Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Charging the mound on a curve in the dirt

(via Redstate) A reporter from the Las Vegas CBS affiliate asked presidential candidate and presumptive Democratic Party nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) why he supported a bill put forth by Sith Lord Darth Chenius that contained tax breaks for oil companies.

All Obama should have said was that there are lots of things in every bill, some good and some bad, and if the good things in the bill outweigh the bad you vote for it.

But instead he accused the reporter of being in the tank for McCain. And then he said what he should have said.

That pitch wasn't at your head, Senator. It wasn't even a fastball.

In the same interview, Obama flip-flopped on nuclear power, saying there's room for nuclear power in our "energy mix", but pandered to the Nevadans that the waste shouldn't go in their back yard.

Politicians shouldn't be designing our energy mix. The free market should. If people don't want oil, or nuclear, or whatever, they won't buy it. But they do want those things. Politicians like Obama want to control everything and make decisions for us, because they don't think we can figure out what's good for us on our own.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

What the Democratic Party Should Do

When Democrats talk about Obama, they should focus on him as the fulfillment of Dr. King's Dream.

But really, they should quit talking about Obama. Talk instead about health care, the environment, the economy, and that kind of thing. Domestic stuff.

And they should put the blame for the price of oil on the war in Iraq.

They've been blaming oil companies and speculators, and now would have a hard time switching gears and making it stick. O'course, the MSM would pass the story along. But if they'd starting saying "See what happens when you start wars?" when oil hit $90/bbl, they'd own both issues now. They could have people convinced that we may have won the war, but at a cost of $4 gasoline.

(It's not logical to blame the price of oil on the war in Iraq, but since the speculators are sensitive to Iran's threats to blow up Israel, and Iran is fighting us in Iraq, it makes enough sense that some people would swallow it. That may be enough to allow people to ignore the Democrats long-standing refusal to allow more domestic oil production).

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