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Archive for the ‘Blog the Vote’ Category

Blog the Vote-Obama and Jena

Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 21, 2007

I really have touched upon the Jena 6 issue because I really am not fully informed on the complete details of the issue. However I read a quote in the NY Sun today regarding Barack Obama lack of voice on the issue. 

Yesterday, Mr. Obama was taunted by a veteran civil rights advocate, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who made disparaging remarks about the senator for his failure to take the lead on the issue and said he was “acting like he’s white,” according to a report in a newspaper in Columbia S.C., the State”If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena. Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” Rev. Jackson said.   

I have to disagree with Rev. Jackson, that Obama is “acting like he’s white”, any black man or women (i.e. Oprah) who tries to over come the stereotypes in not “acting like he’s white.” They are in theory trying to set an example for the rest of the African American community. I applaud Mr. Obama for not using the Jena case as podium for political advancement. Sen. Obama did what any candidate should do on the case and issued this statement 

Today I stand with those who stand for justice in Jena.  The thousands of Americans from every race and region who have descended on this small Louisiana town carry forth the legacy of all those who sat at lunch counters and took freedom rides to strike a blow against injustice wherever it may exist.  When a noose hangs from a schoolyard tree in the 21st century and young men are treated in a way that is not equal nor just, it is not just an offense to the people of Jena or to the African-American community, it is an offense to the ideals we hold as Americans.  I renew my call for the District Attorney to drop the excessive charges filed in this case, and I will continue my decades-long fight against injustice and division as President.



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Blog the Vote-Clinton’s Nomination Good for the GOP

Posted by Reuben Ingber on August 27, 2007

In an article today at the Politico, John Martin makes the case for why Hillary Clinton nomination would be good for the Republicans. I agree completely with the assertions that if Hillary gets the nominations, any republican candidate has a better shot at winning, an uphill battle. The Republicans have a very difficult election ahead, but the fact that the party appears to be changing is working for them. As well the approval rating for the Democratic congress is almost as low as the president approval rating and that is going to continue to impact the democrats chances, in all races. I believe that this election year we are going to see the majority shrink in the House, and possibly flip in the Senate. With Hillary on the ticket, I can almost guarantee it because the conservative vote will be so large against her. However she is still hard to beat because of the new voters that will come out just in support of her. 

Posted in Blog the Vote, Democrat, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton | 1 Comment »

Blog The Vote-Is it to late for Thompson?

Posted by Reuben Ingber on August 27, 2007

On Fox News Sunday, Mike Huckabee said 

“Well, let’s just hope Fred decides it’s just too hot this summer to even do this. Maybe he won’t get in. But if he does, I think he’s going to suck a lot of the oxygen out of the room when he first comes in. But I’m not sure I’d want to be in his position where the expectations are simply just sky-high for him to be able to perform. People are expecting him to basically come in and be the fifth head on Mount Rushmore. Whether he can live up to that — I think there’s a real challenge for anybody to live up to that, including if Ronald Reagan were to come back.”


I personally believe Huckabee is wrong, the hype is strong for Thompson because the Republican Presidential field is completely open. Unlike the Democrats where you have your 3 top tier candidates that the people like, Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, the Republicans have their top tier but none of which are 100% appealing to voters. Each in the top tier have an individual issue which hurts. Thompsons entry into the race, would change the entire race. What do you think? 

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 8

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 6, 2007

  • McCain–English as an official language–“Governor muchas gracias”–laughter
  • McCain–How to avoid 2006 Part 2–Cut spending and stop earmarking. Pursues his stance to veto every bill that has porkbarrelling.
  • Giuliani–How to avoid 2006 Part 2–Hold government accountable–“I turned around New York, I can turn around Washington”–FedStat
  • Tancredo–Biggest mistake of the Bush administration–Running as a conservative, governing as a liberal
  • Paul–Biggest mistake of the Bush administration–Nation building
  • Gilmore–How to avoid 2006 Part 2–Principal, we have deviated from our principals–attacks Hillary Clinton on tax issue.
  • Tancredo–What does it mean to be an American?–Cutting your ties from the past–goes on to talk about immigration–we should stop imigration totally and allow people to assimilate
  • Huckabee–Immigration–We should not cut off immigration totally, we should provide a sensible system like entering a stadium.
  • Giuliani–Immigration–No we cannot end immigration–Invokes Abraham Lincoln on what is an American–We should always be open to legal immigration.
  • McCain–Immigration–“Beyond my realm of thinking,” in terms of Tancredo’s earlier comment to end immigration all together–Invoke Ronald Reagan–“Shiny city on the hill”
  • Gilmore–Moderates & Independents–Talks about his run for governor
  • Hunter–Moderates & Independents–Rejects the ideas of Gov. Schwarzenegger–Takes direct hits at Romney, Giuliani, and McCain
  • Romney–Response to Hunter–Talks about Ronald Reagan as a moderate
  • Giuliani–Response to Hunter–The way to reach out to moderates and independents is nominate me. Hit the Democrats because they did not say Islamic Terrorism!
  • McCain–Response to Hunter–Fight back against terrorism, we will never surrender and they will be forced to.

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 7

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 6, 2007

  • Giuliani–Health Care–I love the way he continues to get up to talk to the audience directly–Free market principals will reduce costs and improve health care.
  • Thompson–Health Care–Tries to be like Giuliani and gets up to talk to the people directly, in my opinion he is unsuccessful
  • Romney–Health Care–Romney gets up to talk as well–The Democrats need to stop talking about it and tackle the issue.
  • Huckabee–Most pressing moral issue–stands up to answer as well–understanding the value of human life in the world–starts to talk about abortion and being pro-life on all levels from conception to when they are elderly living in nursing homes or children living in their parents cars.
    • The terrorists celebrate death, we celebrate life
  • Giuliani–Most pressing moral issue–We have great gifts in this country, in much the world people are not afforded these ideals. We need to bring these ideals to the people of the world–invokes Ronal Reagan again.
  • Paul–Most pressing moral issue–The acceptance of preemptive war–He fights back against other candidates comments on preemptive war on Iran.
  • Brownback–Most pressing moral issue–The life issue, I am pro-life–Our party has stood by that issue for years and we cannot nominate someone who is not pro-life–hit at Giuliani?
    • Blitzer brings up Giuliani–“I don’t think we can nominate someone who is not pro-life”
  • Romney–Why are you airing advertisements in spanish?–I am not anti-immigrant, and I want to reach out to legal immigrants and have them vote for me–Pretty open-ended response to the core of the question he talks about immigration reform but not why he supports English as a official language.
  • Tancredo–Spanish advertisements–No!

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 6

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 6, 2007

New format, time for questions from the audience!

  •  Hunter–How would you bring the conflict in Iraq to an end?–Thanks the men and women for their service–It is in our best interest to create a country that is not a state sponsor of terrorism, we need to leave Iraq in better condition then we left it.
  • Brownback–End in Iraq–We need to wait till we can leave the Iraqi’s to fight their own problems, speaks about his legislation for a three state-one country solution.
  • McCain–End in Iraq–“I’m going to give you a little straight talk”–Stands by the new strategy and commander–rejects the three state-one country solution–We can and need to succeed
  • Paul–How will we help to create a successful Iraqi government?–We should immediately leave and stop patrolling the street–No more Americans should die–Countries should want to immitate us not through the barrel of a gun.
  • Giuliani–Iraqi Government–Invokes his 9/11 record, stands up and talks directly to the members of the audience. We were successful in over throwing Saddam and now we must be successful to create an orderly Iraq–IraqStat=ComStat from NYC.

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 4

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 6, 2007

  • McCain–Evolution in school–“I believe g-d love us”–Curricula is up to the individual school districs.
  • Romney–Faith–Envokes Kennedy’s name–“I am an American running for President.”–Stands by his Church
  • Paul–Church vs. State–We don’t need more laws affecting religion, these are things left to the states or local levels–I always thought that their was a separation of Church and State.
  • Giuliani–Climate Change–We contribute to global warming, and there is a way to address it–We need a project similar to putting a man on the moon–bipartisan project.
  • Romney–GOP and Big Oil–Big Oil is making a lot of money now, these companies should be reinvesting profits in the companies. The oil companies are not the only profiting, but the countries who sell the oil are making the money.
  • McCain–GOP and Big Oil–These companies should be looking into creating nuclear power and other alternate energy sources. This is a national security issue–Can everything be linked to national security?
  • Paul–Our foreign policy is dictated by foreign oil.
  • Hunter–Gays in the Military–Would not change existing policy, it is already covered.
  • Giuliani–Gays in the Military–We should not be tackling this during a time of war.
  • Romney–Gays in the Military–The policy is working and this is not the time to have a social experiment in the middle of a war, we have bigger issues to talk about.
  • McCain–Gays in the Military–I think it would be a mistake to repoen the issue, it is working we should not tamper.
  • Gays in the Military–No one believes they should do so openly!

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 3

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 5, 2007

  • Hunter–Makes fun of CNN’s video of the border fence–“It’s a bad bill!”
  • Brownback–Immigration reform–Immigrants should be using the existing system–I support the legislation.
  • Thompson–Immigration reform–Securing the border is the primary thing–their should be no amnesty and this is an amnesty bill.
  • I still don’t like the format, I miss the lights and bells!
  • Paul–Immigration reform/Canadian Border fence–I am opposed to amnesty
  • Gilmore–On Fred Thompson–His record as his conservative, does not really know what his record is.
  • Thompson–Is there a need for another Thompson?–Fred Thompson will be a great addition–He continues to stress his full name, Tommy Thompson,  fearful of confusion with Fred Thompson!
  • Giuliani–Microphone keeps going in and out–On abortion–He does not believe the government should be making the decision on abortion.

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 2

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 5, 2007

  • Brownback–Dialogue with Iran–We need to confront them head on, work with the movements inside Iran, Stand with our allies like Israel
  • Hunter–Dialogue with Iran–The U.S. has the right to stage a preemptive strike against the Nuclear centerfuges in Iran.
  • Giuliani–It is unacceptable to the United States for Iran to have nuclear weapons–Takes another hit at the democrats–saying they are stuck in the 1990’s–Giuliani talks about the JFK Terror Plot.
  • Romney–People are testing the United States of America all around the world and we must confront that. We need to support the moderate Muslim community, world wide.
  • Tancredo–On immigration bill–“We are becoming a bilingual nation and that is not good”
  • Romney–On McCain’s accusation of flip flopping on immigration–Does not hit back at McCain, surprise
  • McCain–On immigration bill–This is a national security issue–for us to do nothing is “silent amnesty”–We have done our job and sat down and figured out some solution to the problem–if someone else has another idea I would love to hear it.
  • Giuliani–Immigration bill–It does not provide for a uniform database–On September 11, it took weeks to find out who should be in this country.
  • Romney–Immigrtation bill–think we should be enforcing the laws that already exist– the Z visa should be temporary not permanent.

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Live Blogging: Republican Presidential Debate 1

Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 5, 2007

  • Blitzer again ask the candidates to give an introduction scentence.
  • Tommy Thompson takes a direct hit at Fred Tompson “I’m Thompson, the politician not the actor.”
  • Romney–Was it a mistake to enter Iraq?–He supports the Presidents decision based on the information we had. He brought up Harry Reids comments that we have lost the war in Iraq and said we have not lost the war when we have men and women in the field. We made mistaks following the fall of Saddam
  • Giuliani–Was it a mistake?–No hits the Democrats by talking about Irans threat being more realistic, then 10 years down the road
  • Brownback–Offers solution to Iraq issue, by establishing three individual countries based on religious sects–He says he is putting this up tomorrow, I can’t wait to read it–Reminds ome of a Korea type scenario.
  • McCain–If the surge has not improved the situation by September, what then?–Offers condolenses to families who have lost soldiers, as well McCain says we need to let this plan will take time to work. Takes a hit at Clinton by saying that “Nations loose wars” not Presidents, political parties, et cetera.
  • Thompson–If the surge has not improved the situation by September, what then?–The countries government should vote as to if we should stay or go. Have the individual provinces vote for the individual governments.
  • Paul–We are more threatened now by staying in Iraq–I don’t agree with that 100%
  • Huckabee–First reference of Ronald Reagan
  • Tancredo–If the surge does not work, the Iraqi government should be told if they want a republic then they should protect it–First reference to Benjamin Franklin–Random Reference!

CNN really loves the war in Iraq, as a topic. I agree its a big issue but their are others our next President should talk about.

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