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What Republicans Say about McCain-Palin

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Daniel Eran Dilger
When I point out facts that some people find objectionable, they typically respond by calling me a one-sided partisan with a limited perspective. To offer some balance in perspective, here’s a look at what prominent Republicans and conservative thinkers have to say about Barak Obama and the John McCain/Sarah Palin campaign.
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Senior Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on Palin

Chuck Hagel, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, supported McCain in 2000, but has declined to endorse him this year. The difference is due to Hagel’s opposed to the war in Iraq. He has also voiced serious criticism of McCain’s choice of running mate in Palin.

Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald, “I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States.”

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia’,” Hagel said. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

Top Republican says Palin unready

Republican Representative Wayne Gilchrest

Wayne Gilchrest supported the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act, but like Hagel, is opposed to continued war in Iraq.

After serving in the House for nearly two decades, Gilchrest announced on Maryland WYPR radio, “My perspective is that the ticket is Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden that they have the breadth of experience, I think they are prudent, they are knowledgeable. We just can’t use four more years of the same kind of policy that’s somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness.”

Republican congressman endorses Obama

Republican Representative Ron Paul

When asked by Phil Gramm to endorse McCain, Ron Paul replied, “I can’t endorse somebody that disagrees with me on all the major issues — on the federal reserve system, on spending and taxes, and No Child Left Behind, and McCain-Feingold, and foreign policy especially. I mean I could never support somebody who thinks that its funny to say ”bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.“ That to me is not somebody I could endorse ever.”

Gramm Asks Ron Paul To Endorse McCain, But Paul Says No

Republican Former Representative Jim Leach

“From my perspective, this is simply not a time for politics as usual,” said Jim Leach, who represented eastern Iowa for three decades until 2006 and was one of only six House Republicans to presciently oppose the war in Iraq. “The case for inspiring, new political leadership and a social ethic has seldom been more self-evident.”

“Barack Obama’s platform is a call for change. But the change that he is so gracefully articulating is more renewal than departure. While a break from the ideological policies of the moment, it is rooted in very old American values that are as much a part of the Republican as the Democratic tradition. There’s an emphasis on individual rights, fairness and balance at home, and progressive internationalism.”

Republican Former Mayor of New York Ed Koch

Koch endorsed Bush in 2004, presenting him as better equipped to combat international terrorism than candidate John Kerry. In this election, Koch is endorsing Obama, noting that, “Protecting and defending the U.S. means more than defending us from foreign attacks.”

An AP report cited his concerns including civil liberties, abortion rights, gay rights and access to health insurance. Koch said he is particularly troubled by Palin’s record in those areas.

He called Palin a “plucky, exciting candidate” but also said, “She scares the hell out of me,” and that the country would be safer in the hands of Obama/Biden than McCain/Palin.

Koch says Palin “scares” him, endorses Obama ticket

Republican Former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan

Riordan recently endorsed Obama saying, “I think he’s a much more open person. He’s young, he has more energy, more electricity.”

On McCain, Riordan said, “When I was mayor I had dealings with McCain where I didn’t respect him.”

Former L.A. Mayor crosses party lines, endorses Obama

Republican Mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Jim Whitaker

“My goal is to let Republicans have a clear understanding that their right to vote should not be restricted by any party affiliation,” Whitaker said.

He described Obama as having a stronger “intellectual capacity” and a greater ability to manifest it compared to McCain.

Mayor Whitaker endorses Obama

Conservative Thinker Larry Hunter

“I’m a lifelong Republican – a supply-side conservative,” wrote Larry Hunter. “I worked in the Reagan White House. I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years. In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America. I served on Bob Dole’s presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp’s Empower America. This November, I’m voting for Barack Obama.”

“How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that’s antithetical to almost everything I believe in? The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies – this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.”

“Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats – these are of greater importance.”

“I suspect Obama is more free-market friendly than he lets on. He taught at the University of Chicago, a hotbed of right-of-center thought. His economic advisers, notably Austan Goolsbee, recognize that ordinary citizens stand to gain more from open markets than from government meddling. That’s got to rub off.”

“Overall, based on his embrace of centrist advisers and policies, it seems likely that Obama will turn out to be in the mold of John Kennedy – who was fond of noting that ”a rising tide lifts all boats.“ Over the last few decades, economic growth has made Americans at every income level better off. For all his borderline pessimistic rhetoric, Obama knows this. And I believe he is savvy enough to realize that the real threat to middle-class families and the poor – an economic undertow that drags everyone down – cannot be counteracted by an activist government.”

“These past eight years, we have spent over a trillion dollars on foreign soil – and lost countless lives – and done what I consider irreparable damage to our Constitution. If economic damage from well-intentioned but misbegotten Obama economic schemes is the ransom we must pay him to clean up this foreign policy mess, then so be it. It’s not nearly as costly as enduring four more years of what we suffered the last eight years.”

I’m a lifelong conservative activist and I’m backing Barack Obama

Conservative Thinker Wick Alllison

Wick Allison of D Magazine and the publisher of National Review in early 90s, recently wrote that “Barack Obama strikes a chord with me like no political figure since Ronald Reagan.”

Allison wrote that conservatism is “a recognition of the fallibility of man and of man’s institutions. Conservatives respect the past […]; it gives the benefit of the doubt to customs and laws tried and tested in the crucible of time.”

“Liberalism,” Allison contrasts, “always seemed to me to be a system of ‘oughts.’ We ought to do this or that because it’s the right thing to do, regardless of whether it works or not. It is a doctrine based on intentions, not results, on feeling good rather than doing good.”

“But today,” Allison continued, “it is so-called conservatives who are cemented to political programs when they clearly don’t work. The Bush tax cuts—a solution for which there was no real problem and which he refused to end even when the nation went to war—led to huge deficit spending and a $3 trillion growth in the federal debt. Facing this, John McCain pumps his ‘conservative’ credentials by proposing even bigger tax cuts. Meanwhile, a movement that once fought for limited government has presided over the greatest growth of government in our history. That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask.”

“This kind of conservatism, which is not conservative at all, has produced financial mismanagement, the waste of human lives, the loss of moral authority, and the wreckage of our economy that McCain now threatens to make worse.”

“As a cause, conservatism may be dead,” Allison wrote, “But as a stance, as a way of making judgments in a complex and difficult world, I believe it is very much alive in the instincts and predispositions of a liberal named Barack Obama.”

A Conservative for Obama | D Magazine

Republican Talker Bill O’Reilly

On his radio show on Wednesday, O’Reilly stated, “More economic chaos today. Don’t panic, it’ll flip around. But this is the end of PResident Bush’s legacy. He’s done. He’s through. He will now go down in history … as an ineffectual leader,” O’Reilly stated, “and I’ll tell you the reason why, it’s poor leadership on his part. And the people that he picked to run certain things have been disastrous. And no leadership and now Americans are getting hurt.”

Given the McCain is pushing the same economic strategies as Bush, and that McCain has picked a “disastrous” person as his running mate, this doesn’t bode well for the McCain campaign either.

Think Progress » O’Reilly: The current ‘economic chaos…is the end of President Bush’s legacy.’

Other Republicans for Obama

“Tom Bernstein went to Yale University with Bush and co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team with him. In 2004 he donated the maximum $2,000 to the president’s reelection campaign and gave $50,000 to the Republican National Committee. This year he is switching his support to Obama. He is one of many former Bush admirers who find the Democrat newcomer appealing.”

“Matthew Dowd, Bush’s chief campaign strategist in 2004, announced last month that he was disillusioned with the war in Iraq and the president’s ‘my way or the highway’ style of leadership – the first member of Bush’s inner circle to denounce the leader’s performance in office.”

“Disagreements on the war have not stopped John Martin, a Navy reservist and founder of the website Republicans for Obama, from supporting the antiwar senator. He joined the military after the Iraq war and is about to be deployed to Afghanistan.

”I disagree with Obama on the war but I don’t think it is a test of his patriotism,“ Martin says. ”Obama has a message of hope for the country.“

Republicans defect to the Obama camp – Times Online
Republicans for Obama
Why Republicans Like Obama

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  • lightstriker

    The point of Palin being the only one with executive experience is irrelevant. Some great and not so great presidents had no executive experience.
    Abraham Lincoln – not even a senator, a House Rep.
    James Madison
    John Q Adams
    John Kennedy

    Many didn’t even have executive xp until they became VP
    Lyndon Johnson
    George H.W. Bush – director of the CIA
    Harry Truman.
    Richard Nixon
    Herbert Hoover was Secretary of Commerce, alot of good that experience did for the economy.

    Generals have a lot of executive experience. All of them are lousy presidents.

    The point is that the US Presidency is unique. Nothing can prepare you for this role. Our Founding Fathers had the vision to give the president a group of adviser to make up for the lack of experience in any one area.

  • pa

    I have no problem with your political takes as some here seem to have. And I would encourage you to continue. There is no reason you should limit your exploration of good vs. mediocre, or fake vs. real to the tech world. This is your blog. Say what you have to say. Those who are not interested can simply ignore the political, civil, or social commentaries.

    It would be alright to lose a chunk of your audience. Not everyone is worth convincing: people with trivial concerns, such as who can marry whom and how many times and where we should pray or sing the anthem or display the ten commandments.

    I really value – and thank you – for your analysis and opinion.

    I am taking a trip this week and will be passing through SF. I’d like to buy you lunch or dinner and meet you in person.

    By the way, qzg’s comment makes my stomach turn:

    “I believe that America would be better off with “more of the same” no matter how bad it is right now….”

    Wow! I will pass this around to make sure folks know how important their vote may be this november.

  • pa

    walter,

    What we have here, especially under Bush, is entitlement for the very rich and well connected. Corporations, get incentives from the government on a regular basis. We have to pay for the weapons and services we don’t need, the food we can’t consume. Our government routinely spends money on what corporations want to them to. And at times of crisis, these companies transfer their risk and losses to our government.

    You should be concerned about the socialism that exists when government contracts and market risks are negotiated. When it comes to making profits hand over fist at taxpayer’s expense, you want capitalism, but when it comes to dealing with risk you want socialism.

    Charities (except a handful including UNICEF) are very inefficient compared to the services the government can provide. And many of them have turned out to be swindlers. So I am with Biden on that one.

  • Arnold Ziffel

    Again, all the “I’m outta here comments” are by people who buy into Bush/Cheney/McCain’s “we’re the only ones who are right” mode of thinking (if one can call what they do “thinking”). They abhor dissent of any kind and do everything they can to intimidate those who speak opinions different than those of their own. Remember the Dixie Chicks, who did not more than say they were embarrassed Bush was from Texas.

  • tundraboy

    Think about it, the United States is the only country in the world where being seen as intelligent and well-informed is actually bad for a candidate running for political office. If you show a modicum of smarts, give the slightest hint of a breadth of knowledge beyond football and stock car racing, or reveal an ability to distinguish nuance, you get mocked as a wine-sipping elitist. If you, however, show no ability to grasp ideas beyond two-word slogans, and proudly wear your ignorance and incompetence as a badge of honor, then you’re a great guy to sit down and have a beer with and by golly we’ll vote you in as president.

    I have two aunts who actually voted for George the Thick. Twice. Because, get this, “he’s so charming”. That’s it. They had no idea what policies he stood for. They just know he’s “charming”. And these women are college graduates.

    Welcome to the American Stupidocracy. God help us.

  • qzg

    @pa re: your stomach
    I wasn’t saying that American needs more of the same, I was saying that Obama would be WORSE than “more of the same”.

    @tundraboy re: no idea of policies
    LOTS of Democrats, particularly the 60+ variety, vote that way because that is the way they’ve always voted. The irony is that the Democrats of their youth, that got them into that mindset, would be Republicans today, IMHO.

    I’d be much quicker to criticize over half of the American population that doesn’t even bother to exercise their right to vote, regardless of how well versed (or not) they may be about a candidate.

    For some reason I feel like chastising you for referring to our government as a “stupidocracy.” Shame on you. WHATEVER it is, or has been or whatever its immediate future may be, what we have is nothing short of AMAZING and a tremendous privilege. The fact that our government has survived as long as it has, thrived like it has and endured and recovered from events and leaders which *should* have destroyed it is a testimony to it’s strength. There is an abundance of REALLY crappy governments around this world with SERIOUS problems that may never be solved. We’re just trying to continue a path of growth and improvement. WE HAVE A GREAT LIFE IN A GREAT GOVERNMENT.

    One comedian I heard recently put it perfectly: “If you are broke and can’t make it in America, YOU ARE SCREWED!” [because there isn’t anywhere else in the world where it is easier to ‘make it’]

  • pa

    thgd,

    So you are saying every man, woman and child in Alaska got $3269 last year (that’s over $2 billion) but Palin kept the $200 million that she didn’t even need for the bridge? Why does the rest of US have to spend all this money for folks who get over $3000 a year from their state? Palin with five kids got $22,883 for the couple and the five kids!

    “The truth is, she is a blatant opportunist, capitalizing on good looks and supposed conservative credentials to advance a rapacious thirst for power.”

    Sounds like a typical hockey (or soccer) mom alright in my neck of the woods.

  • NormM

    I find it interesting that opinion here is so evenly divided here between R and D. Somehow I thought that people who agreed so strongly about the sins of MS and the virtues of Apple must be supremely rational and therefore agree politically!

    Personally I think we’ve had such a bad run for the past 8 years that it’s only rational to give the other side a try. In fact it’s quite rational to believe that D’s are better for the economy: historical growth data shows that the US economy grows over 1% faster per year, on average, under the D’s. Even the rich have done significantly better under D governments (they get more benefit from the faster economic growth than from tax cuts). Maybe the D’s should call this “trickle-up economics”! I also happen to believe that at this juncture in history we badly need a smart president who is calm under stress and will listen to dissenting voices. This sounds like Obama to me.

    My theory about why the R’s are so reluctant to let the other side have a try is the natural tendency of people to rationalize an expensive decision. People hardly ever conclude that a decision that has consumed a large chunk of their life or their wealth was a mistake. That’s one reason that people who were so in favor of the war in Iraq still think it was a good idea. Lately they love the idea that the surge is working and that makes the people who opposed the war all along wrong. I would bet they won’t believe recent studies that have shown that the surge had little to do with things quieting down — it just happened to coincide with a peak in ethnic cleansing that “eliminated” a lot of the conflict.

  • http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~jose HG

    GGT writes:
    “Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.

    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.

    Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.”

    And that makes Obama more qualified than Sarah Palin?

  • http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~jose HG

    NormM writes: “Somehow I thought that people who agreed so strongly about the sins of MS and the virtues of Apple must be supremely rational and therefore agree politically!”

    There’s nothing irrational about either side’s position. If you think there is, then you’re drinking too much of your kool-aid.

  • Realtosh

    @ NormM

    “I find it interesting that opinion here is so evenly divided here between R and D.”

    Looks much like the makeup of the American electorate.

    But you overlook that most people don’t walk around thinking they are Repubs or Democs. But they tend to vote for candidates 1) with whom they can identify and 2) with whom they share values and 3) with whom they share ideas and policies, usually in that order.

    That’s why Obama is running on Bush. Obama would rather run against Bush who is unpopular, rather than against McCain, who has been known as a reformer for longer than Obama.

    Also why McCain is getting back to his reform brand that he has been advocating for years.

    But why do so many commenters ignore comments that call for common ground, and for finding solutions rather than partisans politics.
    I finished a recent post that didn’t advocate for either Obama or McCain, but rather another another young pol under 40, who has much more experience (almost 2 decades of executive experience in both public and private sector) than either McCain or Obama, with the following statement,
    “But I challenge Obama and McCain to bring the best talent to the White House regardless of party affiliation.”

  • walter

    @pa

    You misunderstand my views. I mentioned in my first post in this thread that I am a small-government guy. I do NOT want socialism on any level. I don’t want the government to bail out businesses that made bad investments. I don’t want Republicans in bed with whatever businesses can pony up the dough for good lobbyists. I want the government to do what I think is right, which is keeping its damn hands out of everywhere it doesn’t belong.

    I am a strict constructionist of the Constitution, and so I believe that the government should only be doing what is explicitly stated. I don’t believe they should be clamoring for more power or money by making weak links to Constitutional principles. For example, it is wrong for the feds to attempt to regulate a mom-and-pop business with a single store in a single state by claiming it is “interstate commerce” because some out-of-state resident may conceivably do business with the store. Interstate commerce, to me, means an organization with a retail presence in multiple states. Nothing more, nothing less.

    It’s not that a bailout of AIG doesn’t pose some dilemma. Do you really let them fail and risk tanking the economy? I can’t really answer that. But when the government says they just bought an 80% stake in the world’s largest insurance form, I hang my head in shame and think that this is all gone wrong. What are we coming to?

    The simple fact is that I call myself a conservative because I identify these values with the core conservative ideology. Less government. Period.

    People call me a Republican, and I tend to vote Republican because the liberal Democrats are open about being big-government guys. This scares me more than the average Republican. But make no mistake about it: the average Republican these days does not embody the sort of conservatism with which I identify. Look at how the lousy Republicans in charge have spent the hell out of all of us!

    I guess I’d call myself a libertarian, but all they seem to do these days is run around complaining about legalizing drugs and dismantling the Federal Reserve. I can’t get behind a party of loonies.

    It all boils down to personal responsibility. Nobody seems to value that anymore. I just want to be left to my own devices. To manage my life as I see fit, and risk failure all the way. Why does the government want to stop me?

  • NormM

    Fiscal conservatives seem particularly upset about the current financial-system “bailout” in which the government buys up risky real-estate-backed investments but I think they shouldn’t be. The government gets these investments at a big discount from what the investors originally paid and so it’s quite likely they will eventually make money, not lose it. Thus the reckless investors are punished, the financial system is kept afloat, and the taxpayer doesn’t suffer.

  • http://johnsessays.blogspot.com John Muir

    @NormM

    Indeed. At times like this even a fiscal conservative like me agrees it’s better to get down and dirty than to pull a Herbert Hoover.

    The Market has a haircutigger fir feedback right now. Domino effects are the last thing anyone needs.

  • danstra

    Well, I created an account just so that I could post.

    I USED to frequent joyoftech.com daily. I would buy their items and forward their comics to friends. But they started to get wayyy to political and failed to ever do anything to stop the political enthusiasts on their sight from hammering anyone who ever expressed a different opinion. It got oppressive and stifled good communication.

    A while back, I just gave up on their site. Period. I no longer visit it and if and when it pops up on Stumble it gets a thumbs down rating from me.

    I have enjoyed RD Mag for a long, long time so please, PLEASE stay away from the political crap. I don’t care whether you are blue or red or pink, just don’t mix it up with the rest. Daniel, I like what you have to say about all things Apple and I’d like to keep coming back her for that but if you are going to begin using your site as a platform for your political points of view I’ll find other places to get my Apple related content.

    Please, keep it to your focus. Do what you are doing and keep doing it well. Don’t mix politics in. I just don’t want to hear it at all.

    Thank you,

    Dan

    [This is not a commercial blog selling trinkets. It’s whatever I think to write about. If you aren’t interested in a particular article I write about advertising, corporate history, technology, product reviews, current events, potential products, legal fights, economics, or whatever else, you can skip it, voice your own opinion about it, or run away and make a point to hate me for the rest of your life, but don’t tell me what I can and can’t write about. It just makes you look small minded and arrogant, and it’s completely inappropriate.]

  • hmciv

    Daniel,

    Thanks for your replies! “Plenty of Americans are still racist.” This may well be true. I have never found a good poll that accurately measures this. http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/12/racism.poll/index.html

    However plenty of Americans are also black. I’d be willing to bet Obama gets a disproportionate number of black votes in November just as Hillary would have gotten a disporportionate number of female votes. I’m further willing to go out on a limb and say this ultimately helps him more than it hurts him. Barak’s message from the start has been change and even his mixed heritage reflects this. What he has to convince the rest of America though is that his convictions are more than skin deep, AND that we need change. The Democratic party so far has not done this well in my opinion.

    On your second point, Biden’s politial experience vs Obama’s is actually the issue I’m driving at. Biden has been in the game for a very long time. He knows the ins and outs of Capitol Hill he knows what can and can’t be done. Obama on the other hand has had very little time in the Senate. So why is old Joe playing second fiddle to Obama? The ticket seems backwards except for Obama’s charisma. Would anyone have seriously supported an Edwards/Kerry ticket in 2004? Standing side by side with their resumes, Biden looks like the presidential candidate with Obama the VP. In contrast when Palin stands next to McCain he looks more presidential rather than less.

    Bottom line it looks like Obama brought Biden to the party so he could get in the door at the Good Old Boy’s Club. McCain is the PRESIDENT of the Good Old Boy’s Club and he brought the hot chick everyone can hit on.

    Of course I must now nullify my argument now that I discovered Carly Fiorina is [was?] one of McCain’s top economic advisors. John what were you thinking!?!?

  • MarkyMark

    Excerpted from:

    http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/politicalinsider/2008/09/obama-vs-palin.html

    If you want to know why Gov. Sarah Palin drives liberal Democrats crazy — and is helping Sen. Barack Obama raise money at a record pace — here’s an excerpt from an viral email making its way around the country:

    * If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”
    * Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

    * If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
    * Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

    * Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
    * Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

    * If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.
    * If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

    * If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.
    * If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

    * If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
    * If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

    * If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.
    * If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

  • http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~jose HG

    @MarkyMark

    Come on. That’s the stupidest stuff anyone’s ever written. The fact that people post this misinformation, including larger venues like HuffingtonPost, only shows how detrimental the internet has become for sussing out fact from fiction.

    You’re proof that we’re living in the misinformation age.

    [Your arguments would have more merit if you could articulate them using facts and reasoning rather than name calling.]

  • RobertR

    LuisDias said: I find it funny when people begin to cry like babies when Dan speaks against their own set of beliefs, like “Dan, I love your rants against X, but then you started gunning against Y and that’s not cool man, you just lost yourself.”. It’s baby talk, gentleman. And the threat to “unsubscribe” the blog is ridiculous, too.

    For me, it wasn’t a “threat” to unsubscribe — I did unsubscribe. So, to the extent that I visit roughlydrafted.com from here on out, it will be at wider intervals, and I’ll be late posting comments, if I post at all. Let’s face it — Daniel has a pretty sketchy reputation in the tech blogosphere outside his core Mac partisan base. And I freely admit to being part of a Mac partisan base. So I cut him some slack before, because we were on the same side about the Mac. But seeing him botch the facts in his political posts — for example, identifying Ed Koch as a Republican — it made me reconsider. The phrase I used before was “toxic tunnel vision.” I think it’s apt.

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  • droughtquake

    What bothers me is all the people & groups who knowingly break rules and then start crying when things don’t go the way they wanted them to go. A few examples: Hillary Clinton voters from Florida & Michigan, Bush, Palin and all her scandals, bankers, Enron, etc.

    Please continue these political postings, Daniel. You are obviously being very effective since all trolls can’t stop fussing and complaining.

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