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Paris Hilton runs for president

2008-08-06 15:15:53.772936+00 by Dan Lyke 21 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-06 18:15:48.63095+00 by: petronius

HEE-hee! For a few grand McCain got the Obamanites squeaking like teakettles. Now the only question is whether Barack is an empty suit or a stufffed shirt.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-06 20:05:17.377709+00 by: JT

Well heck, if paris hilton's on the ticket now, at least I have a third option at the polls...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-06 20:50:30.03757+00 by: Dan Lyke

"...I have a third an option at the polls..." <-- fixed that for you...

And after that video, my impression of her has risen immensely. She's still famous mostly for being rich and spoiled, but she also clearly knows it and knows how to work that.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-07 00:28:28.980578+00 by: meuon

She communicated a common sense approach towards energy policies in under 30 seconds. Better than the other two could/would.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-07 10:25:35.910571+00 by: ziffle

Better Paris than Obama. Obama is the first candidate to not have an American flag on his airplane. This guy is a stealth candidate. He is not an American IMO.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-07 13:58:17.523821+00 by: JT

Well, the Bush/Cheney plane had two flags on it... that must be why he's been twice the president of all the other presidents.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-07 19:16:30.384851+00 by: topspin

"Style over substance" is best left to professionals, as Paris' smackdown of McCain shows.

I think it'd be a hoot if she joined with another grand-scion for some campaigning shenanigans. "The Skank and Hank: wretched excess of a different kind" presidential campaign.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 00:05:51.258423+00 by: Mars Saxman

ziffle, are you joking? I can't make any sense out of your comment. What on earth does the decoration of an airplane have to do with anything? Anyway, you're wrong; there is an American flag clearly visible next to the serial number in that photo. And in what conceivable way is Obama "not an American?" He's an American citizen, child of an American citizen, born in America, raised in America. If it's his Nigerian father you object to, you'd have to call several million native-born children of immigrants "not American", too; if it's the fact that he lived outside the U.S. during part of his childhood, you'd have to do the same for hundreds of thousands of children of expats.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 00:18:53.928635+00 by: ziffle

He is not of American thinking. He is a Marxist. His birth certificate was forged. He hates white people. He hates the American flag.

In general he will continue the trend toward destruction of the US Constitution.

It is not a myth that he is the most liberal member of the Senate and asks for 'economic justice' which as we all know means Socialism.

Maybe we need to elect him so we can get it out of our system once and forever like the Soviet Union did. What was it H.L. Menckin said?

For that matter McCain was not born on American soil either, but when we practice pragmatic, range of the moment thinking no one cares about anything. Welcome to the Weimar Republic.

How did we end up with the two worst candidates anyone could think of?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 00:22:10.797814+00 by: Dan Lyke

Topspin, a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, sits in an upper-mid position at a mid-sized company, and looks at his role with the philosophy that his predecessor made some bad decisions that cost the company tens of millions of dollars, so if he just stays home he's already doing better than the guy he replaced.

I'm prepared to accept that the candidates you've nominated, if elected, could simply continue with their current lifestyles and they'd be similarly doing a far better job than the people they'd replace. In fact, I think they'd probably do more good that way than either of the electable candidates.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 00:47:13.188701+00 by: Mars Saxman

ziffle, that is a load of crap from beginning to end, but it sounds like you really want to believe it...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 01:29:09.798852+00 by: TheSHAD0W

He's definitely a hardcore socialist and authoritarian.


#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 02:20:30.716332+00 by: ziffle [edit history]

How can we tell if Obama is lying? When he is talking... Next thing you know he'll say we should not drive SUV's or keep our thermostats at 72 degrees and justify it because some other countries might object - naw that would be too much ...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 02:29:05.130082+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ya see, my issue is that even if I accepted all of the scurrilous attacks that have been made on Obama as true, nobody's made a case to me that McCain and the baggage he'd bring with him because of his political affiliations isn't far far worse. On the off-chance that the race is close here in California, I won't be voting for Obama, I'll be voting against McCain, because for any possible flaws of Obama the last thing we need is the evils of McCain's record coupled with the evils of the Republican party (out of control government spending, for instance) coupled with senility and willful ignorance.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 05:01:39.428494+00 by: ebradway

I remember riding with someone I used to consider a friend in their big white Lincoln Continental. We were stopped at the light on Market Street heading south next to the Aquarium. A young black man was walking across the cross walk in front of us. My then-friend reached over and flipped the power door locks - with an obvious "clunk". I tried to disappear into the seat in shame...

There seems to be a great deal of FUD concerning Barack. The people buying this crap are the same ones who seem to think that all Muslims are out to get them. Maybe I'm just too young to understand racism...

How'd that saying go:

If at age twenty you are scared of your black neighbors, you have no heart. If at age forty you aren't wearing a white sheet, you have no brain?!?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 05:02:56.501531+00 by: crasch [edit history]

The main advantage to McCain is that he would be presiding when the Democrats control both houses of Congress. Thus, if he's elected, neither he nor Congress are likely to get much accomplished. That's probably the best we can hope for at this point.

Obama, on the other hand, is much more likely to get his agenda passed. With perhaps the exception of the war in Iraq, I don't see much evidence that Obama is less authoritarian than McCain.

In any case, I think the best long term strategy is to reduce the transaction costs of switching to an alternative government.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 06:20:51.312817+00 by: topspin

Let's face it, neither candidate is going to excite most folks who read here. It's one of those times when you have to figure who will provide ebb and flow for the long term direction of the country.

One issue, for me anyway, is the SCOTUS. Stevens can't hang out 8 more years, Souter friggin' loathes D.C., Ginsburg isn't young..... and I can't stomach more appointments from the Alito or Thomas mold. The pressure would be on McCain to appoint strict conservatives and replacing one more justice with a conservative would yield a court quite unbalanced in the conservative direction. As it is, I think the court's as evenly weighted as I've seen it in my lifetime. Given the reactionary legislation after 9-11, I think a more heavily conservative SCOTUS is just too scary.

Another issue is our place on the world stage. While I don't look for Obama to make dramatic changes, I think the election of a younger man of mixed race will be viewed overseas as a positive shift for an America which has appeared to be led by a "cowboy/redneck" flair for the last 8 years. While I'm not projecting Obama as some kinda major shift from Bush in reality, I think the overall feeling of electing a younger, mixed heritage president will play better on the world stage than electing a "wrinkly, white haired guy." I think we can all agree that the USA could use some better PR and a different projection of leadership than GWBush has provided for 8 years globally. I think McCain will be seen as "more of the same" by other countries while Obama, having global heritage, will not.

Of course, the war. GWBush has gone from "Iraqi oil will fund the effort" to "We will be greeted as liberators" to "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories" to "while this war is difficult, it is not endless." A debacle of half truths, poor planning, overstressed troop commitments, and an open sore on our foreign relations in the region that will fester for another 20, perhaps 50 years. McCain admits none of this and Obama only a little. The pressure, however, will be on Obama to somehow find an exit strategy, but I could see McCain keeping us there "100 years" if we cannot point to a clear "victory." McCain would face too much pressure from the GOP leadership to "stay the course" and that's wrong for Iraq, the US, the region and the world.

I'd love to point at a candidate and say, "Wow.... finally...." but we don't have that option. Marginal choices make for strategic (least evil) voting from my point of view. It's Obama..... by a nose held firmly pinched and wince on my face.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 15:50:52.10525+00 by: ebradway

Topspin: I'll take this as a moment to chime in. I actually am excited about an Obama presidency. Not because of any of his policies. In fact - I think he's made it clear that he really has no firm policies in the traditional sense. Obama is too much of a realist to do that. Afterall, who was the last president who actually enacted his campaign promise policies?

I'm excited about Obama because he is a leader. He is able to get people enthusiastic and hopeful. We've had eight years of slimy oppression in the form of "executive priviledge" He understands the real meaning of "priviledge" by having to straddle that fence. There is a large portion of our country's people who lack the priviledges afforded a white man, much less a Bush. Obama speaks to these people.

He speaks to these people in a very pragmatic sense. If you want to get the downtrodden off of Welfare, you have to instill hope in them that they can succeed. Obama can do that.

I have to agree that Obama is not strong on international politics. But right now, I think that's a good thing. He's open to talking to leaders of other sovereign nations. In the mean time, maybe he'll keep his attention at home. And not just on some ranch in Crawford, Texas.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-11 15:40:24.77461+00 by: polly

"I won't be voting for Obama, I'll be voting against McCain, because for any possible flaws of Obama the last thing we need is the evils of McCain's record coupled with the evils of the Republican party (out of control government spending, for instance) coupled with senility and willful ignorance." dan, it seems for the past 3 presidents that i've voted for has been the lesser of two evils. right now, your sentiment is exactly the way i am leaning!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-12 00:04:20.617646+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Yup. I can't even bring myself to cast a protest vote for Bob Barr; he's definitely no libertarian. I'm gonna stay home, read a book, maybe BBQ something (before they make reading or eating meat illegal).

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-12 01:36:31.87381+00 by: Larry Burton

What about the Green Party candidate? I'm actually excited that there are two Georgians running for POTUS on the two third parties that most people have heard of. I won't vote for either of them but still, how many states can point to having two of their ex-congress people running for POTUS in the same election?

I'm thinking about casting my vote for Charles Jay with the Boston Tea Party. Unfortunately he probably won't be on the ballot in Georgia.