Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Interesting items in the news

1. I found this story "If Foreigners Could Vote in '08" about how the rest of the world would vote if they had a choice in who became the next U.S. President.

The article contends that "The world's sole superpower has such an impact on the globe that, as a Belgian newspaper recently suggested, the rest of the world may feel it should be allowed to vote, too."

My feelings on this is simple: who cares. Only Americans can vote in American elections.

2. An interesting Gallup polls shows that "If McCain vs. Obama, 28% of Clinton Backers Go for McCain."

Historically, about 10 percent of people who vote in elections between 1992 and 2004 voted for the candidate of the other party. Likewise, it is common for people to be upset that their candidate did not get their party's nomination and "threaten" to vote for the candidate of the other party. But when it's all said and done, they usually stick to party lines.

According to Gallup, 28% of Clinton supporters would vote for McCain if she is not the nominee, 19% of Obama supporters would vote for McCain if Hillary is the nominee, and only 10% of republicans said they would vote for whomever is the democratic nominee. I was surprised it was only 10%.

Earlier this year republicans were fearful because conservative talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingahm were preaching that they would rather vote for Hillary than have a "liberal" John McCain in the White House. Rush went as far to say that if McCain were elected, it would be the end of the republican party as we know it.

Now, it seems the democrats might have an even greater problem on their hand. As the report states, " The data suggest that the continuing and sometimes fractious Democratic nomination fight could have a negative impact for the Democratic Party in next November's election."

Thus, if 10% of Republicans vote for Obama, and 28% of Democrats vote for McCain, that an 18% surplus for Republicans.

Well, we know that many of that 28% will end up voting for Obama, if he is the candidate, but still, 28% is a big number to overcome, and may not even be a possibility, especially considering McCain is already trying to bridge the gap he has with conservatives, and both Clinton and Obama will more that likely be in a dead heap until the democratic convention.

3. McCain gave a speech the other day in which he stated he will not bail our irresponsible businesses and irresponsible people who who made purchases that were way over their heads. I agree with McCain, and think it's about time we had a high ranking political figure encourage personal responsibility, rather than another government program to bail them out.

4. He has done many good things, but George W. Bush has blundered a lot too. One of his blunders was when he agreed with the World Court and ordered a new hearing to a Mexican on death row. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that the Constitution is more powerful than the President, and the World Court may have a say, but does not supersede the U.S. Constitution. More important, this is a win for state sovereignty, which is protected under the Constitution.

I'm certain that no American was against this ruling. Right? Right?

You can read an opinion on this ruling here, and a good overall article here.

Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

Nikki said...

Rick, I liked this post and really had no idea about talking point number 4 so I will have to read more about does sound like a blunder, perhaps pandering a little for some popularity globally?? Bush has done that a few times. He showed up in California last year during the fires because he was so criticized for not going to Katrina soon enough...personally I think the President and his MANY that travel with him take away precious time and manpower and money that could be better used in disasters such as these. Stay home already, photo ops and critic stabilizers are all the President does in these situations. Good job McCain for speaking the truth unlike Obama who blamed greedy corps for the housing problems, like the people taking out the loans aren't responsible.
foreigners get no say I agree...
And I think it is Christmas morning for McCain right now...republicans need to stay on course and not get cocky, it's bad Karma, just look at the Patriots!!!...:)N