As a recovering elected official, I’ve been watching the Presidential (and other) race(s) closely. Actually I served as the Mayor of small town in Colorado…kind of like a community organizer, except with some actual responsibility.
Each day, I’ll get my start with Www.realclearpolitics.com and www.townhall.com and www.politico.com, plus the Weekly Standard and National Review on Line. Various pundits, columnists, polling data and video clips of the day, will get me off to a good start on the daily campaign chatter.
Sarah Palin was a very good pick by Senator McCain, and the liberal media (NYT, big three TV, AP & Time) totally over reacted and blew their “balanced coverage” facade (which was already left leaning, but now the MSM has fallen into leftist hands as their propaganda organs). Obviously the Main Stream Media (MSM) thought Palin was a good pick (and needed to be defined in their liberal MSM terms). This viewpoint is based on the MSM atom bomb approach to disable the newly minted conservative VP before she could define herself with US voters. It is now very clear that the national press (MSM) is in the tank for Obama, and they will trash the GOP ticket at every chance they have (which is now being done on the 24/7 basis). Some of the unfounded rumors and over reaching media bias towards Gov Palin is ridiculous.... and in my opinion is helping the GOP, because the average person is saying, “Wait a minute, this is an emerging woman leader and Governor isn’t getting a fair shake”.
And the Democratic VP nominee, US Senator Joe Biden, is Mr. Gaffe extraordinaire. As the golden-tongued senior Senator on the Democratic ticket, he is a sound bite machine, with a disdain for historical accuracy. Let’s see, FDR as president on TV dealing with the Depression? President want to be Biden was only a decade and a major technology away from the truth! More history in the remaking by our US Senator from the teeny tiny state of Delaware. If president-elect Obama was looking for change, Biden’s role in the “Change ticket” is apparently to keeping changing the stories daily. McCain clearly made the better VP choice, and he looked to the future in selecting a proven reformer and Governor with a record on energy, cutting spending and actually leading a state as the chief elected executive.
Colorado is a battleground state this year, so we are getting pounded by ads, mostly negative and from out of state 527 groups just carpet bombing the state with “over the top” TV and radio ads. Do the 527’s or campaigns really think that anyone is listening? Maybe the money could be better spent on helping orphans around the world?
Only 40 days to go, and it is getting interesting. McCain’s decision to suspend on the campaign Thursday (9/26) and head back to Washington (and try to actually get something done) shows his leadership. Obama was trying to figure out what to do, but apparently rolling up his sleeves to actually get something done in Wash DC, was taking a back seat to debate prep and press conferences! Then, when he and the Obama advisors realized that “debate prep in Florida” was not exactly the “Change We can Believe in”, they were relieved that that President Bush gave them a call to head back to Washington for some actual work. For all the Dems whining about “injecting Presidential politics into the massive bailout debate”, both Obama and McCain are sitting US Senators, and in my opinion, they should weigh into the “massive bailout” debate as the emerging leaders of their respective parties. The Dem majority and a weakened “lame duck” president need supervision in Washington, prior to screwing up the present financial mess up even worst than it is now!
We’ll see what the big economic summit in Washington DC brings today.