Friday, November 7, 2008

Random Thoughts

What took him so long?

Some things are simply beyond understanding.

Alaskans really are nuts.

Speaking of which, there's this.

Many times during the campaign, John McCain said "I know how to catch Osama bin Laden." Now that the election is over, I wonder if he'll tell President Obama, or if Obama will ask for the secret.

Obama chooses Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Republican reaction runs the gamut. Common ground will be hard to find. The more I think about it, the more I think it's a fine choice: he's tough and smart and, from most reports, committed to finding solutions and ways to govern broadly.

My biggest hope for the Obama administration is that it will indeed be broadly inclusive and pragmatic. I think it will; his team of economic advisers seems to be a good example. Serious, non-partisan. It's what we'll need across the board.


  1. It's sickening that Prop 8 passed. I still can't believe it.

  2. Thanks for your words and links regarding Prop 8, Sid. I'm surprised at the outcome in California for I thought that state was more liberal than this. Had this not been a presidential election things may have gone differently -- I suspect the large turnout to vote for a prez would not have happened if it was just for Prop 8. Bigots are as lazy as the next person, after all. But there it was, nice and handy to vote on.

    What surprizes and saddens me the most is that apparently the minority vote was a deciding factor. I assume this means blacks and Hispanics and that surprizes me. They know all too well what it's like to be told, metaphorically speaking, that you can sit HERE but not THERE. Why would they do that to someone else, then? Call me naive.

    But as you stated elsewhere, I'm a big picture person. The more important issue was decided and I'm hopeful. Good job, you 'Mericans.

    Sidebar: are the Repubs attacking Palin now just to make durn good and sure they don't have to deal with her in 2012?

    LEGALLY married Canadian

  3. dodge: the Palin question is a fascinating one, to which I have no answer. I'd bet she'll be a senator from Alaska in the near future. What her prospects are for another go on a presidential ticket are, I have no idea. None, I'd hope. But the Republican party seems to be narrowing its base in the worst way.

    As to Prop 8, it's really terribly disappointing. For the life of me I can see no reason for it; well, I can: religious blindness and personal sexual discomfort. But it's definitely a pall on the relief I otherwise feel.

  4. A legal question--after Stevens is thrown into jail, can Palin appoint herself senator?

  5. I agree that the Alaskans are NUTS. Who in the world votes for a convicted felon for a Senator? Well obviously, they do. As for that other link, I have to say, I don't think Palin cost McCain votes. He did that all by himself. Being a 56 year old woman I was highly offended by him when he chose her. Most of us are not stupid and we knew exactly why he chose her. It wasn't her qualifications or her experience to be able to run our country. He wanted the Hilliary votes, and after all, we women are all so stupid we would vote for any woman. And now, since it didn't work for him, he and all the rest of his party can sit back and blame her for his failure.

  6. I also wanted to say that I felt McCains most shining moments were during his concession speech. I heard him give another speech and I can't right now recall if it was during the 2000 or 2004 RNC but it was a great speech and when he gave his speech on Nov. 4th 2008 he reminded me of that same man. But where was that man during all this campaigning of recent months? It makes me wonder if he has MPD?

  7. anon: I heard somewhere that Alaska law would require that she resign first, and that the lieutenant governor would then become governor and could appoint her. There'd have to be a deal of course; when I heard it I thought how amusing it'd be if the new gov backed out of the deal....


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