This entry is to endorse two candidates for the nomination of their parties for President of the U.S. I know Kristi agrees with me on this also. Some of the big newspapers endorse a candidate from two parties, mostly one democrat and one republican. I'm doing two parties, but the parties I'm doing are Green and Democrat.
John Edwards withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination for president. In "normal" times, he would have been a strong candidate. He's intelligent, passionate, attractive, energetic, and doesn't seem to have any huge blemishes on his record. But he ran straight into the headwind of two historical campaigns, and although he obviously gave it all he could, he finally ran out of steam, so to speak.
It is very sad what is happening in Kenya. People that have lived together in relative "peace" are now facing each other with violence. The reason?
The Federal Reserve cheapened our money again today. Why are they doing this? We want our money more valuable, not less. How about a law that says that at least one out of every three devaluations of our currency has to be subject to a vote of the people? Is that so radical? After all, devaluing our currency without a vote is, for all practical purposes, "taxation without representation." Our forefathers taught us well about that! I'd just like someone to answer me how, if too much debt is the problem, the answer is to make it easier to go in debt?
Of course the big news today was the strong Obama victory in the South Carolina primary. A couple of things were consistently mentioned across shows. One was that Obama got more white votes than "expected." The other was that Bill Clinton had hurt Hillary by his over aggressive campaigning. Apparently the "mainstream" media is convinced that the Clinton strategy is to "make Obama the black candidate" like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were. That way, it would drive a wedge between white voters and Obama, especially in the south.
Since I wrote about Mitch McConnell in the last entry, I'm going to stay on the subject. I just have to comment about the TV campaign ad he is running ad naseum on WPSD, the NBC affiliate out of Paducah, and a part of Paxton Media Group.
As I begin this blog entry, I want to state that I have been a fan and supporter of the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah since it's beginning. I have some very close friends that are on the Maiden Alley board, although some of the members I do not know at all or very well.
We watched Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, Stephanopolous, and Face the Nation. One thing that was mentioned on all the shows was Bill Clinton's behavior on the campaign, and how he might conflict with and/or work with a Hillary administration. One of the interesting comments was how Hillary might try to explain to a potential running mate what his or her authority might be when Bill will be running all over the world doing his thing. I thought it was an interesting question, and I hadn't really thought about it.
I can't let this pass by without commenting on it. I do think the media is somewhat overblowing the issue of most of Hillary and Bill's comments about Martin Luther King, LBJ, and Obama. But let's not kid ourselves. The Clintons boast of their experience. And they have it! So they know all the "codes," especially in the South. The LBJ and "fantasy" quotes were pretty tame. It was the "kid" comment, when Bill called Obama a "kid" that I thought really crossed the line. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/01/the-bill-factor.html
Apparently Dennis Kucinich is now calling for a recount of votes in NH due to all the behind the scenes discussion about anomalies with the results. Good for him. There is nothing more important than restoring total faith in our election system.
As the Brad Blog stated, and I cited in a previous post, there are certain counties in NH where the votes were tallied by hand and some where they were tallied via the Diebold machines.
This is a photo of Kristi standing next to a lifesize statue of Robert Wadlow, who is tallest man documented to ever come out of the US. Robert grew up in Alton, Illinois, and lived til his early 20s. He was 8'11" and some. There is a museum in his honor in Alton, and this statue of him is across the street from the museum. Pretty amazing!
I've listened to a lot of pontificating last night and today about the "surprise" results from the New Hampshire primary last night, both on radio and TV. I kept wondering what kind of voting machines was used in New Hampshire. When I got to my computer this evening, I did some searches.
Hillary wins a squeaker in the New Hampshire primary. In some ways, that isn't that surprising, but in the context of the mainstream media's coverage it is surprising. Less than a week ago, Hillary was way up in the polls in New Hampshire. Polls in the last couple days showing Obama surging apparently were wrong.
Amazingly, or, well, maybe not amazingly enough, Hillary was on the news today. She got “emotional” during a campaign event in NH after a woman asked her how she did it (“it” referring to keeping up all of the female responsibilities plus be a high profile politician.) I saw and heard several news media accounts of it. Basically, after this woman asked Hillary the question, Hillary started off by getting kind of quiet, and then saying softly and with some sincerity, that it was difficult.