Politics

A holiday from common sense

The gasoline-tax holiday as proposed by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain may be good politics, but it’s bad economics, very bad economics.

The idea is to suspend that 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day, supposedly as a way of bringing some relief at a time many families take to the roads for summer vacation.

Ruthless opportunist or gritty pol?

There’s little middle ground when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

You either love her or you hate her. What some see as grit and determination is viewed as ruthless and opportunistic by others.

She is a polarizing political figure to her opponents and a messiah for 21st century feminism to those who support her.

Is Hillary ready to ‘go nuclear?’

Hillary Clinton is so determined to win the Democratic Presidential nomination that she may be willing to destroy the Democratic party and alienate black voters and other blocs to so so.

Voters see gas tax suspension as political ploy

A majority of voters surveyed by The New York Times see the gas tax suspension supported by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain as just another political ploy and most also say the uproar over the relationship between Sen. Barack Obama and his pastor doesn’t change their opinion of the Democratic Presidential frontrunner.

However, voters also feel questions about Obama could affect how voters cast their ballots in the November General Election.

Obama makes more gains in superdelegates

Sen. Barack Obama may be losing big state primaries and getting roughed up by controversy but he continues to gain support among Democratic party “superdelegates” who will make the final decision on who gets the nomination.

Recent reports show more and more of the automatic delegates who are not elected by either a primary or caucus system are lining up behind Obama and one story suggests Democratic members of the House and Senate — all superdelegates — have made up their minds and most are going with Obama.

And now the former chairman of the Democratic Party, an early supporter of Clinton, is switching sides and going with Obama.

Where does this leave Hillary Rodham Clinton? Up the creek without a political paddle.

The Wright time for Obama to quit

Sen. Barack Obama’s response to Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary appearance on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. is not just a day late and a dollar short: it’s a month-and-a-half late and a few million dollars short.

Obama’s photo op broke NCAA rules

North Carolina’s men’s basketball team on Tuesday had what a team official called an extraordinary chance to play basketball with presidential candidate Barack Obama.

So extraordinary that an NCAA rule appears to have been broken — and the NCAA is apparently going to ignore it.

Did Barack Obama finally do the Wright thing?

On Monday, the pundits said Rev. Jeremiah Wright threw Democratic Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama under the proverbial political bus with more lurid comments about the sad state of affairs in a place called America.

On Tuesday, Obama disowned his former minister and now the same pundits say the candidate tossed the preacher under the same bus.

Sure is getting crowded underneath that Greyhound.

Has Obama finally done right on Wright? Can he put the mouth that roared behind him? Or did his denunciation come too late?

The jury’s still out and polls are mixed.

Why is the GOP ignoring Hillary?

As far as Republians are concerned, Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama is the nominee John McCain will face in November and Hillary Rodham Clinton is an also-ran, an afterthought worthy of neither consideration or resources to oppose.

Al Franken is a big, fat tax cheater

Al Franken, the Rush Limbaugh of the left wing, is finding out the glare of the political spotlight can raise questions about his own honesty and integrity.

Frankin, the comedian turned politician, will have to pay at least $70,000 in back taxes to states he stiffed and is also paying a $25,000 fine to the state of New York for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance.