From The National Review Online:
The Corner – Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Coming Feminist Backlash? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
MINNEAPOLIS — The founder of the DFL Feminist Caucus in Minnesota is saying
“no” to Barack Obama.
Koryne Horbal says she and other feminists are promising action that could hurt Obama’s candidacy if the disputed Florida and Michigan delegations are not fully seated at the Democratic National Convention.
If Obama becomes the nominee under those circumstances, Horbal says she and others will write-in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name on the ballot in November instead of voting for Obama.
What is wrong with these people? I heard a radio program say that Horbal would rather elect McCain and have Hillary run in four years. I am not sure if that statement is true, but she, and the “others” needs to hearken back to NARAL’s buttons that said “It’s the Supreme Court Stupid.”
John Paul Stevens is 88 years old.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 75 years old.
Stephen Bryer will be 70 this year.
Add to that Souter who is in his later 60s and Scalia and Kennedy who are in their 70s, and there could be five or six nomination for the next president!
If Koryne Horbal is concerned with feminist issues, the first priority should be the Supreme Court. Hilary should be a little farther down the list.
I heard, and by heard I mean I overheard, really I was eavesdropping at a café near work, on a guy complaining about gas prices. He was talking about how we need to do this gas tax holiday idea that McCain and Clinton are all hot on.
I drive a 2005 Buick that gets 24.2 MPG according to the readout on the dashboard that calculates my mileage. If we take a three month gas tax “holiday,” and remove the 18.4 cent federal gas tax during that time, I will save a whopping $30.41 over three months. That assumes I maintain my current driving level of about 4000 miles over three months.
I currently have a quarter tank of gas, by Friday morning when I fill up, my low gas warning light will probably be on. At $3.49 (this morning’s price) it will cost me about $59 to fill up my tank. A three month gas tax “holiday” will barely give me a half tank of gas! Is a half tank of gas a solution to our problem?!!!
Maybe it is time John McCain, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Republicans to start joining those of us who want a long term solution to oil dependence, rather than spewing rhetoric in hopes of getting elected. My hope is for change, and the only logical candidates are the ones saying “what exactly is a half tank of gas going to get people in the long run?”
By the way, that same 4000 miles will cost me a whopping $3.30 in “DFL gas tax” money this summer. $1.10 per month seems like a very small price to pay over the summer for a better roads, safer bridges and hopefully less traffic over the next several years. Isn’t it just disgusting how those Democrats think about and plan for the future? Any good Republican will tell you that debt is the way to make America great.
Oops, she did it again.
Hillary Clinton has again attacked Barack Obama on an issue that should be a Democratic strength, strengthening McCain in November regardless of whether she or Obama become the nominee.
Clinton should not be attacking Obama for his “bitter” message and promulgating the stereotype of elitist Democrats. I could add it takes one to know one, but I’m elevating the discussion here. She should be attacking Obama for the way he stated it maybe, but the message is spot on, and she needs to quit attempting trivialize his speeches and his supporters.
Republicans constantly use blame as an election tactic, whether it is immigrants, gays, Hollywood, or the liberal elite, and that needs to be countered, not used by Hillary Clinton. This is a fascist technique, made to divide and the Clintons should be partnering with Obama rather than echoing the Republican talking points out of desperation.
What really pisses me off is hearing Clinton’s minions, who should be supporting Democrats, echoing the exact style of phrase that the Republicans are going to use against her if she is the nominee. I am a little tired of her juvenile “if I can’t have it no one can” tactic.
I can’t do anything more than I have. It is up to Pennsylvania and the remaining states in the coming month and a half. What should have been an easy Democratic victory is quickly becoming a long shot thanks to the reckless campaigning by the Clinton camp.
I used the “Oops she did it again” phrase above because this presidential Democratic campaign is beginning to a look a lot like Brittany Spears’ life – one poor, self-destructive decision after another.
As I rode into work today, I listened to the beginning of the Stephanie Miller Show. The first caller said she would never vote for Hillary Clinton, and the second caller said he would never vote for Barack Obama.
This is an imperative year for the Democrats to win, especially from a Supreme Court standpoint, And as usual the party is shooting itself in the foot.
Howard Dean pulled out his 50 state strategy at the perfect time. The 50 state strategy worked because of the poor decisions made by Bush, Cheney, Delay, Lott and the like. It can still work this election, but the infighting between the Clinton camp and the Obama camp is really jeopardizing what should be an easy win in the presidency.
Both parties need to stop attacking the other candidate and start attacking Bush, Cheney and McCain. If we tear down our own candidates, how are we going to beat the Republicans.
Don’t give me the line that we are making the candidates tougher, an attack holds a lot more merit when it comes from what should be an ally. Let the republicans toss out shady land deal conspiracies, let them attack religious leaders, let them call Democrats week on defense. They are the party who people find more untrustworthy, let them try to make attacks stick.
Democrats will win by uniting and using the last eight years against the Republicans. We are close to the point of not being able to unite, splitting into irrevocable factions.
Maybe John Edwards needs to get back into the race. Maybe we need to draft Al Gore at the convention. Maybe Chris Dodd needs to ascend to the top. Maybe we need to let the past become the past and wait for the future to become the future, by selecting a truly unifying candidate for 2008.