Archives for Opinion

Maybe it’s not worth it

It's dark outside when I make the first pot of coffee for the day and venture into the den to start work on each day's "edition" of Capitol Hill Blue. Yeah, I know, this is the Internet, where news is a 24/7 cycle and we are supposed to be updating things around the clock.
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For Hillary, lying ain’t no big deal

Hillary Clinton got caught in a lie recently, a whopper about being under fire in a so-called combat zone, a well-rehearsed lie she has been telling on the campaign trail for months. When the truth came out, as it so often does in the microscopic world of politics, she shrugged her shoulders and dismissed it by saying:
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Politics is a dirty business

Jim Carville, the Democratic political consultant who cashed in years ago to become a walking and talking caricature of himself, called New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson a "Judas" over the weekend because the one-time Presidential candidate and former Bill Clinton appointee had the gall to endorse Barack Obama for the party's Presidential nomination.
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Typical white people politics

This is one white person who understands fully what Barack Obama meant when he called his grandmother typically white because she viewed blacks with suspicion. Typical white people may still make the difference in this year's Presidential election and too many of them are still ignorant, racist louts who make judgments based on their own fears and stupidity.
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Have we really learned any lessons?

Demonstrators gather on the Washington Mall today to protest five long years of a failed war in Iraq, a war launched by invasion of a nation that posed no threat to us, a war founded on lies and faked intelligence reports, a war that has helped drive this nation into economic chaos and destroyed American morale and its reputation with allies and its own citizens.
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It’s not the economy, stupid! It’s the stupid war!

From a political point of view, the Iraq war is over. Americans will continue to die in George W. Bush's failed war and U.S. taxpayers will continue to pay $12 billion a month to fund his folly but, politically, the war is no longer the issue that drives voters to the polls or determines their vote. Exit polls in the Ohio and Texas primaries last week show the issue that determined how primary voters cast their ballots was -- survey says -- the economy.
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