The Political Funnies

Posted: April 25, 2008 in Headlines, Just "Why?", Politics

Some things I found over the net this morning

Back in 2007-

The May 13 This Week opened with a pre-taped interview of Obama conducted by Stephanopoulos. The relevant portion of the roundtable panel, with Cokie Roberts and George Will in addition to Donaldson and Stephanopoulos, in which Donaldson referred back to the interview:

Sam Donaldson: “You raised something, let’s just put on the table: He’s an African-American. Is the country ready? Well, I think it is. And he said he thinks it is. He said he thinks he’ll lose some votes because of that, and so the question is what does the word ‘some’ mean? In critical elections, not just in the South, it may mean something.”

Cokie Roberts: “Well sure. And it could be huge. But I think the fact that we’re having this conversation is just wonderful. I mean, the idea that we are at this point in 2007, if you had told us that 40 years ago when we were having all the civil rights debates that we would be talking very seriously about a black man being President of the United States in 2008, we would not have believed it.”

George Stephanopoulos: “Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m naive, but Sam I guess I think that anyone who’s not going to vote for Barack Obama because he is black isn’t going to vote [Roberts says at this instant “Democratic”] for a Democrat anyway. And I wonder if there are as many people who will vote for him-”

George Will: “More.”

Stephanopoulos: “That’s the question.”

Will: “The place where Barack Obama really helps is in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, right outside Philadelphia.”

Stephanopoulos: “Exactly.”

Will: “Moderate, mainstream swing district where it makes people feel good.”

Donaldson: “You already made him the nominee.”

Stephanopoulos: “Not yet Sam.”

Donaldson: “But I’m talking about the race for the nomination. Now, many states have crossovers I understand, but the states in which you have to be a Democrat in order to vote in the Democratic primary, that’s where- [talked over.]” (source)

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Why Even Hardened Racists Will Vote for Barack Obama

In the Electoral Marketplace, He Had to Pass the Halle Berry Test (source)

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On McCain’s visit to New Orleans

McCain distances self from Bush in New Orleans

Dan Nowicki

The Arizona Republic

NEW ORLEANS – John McCain on Thursday directly confronted what many perceive as one of President Bush’s most monumental failures: the bungled federal government response to Hurricane Katrina.

In doing so, McCain, the not-yet-official Republican presidential nominee, hopes to convince Americans, especially Black, Hispanic and working-class White voters, that he doesn’t represent a continuation of the unpopular Bush administration.

“Never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in the terrible and disgraceful way that it was handled,” McCain said after taking a four-block walk to survey recovery efforts still under way in New Orleans’ devastated Lower 9th Ward. “Never again.”

[…]

After the walk, McCain heaped criticism on Bush, the sluggish federal bureaucracy and Congress, which earmarked money for often-trivial pet lawmaker priorities while ignoring critically needed infrastructure improvements. “Unqualified people” headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which became symbolic for government ineptitude after its much-criticized response to the storm’s catastrophic flooding, he said. They totally misread “the dimensions of the disaster,” McCain added.

“History will judge this president as they have earlier presidents, but it’s clear that this was an unacceptable scenario and one that would never happen again,” McCain said.

The senator also vowed to protect New Orleans from future Category 5 hurricanes, seeming to give little regard to costs.

>>And of course Democrats cranked up the wayback machine by bringing up a bunch of bills he voted against. Some of it is overreaching in their effort to label him a double-talker (which btw I do agree with the assertion), but this particular item, IMO is right on the money.

2006: McCain Voted Against Making FEMA an Independent Agency. McCain voted against the Clinton amendment (No. 4563) that would remove the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the Department of Homeland Security and establish it as an independent, Cabinet-level agency. It would require the agency’s head to have significant expertise in the area of emergency preparedness and response. [H.R. 5441, S.V. 193, 7/11/06, failed 32-66]

This has been FEMA’s problem from jump–going all the way back to the Northridge earthquake back in 1994.

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Maya Angelo’s open letter in support of Hillary Clinton

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