Friday, March 14, 2008

in the news

I've grown increasingly concerned and frankly, disgusted by the ugly slug fest between the Clinton and Obama campaigns for the Democratic nomination. Most recently, there was the controversy surrounding Samantha Power's characterization of Sen. Clinton as a 'monster' then, Geraldine Ferraro's incendiary comments about Sen. Obama, and most recently the big uproar about the inflammatory sermons of Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

All of this tit-for-tat back and forth squabbling has hurt both candidates, I think, and moreover helped to create a climate in which the so-called Dream Ticket of the two candidates, which has been advocated by some, seems very unlikely to me at this moment. But perhaps most importantly, a continuation of these bitter, low cut blows has the serious risk of weakening the potential of a coalition of Democrats, like-minded Independents and Republicans against John McCain in the general election.

All this fighting just has got to stop. No mas! No mas! Let's get back to the important issues that face our country. Both campaigns need to restrain themselves and their surrogates, who more than the candidates themselves seem to be making all the headlines these days (though not for good reasons). Though I like Obama and the message of his campaign, this story isn't good at all for him. He must not only "reject and denounce" the recorded statements in his pastor's sermons but continue to distance himself entirely from such fiery, combustive speech. Obama's association with Rev. Wright just isn't helpful though, of course, it were the words of his pastor not him. God knows we all have friends or know people who on occasion say the stupidest things and may harbor some close minded, insensitive beliefs that we don't share. But Obama needs to distance himself from this mess immediately and in the strongest of terms. There's nothing in Obama's campaign or message that would lend me to believe that he espouses the statements of his pastor. But again, this controversy doesn't help us, his supporters, who are pulling for Obama and in such a tight, tight race are trying to make the case for him at a time when both campaigns are trying to find and use every advantage possible.

A Free-Spirited Wanderer Who Set Obama's Path is a quite insightful, humane look at the impact of Obama's mother on his life.

The Wright Controversy

Is Obama's Pastor a Liability?

Texas Caucus Results

The Dream-Ticket Fantasy

Paterson to Ascend Power in Midst of Storm I had seen David Paterson many times on television at news conferences standing in the background amongst other New York politicians, but I didn't know anything about him. After learning about his most impressive life story this week following the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, I must say it's a remarkable one. Now with the limelight focused on him as governor, Paterson may bring new interest to the issues concerning the livelihood of the disabled and sufferers of chronic conditions.

Reaching Out, Paterson Offers Different Tone

The Vision Thing is very interesting!

Dollar Losing Clout Around the World

Chinese Police Clash With Tibet Protesters

China Plans Steep Increase in Military Spending

Blowhard, Patriot, President

Report: NHL May Play Yankee Stadium Finale

An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? The Answer Is Elastic


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