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Stuart Carlson for November 23, 2010

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    Jason Allen  about 11 years ago

    One our biggest problems is that people are voting based on celebrity instead of qualifications. Some of our greatest presidents wouldn’t stand a chance against the political celebrities of today. They’d get swift-boated and mocked by mindless drones plugged in the the noise machine.

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    halfabug  about 11 years ago

    i tought obama was the sham wow salesman.

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    beenthere41  about 11 years ago

    Sad to say, but he won because it was the first chance to elect an African American. Now, hopefully, people have learned their lesson that it is asinine to vote for someone just to make a statement. I only hope the Republicans have the sense to select an opposing candidate who is good presidential material to defeat him. And by the way, Yale does not have “honorary” students. Like him or not, Bush was not dumb. He did get a valid degree from Yale, and he did serve in the National Guard. Did you?

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    Harolynne Premium Member about 11 years ago

    Actually, I think the African American part was sort of secondary. When that “grossly more qualified opponent” spent all of 30 seconds choosing (and no time vetting) his running mate - the die was cast. Choosing a Vice President based on pandering to a special interest will always backfire.

    And it will be a long two years and anyone who thinks the economy will have gotten any better under Republican leadership will probably vote for Palin anyway.

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    BrianCrook  about 11 years ago

    Thanks for the sharp remarks, Human & Clark.

    Pavlov, Senator McCain was hardly more qualified than was President Obama. McCain was just older & more experienced in the Senate. He had “no experience in running any form of government” either.

    President Obama won for these reasons:

    He ran a better, richer, and more organized campaign. He performs better on television than does McCain. He gave excellent & inspiring speeches. He was new and had some new ideas, and McCain looked old, with few new ideas. We had had the worst president since Richard Nixon, and he was a Republican, so the voters sought the other party. This awful president had foisted two wars on us. McCain supported both wars. Obama was against them. Just before the election, the economy tanked. McCain had no grasp on what to do. Obama looked less flustered. In addition, as we just saw three weeks ago, the party in power takes the blame for the economy.
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    Nighthawks Premium Member about 11 years ago

    jase99 and human, I keep thinking that the biggest mistake the repubs can make for themselves would be to put that alaskan barbie up for president . Surely the majority of this country are not THAT stupid. But there are a LOT of people who think that at stake is some sort of dancing or beauty contest, not the leadership of the most powerful nation the earth has ever known

    the danger is frightening

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    Jaedabee Premium Member about 11 years ago

    McCain was OKay up until he picked Palin (I’d voted for Hillary but she lost and I figured, sadly, that Republicans were going to win). Now I’m even more glad he didn’t win, since I’ve seen the way he treats our honorable serving soldiers and their families for his own political gain.

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    Motivemagus  about 11 years ago

    Thoughtful comment, BrianCrook.

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    twieliczka  about 11 years ago

    Oh great! Gotta change the batteries again!!

    Now what did I do with that new battery pack?

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    DJGravityX  about 11 years ago

    At least Brian Crook’s reason were viable and well thought out.

    The reality is that Palin is not going to be running for office in 2 years. It would cause damage to her celebrity to do so. But if the Reps have few other viable and desireable options, like the last election, she may take a chance (however unlikely that chance is). She really needs the ideology that most of the tea party folk prescribe to tospread further throughout the Reps in order to really have a serious chance to win, even in 2 years. If that’s viable in 2 years, then maybe… but don’t count your chickens till they hatch.

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    WarBush  about 11 years ago

    Bread and Circus comes to mind when seeing Palin.

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    Jaedabee Premium Member about 11 years ago

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/11/23/news/economy/gdp/?iid=MPM

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    Simon_Jester  about 11 years ago

    Course she did TIG, that’s why all the candidates she endorsed won by such huuuuuuge margins.

    NOT!

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    Dtroutma  about 11 years ago

    Harding made “W” work hard for a spot at the bottom. Given the PR world of today, if Lindsay Lohan would just decide to run, she’d shove Palin out of the pages in a tweet. The “media” care not a whit for intellect, competence, real courage (like actually staying with the job-whether Governor or Guardsman),or content of the “suit”.

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    vhammon  about 11 years ago

    It’s curious that Obama’s community organizing is completely dismissed as a qualification.

    He has very practical, grass roots, neighborhood level experience dealing with highly charged, controversial issues that effect everyday Americans. His experience gave him a practical understanding of the intersection of politics, government, and community needs. Hands on experience that no other president had.

    He is also the best qualified president we’ve ever had in his understanding of cross cultural issues, and the (in)effectiveness of cultural ideologies in their practical application. In a global economy, that’s a very important perspective. Obama is appreciated globally because he speaks respectfully to other nations, instead of coming from an Ugly American patronizing, insulting, arrogant do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do braggadocio.

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    vhammon  about 11 years ago

    And,….a constitutional law scholar/ professor…that’s quite a combination of the theoretical and practical…

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    pirate227  about 11 years ago

    BrianCook, one point you left out:

    McCain selected Palin as his VP.

    Game, set and match.

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    rockngolfer  about 11 years ago

    BrianCrook, 13 hours ago, right on, good job!

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    myming  about 11 years ago

    palin will be just another figure head run by the reel gubmen(t)… and now we look at a reel fox news hedline…

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