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Barack Obama on being labelled a socialist

October 29th, 2008 (06:16 pm)

Don't share your toys, children, or you will become a red! (McCain-Palin, attrib.)

(It's a fairly standard campaign speech, actually - but the rebuttal of McCain should make a powerful soundbite, and the first paragraph is a reminder of how complicated the voting procedure can be in the US.)

Edit: And while I'm about the US election, More Sarah Palin unpleasantness


Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)

McCain is getting desperate because his campaign is almost at the point of no return. At this point he comes across as practically clueless in his speeches, while Obama has this whole smooth man of destiny thing going on.

Way back in January, when Clinton was a 'dead cert' for the Democratic nomination and Giuliani was seen as the Republican front-runner, I predicted an Obama win (see below). I'm now going to go further - I think this will be the worst Republican result since the Roosevelt era.

Freddie the Libertarian Troll's Guide to the 2008 US Presidential Candidates, from 2nd January, as first published in wellinghall's journal: http://wellinghall.livejournal.com/304628.html

Giuliani: Mayor of New York when Al-Qaeda flew those planes into the World Trade Centre. Brought in zero-tolerance policing. Not a religious conservative like many Republicans.

Huckabee: Creationist loon. Pure nutter.

McCain: Former POW in 'Nam. Tough guy image. Very hawkish on foreign policy but has criticised current administration's handling of Iraq. Has co-sponsored bills with Obama.

Paul: Free trade libertarian (and has stood as a Libertarian candidate in the past). Advocates non-intervention in foreign policy, and hence voted against Iraq War. Big on small (federal) government. Won't win.

Romney: Mormon. Has positioned himself to get the religious nutter vote, but is much more socially conservative now than he has been in the past, so this is probably just blatant populism.

Thompson: TV and film actor. Professional lobbyist. Before that he was a lawyer (including a spell on the Senate committee that investigated Watergate). Big on image (average bloke image) but small on policies.

Clinton: Wife. Woman. Claimed that Monica Lewinsky was just "a right-wing conspiracy" to discredit her husband. Old-fashioned 'Liberal' in the American sense of the word.

Edwards: Was Kerry's running mate last time around. Remember Kerry? No? Nobody else does either. Wife is dying. Personal injury compensation lawyer. Opposed tax cuts. Would be considered left-wing even in most parts of Europe.

Kucinich: The Mafia once tried to kill him when he was Mayor of Cleveland. Has been a supporter of Hugo Chavez in the past. Don't worry - he won't win. Not even Americans are stupid enough to vote for a Chavez apologist. Unlike Londoners.

Obama: Mixed race (portrayed as 'black', but his mother is white). Young. Father is a foreigner (Kenyan). Oprah is a fan. Criticised Bush for starting a new war in Iraq before finishing Afghanistan. Another lawyer. Certainly not a Jesse Jackson style black democrat. Has co-sponsored bills with McCain. Possibly a bit like Beyonce or Halle Berry - black enough to appeal to blacks and white enough to appeal to whites. Would probably be considered centre-right by European or British standards.

I think Obama may well take the prize.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)

I've been following the reports of infighting in the Republican campaign. The party appears deeply split and uncertain of its direction. It's always been a broad coalition of interests, like all big parties in two-party systems, and too many elements are impatient.

I was always sceptical of Giuliani winning the Republican nomination, and was never convinced by his Florida strategy. Obama seems to have built his coalition successfully.