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Could Colin Powell be Obama’s Veep?

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There has been a lot of buzz on the interwebs today that Colin Powell will likely announce his support of Barack Obama and may even speak at the Democratic convention.  This coming just two days after Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing organization of the convention, hinted that Obama’s VP pick may have a military background.The Night that the VP pick is scheduled to speak is also the night that is dedicated to veterans and their families.

I think Colin Powell could be the perfect pick for Obama.  Powell has quite an impressive resume.  He is a retired Army General, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. There has been a lot of talk about Chuck Hagel being a possible choice as a show of bipartisanship by Obama.  Selecting someone from the other side of the aisle would be an excellent way to bring over some Republican voters who aren’t sure about Obama but aren’t pleased with John McCain as the nominee.  Despite his serving in the Bush administration, many Democrats respect Colin Powell for his honesty when he admitted he had been mislead by intelligence about Iraq.

Colin Powell is known as a moderate Republican, he has been criticized by some conservatives as being too liberal on some issues.  Powell is pro-choice, which makes him more palatable to Democrats than pro lifer Chuck Hagel.  He also supports “reasonable” gun control and affirmative action.

Colin Powell brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the military and has a history with many of our military leaders.  Serving as Secretary of State, Colin Powell has built a strong rapport with many world leaders and is highly respected in the international community.  Powell’s experience would quell McCain’s attacks that Obama is a risky pick because he “isn’t ready to lead on day one”, because with Colin Powell by he side he doesn’t really need to be, Powell can help guide him when the need arises.  Who better to answer the phone at 3 a.m. than Colin Powell?


Mac Attack

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I knew it would happen eventually, but I never thought it would happen this soon, The McCain campaign has abandoned the idea of running a race on the issues and have resorted to attack after attack on Obama.  I guess it really shouldn’t be surprising, as I’ve mentioned before, nothing has been going Mr. McCain’s way lately.  McCain put out an ad, that I’m sure everyone has seen by now, that compares Barack’s celebrity to that of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.  Firstly, I’m not sure if Britney Spears could draw a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin, and I’m certain Paris Hilton couldn’t draw a crowd like that so I will say that Barack Obama may be more famous than those celebrities, but is that really a bad thing?

What’s bad about the president being liked by not just the American people, but by our allies around the world?  What’s bad about a man who is getting people involved in politics who were never interested in politics before?  What’s bad about giving hope to people who had lost theirs?  Barack Obama’s fame isn’t an issue, his popularity has nothing to do with his ability to lead this country.  It has nothing to do with his stances of the issues,this is a deliberate distraction by an increasingly desperate campaign.  And I think it’s only going to get worse, we haven’t even had the conventions yet.

The McCain campaign is terrified of the conventions, the visuals of Obama speaking to 70,000 supporters in a massive outdoor stadium juxtaposed against McCain speaking to 20,000 in a much smaller convention center is not going to look good for McCain.  The Obama campaign has been masterful in its use of visuals, with the speech in Portland in front of 100,000 and basically every stop on the foreign trip had wonderful photo ops.  McCain’s problem is that he isn’t exactly photogenic.  This will become even more clear after the first debate.  In 1960 JFK and Richard Nixon had the first ever televised presidential debate.  Most analysts agreed that on the issues Richard Nixon won the debate, but he looked like hell.  Nixon refused makeup, he had five o’clock shadow, he looked tired.  JFK looked like well JFK, a young, attractive, charismatic guy.  JFK Gained in the polls after the debate and, of course, went on to win the election.

Really this election looks a lot like that election of 1960, Nixon would regularly criticize Kennedy for his youth and “lack of experience”.  When Kennedy would give speeches it looked more like a Beatles concert than a campaign stop, women screaming, fainting, hoping that they can touch his hand.  Nixon couldn’t get the crowds fired up like that, but he could tell a joke, much like McCain.  If you watch the 1960 debate you can see, Nixon had numbers to back up his claims, and he liked to criticize Kennedy for making grand sweeping statements just like McCain says about Obama.  But the fact remains, young and exciting beats old and grumpy every time.  Stop being grumpy Mr. McCain, I don’t think you can wait eight years to run again like Nixon.

Written by J.P. Franklin

August 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

John McCain says “Get In the Kitchen and Make Me a Sammich”

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I’ve been hearing a lot of McCain people complaining that the liberal media isn’t giving John McCain as much coverage as Barack Obama, so I figured I’d give ole John the attention he deserves.  We’ll start with this funny little video.  A word of warning: the following video is creepy, not like weird guy checking out a girl creepy, but more like clown showing kids his “flesh-colored balloon animals” in the back of his van creepy. HEERRRREE’SSS JOHNNY!

Funny? Yes. Creepy? Fuck yes. Strangely ironic because John McCain has ZERO respect for women? You bet your sweet ass.

John McCain was recently asked if insurance companies that cover erectile dysfunction medications should also cover birth control for women, an issue which he has voted against in the past. Mr. McCain was baffled. He had no answer.

I’m not really sure why he would be against this. He is Pro-life, birth control means fewer unwanted pregnancies which means fewer abortions. This sounds like a winning proposition for those zygote loving pro-lifers, of course it’s against everything pro-lifers support, which is the control of women by men. (On a side note: something that has always bothered me, do pro-choice vegetarians eat eggs?) Think this is McCain’s first foray into anti-women stances on issues and in his personal life? False.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day.

Wow…  Apparently Mr. McCain is a little touchy about his receding hairline.  Don’t worry John, most guys your age have much less hair, or they’re dead, most guys your age are dead.  I must commend him on his use of the word “trollop” which is a much underused term for a whore, it’s lost a lot of distance to trick and ho and trick-ass ho over the last few years with the hip-hop explosion. (No Mr. McCain you can’t kill Iranians with a hip-hop explosion don’t get excited.)

Anti-women’s rights, calling his wife a cunt, clearly this man doesn’t respect women.  Unfortunately that’s not the worst of it:

In 1979, John McCain came face to face with his future.  He was in Hawaii, attending a military reception. While there, he met a young, blond, former cheerleader named Cindy Hensley.  It was an incredible stroke of luck for McCain.  How fortunate could one man be? Here was McCain, who had his eye on Congress, meeting a young, attractive beer heiress from Arizona, which was adding a congressional district in 1982…  After a whirlwind courtship, John asked Cindy to marry him. But there were some details to clear out of the way.  McCain needed a divorce from his wife of 14 years, Carol, who had been badly injured in a car accident while McCain languished in Hanoi.  The marriage had been strained by his years of absence, along with McCain’s admitted affairs after returning from Vietnam.

An affair with a 24 year old?  And this guy voted to impeach Clinton for the exact same thing?  Coincidentally Mr. McCain’s favorite game is “Hungry Hungry Hippo-crites”.  I know what you’re thinking, the only thing more disrespectful to women would be if John McCain were a polygamist…

[W]hen McCain obtained a marriage license to marry Cindy, on March 6, 1980, he was still married to Carol — and would be for nearly a month longer.

Maybe he should pick Mitt Romney as his running mate. Mr. McCain, you are a twisted little man.

Written by J.P. Franklin

July 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm