November 26, 2008
Friends don't let friends
OK, he has earned a no-criticism period. He walks into the worst man-made fiscal crisis in our nation's history, ya da, ya da. But if friends don't let friends drive while drunk or vote Republican, then FOO--Friends of Obama--must, at a minimum, ask what the hell is happening on Iraq and the new quagmire Afghanistan?
Haven't heard boo about either unwinnable war or have we? Hillary "Hawk" Clinton at State, Gates to stay on for a year at least, Rahm "Super Hawk" Emanuel as Chief of staff. And no real changes at CIA or NSA.
Peace advocates complained with good reason that W. wouldn't listen to our stop-the-war rallies. Is it time for FOO to find out if the president-elect is listening? While $10 billion a month is "chump change" these days, It would take care of lots of problems. No issue propelled Barack as much as his opposition to the occupation of Iraq. A signal please.
And if he lets the hawks convince him to simply move troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan, lookout!
Justice Gableman, accused of violating the Judicial Code of Conduct when he knew his outrageous TV spot against Louis Butler was false, has gone to Indiana for counsel. I'm not kidding. James Bopp, right-wing guru, has been retained by Gableman to challenge the Judicial Code of Conduct. Bopp, a Mitt Romney adviser on social agenda, gained notoriety by arguing the Wisconsin Right to Life challenge to McCain-Feingold. Bopp doesn't come cheap. Who is payingthe bill?
Supremes: I smiled when the U.S. Supremes took the West Virginia, case but I may have allowed a wish to father a thought according to better lawyers than this bloger. Was the Court actually looking for a chance to knock out any regulation of court races? Could be. (Read The Appeal and join the argument.)
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After being depressed for the last 8 years, I am more than willing to give President-Elect Obama some leeway with the selection of his cabinet members and advisors. I think he is learning from former President Jimmy Carter who also was going to change the way things were done in Washington. He wasn't successful mainly because he did not use the kind of political insiders that President-Elect Obama is using. After reading Audacity of Hope, I am going to trust the author with his vision of change for our country. If I am proven wrong, how can it be any worse than the last eight years?
-Carol Cate | Ripon, WI | November 26, 2008
Keep in mind that recent satirical headline from The Onion: "International Con Man Barack Obama. . . "
I still think Obama was worth voting for, simply on the hope of better federal court appointments, plus the necessity of keeping Palin out, but after all is said and done, we must realize this was never anything but a choice of the lesser of two evils, politically.
"Change you can believe in!" bids fair to join those other mementos of hypocritical hucksterism on the hustings:
"A chicken in every pot!"
"He kept us out of war!"
This election is just another reminder that there is good reason not to "put your trust in princes."
Hard work awaits.
-O. Steinberg | St. Paul, MN | November 27, 2008