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03
Oct
08

New York Debate Watch: the metropolitan republican club

First Presidential Debate - The Metropolitan Republican Club

First Presidential Debate - The Metropolitan Republican Club

A stranger in a strange land…

NEW YORK — I’m still reeling from Friday night. I attended the first presidential debate night which was hosted by the Young Republicans at one of the oldest bastions of Republican support for the McCain/Palin ticket in New York City. The Metropolitan Republican Club located in the heart of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was originally founded in 1902 during the days of President Theodore Roosevelt and established in its current location on 83rd Street in 1930.

Robert Morgan, The current president of the Republican Club started the proceedings with introductions and a reminder to the attendees to ‘keep it down’ during the debate so that both candidates could be heard but that request didn’t even last through his comments which ended with announcements that could be barely heard about other upcoming McCain events in the city including recruitment blitzes at local street fairs that occur in the city throughout the summer. It was a modest muster in comparison to the number in the Obama campaign volunteer rolls throughout the city.

As a field organizer for the Obama campaign, I knew that the evening would test my endurance on multiple levels, still I went in with a relatively open mind, a smidge of reckless feline curiosity and just the right dash of the morose to assure, if nothing else, a lively evening. And for panache, I decided to adopt an alter ego for protection against the red horde. Though I considered, Galilee O’Jesus (which would have certainly raised some suspicion I admit), I instead chose something softer, Gabrielle Peters, in honor of my other personal hero human rights activist, Peter Gabriel as my protective talisman.

And then I was in! There was not even a raised eyebrow from the ladies at the check-in table. I had done it, I had shocked the monkey. I made my way around the room. The event was modestly attended with roughly 100 McCain supporters crowding into the main room on the first floor with a large flat screen television tuned to FOX (shocker!), on one end of the room and the open bar and pizza station on the opposite end. A New York 1 news crew made the rounds interviewing but no other local coverage were in attendance. One supporter I spoke with had gone over to the Republican ticket after previously being a Clinton supporter. When I asked her why she had gone over to McCain she cited the Tony Rezko corruption scandal. I countered with the fact that Rezko also co-hosted a 3.8 million dollar fundraiser at the White House for George Bush but that didn’t seem to matter to her reasoning and she continued down the list of smears now well documented as being false.

By that time, the debate was already well underway and I turned my attention to the coverage. McCain’s angry demeanor grew more and more intense and you might think that I’m kidding but I found it was extremely jarring and even chilling to hear the crowd around me cheer each time McCain interrupted Senator Obama again and again. I gripped my bag firmly feeling utterly disconnected alone in a sea of sheep and stifled the urge to heckle. I sat there wishing that the senator would step in just as forcefully and verbally disarm McCain’s dated rhetoric and now obvious disdain in refusing to even look at Senator Obama. Was he angry at Obama? Was he angry that his week of theatrics leading up the debate had failed miserably? I crossed my fingers but no vociferous volley came back and only after a few days to reflect do I resign myself to the idea that Senator Obama did the right thing. Indeed, as many of the pundits have already reported, Senator Obama maintained his composure, stood his ground and behaved the President I wished for but lost in 2000.

Jax’s coverage at Huffington Post

23
Sep
08

Fired Up and Ready To Go!

Dear Friends,

I spent this past weekend at Camp Obama with 150 of the most passionate men and women that I have ever had the honor or pleasure to meet.  These were people like you and I who have, over the last 8 years, watched our country’s reputation on the international stage plummet to a level that I never thought I would see in my lifetime.   These are people like you and I who have lost jobs, who have lost healthcare, who have lost a home or tragically lost a beloved son or daughter in a war that never should have happened.   These are people who are ready to stand for change.

I believe this country is at a crossroads in history where the mobilization of the American voter is the key element to reclaiming a Democratic victory in November.  I have dedicated myself to helping make this a reality.  There are 45 days left.

I need your help because this is a race where we have no choice.  This is a race we must win.

How you can help

  • Volunteer your time in PA, we will transport you there and back.
  • Host an organization meeting
  • Host a debate party!
  • Volunteer your board room or office for phone banking.
  • Volunteer your contacts and pass along this message to others.
  • Help me find lawyers, who want to volunteer their time on election day at the polls
  • If you have family member in a battleground state that would like to house a field organizer like myself please let me know.
  • Host a phone bank party
  • Volunteer in the New York Office
  • Volunteer to drive volunteer s to PA and other battleground states.

I invite you to stand with us and stand for CHANGE!

CONTACT:

Jacqueline Noguera

Field Organizer

Obama for America

jacqueline@jcnoguera.com

15
Sep
08

the old man would have fallen out of his chair

The Honorable Henry B. Gonzales (D. TX) Courtesy The Center For American History

The Honorable Henry B. Gonzalez (D. TX) Courtesy The Center For American History

Curses!  Yet again my efforts to expand my compassionate and even syrupy post on frenemies that was sure to be the last word on the subject and indeed a cracking good read are thwarted by the events now known as Black Sunday and the continuing inherent idiocy of Wall Street.

There was a time and not so long ago that the government would have stepped in and demanded accountability.  60,000 workers worldwide now find that they are out of a job or in danger of losing their job with their retirement assets also in jeopardy.  And today, the DOW was down 500 points in response the fallout of the Lehman Brothers debacle and the Merrill Lynch sell off.  A day of reckoning to be sure and a day for the history books.

When I was wee I had the great good luck of serving as a congressional intern for the Honorable Henry B. Gonzalez (D. TX.)

Gonzalez was selected to chair the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee in 1989.  Under his leadership, the committee was able to enact several pieces of legislation favoring consumer groups, such as improved credit measures for small businesses, federal flood insurance reform, and increased accountability of the Federal Reserve.  In addition, Gonzalez pushed for strengthening anti-money laundering laws and harsher punishment for bank fraud and other financial crimes.

Throughout the 1980s, Gonzalez warned against the potential dangers of federal deregulation of the savings and loan industry and we see that in evidence today. After his prediction became a reality, he was given the task of structuring the bailout legislation. He accepted the assignment on the condition that those responsible, both in the private sector and their legislative supporters, be publicly recognized for their wrongdoing. His efforts resulted in pressure from a number of his fellow Democrats to resign, but Gonzalez remained true to his cause. In 1991 he was successful in reforming the federal deposit insurance system. During his tenure as chairman, Gonzalez earned a reputation for being a fair leader who allowed equitable participation in the creation of bills while reinforcing his legacy of championing the cause of ordinary people affected by legislation he oversaw.  Gonzalez gained national attention once again in 1992, when he investigated loans made from President George Bush and his colleague James Baker to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.  His investigation showed the $3 billion loans supposedly designed to support Iraqi agricultural projects were actually spent for weapons development.  Gonzalez went on to oppose military action in the Persian Gulf during the 1991 Gulf War.  He even called for Bush’s impeachment on the grounds that through his previous financial support of Hussein the president had eliminated any chance of finding a peaceful resolution.

During his long congressional career, Gonzalez received numerous honors, including the National Alliance to End Homelessness Award, the Texas Civic Leadership Award, the B’Nai B’Rith National Humanitarian Award, the 1992 National Rural Housing Legislator of the Year and the 1994 Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Foundation.

We won’t see his like for a long time to come I’m afraid.  We are stuck with a system that continues to spiral and heads in the sand at this point would be a disaster.  I can’t even bring myself to comment further.  But wait, I’ll try…  The Bush administration has been reckless in its handling of the finance industry.  The recent bail out of Bear Stearns and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should never have happened.  We need more regulation full stop.  It is the lack of regulation that caused this in the first place.   The capital rules are far too lax, and they still are. They may have made sense if you assumed perfectly liquid and smoothly functioning markets, but that is like saying a roof does not leak when it is sunny and mild.  That’s just bad business.  The Dick Fulds of the industry should now be hung up by their Buster Browns or Prada (s) as the case may be.

This being an election year I don’t trust a candidate like McCain who continues to tout the strength of the economy in the face of what is happening today.  Indeed,  shouldn’t the ability to send an email be at the very least the lowest common denominator for world leader?  I ask you.  Nevertheless, this development will test both candidates mettle to produce some real solutions.  After the lessons of the Great Depression have we learned nothing?

I know that if the old man were alive today he would have fallen out of his chair.

06
Sep
08

okay folks, look I’m just sayin’…

Obama:
Occidental College – two years.
Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude
&
Biden:
University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Versus

McCain:
United States Naval Academy – class rank 894 of 899
&
Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

(kudos to Cole Wheeler for the info)

05
Sep
08

let the self-flagellation begin!

AP Photo/Jim Mone

AP Photo/Jim Mone

Awww, is it getting a little tuffy wuffy  out there for little Miss No Experience?  People picking on you, sweetie?  Appears so as the Palin spokesman stated as quoted in a release from the Associated Press by reporter, Sara Kugler this afternoon.

“Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said Obama’s campaign was not   responsible, even though a Palin fundraising letter named the Democratic ticket with the words: “the Obama-Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain.”  In the fundraising letter issued Thursday, she cited “the Obama-Biden Democrats” and said the “misinformation and flat-out lies must be corrected.”

I guess when you hurl lies around and are as mean spirited as the likes of Coulter or Limbaugh it’s tough when the flak starts coming back at you.  In her speech last night she was blatantly condesending and dismissive not only to the work Obama did when he was 23 years old but to any and all community services workers and volunteers across this nation.  Is this the populist rhetoric they tout?  Is that what it means now to be a Republican? 

Did anyone last night wonder when any of the Republican presenters would talk about the housing crisis, affordable healthcare, education…oh no I’m sorry we’re still on the glory of God and his holy war in Iraq.  That’s scary folks.  We are promised the separation of church and state.  Is this what this campaign is going to be about?    Did they even mention the folks on the Gulf Coast digging out from this hurricane?  Was their day off just a put on? 

We’re not partisan, We’re not just supporters of the Obama-Biden ticket.  We’re so much more Mrs. Palin.  We’re Americans baby.  Country First!  Suck it up. 

02
Sep
08

oh no he di’int

 

Palin?  He chose her?  Now I’m cool with a woman candidate but come on now folks.  Was that the “best” candidate that the Republican party can produce?  This is where we laugh right?  18 months as governor of a state that has roughly the population of a mid-sized mid west city.  She was mayor of a small town of 9000 and a soccer mom.   Groovy.  Okay I feel safe now.  Sure, she can sit next to the big red button no worries…NOT!  And she backtracked on the bridge to nowhere.  Let’s get something straight.  The bridge went to Ketchikan which is and has been serviced by Ferry for EVER.  They called it a bridge to nowhere because Ketchikan IS nowhere.  I know I’ve been to Ketchikan (TWICE) on my way to Haines which is ALSO nowhere.  No offence intended.  They are both beautiful nowheres but that was the point.  The folks that live there don’t want to live somewhere they move to Southeastern Alaska to drop off the map.  Ask them they’ll tell you.  They thought the bridge was a dumb idea in the first place.  Huff huff. 

I won’t go into the exploits of her 17 year old daughter either.  That stuff happens in all kinds of families and to put this girl in front of the media  is pretty unfair.  Besides, I’ll bet she’s been feeling like a moron for the past 5 months and kicking herself hard enough thankyouverymuch.   Let’s stick with the mother who thinks Creationism should be taught in the schools and by the way is pretty cozy with the oil giants.  And the real headslapper is that she doesn’t believe in Global Warming either.  Swell.  Heartbeat away from the Presidency sitting next to the button that by the way won’t harm the environment if she pushes it.  Go get her you media hounds out there and put THAT under the Klieg lights and toast her!  And ask her if she thinks that teaching abstinence really works will you?

Is she just a token?  Is that why I feel so offended?  Are the Republicans that scared of women?  Huh?  What was that?  Did you hear it?  Did those million cracks in the glass ceiling just seal up?  I wonder if she can spell potato?




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