A lot can happen in 24 hours

My man, Al Gore (transcript):

"Barack Obama is telling us exactly what he will do: launch a bold new economic plan to restore America's greatness; fight for smarter government that trusts the market but protects us against its excesses; enact policies that are pro-choice, pro-education and pro-family; establish a foreign policy that is smart as well as strong; provide health care for all and solutions for the climate crisis.

So why is this election so close? Well, I know something about close elections, so let me offer you my opinion. I believe this election is close today mainly because the forces of the status quo are desperately afraid of the change Barack Obama represents....In spite of John McCain's past record of open-mindedness on the climate crisis, he has apparently now allowed his party to browbeat him into abandoning his support of mandatory caps on global warming pollution...

So how did this no-brainer become a brain-twister? Because the carbon fuels industry — big oil and coal — have a 50-year lease on the Republican Party, and they are drilling it for everything it's worth. And this same industry has spent a half a billion dollars this year alone trying to convince the public they are actually solving the problem, when they are in fact making it worse every single day...

We can tell Republicans and independents, as well as Democrats, why our nation needs a change from the approach of Bush, Cheney and McCain. After they wrecked our economy, it is time for a change. After they abandoned the search for the terrorists who attacked us and redeployed the troops to invade a nation that did not attack us, it's time for a change. After they abandoned the American principle first laid down by Gen. George Washington, when he prohibited the torture of captives because it would bring, in his words, "shame, disgrace and ruin" to our nation, it's time for a change. When as many as three Supreme Court justices could be appointed in the first term of the next president, and John McCain promises to appoint more Scalias and Thomases and end a woman's right to choose, it's time for a change...

Let us leave here tonight and take the message of hope from Denver to every corner of our land, and do everything we can to serve our nation, our world — and most importantly, our children and their future — by electing Barack Obama president of the United States."

Barack Obama's acceptance speech (transcript):

McCain chooses Sarah Palin as running mate.
"Several of Mr. McCain’s outside advisers reacted with bewilderment that Ms. Palin was the choice, and one said that it would undercut one of Mr. McCain’s central criticisms of Senator Obama — that he is too inexperienced to be commander in chief.

“While it’s a dramatic and interesting choice, it would make the argument he’s making difficult to make,” said the adviser, who is close to the campaign."

The next 2 months will NOT be boring.


  1. Besides having a very high approval rating as gov of Alaska and reputation as a strong conservative, Mc chose her for the same reason B.O. chose Biden- balance out the ticket. Seems she's done an admirable job governing Alaska so far and has a reputation for cleaning house. As for her experience- well, I don't think stones can be thrown in this situation (besides, she's the only one with actual executive experience) I'm quite pleased with this decision and the reports I'm hearing so far (including by the great Karl Rove) have all been VERY favorable.

  2. That's funny because I watched Gov. Palin's speech this morning on c-span and she totally rubbed me the wrong way. I am willing to admit however that this might be because I had just read that she won a "Miss Congeniality" contest at some point in her life. I love that either way this election will be ground breaking: first woman veep or first african-american president. Yay!

  3. here's why she rubs ME the wrong way:

    "a strong record of opposition to abortion and an openness to teaching creationism in the public schools."



  4. No offense, Katy, but "great" and "Karl Rove" are not words I'd use in the same sentence. :-)

    While I admire the fact that McCain has chosen a woman for his running mate and appreciate the additional historical weight this places on this year's election, Palin really doesn't do anything for me. Not exactly rubs me the wrong way, but I disagree with her stand on many issues (including and especially those mentioned by Nick), and am disappointed with her lack of education - I really prefer to see some post-baccalaureate credentials there. That would help balance out her rather thin political experience.

  5. Another thought -

    McCain has made Obama's supposed lack of experience as a major reason why we should not vote for him. McCain has just picked a person with even less experience than Obama, and, given his age and the fact that he's been treated for melanoma four times, makes it not unlikely that she could be the next president. That's all fine by me, but it seems to me that that undercuts his message of Obama being "not ready" due to lack of experience.

    Paul Begala (granted, not the voice of objectivity in this arena, but a good writer nonetheless) wrote an article for CNN about Palin. Again, not unbiased, but worth thinking about.



  6. Another gem about Palin: She doesn't believe global warming is man-made.

    “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”



  7. AMP- I was being light-hearted about the Rove thing. Trying to lighten things up a little =-) I know the crowd that hangs here at Pub Grumpator.

    What attracts conservatives about Palin is the same thing that attracts liberals to Obama- she's a symbol. She's someone to get excited about. She's fresh and idealistic. She is someone the Coulters, Malkins, Becks and Hannitys can rally behind. The goal here wasn't to convice hard-core democrats to switch sides, or really even to sway independents (which would be a bonus) but to have someone conservatives can rally behind. She's picture perfect. She can get the people who believe McCain is too moderate (imagine that) to pull the lever for him.

    Yes, she's young and hasn't been governor long, but she does have that executive experience. She is sucessfully RUNNING the state of Alaska, not just passing legislation. You're right, the McCain campaign is going to have to lay off the inexperience arguments and redirect. And as for college education being a requisite for being president- I maintain my opinion that education does not buy the qualities I value most in an elected official.


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