While the world’s economy attempts to document its balance sheets and a U.S. election cycle proceeds, no where in the "headlines" is there a peep about the progress in Iraq. The latest Hamas spanking by Israel is taking some of this news off the grid. This also takes the attention off of Iran, Korea, and Pakistan. But they all seem to wait patiently in line for their turn at the "what about me" ruckus. As the world shrinks with the technology of instant communication, it no longer takes months to hear about seven billion missing in a French bank-----more like three or four days. Any proclamation made by a politician or pundit can be disputed, reputed, disparaged or contradicted by simply googleing up a view that supports the particular argument. Whether the documentation is fact or fiction is irrelevant and immaterial. Knock one down as outright lies and five more pop up in less time than it takes to boil water. Or, as liberals love to do, (when they are losing an argument), just change the parameters or throw in a "but Bush is evil anyway". Topic-hopping is one of their favorite mantras. Meanwhile the economic stimulus package has taken on its own debate:
Economic Stimulus Package: Rebate or Welfare?
Congress and the White House have reached tentative agreement on a $150 billion economic stimulus package, but analysts on the political left and right differ on whether this deal will help boost the U.S. economy or whether it's just another swipe of the federal government's credit card. link
And now for some news:
Has any one noticed that you can't read a daily post at Michelle Malkins site with out at least one post beating up on the poor Mexican immigrants? Take a deep breath Michelle-----we know it's a problem. Try writing more about solutions. I would love to see her and John McCain in the same room attempting to have a conversation.
Same goes for the Hugh Hewitt/Mitt Romney site, except with Hugh it's balls to the wall for Romney or the world will come to an end. Maybe Hewitt's thinking along the lines of a second assistant to the press secretary. I haven't decided yet who despises McCain more, Hugh or Michelle.
One question for both these pundits------if John McCain ends up with the nomination, will you two offer the same modicum of support to defeat the other party? Is there a conservative bone left in your hearts if you have to change your tune? Or is it "toon? Whoops, that was three questions.
Back to the news:
It seems Mitt Romney will be losing one of his “golden eggs” soon on the campaign trail. The cost of his health care plan in Massachusetts is skyrocketing:
“According to recent reports, the cost of Massachusetts' health insurance mandate will rise 85 percent, or $400 million, in 2009. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), meanwhile, has been on the presidential campaign trail praising the program he put into place.” link
Also from CNS News there’s a report that John McCain is on even ground with the Democrats if he wins the Republican nomination:
CNSNews.com) - Though pollsters say that Americans currently have more favorable opinions of the Democratic Party, political analysts noted on Thursday that when it comes to presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on even ground with the Democratic frontrunners: Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.). link
But in the same article Larry Sabato claims McCain still may have troubles ahead:
“Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, however, noted in a column published Thursday that McCain is not as popular among the Republican base, which could hurt his chances of being nominated.Sabato said while McCain won South Carolina's primary on Saturday, he received far fewer votes than he did eight years ago, when the Palmetto State's primary ended his White House run. "His mere third of the voters in South Carolina last Saturday means that, once again, he failed to carry Republicans or conservatives," he said.”
Just think, by this coming Wednesday we can all take some time out of the political “gamesmanship” and start talking about more important things-----like can the Giants beat the Patriots? Where’s my popcorn?
Update: It wouldn't be fair to post all this with out including Hillary. But, according to Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters, Hillary doesn't care much about fairness:
Rules? The Clintons Don't Need No Stinkin' Rules!
The Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan and Florida of its delegates for violating scheduling rules for their primaries. It took 365 delegates off the table and forced candidates to stop campaigning in the two vital states. Now one of them -- just coincidentally, the one who somehow forgot to have her name removed from the Michigan ballot -- wants the delegates restored: LINK