#28 - Omar, Brian gets paid to ask questions, not just repeat the drivel from the mainstream media like how many houses McCain has, such as how does Obama plan to reinvigorate the US economy in the global marketplace. It seems to me that the European Union and China are doing a much better job! Taxing the rich, etc., etc., are just slogans.
Did I mention that Biden is Barack Obama's running mate?
Another Biden comment: "My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything [but] a Northeastern liberal state." Delaware was considered a "border state" in the Civil War, because it bordered a free state (Pennsylvania) and was aligned with the union. But coming from a former slave state is an odd thing to boast about in the 21st century--or for that matter the 20th.
That Obama still has a chance of winning after picking such an insensitive running mate just goes to show you how far America has to go in overcoming its legacy of racism.
Quick, who said this about Barack Obama?
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man." Nope, it wasn't Geraldine Ferraro but Joe Biden, who is now Obama's running mate, in a January 2007 interview with the New York Observer. Another Biden classic:
Asked about failing schools, Mr. Biden seemed to suggest that one reason so many of the District's schools fail is the city's large minority population and contrasted D.C. schools with those in Iowa. "There's less than 1 percent of the population in Iowa that is African American," Mr. Biden said. "There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with." The Biden campaign quickly issued a statement asserting that the candidate was referring to socioeconomic status, not racial differences.
And it's not only blacks about whom Biden says careless things. As Bruce Bartlett notes, he once complained that "You cannot go into a Dunkin' Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent."
does picking biden as vp dispel the media's inaccurate depiction of obama as seeking radical change and anti-baby boomers? doesn't this show that obama is serious about change by incorporating an experienced Washington politician into his team?
I've worked on a lot of losing political campaigns and losing is never easy, but I do not understand why some of Hilary Clinton's supporters are angry and/or disappointed that she was not picked as Obama's running mate. Why on earth would they want her to fade into obscurity as the Vice President when she can be an effective, dynamic Senator and position herself for the next opening at the top.
The democratic “lets party” is a ridiculous event. The event celebrates a shell of a political party. No principles, with inexperience free lancers gathering money around themselves and then running for political office. Often these candidates have had minimal association with the democrats they represent. Later a floating platform of agendas is given out promising the America everything and nothing. No, sorry the money people who support the candidates get everything after the election. The entire system is a sham. America pretends to have political parties that stand for something but sadly it’s an elaborate charade.
@ Omar #22 - Neither does having been a prisoner of war!
#27 --- why don't you suggest your top 3 "substantive questions"?
instead of just complaining to Brian give him your suggestions
what do you really want him to ask?
#26 - no!
#25 -- what are your top 3 "substantive questions"?
is "how many houses Mccain has?" one of them?
Brian, why can't you ask more substantive questions?
#19 Chris: "The delegates may just nominate Michele Obama after they are wow-ed by her speech..."
You aren't serious are you?
That's Jon Stewart humor right?
The Republican 6 words are a fraud. Small government, fiscal discipline - haha. Just because they were that way about 30 or 80 years ago does not mean we should ignore the last 28 years of uncompromising fiscal recklessness.
Yeah #19 - that's the problem w/Obama too
one or two good speeches does not mean you're ready to lead the country ad the free world
that's exactly what Biden said about Obama in the primaries - he's NOT ready....
Republican Family Values means women working at home raising kids, women with few reproductive choices, and more social pressure on men to be responsible for raising their offspring. They see abortion as a license to men for pre-marital sex and the hedonism all around us (never mind their Republican supporters in Media, Hollywood, and Madison Av who sell that rubbish advertising).
They also want extended families supporting each other in economic hard times with no New Deal and no State intervention in our lives. Never mind that we're all scattered from one end of the Continent to another because of seeking work,'workforce mobility' and all the social pathologies that breeds.
The reality is Dr Coop said in 1980s that gender based and domestic violence was the leading health issue for women, and yet in 30 yrs what has anyone (including Clinton) done about it? And certainly, what will a McCain presidency do about it?
So much for family values in this country (and also bigotry saying Muslim cultures are backward). We need to get Carolyn Maloney's message out there out there out there.
The delegates may just nominate Michele Obama after they are wow-ed by her speech. Smart, sexy and strong! And a good mom...
This is funny...
Brian says that repubs can summarize their platform in 6 words. He asks Maloney if she can do the same. She then launches into a one or two minute disquisition on values, and families, and all sorts of stuff... in other words, ONE THIRD of the republican platform that they summarize in two words.
This is the problem with the democrats. By trying to be all things to all people, they don't have any idea who they themselves are.
B. Lehrer: "John Kerry has several houses"Rep. Maloney: "... (chuckle)"
The silence was deafening.
Thank-you Brian for not giving the mentally challenged representative a free pass.
I guess Brian couldn't get to my question.
Why are we still talking about HRC? Second Fiddle? The Democratic population has already spoken and they do not, did not want Hillary! enough.
Any Hilary-turned-McCain supporters: Could you please explain your reasons for choosing McCain over Obama? I really don't get it.
Can we please get her off the air. All she is doing is cheerleading. Substance please.
Also a lot of these so called HRC supporters are really republicans.
I was born without the right to vote, too, you know - I gained that right when I turned 18, just like my peers.
Jesse Califano- 'The unspoken word... written!'
Is it possible that the delegates and 'super-delegates' vote to nominate Hillary instead of O-Ba-Ma on the role call?!
What has John McCain really said in the past two months except telling us to drill here drill now amd that he's a POW
Can we please move beyond Hillary Clinton. She is not the nominee. Let's all accept it and stop talking about the Clintons.The Clinton era is over....thank god!!!
Hillary does not need to play second fiddle to Obama as VP. There is always 2012!
rob, it is bad enough that mccain is in his early 70s and looks old for his age. he should not pick a woman with no experience. The lady from Alaska, who from what I know of her from 60 Minutes, I really like her, but her national security and foreign policy experience makes Obama appear like Napolean. It would totally undercut McCain's criticism of Obama.
norman,carolyn maloney voted for the war. i doubt if she has a problem with biden's support for it.
@ Norman She did not have a problem with HRC support for the War in Iraq.
So here's a question for Carolyn Maloney:
Do you have any problem with Biden's early support of the Iraq war?
I was just listening to DemocracyNow.org on WBAI-Pacifica (where many WNYC and NPR people, like Lennie Lopate, came from).
Joe Biden voted for the Iraq war, and was also chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he held hearings before the Iraq war, when Congress had a Democratic majority. To be fair, DemocracyNow interviewed some people who said Biden did bring up doubts about the war.
Amy Goodman said that Scott Ritter and others wanted to testify, based on first-hand visits to Iraq, that Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, and was actually an enemy of al-Qaeda, but Biden refused to let them testify.
Amy Goodman broadcast a piece from the door of the ATT party for the Blue Dog Democrats, about how the press was being refused admittence. Obama voted for a bill that gave ATT immunity for wiretapping, after he had promised voters that he would fillibuster if necessary to stop wiretap immunity.
I listen to WNYC all day, but I think it's a good idea to check DemocracyNow.org to see whether or what NPR is leaving out. Is NPR covering views on the left (which includes a lot of WNYC listeners), or just the establishment liberals?
Let's see if WNYC and NPR can meet this standard of balanced journalism. (In fact, let's see if WNYC leaves this post up or deletes it.)
Obama had to go first with the VP pick, now that he has chosen Biden, I think that McCain's most likely pick will be a woman in the hopes of picking off some of Clinton's disaffected voters and to energize his campaign and help restore his maverick image. Palin of Alaska comes to mind or even Whitman in the hopes that this will put NJ in play. I would be interested in representative Maloney views on this.
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