Political hodge-podge…

** One would think that the New York Times article on John McCain’s possible flirtation with a young, female lobbyist would just serve to make Democrats like the guy more.  Don’t they like that personality trait in their presidents?

** Perhaps this Barack Obama adoration thing is getting out of control.  Here is a tid-bit from The Swamp which is part of the Baltimore Sun online:

It’s probably safe to say that you have arrived as a politician when your audience applauds when you blow your nose.

Yes, just a day before a debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama has a head cold.

And about a half-hour into a speech here, the Illinois Democrat announced that he had to take a quick break. “Gotta blow my nose here for a second,” Obama said.

Out came a Kleenex (or perhaps it was a hankie), and he wiped his nose.

The near-capacity audience at the Reunion Arena, which his campaign said totaled 17,000, broke out in a slightly awkward applause.

**It seems like one cannot be a political pundit these days without having a cutesy play on Barack Obama’s name.  I am partial to the one that Hugh Hewitt is using, calling him the Dali Obama.  I do not care for the people who only refer to the guy by his first, middle and last names as if we are all supposed to quake in our boots because a guy with the middle name Hussein might be out Commander in Chief.

**Count me in as one of those people that believes that while Obama is a brilliant public speaker he really isn’t saying anything.  It’s all platitudes.  He hasn’t backed up “change” and “hope” with policies and proposals.  It’s difficult to find out what exactly he wants to do when he gets into the Oval Office (see, I said “when” not “if“).  And the thing is, if he isn’t going to tell me what he intends to do (or try to do) then I am left to come up with my own ideas.  Let me tell you, that isn’t a gpood thing.  His speeches and platitudes make me think of Pol-Pot and his “Year 0” and re-education camps.  Or Mao’sGreat Leap Forward” which was neither great nor forward.  My head automatically goes to the negative if someone seems insistant not to tell me what they really mean.

**Spouses are fair game in a presidential campaign if they go over and above to put themselves out there.  And keeping in mind what I just wrote about my thoughts on Obama’s speeches, I can’t help but be further creeped out by something Michelle Obama said during a speech earlier this month at UCLA (link to audio file, 8:40 in):

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”

**Speaking of the spouses, Janet Huckabee hangs at Hooters.  Hooters in Vegas, no less.  Speaking of which, why won’t Huckabee just give up the campaign?  He’s not going to win and he can’t possibly get the VP nod.  Just go away.

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