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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dem Campaign Chatter 9-4-2008

George Wenschhof

Today, Obama is Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania - Biden is in Virginia Beach and Manassas, Virginia - after he appears on the morning TV Talk Shows rebutting Gov. Palin's speech last night. Michelle Obama is in Sante Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Day 3 Republican Convention concludes - another night like Day 2 - long on personal attacks of Obama and short, or actually zero on anything substantive. Former Governors, Romney (Mass.) and Huckabee (Ark.) along with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Vice-President nominee Sarah Palin continued with the "red meat" statements to fire up the Republican base. In case you missed it, has the text of the speech here.

In addition, viewers were reminded that Senator McCain was a war hero, and did you know? - he was a POW in Viet Nam. The press was not left out, as it was attacked as well. has a good response to the media attack today. You can read it here.

In an often shrill voice, Governor Palin continued attacks on Obama. Her best line of the night came after describing herself as a Hockey Mom. She said the only difference between a Hockey Mom and a pit bull was lipstick. What she neglected to point out was she supported the Alaska Bridge to nowhere before she opposed it. She increased taxes in Alaska and opposes abortion even in the case of incest or rape. The AP is reporting today Palin informed Ministry students that "the Iraq war was a task that is from God".

What I am looking forward to is when and if Tina Fey plays Palin on Saturday Night Live - that would be fun to watch!

Governor Palin will fire up the Republican base which will undoubtedly lead to increased number of voters in November. It appears once again, the country will experience another divisive election.

American voters are tired of the polarizing tactics of the Republican Bush administration and instead want solutions to their every day problems they face. Rising costs, lost jobs, home foreclosures and lack of affordable health care remain the top issues for voters. A reasonable plan to get the U.S. troops out of Iraq is desired over a McCain proposal indicating the troops could be there another 100 years. Voters want a change they can believe in that will come with a Obama-Biden administration.


Day 4 of the Republican Convention - Cindy McCain, Minnestota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Tom Ridge who was seriously considered for the VP, Senators Brownback, Graham and Martinez will warm the crowd up for McCain - let's see if he has anything substantive to say tonight. His speech and the Republican convention is cutting into my watching the Washington Redskins play their opening game of the season tonight - I guess I'll keep my remote nearby.


Meanwhile on the U.S. economic front - 33.000 more jobs cut from the private sector - has more here. Also, the Labor Department reported an unexpected rise in unemployment claims to 444,000 - read more here.


American Troops conduct military operation inside Pakistan - yesterday, suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban forces were attacked in a village bordering Afghanistan. This will cause more angst as the Pakistanis are scheduled to have their Presidential election on September 6. Pakistanis do not want American presence or incursions in their country and the Bush administration ally, President Musharraf has resigned. The NY Times has more here. Stay Tuned.


As the Russian-republic of Georgia feud continues - David Ignatius has a good read today in the Washington Post discussing the different approaches to the conflict shown by Obama and McCain. You can read it here. Vice-President Chaney is in Georgia a day after the Bush administration announced a 1 Billion aid package - a proposal first suggested by Senator Joe Biden after his trip to Georgia.

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