I’ve Never Been As Sad About A Campaign

As most of you have picked up over the months I’ve been in campaigns one way or another since the mid-sixties. (Yes, that dates me a bit but I’m a lot younger than Clint Eastwood and I still wouldn’t tangle with him in a dark alley so 59 doesn’t seem so old to me.) I’ve lived through Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, all the assinations and riots in the street. I’ve left blood on the streets for my belief in the American political process. With all those controversial elements I’ve never seen a more ugly, nasty and mean-spirited campaign. With Sarah Palin chosen for her gender, her attractiveness and a willingness to simply lie as a matter of … Continue reading

McCain Handed a “D” on Veterans’ Issues

A report card put out by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America Action Fund (IAVA) gives Republican candidate John McCain a “D” on his voting record on veterans’ issues.  Barack Obama and Joe Biden both received “B” for their efforts. The report card graded the voting records of all members of Congress based on their support for 11 bills in the Senate and 15 in the House.  The bills ranged on issues from Veterans Health to the GI bill for education to support of Homes for Heroes for homeless veterans.  The report singles out Sen. Biden for his strong work in securing $1.5 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAP” vehicles to replace the more vulnerable Humvees. This should help … Continue reading

60% Say Economic Depression ‘Likely’

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, nearly “six out of ten Americans believe another economic depression is likely.” I wasn’t one of the lucky folks polled, but I have to say I’d be among those “six out of ten Americans” who believe an “economic depression is likely.” From where I sit, the economy has been in the toilet for a while now and I have said so repeatedly here on The Dem Daily. It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better and that $700 billion bail out as we all know, won’t do jack for anyone but the big corporate ho’s on Wall Street. There’ll be no bail out for the Mom & Pop shops on Main Street. … Continue reading

Palin Twists Madeleine Albright’s Words

I’ve spent the weekend preparing for my move cross country in two weeks and not paying much attention to the news once again. Sorry readers… Once I am relocated (and settled) in beautiful coastal Maine, I’ll be back on track here on The Dem Daily. I was browsing through Memeorandum to check the scoops of the day that I have missed and ran across a couple of pieces about Sarah Palin at a rally here in California.  It’s seems that Palin misquoted former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and then laughed that the media would spin what she said, but the problem for Palin is that she indeed did not get the quote right. So let the media do … Continue reading

Obama Revives Health Care Debate

Finally!  I heard a report on NPR this morning and the Obama website confirms that the Democratic presidential campaign is going to ramp up efforts to discuss health care this week.  Over the next week Sen. Obama will hold over two dozen events in nine battleground states with health care as a major point of emphasis.  Above is a new Obama commercial highlighting the candidates differences on the subject.  If you’re looking to get into this spirit and need some lines to use around the water cooler, try these on for size: McCain will give you a $5,000 tax break on your health insurance, but only after he has created a brand spanking new tax on the employer’s contribution to your premiums.  … Continue reading

Sarah Palin Wins Debate–By darn

by Walter Brasch The vice-presidential debates proved one thing. At the very least, Sarah Palin can be trained. For several days, she had camped out in one of John McCain’s Arizona houses, where she underwent Debate Boot camp conducted by drill instructors who make Marine DIs appear to be slaggers. With a few “darns,” “betchas,” and “ya”s, Palin managed to get all her talking points into the debate, even if she constantly changed the question to suit her note cards. During the 90-minute debate, Palin six times referred to her experience as the mayor of a 6,000 resident village. Seven times, she specifically mentioned Ahmadinejad. Iran’s president, proud she knew the name, proud that she could pronounce it. No one … Continue reading