Sunday, November 02, 2008

Sarah Palin and Barak Obama both make huge blunders in final days of election

Okay, again, I place no faith in politics to change the world, but I follow it "religiously." In the final two days before the election, there are two news stories that stand out that could hurt each candidate.

1. Fox News and some Netherlands newspaper is reporting that Obama told a San Francisco newspaper that he would bankrupt coal plants (due to new environmental regulations) and that electricity rates would sore. See news story on Obama, coal, and electricity. This is the first YouTube video clip. I have heard the fuller news clip, and it is rather shocking to hear a politician make such an admission. This could be very damaging for Obama in the critical Rust States (Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia).

2. Sarah Palin was prank called by a Montreal radio station, with a comedian pretending to be French President Sarkozy. This is the YouTube video. At first I thought that this was some user generated video, a spoof. It is not. Palin really got duped on this, and it is not at all flattering. Frankly, listening to the call, it is hard to believe that she fell for this.

Probably most people's minds are made up about Palin, one way or another. The Obama interview is potentially more damaging, since it is an economic issue that hits at the core industry of some critical swing states.

However, this is very late in the campaign, so it is hard to tell how much impact either of these blunders will have.

What do you think of Obama's and Palin's political blunders?


Anonymous said...

I think most people have made up their minds, so the comments won't affect the election.

Now I have a question.....How does this scripture fit today? Has the translation be distorted to mean something other than it says, so is it talking more of our spiritual leaders than our governmental leaders? You tell me.
Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)
Submission to the Authorities
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Anonymous said...

Obama reminds me of Bill Clinton in that he is extremely eloquent and there are so many people willing to be blindly led by his rhetoric. Exactly like Bill. They'll believe all the lies because they (Bill and Barak) can spin and weave them so well. They are masterful.

Palin...I found her radio conversation quite stunning. It wasn't that she said anything incriminating about herself or her campaign. I just found her conversation to reveal a gullibility or naivity. That is something you don't want a VP to be, much less a President. On the other hand...she may have done a good job of not really saying much of anything. She was given a phone and assumed her screeners were doing their job. That would explain her lack of assertiveness.

James said...

On Romans 13 - I do believe that this is referring to governmental leaders. However, this is not the only attitude towards government found in the NT. In revelation, for instance, the ruling authorities are deemed to be antagonistic towards God and Christians. Paul's statement of rulers "hold no terror for those who do right" could only be spoken during a time in which Christians were not being persected. So this teaching is situation specific.