Wednesday edition - February 6, 2007
Clinton, Obama Trade Victories
Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to US
Top Officer Calls US Forces 'Stressed'
I feel asleep about 1am after watching the exciting election results. CNN International switched their coverage to CNN. Why in the world was Ari Fleischer on CNN? He was a terrible press secretary for Bush.
"You know what's amazing about Los Angeles? This city never fails to amaze me. Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger was in town. All the Republican candidates were here. All the Democratic candidates were here. All with secret service protection. And all put together, they still had less of a motorcade than Britney Spears going to the hospital." --Jay Leno
US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3947 The Associated Press
New Iraq incident heightens furor over civilian deaths Seattle Times
US Program Accepted 1324 Iraqi Refugees in Past Four Months
US Lawmakers to Question Pentagon Officials About War Costs
Iran says Iraq claims on oil wells are unfounded Tehran Times, Iran
Cut Middle East Internet cables remain a mystery Seattle Times
Condi Losing Control?
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mildly chastised her ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday for joining Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a panel debate in Davos last month.
"This past weekend was
Groundhog Day. ... I like Groundhog Day. I mean, it's nice to see something
coming out of a hole in a ground that's not running for president." --Jay Leno
CIA Admits Torture
The CIA director on Tuesday publicly named for the first time the three suspected al Qaeda detainees who were subjected to the harsh interrogation technique of waterboarding.
"You know what's interesting? Even though McCain is the frontrunner tomorrow in the big Super Duper Tuesday thing, the other GOP candidates still sniping at each other. You've been following this? Romney wants Huckabee to quit. Some think McCain is too liberal. Others think Romney is too conservative. Remember the good old days when the Republican Party was united against the poor? What happened?" --Jay Leno
Republican Shenanigans News
McCain Dominates Big States Washington Post
McCain ad casts Romney as anti-Reagan Buffalo News
Romney Pledges to Stay in GOP Race
Another Bush Proposal
The Bush administration has proposed extending a new law that transfers millions of dollars in mineral royalties from states to the federal government — money that states say could go for roads, education and other projects.
"Tomorrow looks to be a great victory for us. And together, through our hard work and perseverance, with the Lord's guidance, we will win and go on to victory and we will take the White House. ... I'm sorry. I should probably explain. I am just so high on this McCain thing right now. Mac is back, okay? He's taking it. He's ready. He's ready to go. There's no stopping his machine. Here's the reason why. Evidently, because Huckabee is still in the race, Huckabee is taking votes away from Mitt Romney. Or, as some pundits are putting it [on screen: multiple pundits saying a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain]. A vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. But we all know that I'm Huckabee's runningmate. Therefore, a vote for Huckabee is a vote for me. And if a vote for Huckabee is a vote for me and a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain, by the transitive property of Huckabee, I am John McCain. I am the leader of Republican Party. I am the frontrunner! I'm in it, baby. I'm in it to win it. Not only that, evidently I'm a war hero. ... I will tell you personally what I think is the best part of me and John McCain both being John McCain is, have you seen our wife? [on screen: picture of Cindy McCain]." --Stephen Colbert
Clinton, Obama both claim Democratic victories Los Angeles Times
Female voters torn between Clinton, Obama Boston Globe
Calif. Votes OK Gambling, Term Limits
Georgia Loses, Alabama and Florida Win
A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to a major federal reservoir outside Atlanta, handing Alabama and Florida a major victory in the states' long-standing water wars.
Subject: I'm with you on Hillary
It looks like you're catching a little hell on AHNC for supporting Hillary in 2008. I agree with you and sent my donation yesterday to back it up. My donation is twice as large as usual, to make up for the loss of "Matt" (in the weekend edition). J See ya, Matt.
I think Hillary has the best chance of winning the general election. That's one big reason why I support her. Sure, Obama is a gifted public speaker; he's got the "hat," for sure. But does he have the "cattle"? I doubt it. Here's why.
First, for all his "change" rhetoric, the change Obama seems to know the most about is changing jobs. Seriously, look at the guy's resume. In the last 25 years, Obama has had nearly a dozen different jobs, plus law school. The job he held longest was in the Illinois Senate and he tried to bail out of that after four years. He did bail out in his second term.
Second, I see in his work history a record of much activity but little lasting achievement. That's expected for someone who stays in one place for only a few years at a time. Such people tend to be "a mile wide and an inch deep."
Third, people with work histories like Obama's tend to favor style over substance. Obama's got style but, in the words of Clara Peller and Fritz Mondale, "Where's the beef?"
Fourth, I see no meaningful executive experience in his background. He's a great solo act, but does he know how to get things done through others? On the morning of January 21, 2009, he won't be able to hold a rally or give a speech, he with take command of the world's largest bureaucracy, with a $3 trillion budget. What will he do?
Fifth, comparisons to JFK are not especially reassuring. Kennedy too had great style and some great ideas – the Peace Corps and the space program among them. But his lack of experience brought us the Bay of Pigs, escalation in Vietnam, and foot-dragging on civil rights. That's a mixed record at best.
Sixth, Obama's Illinois senate voting record is nothing to write home about. Over 120 times during his tenure, he voted "present" instead of taking stands on some very controversial bills. That's says "weasel" to me; it reflects a guy who's trying to have it both ways.
Seventh, his liberal track record in the U.S. Senate may help him with his political base but he will get their help anyway. It doesn't help him much with the political center, where (I think) the competition for votes will be most fierce this fall. I think he would win a race against Romney but I wouldn't give him better than even money against McCain.
Eighth, the plain fact is the next president will have to play the hand he's dealt. His (or her) biggest job will be to clean up the mess left by the current president. The need for change is obvious but where do you start with a $400 billion deficit, a $6 trillion trade deficit, a $9 billion national debt, 50 million people without health insurance, 7 million without jobs, a flat economy, 120,000 troops at war with 4,000 dead and another 30,000 wounded, the Gulf Coast in a shambles, near-total dependence on fossil fuels from unstable sources, and a constant threat of terrorism? What will Obama do when talking about the issues and voting "present" are no longer enough?
Ninth, no offense to him, but Obama's main interest seems to be advancing the career of Barack Obama. People want to compare him with John Kennedy but I'm tempted to compare him with Joe Lieberman. Barack Obama is in this for himself.
Tenth, I don't think he can win the general election. Against a McCain, Hillary would be competitive in every state. But several states that might go for Hillary will probably not go for Obama, for various reasons. You can't win by ceding several dozen electoral votes to the other guy at the start.
There, 10 reasons why I think Obama is not ready to be president. Hillary is ready; she certainly knows what the presidency involves better than any other candidate. She may be a Washington insider but I think that's what we need now. She also knows how not to get things done in Washington. I'm voting for Hillary.
Big hug, Rick! And thank you so much for your continuing support.
You presented many interesting points, that's why I printed your e-mail in it's entirety.
I agree, Hillary is experienced and ready to tackle the mess that Bush is going to leave. As much as I like Obama, his lack of experience is troublesome to me, but I will gladly vote for him if he is the Democratic nominee. I think Hillary or Obama could beat the War Horse McCain OR the Coiffed Mormon OR the Baptist preacher with bad teeth.
I have received several e-mails from quirky Obama supporters insinuating that the Clintons were somehow connected to the deaths of Vince Foster and Ron Brown. I expect that from the right but not the Democrats. Shame on you people, you know who you are.
Your point Obama and his many jobs is curious. FYI: The longest job Bush has had is being president. I don't think Bush being governor of Texas really counts, especially since it's a powerless position and we see what a mess Bush has created with his lack of experience.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Asia Falls, Europe Shrugs on Dow Plunge Houston Chronicle
President Bush threatened a veto Tuesday in the debate to update terrorist surveillance laws, assailing Democratic plans to deny protection from lawsuits for telecommunications providers that let the government spy on U.S. residents after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
"Monday, we had the State of the
Union. President Bush's last State of the Union. ... How many saw this speech?
... When are we going to fit this guy for a helmet?" --Bill Maher
Secrecy plea ties up torture flights case San Francisco Chronicle
Women’s association implements campaign against Guantanamo injustices Yemen Observer, Yemen
Guantanamo: Amazing Stone Zoo, One of a Kind Solvisión, Cuba
Britney Spears was ordered to remain in UCLA Medical Center's psychiatric unit for two weeks Monday. She faces a strict regimen after that. Her doctor said she must avoid excitement for awhile, so she is going to work for the Mitt Romney campaign. - Argus Hamilton
Dick Cheney must be in that undisclosed location again because he sure wasn't seen anywhere on Super Tuesday.
"I hope Americans learn one thing -- never again elect a black-out drinker...This is the guy who parks his car on the front lawn and says, 'How did that get there?'" --Bill Maher
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Britney Spears' mom says manager controlled the singer
Amy Winehouse Quizzed Over 'Drug' Video The Associated Press
Florida Orders Sex Offenders From Bridge The Associated Press
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