I certainly haven't really envied Obama being in the middle between Israel and Iran. These two countries, which are nearly neighbors, are intense rivals. Israel's government seems to think that Iran is trying to find a way to wipe them off the map, something that isn't going to happen. Iran is worried that Israel is going to attack them for having nuclear power, something under international law they are allowed to have, as long as they follow the rules.
I don't know if it is symbolic of what is going on, but compare the images of President Obama singing with BB King and Rick Santorum saying that his "phoney theology" comment about Obama didn't refer to religion. (Oh, then what is theology?) If you gave me the choice of public images to put forward, I would take the singing with BB King anyday. It's really a no-brainer.
The Sunday News Shows (some of which actually air on Friday) were pretty good this week. It's going to hard to narrow it down to a few things.
I guess the first thing that I have to mention is the discussion on "Comment on Kentucky" about the governor's proposed constitutional amendment to bring casino gambling to Kentucky. This is his issue, and he was re-elected, and he has a decent change of getting this through the legislature.
Yesterday, Feb. 16, had been exactly 16 years ago to the day, as hard as that was to believe, when the judge announced from the bench that he was going to issue some kind of injunction against the Shawnee National Forest because their required management plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) didn't comply with the law. The lawsuit was brought by the the Regional Association of Concerned Environmentalists (RACE), of which I was president, Illinois Audubon Council and the Sierra Club.
I'm going to spend most of this writing session on a quote by Rick Santorum on Meet the Press yesterday. At one point in his conversation with David Gregory, Gregory asked, "Is there an area, a decision that you would take as president, or position that you might adopt even in the course of the campaign, that would make conservatives uncomfortable that you think you could take and still get the nomination?"
It's bad enough when it's a bunch of older men dressed up in costumes arguing about whether or not women should be allowed to have birth control. But it's even worse when it's a bunch of males dressed up in costumes that, in a number of cases, covered up for pedaphile priests. The so-called "spiritual leaders" of the catholic church are living in centuries past, and it's a disservice to their organization if you ask me.
Obama's campaign made the NBC national news tonight and not in a good or what I think was accurate way. Not that NBC news was the only national outlet to cover today an announcement of some sort by Obama or his campaign that they were no longer going to discourage supporters from investing in some
"SuperPAC" that is going to support him in the election.
Our trip to Florida is over. We were in the state during the primary, more by coincidence than anything. I think that the facts of the primary proved the last post - that there wasn't a lot of excitement in Florida over the republican presidential primary. For one thing, Romney didn't receive even 50% of the votes, and more importantly, even with all of the furor in the Tea party and the republicans stating that their number one priority is to get rid of Obama, their primary turnout was down over 4 years ago, when it wasn't that great.
We're on a family trip to Florida at the moment. The timing is interesting with the republican presidential primary just about here. We crossed into the panhandle of Florida on Tuesday of this week from east central Alabama. I fully expected to see lots of yard signs, billboards, and TV ads for the republican presidential primary all over Florida, and I was curious as to which candidate would be having the most support in terms of these kinds of public showings of endorsement.
With Romney's continued revelations about his wealth and his privileged upbringing, Gingrich's wife's interview on ABC tonight, and Santorum's lack of name recognition, the republicans appear to be imploding. What is next? Maybe a draft Sarah Palin campaign?
The only bad thing for Obama is that if this keeps up, the election becomes his to lose. He's better off to keep his sort of underdog status. The republicans are making that difficult.
Mitt Romney keeps showing that he just doesn't understand what it is like to live with limited resources. One hates to use terms like "spoiled rich kid" but he just so much fits the definition. People like him really don't know what it is like to have to do without something simply because your family doesn't have the resources to get it. It can be very disappointing, but it also teaches you what is truly necessary and how to live with disappointment.
The one surprise that came out of New Hampshire was how well Romney did in spite of the criticism that he came under for his "business" dealings, and his misstep of saying that "he liked firing people." He complained that his comment was taken out of context. Amazing, after what his campaign did totally taking Obama out of context to the point where Obama was actually quoting someone else, but they cut that out and presented it as Obama's quote. That's about as sleazy as you can get!
I was so happy to hear Gingrich call Romney on his "pious baloney." But let's face it, there is a lot of pious baloney out there. And let's hear Gingrich respond to criticisms of he and his believers on the pious baloney that the U.S. is the best at everything and rules the world. That simply is no longer true.
The U.S. is not number one in education, in health care, in manufacturing, in salaries, in sports, and on and on. That doesn't mean we aren't good, and aren 't best at some things. But reality is reality. We are only a member of the family of nations, not the king.
I'm not good at predicting New Englanders. While I admire and am in a certain sense envious of the New Englanders long roots to our nation, I am a rural midwesterner who has had to grind out a survival, and look at things in that way.
Rick Perry didn't take very long to "reassess" his campaign. He's on to South Carolina! It's common political knowledge that South Carolina votes very conservatively. But Perry has no chance after coming in so far behind in Iowa, in combination with his gaffs in the debates. But what Perry will likely do is to splinter, ever so much more, the conservative/evangelical vote in South Carolina. That will make it more likely that Romney, even if he doesn't win, won't come out too damaged.