Noting the baby on super-mom Palin’s convention platform my friend said “someone should have called DSS.” She should know because in addition to her own she’s has had more than 100 foster babies and children. She knows how DSS views child abuse and neglect. So there’s baby Trig Paxson Van Palin being subjected to the din and chaos of a political convention.
Down syndrome or not, no baby is going to be thinking about how wonderful it is that his eardrums are ringing because everyone loves his mother.
I went to sleep before Sarah Palin’s speech and had a dream. Why bother staying up past my bedtime when I can dream a better speech? Which speech do you like better?
Good evening my fellow Americans. Thank you for the warm welcome. Uh-Oh, the telepromter is broken.
Palin’s daughter is five months pregnant with the child of Wallisa resident Levi Johnston. She is nursing and nurturing an infant with Down’s syndrome. Wouldn’t a responsible mother withdraw her vice presidential candidacy?
I expect some reporters and many bloggers will look into Sarah Palin’s past statements about teenage birth control and abstinence only education and batter her with them. This will cause her daughter great emotional pain. That alone is reason for her to step down.
The McCain presidency may hinge more on the one vice presidential debate than on all the presidential debates. We still don’t know whether Sarah Palin was given an IQ test before being selected, but Republican vetters would have been stupid not to have done so. During the debate she will be asked numerous questions on a variety of topics. All she has to do is mispronounce one world leader’s name or make a major gaff showing her ignorance and Biden will eviscerate her.
There was genuine love shown on the stage and in the audience at Invesco Stadium last night. The color of the background during Obama’s speech was too close in hue to his complexion to have been accidental. Perhaps it was chosen to be a subliminal reminder that most Americans will look like Obama a century from now.
Sensible progressives will vote for Obama. Cynical progressives may vote for McCain. The later remind me of the famous ancient Greek Cynic Diogenes, who, according to The Cynic’s Sanctuary, “reportedly took up residence in a tub to demonstrate his freedom from material wants. This cranky street-philosopher would introduce himself by saying, ‘I am Diogenes the dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.’ He’d use a lantern by daylight, explaining that he was searching for an honest man. Even Alexander the Great didn’t escape unscathed. When the young conqueror found Diogenes sitting in the marketplace and asked how he could help him, the old philosopher replied that ‘you can step out of my sunlight’.”
The most important news this week is headlined in the New York Times, “Iraq Takes Aim at Leaders of U.S.-Tied Sunni Groups”, an account of how the war-torn country is on the brink of a major escalation in violence and proof that our intervention in a civil war may have been doomed to failure from the onset.
We know what John McCain hopes will propel him into the White House. It’s his 40 year old POW stories (cartoon) and other simplistic tidbits with as much substance as a Twinkie. He used his oft repeated tales from Hanoi to answer several questions at the Saddleback Church Forum and the audience ate it up. Love those Twinkies. No matter that Obama gave more compelling, if complex and nuanced, answers to the same questions. American likes drama in digestible segments, and that’s what McCain gave them.
Obama needs to find an antidote to McCain’s anecdotes, and he needs to find it soon!
“The lesser of two evils principle is often used in reference to electoral politics. When popular opinion is confronted with two main candidates that are substantially similar, a voter is often advised to choose the “lesser of two evils” to avoid having the supposedly ‘greater evil’ get into office and wreak havoc on society.” (Wikipedia)
In McCain vs. Obama, does this principle apply? Are McCain and Obama “substantially similar”?
Counting our blessings, things could be a lot worse than Obama having to counter John McCain’s rovian campaigning. For example, John Edwards could have won the nomination. Here’s some more “what ifs”.