"Gosh, I wish I'd thought of that..."
When the whole "having honor" thing failed to net him the presidency, McCain took to using Obama's themes as buzzwords "change", "enough is enough", etc. Now his
warm-up act headliner
has started offering, as a rare concrete example of the reform they're planning on bringing to Washington, something that Barack Obama has already done
“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.
This kind of thing needs to be picked up and spread far and wide. It needs to be repeated over and over again. It needs to be shouted from the rooftops. I doubt a single story mentioning it is going to stop the Palinator from repeating it at every campaign stop she makes, but if the story doesn't die then every time she repeats it the facts will just resonate more strongly, hammering home a very important piece of truth.
Far from having done nothing
in his time in the Senate, as the Republicans would have us believe, he's already brought about the change that his opponents are promising to bring us in the future.
While Obama has made his economic plan available online and has laid out the basics in a two minute commercial, the Republicans can do nothing but say "Reform!" and "Maverick!" and recycle his ideas and his slogans... and yet, because in past years they've gotten away with claiming that they were the idea party and the liberals could do nothing but say "No, no, no" to everything, some people are still listening when they claim Obama has offered no specifics and they're the ones with the plan. I think it's time this tired meme was put to bed.
The media will report on these things, but they won't go after the candidates the way journalists of old would have... they've decided that being "unbiased" means they have to keep their distance. From where I'm standing, if somebody's a proven liar, you can call them one to their face without bias, but nobody's willing to put them on the spot. Let's do the next best thing... keep these stories circulating, keep highlighting them when they appear, keep repeating them.
Palin staff won't testify in trooper probe, AG says
Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin won't comply with subpoenas issued by state lawmakers investigating the firing of Alaska's former public safety commissioner because Palin "has declined to participate" in the probe, her attorney general says. The chairman of the bipartisan panel behind the probe said the attorney general is breaking a week-old agreement. full story
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For those of you who are confused
If you spend three years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a constitutional law
professor, spend eight years as a state senator representing a district with more than 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
If your total resume is: local weather girl, four years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.