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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 (, 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.

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.

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