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Attorney General

Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 17, 2007

Bush plans to pick Mukasey for Attorney General, announcement to come at a Press Conference at.10:30 am.
White House signals conciliation by backing New York conservative suggested by key Democrats.


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Gates on Democratic “back-door effort” to end the war.

Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 17, 2007

This weekend Defense Secretary Robert Gates “issued a warning shot,” saying that the Democratic proposal extend the time between deployment was a “back-door effort” to end the war. I could not agree more with Gates, the Democrats are afraid to do what they said they were going to do, end the war.  They do not want to do it in a way that looks like they are not supporting our troops, for example stopping the flow of money to the troops for critical supplies. However this will do something similar, by not providing the needed man power on the ground.No where in the U.S. Constitution does it say Congress has the right to decide how wars are fought. I believe that if they really wanted to end the war, they would have done so already. Their drive to end the war is merely a rally cry for the American people.  I support the Defense Secretary assertion that the President should veto any bill that proposes, this “back-door effort.”

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Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 17, 2007

Although this is a week old, the advertisement, “General Betraeus or Betray Us” is an unforgivable advertisement. Democrats really need to question their asssociation with the Political Action Committee, I feel that this group really tries to feed on incompetent Americans, by creating catch phrases, and simple attacks, that are easy for people to jump on the band wagon with. RudyGiuliani has come out and said; 

“Being attacked by the Democratic character assassination machine is something Rudy Giuliani will wear as a badge of honor. This is, after all, the same liberal group whose website compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler, the same liberal group that wanted no military response against the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11th and the same liberal group that consistently opposes funding for our troops in the theater of war.” 


McCain has said;

“In today’s New York Times, the anti-war group launched a McCarthyite attack on an American patriot and our commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus. This is a man who has devoted his life in service to our nation and has defended America in many battles over many years. Now he is the target of a despicable attack in one our nation’s most visible newspapers. No matter where you stand on the war, we should all agree on the character and decency of this exceptional American. I would hope that the Democratic Congressional leadership and Democratic presidential candidates would also join me in publicly condemning this kind of political attack ad and the organization responsible for it in the strongest terms possible.” 

 The advertisement is an egregious  attack on Gen. Petraeus and should be ashamed of themselves. As well Democratic candidates should question the motives of the political action committee before excepting endorsements, and money. 


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Romney Fights Iran

Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 17, 2007

Mitt Romney has done something incredible reports the NY Times Caucus Blog. He has written a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, asking him to bar Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad from speaking at the U.N. General Assembly this week. As well he asked that the Iranian President be indicted under the Genocide Convention. Here is the text of Mr. Romney’s letter:

To His Excellency Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, With the disturbing news that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmandinejad is planning to address the United Nations General Assembly next week, I call on the United Nations to revoke any invitation to President Ahmadinejad to address the General Assembly. The only way he should be greeted in the United States is with an indictment under the Genocide Convention.The Iranian regime under President Ahmadinejad has spoken openly about wiping Israel off the map, has fueled Hezbollah’s terror campaign in the region and around the world, and defied the world community in its pursuit of nuclear weapons –capabilities that make these threats even more ominous. As General Petraeus testified last week, Iran is also supporting Shia militia extremists and violence that is taking the lives of American soldiers and undermining the Iraqi government.A failure by the United Nations to take a strong stand against Iran’s President Ahmadinejad would be especially disturbing given the United Nations’ record of failure to prevent genocide in other circumstances and the failure of the United Nations Human Rights Council to confront the Iranian regime and others among the world’s worst human rights abusers. Failure to act would mean that the United States must reconsider its level of support and funding for the United Nations as we look to rebuild and revitalize effective international partnerships to meet 21st century threats.If President Ahmadinejad sets foot in the United States, he should be handed an indictment under the Genocide Convention. This approach has been called for by experts as diverse as Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, human rights advocate and former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton and law professor Alan Dershowitz.The United States and the world must take a strong stand against the terrorist Iranian regime and the time for action is now.


Sincerely,Mitt Romney


I have to commend Mitt Romney for this outstanding step towards dealing with Iran. I wish more of the candidates would take steps to change the situation with Iran. Rudy Giuliani has said he would do something to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, but Romney has taken a step to deal with it.  For more on the Iranian Nuclear threat read my article in the Albany Student Press.

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Breaking News: Gonzales Resigns

Posted by Reuben Ingber on August 27, 2007

The CNN Political Ticker Reports:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Monday, telling reporters he informed President Bush on Sunday that he will leave his post “effective as of” Sept. 17. In a very brief statement before reporters, Gonzales offered no explanation for his decision and did not take questions. “I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people,” Gonzales said. As the grandson of Mexican immigrants, Gonzales also said he has “lived the American dream.” “Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father’s best days,” he said.

What does this mean for the Bush administration? I don’t think it will change much, the American public at this point in time, has their minds made. The only thing that President Bush can do now is just ride out the rest of his term, and serve the American people as best he can. What do you think?  


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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. 

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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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Informed Students: Welcome Back

Posted by Reuben Ingber on August 27, 2007

So, the summer is over and I am back in Albany. The campaigns kept running all summer and I plan to just pick up right where they are. I hope everyone had a great summer vacation. Keep reading! Reuben  

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Posted by Reuben Ingber on June 18, 2007

Dear Readers,

I wanted to let you all know that the blog will take a break for the summer. As later on this week I will be traveling up to Poyntelle, Pennsylvania, to spend 8 weeks taking care of campers at beautiful Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, I am going to try to blog about the debates over the summer, however no promises are being made.

I can’t wait to start blogging again in the Fall (August 22) and lots of new things like podcasts, and new bloggers, are going to be added.

Enjoy your summer!




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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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