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Quick Thought on Democratic Contenders’ Speeches

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:33 pm - May 20, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Watching Obama’s “victory” speech in Iowa tonight, just after my workout, as I had watched Mrs. Clinton’s speech just before it and have this thought. He seems angrier than usual in such addresses, less of an uplifting, inspirational tone than we’re accustomed to. Still, his delivery is far better than that of the former First Lady while her address had more meat to it.

He’s going on and on and on and on about change, without saying how he is going to go about offering that, well, except by defeating John McCain whose campaign he repeatedly misrepresents.

Well, they both went on too long.  Way too long.

Is Obama right: should GOP lay off his wife?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:07 pm - May 20, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Yesterday, both of Tennessee’s Republican Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, rebuked their state’s GOP for producing and posting a YouTube ad mocking Michelle Obama, wife of the likely Democratic presidential nominee, for her comments declaring that the success of her husband’s campaign made her proud of her native land “for the first time” (Via Instapundit).

I think they have a point. The ad allowed the Illinois Senator to gain some public sympathy by appearing the victim of an unfair attack.  Yesterday, sitting beside his wife on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” he told Republicans to “lay off his wife.

Hugh Hewitt, however, finds it entirely relevant to bring up Mrs. Obama as she has “has made long speeches full of political content in her appearances at campaign rallies made to encourage people to vote for her husband. This makes her a central figure in the campaign.

I agree it’s entirely fair to challenge her on what she has said, but also think it’s counterproductive to dwell on some of her more absurd comments. Aware of Mrs. Clinton’s abrasive personality even back in 1992, the GOP tried to make her an issue in her husband’s campaign. That backfired, with people wondering why Republicans were making an issue of the Democratic candidate’s wife rather than promoting their own ideas.

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Rooting for Teddy Kennedy

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:02 pm - May 20, 2008.
Filed under: Health & medical

While I’ve never been of a fan of Massachusetts’ senior Senator, I currently myself rooting for Teddy Kennedy. He was diagnosed earlier today with a malignant glioma, a cancerous brain tumor.

Having watched a cousin who is very dear to me deal with a brain tumor, I know how traumatic such diagnoses can be. Yet, her tumor was not as malignant as his. When she finally found a responsible physician, he helped direct her to a surgeon who was able to operate. Fourteen years later, I am happy to report, she’s alive, healthy and physically very active.

Let us hope that the senator finds the quality of care she had.

That we do not like his politics or his rhetoric should not prevent us recognizing his humanity and hoping for his recovery. While born to a wealthy and well-connected political family, Senator Kennedy has experienced more tragedy in his life before his fortieth birthday than most people see before their seventieth. His mother lived well past her one-hundredth birthday, but he was the only one of her sons to reach fifty, with his eldest brother dying in World War II and his two remaining brothers assassinated.

Today, our prayers are with the senior Senator from Massachusetts.

Hillary: Still in it to Win it

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:45 pm - May 20, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Whenever I peruse the political blogs, I find various pundits and bloggers offering numerous theories why Hillary Clinton persists in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Some say she’s setting the stage for a campaign in ’12, believing her current rival will lose this fall to the presumptive Republican nominee, others see her as positioning herself as a Senate leader for the balance of her career. Others just think she’s a delusional megalomaniac.

While I don’t disagree with that last description, but still think the former First Lady really believes she can still win this thing. Her campaign is once again claiming she has won more popular votes than her Illinois colleague (which is true of you count Michigan (where he wasn’t even on the ballot)). Given that she leads in Kentucky by larger margins than he leads in Oregon — and that Kentucky is a larger state, she should win the combined popular vote of today’s primaries by a comfortable margin.

Yesterday in Maysville, Kentucky, she said she has a better chance than Obama to win 270 electoral votes this fall, then added she is going to make her case “until we have a nominee, but we’re not going to have one today and we’re not going to have one tomorrow and we’re not going to have one the next day. And if Kentucky turns out tomorrow, we’re going to be closer to that nomination.

She’s going to give up after today’s contests. She may well end the day just a hundred thousand votes shy of leading Obama in the popular vote with Florida, but without Michigan. And that may give her ground to continue her campaign even past the last primary.

UPDATE: In a post with a theme somewhat similar to this one, Jim Geraghty writes, “Hillary’s gameplan from here on out has to be to narrow the margin of the popular vote, under any count, as much as possible when all the primaries are completed.” Read the whole thing.

James Stewart Centennial

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:43 pm - May 20, 2008.
Filed under: Great Americans,Great Men,Movies/Film & TV

Today marks the one-hundred anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest movie stars of all times, James (aka Jimmy) Stewart.

Over at Libertas, Dirry Harry offers tribues to this great man, providing an overview of his life and accomplishments here and a list of the star’s top five films here.

I offered some thoughts on one of my favorite Stewart flicks, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance here and expect to update this post throughout the day. And of course, should I have time this evening to watch a DVD, it’ll be something starring that great man from Indiana, Pennyslvania.

UPDATE:  I had thought I would have more to say about Jimmy Stewart today, but, well, would rather just watch his movies and delight in how well he plays “Everyman.”  Tonight, I saw him playing Tony Kirby, the scion of a wealthy banking family in Frank Capra‘s You Can’t Take it With You, with Lionel Barrymore playing almost exactly the opposite role he plays in It’s a Wonderful Life.

The movie holds up so well, nearly seventy years after its initial release.  Perhaps it’s just due to Stewart’s screen presence or Capra’s vision or the delightful supporting cast.

I had hoped to say something profound about Jimmy Stewart, given how much I enjoy his films, but just can’t seem to manage it today.  Sometimes, the ideas comes to us when we least expect them.  Oftentimes, when we try to say something on the anniversary of an important event about that event or the person born on that day, the words don’t flow.  But, then another day, what we want to say emerges when something turns our thoughts in a certain directions.

I regret that I cannot offer today a tribute in words to Jimmy Stewart.  But, thanks to DVD — and now a variety of other media — we can watch his movies in our own homes at our leisure.  And those films, Stewart’s celluloid legacy, represent the greatest tribute to his amazing talent.  A true record of his achievement.

Obama’s Version of “The Global Test”

Remember when the self-important, esteemed Internationalist and French-loving John Kerry made the following statement in the 2004 Presidential debates?

No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded — and nor would I — the right to preempt in any way necessary, to protect the United States of America,” the Democrat told moderator Jim Lehrer during the debate.

But if and when you do it, Jim, you’ve got to do it in a way that passes the, the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people, understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing, and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.”

Hmmm…… I forgot that Kerry was against the “global test” before he was for it. 

In any case, it appears that our friend Senator Obama has his own version of “the global test.”

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

So whereas John Kerry was debating himself about ceding America’s right to self-defense, Obama has taken the Kerry Doctrine one step further by ceding to the World one of our three inalienable rights: the pursuit of happiness.

I think the esteemed Constitutional lawyer needs to go back and read the Declaration of Independence.

PS – I keep my house at 70 degrees at all times.  I dare President Obama to come and take my thermostat — over my cold, dead body.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)