Still, it’s a little troubling to see people put so much faith in one person to make such an impact on their lives.

I get it that this woman is inspired by Hillary Clinton–I think that’s obvious and valid. But I’m glad we live in a system (at least for now) that doesn’t give one person enough power to instantly make the kinds of sweeping impact this woman seems to think Hillary could make.

Big Party Conventions Are So Boring

Too many big screens, flashing lights, and high quality sound systems. This is what politics looks like on vacation. This is enjoying politics as a show when you want to get away from it all. It’s as if Disney took over the whole process…it’s all too polished. It’s made for prime time politics.

Kane at the Libertarian Convention

I watched the Libertarian convention earlier this year (yeah–I was the guy who watched), and it was nothing like the DNC. It seemed like there was one microphone in the whole banquet room of the hotel that hosted it, and speakers passed it around. There was plenty of infighting, booing, Darth Vader sitting in the crowd during speeches, and WWE Superstar Kane chatting it up with the nominee.

There was also drama and surprise. No one knew going in who the nominee would be. The Democratic and Republican parties know their nominees (or do they?) long before the convention. These things are really not much more than commercials for the parties. The bobbleheads on CNN tonight were talking about how the speeches had been planned based on what network TV would be airing between 10pm and 11pm. I guess you don’t have to worry about that if your convention is being shown on C-SPAN, huh?

I’m really hoping the Clintons can save this thing by serving up some drama. Go Clintons!

Fireworks In Store at Democratic Convention?

I really think there may be some fireworks at the Democratic Convention.  As tenacious as Bill Clinton is, Hillary is even more of a pit bull.  They are going to go down swinging for sure. I’m not sure if it is at all possible for her to walk out of there with the nomination, but it would be really interesting.  I think I may have to watch.

Many of Mrs Clinton’s supporters, roughly a quarter of whom say they plan to vote for Mr McCain, will be out in force in Denver continuing to argue that the former first lady would have been the better nominee. Among the most vocal is Party Unity My Ass, a pro-Hillary groups whose website trails the catchphrase “We are the ones no one was expecting” – a mocking reference to Mr Obama’s line: “We are the ones we have been waiting for”.

FT.com / World – Poll fears ahead of Democratic convention.

Veep Watch Advice

The nation seems to be “Veep Watch” crazy today.  If it really matters to you that you find out as quickly as possible, let me suggest Twitter.  Nothing is a secret for very long on Twitter.  If you registered an account and randomly start following 50 people, chances are good that 10-20 will be talking about Obama’s VP choice within 20 seconds of those text messages going out.

You might as well follow me while you’re there too.