Barack Obama

Gov. Brian Schweitzer In 2012?

The LA Times is reporting that Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is taking actions that amount to a major step towards a Presidential Primary run should Obama lose in November. With Obama locked in a dead-heat fight with McCain and the political process for the next cycle expected to begin closer to 2008 than 2012, any actions by up-and-coming politicians in the early states (ie. Iowa & New Hampshire) is legitimate fair game to be looked at through the lenses of 2012.

So what is Brian Schweitzer, the most libertarian Democratic Governor in America, doing to raise eyebrows?  After the DNC gave him a national boost by giving him a prime-time speaking spot at their Denver Convention, he will now be the guest of honor for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s cookout. While the cookout in and of itself is unimportant in the large scheme of things,  the last two guests of honor were Senators John Edwards and Barack Obama, the first of which staked his political ambitions in Iowa and the latter of which took away Senator Hillary Clinton’s aspirations after his Iowa showing.

Obama: Lets “Hold Off” On Tax Hikes

The uber-tax-and-spend-liberal Obama is now on the defensive since being shoved to 2nd place after the nomination of quasi-libertarian Sarah Palin. Whether her nomination had any major effect or not, there is a shift in the Democratic Nominee’s position on taxation. He is sliding back on his promise to immediately attempt to rescind the “Bush Tax Cuts” and is also stating any new tax hikes should be put on hold, pending the current condition of the economy. This is a shift that is layered on top of a previous tax shift concerning subjecting payroll taxes to wealthy Americans, which he now says “should be put off until years down the road, like ten years”.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama says he would delay rescinding President Bush’s tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.

Bob Barr is the Only Voice of Sense on Fannie/Freddie

While McCain and Obama make petty arguments about how the bailout of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac should be handled, Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Rep. Bob Barr is acting as the only significant national voice of sense on the issue. McCain and Obama essentially support the same faulty premise of TBTF (To Big To Fail) and are producing little to no distinction from each other. Bob Barr on the other hand, not surprisingly, is speaking on principle and ethics in addition to the feasibility of the situation. Here is Barr’s statement on the issue that was picked up by the LA Times -

Community Organizers and GOP Politicians: Enemies of the Taxpayer

By: David T. Beito

In an editorial, the Chicago Sun-Times takes offense at Paln and Giuliani’s belittlement of Obama’s record as a community organizer:

Republicans insist that people should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Communities should take care of their own and not depend on big government to do the job. And the folks who do make it should give back.

We agree wholeheartedly.

But on what is the job of community organizer premised, if not those very principles?.

Change We Should Fight

One thing that has been overlooked this election cycle is Obama’s stance on gun rights. In my opinion he has been given a free-ride by the liberal “old media” and without independent organizations the issue would pretty much a non-issue. Any candidate that receives an enthusiastic endorsement by should be looked on with extreme suspicion by gun owners, such as myself. There is an AR-15 here in my apartment and do not be naive enough to think Obama does not want to confiscate it; the only thing stopping him is potential public outrage and independent organizations such as the GOA & NRA.

Publius Obamus

Obama’s Cult of Personality stuff is really getting out of hand, as this ABC News story illustrates:

DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington’s Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party’s nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.

Next Two Weeks - Reality TV or Soap Opera…

…or a little of both?

Two weeks of political hype has officially started with the kick-off of the Democrat Party Convention, taking place in Denver this year, and culminating with McCain’s acceptance speech in Minneapolis at the Republican Convention next week.

Looking past the multi-million dollar stages being used at both the Democrat and Republican Conventions, is there really any substance to this year’s presidential coronation ceremonies?

Rumor is that Obama’s acceptance speech, intending to correct Kerry’s 2004 mistake,  will be hard-hitting, highlighting the differences between McCain and himself.  That should take all of two minutes to delineate, giving him plenty of time for his “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” mantra.  I’m sure everyone will leave feeling warm and fuzzy, not at all concerned that they’re still not sure what their candidate stands for and whether he’s truly ready to lead this country.

Obama in Sudan

For years, the Left has talked again and again about a coming war in Iran. Seymor Hersh has written a dozen or so pieces about it for the New Yorker over the years. Nothing has really come of it. The Ayatollahs are still in power, and Ahmadinejad is still talking about throwing the Jews into the bathtub.

That doesn’t mean that we have nothing to fear of another war after Iraq. There’s another oil-rich Arab regime that hawks and doves alike would like to see overthrown, the Khartoum regime in Sudan. As long as Hersh has been warning about an impending invasion of Iran, lefties like George Clooney have been clamoring for military action to stop the genocide in Darfur.

Mainstream Media Hostile to Barr Campaign?

There’s something very peculiar about the general media coverage of the election campaign.

While it’s strikingly obvious that a good swap of the mainstream media has fallen head over heels in love with Barack Obama, that hasn’t necessitated friendliness to the potential Republican “spoiler,” Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr.

In an interview on CNN, anchor Kiran Chetry downplays Barr’s relevance. It’s in slight but significant ways, such as Chetry saying that Barr is only on 34 state ballots when he is in fact on nearly 40 ballots. Chetry also goes on to say that Barr is only polling at 3%, when he is in fact polling at 6%. This isn’t hostility towards Barr’s ideas, but instead hostility towards his very presence.

How Significant Will the Veep Be?

John Adams once said of his position as Vice President, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

While recent vice presidents such as Dick Cheney have had a lot of clout, it’s still held that the position of vice president is a limited one. Most of the policy making decisions will be carried out by the man inaugurated President next January.

Nevertheless, a great deal can be percieved about a candidate by who they choose as their running mate. Obama will likely pick a red state Democrat in order to strengthen his appeal toward conservative and moderate voters. Who McCain picks will be crucial in affirming his conservative credentials.

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