An Open Letter to the State of California Monday, Sep 28 2009 

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Dear California,

Khloe Kardashian got married last night.  She married Lamar Odom, a player for the Los Angeles Lakers, one month to the day after they met.

Why the rush?  Perhaps because her famous sister Kourtney created a media frenzy when she announced her unplanned pregnancy, then created a new mini-frenzy with dozens of pregnancy statements thereafter.  Khloe realized she could get the same spotlight, minus the stretch marks.

Why are they famous? Well, their sister Kim created a sex tape with Ray-J, pre-“Sexy Can I,” back when he was only known as singer Brandy’s brother.

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Seriously.  The sex tape spun off into a reality show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Anyway, due to her pseudo-celebrity stature, Khloe’s wedding was paid for by E!, the network on which her reality show airs.  250 guests attended, including E! celebrities Ryan Seacrest and Chelsea Handler.  The cost is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1 million.

After a tabloid bidding war, the newlyweds will be paid $1 million by OK! for the rights to the photos.

No legal ceremony has taken place.  It may not even get that far.

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And yet in the very same state, thousands of same-sex couples do not have the right to marry the people they love.  Though same-sex marriage was legal in California for a few months, it was voted down by a narrow margin by California voters last November.

I know that most people who vote against same-sex marriage, in California or elsewhere, are bigots.  Some of them just aren’t aware.  Many of them cite upholding the “sanctity of marriage” as a factor in their decision.

So, California, I’d like to write you a letter to thank you.

Thanks for taking away the right to marry to thousands of law-abiding citizens, California.  Thanks for denying it to people who want nothing more than to live their lives in peace.  Thanks for keeping it for only people who deserve to be married, like Khloe Kardashian.  She’ll be a great example.

Photo of the Week Sunday, Sep 27 2009 

I saw this photo and had to post it:

The Obamas with the President and First Lady of Cameroon.

I can hear it now: “I’M GONNA GET YOUR MAN, MICHELLE!”

Hillary Clinton Chic Tuesday, Feb 3 2009 

The trend: teal ruffled jacket/cardigan.

Who wore it better?

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Hillary, who’s ready to serve as the nation’s top diplomat?

Or Kate, who’s ready to pose inappropriately with wax figures?

You decide!

(Hillary Clinton image courtesy of Vanity Fair.)

Inaugurating President Obama Wednesday, Jan 21 2009 

There’s so much I could say about this.  I could go on for days.

I’m so proud that my country elected Barack Obama — that they saw in him what I’ve seen in him from the very beginning.

I’m so proud that the candidate I supported from the very beginning was not only the Democratic nominee, but actually elected!  (That’s a first.)

I’m so proud that a black president was elected not only in my lifetime, but at such a young age.

Just hearing people on the news say “the President” and “the First Lady,” it takes a moment, and then it gives me a jolt to realize that they’re talking about Barack and Michelle.  God.  It’s true.

And these are the people who made it happen — well over a million people were on the mall alone.

How amazing does Jill Biden look?  She’s smokin’ hot.

I want that coat.  And those boots.  And I want to look like her when I’m her age.

Joe Biden — a great American.  I knew I loved this guy since “a noun and a verb and 9/11,” and the more I learn about him, the more I like him.  He was my first choice for Obama’s running mate.

No matter who you are, if you’re an American, you’ve benefited greatly from Joe Biden’s work in the Senate.  And you know what?  Most of his major work in the Senate shares the same theme — standing up for victims and defending and protecting them.  I love that about him.

I can’t not mention this hat.

A great moment in United States history.

Budding photographer Malia.

Sasha is second to congratulate her dad after Chief Justice Roberts.

I can’t get over how poised and mature Sasha and Malia were as they walked out onto the podium for their father’s inauguration.  They’re like little adults.

Like much of the country, I’m looking forward to watching these little girls grow up!  They’ve got smart, caring and protective parents, so I’m betting they’ll grow up to be as well-adjusted as Chelsea Clinton.

(And they remind me so much of me and Sars.  They have the same age difference and they seem like they’re best friends.  Sars was the comedian; I was the serious one.  And we had a very close family that loved to joke around and tease each other.)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — it’s so nice to have a President and First Lady who are not only crazy about each other, but who see each other as equals.  That’s a rare find in a public couple.

I have to admit that I was disappointed by Michelle’s inauguration gown.  If it didn’t have those little tufts of fabric on it, I would have liked it much more.  That was the one thing that held it back.  The cut is great, the one-shoulder is perfect for the times, and she always looks great in white.

Once again…Jill Biden is smokin’ hot.  Beautiful gown.

Good morning, Mr. President!

Today, President Obama spent his day reading the traditional note left for him by former President Bush, calling several Middle Eastern leaders, attending a National Prayer Service at the Washington Cathedral, hosting the traditional White House Open House, meeting with his economic team, meeting with the Pentagon’s top brass, and meeting with several people involved with Iraq, including the country’s Ambassador and Commander.

In the days before the primaries, when it looked like Hillary was all but unstoppable, I remember telling myself that this was great, that I loved supporting Barack, and that I’d gladly support Hillary in the general election.

But every now and then, I’d offer myself a delicious fantasy.

What if, against all odds, he won?

What if?

Oh, and it would be fantastic, and I would be so happy to have him as my President…

That would be amazing — but it wouldn’t happen.

And despite the odds, he made it.  He’s here.  And he’s my President.

Images courtesy of the Huffington Post and Boston.com.

An Historical Moment Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Today, all of the surviving presidents — George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — met with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House.

Although all the surviving presidents (including Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford) were present at Richard Nixon’s funeral in 1994, this is the first time that all surviving presidents have met at the White House since 1981.

Since 1981!

That makes this day even more extraordinary.

No matter what your political views are, you have to agree that this is a significant moment in history.

Barack Obama Shirtless Monday, Dec 22 2008 

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Barack Obama shirtless on vacation in Hawaii.

I just saw this incredible picture on the Huffington Post, courtesy of Bauer-Griffin Online.

The best part is the Huffington Post’s headline:

 

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Barack Obama Shirtless

 

O, indeed…that’s what straight women and gay men are saying all over the world after seeing this shirtless Barack Obama picture!  Damn…Michelle Obama is one lucky woman!

Who knew that seeing Barack Obama shirtless would be the highlight of my Christmas week?

Look at that six-pack!!

He’s got two full weeks in Hawaii…let’s hope we can see more of Barack Obama shirtless through the new year — and the next four years!

Mike Huckabee is a fucking moron. Saturday, Nov 22 2008 

Appearing on The View this week, former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was asked about his views on gay rights and marriage equality.

His response?

“People who are homosexuals should have every right in terms of their civil rights, to be employed, to do anything they want. But that’s not really the issue. I know you talked about it and I think you got into it a little bit early on. But when we’re talking about a redefinition of an institution, that’s different than individual civil rights. We’re never going to convince each other…But here is the difference. Bull Connor was hosing people down in the streets of Alabama. John Lewis got his skull cracked on the Selma bridge.”

There is so much I could say.  How to even begin?

I would like to see you look Matthew Shepard’s family in the eye and tell them that LGBT people haven’t yet reached the violence threshold. I’d like to see you say that to Larry King’s family.  Tell that to all the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to violence and hatred.

Gay-bashing happens everywhere.  It happens, it happens everywhere, and it’s often underreported. The FBI estimates that 16.6% of hate crimes in 2007 were motivated by sexual orientation bias.

And yes, it happens here in Boston, too, a very gay-friendly city in an extremely gay-friendly state.  There was a gay-bashing in the South End this August (which was massively underreported).

To even suggest that LGBT people haven’t been through comparable violence is completely untrue. That is one of the most moronic excuses I’ve heard yet.

A few other points for Governor Huckabee:

  1. Using violence as a means to measure who deserves and doesn’t deserve rights is fucking stupid.  Come on.
  2. Is it about redefining the institution of marriage?  Well, we’ve done that already.  When Barack Obama’s parents married in 1961, they wouldn’t have been able to marry in a third of the U.S. states because they were of different races.  The parents of our PRESIDENT were not allowed to marry!  Marriage was redefined throughout the U.S. to allow people of all races to marry, and rightly so.
  3. For all the religious reasons you give — and it’s fine if you’re serious about your religious beliefs within your religious community — there is a separation between church and state in this country, a separation that many don’t mind seeing blurred.

Someone needs to tell the truth.  You can hide behind it in your religion as much as you want.  But I have trouble believing most people who offer religious reasons because they pick and choose which areas of their religion to follow.

(For example, I have never seen or heard of an anti-abortion activist protesting invitro clinics. THOSE are where most of the embryos in this country are!  They are created, and they get thrown away!  Yet do you ever see anyone protesting these clinics, whether in person or through petitions or in government hearings?  Nope.  Never.

I’d like to add that I’m proud to have attended a college where Students For Life spent as much time protesting the death penalty as they did protesting abortion.  I respect their consistency.)

Tell the truth.  The thought of seeing two men kiss freaks you out.  And you can’t say that without looking like an asshole, so quite a few of you say it’s for religious reasons.  Never mind that the same religious book you follow forbids eating cheeseburgers, wearing clothing of mixed fibers, touching women who may be menstruating, and shaving your face. Never mind that the same religious book insists on the stoning of adulterers.  Never mind that it sanctions slavery.

The fact of the matter remains that the gay rights movement is the civil rights movement, just a few decades later.  And same-sex marriage WILL become legal in every state.  It will take us time to get Utah and Oklahoma, but it WILL happen.  It WILL happen.  And a generation from now, people like Mike Huckabee are going to look like George Wallace.

President Obama Wednesday, Nov 5 2008 

I can’t remember the last time I was this emotional.

I was fine through most of the day.  Well, to be accurate, I was shaking through most of the day.  I ate nothing but chocolate and free tall coffees from Starbucks.  My stomach ached, my eyes were wide, and I couldn’t stop the nervous tremors in my fingers.

Tonight, Beth and I watched the returns together.  And even though the results seemed bad at first — take the early results of Virginia, which heavily favored John McCain — I was normal.  I was average.  I smiled, reviewed the results methodically and calculated in my head, figuring out every possible path to victory.

As soon as we won Ohio, I knew we had it.  The math made it impossible for John McCain to win every other way.

I opened a bottle of champagne — Beth and I had to Google how to do it correctly — and I danced around my tiny kitchen, singing, “President Obama!  President Obama!  President Obama with a baseball bat!”  I was happy, but calm and collected.

We won.

I knew it.

But it didn’t hit me until 11:00 PM on the dot, when the west coast closed its polls and Wolf Blitzer promptly announced that Barack Obama had won the presidency.  I started sobbing — and laughing at the same time.  There’s only one other time that I can remember doing that.  (Winning Dramafest for Le Bossu after the pre-lims when we were sure we would be eliminated in the first round for the first time in years.)

I couldn’t stop crying.  I couldn’t stop laughing.

I had to grab a dish towel.

All the work I had done for Obama converged upon this moment.  Every call I made to New Hampshire paid off as we won New Hampshire early in the night.  Every call I made to Ohio paid off as we clinched the presidency with the win in Ohio.  Every call I made to Virginia was magnified as we won Virginia.  And of course, after calling Washington, I was thrilled that Washington went blue, even though that was no surprise.

I also made calls to Indiana.  We’re still waiting for the official results on Indiana, but of the four states remaining (Indiana, North Carolina, Montana and Missouri), I think it’s the likeliest to go blue.  It has a VERY slim Obama margin with 98% of precincts reporting.

Every call I made, every word I wrote, every bit of merchandise I bought, the incredible New Hampshire rally I attended.  Every dollar that I donated — $310.00 in total.  More than anything, every word that I read, and every word upon which I obsessed.  The newspapers, the blogs, the magazines.  Watching leading conservatives David Brooks and George Will and Christopher Buckley gradually move over to Obama, in particular, was a moving point in history.

It all converged in this night.

Barack Obama is my president.

In the beginning, I supported him wholeheartedly but assumed that Hillary would be the nominee.  Well, it didn’t happen that way.  History will tell that Hillary Clinton should have run in 2004 and John McCain’s was the best candidate for 2000.

This was Barack Obama’s time.

I always believed in him, and it moves me so deeply to think that my wonderful country has elected him president.  We MADE this happen!

Part of me wants to be juvenile, especially towards those who believed every ridiculous rumor about Obama, those who deserted his campaign, and even my black friends who swore up and down that a black man could never be elected president.

That’s not necessary.  We have seen the good in Barack Obama — we know that he is the best person to deal with the financial crisis, fix our healthcare system and win the war in Iraq.  The number-one issue for me is still America’s stature in the world, and I know that Barack Obama will do his best to repair the relations that were frayed by our current president.

I am so happy.  I’m still in the laughing/crying phase, more than two hours later.  I imagine I’ll be like this for the next few days.

I plan to be retro and bring back the trend of having a framed picture of the president in our home.  Not FDR, not JFK, but Barack Obama.

I am so proud that he is our president-elect.

This is it. Monday, Nov 3 2008 

Tomorrow is election day — the most important election of my lifetime.

It’s going to happen.

It’s actually going to happen!!!!!

I think I’d like to slightly tweak my predictions from before.

Obama wins 352 electoral votes, including Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, either Indiana or Missouri, and either North Dakota or Montana.

McCain wins 186, including North Carolina, Arizona, either Montana or North Dakota and either Missouri or Indiana.

Percentage: 52%-47%, with 1% for third party candidates.

I am nervous.  But also, I’m so happy.  I’m so proud of the candidate behind whom I threw my support at the very beginning.  This is my generation’s Kennedy, my generation’s FDR.  But beyond that, there has never been a candidate before like Barack Obama.

Let’s get out and VOTE tomorrow!  I’ll be at my polling location — Boston University — at 7:30 AM!

Arena Election Predictions Tuesday, Oct 28 2008 

Politico’s Arena is great today.  It asks everyone to come up with the following predictions for the election:

  • The popular vote percentage
  • The number of electoral votes
  • Any state upsets
  • House prediction
  • Senate prediction
  • Any other predictions

Here are mine:

  • Popular vote: Obama 53%, McCain 46%, Other 1%
  • Electoral votes: Obama 349, McCain 189
  • State upsets: McCain wins Arizona by less than 5%.  That I could see happening, but as far as CRAZY state upsets go, I think Obama winning North Dakota isn’t entirely improbable.
  • House prediction: Dems pick up 25 seats.
  • Senate prediction: Dems pick up 8 seats, just short of a filibuster-proof majority.

Now, here’s my wacky prediction.  I think that Ted Stevens might actually eke out a win, somehow, and Sarah Palin will appoint his replacement — HERSELF.  She has the power to do that.

I doubt he’ll win the election, but I think she’ll find a way to get herself in.  She’s already called for a special election — but why would that be necessary if there’s an ACTUAL ELECTION happening next week?

FURTHERMORE, I think that two Arena commentators need to be removed.  Grover Norquist and Craig Shirley were the only commentators not to take part in the prediction game — they just used their chance to whine and complain like children.  EVERYONE participated thoughtfully except for these two.

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform: “I further predict that the Republican party will pass on accepting this advice from our class enemies and return to our Reagan roots and will return to power when America tires of Chicago on the Potomac.”

Shirley, Reagan biographer: “My prediction is that with Acorn’s help, Obama will win 107 percent of the popular vote and 600 Electoral College votes. Just like other Socialist candidates around the world.”

Neither of them EVER stay on topic.  The Arena Comedian actually has more to say than them!

It’s not about their political views.  There are plenty of intelligent, well-written Republicans on the Arena.  And they not only stay on topic, they also add interesting points to each discussion.

Seriously, Politico.  Get them off the site.  Especially Shirley.  He ignores every question and just talks about Reagan.

Ashley Todd Halloween Costume Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Remember that psycho Ashley Todd, a McCain volunteer who claimed she was attacked, robbed and mutilated by a black man who supported Obama?

She told the police that a black man robbed her at an ATM, then saw the McCain sticker on her car, held her down, told her she should support Barack, and carved a B into her face.

Turns out she made the whole thing up.  Read more here.  Also, the executive vice president of Fox News, John Moody, said that if this turned out to be a hoax, McCain’s campaign would be over.

Wonder when he’s going to endorse Obama.

Anyway, my point:

The timing is perfect — I finally have my political and relevant Halloween costume!

Thanks, psycho!

On Palin’s $150,000 Wardrobe Thursday, Oct 23 2008 

FINALLY, after a few submissions, my response was published on Politico’s Arena!  (No permalink yet, but it will appear by tomorrow.)

I love the Arena.  It’s a relatively new feature in which the moderators ask a question and various personalities chime in with their views — from journalists to strategist to nonprofit leaders to professors to people holding political office.

The best ones are thoughtful, honest and nonpartisan.  The worst ones are shamelessly partisan (on EITHER side) and ignore the question, bringing up something else entirely.

Today’s question: Does Palin’s wardrobe malfunction matter or is it a trivial distraction as the GOP says?

My response:

Will it affect the election? No. But the McCain campaign lost a news cycle, once again, to frivolity, and at this point, he can’t afford to lose a minute.

At first, it seems like a misogynistic double-standard. Barack Obama wears $1500 Hugo Boss suits and John McCain wears $500 Ferragamo shoes, yet only Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are criticized when it comes to their wardrobes. For that reason alone, Palin’s wardrobe shouldn’t matter whatsoever.

However, it does matter, and for two reasons: because it was paid for with campaign money and because Palin has run her campaign based on populism. This undermines the credibility of both the McCain campaign and Palin herself.

It’s one thing for Obama, who makes millions from his memoirs, or McCain, whose wife inherited a multi-billion-dollar company, to wear expensive clothing that they can afford without donations. But does Palin have to wear a $2500 Valentino jacket, especially when it was paid for by plumbers and waitresses and teachers throughout the country, in order to get elected?

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe had been funded by John and Cindy McCain themselves. It’s less than half the cost of Cindy’s convention outfit.

The Obama Rally Tuesday, Sep 16 2008 

This past Saturday, my mom and I went to Manchester, New Hampshire, to see Barack Obama speak and take part in the rally.  It was a blast!

Here are the best pictures of the event:

Everyone loved my shirt — I got so many compliments on it!  Barack of Love.  I got it at Urban Outfitters.

I liked his shirt.  Cheney and Bush.

Ran into my friend Justin!

How hott is my mom?

Me and Mom.

Three generations of Obama supporters!

The huge crowd.  This is just a fraction of it.

Obama baby!  So adorable!

Republicans for Obama and Teachers for Obama.

The crowd goes wild!

The speech was great.  He didn’t offer anything too different from what I’ve heard already — and considering how much I read about this election, that’s not a surprise — but he hammered home his points.

Within 10 years, we will be off foreign oil.

Healthcare will be affordable for all, and insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate based on preexisting conditions.

If you serve your community or country, you will be able to afford to go to college.

95% of American families will receive a tax cut.

John McCain has rarely mentioned improving healthcare.  He has rarely mentioned improving the lives of the middle class.  He voted with George Bush over 90% of the time.

Oh, John McCain says he wants to bring about change — just not on the economy, healthcare, education, the war in Iraq, energy, taxes, or foreign policy.  But yeah, everything else.

How is that supposed to be change?

Our moment is now.

It was so much fun.  It was great to finally see him in person after being intrigued by him following the 2004 convention, then admiring him, then fully supporting his presidential campaign.

Mom and I bought some buttons.  We chatted up some supporters.  I told dozens of people where I bought my shirt.  🙂

After the rally, which concluded with Barack shaking hands (Justin actually got to shake his hand!) and U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” playing, Mom and I grabbed brunch at a very small, very quaint, very New England restaurant.

We sat next to a nice older couple.  We started talking about the rally — they had been there, too, though with considerably less Obama bling than us — and they told us about New Hampshire politics.  They are classic swing voters, having voted for Democrats, Republicans and one Ross Perot.

Their thoughts?  New Hampshire has been becoming more and more liberal, especially over the past few years.  (I think part of that has to do with increasingly expensive real estate in Massachusetts.  Many liberal Boston people haved moved to New Hampshire to save money.)  From what they’ve seen, although the race is close, they believe Obama will take New Hampshire.

I hope they’re right.  And I hope Obama takes it all the way to the White House.

John McCain has Fewer Fans than Michael Jackson. Monday, Aug 25 2008 

I was browsing the fan pages on Facebook tonight and came across the entire list of fan pages, ranked in order.

Fan pages are allotted to politicians, athletes, movies, celebrities, singers, TV shows, bands, vacation destinations, products and more.  You can become a fan of as many pages as you’d like.  (I’m a fan of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Nicolas Sarkozy, Michael Phelps and STA Travel.)

Barack Obama has had the most fans since fan pages began last year; however, Michael Phelps recently passed him (due in part to his sheer awesomeness and due in part to Facebook spotlighting his fan page in a congratulatory message on all American Facebook profiles).  At the moment that I’m typing this, Michael Phelps has 1,448,161 fans to Barack Obama’s 1,396,388.

So, who’s supporting John McCain?

According to Facebook, as I type this, John McCain has 218,592 fans, or just under one-sixth of the fans that Barack Obama has.

In other words, he’s ranked just below CW teen drama One Tree Hill and little-kid-lover Michael Jackson.

Check it out:

You can’t make this stuff up.

I love Joe Biden. Saturday, Aug 23 2008 

Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden to be his running mate, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve always liked Biden — he has done fantastic work for this country, and I really like him as a person as well.

I’ve talked to a few people today who are lifelong Democrats but know absolutely nothing about Biden, one even dismissing him as an “empty suit.”  That couldn’t be further from the truth!  If people bothered to do a little bit of research, even just reading his Wikipedia page, they would realize that he has an incredible record.

So I’m writing this entry to teach people about who Joe Biden is and what he has done.

Here is what I like about Biden’s experience:

  • 35 years representing Delaware in the Senate; elected at age 29
  • Chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee three times, including right now
  • Chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • He’s an expert on foreign policy — few people in America are better authorities on conflicts, leaders and current situations around the globe better than Joe Biden.
  • He recently returned from Georgia, visiting at President Saashakvili’s personal request.
  • He has done so much for crime and drug policy, including the Biden Crime Bill, which put 100,000 more cops on the streets, and created the role of the Drug Czar.
  • He wrote the Violence Against Women act! I didn’t know that until this week!
  • Other notable work: he has worked to control the spread of date rape drugs. He was one of the strategists during the war in the Balkans in the 1990s (he even met with Milosevic and famously called him a war criminal to his face).  And he has been an advocate to include sexual orientation when classifying hate crimes.

Now, here’s what I like about Biden personally:

  • He came from a working-class background and became the first person in his family to go to college, working his way through the state university.
  • His wife and baby daughter died and his two sons were seriously injured in a car accident shortly after he was elected to the Senate.  He was sworn in by his sons’ bedside.
  • He raised his sons on his own until he met his wife, Jill, a teacher, to whom he is devoted.  They had a daughter together.
  • He has NEVER lived in Washington — he commutes from Wilmington, Delaware, 90 minutes each way, so he can be home with his family every night.  He knows all the Amtrak conductors by name!
  • He has the lowest net worth in the entire Senate. (By contrast, McCain has the eighth-highest — BEFORE you add his wife’s wealth!  Obama is somewhere in the middle 50%.)
  • And he’s hilarious.

In a nutshell, Biden came from a humble background and lived through unspeakable tragedy to become one of America’s top authorities on foreign policy, while also making a huge impact on domestic issues, especially drug- and crime-related issues.

Just watch him in this montage of his greatest moments in one of the debates last fall:

Watch the whole thing if you want to see how smart and knowledgeable he is — it’s worth watching.

If you just want to see the primary season’s most hilarious moment, fast-forward to 2:55. LOVE IT!

One of the best things that Biden can do is call McCain on his shit.  Very few contenders could do that, and nobody can do that better than Biden.  And if McCain picks Romney, their VP debate will be a BLOODBATH!

I know that people are saying that McCain will pick Lieberman or Ridge, but I doubt that. I don’t think he wants to further alienate conservatives by choosing a pro-choice running mate.  Of course, I can’t imagine McCain picking someone he can’t stand, either, but Romney could be strong where McCain is weak — the economy, not to mention Michigan and Colorado.

Romney does well on the stump, but when backed into a corner, he says the most ridiculous things.  Most notoriously, when asked about Obama’s work with Republicans on nuclear nonproliferation, Romney dismissed it as a “liberal issue.”

Um…I’m glad to know that Romney thinks that securing loose nuclear weapons is just a money-wasting scheme put into play by the latte-drinking, sushi-eating, tree-hugging crowd.

There’s so much more I could say, but I’ll cut it off here for now.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are an incredible team, and they will make an incredible president and vice president.

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