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Well hurraaaa for the first African/American candidate for president, interesting that it has to be the Democratic party the first to bring a Woman and a Black man as candidates. GOP still as rich [male] and white corporate as it can be.
Now is not over and taking into consideration the bigotry that still plagues our nation I will not rule out that some of the delegates will not feel comfortable with Obama. So we will have to wait and see. While many countries as voiced support for Obama as a candidate Israel is not so supportive. But then again Israel only support is for US to fight their wars.
There are plenty of reasons to oppose Obama. I, for one, don't want Uncle Sam to get in to the health care business.
The environmentalist regs that are proposed by Dems would result in higher taxes at a point when we don't need higher taxes. I dislike the idea of using taxes to change social behavior. Legal reform is one thing. Taxation as a form of social engineering is just not cool.
A lot of people are going to be seriously honked off at President Obama when he reneges on his promise of a total Iraq pullout. Even he will be surprised to see that the world looks "different" when you are actually the President.
I know that Don has a background in the insurance biz, so let's look at one more factor. If enough of us decided to play it safe and take that check, national GDP falls like a rock. For some of us, that check is actually a pay increase. For other, the loss in pay is offset by the medical and all the spare time they have.
Giving in to the temptation of social medicine and the enhanced welfare programs that would follow, ultimately leads to a managed economy. Managed economies lack spontaneity and the ability to innovate. the collapse of the Soviet Union made that point, and today's EU continues to make that point rather provocatively.
Don and I have had this discussion before, so he's not going to see anything new here. We're just gonna have to agree to disagree. Even so, I hope this is food for thought.
I am going stand by the notion that the Republicans are going to lose out on the issue of health care and thus most likely lose the White House. Doing hardly anything on the home front due to the fact that Bush was overwhelmed by events in Iraq should come back to haunt the Republicans. On another note could Hillary not still flip the Superdelegates at the convention in her favour? There may be one more twist left in the game.
IMO at least Hillary wont come out and formally say that she is dropping out of the race kind of like the US has gotten involved in conflicts post WW2 without formally declaring war. Hillary will want to leave the door ajar for the Superdelegates to switch to her side. As has already been noted if this takes place she will owe some massive favours.
If Barack Obama does not choose Hillary Clinton to be his running mate, it'll mean a vast improvement in the odds for John McCain. I understand Don's point about Romney, but I disagree. Obama and Clinton have it in them to make peace, if they so desire it. Romney and McCain do not have the desire or the will to make peace for the sake of political power. Both are driven ideologues, who would not make that compromise.
Here's my official prediction: Edwards for VP!
Senator Clinton suspended her campaign . . Her words and body language made it clear she wasn't going to be Obama's running mate. That's important because it means two things. 1) She doesn't actually "endorse" Obama. 2) It allows her to keep her State delegates in play, which she will use during the convention. A closer study suggests to me she's hoping that he will lose to McCain.
In general terms, the Clintons are vindictive. Yeah, hah ,hah. I know. Show me a politician who isn't. Even so, Bill and Hillary excel at the pay back.
Hold on, and let me explain. Obama's people are going to tell him that he can't risk having Hillary as his VP because . . she'll overshadow him. So, what does he do? He chooses somebody whom he CAN control (or work with). Who can Obama work with without being over shadowed? He needs to pick another novice, or somebody who is not going to mind playing the role of Vice President.
[BUT] He can't pick another novice. He'd be crucified by his own party and the Republicans would tear him apart. His defeat would be painful and ignominious. His best choices would be, a) John Edwards, or b) Bill Richardson. Both have a high profile, but neither of them eclipses Barack Obama. Here's my official prediction: Edwards for VP.
That sounds like a 50-50 coin toss .. until .. you realize that Obama NEEDS a white Southerner on his ticket if he wants to win. It's no secret that many in Obama's camp hold Edwards in low regard. Rumor has it that Obama himself has a few choice words to describe Edwards.
Why is that gamble worth taking? Because the next four years are going to be Economic Hell . . it's likely that anyone who lacks the will power to "rule" ends up as a one term President. Barack Obama has one thing in common with John McCain in that both men are prone to moments of indecision when the stress meter gets pegged. One will be painted as indecisive due to his youth, the other will be painted as such due to his age. I don't care for Hillary, but neither she or Bill are known for their dithering.
Months ago, in this thread, I said that it was possible for Obama to win his party's nomination, and still lose the general election. His choice of running mate will prove me write, or wrong.
Gov Tim Kaine’s career of public service began when he took a year off from law school to volunteer with missionaries in Honduras. He served as the principal of a small Catholic school that taught teenagers basic carpentry and welding skills.
Gov Kaine practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, representing people who had been denied housing opportunities because of their race or disability. He won many precedent-setting cases in this area and was recognized by local, state and national organizations for his fair-housing advocacy. Kaine taught legal ethics for six years at the University of Richmond Law School.
Gov Kaine entered political life in 1994 and was elected to four terms on the City Council, including two terms as Richmond’s mayor, where he worked to build new schools, cut taxes and slashed the city’s crime rate. Richmond’s success in reducing violent crime won national recognition from Pres Bush and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Under Kaine Richmond earned its first-ever listing in Forbes Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 10 cities in America for doing business.
Gov Kaine was elected Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor in 2001. He worked for four years with Gov Mark Warner to reform the state’s budget and invest new resources in education. Gov Kaine has been elected to become Chairman of the Southern Governors Association in the summer of 2008.
Short BIO: Birth Date: February 26, 1958; Birth Place: St. Paul, MN. Undergrad Degree: University of Missouri, 1979; Law School Degree: Harvard, 1983; Family: Married to Anne Holton; three children - Nat, Woody, and Annella; Religion: Catholic; Party: Democrat. www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/biography.cfm