Published 10 October 2008
America , Environment , Politics & Policy , Science & Technology
Tags: Amory Lovins, Department of Energy, drilling, energy, Energy Czar, energy policy, expert, expertise, John McCain, McCain, McCain Palin, oil, Palin, petro-states, Sarah Palin, technology
Is anyone else tired of the meme that Sarah Palin is an expert in energy matters? John McCain goes so far as to say, “She knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America.” This is more than simply an absurdity; it is a dangerous idea.
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John McCain was able to get a last-minute permission slip from his mom – or President Bush, or whomever – and came to Mississippi. By all accounts, Barack Obama slaughtered him in the first presidential debate – all accounts except mine, that is.
Sure, polls of undecided voters immediately following the tête-à-tête showed Obama winning the day by roughly two-to-one. Sure, Obama was smart, confident, well-mannered, and “presidential” while McCain continued to speak petulant nonsense, displaying the same loose understanding of the concept of a “failed state” as he has of the “fundamentals of the economy”. Sure, the talking heads unanimously called the win for Obama. These were sweet accomplishments for the Illinois Senator, who certainly had the more difficult challenge on the evening. After all, what can be tougher than debating a guy for whom language has no fixed meaning.
Still, Obama failed to do the one thing he absolutely had to do to win this election: assure America that he is not black.
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Is it just me, or does anyone else have the nagging feeling that the Republicans will somehow manage to dump John McCain this summer?
I’ll be the first to admit: I have no idea how they might do it at this point. I went so far as to leaf-through Republican National Committee Rule 15(e), which sets-out the various state committee rules on the extent to which delegates are bound to the candidate to which they are originally pledged. I don’t really see an out, given Mr. McCain’s overwhelming first-ballot majority at the nominating convention.
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Published 4 June 2008
America , Politics & Policy
Tags: Barack Obama, diplomacy, foreign policy, internationalism, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, leadership, McCain, multilateralism, Obama, presidency, Ronald Reagan
Will Barack Obama be a great president, or even a good one? This is very difficult to predict, and depends largely on the people with whom he surrounds himself, his political acumen, and his ability to balance principle and pragmatism. He is certainly very smart, making him a welcome change from the current leadership. But then, Jimmy Carter was a brilliant man and a horrible president. Ronald Reagan was an intellectual lightweight, but had a hugely successful (if also hugely repugnant) presidency.
Still, I have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Obama is exactly the right person to lead this country at this time.
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