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One of these things is not like the other: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher, Aung Sun Suu Kyi

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Gallup Poll released its list of the 10 most admired women.  First on the list is Hillary Clinton with 17%, next is Sarah Palin 12% and third is Oprah Winfrey with 11%.

1. Hillary Clinton
2. Sarah Palin
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Michelle Obama
5. Condoleezzza Rice
6. Queen Elizabeth
7. Angelina Jolie
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. (Tie) Aung Sun Suu Kyi
(Tie) Laura Bush
(Tie )Barbara Bush

I get Oprah, and I was surprised to find out she has never topped the list, but the fact that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are so close floors me.  Hillary Clinton is a strong woman and hard worker, who raised an exceptional daughter.  She doesn’t complain or blame.  She is a leader in the truest sense of the word.

Sarah Palin is a glorified weather girl who was thrust into the national limelight, was unprepared and ultimately I believe caused John McCain to lose the Presidency.  She couldn’t finish her term as governor which was clouded by ethics issues.

As far as I am concerned it is sad that Sarah Palin is even mentioned in the same breath as Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi and Condoleezza Rice, let alone is more highly regarded than most of them.

I guess in an era where the next presidential election might be brought to you by Exxon or Chevron, maybe my opinion doesn’t matter anyway.

Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!

Will the 2008 caucus scare away 2010 caucus attendees

I kind of wonder if the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton contest that created an incredible wave of DFL caucus participation in 2008, might actually hurt caucus attendance in 2010.  It was a madhouse with long lines, locations running out of supplies and grumpy people.  Despite the anticipation of a huge turnout, the group of volunteers at each location struggled to keep up.  For many of the people attending, it was their first caucus experience.  Will that caucus experience frighten people away from attending a second caucus? I’m afraid it will.

I have personal experience that makes me think that.  I attended my first DFL caucus in 1988 at a church in Richfield.  I was an excited 17 year old.  The caucus was packed with supporters of the different presidential candidates running, Michael Dukakis, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gephardt, Paul Simon and Al Gore.  It was filled with local candidates and state candidates.  I remember meeting Mike Hatch for some reason.  But the event was confusing to a newcomer in terms of format, organization and language.  It was overwhelming.

It was practically another 17 years before I attended my second caucus.  I never missed voting, but the experience in 1988 made me think the caucuses were for hardcore people, not for amateurs like me. 

While 1988 and 2008 both had competitive races, the 1988 race between Dukakis and Jackson does not compare to the passion and energy behind Obama and Clinton that pumped the 2008 race into a frenzy of support for each candidate.  Thousands of people showed up at caucus locations, many just to vote and leave.  Those that stayed were greeted by more chaos.  The people charged with leading the caucus struggled to deal with the long lines of new attendees and voters, start timess of meetings were delayed, and experienced caucus attendees in each precinct were unexpectedly forced to become teachers and meeting leaders.

The 2008 caucus was an anomaly.  While DFL leaders hope to keep those people involved, political meetings are often not the most exciting way to spend a cold February evening.  While the 2008 caucus was packed, loud, and even a little confusing, I recall at the 2006 Farmington caucus.  I felt a little like one needed to whisper it was so quiet.  While I don’t know the exact number, I know attendance was under 100 people at my location, and my precinct had four or five attendees. 

As I said, DFL leaders are making a push to get first time attendees to return, but I have a feeling that 2010 will look a lot more like 2006 than 2008.  There were a lot of people in 2008 eager to get involved, but people’s lives are busy.  Few people in my district realized that there was more involved in running for positions than just winning in 2008.  There were many people eager to join the fight, but attending a few meetings or working on fundraising is difficult when you are working to keep your head above water.  It is hard to attend a meeting when it takes away one of the few nights you get to spend with your children.  I don’t think a lot of those people will attend again.

 If you want to get involved, if you feel like helping to get the word out on DFL values, or can raise a little money to support candidates in the area, don’t be afraid to attend the caucus.  Think about becoming a precinct leader or assistant precinct chair at the caucus.  Become a delegate to the district convention, where you have the opportunity to become a delegate at the State Convention.  The caucuses will be a smoother experience in 2010, with a greater ability to get involved at the level you want.  Don’t be afraid.

And by the way, even if you don’t attend the caucus, you can still attend your local DFL meeting and get involved.

Ohio McCain-Palin Rally

I listened to the Ohio John McCain rally on CSPAN today. Prior to the VP introduction, it was a typical republican rally. Outside of the standard rhetoric regarding taxes, freedom and the military ( all of which have been completely ignored over the last 14 years by the Republicans,) the speakers talked about how inexperienced Barack Obama is. How much Obama will raise taxes. How empty his eloquent words and speeches are. How he can’t face the “violent Islamic attacks.” There were regular chants of U-S-A from the crowd, and the Republican speakers talked about the pivotal election, the serious challenges facing America, and the dangerous and uncertain times. Of course, they failed to say who is responsible for those challenges and who contributed to these “dangerous times” (whispered) the Republicans.

When McCain introduced Gov. Palin as his running mate, I think he stressed her “executive” leadership, so I assume next week there will be an addition to Barack’s lack of experience in that he doesn’t have “executive” experience.

My belief is that today’s VP pick is an indication of fear and weakness from the McCain campaign. Rather than choose an experienced known commodity such as a Romney or a… well, I guess there aren’t that many good candidates, McCain chose a desperation candidate. Three years ago, Gov. Sarah Palin was Mayor of Wasilla Alaska, a town of 5500 people.

Barack Obama is such a strong candidate, that the only thing the Republicans think can stick is if they say he is inexperienced. Funny that their candidate chooses a running mate who doesn’t have a fraction of the experience, both lifetime and political experience, that Barack Obama has. It is pure hypocrisy. Republicans say one thing then do another.

At the end of her remarks, Gov. Palin mentioned Geraldine Ferraro and congratulated Hillary Clinton. That proved in my mind that this decision was made out of desperation by John McCain. I don’t know, she may have been truly proud of those two, but I think she, and ultimately he, was trying to appeal to women who he thinks might have voted for Hillary simply because she is a woman. McCain thinks those women will vote for him, despite the fact that his voting record shows he doesn’t believe in equal rights for women or believe that women should control their own bodies. How shallow he must view women voters?

On a side note, I knew McCain couldn’t pick Tim Pawlenty. He is whiney and wimpy. He can’t even stand up straight half the time. He would get mauled in a real debate, just like he has shown signs of when trying to keep up with people on the Sunday morning talk shows. That said, I am glad he didn’t choose Pawlenty, because I think it would have given McCain a five point bump in Minnesota, now we can chalk Minnesota up in the Obama column for sure.

It’s the Supreme Court Stupid

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.

Gas Tax Holiday – More like a gas tax noise maker

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.