January 31, 2008
Robert D. Novak, The Houston Chronicle, January 31, 2008
As John McCain neared his momentous primary election victory in Florida after a ferocious campaign questioning his conservative credentials, right-wingers buzzed over word that he had privately suggested that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was too conservative. In response, Sen. McCain recalled saying no such thing and added Alito was a “magnificent” choice. In fact, multiple sources confirm his negative comments about Alito nine months ago.
McCain, as the “straight talk” candidate, says things off the cuff that he sometimes cannot remember exactly. Elements of the Republican Party’s right wing, uncomfortable with McCain as their prospective presidential nominee, surfaced the Alito comments long after the fact for two contrasting motives. One was a desperate effort to keep McCain from winning in Florida. The other was to get the party’s potential nominee on record about key issues before he is nominated.
The latter has no pretensions of changing McCain’s firmly held non-conservative positions on such issues as campaign finance reform and global warming. Rather, they want two assurances: first, that McCain would veto any tax increase passed by a Democratic Congress; second, that he would not emulate Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush in naming liberal justices John Paul Stevens and David Souter.
That is the background of conservative John Fund’s Wall Street Journal online column the day before Florida voted. He wrote that McCain “has told conservatives he would be happy to appoint the likes of Chief Justice Roberts to the Supreme Court. But he indicated he might draw the line on a Samuel Alito because ‘he wore his conservatism on his sleeve.’ ” In a conference call with bloggers that day, McCain said, “I don’t recall a conversation where I would have said that.” He was “astonished” by the Alito quote, he said, and repeatedly tells town meetings, “We’re going to have justices like Roberts and Alito.”
In Today’s Tequila Treehouse…
|Bush’s 935 Iraq Lies|
|Nader: I’ll help the GOP?|
|Pets are Bush Victims|
|Obama – too Easy?|
|Billy Random Says…|
|Obama snub is News?|
|Marilyn Helps Amy|
GOP – Three Blind Mice and a Pariah: Wall Street and the Corporate Elite that own the Republican Party decided to cover their bet this year with four candidates — John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson – all attached to the same plutocratic teat, and pre-approved to work in the best interest of the bogus free-traders, privatization pirates, WTO scoundrels, Enron CEOs, and offshore tax dodgers that the Bush Boy has served so well the past seven years at the expense of the American people as a whole.
St. Ronnie of the Twenty-First Century Thompson had to go after it was discovered that, unlike Reagan with his years of quips and quotes cribbed from Warner Bros. and Republic Studios scripts, slack-jawed Fred in person was a better soporific than Sominex.
The FairTax Campaign Rocks the Boat!
What a thrilling time it is as our idea for a better nation finally starts getting traction everywhere.
While those threatened with extinction—federal tax lobbyists and tax policy experts—have begun throwing the kitchen sink at the FairTax, the public is also getting a lot smarter about how the income tax system hurts America.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (or the smear)
FairTax supporters have taken up their pens and are commenting online, sending letters to the editor and raising the FairTax flag wherever they can. A few writers have been making a huge difference and every supporter is invited to take up the pen—or the keyboard—and fight for the FairTax.
Every day sees a new letter to the editor or web posting defining the 67,500 pages of income tax regulations, the effects of the current tax system on the “Made in America” label and the benefits of a fair, simple and transparent national tax system.
Tax policy was once the exclusive domain of Washington, DC experts who have jealously guarded their elevated status, spun the truth of how the arcane details of the tax code work, helped Congress hide the real effects and size of federal taxes and stoked the political fires to pit citizen against citizen.
That day is coming to an end because of the FairTax.
They don’t like the idea of a simple tax system, of course, and they don’t much care for citizens learning the “secrets” of the dysfunctional income system. The more educated the public becomes; the harder it is for politicians and their handlers to manipulate the truth–and the more popular the FairTax becomes.
January 30, 2008
Edwards is now gone and we are left with Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama. Is this the best we could do for candidates in such an important election for the health and welfare of our country? I don’t think so.
What we have now are two inferior candidates. One is Clinton who has a massive political and money machine and a former president for a husband but is a candidate that offers us nothing in the way or nation changing policies and really doesn’t stretch herself beyond what is safe to say politically.
The other candidate is Obama who somehow has very quickly raised a lot of money and mobilized a great many people by his message of change and hope. While it all sounds nice there is no substance or creativity to any of Obama’s plans for America.
Combine that with the fact that we as Democrats are asking America to vote for either a woman, which has never happened before, or a black man which has never happened before. In addition neither candidate has all that much true governmental experience and during their Senate tenures haven’t exactly been superstars.
I sincerely hope that I am wrong and I will strongly support whoever is the Democratic nominee but I can’t help but feel that as much as progress is essential this might not have been the time in history for it to happen.