Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Former Secretary Of State retired General Colin Powell,
shows John McCain how to wave his Presidential ambitions good bye.

(Oct.22, Arlington, VA) Not ones to pounce, jump on a band wagon or beat dead horse, TBC have waited to comment on the powerful endorsement of Democrat Barak Obama from former Bush Cabinet member Colin Powell. Last Sunday on “Meet the Press”, the man who was once courted by democrats and republicans alike as a potential Presidential candidate himself, presented the case for Obama succinctly, articulately and effectively. Powell’s calm steady delivery could not conceal his brutally frank, harsh rebukes of not only GOP candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin, but of the entire Republican Party.

Asked by MTP moderator Tom Brokaw if the retired four-star General was “prepared to make a public declaration of which of these two candidates…” he was prepared to support, General Powell launched an uninterrupted stinging indictment of the policies and practices of the current Administration, the GOP’s campaign tactics, the Republican ticket as a preface. Once his broadside dismemberment and denunciations of his own Party was concluded, our former Secretary Of State clearly elucidated his objective, logical argument that was a resounding endorsement for the Illinois Senator. In just over seven minutes Powell presented the country with a coherent, comprehensive, insightful and tempered rationale for an Obama Presidency. Some portions of his eloquent summary were amazingly candid assessments, essentially vicious blows to the heads, of virtually the entire membership of the Republican Party.

Powell began his lengthy response to Brokaw’s inquiry by saying, “I'm an American, first and foremost, and I'm very proud--I said, I've said, I've said to my beloved friend and colleague John McCain, a friend of 25 years, "John, I love you, but I'm not just going to vote for you on the basis of our affection or friendship." And I've said to Barack Obama, "I admire you. I'll give you all the advice I can. But I'm not going to vote for you just because you're black." We, we have to move beyond this.”

In his even tone and tenor Powell began assembling his case first; laying the planks comprising the reasons McCain should NOT be President. “I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done. I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that's a choice the party makes.”

He continued his dismantling the notion of a McCain Administration; “In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me, sensing that he didn't have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had. And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin. She's a very distinguished woman, and she's to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made”.

On the Obama side, I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well. I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower. Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He's crossing lines--ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He's thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values.” By this point it was apparent that the retired General was done jabbing and was fully prepared to land some rib-shattering blows.

While Sarah Palin lay unconscious; a bloodied and bruised political carcass, Powell landed the knock out punch. He blasted McCain, already reeling from the beating he’d taken, with a jaw breaking, campaign ending uppercut concluding, “So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities--and we have to take that into account--as well as his substance--he has both style and substance--he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world--onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama”

Since Sunday the battered GOP running mates have been vociferously trying to mount a desperate counter attack. Their sorry efforts are proving to be as much of a failure as has been the McCain Palin team’s campaign since leaving their national convention in St. Paul last September. They may go the distance but, by their own hands and the hands of others, not the least of which were Colin Powell’s, this is the last and final round. They will most likely never return to the ring again.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008



Joe Biden bites his tongue while sucking his thumb in a valiant
effort to restrain himself from putting his foot in his mouth again.

(Oct. 22, Goffsboro, NH) Once again Joe Biden has demonstrated why many veteran members of the DNC expressed concerns when Barak Obama named the Delaware Senator as his running mate. Mr. Biden, a 30 year Congressional insider has, over his long career, been known to have a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth. His latest leather meal came at the expense of the man at the top of the Democratic ticket.

Biden, speaking to a group of fundraisers last Sunday night in Seattle, was captured on tape making very damaging comments about Senator Obama’s ability to handle a crisis. If that was not a hard enough kick to Obama’s testicles, Joe went on to speculate, if not predict, and then “guarantee” that his running mate would be “tested” early in his Presidency. Mr. Biden then seemed to get on a roll and continued to pummel Obama adding injury to insult.

"Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. . . . I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help," said Biden. He continued stomping Barak while he was already on the ground noting, "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said.

The fact that the Delaware Destroyer “guaranteed” that Obama would be tested and went as far as actually presenting possible international “scenarios” that would constitute such a test. Naturally, Biden’s stupid remarks were pounced on by the GOP rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin. Without intending to (?) and very convincingly, Joe provided his opponents with an amazing gift. McCain and Palin have incorporated Biden’s remarks, using his verbatim quotes out on the campaign trail. Biden has served the man who chose him as his VP nominee up to the Republicans on a silver platter.

While Blowhard Joe implored his Seattle audience to “Gird your loins," he continued to bruise the loins of Mr. Obama adding, "We're gonna win with your help, God willing, we're gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It's like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy."

Feverishly grabbing onto to this unexpected (but oh so appreciated) protruding branch to stop his campaign’s freefall, Senator McCain used Biden’s assessment of Obama as a distinct, stark point of contrast and reference highlighting his own “proven” ability to handle an international crisis. It is undeniable that McCain has been tested in ways that few ever have. Those tests do not automatically serve as qualifying criteria or indicators of the crisis handling abilities of a potential President. A person’s past demonstrations of judgment under pressure and, judgment in general, are a valid counter-balance to be considered.

In any event, these factors are beginning to help the electorate do their calculations within the specifics of their personal equations by which they will arrive at the decision of for whom they will cast their votes.

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