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The Great VP Debate – Part II

Well, after an hour and a half of blathering about being a maverick, a hockey mom, having a special needs child, and getting lots of things wrong, all while smirking at Joe Biden when she wasn’t being cuter than a button, the results are in. BIDEN WON!

And, in other news, an Alaskan judge has decided not to throw out Troopergate. The report comes out on October 10th and the McCain team did not strengthen their case when they convinced Todd Palin and others not to obey subpoenas. Isn’t that against the law? I thought so.

But here’s the interesting question. If Palin decides that she needs to leave the ticket, with some help from McCain’s staffers, who on earth would want the job? You see, there’s a slight problem. Being the VP candidate on a losing ticket is a death sentence for future political aspirations. Sure, you can go back to being who you were, but you AIN’T gonna be President. Or VP for that matter. In my 56 years, I can’t think of one VP candidate who lost who went on to become President. Yes, I know Nixon was a VP. And he lost to Kennedy as a Presidential candidate and went on to win several years later. But name me one person in the past 50 years who lost a VP contest and went on to be someone again. (I am not discussing failed bids for re-election either.)

So do you think Huckabee, Romney, or any of the other aspirants to the Oval Office would be willing to sign on to a losing ticket? If they did, they’d mark themselves as total fools. Nope, if they want a chance in 2012, they’d better take a pass. So who would he get? Well, maybe Lieberman. He’s already lost any chance he had. And he’d just lose again because the “base” would object to his pro-life stance.

Either way, the only way for McCain to pull this one out is a) cheat (enter voter fraud in your browser if you don’t know what I’m talking about) or for b) Obama to make a huge mistake. However, Obama has pretty much proved himself to be accessible, intelligent, bright enough to know what he doesn’t know and surround himself with good people, and fairly unflappable. And, despite the Republican’s bashing of community organizing, Obama has put together a strong team that has registered an unheard of number of new voters. Mostly Democrats.

BTW, there is a video on YouTube of McCain in which it appears he is having a mini-stroke. His face acts weird, he becomes confused, it happens again, and he can’t find his way off the stage. Now, there are usually two ways off, stage left and stage right. But he’s trying to walk to the back which appears to be a wall. Someone actually has to help him find his way off stage. I’ll try to find the link tomorrow.

UPDATE: Found it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haIAN02tlLM

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News You Need to Know

As some of you know, I am a news junkie. Not just the news you get from the folks that brought us George W. Bush, but news of all sorts. Some of this I want to share with you because I think the whole country needs to know.

First up: This from the Army Times. Yes, you read that right. A full Brigade, stationed in the US, to quell civil unrest. Interesting timing, with an election looming that the Republicans NEED to win and have proven they will do anything possible, legal or illegal, to win. Armed with tasers, supposedly nonlethal, but responsible for a death right here in PDX last year and for a death somewhere else just in the last week. Also, note the duties of this force:

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Funny, that. I always thought that was the job of the National Guard. Question: Is the October Surprise going to be Martial Law?  Or maybe the GOP plans to steal another election. This time from a black guy. Hmmmm. Are they expecting riots or something?

Steal elections? How would that happen? Read on:

http://news.racinepost.com/2008/09/gop-absentee-ballot-mailings-called.html

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/democracy/100385/dems_say_alabama_sos_won%27t_share_new_voter_rolls/

http://www.alternet.org/democracy/98369/2008_season_of_voting_meltdowns_begins/  You might not know that Diebold machines are owned by a Republican and have been implicated in numerous “odd” voting incidents that favored Republican candidates.

http://www.truthout.org/article/rfk-jr-and-mike-papantonio-is-your-vote-safe

There’s much more out there but I’m not going to do all the work for you.

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