Barack Obama is planning a no lose situation. Just like he did in the primary season, he is shifting his positions so that there is very little difference between him and his opponent. This way, we will vote based on personalities. And who has more charisma in this presidential race? We all know the answer to this.
Obama has shifted his plan. That was once solid as a rock on bringing the troops out of Iraq. 16 months-no compromise. This is how what will be. Like it or lump it, it could be just carved in stone. Now his once steadfast position on offshore oil drilling is now changed. Just like his opponent's stance, it is now a good idea. Well, it's not the perfect solution, but the will have to do it anyway. The good news is, there will be enough oil sold by the American companies to lay a hefty windfall profits tax on them. This of course, will finance a tax rebate for all American families. Who could argue with that?
With the most recent news surrounding former presidential candidate John Edwards, we are able to see what a shallow pool of integrity the Democratic Party has offered to us this year in their candidates. Then they expect us to elect one of them, president of the United States. I had numerous times referred to this year as the most open presidential race since 1952. This was supposed to be the year that offered us the best candidates from the largest field. This was supposed to be the year are we could custom make our president from an off the rack world. I have to stop using that analogy because we were shortchanged by both parties.
So John Edwards had a little fling with a filmmaker two years ago. He got a little bored on the campaign trail. Is that a big deal? It must have been, because right away John Edwards began his image rehab. First going on Nightline, and I suspect Larry King, Barbara Walters, and Oprah Winfrey may be next. Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera will be avoided, of course. And the Chris Matthews show? Who really cares?
Presidential candidate Barack Obama has been referred to as an eloquent speaker. This label has come from both fans and critics alike. When he is in front of the TelePrompTer on the podium, he is at his best. The John McCain camp, often shakes in its boots at the thought of going mano a mano in a forum that would favor this type of set up. However, when he has to speak off-the-cuff, the story is quite different.
Last weekend's presidential forum in California, showed much different speaking styles for both presidential candidates. Like a view of their issues, their speaking styles greatly contrasted. It seemed like Barack Obama could not say three words without at least one of them being an 'ah' or an 'um'. After over a year and a half on the campaign trail, I would expect to see some improvement. Whenever Obama tries to speak extemporaneously, his speech is riddled with a bunch of empty sounds like the 'aahh'. One would think that his advisers would have made them aware of this. He must think it is adding volume to the content of the speech, but yet it is not adding any weight to his message. The 'aahh sound for Barack Obama has become packing peanuts. It adds nothing to the message, but tends to be annoying.
From all the analysis that I have heard, I believe I am the only one who is not surprised that Barack Obama did not pick Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. I thought it was fairly obvious that the Clintons and the Obamas do not like each other. And why would they? They had a long hardfought drawn out primary season that has resulted in some bad blood. Although Hillary promised to campaign wholeheartedly for Barack Obama, you can see that her level of sincerity is quite low. Former President Bill Clinton does not have any nice words to say at all about the nominee. Yet both plan to speak at this week's convention.
Joe Biden is a very good pick for the Democrats. Although the Democrats won't admit it, he will compensate for a lot of the weaknesses Barack Obama has. Being in Washington, 35 years, he must be part of the problem there, that the Democrats are complaining about. He will now solve that by saying things opposite of when he was a candidate himself. He will now say that Obama has enough experience to be outstanding in the office. He all of a sudden got qualified according to Joe Biden. Obama's judgment suddenly got better also. And, of course Biden will now turn his back on his longtime friend John McCain. That's politics. That's anything to win politics.
Last week, like many Americans, I watched the television coverage of the Democratic national convention. As a result, I have come to conclusions about several different things. First of all, there are a lot of weird looking people in America. There's really no blanket statement, you can make about the crowd that was there from the camera shots provided. Some people were dressed professionally, mainly the politicians and speakers in suits. Some people were dressed in business casual. Others look like they were on the trading floor of Let's Make a Deal. Monty should have pointed them to the curtain and maybe they could have stood behind it.
Also, America is in worse shape than recently reported. Even to the most cynical, the glass was completely empty. Apparently the change we are looking for is more dependence on government. Whenever you're not down, you don't get up in dust yourself off. We wait for a governmental program to bail you out, no matter what your situation. And if one is not available, hopefully, one will be created in the next administration. Overspending, lack of self-control, and sticking it to "the man", well those are the change we are looking for. Other than that, there was no real substance. I wasn't really looking for it, because I knew it would not be there. It was a show for the mass audiences. It lacked any kind of substance that one can almost give it a Montgomery Burns award for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence.