I feel much better about John McCain’s chances of winning after what happened on Thursday and Friday. First, all the hype over Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. We saw how that worked on his “rock star” trip to Europe, didn’t we? Heck, even FOX News ran a picture of him with the lights behind his head forming a halo! Since what I wrote on Thursday, I have decided that the “Greek temple” looked the most like the Oracle at Delphi, because it had a curved colonnade. Monica Crowley wrote a column yesterday where she suggested that McCain show the contrast between him and Obama, by making his acceptance speech while sitting on a plain wooden stool — and without a teleprompter.
And yesterday McCain put out an ad congratulating Obama on his nomination. There’s some sportsmanship you don’t often see in elections these days. Can anyone imagine the moonbats producing something like this?
Even better was the news that McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. I spent a good part of yesterday reading and listening to the radio to find out who Sarah Palin is; so far everything I am hearing is good. As late as yesterday morning, I was expecting the pick to be a former opponent like Mitt Romney, so this is a pleasant surprise. It turns out she is a real Reaganesque conservative, whose pro-life and pro-Second Amendment stands cannot be questioned, and a former beauty contestant as well. And smart, too. Last night on TV she appeared in an interview where she showed she knows more about the oil & gas industry than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who sent Congress on vacation earlier this month to avoid voting on offshore drilling, in order to “save the planet.” For example, recently she signed a deal with the Canadians to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to Alberta, meaning more gas for us. It looks like McCain made a choice that’s both safe and exciting at the same time. Palin is certainly going to put less strain on our eyes and ears than Obama’s VP choice, Joe Biden.
Finally, if McCain is looking to lure over some of the 18 million who voted for Hillary Clinton, Palin will do it, and some liberals may even switch, in spite of her all-American image. You may have heard that the Hillary supporters have a group called PUMA (Party Unity My Ass), and they’re mad that Obama didn’t even consider Hillary as a running mate. If enough of these so-called “soccer moms” go over to the Republicans, it’s all over for Obama. This banner, seen on the PUMA website, suggests it will happen:
I only see two problems for the Republican campaign at this stage. First, Palin’s toughest part will be the vice presidential debate with “seasoned” Joe Biden. She was only nine years old when Biden went to Congress (and Obama was eleven!), so you can bet your last dollar that Biden with use that advantage in experience. And even if Biden doesn’t win, he’s going to make it look like he won, by taking seventeen minutes to answer a question that most of us can answer in one minute.
The other problem is Hurricane Gustav, which is now a Category 3 storm, and could even be a 4 by the time it hits Louisiana. The current track doesn’t have the eye hitting New Orleans, but even a near miss can be devastating; the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over Lake Pontchartrain, and look how much damage that caused! Because we all remember the political stink that came after Katrina, Gustav is going to affect or even postpone the Republican convention, though it’s located in Minnesota, supposedly a safe distance away. Yesterday morning I heard that Louisiana’s new Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, canceled his keynote speech so he can be at the scene of the disaster.
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I was leaning toward McCain, after he came out for offshore drilling and he won the Saddleback debate. The Palin choice probably settled it for me, as well as for many others who thought McCain wasn’t conservative enough. A few months ago, Ann Coulter suggested that conservatives get drunk before voting, so they can pull the Republican lever without feeling guilty about it. Thanks, Ann, but that won’t be necessary anymore. I won’t even need one of those bumper stickers that say “Cthulhu/Nyarlahotep ’08, why vote for a lesser evil?”
As for Obama, here are the “issues” I currently have with him and his campaign. If any of his supporters are reading this, could they kindly explain how he can be qualified to become president, with all of this baggage?
1. Obama supports infanticide.
2. His supporters include notorious anti-Semites like Hamas and the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.
3. Wife thinks America is a mean country.
4. Sat in an America-hating, racist “church” for 20 years.
5. Bought a $1.2 million house in Chicago, thanks to convicted slumlord Tony Rezko.
6. Thinks Clarence Thomas is not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.
7. Is friends with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.
8. Birth certificate, and thus American citizenship, is questionable.
9. Comes across as the black American candidate, when he’s really half-white, was raised by white grandparents, and sent to the most prestigious (read: expensive) private school in Hawaii.
10. As for the black part, his father was not descended from American slaves, but from Arab slavers in East Africa; that’s where Barack got his Arabic first, middle and last names.
11. Attended schools in Indonesia where he was listed as a “Muslim.”
12. Has never held a management position in his life.
13. Voted “Present” 130 times while in the Illinois state legislature.
14. Was called a constitutional law professor when, in fact, he was a lecturer.
15. Claims he is qualified because he was a community organizer. According to leftist writer Saul Alinsky, “community organizer” is a codeword for “revolutionary.”
16. Has the thinnest resume of any presidential candidate in my lifetime.
17. Claims to have visited 57 out of 60 states.
18. Said that Memorial Day honors those who have fallen for the country, including some folks sitting in his audience right now.
19. Wants to increase federal spending by almost a trillion dollars, but won’t help his half-brother, who is living in a Nairobi slum on less than $1 a month.
20. The mainstream media’s love affair with him. Like I said before, maybe the godless Left is looking for a Messiah, but I already have one; I’m looking for a new president.
Did I leave anything out?