Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Historic Week

I did feel the weight of history on Thursday evening, listening to Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination. Pretty amazing, and I'm glad that happened in my lifetime. And, as Hillary Clinton pointed out in her speech earlier that week, her mom had been born before women had the vote, yet things changed so rapidly that her daughter was able to vote for a woman--and her own mother to boot. No matter which candidate gets elected, we'll either have the first black president or the first woman Veep. Pretty amazing.

I really enjoyed Obama's speech, and think Biden was a good choice. M pointed out that one very important point Obama didn't address was a promise to change this administration's policy of condoning torture and shredding of our Constitutional rights, and I agree that's a pretty big oversight. I'd hate to think that Obama is OK with those things, though he did vote to absolve the phone spying via that FISA Amendments/Protect America act, so I guess he supports at least some of it. Ick.

Re Sarah Palin as VP, I think McCain didn't do himself any favors by picking someone with so few qualifications. I understand what gaps in his campaign he's trying to fill, but weren't there any other, more experienced Republican women? M says all they're all "batshit crazy"--Liddy Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchison. He says Christy Todd Whitman probably would've been the best choice experience-wise, though I didn't like her leadership at the EPA, and M says she was "ratf**ked" (he's full of the savory phrases this morning) out of that department so she must've really made some party members unhappy. Well, looking forward to listening to the GOP version next week.


Party slippers
Originally uploaded by suzipaw

M and I are headed up to Mom's for a quick overnight break on the coast. We'll be back tomorrow--he's off to see his good friend Eric race a couple of his bikes at Bonneville for a few days on Monday.

4 Comments:

At 4:37 AM, August 31, 2008, Blogger K2 said...

I enjoyed the speech a lot. M is right though--I even checked the transcript, because I thought torture was mentioned, but it must have been Biden. Reading the transcript makes you realize what a fantastic speaker Obama is--it's not anywhere near as good as it was out loud.
Our local political blog pointed out that our horrible county executive governs about 100,000 more people that Palin does. I hope people still angry with Obama realize that she's another bit of evidence that the election is not about the economy or energy or the war, but about the Supreme Court.

 
At 11:19 PM, August 31, 2008, Anonymous M said...

It was Kerry that actually mentioned it. And, of course his speech wasn't televised by the major networks.

 
At 9:26 AM, September 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Palin has more executive experience than the other three combined:however, Bob Barr still remains the best choice.

 
At 4:38 PM, September 02, 2008, Blogger Kamala! said...

Weell, Uncle Ralph, that may be so, but it's not saying much.

 

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