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January 15, 2007


It's so unfortunate that politicians who are seeking the presidency cannot be the most honest. This is one of many things that is hurting Americans today.

I heart Obama, and I think he sees he can do more as a VP this time through.

A lot of people say "he's a blank canvas" etc etc etc.

There is a difference between seeing what you wish to see, and actually hearing what you've been waiting to hear.

A, I think he really gets it.

"I have a suspicion he's decided not to run for president and that's why he speaking so freely..."

Ten minutes before I read this, CNN reported that Obama had taken some step towards running, or was about to take some step (I wasn't really paying attention). I fully expect him to run.

As for being undecided: It's perfectly OK to be undecided this far out, we're playing a pretty dynamic game at this point.

It is certainly early for settling on the candidate of choice. It is not too early for evaluating those we might want to settle for. Obama fits that group very well, and if he is willing to speak out, forget being Centrist of the Year, and let us hear his full oratorical skills in practice, I think he will be the last man standing. Whomever the Democrats nominate, that person has a better than 50-50 chance of winning, so it should be someone who will at long last be a progressive and not a business centered centrist.

(It was Sigfried who didn't get mauled.)

Why don't you like Obama? In Novemeber, when Congress passed the Torture Enablement and Habeus Corpus Revocation Act (aka the Military Commissions Act of 2006), Senator Slither said nothing about this patriotic action, illustrating his Liebermanian, bipartisan statemanship. Who would not vote for such a man?

Hmm. How about if I say, I don't like him because he's being pushed at me? He may be a fine person. He may be a great politician. But he doesn't make the music in my heart run over. He doesn't make me want to vote for him. He doesn't make me think he really gets it.

I like Gore. I like Edwards. I love Wes Clark. Some combination of those three really ought to be the ticket. Why? Gore gets that we're destroying the planet. Edwards gets that we already damn nearly destroyed the point of the nation. Clark's a first-water defense hardcore SOB with a damn fine record. And, unfortunately, Howard Dean's gotten too fond of hitting people with the whole damn truck, so if he runs again some asshole will shoot him in the name of "patriotism".

I see, for the moment, Edwards setting the tone, and now Obama following (rather than taking the Hillary tack of not even making an appearance after Bush's "surge" speech, but just releasing an announcement).

I like it. As for Obama...we'll see. But the direction he's being pushed in (and the GOP response, which is McCain & Giuliani and "If you like Bush, you'll love us!") is good.

hi kids nothing about obama just wanted to say wow i love the new look!!!

My son and I would vote for the tiger for president....

I just posted about how impressed I am with the new place-- I was beginning to get worried...


Nice work, you all, the new place looks AWESOME!!!

and THANK YOU for blogrolling me... It's very sweet of you! i've updated your new URL in my own BlogRoll...

All the very best in your new digs!


Whoo-hoo! Place looks terrific, A!

I cannot tell you how happy I am with your new design. The old one took forever to load and drove me crazy.

I guess I'm like a lot of people who want to like Obama but he keeps doing things that irritate me. His speeches often sound good but they are really kinda boring to read and don't say much. I don't suppose I'd hate voting for him if he wins the primary, but I think we actually do have better choices. I want a real leader, and Obama hasn't really been showing any leadership, has he? We shall see....

I want an Edwards / Obama ticket in '08.

I've liked Obama since he ran for the Senate. I do get frustrated when he gets timid in his denouncing something or someone but, I also realize that he is at times speaking for the party and the senate dems and so has to be careful. I have learned when he is speaking his thoughts or when he is the spokesman.
I have reasons not to like the other candidates. I personally think Edwards is the one who is too puffed up. Just not by the media but, by the blogs that swoon at his poster like little teen girls.
I especially dislike it when they give him a pass then trash Obama for the same thing. Or when Obama says something and they trash him but, Edwards turns around (and more times than not has swiped the talking point from someone, mostly Obama) and the blogs swoon.
They make the media's liking of Obama look like a cool look over.

Obama is smart enough, wise enough, to know when he's being set up, like Hilary, by a cynical media.

If Eddie Izzard runs, the Constitution should be amended to allow him to serve.

I'm just sayin'.

As far as Obama goes, I like him better than Edwards, but that's not saying much. I nearly crawled through the teevee to strangle him on Leno, letting Jay get away with the whole "they weren't working on Monday" BS. Argh.

The thing that has irked me most about the last two presidential campaigns is that they seemed like those goddamned DVD packages where they're shrink-wrapped, put in a big plastic bubble, then shrink-wrapped again, then have little seals over the plastic case. Whatever's inside may be worth seeing, but I'll never know, because I've thrown the stupid thing in the fireplace after fifteen minutes of wrestling with the stupid packaging!

You can't please everyone. And trying to do so simply makes you look fake and stupid. We're smarter than that. If you're going to say something that might be controversial, say it proudly. If it's wrong, we'll tell you. Then come out and say, "Know what? I was wrong. I've learned from that mistake. That's something you haven't seen in the past eight years, isn't it?"


And I love the new digs. But I'm pining for the little thumbnails in the corner for the different categories. I know they probably slowed the load for some, but I always thought they were a cool addition. Just putting in my 2 cents for future upgrades.

Obama's smarter than just about any of them. I don't know if he'll get as good a chance in one or two more cycles, which might make him a more seasoned, not quite so glamorous candidate . . .
He has pointed out that he was 99th in Senate seniority, which doesn't leave a lot of room for grand gestures.
I dunno either, but I'm going to watch close.

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