Change to what?

July 31, 2008

I got an email from Mike Huckabee today. It poses an interesting question: If Barack Obama is the “change” candidate, what is he changing from, and to? Does he have an agenda, or just a tagline?

Here’s the message:

“Someone asked me recently to describe Barack Obama’s Agenda. The question caught me off guard, because if you think about it, he’s been running as the “change candidate” and yet no one I know understands what change he is aiming for. His Agenda remains shrouded in mystery. For instance, gasoline prices are at historic highs and yet he hasn’t articulated a plan of action to help American families.

“What we do know about Barack Obama’s agenda, is that he favors higher taxes, supports abortion, believes the federal government should be bigger and has embraced a foreign policy that would make Jane Fonda proud. We also know he was rated by National Journal as the most liberal Senator because of his voting record. According to their ranking, even Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s Socialist Senator, isn’t as liberal as Barack Obama. No kidding.”

So who has an answer for Mike? Does Obama have an agenda that makes sense?

Draft Mike Campaign

July 29, 2008

There are a number of Huckabee supporters mounting a number of campaigns to get him selected for Vice President.  I admire their dedication, but it’s a lot of heat for not much light.

Mike Huckabee was the great hope for evangelical conservatives, the only one really speaking the language.  Othersm like Guillani and Romney at the beginning of the campaign, were far too liberal on social issues to ever get more than a token support.  Huckabee had lived the Baptist ethos for so long it came out in everything he said.  He was unapologetically Christian (not just attending a few services when the media was around) without needing to give an altar call at the end of each speech.

Trouble is, our culture has become secular, and the news media even more so, almost anti-Christian.  So Huckabee could not get the media attention he needed – even got left off the official League of Women Voters’ Candidate Guides in Texas and Ohio!  It’s amazing he did as well as he did.

What made the campaign successful was an army of fanatical volunteers.  Needing signatures to get Huckabee on the Virginia ballot, he got over 15,000 signatures in less than 3 weeks with only one paid staffer in the state.

Now those volunteers want to pressure McCain into picking Huckabee to be Vice President.  They’re circulating a petition that quotes an article from People for the American Way, and asked me to participate.

I can’t join the list.  McCain/Huckabee isn’t likely to sway the sheep voting for Obama and just about anyone else (except Hillary).  A failure in the polls puts too much pressure to find someone else.

I’m putting my support behind JC Watts, if he’d accept. JC Watts has the credentials to counter McCain’s negatives and Obama’s positives.  Younger, eloquent, and black (two black parents), he has been a football star, a Congressman, a Baptist Youth Pastor, and is a businessman with strong family ties.  Anything Obama offers, he offers more, better.

If you want to write McCain about a VP candidate, ask him to ask Watts.  I did.

Fiction Meets Reality

July 3, 2008

Dennis Haysbert says he thinks people seeing him as President Palmer on the series “24” will make it easier for Obama to be seen as the real Presider of the US.

In a story reported by the AP, Haysbert says: “If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people,” said the actor, who has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois Democrat’s presidential campaign.”

On TV, President Palmer made tough decisions. He also had a tough-minded, well-educated wife, who ended up as a traitor to the nation.

If Obama actually gets elected, et’s hope that part of the fiction isn’t played out in reality.

Clark Shows Lack of Leadership

July 3, 2008

On Sunday, retired General Wesley Clark demonstrated why he’s a Democrat, and why the Clintons like him.  Rather than explain why Obama deserves to be president, he took a cheap shot at McCain, claiming leadership as Navy squadron commander and in a POW camp does not show readiness for being Commander in Chief.  Trouble is, Bob Schieffer caught him.

During the interview, Schieffer noted that Obama hadn’t had military leadership experiences either, didn’t even have McCain’s experience as a fighter pilot.  Clark tried to make a denigrating political joke with “ I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

Lost in all the hoopla is that Clark never answered the question of why McCain’s service is not valid when Obama has had even less.   Just bringing it up highlights Obama’s lack of qualifications.  And having stepped into the mess, the only way out was the Clinton strategy of diverting attention with an outrageous comment.  Bill Clinton might have pulled it off.  Wes Clark couldn’t.  And for all his faults, Obama is too moral to support that kind of lowlife politics.

I think it’s also odd the political leadership question came from General Clark, the man who prolonged the Kosovo war by insisting the US wait for the Army to be ready to lead a ground war, when the Air Force was already close to ending the conflict.  His playing politics then cost lives.  Just by distancing himself from McCain boosts McCain’s status of a leader we can trust.