LOTUS Comes Around: McCain 2008!

Written by Lotus on Friday, 16 of May , 2008 at 4:20 pm

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Clinton vs. Obama: This Time It’s Personal!

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 16 of April , 2008 at 8:07 pm

So, I’m live-blogging the debate tonight.  The rhetoric has been so hot on the campaign trail that I’m thinking tonight will actually be sort of tame in comparison.

First, the opening statements:

Obama: I’ve talked to Pennsylvanians, etc., etc.,   Now he says their bitterness (though that word will never be used again) is because they don’t have gas money to go look for a job. 

Clinton: Health care, go to my website!

8:08 PM — Charlie Gibson says that each segment will start with a quote from the Constitution.

Gibson asks about Sen. Cuomo’s idea that both fight it to the death and then pledge that the winner will ask the loser to be the running mate. 

Silence…. Obama is the first to speak.  Says it’s too early (i.e., I know they still have more dirt they’re going to bring up on me)

Clinton: I’m going to do everything I can do to make sure one of us takes the oath of office in January.  “I’ve seen the damage of the Bush years… Those that have lost sons and daughters in Iraq and those that have lost sons or daughters that didn’t have health insurance.”

8:12 PM — Oh snap, Gibson asks Obama about the bitter-clinging-to guns and religion quote!  Obama says there is no doubt that he can see how people would be offended by that.  He’s tap-dancing now! 

Clinton — I’m the granddaughter of a factory worker from Scranton.   (No doubt people are already checking this out.)

8:16 PM — George Stephanapolous asks Clinton if Obama can beat McCain.  Clinton says we have to beat McCain.  Says McCain “has the wrong idea about America.”   George S. (I can’t type the last name all night) pushes again on whether Obama can win.  Clinton says, “Yes, yes, yes.  But, I think that I can do a better job.”  Obama repeats and then brings up the elitism issue.

8:22 PM — Gibson asks Obama about Rev. Wright and why he rescinded his invitation to him saying he “gets rough” while denying that he’s heard controversial comments.  Obama talks about the “good works” of the church.  So, apparently you can say whatever you want as long as you throw a few bucks to HIV/AIDS research.  Obama also says that the YouTube clips were not representative of Rev. Wright’s entire career.  This is retarded.  When someone on the Right says something “controversial” the Left sure isn’t asking whether it’s representative of their career. 

George S. asks, “Do you think Rev. Wright loves America as much as you do?”  Gag.  Obama says, “I believe he loves this country but because of the experiences he’s had, he’s angry at the injustices in this country.”

To be fair, George S. acts Clinton about her “mispeak” on her trip to Bosnia.  I actually feel kind of sorry for her.  Obama has been giving the same non-apology answer on Rev. Wright for weeks and weeks.  Meahwhile, Clinton is being asked to apologize on the Bosnia story at every turn.

8:37 PM — Viewer asks Obama why he doesn’t wear the American flag.  Obama: I revere the American flag.  There is no other country where my story is even possible… I show my patriotism by how I treat veterans… speaking forcefully on ending the war in Iraq… I will continue to fight for those issues.  I’m confident that when I’m in a debate with John McCain people will not be questioning my patriotism.  Whether I wear a flag pin is a “manufactured issue.”

Now George S. asks aboutabout Obama supporter William Ayers, who was part of the underground Weathermen.   Holy shit, Obama says that he’s also friendly with Sen. Tom Coburn.  “Do I need to apologize for his statements, too?”  After comparing Coburn to Ayers, I don’t think they’ll be friendly anymore.

Clinton: Brings up Obama serving on a board with Airs…. I wish the Republicans would apologize for the Bush/Cheney years and not run anyone this time around. 

Obama: Clinton wouldn’t pass her own vetting process.  Her husband pardoned two members of the Weathermen.  Zing!

So far this has been a debate on campaign controversy rather than issues.  Keep it coming!

8:52 PM — Now the questions on who can get out of Iraw faster. If on day one, the commanding generals advise you not to withdraw, would you still withdraw troops?

Clinton: Yes.  Thankfully we live in a country with a military that’s commanded by civilians. 

Gibson: Are you saying that you know better than the military leaders?

Clinton: No [Yes].  We need to be paying attention to other problems, like Afghanistan.

Obama: The commander-in-chief sets the mission. The generals and the troops are there to carry out the mission.  The current President has used “I’m just listening to Petraeus” as an excuse.  I will always listen to commanders on the ground in respect to tactics.  I will take their recommendations into consideration.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the MSM is so bored with the primary season that they are manufacturing that it’s even a contest between Obama and Clinton.  The longer they go at one another, the longer the MSM can avoid issues.  The last thing they want is for liberals to start talking about what they believe.  So, I’m switching over to a real contest for now — American Idol!

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Oh, Bob, why did you have to be so coy?

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 5 of April , 2008 at 5:28 pm

Today at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, MO, former Congressman Bob Barr announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to be the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee.  Barr is most recently known for formally leaving the GOP in 2006 and becoming a member of the Libertarian Party.  You may also know him from his break-out appearance in Borat.  (Fun fact: The Borat interview was filmed about 20 feet from LOTUS’s desk.) 

During his annoucement, Barr touched on one of my pet peeves — conservatives’ obsession with Congressional earmarks.  It’s perfectly fine to be against earmarks, but they represent a VERY small percentage of total spending.  Barr said, “Removing ‘earmarks’ but not cutting the underlying spending is simply government as usual and is nothing more than a cynical shell game and that’s the high water mark in the debate thus far.”

The Other McCain has all the latest updates and video.

Click here to donate to Barr’s committee and learn where he stands on the issues.

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“Modernizing” the Republican Party

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 29 of March , 2008 at 5:55 pm

Yesterday evening Karl Rove spoke at George Washington University in Washington D.C.  Rove gave a very rah-rah, pro-McCain speech.  Afterwards, a student went down the list of issues in which McCain differs with a majority of his fellow Republicans —  immigration, campaign finance reform, Bush tax cuts, etc.  The student asked if it was a problem to have a nominee that differs from the Republican Party’s platform.  Rove’s answer: Then it’s time to “modernize” the party.  He then gave the example of Dems “modernizing” their party when Clinton said “the end of big government is over.” 

Modernize=Abandon principles central to the movement?

Modernize=Adopt positions held by the Left?

Modernize=Become indistinguishable from the other party?

Many have made an issu e of the Democrat’s “cult of personality” primary.  However, it seems that Rove is ready to embrace the same game plan.  Unfortunately, conservatives may be on the losing end on this one.  Their presumed nominee is someone with a positive message (if you don’t look at the receipt) that has managed to send the Clinton machine into a tailspin.  Our nominee is a maverick, meaning one that refuses adherence to a group of associates.  Senator McCain is our nominee and “modernizing the Party” means our principles are malleable to his beliefs. 

I’m sure there’s someone out there that knows Rove’s win-lose ratio.   In November we’ll add a notch to one of those columns.

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How well do you know Senator McCain?

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 18 of March , 2008 at 10:14 pm

The New Yorker has a humorous (if slanted) quiz about the man one reporter called “Senator Hothead.”  Questions include:

Who said that McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi”?

(a) Pat Buchanan.

(b) Sylvester Stallone.

(c) Senator Thad Cochran.

Two of these statements refer to Bush. Which refers to McCain?

(a) At thirteen, he yelled “Fuck this” when he played golf poorly, prompting his mother to make him go sit in the car.

(b) As a toddler, if he didn’t get his way he’d hold his breath until he fainted.

(c) When he was a boy, he liked to blow up frogs with firecrackers.

Click here to test your McCain IQ.  LOTUS score: 8 out of 15

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The Bitch IS Back: Live-Blogging Debate #20

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 26 of February , 2008 at 10:22 pm

Tonight’s Democratic Debate (most answers are paraphrased)

Also check out ACU Intern Andrew Breza’s live-blogging here.

9:20 p.m. Question about NAFTA

Clinton: I’d like to talk about health care.  I’m not complaining, but it’s interesting that I’ve been getting the first question.  If you saw Saturday Night Live, perhaps we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and wants another pillow.  [Watch SNL sketch here.]

Obama: Doesn’t respond to Clinton’s whining, says NAFTA has hurt American jobs and that Clinton has flip-flopped on the issue.

It’s odd to me that Hillary wants to keep talking about health care.  It just reminds people of why they dislike her.  It’s like McCain saying, “Hold up everyone, can we get back to McCain-Feingold or McCain-Kennedy?”

Russert to Clinton: I’ve looked through your plan and you say you will add 5 million U.S. jobs in the first year of your administration.  During your Senate election, you told my hometown of Buffalo [Drink because it’s shocking that he didn’t say “Go Bills”] that you would add 5,000 new jobs to the area.  You later told the Buffalo newspaper that you may have overestimated.  Is your current plan of 5 million also overestimating?

Clinton: Nah.  My husband did it, so can I!

[Warning: I’m eating an ice cream cone, so the “live” blogging ain’t so live.]

9:40 p.m. Russert to Obama: Clinton has said you don’t have adequate foreign policy experience.  In the general election, you would be going up against someone with considerable foreign policy experience.

Obama: McCain has the same policies as Bush and Cheney. Clinton would not be able to debate McCain because her positions are virtually the same. 

9:45 p.m. Russert: Do you reserve the right to go back into Iraq after withdrawal if needed?

Clinton: You ask too many hypothetical questions.

Duh, the whole damn debate is a hypothetical question that hinders on whether or not you’re president!  Spoiler alert: Clinton won’t be president.

Obama: Yes, if attacks are planned like what happen on 9/11, it’s my responsibility to stop it.

Clinton: Oh wait, I want to change my answer!

Brian Williams gives Clinton the hand and MSNBC goes to a hard break and says they’ll give her an opportunity when they come back.  Hee hee, they don’t.

9:52 p.m. Williams asks Obama to look at the monitor.  Video plays of bumble bee Clinton being sarcastic about the skies opening, angels singing for Obama.

Clinton cackles (drink).

Obama said it’s kind of humorous and understands the point Clinton has been trying to make about “speeches vs. solutions.”  Obama says he’s been offering solutions for 20 years.

Williams to Clinton: What point were you trying to make in that comment?

Clinton: I was having fun on the campaign trail, which is hard to do.   Then she rattles off a list of buzz phrases: health care, middle class, oil company profits,  caps on credit card rates, Dick Cheney’s energy bill, student loans, names of cities in Ohio, etc.

In some room somewhere, Frank Luntz is high-fiving himself.

10:00 p.m. Williams plays clip of Obama saying Clinton is trying to capitalize on her husband’s administration and acting as co-president.

Obama: It’s wrong to take credit for good things, but shirk responsibility on the bad things.

10:05 p.m. Russert asks Clinton why she hasn’t released her (and her husband’s)  joint tax return.  Mentions that Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million.  Russert also points out that President Clinton (the first one) has made a lot of money from foreign companies and the American people would like to know who is bankrolling her campaign.

Clinton: The American people that support me are bankrolling this campaign.  Says she’ll release tax return before the general election, maybe earlier.

10:08 p.m. Russert asks Obama if he supports Louis Farrakhan’s endorsement.  Obama says no and that his comments against Jews are reprehensible.  Russert continues to push.  Reminds him that his book title “The Audacity of Hope,” comes from a sermon from a minister that traveled with Farrakhan to Libya to meet with Khadafi. 

Obama: I wouldn’t be sitting here tonight if it wasn’t for the Jewish community who adamently supported civil rights.

Clinton interjects and says she rejecting isn’t as strong as denouncing support.  I renounced support from anti-semetics in NY’s Independence Party.

Obama: Ok, fine.  I reject and denounce.  I can haz presidency now?

Russert has had some good questions tonight.  PJB must have helped.

10:22 p.m. Pop Quiz!  Russert asks Clinton to tell him about Putin’s recently elected successor.

Clinton: He’s handpicked by Putin.  We may be meeting with the President, but Putin will still be making the decisions.

Russert:  Who is he?  What’s his name?

Clinton: Meda-meda-veda (mumble mumble)

10:25 p.m. Russert asks last question, are there any words or vote you would take back?

Clinton: The 2002 resolution on Iraq is a vote I would like to take back.  However, election is about the future. 

Obama: Would take back vote on allowing Congress to intervene on Terry Schiavo.  “As a constitutual law professor, I knew better.”  Good answer.

Obama ends by complimenting Clinton.  Says people are modest and don’t expect much from government.  They are looking for a hand-up, not a hand out. 

10:30 p.m. Williams asks Obama: What is the fundamental question that Clinton needs to answer to the voters? 

Obama: Clinton would be a better president than John McCain and has tethered himself to Bush on foreign policy.  I don’t think Clinton needs to answer a question on whether she can be the standard bearer.  I’m better though because I can unite people in a unique way.

Same question to Clinton.

Clinton: It’s been an honor to campaign, but I still intend to win.  I am the first woman running and it will be an enormous sea-change. The question I would pose is “Who can actually change the country?”

It’s over.   Chelsea is first to greet Clinton.  Obama and Clinton signs autographs. 

Olbermann and Matthews: Was a debate of field goals rather than touchdowns.

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Rules for the Cleveland Showdown

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 26 of February , 2008 at 10:00 pm

Courtesy of my good friend IOTUS, below are the Drinking Game Rules for tonight’s MSNBC debate with Senators Clinton and Obama.  (I’d give anything to see MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan ask the questions.)

Drink one every time Clinton laughs.

Drink two if Clinton says name of a corporation, like Xerox.

Drink two and a half sips for any mention of “green” or emerging green technologies.

Drink three if Clinton makes eye contact directly with Obama. 

Drink three is one of them touch one another during the debate.  Finish your drink if it’s to make a negative point rather than a “I’m so happy to be here with you” point.

Drink four if Clinton threatens to cry.

Drink five if Obama mentions or references William Jefferson Clinton.

If Clinton can get Obama to accuse her of “dirty tricks” (i.e. planting the recent photo in traditional African garb) finish the bottle.

Final drink — If Bush is mentioned more than McCain, grab another bottle and finish it.

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Joke of the Day

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 17 of February , 2008 at 2:17 am

What has two thumbs and no chance?

 This guy.

(Thank you, thank you… )

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Viva la Richardson

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 9 of January , 2008 at 8:12 pm

It’s about time we starting exporting people to Mexico.  And an even better idea to start with liberal politicians!

H/T Wonkette

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No Wonder Hunter and Paul Are Out

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 6 of January , 2008 at 9:28 pm

There’s no room at the table!  On Fox News right now the five top-tier candidates (Giuliani, Romney, Huckabee, Thompson, McCain) are sitting inches away from one another.  It’s making me uncomfortable. 

It's Raining Men!

Photo via MichelleMalkin.com

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