Barack Obama’s campaign released two advertisements today; one is a pro Obama ad and the other an attack ad against John McCain. The attack ad paints McCain as out of touch with people today, flashing pictures from the 80’s of McCain as well as old, brick cell phones and even a rubik’s cube. The facts the ad uses to support their premise are that John McCain doesn’t know how to use a computer and doesn’t send his own emails. Watch:
The Bottom Line: This ad has absolutely no bearing on McCain’s qualifications to be the president. Even if the facts presented are true, I don’t see how it lines up with Obama’s promise for “a new kind of politics.” On the contrary this ad show’s obama’s true colors that he’s simply a true blue democrat that happens to be articulate and young. He will do or say anything to gain the power of the presidency.
This morning I read an article posted yesterday on the New York Times online which touches on Sarah Palin’s religious principles and how they affect her politics. The Palin nomination for VP has been received well by most conservatives because of her conservatives views including abortion and gun rights, and while I’ve always been excited by these things I had yet to hear anything solid about her core principles and where she gets her values from. I was very encouraged to read that one of the first things she did after she took the office of governor in 2006 was to send an email to her former pastor, Paul E. Riley, and she asked for some examples of biblical leaders and what the secret to their leadership was. The NYT details their conversation:
He wrote back that she should read again from the Old Testament the story of Esther, a beauty queen who became a real one, gaining the king’s ear to avert the slaughter of the Jews and vanquish their enemies. When Esther is called to serve, God grants her a strength she never knew she had.
Mr. Riley said he thought Ms. Palin had lived out the advice as governor, and would now do so again as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee.
“God has given her the opportunity to serve,” he said. “And God has given her the strength to carry out her goals.”
It seems the more the press digs into Palin’s roots, the more I feel I can get excited about her candidacy. The article does continue to describe her religious history in a semi positive light, but as always with the “balanced press” they have to throw some opposing views around. I encourage everyone to read the article.
Also, I found a YouTube video of Palin addressing the youth of her church:
The Bottom Line: Sarah Palin in my opinion is a very strong candidate for Vice President. The conservative hype is well founded and we should look to see exciting things coming from the McCain campaign from this point forward. There are a few rumors going around about some scandals which have taken place as she’s been governor so I will be watching and will post when the hard facts surface. But for the time being, I’m very happy with McCain’s pick and I think that conservatives should really do their homework on Sarah Palin.
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