Biden's debate question for Palin

Funny, all the pundit's talking about how it will be tough for Biden to debate a woman.  He debated the best female politician this country has ever seen; Hillary.  But after giving it some thought, i think i have the debate question to get every woman thinking.  It's a play on the famous question asked to Dukakis.

"Mrs. Palin, If your 13 year old daughter was raped, Do you think she should be forced to birth the rapist's child?"

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Republicans voting for a woman?

With all the hullabaloo about white democrats willingness to vote for a black man, I am waiting for the hundreds of articles written about republicans willingness to vote for a women.  The party that despises the word "tolerance" and the party's major constituent, white men from the south.  Are they really happy with this pick? Does this really fire up the party's base?

In my opinion, i would imagine the group of republicans unwilling to vote for a woman is greater than any democrat unwilling to vote for a black man PLUS any disillusioned Hillary voters who voted for hillary only because she is a woman.

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2004-2008 Convention comparison

I decided to re-watch obama's speech from 2004.  Pretty impressive.  I found it funny because it's the same message he gives today but finished off his statements with "and this is what kerry believes in".  The more i think about this campaign vs the kerry campaign, the more i think that this one has a message and a goal, and kerry's was all about Bush.  last time the republican's said Democrats have no plan for this country.  That is definitely not the case this time. Finally, the democrats laid out why our policies will help this country. That is something we need to do more of.  Curious to see how much the roles reverse.  I'm sure next week will be all about Obama.  In fact, i think mccain's convention will exactly mirror kerry's campaign. Bashing the other while talking about mccain's service.  I think that could be a good sign.

I also wanted to express my hopes that the progressive blogosphere goes to the twin cities and covers the republican's as hard as they are right now (without the hearts in their eyes). I also think we need to make sure that Obama and Biden are not the only surrogates fighting for democrats. Everytime i turn on the TV i see a republican repeating their talking points. We need to get all of our Democratic leaders on TV every single day laying out our message, not just of change but of policies.

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NYTimes' misleading article

I was reading about the success of the Democrats passing a bill to reform ethics and lobbying, when I realized how small misleading statements could give someone false conclusions.  In the first paragraph of the article Senate Approves Tighter Rules on Ethics and Lobbying, the NYTimes write:

...with an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats agreeing to better police the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.

I immediately thought that this was poor writing and poor storytelling.  Even though I knew it was a great moment for the Democrats, I got the impression that Republicans passed the bill and deserve the credit. By mentioning the Republicans first, the writer lets the reader think this was a republican success. In addition, by saying "an overwhelming majority" before saying Dem or Repub, one might come to the conclusion that this was a bipartisan effort and bipartisan deflection.

If i could correct the NYTimes, i would write:

... with Democrats and an overwhelming majority of Republicans agreeing to better police the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.

Doesnt that sound better?  Isn't that closer to the truth?  Am i crazy and over reacting, or is this the subtle bias that has plagued the Democrats for years?    

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Family Values?

Quick thought! What happened to the Party of Family Values?  I havent heard the Republicans or Media use the term since Foley, Haggert, Schiavo, Gannon or Vitter.

Do you think any of the republican candidates will use the term? Should the Democratic Candidates use the term?

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Make Republican's Question Themselves

The Democrats flipped the script on the Republicans last week.  Its about time.  Ann Coulter made outragous statements as usual, and the Democrats made the Republicans criticize her.  This is an amazing stratagy that the republican's use all the time against the dems to turn themselves on eachother and to make them less credible.  

Now the tables have turned, but lets see if the Dems could keep it up.  The Dems need to stop just going after Bush and go after all Repubs.  the need to say "do you agree with the Republican stratagy to send soldiers to battle without the proper training and gear?".  "Do you agree with your fellow republican when he says we should avoid any and all muslims in congress?"

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A plan to end the war

I have a simple idea for the democrats.  Clinton, Obama, and Biden should sit down together and work out a plan/solution/consensus.  I can't even comprehend what kind of statement this would be for the democrats.  It would show leadership and a plan from the presidential candidates and for the Democratic party.  The media would not be able to control themselves.  All the time they discuss what this means, they will be saying "the Democratic plan to end the war".  I think it could be historic and it could gain such momentum that it would put pressure on all the dems to unite, the media to report, the republicans to vote, and the voters to pay attention.

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