Making minor deities disappear in a puff of logic since 1972
Earlier, McCain had emerged from his office in the Russell Senate Office Building around noon to a crush of reporters, saying nothing as he made his way to Boehner's office. In tow were a trio of his closest allies, Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), as well as top campaign aides Rick Davis and Mark Salter.Are you friggin kidding me? McCain, now the supposed jewel of the Republican party, who just weeks ago accepted his party's nomination, who put his campaign on hold to bring everyone together about how to save the economy, couldn't be bothered to be brought up to speed about the plan proposed by members of his own party?!
Boehner and McCain discussed the bailout plan, but Republican leadership aides described the conversation as somewhat surreal. Neither man was familiar with the details of the proposal being pressed by House conservatives, and up to the moment they departed for the White House yesterday afternoon, neither had seen any description beyond news reports.
At 1:25 p.m., McCain left Boehner's office through a back door, walking across the Capitol's rotunda to the applause of tourists. Graham conceded the group knew little about the plan the nominee had come to Washington to try to shape.Wow. Simply wow. Either McCain is an incompetent boob, or his party hates him so much that they'd rather leave him out in the cold, unprepared to even talk about the plan they've been discussing!!
McCain ducked into the ornate Mansfield Room on the Senate side of the Capitol for lunch with colleagues. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, his chief economic adviser, met separately with the House Republicans' top four leaders. But aides said Holtz-Eakin did little of the talking. Instead, he was told in no uncertain terms that the deal touted in the morning had next to no support among the House Republican rank-and-file.By now it's starting to sound like McCain assumed that the deal was in the bag, that both sides had agreed to the plan, and all he had to do was show up just in time for the photo op of the deal being consummated, and he could walk away the hero, having suspended his campaign to broker the deal, bringing both sides together in a feat of bipartisan patriotism (among cries of God Bless America and "Kum-Ba-Ya")... But sadly it wasn't to be:
At the White House, the gathering turned contentious when House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) brought up a new set of principles that conservative House Republicans had been laid out earlier in the day."Declined to commit, huh? He suspended his campaign to go to Washington and... sit on the fence? He could have done that from the late night talk show circuit...
Boehner's move was received poorly by Obama and the other Democrats, who quickly pressed McCain to say whether he supported Boehner's position, according to a detailed account of the meeting. McCain declined to commit, one source said.
For much of the day, McCain shuttled between meetings and his Senate office, but rarely came close to the Capitol suites and committee rooms where the negotiations were taking place. He had returned to his Crystal City condominium by 6 p.m., where aides said he continued to work the phones in support of the deal.Curious, couldn't he have "called it in" from New York?
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Indian space scientists expect to map the lunar surface for the helium-3 (He-3) mineral to fuel nuclear power plants and frozen water as they make final preparations for Indiaís mission to the moon, expected to blast off next month.This is great news for humanity in general, because it means somebody is taking a leadership position for sustainable, non-polluting nuclear energy. It's bad news for the US, however, because it means that the Indians are beating us to the punch in harvesting He3 nuclear fuel.
Non-radioactive He-3 is scarce on earth but believed to be abundant on earthís natural satellite and is seen as a promising fuel for advanced fusion reactors to generate power...
"The mission will help us locate He-3, which has the potential to produce a large amount of energy. It is expected that in a few years we can transport it from the moon to run nuclear plants and generate electricity," the director of the Indian Space Research Organisationís (ISRO) satellite centre T K Alex said.
"Probably 10 years from now fusion reactors which can use He-3 will be available. Our second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-II, will also have a lunar lander and help us collect samples of the mineral."
"In the next 40 years, it will be possible to transport it to the earth," he said.
Of course I donít like excessive and unnecessary regu ó uh, government regulation.(John McCain on NBC's Today Show, Sept. 17th)
Do I believe in excess government regulation? Yes. But this patchwork quilt of regulating bodies was designed for the 1930s when they were invented.(John McCain on CBS's Early Show, Sept. 17th)
I wanted to know, what rat bastards voted with Stevens to spend over $200M on a bridge to serve 50 people when that money could have been earmarked to rebuild bridges damaged by Katrina?For the record, McCain did "Not Vote" on these bills (copout!).
Well, the list isn't flattering. Sure you'll see Brownback, Frist, Hatch, Lott, and Santorum voting with Stevens-- and I suppose career politicians like Kennedy, Kerry, and Lieberman aren't too surprising either. But does it stop there? Sadly, no. Biden. Clinton. Dodd. Feinstein. Durbin. Harkin. Obama. All of them (sadly, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell too!) voted against the amendment that Coburn put forth.
Barack Obama disappointed me when he recently voted for the "Telecom Immunity" package allowing for warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens.So by these measures, I acknowledge that Obama and Biden fall short of the golden standard. Having said that, they have demonstrated substantially better judgement, poise, and collective experience than the competition.
While it's fairly likely that Obama will win in November, what if he doesn't? That should be the standard by which any legislation is judged-- not "what is the implication of this policy when used properly", but rather "what is the implication of this policy when intentionally abused?"
I will no longer actively participate in the Obama campaign, and I will no longer make quarterly donations to his campaign. Barring a more viable candidate joining the race, I'll still vote for Barack, but without the taste of kool-aid in my mouth.
Murphy: You know, because I come out of a blue, swing-state governor world. Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, I mean... And these guys, this is all like how you win a Texas race, you know, just run it up. It's not going to work.
Noonan: It's over.
Murphy: Still, McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech and do himself some good.
Chuck Todd: I think this was insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson ... She's never looked comfortable with this.
Murphy: They're all bummed out.
Todd: I mean, is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?
Noonan: The most qualified? No. I would think they went for the, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives....
Todd: Yeah, they went to narratives.
Noonan: Every time Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.
Murphy: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical...
Todd: ...and gimmicky.
The race for the 2008 presidential nomination began in earnest after the 2006 midterm elections. ...Eight major candidates opened their campaigns- Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Tom Vilsack- joining Mike Gravel, who had announced his candidacy in April 2006.In other words, were some unfortunate tragedy to strike Obama, the Democrats would likely rally behind Clinton, Edwards, Biden and Richardson, in roughly that order. You might call them the "known quanities" of the democratic party. Given the contentious race between Clinton and Obama, and the recent scandal with Edwards, a choice of Biden or Richardson for VP would seem to be the natural choice for Obama, and one that the media nor the electorate would have any serious qualms about.
At the end of the year... Clinton held a substantial lead in superdelegates... However, Edwards and Obama remained close in state polls for the early contests, including the Iowa caucuses, where the final polling average had Obama leading narrowly, 31%, over Clinton, 30%, Edwards, 26%, Biden, 5%, and Richardson, 5%.
For the first half of this year, whenever John McCain was asked what qualities he would look for in a potential Vice President he always said he wanted the most qualified person in the country to be available for the presidency should the need arise.If Obama had selected the 17th most experienced Democratic Governor as his VP pick, people would be asking a lot of tough questions of Obama like "Why the hell did he pick this complete unknown Governor from West Virginia?" and "What was Obama thinking, the guy's got scandals about the Sabo mine, and Nepotism involving his daughter." And yet, one week ago, most people didn't know Sarah Palin of Alaska from Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
...who might he have chosen? The obvious pool is sitting Republican governors, of whom there are 22... An interesting question is then how does Sarah Palin rank in executive experience compared to the 21 eligible Republican governors... She ranks 17th.
... If we consider the pool of eligible Republican governors and Republican senators there are 59 who have more experience than she does... And of course, if the pool is expanded to include former Republican governors and senators and current and former Republican members of the House, the pool becomes several hundred and it is still likely that Palin would rank near the very bottom of the list in terms of experience.
Earlier today the Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opposed funding to prevent teen pregnancies, a position that Palin also took as governor. "The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.So let's put this all together. It seems Sarah Palin believes...