Friday, February 29, 2008

Holding Out For A Miracle

With McCain's latest "Panama Problem," could this possibly be the miracle for which Mike Huckabee has been holding out? If he can hold on long enough to gather more delegates than Mitt Romney, does he become the GOP nominee? Or can Mitt come back in at any time? Does McCain have the right to cast his delegates any which way he chooses? Wow. I don't think I saw any of this coming.

But all of this may be a moot point if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee. With the momentum he's been gathering, it seems a remote chance that any GOP candidate could defeat him. Unless, of course, the truth comes out. I think when all the campaign rhetoric ceases (but when will that happen?!), people will begin to see Obama for what he is...a better orator than the other candidates. Even as an orator, those who have had the benefit of listening to a good minister, pastor, rabbi, priest, motivational speaker, will find that he's really only mediocre at that. When Barrack actually gets around to unpacking his thoughts, that's when we'll realize how little experience he has, and just how naive he is, not to mention how Marxist* are his political beliefs. That's my opinion, of course. You're entitled to your own. But I fear for our nation. I really do. Whereas, I could get comfortable with McCain, the mere thought of Barrack Obama as President scares me a lot! I've never felt that strongly about a candidate before. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this shakes out. So much for my earlier prediction.

* Corrected...thanks, Beth ;-)

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At 10:06 AM, February 29, 2008, Blogger beth said...

Not just socialistic...Marxist. But yeah, I'm rather terrified as well...because I'm not sure that he's beatable at this point.

 
At 11:17 AM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Heh. Yes. I've corrected my post. ;-)

 
At 3:22 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Stephen said...

The things Obama is saying about tax hikes really concern me...and so many people are just snowed over.. Time for prayer.

 
At 7:01 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger DarkoV said...

Sorry, Gwynne,
Having survived not one but two elections of da Shrub, I'm prepared for anything. Having someone in the White House with even an inkling of a platform that I agree with will hopefully offer succor to the last eight years of absolutely demoralizing leadership and self-serving Dad issues.
Bring Obama on, I say!! I'm still taking long showers to wash off the ilk of the depressing/embarassing/minimally effective leadership of the last eight years.
I know we differ here.....by a long mile. But I can't wait until the Shrub is weeded out.

 
At 8:56 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Janie said...

Gwynne, I couldn't have said it better myself.

 
At 8:58 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Janie said...

I was at the dentist today and Obama came on. (Yes, my dentist has TV's in every room!) I guess I shook my head (negatively) a little, and my dentist started in on exactly the same thing you're posting about.

 
At 11:24 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Stephen, hear, hear!

Darko, even the rest of the world recognizes that Barrack seriously lacks experience. I will concede that he is likeable, but likeability doesn't translate into "effective leadership." I don't believe for a minute that he can effect the kind of change he talks about. At least not without some very serious consequences.

Janie, my dentist has televisions also! And his office is in an old log cabin. Almost makes going to the dentist "fun." :-)

 
At 6:43 AM, March 01, 2008, Blogger Sisiggy said...

You'll vote for who Oprah wants and you'll like it. Now don that Obama t-shirt, read the Tolle rewrite of the same book he wrote before and GET IN LINE WITH EVERYONE ELSE!

Resistance is futile.

 
At 9:25 AM, March 01, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Oh, all right. :-(

Am I the only one expecting Barrack to pick Oprah as his VP running mate?

 
At 1:20 PM, March 01, 2008, Blogger DarkoV said...

Gwynne,
I agree w/ you on the years of experience thing.
But, seriously, explain to me how the guy elected and the re-elected and currently residing in D.C. had any more when he was first running.
...and his oratorical skills don't seem to have improved with 8 years in the Big House.

 
At 7:43 AM, March 02, 2008, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Gwynne ~ Hopefully "THE TRUTH" will set us all free from what I think could be a very slippery slide DOWN HILL! ~ jb///

 
At 12:26 PM, March 02, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Darko, while comparing the experience of Bush to Obama is an exercise in futility, here's how Bush was more prepared, imho:

He was a two-term governor of one of the largest states (and many might claim it's a separate country) in the country. In other words, he was responsible for running a government, not just one of many representatives.

He started up his own oil company (and acted as CEO). In other words he had experience running a business.

His father had been VP & President which implies a certain familiarity with the office, if nothing else.

He owned a baseball team! How can you argue that this doesn't prepare one for the Whitehouse?! This makes him a patriot. ;-)

Not to mention his experience as a cheerleader!

I mean, c'mon, Darko. How does all of this compare with being a civic organizer, state senator and a Junior U.S. senator for a few years?

Of course, Bush is an embarassment as an orator, but that's just part of his charm.

But bottom line is, our country is at war and we need someone who can tackle the big issues, not someone who has "marched in (my) picket line" (as Barack himself told me in one of his campaign phone calls).

The sad thing here is that the people who are behind him right now are being led to believe that he is really going to change their lives. There may be change alright, but it ain't going to be pretty!

LZ, I'm with you on that! :-)

 
At 3:52 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger DarkoV said...

Gwynne,
Texas being, well, Texas, being a governor there is almost considerd a part-time position.
"As discussions in the 2000 national election revealed, the design of the Texas Constitution denies the governor the opportunity to exercise powers held by governors in many other states. Unlike the U.S. President, who with Senate approval appoints his cabinet, the Texas Governor must share executive power with other executive officers.". Go here for other info.

While I agree that making mistakes and taking chances are the way one eventually succeeds in business, Shrub's failures in the ooil biznis followed by his being bailed out by various buddies, never made me feel that his business acumen was ever one to admire. Envy, yes (Heck, who wouldn't want to be bailed out every time you've blown it). But, admire? No.

Texas Rangers? A good joke, Gwynne.

I'm not listing all of this stuff to defend Obabma. He is young and therfeore lacking in experience. But how did Shrub's "experience" qualify for anything except to either be a "front man" for Cheney and Rove or to be an abject failure as far as vision and leadership go?

Let me put it this way.
When Ronald Reagan ran his excellent campaign and asked the country, "Are you better off now than 4 years ago?", people knew the answer.

Substitute "4 years" with "8 years" and you'll get the same answer.

Obama, now. Bush, 8 years ago. No contest as to qualifications.

Sorry for the on-and-on.

 
At 4:33 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

All good and compelling points of discussion, Darko, but see, Bush is leaving office and our job is to hire a NEW president. That's what I meant by an exercise in futility. The choice is not between Bush (aka Shrub) or Obama. Sadly, the best choices are off the table. There is no doubt that Obama would be Osama's first choice. That's what scares me!

So...

Howza 'bout some Blues now? I think it's time for a musical post. ;-)

 
At 6:00 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger DarkoV said...

Hey Gwynne,
The dead horse I'm beating is pretty teed-off at me by this point.
The whole point of my Shrub/Obama comparison was this.

Why is Obama's lack of experience such a negative when Bush's equal lack of experience, IMHO, was not? If memory serves me right, being inexperienced, a C student (as he pointed out himself while rubbing it in at a Yale speech), and a general hound before getting the Word seemed to work out well with Dubya.

I am not suggesting that lack of experience is the reason to vote for Obama. All I am trying to say is that that one item, yes, a very serious item, not be held against him vis-a-vis who got into office 8 years ago. This was the only thing I was trying to point out.

Personally, I'm not happy with any of the potential choices we will be having. My preference would have been to have either Richardson or Dodd...or if there were any way, bring back this guy. Heck, he's only 84 and probably a very chipper 84.

 
At 9:11 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Darko, you're killin' me, you know that, right? Your avatar should be wearing bunny ears and carrying a drum. ;-)

Just as you never meant to deny that Barack lacked experience, I never said or meant to imply that this was the primary reason I will not vote for him. I only threw that out there as a big negative, even to those who heartily endorse him.

No, my real reason for not voting for him, and my real reason for fear is that he plans to embrace the enemy and tell them exactly when we will be leaving, so that they can then finish their plot to destroy us. And he plans to do so while spending a bundle on socialist programs here at home (and overseas! Hello, Iraq?), to fight global poverty! So he's trading the war on terror for the war on poverty. I don't deny that this is a very altruistic goal and I would love to see the lives of people improved around the globe. But if we have no business in Iraq because we should be spending the money here at home (his words, more or less), then why are we sending it back overseas? And this is just the tip of the iceberg, I'm afraid. Get ready for a major redistribution of wealth in this country and abroad. Say goodbye to your paycheck. The best we can hope for at that point is that everything gets stalled in Congress (which, unfortunately, is not change, as promised, but more of the same).

On this we can agree, I've voted for Dole before and I would vote for him again! In demeanor, Mike Huckabee reminds me a lot of Bob, but I've not done a side by side of their politics.

 

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