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jackie rokotnitz Saturday 6 September 2008 5.43pm
Clique? What clique? some of us socialise, some dont. But there has never been any collusion of opinions as far as I'm aware. That's silly. And I still think Sarah Palin is dangerously right wing and inexperienced, I dont think her creationist views are in tune with the modern era, and I'm extremely worried that she may one day have a direct influence on my life. I though John McCain should have been chosen over George W eight years ago (I was in the US watching the pre nomination debates and was very impressed with him - just to counteract, Markadams, your view that I sit in Tel Aviv all the time...peculiar...) but I think he has now passed his sell by date. Obama could have chosen a "trophy" VP, someone younger, jazzier, a female, but he went for a counterbalance in experience and foreign policy involvement, and this shows, to me, a pragmatic and measured step rather than the somewhat desperate move of McCain picking a "sensation" who may or may not stand up to scrutiny.
markadams99 Monday 8 September 2008 10.27am
I think this is good advice of the type that posters here have complained about, but it's a crucial dynamic in the US Election and if you don't consider it fair comment, kindly complain to Clive Crook who writes in today's FT:

If only the Democrats could contain their sense of entitlement to govern in a rational world, and their consequent distaste for wide swathes of the US electorate, they might gain the unshakeable grip on power they feel they deserve... But the fathomless cultural complacency of the metropolitan liberal rules this out. The attitude that expressed itself in response to the Palin nomination is the best weapon in the Republican armoury. Rely on the Democrats to keep it primed. You just have to laugh.

McCain/Palin now has a 10-point lead among likely voters (USA Today)...of course this can reverse in a trice, but the simplest explanation is the immediate impact of Sarah Palin.
martinr Monday 8 September 2008 3.14pm
I read an interesting article somewhere (can't remember where or else I'd post the link) in which someone was saying that the Republicans main attack in this election is going to be to constantly go on about a liberal / metropolitan / costal elite, painting Obama to be part of that elite and trying to make him out to be out of touch and out of sync with the rest of the electorate. They believe that the only way they'll beat him is to appeal to the large numbers of Americans who live in small towns and suburbs for whom those issues are important.

To that end unfortunately I think we'll be hearing a lot more about the issues of god, guns, gay marriage and abortion which play well to that crowd and less about the big issues of the economy, foreign affairs etc. The death penalty seems to have died as an issue now as more states have put a moratorium on using it and public opinion seems to be swinging away from its use.
markadams99 Monday 8 September 2008 3.42pm
martinr wrote:
...the Republicans main attack in this election is going to be to constantly go on about a liberal / metropolitan / costal elite, painting Obama to be part of that elite and trying to make him out to be out of touch and out of sync with the rest of the electorate. They believe that the only way they'll beat him is to appeal to the large numbers of Americans who live in small towns and suburbs for whom those issues are important.
To that end unfortunately I think we'll be hearing a lot more about the issues of god, guns, gay marriage and abortion which play well to that crowd...
Quod erat demonstrandum.
maurits Monday 8 September 2008 4.56pm
De gustibus non est disputandem
Katia Monday 8 September 2008 9.07pm
Id est verum. That would of course finish our lovely chit chat... Let's replay the debates here once the insomniacs among us have seen them.
markadams99 Monday 8 September 2008 9.52pm
maurits wrote:
De gustibus non est disputandem
Touché, tho it's the 1st declension accusative gerund, I believe...De gustibus non est disputandum - I may be wrong.
markadams99 Monday 8 September 2008 10.02pm
Katia wrote:
Id est verum. That would of course finish our lovely chit chat... Let's replay the debates here once the insomniacs among us have seen them.
What a lovely thought. There's nothing a glass of good whisky won't improve.
Katia Monday 8 September 2008 10.40pm
Make mine a gin and tonic
longlaner Tuesday 9 September 2008 8.34am
Vah! Denuone latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur.
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