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Time for some real reassurance

The fact is, folks, that neither of the two contenders for the presidency of the United States has any experience in dealing with the worsening financial crisis. Actually John McCain has considerably more than Barack Obama but that isn't saying much.


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Divisive, negative and shameful politics

Divisive, negative, and shameful campaign tactics are nothing new. But divisive, negative and shameful campaign tactics focused on race and sex is a vicious new twist this election year.

Barack Obama's candidacy and eventual nomination brought racial politics in America to the fore like never before. Hillary Clinton's failed Democratic primary bid and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination as John McCain's vice presidential candidate injected sex and gender into the race.


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Biden’s no genuis either

During all the hysteria about Sarah Palin and whether or not she is fit to be vice president, has anyone noticed that Joe Biden is a persistent, unreformed, downright clownish bungler whose gaffes are simply too many and too wild to be considered perfectly excusable slips of the tongue?


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Obama’s buddies should worry voters

Barack Obama's supporters have trivialized his connections to former Weather Underground terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on April 16. Campaign strategist David Axelrod told CNN Monday that Obama "certainly didn't know the history" of these two barbarians when they hosted a reception for him when he launched his political career.


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John McCain’s desperate culture war

"I'm not going back to Woodstock for awhile," Canadian hippie rock star Neil Young sang no less than 35 years ago now. "I'm a million miles away from that helicopter day."

If only the same thing could be said about our political process.

As the presidential race enters the final month, an increasingly desperate John McCain is turning to the same culture war tactics that have served the Republican Party so well for the past generation.


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Hockey moms and Joe Sixpack

You know what I think is the greatest thing to come out of this presidential campaign season? The fact that Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms are finally getting the respect they deserve.

We can thank Sarah Palin for that as we can for so much recent amusement, you betcha.

In the vice presidential debate, Palin challenged hockey moms and Joe Six-Pack to keep Wall Street honest. And why not? It's not like they are encumbered by special knowledge that would complicate the task.


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Did lawmaker’s son hack Palin’s email?

David Christopher Kernell walked into federal court Wednesday morning in handcuffs, shackles and tennis shoes to plead not guilty to hacking Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.

He can stay out of jail for now as long as he stays off his computer.

The University of Tennessee econmics major, who is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, turned himself in after being indicted by a federal grand jury.


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And the winner is…

Boxing cliches are popular in Presidential debates and, using one, John McCain needed to score a knockout Tuesday night to avoid losing his second debate with Barack Obama.

He didn't get one. So he lost.

Like the economy that is sinking his Presidential hopes, McCain's campaign is in free fall and his performance Tuesday night did nothing to slow the plunge.

It's not that he did anything wrong. He held his own but that wasn't enough.


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Debate long on hype, short on facts

Republican John McCain expressed incredulity in the presidential debate Tuesday that Democrat Barack Obama would tip off the enemy by saying publicly that he'd attack al-Qaida in Pakistan under certain conditions. "Remarkable," McCain said during the presidential debate, meaning remarkably irresponsible.

Lost in his withering criticism: McCain took the same position as Obama, a year ago, when he said, "Sure. We have to," when asked if he'd go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Both candidates stretched facts, sometimes past the breaking point, as they addressed the financial crisis and misrepresented each other's position on health care during their second presidential debate.


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