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Strong Women

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:44 pm - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Divas

On Tuesday, August 26, a friend speculated I disliked Hillary Clinton because I fear strong women.

On Tuesday, November 4, I’ll be voting for just such a woman for Vice President of the United States.

Off to St. Paul

Yesterday I wondered whether I should travel to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. Prodded by readers and friends (including some who love ribbing me for my political leanings), I decided to go.

It wasn’t just their pressure which swayed me. It was also my realization that it may be one of the few chances I’d get to meet many of the bloggers and pundits whose work I enjoy. And it would be a great story.

There’s more. It will give me yet another chance to see what it’s like to be an openly gay man in Republican circles. I dare say, I’ll experience less adversity there than I do when I come out as a Republican in gay circles.

Whatever that reaction, I will share it with you. And will do my best to overcome my inclination to write essayistic posts so I can post more readily and regularly from the convention.

Will Mr. Palin’s Inuit Eskimo* Background Help McCain?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:05 pm - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

When I read that Todd Palin, the husband of the presumptive Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, is “Native Yup’ik Eskimo,” I wondered if that would have any impact on the presidential race.  After all, I don’t think we’ve ever had a Native American Indian on any national ticket.**

To be sure, Todd is only the spouse of a candidate, but will Native populations see this as a welcome sign.  

Two of the states with the largest such populations, Arizona (4.5%) and South Dakota (8.1%) can pretty much be counted as safe Republican.  So, I decided to scour the Native American population of several swing states in Michael Barone’s Almanac of American Politics (the source for the stats above) to see.

Colorado, a state which had until 2004, a Native American Senator (Ben Nighthorse Campbell) only has a native population of less than 1%, Nevada just over 1%, New Mexico 8.9%.

Thus, if Todd Palin’s background helps the GOP ticket anywhere, it’ll be New Mexico.  Bush won the state by fewer than 6,000 votes in 2004 and lost it by fewer than 400 in 2000.

The choice of Sarah Palin can only help McCain in the Land of Enchantment.

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*Striking Inuit and replacing with Eskimo as per Comment #2.

**According to Dante in Comment #15 we have:  Charles Curtis of Kansas who served as Vice President under Herbert Hoover from 1929-33.

UPDATE (09/09/08):  I’ve just learned from an Alaskan than indigenous Alaskans do not consider themselves to be Native American Indians, they consider themselves Native Alaskans.

The Democrats’ Biggest Blunder of Campaign ’08

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:50 pm - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Yesterday, I blogged on the Obama campaign’s biggest blunders.  But, today, the day after his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, a scan of the top headlines reveals that the day’s headline is John McCain’s selection of Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate (via Instapundit).

His speech might have garnered more headlines had his party elders not decided to hold their convention right before the Republican gathering.  Our custom is that the party out of power goes first.

Not wanting to having a long gap after their gathering and before the GOP meeting, the Democrats held theirs the only week they could, right after the Olympics.

Had the conventions not been back-to-back, it would have appeared unseemly for the Republican nominee to introduce the Democratic nominee the day after the Democrat’s speech.  But, when they’re back-to-back, he can do so, thus stealing the Democrats’ thunder.

The Democrats’ own choice prevented the speech of their party’s nominee from getting the media attention it may well have deserved.

Sarah Palin: Diva for Gay Republicans?

I’ve always defined a diva as a strong, confident woman who commands the respect of men, the type of woman we gay men love.

Watching the Alaska Governor address the crowd in Denver earlier today, I was captivated. Sarah Palin held up well in her first appearance on the national political stage. Not only did she sound good, but she looked good. This lady has style.  I mean, you gotta love a politician whose hair reminds you of Audrey Hepburn.

I think she does a lot for the GOP. She’s “playing well with Hillary supporters.” Watching CNN while at the gym, I heard (well, actually read the close-captioning of) an evangelical recounting how excited how many of his colleagues are about the choice.

Michael Barone says she’ll be “Welcomed by Social and Economic Conservatives:”

Palin is a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights (a lifetime NRA member) and of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (will she change McCain’s mind on this?). Cultural conservatives have no basis for objecting to her. Neither, I would think, do economic conservatives. She supported Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in his primary race against 35-year House incumbent Don Young, father of the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Her (and her husband’s) blue collar background will help her with those Hillary supporters, those “Reagan Democrats,” wary of their party’s nominee.

As a Governor, she took on special interests and fought corruption, doing more to reform her state’s government in her short time as chief executive of Alaska than Barack Obama has in twice that time in the United States Senate. This pick reinforces McCain’s image as a maverick and, as I wrote earlier today, helps undercut “the Democratic attempt to tie our man to George W. Bush.

Sarah Palin is anything but a Bush Republican.

And we gay Republicans have something to cheer in her record. Shortly after taking office, she vetoed legislation that would have prevented the state from providing benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees.

UPDATE:  I wonder if it was this pick which motivated me to make a modest contribution to the McCain-Palin campaign.  I encourage you to do so as well.

UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): I can’t believe I am going to give money to the McCain campaign, but as Dan does above — I urge you to do so as well.  This commenter at The Corner sums up how I feel today.

Toss me in as another Republican who’s ecstatic about this pick and who’s writing a check. I teared up as I watched the speech given by Gov. Palin. I haven’t been this proud to be a Republican in far too long a time. I am proud we have a bona fide American hero running for president who has the political chops to miraculously energize his base and sucker punch the opposition at the same time.

Unbelievable. Now where’s my credit card…

UP-UPDATE: The folks at one of my favorite blogs, Powerline, were perhaps he most disappointed of the conservative bloggers at the Palin selection. In their latest post, Scott Johnson writes:

Judging by our email, Governor Palin’s selection has electrified conservatives. I think this is in part because of the way she is living out the prolife credo. She sets a powerful and inspiring example. In part the excitement also derives from her stands against the corruption that has tarnished the Republican Party. It seemed unlikely that McCain’s vice presidential selection would at the same time excite party regulars and serve to attract independents, but it may well do so.

As testimony to that electrification, I reference Bruce’s update above. 🙂

UP-UP-UPDATE: Check below the “jump” for more commentary on this choice: (more…)

Obama Shows Sexist, Overblown Reaction to Palin Pick

Someone sounds desperate and childish…..

Barack Obama has run a very smart campaign but made one of its dumbest moves yet in response to John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin for veep.

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

This insider-Washington drivel from a campaign calling for change? This from the campaign of a guy whose foreign policy experience amounts to little more than a choreographed trip with reporters?

The McCain Campaign responds:

“It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President.  She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match.  Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’  Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.”Jill Hazelbaker, McCain Communications Director

Ouch, that has gotta hurt!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from Dan): How bone-headed is the Obama campaign. Its “first impulse” was to attack the first woman Governor tapped for a national ticket.  As ABCNews Jake Tapper (who so described the Obama campaign’s reaction) offers, “It was just yesterday McCain ran a TV ad congratulating Obama on his historic achievement.”

Watching Sarah Palin . . .

. . . I think it’s entirely possible John McCain hit a home run on this one (though this was not my initial reaction).

I’m getting a good feeling about this. Totally reinforces the presumptive GOP nominee’s maverick image, undercuts the Democratic attempt to tie our man to George W. Bush.

Do we gay Republicans have a new diva, a woman whom I define as a strong woman who commands the respect of men? Hope to meet her in St. Paul.

Well, John McCain Got His Headline

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:58 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

He taps Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot):  Woooooo hooooo!  Just as I couldn’t imagine me disliking the Obama ticket more after he picked Biden, I’m shocked to now find myself EXCITED about McCain’s pick and Vice President Sarah Palin.  I almost can’t believe that he has done it.

UP-UPDATE (from Dan). Blogger Stephen R. Maloney e-mailed me over a year ago (on July 31, 2007) pushing Palin for VP.  He sent me this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review piece heralding this feisty Republican woman as the “GOP’s beacon.

UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Howard Wolfson (from HIllary’s campaign) says she’ll shakeup the race.  And thinks it might blunt the bump Obama gets from the Democratic convention.  

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Hugh Hewitt calls this an “extraordinary choice.”  Read the whole thing.

McCain to Pick Colin Powell?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:55 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

I see Dan has his hopes on MN Gov. Pawlenty.   (IMHO, that is a yawner.)  But it just dawned on me that there might be a reason the announcement is in Dayton, Ohio today.

Did you know that the Colin Powell Leadership Academy — the only one in the country from what I can tell — is located in Dayton, Ohio?

Hmmmmm.

A McCain-Powell ticket would certainly hold much more experience and gravitas over Obama-Biden.  And Colin Powell could run circles around Barack Obama as to living the “promise of America.”  Powell did it with hard work, blood, sweat and tears — not by the 2008 Democrat Party’s affirmative action program.

I know, I’m dreaming….

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATED: Transcipt of Barack Obama’s
Convention Acceptance Speech

GP Ed. Note: This posting was originally published on April 26, 2008.   I thought it would be fun to re-post it today.

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DATELINE, Denver CO — August 28, 2008.  This is the unedited transcript of the acceptance speech given this evening by Democratic Party Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).

My fellow proper-thinking Americans and oppressed people of this nation — thank you.  You have spoken for change and we have delivered together.  For without change, we cannot have hope.  Without hope, there is no change.  When we get change we can lift up those bitter folks among us and rise to the promise of America.  The America that I observed from afar.

As we embrace this change together we must remember that we cannot challenge change for it is good.  Unity is most important for without unity, there is no hope; without hope, there is no change.  Without change there is no future.

So now I call on all Americans to ignore the past, ignore my past, ignore this nation’s history, ignore what has made this nation full of bitter and shallow people.   And rise up with me to the new Promised Land — the Federal Government.  Washington will be reclaimed by those of us who know better, who think better, who know you better than you know yourselves because we know that you know that you want change and change is hope.

Thank you for your nomination and I look forward to a spirited debate with Senator McCain so long as he doesn’t question my voting record, ethics, integrity, philosophy of governing, or the folks who have supported me and I grew up with.  Because if he does, it will be clear that the Republicans are devolving back to the policies of Jim Crow and all that it stands for.

Good night, and God Bless my campaign.

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Reactions to Senator Obama’s speech:

“That is the best political speech I have ever heard.  This man is a born leader.  He was specific, yet sweeping in his rhetoric.  America should be proud tonight.”  — Chris Matthews, MSNBC

“It was hard to watch this speech without being moved to tears.  I now fully understand why all those women fainted throughout the primary campaign.  I can’t go on.”  — Anderson Cooper, CNN

“How he could stand up there and accept the Democratic nomination and not call for Bush’s impeachment is beyond me.  This guy is a joke.  This country is a joke.  I’m a joke.” — Keith Olbermann, MSNBC

“Does anyone know what the hell Obama was talking about?” — Brit Hume, FOX News Channel

Hoping McCain Taps Pawlenty for VP

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:00 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

I had planned a post on McCain’s running mate in anticipation of this morning’s decision.  But, I write this as I head to bed in California, still needing to find a flight to Minneapolis.  And given the time difference we may well know the nominee before I wake up.

Unlike some Republicans, I wouldn’t be upset if the 2008 presumptive Republican presidential nominee tapped the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, Joe Lieberman.  Lieberman gets the most pressing issue facing our country at this time and would not waver in the War on Terror.  National interest trumps party loyalty for me.

While I wouldn’t be upset by Lieberman, I am rooting for Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who seems the best of the candidates most frequently mentioned.  He has been a pretty effective Governor, sometimes working with Democratic majorities in the state legislature, but frequently vetoing their spendthrift legislation.  And while he is pro-life, thus pleasing social conservatives, he does not walk in lockstep with the far right.  Indeed, while conservative, he is far from doctrinaire.

I have been impressed with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s performance in debates since I saw the exchange last January in New Hampshire.  Even after John McCain bested him in the Republican primaries, he has campaigned zealously on behalf of his one-time rival, handling tough questions from reporters with intelligence and grace.  He has a good command of the issues and would give Joe Biden a run for his money in the Vice-presidential debate.

But, there’s just something about him that doesn’t feel right.  I agree with Glenn Reynolds who writes, “Romney just feels wrong to me, I’m not sure why. He’s got a good resume and he seems like a nice guy, but he comes across as a bit plastic, the opposite of the “straight talk” brand, I guess.

None of the other candidates under consideration really leap out.  There seems to be a lot of speculation on the Corner that it’ll be Pawlenty.  That would make me happy and please Hugh Hewitt who says it’s either going to be the Minnesota Governor or the former Massachusetts Chief Executive.

It’s just too bad that the ideal candidate has the wrong last name for this election.

Obama’s Less-than-Soaring Liberal Boilerplate

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:18 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

In the few times I have watched Barack Obama speak, I’ve observed how well, like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, he responds to the audience. Perhaps because I’ve seen Reagan speak up close on more than one occasion and because of my great reverence for the man, I think he connected with any audience better than those two Democrats.

If the audience responded to a particular line, he would pause, smile or otherwise gesture as the rhetoric required and wait until the audience was ready for him to continue. The applause would reach its crescendo and begun to taper off before perhaps with a different tone or just renewed vigor, he would continue.

In such a manner did Barack Obama address the Democratic Convention four years ago. Tonight, while his voice remained as mellifluous as ever, he himself seemed rushed as if eager to finish the speech before the 11:00 newscasts on the East Coast.

Indeed, he talked right over the audience as they were applauding one of his best lines in the whole address:

I don’t know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as president of the United States.

It was a good way to address the most effective ad of the McCain campaign. He should have savored the moment, paused, let the audience roar its approval, then pick up again, perhaps repeating part of that passage.

(Maybe he realized he needed to slow down because he did allow for some dramatic pauses toward the end of the speech.)

It wasn’t just his rushed delivery, it was also his movement. He kept turning his head this way and that, not to address a particular person in the audience — or a particular section of the stadium, but as if a speech instructor had told him to look around the room as he spoke. It seemed he heeded the advice rather than follow his own instincts which tend to serve him well in such circumstances.

At times, he shouted his speech as if he felt that were the only way he could make himself heard in such a venue.  And, as I observed in posting my initial thoughts on the speech, he seemed, at times, very angry.

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Quiz for GayPatriot Readers

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:07 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,American History

In his speech tonight, Barack Obama referred to his party as “the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy.

Did he leave anyone out?

I mean, you know like the only Democrat save FDR to win two consecutive terms since Andrew Jackson?

Should McCain Delay VP Announcement?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:40 am - August 29, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

. . . in order to let people reflect more on Obama’s speech?