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Islam, the West and the ‘08 Election

I don’t care where you stand on the war or on the Bush administration’s handling of post-9/11 foreign policy, it’s hard to not admit that the Islamic world, especially the Arab and Persian Islamic world, is backward beyond belief, and shows no hope of being able to turn things around.

Guess Who

“If you’re dependent upon oil from overseas, you have a national security issue. In other words, dependency upon energy from somewhere else means that you’re dependent upon the decisions from somewhere else.”

Remembering the Clintons

Among the shots David Geffen took at the Clintons last week was “I don’t think anybody believes that in the last six years, all of a sudden Bill Clinton has become a different person.”

He didn’t make direct reference to Monica, but he did remind us of one of the last acts of the last Clinton presidency– the pardoning of billionaire fugitive Marc Rich. Marc Rich was the financier who left the U.S. in 1983 to avoid prosecution for tax evasion and for making oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis. He’s also since renounced his U.S. citizenship.

RFO Gets a Lot of Hate Mail

As David from Hobe Sound, FL writes:

Some Republicans you scum are!

This is someone who has a 100% left wing voting record in the Senate, including rejection of Roberts and Alito as want to repeal out tax cuts.

Screw him! And screw you too!

We asked David what “100% left wing voting record” meant, where he got that handy statistic, but all he could say was something about how “the scum and filth Osama Obama” is a friend of Teddy Kennedy’s.

Everyone Can Be Bought and Sold

South Carolina State Senator Darrell Jackson is a powerful guy. Apparently, in South Carolina it’s the norm for candidates to buy up huge blocks of votes by paying a few select bigwigs “consulting fees.”

Don’t Support the Phony.

Dear Democrats,

Hillary has your party’s establishment behind her. She has Bill. She has the money. She has the name recognition.

She also happens to be one of the most divisive and opportunistic politicians of either party. Someone is going to have to wake me up pretty early in the morning to persuade me that Hillary is a better choice to lead your party than Obama.

We don’t have to have a divisive president if we don’t want one.

Giuliani Still Ahead of Obama… and?

As a poll by Rasmussen Reports reports:

46 per cent of respondents would vote for the former New York City mayor in 2008, while 40 per cent would support Illinois senator Barack Obama.

That ain’t bad. For those of you who don’t remember, Rudolph Guiliani has been Time’s Man of the Year. He’s America’s Mayor and is known throughout the world, much less the U.S. Barack Obama is still so far from being a household name that he still has to convince CNN he’s not the idealogical leader of Al Qaeda.

Troop Withdrawal

Time to be critical. Tonight Senator Obama suggested a deadline for withdrawing from Iraq, proposing to have all combat brigades out of the country by March 31, 2008.

For what it’s worth, Obama better hope the troops are out by then. If Bush has his way, it may end up being Obama’s job to remove us. If Bush has his way (and it looks like he will), this is going to become Obama’s, or McCain’s, or Hillary’s war to lose.

Proposing an Iraq exit is a lot easier for Senator Obama in ‘07 than it will be for a President Obama in ‘09.

How Low Can You Go.

Amazing. A year before the first primary and already there’s mudslinging.

Today, Obama addressed the rumors that he attended a madrasah when he was 6 years old while his family was living in Indonesia. First, as everyone should understand by now, he was 6! Like all of us when we were 6, his parents chose his school (in Obama’s case, his mother and his then-stepfather).

Is He Experienced?

Rightly or wrongly, before Obama’s elected, he’s going to have to convince a lot of people he has enough experience to be President. By November ‘08, he’ll have eight years as a state legislator and four years as a U.S. Senator behind him.

* Before Andrew Jackson was elected, he had spent two years as a Congressman and another four as Senator– the same as Obama.

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