Saturday, November 18, 2017

When master Republican strategist Charlie Black convinced John McCain to put an unknown Alaska governor on the ticket as his vice presidential choice, he had two goals: throw the smooth-running Obama campaign machine off-track and rev up the GOP base that wasn't all that thrilled with McCain.

MSNBC's decision to yank its two left-wing talking heads - Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews - off election news anchoring duties was long overdue but too little too late.

The damage has been done, as it always is when partisanship replaces journalism and punditry masquerades as objective reporting.

When you get past the rabid rhetoric from both sides of the political fence, the partisan political pandering of cable TV networks (Fox on the right, MSNBC on the left) and the too-often inane patter of the blogosphere, you are left with an upcoming Presidential election that will be rough, tough and too close to call.

Say what you will about Sarah Palin (and a lot of us have said a lot): When crunch time came at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, the self-professed hockey mom seized the moment and stole the show.

GOP Presidential nominee John McCain might have trouble living up to the performance his vice presidential pick delivered.

Time for a pregnant pause

Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of presumptive GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, from her boyfriend, a self-described 18-year-old "redneck."

An aggressive, re-energized Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President Thursday night with a stirring speech long on specifics, peppered with in-your-face challenges to John McCain and one that delivered on the promise that has drawn so many to enthusiastically support the Senator from Illinois.

When it counted, Hillary Rodham Clinton put her ego and personal interests aside and did what was best for her party and the country.

In a speech both gracious and compelling, Clinton urged her passionate legion of supporters to abandon their anger and unite behind presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.

On January 20, 2009, if John McCain takes the oath of office as the next President and Barack Obama returns to the Senate to figure out what happened to his once promising campaign, he should remember Friday, August 22, 2008 as the day he made a mistake that cost him the Presidency.

That was the day Obama named Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. as his running mate.

No joy in mudville

Not much to cheer about in the 2008 Presidential sweepstakes.

The mud is flying in hot and heavy from both candidates, the SwiftBoat attackers are muddying the waters with their usual lies and the issues are lost in a sea of swirling, toxic waste.

As the two political party conventions approach and the never ending 2008 Presidential campaign drones on and on, both candidates for the top job in the land continue to avoid dealing with any of the real issues that face America.