McCain Has Faced Longer Odds

Senator John McCain has faced longer odds as a POW than those he faces today. With the election still three days away many bloggers and of course the “fair and balanced” media have announced that he has already lost. Light a candle for him as well as the GOP, good people. Both are effectively history.

The funny thing about history is that by definition it can only relate to past events. There will be plenty of time for postmortems after Tuesday should McCain not prevail and, regardless of his success or failure, it is time for a GNP (Grand New Party). But that can wait until Wednesday. Until then there is work to be done.

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

More: The Anchoress – America goes truly post-racial

And more: TIME/Mark Halperin – McCain Camp Memo on the State of the Race

And more: Power Line/John Hinderaker – The Fat Lady Is Still Warming Up

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Obama Accepts Bogus Donos But Not McCain

With full coffers does Obama really need to accept donations from John Galt, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Bill Ayers? A Powerline reader reveals his “suspicious” credit card donations were accepted by the Obama campaign but not at McCain’s site.

Patrick Ruffini conducted his own test and discovered

The Obama campaign has turned its security settings for accepting online contributions down to the bare minimum — possibly to juice the numbers, and turning a blind eye towards the potential for fraud not just against the FEC, but against unsuspecting victims of credit card fraud.

Voter fraud (ACORN) and illegal donations should be a death knell for any campaign. But the ‘O’ faithful including the media are so mesmerized that they are willing to excuse such activities as either “no big deal” or Republican lies. This is surely a tainted election with unethical actions both accepted and excused. It is creating a culture of “the end justifies the means” along with making personal integrity a convenience rather than a creed.

Therein lies the real divide in this country, a difference in morals that transcends race, religion, and gender. The absence of leadership in this vital area means it must start at the bottom and work its way up. That leaves it to voters to demand better from the governing class or suffer the consequences.

More at CommentaryMagazine/Jennifer Rubin: Plenty To Worry About

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McCain or Obama – Which candidate will deliver?

There have been a lot of promises and proposals made during this election cycle, some good, some questionable, some trivial. With less than a month to go, Senators McCain and Obama have probably made the bulk of their promises and proposals. Voters and pundits can examine them down to the most minute detail and decide which proposals have merit, are based in reality and will lead to a better future whatever that means to any individual. None of that matters though if the candidate making the promise will not also make it a reality.

Don’t waste your vote on a candidate who lacks the wherewithal to make your expectations come to fruition. Think about it. Will your candidate stand and deliver? Look to his history, character and trustworthiness for clues to his actions in the future. Will his campaign promises become a distant memory or a future reality? Will he lead or will he acquiesce to party leaders, special interest groups and Members of Congress? Despite all demands and invitations to do otherwise, will he represent the people who elected him?

If you remain undecided, consider this. Character and toughness are always important but never more so than during harsh times. What counts is who will deliver. That is the candidate who deserves your vote. Rhetoric is inspiring but results will determine our future.

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A Winner, a Loser and Two Runners-up

Results of the October 7th presidential debate (insert drumroll)

Winner: Belmont University for providing a terrific venue

Loser: Tom Brokaw for over-scripting a usually spontaneous format

First Runner-up: John McCain for one new idea, the mortgage rate reset proposal

Second Runner-up: Barack Obama for best teflon suit (nothing stuck to him)

More: The Anchoress – Final Thought: Brokaw hurt both men

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We are “One Nation”

The current financial situation is explained very well by Gordon Chang at Commentary.com in his post, “The Real Reason the World Financial System Is Collapsing.” He concludes with

Yet one thing is obvious: we’re not going to get where we need to be if we let the presidential candidates avoid the real issues by blaming the greed of Wall Street’s financial intermediaries.

Indeed. The list could be expanded to include Paulson, Cox, Reid, Pelosi and others. Any discussion would serve us all better if done in a non-partisan way. Blaming either the left or the right perverts the truth and that compounds the misunderstandings and the mistrust that permeate current political discourse. We are “ONE NATION.” McCain, Obama and the others have forgotten this fact and we are all the worse for it.

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McCain, Obama and Governing Styles

McCain took action. Obama took phone calls. It’s that simple.

This has nothing to do with who is right or wrong or who had the best ideas regarding the Wall Street bailout. The events of the last few days just make it more obvious what we can expect from the candidates’ different approaches. Acting/negotiating vs. talking/thinking.

Even in the debate two days ago, the different approaches were plain. McCain reminds us of what he did and Obama reminds us of what he said. McCain is a man of action. Obama is a man of words. No wonder the Dems fear a McCain presidency for surely it means things will get done and not just discussed.

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Biden, Taxes and Patriotism

Joe Biden always was more of a gamble than Sarah Palin. His legendary track record with foot-in-mouth disease promised to make his candidacy entertaining and sure enough his remark this week about patriotism and taxes was perfect fodder for the McCain campaign.

Certainly there is room for individual acts of voluntary patriotism encouraged by government like the “buy bonds” and plant a victory garden pleas during WWII. At that time Americans could really contribute to the war effort and with the bonus of something in exchange, either return on investment or food on the table. Go team!

Biden on the other hand just wants people who have (done their jobs) to be forced to give to the government that hasn’t (done its job). Is this patriotic or idiotic?

More: The Anchoress: Dems run away/McCain shows leadership

And More: Commentary Magazine/John Podhoretz: Where Joe Biden’s ‘Patriotism’ Shtick Comes From

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