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Originally posted by xpert11
My reference to Fox News zombies refers to the popcorn chewing viewers who don't question what Fox News tells them.
Setting aside any doubt about his presidential aspirations, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced Wednesday he would seek the GOP presidential nomination.
McCain, who has had a presidential exploratory committee, made the declaration on the "Late Show with David Letterman," taped earlier Wednesday.
Tom Ridge on Wednesday endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of several candidates for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination. Ridge is a former governor of Pennsylvania, which has lots of convention delegates, and, maybe more to the point, he's the former head of the Department of Homeland Security.
So when does an endorsement matter? When it's a surprise because it comes from an unlikely source. For example, if Bill Clinton were to back Barack Obama, that would be a pretty big deal.
posted by xpert11
Update: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced on the Wednesday "Late Show with David Letterman" he would seek the GOP presidential nomination.
Tom Ridge endorsed Arizona Sen. McCain, one of several candidates for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination. Ridge is a former governor of Pennsylvania, which has lots of convention delegates, and, maybe more to the point, he's the former head of the Department of Homeland Security. [Edited by Don W]
“Iraq, abortion and campaign finance reform.” McCain has said several times the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years . . the senator said Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the "worst" defense secretaries in history. The price we are paying is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously. McCain had complained that Rumsfeld never put enough troops on the ground to succeed in Iraq.
McCain recently said Roe vs. Wade should be overturned, referring to the 1973 Roe v. Wade SC decision that gave women the right to have an abortion.
McCain's fund-raising will likely be closely watched. According to the Post story of February 11, FEC campaign and IRS records show several of McCain's finance co-chairmen have given or raised large donations for political parties or 527 groups. have given at least $13.5 million in 527 donations to McCain since 1998.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
New Gingrich has been skulking around in the shadows for a while now. If he thinks that none of the candidates have their act in gear, he might jump in.
posted by Julian Oldham
Giuliani's formidable poll numbers make it important to remember the majority of voters no longer trust the Republican "brand" . . I wouldn't be surprised Newt's battle plan involves cashing in on Rudy's nostalgia potential, as well as his own. I've been right about everything else, so let's move on to another minor miracle. The House and Senate are gearing up for a budget battle. President bush has submitted a 2.9 trillion dollar budget for FY 2008. Where do the conservative candidates need to stand on this?
posted by xpert11
Beyond what I have already said on this thread the budget needs to put into terms that people can understand. Most people cant comprehend spending a billion little alone a trillion dollars. It has nothing to do with IQ when people bring home the average wage there mind isn't geared to spending more then a number with three figures next to it.
For example a Republican candidate could say. It costs $30,000 a term to educate a child in the public school system. $25,000 goes to Federal bureaucrats . [Edited by Don W]
posted by Justin Oldham
When I worked for a Senator, it was h-a-r-d to get anyone in D.C. to admit costs. This happens when bureaucrats try to hide from official scrutiny, I can suggest : a) Watch dog groups to make better use of FOIA. b) Agencies need to have transparency laws to encourage cost disclosure. c) The OMB needs budget disclosure guidelines that will make the actual documents easier to read by the average person. Agencies have people on staff who do nothing but read the budget. Until bureaucrats are required to come clean about what things actually cost, you won't see any headway on this . . experience shows budgeted costs and actual costs are not the same . . Until they are, we the taxpayers will always get shafted. [Edited by Don W]
posted by Justin Oldham
It's true . . political appointees drive the agenda . . I am in full agreement that civic minded appointees would result in positive reforms. Even so, the civil service has to be held accountable. [Edited by Don W]
I am a former Federal civil servant. Late in my career, I had limited spending authority . . under budget was not acceptable when it denied my superiors or co-workers the opportunity to line their pockets. The same culture of corruption that infects civil service also poisons American politics.
Having said all this, I'd like to tie it in with my earlier question to the panel. As the economy turns downward in the second half of this year, what will the conservative Presidential candidates need to advocate?
[Fed Chairman] Bernanke's strategy seems to be one of trying to outrun inflation. His Fed policies have the government printing more money and lying about the 'real' rates of inflation. All the conservative insiders in DC already know the economy will tank on the Democrat's watch and they like it enough to stay quiet. Even if they lose in '08, they would be well positioned for 2012.
This is not a trick question, but it has the feel of one . . because . . it's a matter of choosing individual tactics over party tactics. What says you? [Edited by Don W]
posted by Justin Oldham
I suppose we're going to have to agree to disagree on the civil servant thing ,but you do bring up another good point. From where I sit, the current party structure seems to have broken down. Would you mind elaborating on your points about '64 and '68? I think the history lesson might be useful here. Party leadership has a very strong effect on the candidates, and it's not always obvious to the outsider. As we ponder what today's candidates might need to do for the win, we shouldn't forget how things used to be done, and how we got started to the point that we find ourselves today. [Edited by Don W]