1. The Spitzer debacle.
What kind of idiot does this, knowing how it is going to play out? Really now, how can someone think they are going to keep something like this hushed, when the person has made so many enemies?
To put his family in the news and embarrass them as he has, to set himself up for the potential for blackmail, he has clearly demonstrated that he is not the kind of person that can effectively run a state like New York.
That said, I must ask the question: Who gives a damn? I know I don't. Like my good friend Mustang commented recently, it would seem that the resources used to uncover this thing could/would have been better spent trying to catch a terrorist.
2. Obama's middle name.
Who cares? Here we are a couple of weeks status post the Bill Cunningham comments and we are still hearing this complained about, by his surrogates on talk shows. Instead of debating his record (or lack thereof), we are forced to listen to his surrogates proclaiming how unjust this is. We are still hearing about how divisive, xenophobic, and racist it is to say his name.
There are a lot of things we should be talking about. His name isn't one of them.
How about asking him (and his surrogates) about how Obama has missed a lot of key votes throughout his short career? He has only been in the Senate for three years and yet, he has positioned himself to be a personality candidate by dodging the hard issues. In fact, in the days leading up to the beginning of the primary season, he missed around 80% of the votes.
He claims he is the only one that didn't vote for the war. That is only partly true. While it's true that he didn't vote for it, there was a good reason for it. He wasn't even in the Senate. (This is known as a half-truth.)
What few votes he has been able to find the motivation to cast, has been along liberal lines. He is part of a generation that believes that government owes the people things. If you (like me) find that government is inherently inept, willfully corrupt, and extremely co-dependent in nature, then you will find that Obama is not the man we need for the White House. If (on the other hand) you think the government doesn't do enough for the people by lobbying for more entitlements, irresponsible foreign policies, and are generally apologetic towards this nation, Obama or Hillary will do just fine.
There really is no real calculable difference in ideology here.