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Gore-Obama 2008

In this video, Armstrong Williams explains why he thinks Al Gore will enter the presidential race this year and how Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) could be a suitable running mate.


America's Best Days Are Ahead: President Al Gore's Inaugural Address

One hundred and eighty-three years ago in this land of the free and home of the brave, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were breathing their last breaths on earth, ready to meet their Maker above.

On that day, July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years to the day of our Declaration, two of our great Americans adjourned from this earth, thinking of each other, with words that echo to every future generation of Americans to follow.

Feminism Not the Answer in 2008

In light of recent comments from Elizabeth Edwards saying Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) isn't attentive enough to women's issues, Karen Hanretty says in this video that politicians in 2008 need to "inflict pain" rather than feel others' pain.


Fredheads Get Antsy

Have you read about the Fredheads Sam Youngman reported on in The Hill today? They are wondering why their candidate, Fred Thompson, hasn't just jumped in if he is so set on running for president. You may have also noticed that Sam just reported Tuesday — yes, the day before yesterday — that Thompson's biggest champion in the House of Representatives, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), told The Hill Thompson was close to making an announcement. "My view is that he'll enter the race at some point just in the coming days," said Wamp.

Where is Wamp getting his information? Thompson is not set to announce this week; according to the campaign, he'll make it official in September. Remember the Fourth of July idea? That's gone. And Fredheads are getting antsy.

The Real Backgrounders

Watching candidates Edwards on his magical mystery poverty tour and Obama contending he was for poor people before it was cool, causes me to start thinking ... about photo-ops, of course.

I mean, what self-respecting politician would even think of presenting a media event without props ... human props.

In order to accommodate the television news imperatives, they come up with living, breathing “real people.” “Quick, find me some poor folks. I need to show compassion for them,” the candidate might say. Or, “Find me the baby a mother decided not to abort,” shouts the right-to-lifer. It goes on and on.

How many times will presidents and aspiring presidents use displaced Katrina victims as extras? If all that time, money and ingenuity had been redirected to their plight they would have stopped being displaced long ago.

An Inconvenient Truth

Just when you think the Democrats running for the nation's highest office have fooled us that they are in touch with America, one of them goes off and does something that proves they are out in left field somewhere. The most recent example? Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) statement that he doesn't have a problem with sex education being taught to school children — kindergarten school children, that is. 

Obama Cool With Sex Ed for Kindergartners

ABC News has a headline today that you might think was written by the comedic geniuses at The Onion: “Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama.”

The lede paragraph reads, “Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is ‘age-appropriate,’ is ‘the right thing to do.’”

Age-appropriate sex ed for a 6-year-old? I’m (almost) speechless.

Mrs. Edwards's Cheap Shot

Elizabeth Edwards, who has chosen to remain in a presidential campaign while battling terminal cancer, is a rare person indeed. She last raised eyebrows and loads of money by calling Ann Coulter on the carpet when she called into MSNBC's "Hardball" last month and told the Queen of Mean to stop bashing everybody. Edwards has now produced another rare moment of the '08 race that will soak up much focus in the days to come — she actually criticized Hillary Clinton. Yup. She dared to chuck the Talking Points for Rival Campaigns, where you are supposed to be unctuously magnanimous, and told that she doesn't think Clinton talks about women's issues enough. "I'm sympathetic — she wants to be commander in chief. But she's just not as vocal a woman's advocate as I want to see. John is." 

John Edwards's Povertypalooza Groupies

The photo in Monday’s New York Times of John Edwards and members of the activist group ACORN spoke volumes about the phoniness of his poverty tour through Southern states. And it was no surprise that the Times let the photo-op pass without as much as a word of analysis or critique.

While Edwards was in New Orleans to pitch his plan for rebuilding the city, he was also pandering to one of the nation’s most corrupt and deceitful organizations, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as ACORN — a group famous for voter fraud, which I’ll get to in future posts.

As Edwards campaigned on ending poverty in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans with ACORN activists, the Times might have bothered to note a 2006 headline by the Associated Press: “ACORN loses N.O. recovery consulting jobs.”

McCain: He's Just Not That Into You

The only thing about the McCain campaign implosion that surprises me is how many volumes of analysis have been written — and continue to be written — about it by the media. They report about McCain as though they really believed the marriage could be saved, when in fact the relationship ended long ago. There was never going to be a recommitment of vows between Republicans and McCain. No press conference where conservatives took to the podium to declare, a la Mrs. Vitter, "I'm proud to be a McCain Republican." Certainly no one who understands the GOP thought we'd stick by McCain for the sake of the kids.