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Presidential Pyrotechnics

Ways to spend July Fourth: Go to the Esplanade in Boston to watch the Pops concert and subsequent fireworks. Or debate the actions of our presidential candidates, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain. Why not do both? That’s what Bob and Susannah, plus a neutral cat, do on their Independence Day in the latest episode of “Running Gags”!

July 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm 3 comments

$3.59 a gallon?

Gas prices are going up, folks, and two presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain, have proposed a solution: a gas-tax holiday. But, Susannah wants to know, what about more environmentally-friendly alternatives? Read more — including Bob’s response and an homage to my own greater Boston MBTA — in the latest episode of “Running Gags”!

May 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm 5 comments

McCain: Springtime of GOP’s discontent

Arizona Sen. John McCain has won the Republican presidential nomination for 2008. Does he have what it takes to mobilize the GOP base? Bob and Susannah discuss in the latest “Running Gags”!

March 7, 2008 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Hagee endorses McCain

Surprise: Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, founder of Christians United for Israel, endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain for president — not ordained Baptist minister and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

The New York Times detailed Hagee’s, er, intriguing beliefs on Eretz Yisrael and end-times prophecies. While these beliefs may unsettle and/or confuse the secular Times, they’re in step with many other Americans. “(In) one poll last year, 42 per cent of Americans said they believed that ‘Israel was given to the Jewish people by God’, and 32 per cent that Israel is ‘part of the fulfilment of biblical prophecy and the Second Coming of Jesus,'” the Times Literary Supplement reported.Wonder if Hagee’s support shows a conservative shift towards McCain?

February 28, 2008 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

A Buckeye bombardment

Thoughts about one of the sought-after presidential primary states, Ohio, from a visitor and lover of the Buckeye State (Adriatico’s and Larry’s, long life to you both!):

Hard to believe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton even has a lead there to defend when she’s associated with an administration that passed NAFTA.

Economic platforms could decide the Buckeye battles on the Democratic side. Ohio’s economy is hurting.

Faith might be less of a factor than never-seen-Columbus East Coasters could expect. Ohio voters rejected fundamentalist favorite Ken Blackwell in the governor’s race in 2006. On the Republican side, Arkansas ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee might not want to stress his faith as much as his populism against Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Will racial prejudice affect Ohioans’ decision to vote for Sen. Barack Obama? I don’t think it will be to a greater or lesser degree than most other states. Yes, there were race riots in Cincinnati in 2001. But Ohio Republicans also ran an African-American candidate, Blackwell, for governor two years ago. I think most state voters will consider Obama fairly.

February 27, 2008 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Midwest, Southern setbacks for McCain?

Sen. John McCain has lost the Republican primary in Kansas. Jayhawkers went for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee over McCain, 60 percent to 24 percent, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul picking up 11 percent.

What might help Huckabee’s improbable run is that the New York Times is not-so-subtly advocating McCain’s candidacy. Reporter Kate Zernike referred to “the daunting number of delegates Mr. McCain has amassed” and added that “Mr. McCain is far enough ahead in the delegate race that his advisers have said it would be all but impossible for anyone else to win the nomination.” Of course his advisers would say that. How about finding a less partial source?

The numbers are as follows: To win the nomination, a candidate needs 1,191 delegates. The total before the voting on Saturday put McCain at 703, Huckabee at 190 and Paul 42.

My sense is that Huckabee will also do well in the upcoming March 4 primaries in Texas (a winner-take-all 140 delegates) and Ohio (88). These states are friendly to fundamentalists (think Rod Parsley and John Hagee) and populists alike.

February 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Conservative civil war?

“On Point” host Tom Ashbrook discussed conservative pundits’ animosity toward Sen. John McCain on Monday as McCain seems poised to win the Republican presidential nomination. Ashbrook focused on Rush Limbaugh, broadcasting Limbaugh’s mimicry of McCain and angry response to 1996 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, who has criticized Rush for denouncing McCain.

Limbaugh headlines a long list of commentators — Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan — whose audience includes many with an equally strong dislike of McCain. (I analyzed the pundits’ outrage here.)

To what degree will Limbaugh, Coulter et al. influence voters’ decision in November? Do people listen to them primarily for entertainment value, or does their audience take their opinions more seriously?

Many conservatives pride themselves on their independence — independence from Big Government in Washington, DC, independence from New York-centered media, independence from movie barons in Hollywood. They might also resent what is becoming their own version of the mainstream media telling them what to do, and who to vote for.

February 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

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