Skip to comments.Is it ABC's Fault that Dems looked Bad?
Posted on 04/17/2008 9:29:41 AM PDT by The_Republican
The journalists job is to make politicians uncomfortable, to explore evasions, contradictions and vulnerabilities. Almost every question tonight did that. The candidates each looked foolish at times, but thats their own fault.
We may not like it, but issues like Jeremiah Wright, flag lapels and the Tuzla airport will be important in the fall. Remember how George H.W. Bush toured flag factories to expose Michael Dukakis.
Second, Obama and Clinton were completely irresponsible. As the first President Bush discovered, it is simply irresponsible statesmanship (and stupid politics) to make blanket pledges to win votes. Both candidates did that on vital issues.
Both promised to not raise taxes on those making less than $200,000 or $250,000 a year. Returning the rich to their Clinton-era tax rates will yield, at best, $40 billion a year in revenue. Its impossible to fund a health care plan, let alone anything else, with that kind of money.
The consequences are clear: if elected they will have to break their pledge, and thus destroy their credibility, or run a minimalist administration.
The second pledge was just as bad. Nobody knows what the situation in Iraq will be like.
To pledge an automatic withdrawal is just insane. A mature politician wouldve been honest and said: I fully intend to withdraw, but I want to know what the reality is at that moment.
The third point concerns electability. The Democrats have a problem. All the signs point to a big Democratic year, and I still wouldnt bet against Obama winning the White House, but his background as a Hyde Park liberal is going to continue to dog him.
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Charlie Gibson wearing his glasses the way he does only confirms he is a dottering old fool.
Why yes, it sure is.
Dem Guns are directed at each other right now. They will turn them on McCain and the FURY and VICIOUSNESS that we will see would shock even the most innocent viewer.
If Hildabeast pulls the nomination out (Oh Dear God No), then she would HAVE to bring the Black Voters back in the fold. Only way Klintons know how to do that is to SCARE them and make them HATE Republicans by portraying Republicans as racist. They will find PLENTY of anecdotal evidence to make black anger focus on Republicans.
If Obama gets the nomination and if he looks like he is going to slide in polls, then McCain and Republicans would be portrayed as mysoginysts, wife beaters, polygamists, abusers or whatever. Abortion alone would be enough to bring dykes back into the fold.
War has not even begun yet. No reason to uncork the champagne.
That would be doddering, for all the old fools playing along at home.
Remember how George H.W. Bush toured flag factories to expose Michael Dukakis.
I dont remember that. Flag factories?
Obama has a glass jaw, just like Kerry.
If our soldiers are not dying in Iraq and there is a relative peace then Would they also argue for pulling the troops from South Korea? Pulling the Troops from Okinawa, Pulling the Troops from Ramstein? They simply do not understand the complexity of world issues and the rationale of military deployments.... In addition how many Generals will have to be replaced and as the drum beat of a failed lost war rings how will they possibly keep morale?..... Obama to soldiers here I will redeploy you to Afghanistan and if Al-Qaida regroups in Iraq and comes to fight and kill you in Afghanistan I will just say it could not be foresee.... Obama is a loon.
OMG. So liberal Tom Shales thinks that just because this was an actual debate with tough questions that ABC is the loser. Tom Shales is a loser.
The Clinton-era marginal tax rates are only part of the increases. Obama will raise Social Security taxes, by removing the $97.5K cap for those making $200K. That's a humongous amount of revenue.
Hillary is a bigger loon. She talked about Commanders on ground yesterday like they were cleaning ladies or janitors. The tone was sickeninig. Yeah Military officers are there but in the end I have to decide what goes on and I am going to withdraw troops. So much so that two moderators were actually shocked and asked her if she was going to IGNORE the advice of military personnel. She softened the tone slightly but not much.
Second, Klintons will do ANYTHING for money. They have committed treason before for money and now that China is exteremely active in espionage, they still have Klintons’ number in their roller deck. Klintons would SELL anything to ANYONE.
This is exactly the argument McCain will use in the debates to make them look stupid.
But, for reasons we conservatives cannot fathom, the American People really seem to like McCain. They think he's a good guy.
So while it's possible the people's minds will be changed, it's more likely that they will simply look unkindly on any politician who makes such attacks on the guy they like so much.
Isn't it true that letting the Bush tax cuts expire is going to hit single earners earning as little as $31K and marrieds earning as little as $60K? Both of them voted to let those expire. So, they can say they're not going to raise taxes on the "middle class" because they already have. Hang on to your wallets, America.
American people liked Dole to. About 10 months before the election he was leading Klinton by 15 points. Then they reduced him to bumbling borderline senile old bigot and abuser.
McCain’s camp are bit better though. They too seemed to have mastered the art of getting offended! Quick responses and demands for apology......they may do a better job of defelecting those attacks.
However, just like Dems made a big deal out of Dole divorcing and beating his first wife and upgrading to newer hotter model, they would do the same for McCain.
McCain tried to pre-empt the bigot rhetoric by actually going on MLK day to where he was assasinated and giving a tremendous speech. However, the fact remains he was at one time opposed to MLK Holiday. He apologized, but Dems would use anecdotes like that and fabricate some more.
Finally, AGE + tying him to Bush would be their ultimate ammo. They reduced the Dole-Kemp ticket and this time they would run against McCain-Bush.
My wife and I both agree that if Senator McCain is in the lead at the end of October, the major networks will all say he is dying of cancer or some other terminal illness the weekend before the election. It will be broadcast repeatedly, over and over, to throw the election to the dem.
Anfd O’reilly, rush and the rest of the conservative media will be golfing or whatever, leaving the entire medium to the commies.