Saturday, September 27, 2008

John McCain: The Health of a President

I find it hard to believe, but the GOP candidate for President won't release his own medical records. In Appalachia we call that "a pig in a poke."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Barack Obama's Tazewell Campaign Office Opens

The Obama Campaign opened an office in Tazewell County today and a fairly large crowd showed up for the event. I went, even though I was a little under the weather.

A couple of pictures of the event...

Opening Obama's Tazewell Campaign Office - Sept. 25, 2008

Va. State Senator William Puckett speaks to the crowd at the opening of Obama's Tazewell Campaign Office - Sept. 25, 2008

Va. State Delegate Dan Bowling speaks to the crowd at the opening of Obama's Tazewell Campaign Office - Sept. 25, 2008

County campaign coordinator, MarileeI met the campaign's Tazewell coordinator, Marilee, and realized after I left that I didn't get her last name or contact info. I'll post that later.

Several of the county's constitutional officers attended the event - Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee, Clerk of Court Buddy Blevins, and Sheriff H.S. Caudill.

Tazewell Democratic Party Chairman David Larimer was also there.

Puckett and Bowling both promoted party unity. Bowling supported Hillary in the primaries but was clearly excited about the Obama-Biden ticket. Puckett talked about the need to focus on the stark contrast between Obama and McCain.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

John McCain and the First Debate

I heard on my way home from work today that GOP presidential candidate John McCain wanted to postpone tomorrow night's debate so he could go to Washington and work on the economic bail out package. I laughed.

"Of course McCain wants to postpone the debate. It fits in so well with his strategy of distraction!"

Suspend the campaign? What a laugh...!McCain's goal has been to tell distracting enough lies so that people will talk about the lies he tells instead of the issues. Sure, the economy is an issue. But taking a time out from campaigning just gets people taking about the time out he took, not the economy.

The cynicism is incredible. Of all Senators, John McCain has been absent from the Senate the most. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes. Now, on the eve of a debate, he wants to go be a senator?

I loved Senator Obama's response: the next President will have to deal with more than this one issue.

David Letterman's response (quoted in the Drudge Report) was also entertaining:
"You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
I know John McCain is a war hero. War hero's can be cynics, too. And he seems to think that discretion is the better part of valor at the moment...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Certification Update

I received word yesterday that I have passed the tests in Georgia for middle grades language arts (4-8) and high school English (6-12). I figure I'll get the new Georgia license in a week or so and transfer those certs to my WV license by Thanksgiving...