Like most Americans, the first time I got to see Palin was at the Republican National Convention. Unlike a lot of Americans, I immediately disliked her and thought that McCain had made a very bad decision in picking her as his running mate. Two months after our first introduction, it looks like my personal dislike is now translating into a national dislike and that many people are agreeing with my initial reaction to Palin.
The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.
Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama … maybe.
"I’m split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."
Can you believe it? It’s almost over!
It seems as though we have been preparing for the 2008 election since 2004. What a ride! There was a time when the pundits said it was a given that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee. It was once a fact that John McCain’s campaign was out of money and was dead, dead, dead. There was a post-Rev. Wright month when it seemed a feckless Barack Obama had lost for sure.
Joe Wurzelbacher, the now famous Joe the Plumber, was exercising one of his most basic rights as an American when he questioned Barack Obama about the Democrat’s tax plan and spoke out against. It was political speech specifically protected by the Constitution.
That exchange brought him a lot of attention, some welcome, some not so welcome and some frankly sinister. He became practically the third person on the stage at the last presidential debate, being invoked 23 times by the candidate. He has appeared at a Sarah Palin rally.
Millions of Americans will wake up disappointed on Wednesday morning. Barring an electoral tie vote, or some similarly freakish outcome, their candidate for president — either Barack Obama or John McCain — will have lost. And they’ll face the prospect of four years under a president they opposed.
Sen. Joe Biden seems to have all but disappeared and he hasn’t even been elected vice president yet. Could it mean that Sen. Barack Obama, if chosen president next week, has decided to relegate his running mate to a more traditional role than has been the case in the last two administrations?
It will be 35 years next week since President Richard Nixon, responding to an Arab oil embargo, vowed to make the United States energy independent — and do it in seven years. America is still waiting.
Now as Barack Obama and John McCain vie to become the next president, a promise of U.S. energy independence again has become a rallying cry on the campaign trail.