Friday, May 23, 2008

Random Thoughts

Just a few random thoughts…

A lot of conservatives are angry that John McCain has recently hinted that he would attempt to pass an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants before securing the border. The remarks that have conservatives so angry probably aren’t that big a deal—conservatives think that McCain reneged on his promise to secure the border first, but McCain stated his intent to do so immediately after his pro-amnesty comments. McCain does support amnesty, but he does support (or claims to support) securing the border. Still, some conservative bloggers have announced that they will not support McCain.

I really wonder what these conservatives expected. McCain’s position on illegal immigration is pretty well known. If they consider it a disqualifying issue, then maybe they should have decided that back when he got the nomination? I like John Hawkins, but he is way off base when he says that he won’t vote for McCain based solely on McCain’s recent comments.

Conservatives seem to want to close the border between the U.S. and Mexico, but they rarely seem to have any concrete plan beyond a vague border fence. The border between the two countries is 2,000 miles long—wouldn’t a fence be pretty expensive? Not to mention hard to maintain. Securing the border is important, but if conservatives wish to be taken seriously, they should come up with a more concrete plan.

Observation: many blogs seem to think to stories by linking to another blog that links to the story, instead of linking to it directly. Why not link directly to the story? Take this post from Instapundit. He links to a blogger who provides a very brief recap and links to the original article. Wouldn’t it be easier to cut out the middleman and go straight to the original source?

Hillary Clinton has compared Obama’s situation to Kennedy’s…Bobby Kennedy’s. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California” she reminded voters. Her point was that at the time of Kennedy’s assassination, the nominating race was still competitive, but still. It’s hard to imagine a more awkward gaffe. Generally, mentioning any presidential candidate’s name in the same sentence as “assassination” is a bad idea.

Speaking of gaffes, Barack Obama knows just who is responsible for the (mostly nonexistent) increase in hate crimes against Hispanics—Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh. Because hate crimes just naturally follow once someone publicly opposes illegal immigration.

When I heard that Bobby Jindal was invited to John McCain’s ranch for Memorial Day, I was encouraged, thinking that McCain is considering him for his running mate. But if I had known that Tom Ridge was invited too, then I would have felt a bit differently. Tom Ridge is the former governor of Pennsylvania and the former national security advisor. He made up that color -coded terror alert system that always seems to be stuck on orange, and is a very liberal Republican. I hope McCain isn’t thinking too seriously of picking Ridge for his running mate.

Alaska governor Sarah Palin is suing the federal government to prevent polar bears from being added to the “threatened” specis list. It’s nice to see a Republican with a bit of backbone.

Does anyone like these “random thoughts” posts? It’s easier than putting together a long post on a single subject, and there are some things that aren’t really worth 600-800 words, but are interesting enough to warrant a mention. So tell me: should I keep doing them, or would you rather see something else?

17 Comments:

At May 23, 2008 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous ted said...

Here's an important piece of advice: If it looks like it's going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a "no brainer" for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There's currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows -- even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick -- selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin's own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there's absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

There's no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real 'change' (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain's age and health, Palin is more than perfect -- now.

(Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

 
At May 24, 2008 at 4:19 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Daniel - I always have a great appreciation for your thoughts, whether you call the "random" or not. Although there is nothing wrong with doing short posts, I think doing it this way is fine, too.

 
At May 25, 2008 at 7:23 AM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Blessed Memorial Day to you and yours! :)

 
At May 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Sometimes it seems as if there is just too much that goes on in a given week to choose one and run with it, on those occasions a "random thoughts" blog is probably a good way to go.

However, I also like blogs on a single subject that the blogger really gets delves into.

I think if you could find a happy medium (a little of both which it seems you have) then you should be in good shape Daniel.

 
At May 27, 2008 at 4:31 AM , Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Hi Daniel, sorry I’m a bit late to comment on this post as I just got back for being away om vacation for the past week. As to your question on “random thoughts” posts. I think they are great, and a great way to end a week. It kind of summarizes the topics of the week.
Just do as you see fit and thanks for the great work. I always find your posts to be very interesting.
Thank's for expressing your opinions on a great blog.

 
At May 27, 2008 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Beth said...

FYI - The Road became available at my library, so I will begin reading it tonight!

 
At June 2, 2008 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Daniel, The Road is the most depressing book I have ever read, I am only on page 57 and I really don't know if I can keep going.

 
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