Monthly Archives: July 2008

No 3 to See Today, Big Obama Piece Friday

No 3 to See today.  Big things did happen however.  The Presidential campaign is turning ugly fast and there are race cards a’flighen’.  I am preparing a fairly long post on Barack Obama.  But not just his policies, his character.  For a preview, read these two articles…

Wash. Post, Dana Milbank HERE.

NYT, Jodi Kantor HERE.

That’s tomorrow.



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3 to See: Celebrity Edition!!!

  Okay, suddenly the ’08 race has turned to Hollywood.  Here’s your 3 to See.

#1- Obama-wood

John McCain has another negative ad on Barack Obama today.  This time, he compares him with other intellectuals like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.  He then hits him on gas prices and his opposition to offshore drilling.

Again, this ad highlights Obama’s messiah-like obsession by Europe.  This ad is completely true.  I’ve seen lately that McCain is finally hitting Obama on his frankly, ludicrous (see #2) policies.  It’s a welcome change from the “I’m running a positive campaign” pledge.  The Obama camp responded with humor as well…

“On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, ‘Oops! He did it again.’ Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest challenges we face. “

Ha, Ha. 

#2-The Obama Rap

Well, I thought it might happen.  And…it did… (mild content warning)

Aside from insulting Hillary Clinton and McCain, this is a normal Ludacris rap.  There’s not much I can say on this other than a prediction: A growing consensus will accuse McCain supporters and/or McCain himself of being racist.  For the record, I have no problem with a black President, I just don’t want this black male to be President. 

Here’s my personal story, I put up a Youtube video isolating Obama saying “but…but…but…” just for comedic purposes.  Some comments on that video became very bigoted and racist and I took the video down.  I think you have plenty of things to criticize Obama over (like his policies), so dipping down to that level doesn’t help either side in this political race.

#3-Bush= Truman?

From Prospect Magazine.

The premise of the piece is that President Bush will be seen as a Harry Truman-type President.  I came to that conclusion a few months ago when I was thinking about the subject.  Usually, my criteria for judging Presidents is that there must be at least twenty years between the Presidents time in office and now.  that would end with Reagan today.  Of those 40 presidents, here are my top five…

       1. Abe Lincoln

       2.  George Washington

       3. Ronald Reagan

       4. FDR (Mostly for WWII)

       5. Teddy Roosevelt

I don’t know where Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43 will stand in twenty years.  But I could see President Bush being a Truman-like President.  He is faced with a new war and sets a policy for it that many think is a failure.  But after about forty years, people remember him as a great President.  This is what Bush believes of himself, that he will be vindicated in the window of history.

So, there you have it.  See you tomorrow.  Go Cardinals.


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3 to See Returns!!!-Obama tour recap, Veeps

After my absence, I’m back with your 3 to see for July 29, 2008.

#1-Tour Recap

So Barack Obama finished up his world tour and the verdict is in…mixed.  The trip obviously had the plus of him being seen next to leaders and visiting the war zone.  He also had numerous photo-ops and great campaign material to last him through November.  However, there were negatives.  One of which being that the trip was too hyped.  It was so over-hyped that it was impossible to meet the grandiose expectations.  Along with that, his meetings with all those leaders could be seen, put next to his personal Presidential seal, as arrogant.  People may see it as to presumptuous, and thus, cocky.  While the trip did not produce a huge bombshell mistake, there were a share of small blunders that the McCain camp can capitalize on.  One being the site of his Berlin speech (again, too presidential), another being his interviews (egged on by the blogosphere) were pretty tough and Obama got noticeably annoyed and displeased with the vary media he expected to be bowing down to him.  The third is his non-trip to see wounded troops in a German hospital.  The Pentagon forbade Obama from bringing photographers or campaign staff inside.  This prevented yet another photo-op and Obama just said no completely and instead, played some B-ball at the gym.  McCain should and has already bashed Obama on that.  Overall, the trip hasn’t yet shown a poll bounce.  The national polls remain within the margin of error, and some of the state polls are shifting to toss-ups.  The Karl Rove count on Fox News Sunday was that Obama is losing ground in the upper-Midwest, like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  So the easy answer on the trip is mixed, which translates to, “We’ll see”.

#2-Mucho Veepstakes-McCain

Updates from the McCain search: After the false rumor of an announcement last week, here’s another, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota IS the choice.  Oh, but wait, yet another source claims it’s down to two men… T-Paw and Mitt Romney (to quote Hotair “Two nondescript Republican white guys enter, one nondescript Republican white guy leaves”).  If that is true, then I’d want Romney, for reasons I’ve already laid out.  On the timing, most believe that McCain will announce late, presumably after Obama’s pick to get attention off of Obama.  And if the source is true, then McCain won’t throw the long ball with his pick.  So, for the umpteenth year in a row, the Republicans will have two white men on the ticket, thus ceding the electoral equality card to the Democrats.

#3-Mucho, Mucho Veepstakes-Obama

Obama’s saga has reached a fever pitch as well.  While the never mentioned Bill Bradely took his name out of consideration, One name has floated to the top, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.  Popular, semi-southern state, toss-up state, Governor.  Bill Kristol lined up a date, time, and place for the Kaine announcement on FNS.

So to wrap up, the phrase of the day is “We’ll see”.


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3 to See: July 22, 2008

Today, the Obama tour, and Veepstakes aplenty.

#1-Possible Big Veepstakes News

First Reported by Robert Novak, John McCain may announce his running mate this week.  Then says that he may have been fooled by McCain’s team to put the Senator in the news during Barack Obama’s trip.  He says we’ll have to wait and find out.  I’ve discussed the Veepstakes a lot, however, while my prediction is Romney, there were other stories from My Way News, and Time’s “The Page” that fuels the speculation.

#2-More Veeps

Fueled by Time

This article sites Michigan congresswoman, who said that Former Senators Edwards and Nunn are on Obama’s vetting list.  So for my in depth look at Obama’s possible ticket-mates, I would laugh if Edwards got it again, because it would so simple to just recycle all of the jokes I saw four years ago.  Nunn is almost as old as McCain and a foreign policy czar like McCain.  He has however expressed his dislike towards homosexuals, which may nix his nomination.  Sen. Chris Dodd said he was vetted, but his recent banking problems may stop his nod.  It’s funny how the candidates that I would think are definite no-no’s, always get the most press speculation.  I guess that’s how it goes.



The reality tour continues as Sen. Obama is interviewed tonight by Katie Couric.  A portion of the interview from The Page, here.  Couric apparently hammers Obama on the surge, which he still doesn’t support, even after it’s completed and has worked.  It seems like the press is now throwing some token jabs at Obama after many conservatives pointed out their blatant bias (i.e. New York Times).  The McCain camp sees it too and goes after the press in this ad/web video…

Citing the infamous Chris Mathews thrilling leg tingle, this ad makes the point in a short concise manner.

Well, there you have it.  I’ll out of town Wednesday through Monday.  So let’s hope McCain doesn’t pick his VP before then. 


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3 to See: July 21, 2008

Drum roll please………………………………………

The Obama world tour is underway and unlike Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Charlie Gibson, I’m covering this reality tour from the comfort of my own sweltering, 100 degree hometown of St. Louis.

Obama has already been to Afghanistan and is in Iraq now, but….

#1- Victory Column Speech

From the IHT.

After getting a the thumbs down on the Brandenburg Gate, Barack Obama now wants to have his Germany rally at the Victory Column.  However, Germans are uneasy because they feel it brings back bad memories for Germans and is a “unhappy symbol” as it recalls Germany’s prior militarism.  Bottom line, I think Obama is giving us another example of being the world’s President rather than America’s President.  He is doing this grandiose tour of war zones and European allies, with media flocking behind, to show off his “world” support.  Why else hold a campaign rally in Berlin?  Obama is beloved by much of the world and he is taking full advantage of it.  This brings back memories of when Al Gore went overseas and went on a Dean-like tirade against Pres. Bush.  We’ll see if Obama can keep his emotions in check.

#2-I Thought the New York Times was Fair and Balanced?

Well, shockingly, no.

From Drudge.

After Barack Obama had an editorial published in the old gray lady, John McCain asked if he could have a rebuttal.  The Times responded by rejecting McCain’s draft saying it needs to “mirror Senator Obama’s piece”.  You mean mirror his opinion right?  Of course that’s what former Clinton speechwriter, and Op-ed editor David Shipley wants.  If you ever doubted the Times’ media bias, look no further than this dandy.  And if by some off chance you are still paying for this toilet paper-like garbage, this is yet another reason to cancel your subscription.  It’s not like I looked to the New York Times for fair coverage, but this is just blatant bias that is inexcusable.

However, on a side note, I have to give credit where credit is due.  NBC actually interviewed McCain in the midst of Obama’s trip.  Here it is… HERE.

 #3- Gov. Jindal kind of, sort of out as VP

On Morning Joe, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said “I’m not going to be Vice-President”.  Now that’s not quite shermanesque, but it’s close enough for me.  I don’t think he’s right for McCain anyway.  He is literally twice his age.  Plus Jindal has the ability to turn Louisiana politics around which is a stepping stone for a White house run in 2012 or 2016.  Picking him this early jeopardizes his shot then.  By the way, I’d love to see a Jindal/Palin ticket in 2012 or 2016, as I mention on Friday.

There you go.  Come back tomorrow for more of the Obama world reality tour coverage.


Wait… one more thing.  Reinforcing my fairness since the New York Times wouldn’t publish McCain’s op-ed, I will below.  And to you Obama fans here’s his HERE.

The McCain piece as submitted… (from Drudge Report)

In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.” Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of hope, but considerable hard work remains to consolidate our fragile gains.Progress has been due primarily to an increase in the number of troops and a change in their strategy. I was an early advocate of the surge at a time when it had few supporters in Washington. Senator Barack Obama was an equally vocal opponent. “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there,” he said on January 10, 2007. “In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

Now Senator Obama has been forced to acknowledge that “our troops have performed brilliantly in lowering the level of violence.” But he still denies that any political progress has resulted.

Perhaps he is unaware that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has recently certified that, as one news article put it, “Iraq has met all but three of 18 original benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress.” Even more heartening has been progress that’s not measured by the benchmarks. More than 90,000 Iraqis, many of them Sunnis who once fought against the government, have signed up as Sons of Iraq to fight against the terrorists. Nor do they measure Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s new-found willingness to crack down on Shiite extremists in Basra and Sadr City—actions that have done much to dispel suspicions of sectarianism.

The success of the surge has not changed Senator Obama’s determination to pull out all of our combat troops. All that has changed is his rationale. In a New York Times op-ed and a speech this week, he offered his “plan for Iraq” in advance of his first “fact finding” trip to that country in more than three years. It consisted of the same old proposal to pull all of our troops out within 16 months. In 2007 he wanted to withdraw because he thought the war was lost. If we had taken his advice, it would have been. Now he wants to withdraw because he thinks Iraqis no longer need our assistance.

To make this point, he mangles the evidence. He makes it sound as if Prime Minister Maliki has endorsed the Obama timetable, when all he has said is that he would like a plan for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops at some unspecified point in the future.

Senator Obama is also misleading on the Iraqi military’s readiness. The Iraqi Army will be equipped and trained by the middle of next year, but this does not, as Senator Obama suggests, mean that they will then be ready to secure their country without a good deal of help. The Iraqi Air Force, for one, still lags behind, and no modern army can operate without air cover. The Iraqis are also still learning how to conduct planning, logistics, command and control, communications, and other complicated functions needed to support frontline troops.

No one favors a permanent U.S. presence, as Senator Obama charges. A partial withdrawal has already occurred with the departure of five “surge” brigades, and more withdrawals can take place as the security situation improves. As we draw down in Iraq, we can beef up our presence on other battlefields, such as Afghanistan, without fear of leaving a failed state behind. I have said that I expect to welcome home most of our troops from Iraq by the end of my first term in office, in 2013.

But I have also said that any draw-downs must be based on a realistic assessment of conditions on the ground, not on an artificial timetable crafted for domestic political reasons. This is the crux of my disagreement with Senator Obama.

Senator Obama has said that he would consult our commanders on the ground and Iraqi leaders, but he did no such thing before releasing his “plan for Iraq.” Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t want to hear what they have to say. During the course of eight visits to Iraq, I have heard many times from our troops what Major General Jeffrey Hammond, commander of coalition forces in Baghdad, recently said: that leaving based on a timetable would be “very dangerous.”

The danger is that extremists supported by Al Qaeda and Iran could stage a comeback, as they have in the past when we’ve had too few troops in Iraq. Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history. I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the “Mission Accomplished” banner prematurely.

I am also dismayed that he never talks about winning the war—only of ending it. But if we don’t win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president. Instead I will continue implementing a proven counterinsurgency strategy not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan with the goal of creating stable, secure, self-sustaining democratic allies.



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3 to See: July 18, 2008

 Okay, installment 2 of “3 to See”…

#1-Israelis break up assassination plot

From: Reuters.

Apparently, six Arab men were accused today of trying to form an al-Qaeda terror cell in Israel, and then use it to shoot down Pres. Bush’s helicopter when he came.  From what I see, the plan was not all that far in terms of planning, however, it does show that we are still at war with these people.  One of the suspects used his cell phone to video helicopters taking off and then others enquired on al-Qaeda trafficked websites about how to shoot down a chopper.  Again, the plot was in it’s infancy.

#2- McCain Goes Negative

Yesterday this…

and today…

Sen. John McCain is now going negative in his race with Barack Obama.  The first video outlines Obama’s flip flops on Iraq, and the second attacks him for not funding the troops.  Both of these ads are completely true, as opposed to the DNC ad that misquoted McCain’s “Hundred years” comment.  My only criticism, the announcer sounds wimpy in the second ad.  It reminds me of Obama’s commercials.  There’s that wimpy guy saying how Obama is so great.  I liked McCain’s ad called “Love”, in which he has a James Earl Jones-like announcer and it made he and his life story sound tough.

# 3-Veepstakes!!!

Courtesy: Washington Post Politics blog.

In their weekly top five for veep contenders, Chris Cillizza lays out an interesting five for Obama and McCain.  For Obama, the top two picks would help geographically and politically.  Sen. Bayh was a Governor and Senator, and he’s from Indiana, a state that Obama will try to pick off.  Gov. Kaine helps more with his state.  He’ll make Virginia even more of a toss-up or maybe lean Obama.

McCain’s top five features two of my top picks.  I like Gov. Sarah Palin for veep because she is a Governor, and a rising star in the Republican party.  Her gender also plays a factor.  He and Gov. Bobby Jindal could share a ticket one day.  My top pick is Gov. Mitt Romney.  He helps in so many ways: Geographically-Was Governor next to New Hampshire, born in Michigan, and helps out west because of his Mormon faith, plus his tenure at the Olympics.

So there you go, your 3 to see today.

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