On this day, 41 years ago, John McCain was shot down over Hanoi. Today, as I watched Meet the Press, Senator McCain was shot at by Tom Brokaw.
Tom Brokaw should have remained in retirement. Once respectfully listened to and watched, now Brokaw is just another Obama cheerleader. It's sad, really. The viewer expects such treatment when tuning into MSNBC - that's what those viewers demand and certainly there is no particular sign of intelligence over there - but Brokaw had a long and distinguished career. Sure, he's as liberal leaning as the rest of the old-timers but not so rabid as the up and coming anchors. His generation made an attempt to at least act as though other ideas and thoughts were worthy of discussion.
This morning? No. If it were not for edited sound bites and ridiculing Sarah Palin, there would have been no interview at all. There was no questioning of policy. There was no 'why do you deserve to be President?' questions. No. Just heavily edited soundbites from 2000, 2002 and asking about Sarah Palin's wardrobe. So, there's McCain's reward for holding the record for the most appearances on the show over the years - distortion and no respect.
Joe Biden goes on a local news show in Florida and the anchor woman has the backbone to actually pose serious questions and the reaction from that campaign? No more interviews for your station. These questions should have been asked months ago and by the national media but that's not worshipful of the Chosen One.
The Obama campaign is going all Clinton on us. Maybe because Hillary is a Chicago native? Joe the plumber is having his personal files rifled through by someone in the government offices in Ohio. Pelosi and crew are vowing to bring up the Fairness Doctrine and Obama supports it. Local tv anchors are chastised for doing their job and denied any further access.
Obama speed races to the center of political thought after securing the Democrat nomination. No questioning of that, though he has absolutely no record of being anywhere near a centrist. His transition team is headed up by John Podesta - of Clinton dirty tricks fame including the 527's he's headed up - and we are to believe Obama is fresh, a man ready to work with everyone. We're told he has the demeanor for the office. I would argue he is cold and distant. He chooses to vote 'present' instead of taking a stand whenever possible, so it will be interesting to see his decision making process, should he be the victor.
From Rich Lowry at National Review online: "Overall, John McCain's proposal cuts taxes more than Obama for typical families. But Obama sounds more zealous about middle-class tax cuts. On social issues, Obama says he opposes gay marriage. Never mind that he supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. He says he supports reducing the abortion rate. Never mind that he supports taxpayer funding of abortion." On and on. You'll remember, in scenario, Obama referred to an unexpected, unwanted pregnancy of a daughter of his as "punishment".
Carter and Clinton, the only two Democrats to win the Presidency in the past 10 presidential elections, were both Southern moderates. Carter was more liberal than he projected himself and he was totally inept. Clinton was more moderate as a tool to pass legislation, out of necessity not principle, but even he let the Democrat controlled Congress move him to the far left and that is why the Republicans came into power in 1994. Obama, unwilling ever to stand up to the leadership of his party, will surely do the same. The difference is that when Clinton took office, the economy was already bouncing back from a very mild downturn, though Clinton ran as the economy being the main issue. If Obama is put into office, the economy is completely different and the consequences will be devastating to small business and middle class workers. And consumers.
There are no fresh, new and exciting faces in the scores of Obama advisers. All recycled Clinton and Carter people. There is no indication that he will be any different than the run of the mill leftist. Barney Frank has already said taxes will be raised. On everyone. Already we are told the military budget will be cut 25%. And, by the way? Thanks for publicly briefing our enemies of that policy shift.
Obama is not a man who knows himself. He is still in the habit of trying to mold himself to whatever the environment demands. He has consistently gone with the most radical of associates, mentors and advisers. He is written up as the most liberal in the Senate, according to voting records, and Biden is third. Biden is his choice to beef up his non-existent foreign policy knowledge, yet Biden has time and time again been on the wrong side of history. Plus, Biden simply can't keep a thought to himself, which makes top level briefings dicey at best in today's world.
Doesn't it send a red flag of warning that Obama is never supported by regular people from his past? Former associates at the law firm? Former classmates? Neighbors - other than William Ayers and Tony Rezko? Anyone? Why is his past history stonewalled at every junction? His college transcripts, medical records, even his original birth certificate. What's he hiding? And, why?
To those voting with a clear head and willing to put the country first, over self interests:
"This is the lesson: never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Winston Churchill
A quote worth repeating.