The Pollitikat


2008 election


Taking Obama’s advice and sharing my story—–
I went to my mailbox today and in there was a letter from Joe Biden asking me to donate $100 dollars to help Hillary Clinton retire her debt. First of all I did not make any pledge to Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this year I donated during Obama’s “one in a million” promotion and I never got my “one in a million” t-shirt. I have been campaigning January for this movement, I have phone banked and gone to two states. I purchased three copies of Obamas books. I did canvassing knocking on hundred of doors, and entered countless data into votebuilder, and made signs. I have been to two rallies and fundraisers, convinced friends and co-workers to vote for the ticket ObamaBiden. I have personally donated almost $1500 that does not include the money I spent traveling and renting hotel rooms and cars. At the end of the campaign I donated $30 to get my “one voice” t-shirt and here it is over one month later and no t-shirt, and personally I don’t think I am going to get one. Friends brag about how they receive t-shirts and autographed pictures from Obama and Michelle, did I receive anything of the sort–no.

So imagine how pissed off I am to open my email and see a letter from the Obama campaign telling me about the pledge they made and asking me for my money. Listen you made the pledge you give her the money. Hillary Clinton and her husband are worth over $100 million I might be worth $65 thousand dollars, who should be helping whom. Obama is making enormous amounts of money from his books he can afford to help Hillary.

Hillary decided to run for president, she knew what was involved and did not plan for it. Even though she was losing and her campaign was running out of money she continued the effort. She claims she loaned her campaign money, personally I don’t know how someone lends themselves money. She was investing in herself and unfortunately it didn’t pay off, that’s how it is sometimes. When my investments fail, no one bails me out, the losses I took when trying to start a small business. She poorly managed her campaign and now I am being asked to reward her, how will she learn the lessons there. She should have suspended her campaign when it became mathematically impossible for her to win. This debt is her responsibility alone. I think it is appalling that a millionaire is asking “common” folk to help them with a debt. How insulting to the hardworking people who donated to this movement, some of us having to endure the insults and injuries Clinton caused with her tactics.

Yes, I know the campaign is over, but I never thought Hillary would be a good president, that’s why I did not support her candidacy and I am not going to fund her debt. I think the fact that she is nominated for Secretary of State is enough sacrifice for me, did you promise her that during the campaign too Obama? I don’t know how she will do considering her record on healthcare and this recent campaign. If I look at those two incidents as her resume I would say she doesn’t manage money well, and she doesn’t have an ability to lead. I think she is good at carrying out a task and I am hoping that’s the reason Obama is nominating her. I think it is nice that Hillary now has to work for him considering all the mess she talked about Obama not being ready to lead. He did tell her during the campaign that he was looking forward to her working for him, so we did see some type of appointment coming. I am not sure I trust Hillary yet and she has to show me more than just being a good campaigner, all of this makes me think she was just campaigning because she had the promise of being Secretary of State. Yes, I understand there are valid reasons for choosing her and they have been cited by the campaign and I agree those reasons are all pros for Hillary, and since she has been trusted with such a delicate and high profile position (not a bad conciliation prize) now she can really prove herself by carrying out Obamas agenda. I think it’s a good idea to have her in a situation where Obama has control, in the senate she would be his nemesis.

Now is the time for her to prove she is a person of integrity and morals by paying off her own debt. This should be a growing process for her; I have a problem with people who crave the spotlight because they are often part of the problem. I am looking forward to the Obama administration and wait to see how it will rise to the many challenges that are dominating the headlines, and those that are not: like education and poverty, racial tension and profiling, the lack of community centers and outreach programs in impoverished neighborhoods. This is what I care about, not some millionaires debt that she brought on herself.

I am sorry Obama, forgiving is good, working together is good, but I also believing in standing for what I believe in. I understand diplomacy and the need for everyone to get along but I have to draw the line here. Maybe you could show me your word is bond by sending my autographed pictures and t-shirt first.

Peggy Noonan is Jealous of Obama

I have heard about Peggy Noonan for a very long time. I may have read the wall street journal once so I was not familiar with her views. I understand that she wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan, and I remember how convincing Reagan was.
I am tired of Peggy Noonan talking about how Obama is full of him self and likes to praise himself. She implies Obama is caught up in his own hype. I am beginning to see why Reagan was so convincing because Peggy was there to twist words. In her critique of Obamas statement yesterday “I feel we have a righteous wind at our backs” she says Obama feels its all about him and Reagan would never say that. Reagan, she went on would say (paraphrasing) “there is a righteous wind ushering in our ideas”. BullS*%#. She went on to talk about the concern for the cult of personality that was going on, and Reagan would never talk about himself but his ideas. Sure Peggy.

I think its fascinating that she would know what Reagan would say since Reagan is dead, and the world has changed drastically since the Reagan era. But when I looked at what she said and Obamas statement I realized that Peggy is only upset that Obama does not need her to write his speeches.

Peggy’s words are full of hot air, and Obamas were sincere. Obama was talking about his supporters. He said “our backs”, not his back, and by our backs he is referring to our ideas, because ultimately that is what people are voting for. When you listen to his complete statement he was encouraging his supporters telling them not to give up, we have the wind at our backs and even when we feel tired we should fight on. I’m surprised Peggy didn’t get that.
In case you didn’t realize or haven’t been paying attention Peggy, he is our spokesperson, and he is speaking to us and for us.

In the time that I have been watching her on Morning Joe I have not been impressed with her, and I also notice she has no problem when people bestow praise on her and she doesn’t have a problem speaking of Reagan as if he were a god. She was nicely quieted by the former Ambassador to the UN, who when explained Obamas understanding of the complexity of the challenges that faces the next president. Peggy asked the ridiculous question of whether Obama can make a decision, stating dismissively “we know he understands things but can he make a decision?” The Ambassador explained that not only does his entire life testify to his decisiveness but he has also an example of character, something important to Noonan, she was left speechless after the Ambassador statements.

Later on in the broadcast she went on to talk about John McCain’s ability to bring “sophistication and decisiveness” on Military issues, when she was refuted by the author of “the American way of War” she retreated to comment only that it was not discussed on the campaign trail and it was a missed opportunity. She appeared pathetic and wounded; she looked like a columnist and not a journalist. She also talked about voting and that one should genuinely “care and take the time to know about the issues” before they vote, can someone say “elitist”. Yet she still supports John McCain even though he picked a vice presidential candidate that hasn’t shown understanding of the issues, Peggy thinks its ok for Sarah to run the country, when according to Peggy’s own standards Sarah isn’t even qualified to vote. Peggy comes off as just another right wing nut.

"John McCain is the most wonderful, thoughtful, bravest, caring maverick, aaaah, man I know."

I didn’t know skirting around, and showing zero understanding of the issues means qualified to be president. I mean the woman recited from her “memory cards”. I thought Sarah was terrible, she didn’t answer any of the question and the answers she gave were disturbing. All Sarah proved tonight was that she could read and memorize. Being folksy and witty is not an answer to the question. I was not impressed, you have to be more than a pretty face and know how to speak, you should actually know something, and I don’t think she proved that tonight. The most important thing Sarah said tonight was that she agreed with the Cheney philosophy of expanding the role of vice president that bothers me.

Sarah reminded me of an aggressive small dog that is hyper and barks at everything that passes. She was just on the attack and she offered no real solutions. She was not even familiar with John McCain’s record. Seems like all she did to prep for the debate was memorize answers and watch the democratic primary debates, too bad she didn’t come with any facts. The most amusing thing she said was that examing the Bush years was looking backwards towards the past. “You prefaced your whole comment on the Bush years …dog done it.” Those darn Bush years, which John McCain agreed with George Bush the majority of the time, we should just forget about that. The pesky past. Hilarious!!

The McCain/Palin ticket offers no solutions to any of the questions that face our nation.
All they did was trash what the other guys is proposing without putting forth their own vision. I find it to be a very empty ticket that’s only appeal is the “celebrity” of Sarah.
This has proved to me more than ever that Sarah is not ready to be vice president, she did
makes mistakes by not answering the questions, and not knowing what she was talking about, and I think equating yourself with Cheney is a pretty big mistake. You could see the light go off in Joe Bidens head when she did that, he almost burst out of his skin. She talked about expanding the role of vice president. Bingo! Cheney in a skirt. When asked what her role would be as vice president, she said John McCain asked her to work on energy, special needs, help reform Washington. What does that mean, when you just talked about exerting power over the senate? Even on Energy she didn’t seem to know more than Joe Biden, and she regurgitated her answer for energy on about four or five of the questions that had nothing to do with energy. Smile, wink, smile!!! Wink, wink!! I don’t want my politicians winking at me, ‘cause I don’t know what you’re talking about when you do that. Are you saying “I’m kidding”, “I don’t mean what I’m saying”, “just go along, and I’ll explain later”, that’s what it means to me.

For women the fact that pundants are saying that she did well in this debate is a real set back. To have a bar set so low, her main qualification is her “cuteness”. Selecting Sarah Palin is affirmative action at its worst, and speaks to John McCain’s lack of respect for the nation and the position of president. She corrected Joe about the “drill, baby, drill” but she didn’t know much about the economy or foreign policy. Her main headlines were taxes, maverick, and reform, all of which were knocked down successfully by Biden. He effectively attacked McCain’s record and tied him to Bush. I’m not saying a woman is not ready for the position, but this woman clearly is not. She came off very rehearsed, even during the times she looked into the camera I don’t think she connected, she looked drone-like. At times I felt like I was watching a terrible remake of the Manchurian Candidate, “John McCain is the most wonderful, thoughtful, bravest, caring maverick, aaaah, man I know.”

I also think she wants to be at the top of the ticket. She did have the slip of saying that John McCain is the guys we most need to “leave”…oops, lead.

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