June 10, 2008 — Assigned Reading

Is that the moon? No, that’s the coastal plain of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge in spring.

McCain’s View on Expanded Oil Drilling Uncertain
(FROM: CNSNews) McCain has gone out of his way to avoid votes on drilling measures. We already know that he’s dead wrong on ANWR and on the global warming debate as a whole. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, however, says that McCain would be willing to look into offshore drilling, but with qualifications. I know Lindsey–despite his occasional non-conservative misgivings, like on immigration, he is a nice guy–and will try to get a few statements from him. I mean, with all of the clout that America’s Right has … how could he not oblige?

Obama Vetter Draws Unwanted Scrutiny
(FROM: Politico) Chalk up another example of Barack Obama’s stellar judgment of character. Jim Johnson, longtime Washington insider, friend of George Soros, and member of Obama’s VP search committee, accepted $7 million in home loans from Countrywide through a program for friends of the company. Johnson was–and still is, presumably–close with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo and, as a result of that friendship, received loans at rates below the market average, many of which came while Johnson himself was working either as CEO or as an outside consultant for Fannie Mae. Once again, this shows that Obama has serious problems when it comes to picking people to lean on. The general election will focus intently on the mortgage crisis, and while John McCain also has a former sub-prime lender lobbyist on his staff (John Green), McCain’s political liability is nowhere near as hands-on and damaging as Obama’s Jim Johnson. McCain has apparently been hitting Obama on this during campaign stops and speeches, but–no surprise–I haven’t heard a lick of it from the mainstream media.

Huckabee: ‘Huge Mistake’ to Demonize Obama
(FROM: Newsmax) It looks like Huckabee really does have the same attitude toward Obama that McCain does. McCain, if you remember, refused to treat the Jeremiah Wright scandal as a “real issue,” even though Obama himself addressed it as such. In a way, Huckabee is right. I like his “car showroom” analogy. Still, his position depends upon what will get through to the superficial American voters. Can McCain defeat Obama on substance? If so, then Huckabee is right. If America, however, looks at the election more like the MTV Music Awards, then substance isn’t going to matter, and we’ve got to do what we can to show superficial America who Barack Obama really is.

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