Thursday, October 9, 2008

Surprising endorsements for Obama; McCain as Senator Hothead

We've got billionaires endorsing Sen. Barack Obama. And the Hannity/ Limbaugh types claim that he wants to institute Marxism or socialism?

*Here's news of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett's endorsement of Obama.
*In the Sunday New York Times Magazine, we've got Edgar Bronfman, Sr. (of Seagram's, the soda distillery) voting for Obama, "I'd vote for Mickey Mouse before I voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin."

And Esquire magazine, a men's magazine, that is surviving, in its own niche, neither Maxim nor G.Q., it is breaking tradition and is endorsing a presidential candidate. And who might that candidate be?

And then there are some people that we sort of associate with the Republican camp:
*Elizabeth Murdoch, the daughter of Rupert Murdoch, the major shareholder of the News Corporation, which owns Fox TV and that virtual GOP organ, Fox News.
*Kathleen Hensley Portalski, half-sister or John McCain's wife, Cindy Hensley McCain. (Oh yeah, Cindy McCain tried to erase Kathleen from her life by saying that she grew up as an only child.

Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films, now with its viral videos coming from "Brave New PAC" has produced a 4 min 21 video, "John McCain's Rage." It is encouraging viewers and McCain opponents to share the video.
See the video at the upper right of this page or at this address.
From Brave New Films, a few days after the October 7, 2008 debate,

John McCain's Rage

During last night's debate, John McCain said we need "a cool hand at the tiller," but McCain has proven to be a loose cannon. He has accosted his Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle on everything from the federal budget to diplomatic relations. He is known for hurling profanities rather than settling disagreements calmly. His belligerence is legendary. Even conservative Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi has said, "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

When someone earns the nickname "Senator Hothead," the public ought to call his character into question. McCain's propensity to explode undermines his abilities as a rational decision maker, particularly on national security issues -- which could prove disastrous considering our country is already involved in two wars.

McCain's temper is critical to his decision-making abilities, and his character must be discussed. As Drew Westen writes, "The political brain is an emotional brain. It is not a dispassionate calculating machine, objectively searching for the right facts, figures and policies to make a reasoned decision." That why it's so crucial people know the real Senator Hothead.

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