Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A civil debate, or something...

Watched the Democratic debate last night, like you all knew I would. They didn't allow Kucinich a seat at the table. First the network said no, then he took them to court and the court said yes, then the network appealed to the supreme court of the State of Nevada and less than an hour before the start of the debate the supreme court said they didn't have to allow him on the stage. Saw him on C-Span today speaking in the US House of Representatives. He really is a good Rep. for his district. He looked quite dignified, actually.

Anyway, all the media types were salivating, I know, waiting for Hillary and Barack to get into it. I'm not sure if they thought they would see those two rolling around on the floor, pulling each other's hair and biting ears, or if they were just hoping they would get into a screaming match. Whichever it was, it didn't happen and the news folks kept on trying to make out like something did all day today. Saying things like, "Barack called out Hillary...", "Hillary picked a fight with Barack...". Honestly! The debate was so civil, so polite, so chummy chummy. In fact, it was so much like watching three people sitting around a kitchen table talking, that I honestly don't remember everything they said. I remember Hillary asking Barack to co-sponsor legislation with her to block Bush from making agreements with the Iraqi government without putting it before the congress first. I wasn't even aware that he thought he could do that. Apparently he thinks he can arbitrarily sign agreements with other governments that would be binding on subsequent Presidents. Just another example of how much he thinks he is King. I can't wait until he is gone, gone, gone. When he finally is, I am going to throw the loudest, most obnoxious party in Augusta, GA! I am going to get noise makers, horns, fireworks... I may even rent a kettle drum just for because.

Seriously, tho, Barack agreed to work with Hillary on that legislation and the entire debate was a nice, friendly chat between Hillary, Barack, and John Edwards. I just don't like him, but lots of folks do. They all three basically agreed on most everything, complimented each other, smiled at each other and talked about the real issues, which they all three seemed to be reading off the same page on. The craziest thing that happened took place after the debate. The candidates all shook hands, smiled at each other and then went to the edge of the stage to wave at and shake hands with the audience. For a half hour or better, Barack and Hillary walked back and forth at the edge of the stage shaking hands, and signing autographs. They looked like rock stars, really. I don't recall John Edwards doing that. Perhaps the camera just didn't show him, or maybe he split early, I don't know. But the other two sure looked like honest to God rock stars out there. I can't recall any other politician ever getting that kind of response from an audience. The scene was so surreal, I didn't at first understand what I was seeing. When I realized what they were doing, my jaw dropped.

So that's about all for that part of the evening. On to the Michigan primaries. The Democratic National Committee pulled all of Michigan's delegates because Michigan went against their ruling and had their primary before Super Tuesday. So, Obama and Edwards pulled their names from the ballot. Hillary did not. She got 55% of the vote, Uncommitted got 40% of the vote. Of course the Edwards and Obama supporters encouraged voters to go and vote Uncommitted. Apparently many did.

The Republican National Committee pulled only half their delegates for the same reason. So the Republicans turned out "in force" to vote for Romney, McCain, Huckabee, and not so "in force" for Paul, Thompson, and Giuliani. Romney won at 39%, McCain got 30%, Huckabee got 12% ( I think) and I don't remember what percentages the rest got. They were all in single digits. I just remember that Ron Paul got more votes than Thompson and Giuliani. I thought that was funny.

My point in bringing this up is that I don't think either party was right in what they did. They took away the voice of the Michigan voters. The Dems especially. That's wrong. And I strongly disagree with Obama and Edwards decision to take their names off the ballot. They both want to tout their ability to bring change and then they go and knuckle under to the Democratic National Committee. They are cow-towing to the "Powers that Be". How is that "change", I ask you?

Is anyone else but me extremely disturbed by Huckabee's comments about changing the Constitution? Here is the direct quote:

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

And the people in the audience clapped and cheered! This man just keeps getting scarier and scarier. He sounds like a Christian version of the Taliban. Girls, if he gets elected you better run for the border or prepare yourselves to live like Muslim women. Don't forget, the organized Christian churches believe that women are supposed to be subservient to men, just like the Muslim faith does.

I have continued walking. This is my third day. Today I walked for 20 minutes and went .61 miles, a few hours later I did some exercises with the hand weights, only about 15 minutes worth. Then later on I walked for 10 minutes and went .3 miles. When I checked my sugar before dinner it was 201. Not bad, eh? Still have to wait another hour or so to check it again. Hope it isn't too high. Oooo! That reminds me, I didn't take my pill after I ate. Better go do that!

See you later.


pamwax said...

Oh they scare me too. My question is whose God. Theirs!! No thank you.

You are doing great with the walking and hand weights. I need to start doing that. Keep up the good work.

Jeannie said...

Huckabee said that? You know, I've heard Canada is a nice place to live.

Hey, what are your thoughts on Hillary crying the other day in New Hampshire?

Some Kinda Wonderful said...

I lived there a short time in 1990, it is a nice place to live. Lots of ethnic diversity, lots of real, raw, beautiful nature left there.

My take on Hillary tearing up was this: she was tired, she feels these issues deeply, she's beat up daily by the press, by the republicans, and by a lot of Democrats, too. She just got choked up for a moment. Speaking strictly as a woman, haven't we all done that at one time or another? I know I have. I tear up lots when I'm real tired. Anything or nothing at all can set me off. I don't think it was a calculated ploy as I've heard some pundits say, I don't think it was done on purpose to show her 'human' side. She was exhausted, she cried a little. She's a woman. I don't understand why more woman don't like her.