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It's about 2 1/2 more months before the general election, and I have yet to see an ad where the Independents can make a clear choice between John McCain and Barack Obama.  What's the message so far?  John McCain has an ad painting Obama as a celebrity, like Paris Hilton.  Obama counters with McCain shaking hands with Letterman and Jay Leno.  I can see the bear hugs with George W. Bush being effective, but shaking hands with Letterman and Leno?  It's really bad when Paris Hilton, had a better energy policy than either of the candidates.

Hillary supporters get over it, your candidate lost fair and square.  If you want to join the Republican Party and vote for John McCain be my guest, but the Democrats are preparing for the convention and your whining is becoming a distraction.  Bill and Hillary Clinton will give major speeches in prime time, so Obama has not dissed them.  Roll call at the convention is not necessary, nor does hypothetical’s like the one Howard Wolfson (Clinton communication director) put out recently.Mr. Wolfson claimed that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee if John Edwards would have disclosed his infidelity before the Iowa primary.  Not according to the exit polls, because the Edwards voters second choice were for Obama.

We recently got a glimpse of how the candidates might treat a real crisis, such as the Russia- Georgia conflict.  John McCain made empty threats and Barack Obama’s remarks were about McCain having a lobbyist supporting Georgia in his camp.  Thank God Russia backed off on its own.  Why didn't Obama use this opportunity to say, because we're bogged down in Iraq,  we have become a paper tiger.  He should have exposed the neocons supporting John McCain and their plan for constant war. Bill Kristol said “Georgia has had the third-largest military presence — about 2,000 troops — fighting along with U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq. For this reason alone, we owe Georgia a serious effort to defend its sovereignty. Surely we cannot simply stand by as an autocratic aggressor gobbles up part of — and perhaps destabilizes all of — a friendly democratic nation.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/opinion/11kristol.html

 The Washington Times issued the same sentiments.

I am confident that the people get it, this election will not be won by Swift boating or cheap gimmicks.  I read where a college in Iowa is paying for bicycles for their students and installing bike racks.  How does the college benefit from that?  The college did not have to pay for another parking garage, because the students overwhelmingly took up their offer. Side benefit, a healthy body makes a healthy mind.  Another article in Friday's USA Today confirmed that people are serious about the high gas prices.  The article went on to say customers cannot wait to get their 2008 Toyota Prius,so they are offering to pay $1500 over the list price of a used 2007 Toyota Prius.  The drill now, everywhere gimmick might sound good, but people do not trust the word of a politician to answer their everyday needs.