* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents,
you’re “exotic, different.”
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential
* If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.
* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
Op-Ed Columnist / New York Times
McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere
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By FRANK RICH
Published: September 27, 2008
WHAT we learned last week is that the man who always puts his “country first” will take the country down with him if that’s what it takes to get to the White House.
Chicago Tribune Commentary
September 10, 2008
So the Republicans have decided to run against themselves.
The bums have tiptoed out the back door and circled around to the front
and started yelling, ‘Throw the bums out!’ They’ve been running
Washington like a well-oiled machine to the point of inviting lobbyists
into the back rooms to write the legislation, and now they are
anti-establishment reformers dedicated to delivering us from themselves.
And former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is an advocate for
small-town America. Bravo.
Deepak Chopra writes:
Obama and the Palin Effect
Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quail as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City . By comparison, Rudy Gillian is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage
Presidential candidates can command instant national attention when they want it. But John McCain and Barack Obama each took a hushed approach to letting the world know where they stand on the California ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage.
The muted announcements–McCain supports the proposed ban, Obama opposes it–will have little if any bearing on the presidential contest in California, but the ramifications are serious elsewhere.
McCain announced his support last week for the California ballot measure, known as Prop. 8. “I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona,” he said.
McCain’s case is a tricky one to make; he opposes the proposed federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which Bush promoted in 2004. McCain’s nuanced explanation is that it’s up to the states to decide.
Source: By Michael Finnegan and Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times Jul 2, 2008
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Howard University Convocation
Washington, DC | September 28, 2007
It’s a privilege to be a part of today’s convocation and an honor to receive this degree from Howard. There are few other universities that have played so central a role in breaking down yesterday’s barriers and inching this country closer to the ideals we see inscribed on the monuments throughout this city.
It was Howard that sent the first African-American to the United States Senate. It was Howard that graduated the first African-American to become governor and the first to become mayor of the largest city in the country. It was here, within the halls of this campus, where Thurgood Marshall huddled with the brilliant minds of his day to craft the arguments in Brown v. Board that ignited a movement that changed the world. And it is because of these victories that a black man named Barack Obama can stand before you today as a candidate for President of the United States of America.
But I am not just running to make history. I’m running because I believe that together, we can change history’s course. It’s not enough just to look back in wonder of how far we’ve come – I want us to look ahead with a fierce urgency at how far we have left to go. I believe it’s time for this generation to make its own mark – to write our own chapter in the American story. After all, those who came before us did not strike a blow against injustice only so that we would allow injustice to fester in our time.
From the transcript of his appearance on “Meet the Press,” the exchange between the host and Senator Biden offers up his views:
Mr. Brokaw: You’re a lifetime communicant in the Catholic Church. You’ve talked often about your faith and the, and the strength of your feelings about your faith.
Mr. Biden: Actually, I haven’t talked often about my faith. I seldom talk about my faith. Other people talk about my faith.
Mr. Brokaw: Two weeks ago I interviewed Senator Nancy Pelosi — she’s the speaker of the House, obviously — when she was in Denver. When Barack Obama appeared before Rick Warren, (at the Saddleback mega-church) he was asked a simple question: When does life begin? And he said at that time that it was above his pay grade. That was the essence of his question.
* Rejected sympathy for Down’s Syndrome son, as gift from God. (Aug 2008)
* Opposes stem cell research. (Aug 2008)
* Every baby is created with a future and potential. (Aug 2008)
* Safe Haven bill: allow surrendering newborns without penalty. (Feb 2008)
* Adoption is best plan for permanency for foster care kids. (Oct 2007)
* Pro-life. (Nov 2006)
* Choose life, even if her own daughter were raped. (Nov 2006)
* If Roe v. Wade got overturned, let people decide what’s next. (Oct 2006)
* Opposes use of public funds for abortions. (Oct 2006)
* Pro-contraception, pro-woman, pro-life. (Aug 2006)
* Only exception for abortion is if mother’s life would end. (Jul 2006)