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Bristol Palin: Parenting Expert and Queen of Irony

May 14, 2012 3 comments

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat.  I don’t have a problem with people who have an opinion that’s different than mine.  After all, it’s the people with differing opinions that create so much useful discussion on a lot of topics.  I do have a problem though when that opinion comes from a position of obvious hypocrisy.

Enter Bristol Palin.

Now, I’ve tried to give her the benefit of the doubt in the past ever since she became an abstinence advocate following becoming a teen and unwed mother herself.  But since then she seems to be channeling her mother’s ability to put her foot in her mouth a little too often.  Instead of sliding into the background, she’s found a way to stay in the spotlight by feeling the need to comment on current events that she really ought to keep quiet on.

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Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama

April 13, 2012 3 comments

Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for President, we can finally focus on the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in November.  (Yes, I’m aware that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race but it’s been a long time since they’ve been considered contenders.)  Some elections are intriguing matchups between two good candidates that I’m torn between.  But this year is not one of them.  For me, the vote is easy – Barack Obama.

In some circles, Obama is villified.  His health care reform package, affectionately known as Obamacare, has drawn the ire of people who feel that the government shouldn’t force them to buy healthcare coverage (although in most cases it’s probably a good idea that they have at least some insurance coverage so the average taxpayer isn’t forced to foot the bill).  He’s taken a large chunk of the blame for the flailing economy (even though the table was already set for a recession when he took office) as well as for the bailouts of the auto and financial services industries.  OK, the auto bailout I can understand about being upset about but the bank bailout?  I know it was unpleasant but it was necessary.  Can you imagine what the economy would’ve been like had the whole financial sector completely collapsed?  Not nearly as pretty as it looks now.

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Hilary Rosen Rightly Called Out Claiming Ann Romney “Hasn’t Worked A Day In Her Life”

April 12, 2012 3 comments

I’m making a bit of a comeback today as I really wanted to comment on the recent media spat between First Lady hopeful Ann Romney and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.

First things first.  I think that Rosen was rightly called out on her obvious poor choice of words when she said that Romney as a stay at home mom “hasn’t worked a day in her life”.  To be fair, I don’t believe that’s what she meant but someone in her position certainly should know better that making a situation-specific comment like that can easily be generalized into a sweeping statement.  I think it was refreshing actually to see politicians from both sides coming to Romney’s defense.

Rosen’s statement obviously requires a little context.  The comment came as a result of something that Mitt Romney said on the campaign trail.  He claimed essentially that he understands the plight of American women right now because of his relationship with his wife.

First of all, I’m getting tired of just about every politician in America talking about how they can identify with the average American.  They can’t.  Most politicians in Washington are wealthy, lead privileged lifestyles and don’t have to think about many of the issues that middle income families are dealing with.  To say that they can “relate” is in its best case scenario condescending.

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New Poll Question Is Up!

January 11, 2012 8 comments

We’ve got a new poll question up waiting for your vote.

Today, I want to know who you think will ultimately win the Republican presidential nomination – Mitt Romney or the rest of the field.

The poll will appear in the sidebar to the right.

New Hampshire Primary Preview: Romney Can Seal The Deal

January 10, 2012 10 comments

Today marks the first official primary of the election season.  New Hampshire, which currently ranks #42 out of the 50 states in population, continues to hold a disproportionately large influence in the race for president by holding their primary earlier than anyone else in the country.

Mitt Romney has been leading the polls in New Hampshire since the start.  The latest polls indicate that he has well over a double digit lead over Ron Paul and should cruise to victory.  The bigger battle may be for second place.  Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are within a couple percent of each other and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are not that far behind them.

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Romney Reigns As Republican Front Runner

January 6, 2012 8 comments

Following his narrow win in the Iowa Caucus, I just don’t see any way that Mitt Romney does not capture the Republican nomination to face Barack Obama in November.

Yes, I know a couple of other candidates could sneak in there and winning Iowa is by no means a guarantee of making it to November.  But I’m really failing to see another candidate generating enough momentum in time to take down Romney before it’s too late.

The other Iowa darling, Rick Santorum, is expected to fall short of the necessary funding and manpower to make a real push towards the nomination.  Plus, despite a surge in polling numbers in the upcoming primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, he is still well behind Romney in each of those contests and will need to pick up a win soon before he falls too far behind.

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Only Romney And Santorum Can Claim Success In Iowa; Ron Paul Is The Caucus’ Big Loser

January 4, 2012 6 comments

I stayed up late Wednesday night watching the results from the Iowa caucus continue to roll in.  As Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney jockeyed back and forth for the lead in the night’s election, it started to become quite obvious that these two guys were the only ones that had a good night in Iowa.  The biggest loser in the Iowa caucus?  That one’s easy.  It’s Ron Paul.

Despite the popularity spikes by most every candidate out there in the last several months, Mitt Romney has remained the presumptive favorite to capture the nomination.  His narrow 8 vote victory over Rick Santorum did nothing to damage his front-runner status.  He simply needed to avoid a disappointing performance or last minute foot-in-mouth moment to keep his momentum rolling forward and he did just that.

I said in my original Iowa caucus preview that Rick Santorum’s best case scenario was a second place finish.  I clearly underestimated his backing in Iowa as he stood toe to toe with Romney the entire evening.  Polling in the low single digits for much of his candidacy, Santorum rode a last minute surge in popularity to within just 8 votes of what would have been one of the most surprising election wins in recent memory.

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