"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


a silent majority?

"Mr. McCain's selection of an inexperienced and relatively unknown figure was unsettling, and the campaign's decision to keep her sequestered from serious interchanges with reporters and voters serves only to deepen the unease. Mr. McCain is entitled to choose the person he thinks would be best for the job. He is not entitled to keep the public from being able to make an informed assessment of that judgment. Ms. Palin's speech-making skills are impressive, but the more she repeats the same stump speech lines, the queasier we get. Nor have her answers to the gentle questioning she has encountered provided any confidence that Ms. Palin has a grasp of the issues." - Washington Post editorial, 9/21/09 (italics mine)

Palin has now been a vp nominee for 24 days and she has yet to give a press conference. Does that seem okay to you? It doesn't to me. I like to know as much as possible about the people for whom I'm voting.


Blogger UPennBen said...

Are you still undecided? Why can't we have a 6 week election like in England? So what if Andrew Jackson spent 4 years campaigning? 6 weeks, that's all I ask. I'll settle for a blind draw or a pig in a poke. Or a needle in a haystack. Election cycles are ridiculous.

Monday, September 22, 2008 2:27:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

I agree with you.

And upennben, I'm undecided. Ugh.

Monday, September 22, 2008 2:48:00 PM

Blogger haitianministries said...

If McCain is unable or unwilling to let Palin hold a press conference with unscripted questions then, at the very least, he ought to be forthcoming with his medical records so we the voters can decide whether or not a vote for McCain is really just a vote for Palin. Either that, or release the names and resumes of his handlers so we'll know who's really pulling the strings if, God forbid, he doesn't manage to finish his first term in office.

Monday, September 22, 2008 8:27:00 PM

Blogger CharlieMac said...

Well one thing for sure, we ought to know who Biden is after 36 years in the senate. Maybe a "pig in a poke" would be at least as even money, if not better.

Of course my above thinking does not apply to the top slots on the tickets, just the opposite. Do not buy that "pig in a poke".

Politics is always an interesting and dangerious subject to discuss.
It is so easy to talk your way into a corner. See, I brought up the pig and lipstick issue again without thinking.

Charlie Mac

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 6:39:00 AM

Blogger David McCullars said...

Policies are important, but the main issues (e.g. abortion) rarely if ever get addressed during 4 years in office. Character is important but no where near as important as we make it out (God forbid our President be a human being!). But what is critical for a president is sound judgment -- it's the foundation of leadership. A few years ago I used to like McCain quite a lot, but he has tragically abandoned his sound judgment and given in to the little voices in his ears that just want to get him elected. The selection of Palin was a reprehensible and irresponsible choice, and it demonstrates how poor McCain's judgment really is. If you still need a reason not to vote for him, this is a very good one.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 10:56:00 AM


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