It’s just getting started…

I have been listening to the Today show in the mornings while I get ready for work. Mainly because of the breaks for local weather and traffic, now that I drive downtown, but I occasionally get to hear some interesting stories and interviews. Most of the time, I roll my eyes at the obviously biased slant on political pieces. As my pastor challenged awhile back while talking about politics, I’m listening to something that I probably won’t agree with in order to better understand those around me. This morning they had top media advisors from both the McCain and Obama campaigns on the show to talk about McCain’s most recent ad. If you haven’t seen it or have only heard it talked about, go click the link in the previous sentence and watch it then continue reading.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with having Britney Spears or Paris Hilton in the ad, especially the way it was done. While the Obama camp is rapping on McCain for going negative, I think this 30 second spot actually brings up a real question we should be asking. Is it all celebrity or can he really lead? In an article on RealClearPolitics, the author asked “Just tell me one thing that Barack Obama has done that you admire?” This question was posed to a prominent Democrat and after a pause he responded with a reference to Obama’s speech in 2004 at the Democratic convention.

All I’m saying is that, if someone who knows a lot about politics and this candidate says that the only thing he can admire about the guy that is his own party’s nominee, is a speech he gave four years ago, maybe we really should be asking if he’s qualified or if it’s all just some hype about hope.

Pic of the day:

I just realized that I haven’t talked about or posted a new picture of my hair since I chopped a bunch off. Not one of the better pictures of me but it works. 🙂 Oh and the length stops at the bottom of the photo but it’s just hard to tell.

Geek alert…

I’m warning you right now, this is probably not going to interest anyone but me and maybe mom or Steph but I’m posting it anyway. Because it’s my blog! 🙂 I was on RealClearPolitics today and was looking at the current polling numbers for Obama vs McCain (hence the geek alert). When I clicked on the Pew Research page, it took me over to a listing of their current questionaires and the subsequent answers. The very first one caught my eye. The question asked the often quoted “overall, satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the US”. It had the numbers for the same question goinging all the way back to January of 1988 so I did some comparing and found something very interesting. While yes, the current numbers (in this case, 18% satisfied and 76% dissatisfied) were the highest it wasn’t by newly as much as I thought it would be. From May 1993 to March of 1996, the numbers were in the range of 71-75% dissatisfied and 20-28% satisfied. So basically, under President Clinton, we were only ONE percent point away from the current record number under President Bush. I just thought that was interesting because the media makes such a big deal about this being the highest disapproval rating ever.

Now on to the picture..