“First there would be nothing principled about refusing Federal stimulus money. These very same governors routinely accept all sorts of federal money. In fact, if you rank states according to the ratio of federal money received per tax dollar contributed, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alaska are all in the top 4. South Carolina and Idaho are in the top 20 and receive significantly more in federal money than they contribute.
These politicians are not standing up for principle. They are grandstanding. Most of them (particularly Palin, Sanford, and Jindal) are trying to raise their national profile and give themselves a talking point to use in a future presidential run.
Moreover, they are doing so in direct contravention of the interests of their own constituents. These folks are not federal office holders. Their duty is to look after the interests of the people of their respective states, not to police the federal budget. If they were CEOs of a corporation or trustees of organization or trust, this kind of action would be seen as a breach of their fiduciary duties. They would get sued. And rightfully so. By turning down federal stimulus money, they would be inflicting harm on their own citizens.”
–Anonymous Liberal, 02.20.09
Larry Downing / Reuters
In regards to the Joe Lieberman issue, most of the mainstream media and the leftwing blogosphere seem to be focusing on only two aspects: revenge and mercy.
However, the Anonymous Liberal has a slightly different take:
Lieberman is now beholden to Obama. He’s owes him one. And there may be times in the next few years when President Obama needs to cash that in, when he needs Lieberman’s vote on a key piece of legislation or needs Lieberman’s help to convince people like John McCain and Lindsay Graham to break ranks and join the Democrats. And when that happens, President Obama will have an important chip to play.
While McCain and Graham are officially part of the Republican Party (especially during the presidential campaign), the reality of their lives in the Senate is that along with Lieberman, they are of their own party. They are like an old codger version of ‘The Three Musketeers”. On several major issues, if Lieberman can help sway independent-minded McCain and Graham, President Obama would have a better chance of pushing some tough legislation through.
“I’ve been following politics long enough not to be shocked by how stupid it can be at times. But the last few weeks of this campaign have tested even my tolerance. I actually made myself sit through both McCain and Palin’s stump speeches on CNN this weekend. Their core “substantive” message–here in the home stretch of a monumental presidential election–is so profoundly unserious that it borders on parody. In short, his argument is that Barack Obama may say he’s not going to raise your taxes, but he really is. And the proof is that he used the phrase “spread the wealth” during an encounter with a plumber (who’s not really a plumber).
This is really absurd stuff. It’s like the target audience here is a kindergarten class. There’s not even an attempt to make an actual policy argument anywhere in the speech. Honestly, I’ve never seen political discourse this dumbed down. It’s beyond pathetic.” – The Anonymous Liberal
You do not have to be an idiot to realize after reading Politico’s “bombshell” of internal turmoil in the McCain-Palin camp to see what is going on:
“Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them. Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image – even as others in McCain’s camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain’s decline.
“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin.”
A “senior Republican who speaks to Palin”??? That is what you call a controlled leak. These kind of things happen for a reason. Palin is trying to distance herself from any culpability in what she apparently believes will be a losing campaign. She is also trying to save (what she believes) her great future as a national leader.
Of course, this kind of blame game will not go unnoticed by her comrades who may not appreciate being blamed for what they believe is her incompetence for high office.
This may get pretty ugly. Go make some popcorn and get yourself a beer out of the fridge.
“What’s saddest I think is that Palin is getting much better reviews than she would have if she were a man. Let’s face it. The press is holding her to a much lower standard for fear of being called sexist by Republicans. Dan Quayle did much better than Palin did in his 1988 debate and he didn’t get nearly the praise she has.” – Anonymous Liberal, 10/3/08
While I agree with A.L.’s general assessment in his/her analysis, I would like to take it one step further by asking a couple of questions.
What if Barack Obama displayed the same lack of knowledge about the issues, save for a bare memorization of sound bites? How do you think those that are enamored with Palin would treat him? Can anyone see the caricature about the “ignorant black man” character? Can anyone see the demagoguery about “affirmative action within the Democratic Party”?
What if Barack Obama had a black teenage daughter that got knocked up by some unfocused not-ready-to-be-a-father black kid? How do you think the cultural warriors would handle this? Does the phrase “moral breakdown of society” and “parents not knowing how to teach values” ring a bell?
What if Barack Obama consistently told significant lies about facts and figures despite all facts being to the contrary?
What you are witnessing is an absolute farce. What you are witnessing right now is Republican Affirmative Action. What you are witnessing is an insult to your intelligence.