Day: January 10, 2010

The Real Sarah Palin: Clueless, Ignorant Mediocrity!

We have heard so much about Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and GOP Vice Presidential nominee in 2008, but the more we learn, the more we realize how fortunate we are that John McCain lost the 2008 election. We also can see that anyone who thinks this woman is qualified to run for President is just like her: a clueless, ignorant mediocrity, and I am trying to be a gentleman! 🙂

On Sixty Minutes, McCain Aide Steve Schmidt informed Anderson Cooper that Palin did not understand why there was a North and South Korea; thought Saddam Hussein had attacked the United States on September 11; had trouble with Joe Biden’s name, calling him O’Biden, so was told in the Vice Presidential debate to call him “Joe”; and that she promoted untruths and came across as inaccurate much too often.  Also, she stated to Schmidt that her nomination was part of “God’s plan”!

How anyone can take her seriously, or even spend money and stand in line to buy her book, in which she blames everyone for her own shortcomings and refuses to take responsibility for anything about the campaign, is absolutely amazing!

Essential For Ted Kennedy Senate Seat To Remain Democratic!

There is alarm in Democratic circles in Massachusetts as it seems clear that Martha Coakley, the Attorney General and candidate for Ted Kennedy’s seat, is facing a tough race against Republican Scott Brown, who has made clear that he will vote against health care reform, an act which could effectively end the chances of the legislation that Ted Kennedy fought for over so many years!

To top it off, there is an independent “Tea Party” candidate named Joe Kennedy! Of course, the founder of the Kennedy dynasty was Joseph P. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy’s oldest son was Joe Kennedy, Jr, a Congressman for a dozen years in the 1980s and 1990s! But this Kennedy is not part of that family and has a desire to confuse voters and elect Scott Brown.

It is hoped the voters of Massachusetts on January 19 will honor the memory of Ted Kennedy and elect Martha Coakley as his successor!

Comparing Harry Reid To Trent Lott Totally Ridiculous!

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid is under fire for a comment he made during the 2008 campaign about Barack Obama: that he could win because he was a “light skinned black” who did not use “the Negro dialect” unless he chose to do so. What a stupid, insensitive, disgraceful comment!

However, Reid apologized to President Obama, and the President immediately accepted the apology, as he is not a person who holds grudges, as for example when he encouraged a committee chairmanship for Senator Joe Lieberman last year despite his support of Obama’s election opponent, Senator John McCain. Obama is a man of dignity and class, and does not act petty and vindictive, as so many politicians and other public figures have the propensity to do!

But the Republicans are calling on Reid to resign his leadership, as they compare him to their own Senate Majority Leader in 2002, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, who resigned after touting the career of retiring South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, by saying that if only we had elected Thurmond President on a third party line in 1948, then we would not have had all the troubles Lott said we have had in recent times.

The difference is so great that to compare Reid’s comment to Lott’s comment is ridiculous to the extreme! Thurmond was indeed a long time segregationist and racial supremacist, who ran as a “Dixiecrat” on the States Rights Party line in 1948, and utilized racist language as he did for most of his career, until a decade after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he finally started to de-emphasize the issue and even hire African Americans to his Senate staff. Even with that gesture, Thurmond was one of the most despicable racists in the Senate’s history!

In addition to that, Trent Lott himself was an obvious racist, as he often spoke before white supremacy groups, although he claimed he did not know of that fact. He was extremely insensitive on race matters all through his time in the Senate, and his championing of Thurmond in the manner he did in 2002 was extremely outrageous, and even President George W. Bush was critical of the tone and manner of Lott’s statements, so he appropriately resigned.

So when the GOP brings up Lott and compares him to Reid, it is really an issue of hypocrisy, not of righteousness. But then again, the Republican party has been on the wrong side of civil rights for a long time, and are certainly NOT the party of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, and Thaddeus Stevens in the era of the Civil War. In today’s world, the Republicans ARE the “Confederates” who support states rights and secession, as for instance, Governor Rick Perry of Texas!

So Harry Reid is no Trent Lott, clearly and absolutely!