I wrote this in response to Rachel Maddow asking viewers to post a “to do” list for President-elect Obama. Let me know what you think!
Last night I watched the Left’s post-election talk shows Countdown with Keith Olbermann and the Rachel Maddow Show. While Rachel seems to have a bit more restraint than Brother Keith, I was still appalled at the level of gloating vindictiveness I saw from both. In Keith’s “Worst Persons” segment he listed Rush Limbaugh, Bill Kristol and Bill O’Reilly. Instead of lambasting them for another idiotic statement they may have made, he simple said of each one of them: “You don’t matter anymore.”
Well, Keith, yes they do. They are the other side and you can bet that they will be rabidly vocal when President-elect Obama makes an inevitable misstep during his term as President Obama. By you simply saying that they don’t matter, you are actually doing harm to the cause for which you advocate. You attack in this way and make these Right-Wing Demigods victims. Had you actually refuted something they had said as you normally do with tremendous alacrity, your point would have been better received. But now, what you have done is essentially slapped them across their faces with a glove. You are aiding and abetting their cause. If you make the Kristols, Limbaughs and O’Reillys of this world victims, the Right will rally behind them in even greater numbers. They have enough causes without you giving them more.
And Rachel, the snarky comments about McCain’s cars was indeed uncalled for. You have a tremendous amount of class. Please use it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is NOT the time to gloat. This is not the time for vindictive pettiness. This is the time for us to follow the example of our new President and take the high road. It is OUR time to come together, to extend the olive branch, to enact REAL change.
Editor’s note: Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, but life’s obligations seemed more important.
If Sen. Barack Obama can pull of a win in the election next Tuesday, I have some suggestions for his Dream Cabinet. Please note that this is my opinion and includes a little satire. Also, some of these postings, while also being good for the country, would play off of President Johnson’s philosophy of “I’d rather have them in my tent pissing out than outside pissing in.” Additionally, some of these aren’t actual cabinet positions, but instead are administrative appointments.
- Secretary of Defense: General Colin Powell (duh!)
- Secretary of the Treasury: Dave Ramsey (yes, THAT Dave Ramsey!)
- National Security Advisor: Sen. John McCain (a perfect post for him)
- Secretary of State: Sen. Hillary Clinton
- Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Gov. Mitt Romney
- Chairmain of the SEC: Warren Buffett (the “Conscience of Wall Street”)
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Rep. John Murtha (yes, he’s said some dumb things, but this is a good post for him)
- Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Attorney General: Sen. Fred Thompson (oh, why the hell not! He plays a great D.A. on TV.)
This is a work in progress and will be updated as I think of more
McClatchy newspapers yesterday released a news story detailing the record of John McCain which shows that he does not approve of federal subsidies for American farmers. In 2006, Sen. McCain sought to remove a $74 million grant program that would help states promote sales of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, he was defeated by some of his own party and a then-new senator named Barack Obama.
The American farmer is a staple of our society and extremely worthy of admiration for anyone who sits down at his dinner table. True, the federal government should reform its current system of subsidies, but a simple veto as would likely happen under a McCain administration is not the way to go about it.
Oh boy, where do I begin?
Charlie Gibson was a bit tougher on her than I expected, but Gov. Palin did handle her answers with admirable delivery. One person commented on a message board I frequent that Palin didn’t stutter which means she wasn’t lying. Gee, I wish that were true. I think it means that she was well-rehearsed, although it bears mentioning that she does have a talent for speaking.
Unfortunately for her, I believe the interview highlighted her lack of experience in foreign affairs and perhaps even her lack of interest. For example, when she was asked what insight into the current strife between Russia and Georgia she gained as governor of Alaska, she said that Alaska is Russia’s neighbor. Huh? I have a neighbor who lives far closer to me than Russia is to Alaska, and I can’t tell you why he does some of the things he does.
When asked if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine, she had no clue what that is. Sheesh! The Bush Doctrine was widely supported by her own party and is a large factor in America’s current foreign policy, and she doesn’t even know what the Doctrine is. Thank goodness Charlie was there to explain it to her.
I’m sorry, folks, but she proved to me that she is not qualified, which begs the question: Why was she chosen as the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate? Was the choice made solely to pander to women Hillary voters? Was it made because the Republicans thought her youth would counter the “Change” message being promoted by Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama? Did the Repubs drink the “kool-aid” about her false “reformer” credentials?
These questions and MANY others remain to be answered.
You’re not supposed to attack the Republican ticket!
I am gaining a lot more respect for Fox News after seeing how Bill O’Reilly defended Sen. Obama and now how Chris Wallace exposes Sarah Palin’s lies.
This is actually a sad day for me.
Throughout my voting history I have consistently voted democrat with one exception: Mary Fallin (R-OK).
I have spoken to her face-to-face on a number of occasions. As Lieutenant Governor she pushed initiatives that were extremely beneficial to the Great State of Oklahoma. I have always had great respect and admiration for Congresswoman Fallin.
She is a member of Sarah Palin’s “Truth Squad” which is anything but. Twice yesterday I heard her speak about the “lipstick on a pig” load of bull that the McCain-Palin campaign initiated. She said that “the people” thought that Sen. Obama was talking about Palin, but would not, even when pressed, say that she herself thought that.
Her main response to all of this was, basically, “Well, the Democrats did it first.”
Mary, oh Mary, DON’T HAND ME THAT CROCK!!! You are, in short, insulting the intellect of the great people of the Great State of Oklahoma. We know better! You should be ashamed of yourself for feeding this lie. I, for sure, am ashamed of you.
My vote and my support will be seriously reconsidered during your next election. I’ve met you, I’ve looked into your eyes, and I am certain that you, of all people, are above this. I’m begging you, please prove me right