“He just locks down and can’t get the words out,” says one political consultant. “For such a fine speaker, it’s really quite remarkable that he’s had issues.”
Obama’s troubles with unscripted moments contributed to his campaign’s refusal to participate in town hall format debates or discussions with Sen. John McCain, who feels much more comfortable in the unscripted moments.p> SAY IT AIN’T JOE br> Three Republican state party chairmen have confirmed that within the last 36 hours they received calls from senior McCain presidential campaign advisers asking for their feedback on a McCain-Sen. Joseph Lieberman Republican ticket. /p>
“It wasn’t hypothetical. They wanted to know what our state’s conservative base would do, how our convention delegation would react and if our state party bylaws would make it difficult to put a non-Republican on the ballot,” says one state party chairman from a Southern state that has voted Republican in recent national elections. “I jokingly asked if this meant they were thinking about Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee for the ticket, but it was obvious where they were going. It was Lieberman.”
McCain has sought the counsel of several prominent conservatives, and has pointed to a recent article on National Review Online that he believes indicates that many conservatives would not bolt from their support for him should he put a liberal Democrat on the bottom of the ticket.
But not everyone is on board with the plan: Senator Sam Brownback, who is considered one of McCain’s strongest backers, and who has probably done more than most to solidify conservative, religious support for McCain, is said by campaign insiders to have opposed the Lieberman gambit.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online