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The recent outcry and firing of Don Imus reminds me of another culture of intolerance in the name of righteousness.  Imus' remarks were insensitive and careless.  The women of Rutger's basketball team had every right to be offended and demand an apology, which they got and accepted.  So our penalty now for making insensitive remarks that you should receive death threats, lose your job and never work again?   I think it would have been very different if he were an elected official or his remarks had been part of a prepared statement or speech, rather than the spontaneous ramblings

Obama, social issues, and Republicans

It's been a high-profile week for social issues. Current events have brought both gun control and abortion to the forefront of political discourse.

It is these hot-button issues that I anticipate being the greatest obstacle for Obama as he tries to pull registered Republicans into the fold. Many red-state Republicans are one-issue voters and will not be able to look past the fact that the Senator is pro-choice and pro-gun-control.

Official Obama Campaign Event in San Diego Tuesday, April 24th!

On Saturday, April 28th the California Democratic Party Convention will be coming to San Diego.  In preparation, the Obama '08 campaign will be hosting an organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m.  Find out how you can get involved in the campaign, meet the national campaign staff, and hear about the Obama campaign's plans for future activities in California.

DETAILS:

San Diego Barack Obama Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

San Diego Woman's Club

2557 Third Avenue

San Diego, CA  92103

New York Republicans for Obama April Meetup!

Come out and meet your fellow Republican Obama supporters. We can discuss the election and ways we can work together and with other Obama groups in New York City.

If you're not a Meetup member, just go to the site (Meetup.org), sign up (it's free) and RSVP for the event.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Where: Starbucks
1559 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10028

 

Finding Favor

So the latest favorability numbers are out today, 4/18, from the Gallup Poll.

This is the question that was asked:

"We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them."

The Imus Effect

I can't say I blame Obama for speaking out against Imus' remarks two weeks ago. On Monday, though, the Senator took it even further, comparing Imus' "verbal violence" to the Virginia Tech murders.

We have a lot of problems, but I'm not sure if you can compare racism, job outsourcing or substandard education to a very sick kid murdering 32 innocent people. We're capable of a lot as a nation, but ensuring the mental health of every last lonely and troubled kid may never be possible.

Why Obama?

Someone asked me why anyone but hardcore democrats would support Barack Obama for president. Let's look at the reasons:

Obama has done the refreshing thing of sincerely conveying that he would like to be a president for ALL of us. Not just for his special little base, or to "get back at those guys", or any of the other partisan lingo that has depressed so many millions of us, this past decade.

Two Successful Republicans

Republican Mayor Mike Bloomberg has a 72% approval rating among New Yorkers.

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a 60% approval rating among Californians.

What explains their success? Simple-- they are competent and they realize that some things are just not partisan issues anymore. By "competent" I mean that when they get into office, they start solving the problems that all voters want to have solved-- keep people safe, balance budgets, make government more efficient.

Obama's Money

At some point during Easter dinner last night, where about 14 of the 15 adults were Republicans, Obama became the topic of conversation. We probably got there by first discussing Giuliani, McCain and Fred Thompson, and I know we all had our usual gripes about Hillary, but when we hit Obama and his fundraising totals, nobody had any serious criticisms of him, the way we did with some of the other candidates.

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.

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