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Cindy McCain: STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience. McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here. I lived in New Hampshire for over a decade.  Right next to … Read More

Praying For Rain

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Funny. Here’s a video from last week of Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family encouraging people to pray to God to send "rain of biblical proportions" to ruin the Democrat’s big night in Denver.  Now, with Gustav bearing down on Louisiana and ruining the GOP convention, I think God has indeed sent a message… … to Shepard. Heh.

The Women-Vote-Getting Gambit Fails

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First polls on Palin show women aren’t drawn to her: The first national polls on John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin yesterday came out today from Rasmussen and Gallup — and contrary to what the GOP probably hoped, she scored less well with women than men. Here’s a finding from Gallup: Among Democratic women — including those who may be … Read More

Palin On Iraq

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From a March 2007 interview: ABM: We’ve lost a lot of Alaska’s military members to the war in Iraq. How do you feel about sending more troops into battle, as President Bush is suggesting? Palin: I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new … Read More


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The buzz this morning is that McCain has picked 44 year old Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket for the White House in November.  In fact, CNN just went with the story minutes ago. Never heard of her?  Me neither. But already, I see a problem. McCain is, in case you haven’t noticed, … Read More

My $0.02 On The Obama Speech

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Wow. I had high expectations for Obama’s acceptance speech.  I wasn’t worried about him meeting those expectations, but I never — never — thought he would exceed them. I knew he would have lofty rhetoric about "politics as usual" and finding common ground among the diverse political views of the nation, especially his appeal to independents and Republicans (for example, … Read More

Sad To Say, This Was Inevitable

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From Denver: Denver’s U.S. attorney is expected to speak on Tuesday afternoon about the arrests of four people suspected in a possible plot to shoot Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges. One of those suspects spoke exclusively to CBS4 investigative reporter Brian Maass from inside the … Read More

Half-Watching-The-Convention Blogging

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Random thoughts as they occur to me about Day 1 of the DNC convention: *  I’m just (half)watching the live stream.  Can’t stand the commenters and pundits on CNN and MSNBC. *  Love the band.  Doing lots of Earth Wind & Fire *  Nancy Pelosi really is a poor speaker.  Plastic, stumbling, maudlin. *  Wow.  They really gave the shaft … Read More

McCain Doesn’t Know How Many Houses He Has

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Seriously. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own. "I think — I’ll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you." Very VERY quick response from the Obama camp…. Actually, I … Read More

Thoughts About Biden As VP

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*  Lots of foreign policy experience.  This is good except that Obama has made hay of the argument that "experience" necessarily means one is right.  After all, Biden voted in favor of the Iraq invasion; Obama didn’t.  Obama was right; Biden wasn’t.  So bringing Biden on board for his "experience" seems to make Obamma’s lack of experience seem more like … Read More