Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

The weekend is nigh...

  • Sen. Obama continues to maintain a leadSen. Clinton continues to maintain delusions of grandeur
  • After showing amazing bipartisanship and overriding Bush’s veto crayon, Congress still managed to screw the pooch. They omitted a 34-page section of the bill when they sent it to the White House, meaning that Bush vetoed a different bill from the one Congress passed. (Are you kidding me?? What, is Bush’s incompetence rubbing off on Congress?)
  • Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain are starting their VP search
  • Former president Jimmy Carter is saying what we already knew; an Obama/Clinton ticket is HIGHLY unlikely… we have more chance of seeing “President” Bush utter a complete thought…
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (no matter how many times I write that it still looks odd) is all for gay marriage in California. He said yesterday that he hopes the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling will lead more couples to come to the state to be wed… (and he’s probably right. After all, it worked for Springfield)
  • The VA continues to show its disdain for the military people they are supposed to be helping and providing for. VA officials are saying that they oppose much of the bill drawn up by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that aims to improve care for female veterans. The opposition comes as a recent report shows that the number of women seeking VA medical services is expected to double within the next five years. What makes the VA object to the bill you ask, it would include special training on how to care for “female victims of military sexual trauma and post traumatic stress disorder… (and heavens know we don’t want that, right? Again, it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form…)
  • Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee today
  • While it doesn’t strike down “don’t ask, don’t tell”, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling yesterday that the military “cannot automatically discharge people because they’re gay” does reinstate a lawsuit from a former flight nurse who sued the Air Force over her dismissal… (Conservative outrage in five, four, three…)
  • And have we mentioned? That “President” Bush has lost a group that had, in the past, fervently supported him? George Lisicki, national commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, emerged from a meeting with Bush and expressed strong support for the 21st Century GI Bill (a bill that Bush, and Sen. McCain, has promised to veto.) and expressed his disappointment with Bush’s veto threat (Bush’s lack of empathy for the armed forces is not new, but with every passing day more people see him for what he is – a man-child using the army as his own plaything)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem with Hillary Clinton is not leadership, intelligence or whether or not the USA is ready for a woman president. My sense is that without the baggage Hillary Clinton would win easily. I watched the debates, and saw Hillary and Barrack speak @ google, and it's clear that she is the superior politician. During each debate she making a strange expression, it doesn't last long, but makes me uncomfortable. More importantly, she's using the same-ol, same-ol campaign style (We expected something new from her), her strong ties/obligations to US and international powerborkers (poitical/biz/banking), the strange statements wrt her support base, Bills involvement boarders on interference and finally there is the issue of trust, the sniper-fire and especially wrt Arkansas, her home state. Taken together there's just 2 much stuff, and no way to explain it away.

For those concerned that it will be many years before another woman will be ready to run for US President, watch Michelle Obama closely. Michelle Obama stands beside, not behind her man. Like Hillary Clinton she is at least as smart as her husband. Dispite a few serious gaphaws, twelve years from now she may very well become the first minority woman US President. Although defered and somewhat inexperienced for the moment, Michelle Obama comes without the clinton baggage.

Something odd about Obama is that he won three of the primaries in the Washington DC area, supposedly without help form Washington insiders, while insiders may or may not vote they must excecise considerable influence in DC, Maryland and Virgina? In addition, both Barack and Michelle are members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Obama needs to state openly and clearly that despite the CFR's power and influence, especially wrt foreign relations, that any CFR role or responsiblity will in no way hinder/conflict with or interfer with his ability to lead the people of the USA, as should Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Something all the front runners, democrat or republican have yet to explainy, or be honest about, with the notable exception of Ron Paul. Even Dennis Kucinich is a member of CFR. It may be the case, that in today's USA it is not possible to become president, or even a senator or congressman without becoming a CFR member, idk?

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich should serioulsy consider a presidential bid as running mates.