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On Pregnancies, Unexpected

I have to admire the Palins.

Whatever else you wish to say of them, they live by their beliefs. While many of us like to talk about being pro-life, few of us are ever put into a position where we really have to make a decision on the matter.

Here you have two women, mother and daughter, both choosing to carry babies to term under very difficult circumstances. 

I did not think Palin was the most strategic choice for McCain. I don't think she's terribly experienced in national politics. But if there's one thing you can say for her, her family is clearly one of a moral integrity that is all too rare in our society.

The Ayers Ad

The new ad coming out today about the Obama-Ayers connection got me wondering about who the sponsoring group is, and about what it was Obama had originally said. So, I did some poking around and this is what I found:

The ad is not produced by the McCain campaign. It was funded by the "American Issues Project" The AIP is an independent group, co-chaired by Ed Falior, former senior advisor to McCain. It's a brand new 501(c)4, a non-profit not required to disclose its donors. The group spent $3 million on the ad.

It took some determination, but I found the full quote from which two words were used in the ad. The quote is not originally from Obama; Obama was quoting journalist Alexander Cockburn. The original quote reads as follows:

“Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn became respectable fixtures in mainstream liberal Chicago years ago.”

~ Alex Cockburn, 3/2/2008, quote used on Obama's website as of 6/10/2008, since removed.


Obama's team, responding to the ad, tried to implicitly change the subject back to McCain and his houses:

"The fact that John McCain dispatched his paid consultant to launch this despicable ad from a so-called independent committee shows how desperate he is to change the subject from his shocking disconnect with the economic struggles of the American people."

One helluva deficit

So the results are in and we have a loser...the taxpayers. Yes, the White House administration has completed its 2009 fiscal estimates and Bush is expected to leave us with a record-high deficit of 482 billion dollars. That is, if you're keeping score at home, $1600.00 for every man, woman, and child in America; in addition to the $32,000 each of us already owes to the existing debt.

Bush's record $482 bn deficit surpasses the nation's previous two high-water marks, set in 2004 and 2008 -- both also under the Bush administration.

To state the obvious, this is not a sustainable fiscal policy. No one would suggest that any one of us run our households this way: spending as fast as possible while simultaneously decreasing income. People often ask why I - a Republican - would refuse to support my party's candidate. Well, McCain has done little to convince me that he'll do anything other than continue his predecessor's fiscal habits. And when you look at numbers like these, do you really even have to ask?

Paul's New Direction

So Ron Paul officially ends one campaign while kicking off another.

Today he launched the "Campain for Liberty," an organization dedicated to:

  1. Promoting candidates for public office who share our commitment to freedom.
  2. Gaining a foothold in political life at every level of government by expanding our precinct leader program.
  3. Educating the electorate and lobbying against harmful or unconstitutional legislation.
  4. Encouraging the formation of discussion groups and book clubs at the local level to help people learn more about our ideas.
  5. Establishing a speakers bureau to give presentations around the country about the great principles we champion.
  6. Developing materials for homeschooling families, to help them educate their children in history, sound economics, and related fields.
  7. Featuring written as well as video commentaries on the news and issues of the day.


To me what will determine the level of success of Paul's organization will be the extent to which he and his group's leadership are willing to integrate their core principles with the reality of 21st century American government. Paul had found quite a following over the last nine months, and his overarching message is one that now appeals to many right-wingers. But he ran almost an absurdist campaign based on infeasible, unrealistic policies. And of course he did so to make a point about the state of right-wing politics. But in order to effect real change, he'll have to take a more realistic approach to turning the right back towards its roots.

Citizens for McCain

The news out of the McCain camp today...the launching of a new organization specifically to encourage non-partisan support for McCain. The group is to be chaired by...who else...Senator Joe Lieberman.

My favorite part:

Tell Us About Yourself

Political/Campaign Experience
If so please describe:
Role with Clinton Campaign
If so please describe:

 So, "our" man McCain continues to cozy up to the left and now Clinton supporters in particular. Is there any love for the right? Since when did conservative voters become chopped liver? I had originally thought McCain would go with a conservative (or at least a faux conservative) VP, but now I'm wondering if he's not just going to go middle-of-the-road all the way and hope to score the win with help from Hillary's fans.



Obama's map

This is interesting. These are the bragging rights posted at Obama's site:

states won/lost by obama

The lighter states were won by Obama, the darker states won by Clinton. Look at that huge dark swath from the Great Lakes west to the Mississippi. That's really phenomenal.

Now, I'm the first to admit that using Obama's performance against a member of his own party to project a performance against McCain would be logically unsound. However, it's fair to say at the very least that this is a weak area for him. We know from exit polls that this area of the country in particular is worried about the economy above all else. I wouldn't be surprised to she Obama choose a VP with economic credentials and ties to this part of the country.

California Marriage Amendment Makes Ballot

The California sanctity-of-marriage amendment qualified for the November ballot today. This is the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Traditional wisdom is that the presence of this on the ballot will result in a huge boost to GOP turnout in the state. And if Obama continues to fare as poorly with Hispanics as he has, California could be a possible W for McCain this fall.

Hillary heckler makes a prediction


I posted yesterday that the DNC, for its own sake, needed to accomplish two objectives at its rules meeting yesterday: 1) satisfy the two states, and 2) satisfy the two candidates' camps of voters. Well, by halving the vote-counts of both delegations and by essentially reassigning some of Hillary's pledged Michigan delegates to Obama, it appears the committee failed to do the latter. In fact, many Hillary supporters seem more incensed than ever.

Take Ms. Harriet Christian, for example:


In her last 15 seconds she makes a decent point, though. With the Hillary camp as disaffected as it still is, if McCain can just hold off a third-party spoiler, he can capitalize on this discord and win the election.



<Note to TNR powers that be -- can we embed youtube videos? pretty pretty please?>



the letter

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