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While I am a true conservative with libertarian leanings, and Gordon Smith is pretty far from that, I have been saying for years that it is wrong for conservatives in Oregon to pile on Smith. Yes, he is much more moderate than we are. But our state is much more liberal than we are. Real conservatives don't fare so well here. We have a choice between "somewhat liberal" and "extremely liberal." Give me the somewhat over the extreme anyday.
This is not to say we shouldn't continue to elect real conservatives. On the contrary. But we need to pick our battles, and build from the ground up. We need to run good candidates for local elections first, and use their victories to build the farm team for statewide elections down the road. We can't do better than Gordon Smith because we have no better candidate. But perhaps Gordon will want to retire from the Senate in six years, or sooner (if we elect a GOP Governor in two years, there is a strong possibility of President McCain tapping Smith for a Cabinet post like Agriculture or the Interior). That means we need to focus on a few things here:
Re-elect Gordon Smith, so we don't get stuck with Jeff Merkley.
Re-elect Greg Walden, our only GOP Congressman (and an OK guy).
Re-elect Jason Atkinson to the State Senate and groom him for higher office.
Elect Rick Dancer Secretary of State.
Once we do these things, we can focus on 2010 and beyond, and gradually shift our alternative to socialism from "somewhat liberal" to conservative.
Who are the four top recipients of campaign cash from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac?
Two of them are Senators Obama and Clinton. Another is former democrat nominee Senator Kerry. The other was fellow democrat candidate for President, Senator Dodd, who chairs the Senate banking committee.
So, which party do you think represents the failed status quo? Which ticket do you think can bring needed reform to CHANGE the system for the good?
IF Georgia joined NATO, and then IF Russia continued military action against Georgia, THEN it would be up to other NATO members to defend Georgia, militarily if necessary.
Of course, those are big ifs. But what isn't said, at least not in the pre-show releases, is that the idea isn't to START a war with Russia, but to PREVENT a war between Russia and Georgia. If Russia saw a NATO presence ready to react, it would be far less likely to proceed with hostile actions. That's why, for example, we never saw Russia invade West Germany or any other NATO nation during the Cold War.
But the left will screw up. They are so eager to attack Palin, they won't stop and think about what they are actually saying or what it might mean to our allies. The left will now say that America should NOT be forced into a war, even if Georgia IS a member of NATO. This will have the adverse effect of telling our allies that America is no longer willing to honor its defense treaties. That is, if Obama is elected...
So, listen up, Germany. Listen up, United Kingdom. The message from the American left, and therefore from Obama's core supporters, will be this:
Elect Obama, and then the United States of America will no longer have to honor its NATO obligations.
...be sure to pack your hockey skates, 'cause it's freezin' over.
The Obamessiah and his Senior Flunky have committed two of the biggest gaffes they could possibly commit. Same day. Different gaffes. They are soooooo screwed now.
First, Obama lets slip the "big one" on gun control. He just admitted he wouldn't "have the votes" in Congress to take away guns. That means he has already been vote counting. You do NOT poll your Congressional delegation on something that can bite you on the ass like this unless you are SERIOUSLY planning to move forward with legislation. Back in 1994, the NRA mobilzed the pro-gun crowd in response to the assault weapons ban. The result started with "Speaker" and ended with "Gingrich." Now the democrat ticket has two F-rated candidates, and the Republicans have a war hero and a life-member caribou hunter ticket. And the Heller decision, with many huge gun-rights questions left unanswered, has the pro-gun movement ready for action. Do the math.
I'll pause a moment while you pick yourself up from the ground.
Yes, he believes life begins at conception. He is also still pro-choice. So, in a nutshell, he is ok with what can then only be logically described as infanticide. He would be better off, politicly, either becoming pro-life, or sticking with some sort of "three month" rule. Because now he is on record as a baby killer. The radical feminazi abortion-as-the-holy-sacrament crowd will now throw Biden under the bus. They may as well support Sarah Palin, who at least is a woman and at least is able to reconcile her beliefs on abortion and metaphysics.
There will be no place on the democrat ticket for Biden now. He is dead to the radical left at this point. He needs to back down and let Barack put Hillary on the ticket.
It's funny... a few days ago, the left were the ones saying McCain and Palin had to pull an Eagleton. Now, that's the only choice left for Barack Hussein Osama bin-Biden. The democrats are totally screwed. Polling coming out tomorrow will show McCain up by 10 points over Obama, and that's BEFORE tonights debacles. They are going to lose BIG TIME. The only question is: how bad will it be? If they can dump Biden and put Hillary on the ticket, they will still lose (no way Obama can recover from a blow like losing his own VP pick), but at least they might retain Congress. If Biden stays on the ballot, we might be looking at a new Speaker of the House come January.