Monday, October 4, 2010

Midterm Elections Prediction #1

Here is my first post regarding my thoughts on the fall Midterm Elections.

1. Tea Party

Recent polling shows that more and more Americans have an unfavorable viewpoint of "Tea Partiers."  But the Tea Party has managed to defeat several GOP candidates in primary elections, giving the Dems a better chance come November.  Here's an example: for months Harry Reid couldn't even poll above 30% in his quest for reelection, but is now leading.  I think this effect will happen in half a dozen more races giving the Dems some wins on November 3rd.

2. Messaging

The Democratic Party is always bad at messaging. I mean, we're liberals, what do you expect (have you ever read my blog?)? But now, more voters are paying attention and messaging becomes crucial.  The Democrats need to show a stark contrast between themselves, a party that has kept this country from dipping into a Depression, and the Republican Party of "No."

3. Money

According to many accounts, Democratic candidates and the Party itself have sizable financial advantages over their opponents (thank you Michael Steele!). And although this may not save every candidate from losing, it could help create a firewall.

Overall, I expect the Democrats to lose the House of Representatives, but hold on to the Senate.  I put the chances of this scenario at 75% due to recent generic ballot polling.  There are, however a myriad of variables which come in to play that make this election cycle different from 1994.

Edited by John O'Connor

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Turn Around and Make a Left

A new poll published yesterday shows that 58% of Americans have little to no confidence in President Obama's decision making ability.  Putting aside the fact I hate these kinds of polls, I do think there is something wrong with President Obama's approach: he talks a lot, and accomplishes very little.

For example, on the financial reform fight, a change that many people supported, Obama seemed to not be actively involved in pushing an agenda, or at least promoting his activities during the legislative battle.  The end result was watered-down legislation that many progressives and liberal voters do not approve of.

I am of course happy that President Obama has managed to push through health care reform and financial reform, but what I truly want is job creation.  The White House's current political strategy -- deficit reduction over job creation -- is eroding his approval ratings.  Instead of catering to people who will not vote for him anyway, the President needs to start pushing job creation and get the economy back on track.

Edited by John O'Connor

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Review of Obama

Let us review President Obama's Accomplishments:

  1. Stimulus Bill that saved the country from going into Depression
  2. Healthcare Reform
  3. Credit Card Reform
  4. Financial Reform (about to pass)
  5. The Repel of DADT (about to pass)
  6. 2 Supreme Court Justices
  7. New Arms Treaty with Russia
So far I can not complain about voting for him, he still will be doing immigration reform and climate change.  

Friday, May 21, 2010

Where is Obama?

Is anyone else concerned by the fact that we haven't been given full disclosure regarding the Gulf Oil Spill?  B.P. still hasn't release all the footage of the oil spill, nor has it disclosed the true amount of oil currently leaking from the ocean floor.  Now add to that the fact that B.P. and the US Coast Guard have been turning away reporters investigating and reporting on the incident, this whole thing starts to smell like a cover up.

President Obama ought to order B.P. to release all information pertaining to the oil spill into the public domain and allow the press to full access to that information.  Instead, President Obama has stood on the sidelines and allowed B.P. to continue to destroy the Gulf of Mexico.

Edited by John O'Connor

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ahhnold and the Arizona

Say what you will about Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor slash governor of the Hollywood state of California. The guy is hilarious. Have you heard what he said during his Emory commencement? Coming from a Republican governor his joke about Arizona's illegal-immigrant policy is a pretty big deal. Over the last 3 years I've worked with two 2nd generation citizens and two people studying in America on visas. What I've come to learn is that there are many opinions on immigration as well as the illegal immigrant status. Arnold certainly has an opinion about the immigration issue, not only politically as a state governor, but no doubt personally as well considering he too immigrated to America.

Note that I am not endorsing nor arguing the Arizona policy on illegal immigrants, I'm just bringing up the topic for another perpetual discussion, and not a minute too soon I might add. Because, in the words of Joe Biden -America's hero and my future speech writer- this is a big fucking deal.

Sports and Politics

I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day about the role sports teams play in politics after the Phoenix Suns wore "Los Suns" jerseys to protest Arizona's new immigration law. My friend contended that sports teams should stay out of politics, not taking stands on one side or another of political issues, while I countered that they are private citizens, entitled to their own speech rights.

The last time I checked, sports teams are private companies and as such are allowed to take a stand against a law.  It's no different than taking a public stance against drug testing in sports or certain business related taxes.  Sports teams such as the Phoenix Suns have a certain fan base and as such are driven to represent them.  You may not agree with the Suns, but the contention that they should stay out of politics is foolish and limits free speech.

What criteria should we use for allowing corporate entitities to enter the political arena? Major League Baseball is a private company and as such is allowed to question laws.  That doesn't mean MLB is allowed to break the law, but it should mean that it has the right to question a law's legitimacy.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Five-th

Cinco de Mayo, Cinco de Drinko, Drinko de Mayo... it's the fifth of May, which is a historic Mexican holiday that was named after the popular mini-beer tour at Old Chicago restaurants.

So for today, what is your favorite Mexican beer? How many Mexican beers can you name? Or, what is your favorite Mexican alcoholic beverage?

Why can't Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day fall on weekends more often?

Monday, May 3, 2010

100 Posts . . . and Tom Says Nothing

Today marks a small, but important milestone for us here at Oblogatory.  Unfortunately in his post this morning, our lead author failed to recognize it.  Always one for theatrics, I now bring you, our faithful readers, Oblogatory's one hundred first post.

As Oblogatory's Editor, I can certainly say that the past 100 posts have been stimulating.  We are clearly still in the nascent stages of our development, but we are developing.  While things have slowed down over the past couple of months, I can assure you that our authors are hard at work looking for new content to respond to with our unique perspectives.

So what would I say Oblogatory is, today?  In a nutshell, Oblogatory has become an amalgam of Midwestern editorials, featuring political and sports commentary, pop culture notes, and a healthy dose of snark. And frequently, our authors' rants.

Thank you to all of you who have been reading so far.  We look forward to growing with you in the future!

- Jack

Bye Bye Gulf

It's difficult to read the coverage on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts' latest estimates say the oil could gush between one week or several months.  The financial and environmental impacts of this disaster will be felt for years, maybe never recovering.

But at the very least, I hope that out of the darkness of this event, new hope emerges for alternative fuels.  As a nation (and world), we are slowley killing our planet with our oil addiction.

To help with the cleanup