Fight, Fight, Fight!
Gov. Sarah Palin has burst on the scene with style, guts — and a penchant for distorting the facts, thanks to Bush’s former speech writer who wrote her speech Wednesday night. Some highlights of the actual story: Barack Obama in fact did author (co-author) an important bill in the state senate, on ethics, specifically campaign funds. Remember, he’s the first major candidate in history to waive the right to receive "public" funds — from Political Action Committees, lobbyists and corporations. Remember, he’s raised more money than any candidate in history, and all from individuals. John McCain may have passed a groundbreaking ethics bill, McCain-Feingold, for which he should be commended, but he still opted to receive public funds, and has raised far less than Obama.
Many of you might also be wondering about Obama’s recent statement that the surge worked. Well, it’s true that things are finally better in Iraq. And that’s a great thing. In fact, Bush is talking about withdrawal according to Maliki’s timetable. Flip-flopping’s got nothing to do with it, and I’m confident that in the debates Obama will address accusations of flip-flopping much more effectively than Kerry did in 2004.
Regarding the Georgian conflict, I’ve read a lot of info on the issue from various sources. While I’m alarmed at Russian aggression, there seems to be some evidence that the Georgian government has been discriminating against the ethnic Russians in their breakaway states of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Read the history at wikipedia and some more background at amnesty.org. The conflict is not simple, and is undoubtedly frustrating. For instance, how the Russians can ignore their own treatment of Chechnya and condemn Georgia’s treatment of its breakaways is beyond me. Obama’s statements about Georgia, for me, reflect more of an understanding of foreign policy than the "one-answer-for-everything" treatment McCain gave the issue last night… I felt like when he talked about solidarity with the Georgians, he might as well have been Reagan talking about Nicaragua or Afghanistan, when every issue is much more nuanced.
Don’t back down on this fight!