The YouTube President ’08

For more of my analysis on the role of YouTube in presidential politics, visit:

1.  My posts on The Utube Blog for YouTube President 2008

2.  Barack Obama and John McCain

3. To see all of Tina Fey’s renditions of Sarah Palin, click here.

To see all of Katie Couric’s interviews of Sarah Palin, click here.

To see posts on Sarah Palin, click here.

4. Posts on Joe Biden

5 Responses to The YouTube President ’08

  1. Robert Che says:

    TV Last Night Senators Q & A .

    Issue 1-
    Housing Repos. —The buck was being passed-onto Mortgage lending institutions;
    All Senators avoided the real issue …yearly increase in property/school taxation
    by appraisement . Home, like any materialistic item deteriorates; generating replacement
    & maintenance cost factor same manner as owning an Auto.

    Property/school tax should be fixed based on price paid at time of purchase & reappraised only
    upon re-sale turn around. Presently, continuation of yearly appraisement reaches a point in which
    Tax exceeds P & I. Someone needs to present the proper questions to these candidates.

    When a person/couple searches for a home, one calculates P & I & Tax selecting a home within
    The envelope of affordability. As with the purchase of an auto, fixed rate P & I & tax until
    paid in full .

    As for senior retiree’s who’s only source of income is S & S below $1,000 .. even $600.
    Monthly, this group should be totally exempt from property /School tax ….this group
    Especially school tax….they need funds for Self support. The signing over of home
    For tax relief is nothing more than white collar injustice…..this yield is greater than
    Investing in the market with substantial capitol gain on a very low investment.

    Who has the guts to aske key questions

    Senator Clinton…Her statement toward middle class % tax needeing reduction ” fireman & spouse earning
    ea 50K…..She made no comment of Seniors Citizens still receiving Soc. Sec. based on 1940’s implementaion
    Many seniors are receiving a monthly allotment below minimum wage…..Again , who will asked the correct question
    Will you re-set the Soc. SEc. ACt with a minimum base amount @ or above minimum wage periosd.

    R. C.

  2. Var says:

    Why we are voting for Edwards

    CEOs, Bush Rangers Rebuff Republicans on War, Widening Deficit
    By Michael Janofsky
    Bloomberg

    Friday 21 September 2007

    Dozens of corporate executives who backed President George W. Bush for re-election in 2004, including some of his top fund-raisers, are now helping Democrats running for president.

    John Mack, chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley, Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., and Terry Semel, chairman of Yahoo! Inc., are among some 60 executives writing checks to Democrats such as Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, a review of U.S. Federal Election Commission records shows.

    While the vast majority of business leaders still back Republicans for 2008, the stature of some of those donating to Democrats suggests that support may be eroding, seven years into the Bush presidency. Some executives expressed concern over Republican positions on issues ranging from the war in Iraq and stem-cell research to global warming and the fiscal deficit.

    The shift in political-spending patterns is “very unusual,” says Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a Washington-based group that advocates campaign-finance reform.

    “Normally, if you have dissatisfaction with the administration, you figure out who in your own party you’ll support in the next election,” he says. “You don’t look at other parties.”

    The Democratic victory in last November’s congressional elections may have also sparked greater interest in the party. “Money tends to follow people who have power,” Wertheimer says.

    “Strong Asset”

    Bush sounded unconcerned yesterday that he might adversely affect Republican chances next year. Asked at a White House news conference if he were “an asset or liability” to members of his party seeking election, he replied, “Strong asset.”

    Nonetheless, some of his strongest supporters are wavering – or at least hedging their bets.

    Sig Rogich, president of Rogich Communications Group in Las Vegas, raised at least $200,000 for Bush in 2004, earning the campaign’s designation of “Ranger.” This year, Rogich gave $2,300 to Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democrat, and $4,600 to Senator John McCain of Arizona, a Republican, according to the most recent election records, which go through June 30.

    “Conservatives have two hard-core beliefs,” says Rogich. “They favor lower taxes and lower spending.” Federal spending is “the highest in the history of the nation,” he says.

    Morgan Stanley’s Mack, another of Bush’s Rangers, held a fund-raiser for Clinton, a New York senator, in July.

    “Beyond Party Labels”

    “When it comes to supporting a political candidate, I have always looked beyond party labels to the person I felt was best for the job and most able to lead the country forward,” Mack wrote to executives of the New York-based company in June, explaining his choice. “I personally believe that person is Hillary Clinton.”

    Murdoch, who donated $25,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2004, has given Clinton $2,300. Semel of Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo!, who gave $2,000 to Bush in 2004 and $50,000 to the Republican National Committee, has given the maximum, $4,600, to Clinton and $2,300 to Obama.

    The Republican National Committee says executives will continue to overwhelmingly back the party, citing its candidates’ stances on issues such as cutting taxes and curbing lawsuits.

    “We fully expect our nominee to have the resources to run a successful campaign,” says Dan Ronayne, a spokesman for the RNC.

    Outdoing Republicans

    Through the latest FEC reporting period, the three leading Democrats – Clinton, Obama and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards – out-raised the three leading Republicans – former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and McCain, $145.2 million to $103.3 million.

    Spokesmen for Romney and the latest Republican to enter the field, former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, say they’re also confident of their corporate backing.

    “We’re very happy with the level of giving from individuals in the private sector,” says Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. Among executives who have donated to Romney are Richard Farmer, chairman of Cintas Corp. of Cincinnati, the largest U.S. uniform supplier, and Ray Irani, chairman of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. oil company.

    Spokesmen for Giuliani and McCain didn’t return calls seeking comment.

    Personal Choices

    Mack, Murdoch and Semel declined to discuss their political choices. Tom Nides, chief administrative officer for Morgan Stanley, agreed to read aloud parts of Mack’s letter.

    Most of the executives declined requests to comment through spokesmen, saying the donations reflect personal choices.

    Jeffrey Volk, a managing director at Citigroup in New York, was an exception. He says he grew disenchanted with Republicans after the federal government failed to provide more help to the Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He says he remains a Republican, although he’s supporting Clinton.

    “It was absolutely inconceivable to me that after 9/11 another catastrophe could hit a major American city, and the United States government was not prepared,” he says.

    John Canning, a deputy board chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago and CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, expressed similar misgivings.

    A Bush Pioneer in 2004 who has given Obama $2,300, he described the Republican Party in an April interview as “neanderthal” for its positions on stem-cell research and global warming. He says he liked Obama’s opposition to the war in Iraq and his approach to reducing greenhouse gases.

    Not On “Same Page”

    “I no longer find myself on the same page,” he says of Republicans.

    The Bush administration opposes more federal spending on human embryonic stem-cell research. On global warming, the administration has been criticized by scientists for a slow response to evidence of climate change.

    Elaine Wynn, who has donated to Republicans in previous cycles along with her husband, Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. in Las Vegas, is serving as a member of the Obama campaign “steering committee” in Nevada.

    Wynn, whose husband is a trustee of former President George H.W. Bush’s presidential library, says she grew weary of two decades of leadership under two President Bushes and President Bill Clinton, with the possibility of another Clinton ahead.

    “Two Families”

    “That’s a big chunk of my life overseen by two families,” she says. “I’d like to think this is a broad country with more people to weigh in.”

    She says she remains a Republican yet was attracted to Obama more by seeing young adults drawn to him, rather than any disenchantment with the current president.

    “I jumped on their bandwagon,” she says.

    Gerald Keim, associate dean of MBA programs at Arizona State University who has written extensively on corporate political activity, says executives would have little to gain by discussing their political preferences because shareholders and customers might not hold the same views.

    “Most of this is very pragmatic,” Keim says. “This is about having relationships so an executive can have a voice heard on issues that affect the current or future operations of their companies.”

    Number Will Grow

    Keim says the number of Republican business leaders supporting Democrats will “absolutely grow as it becomes clear who the Democrat nominee is.”

    Among others who have already given are Richard Kelly of Xcel Energy Inc. of Minneapolis, who donated $1,000 to Bush last time and has given $2,000 to Richardson. Raymond Mason of Legg Mason Inc. in Baltimore gave Bush $2,000 in the last cycle and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, $2,300 this cycle.

    Other former Rangers and Pioneers helping Democrats are Lance Weaver, vice chairman of FIA Card Services, who gave $4,600 to Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, and Robert Congel, senior managing director of Pyramid Cos., who gave Clinton $4,600. Neither responded to requests for an interview.

    Richard Notebaert, who recently retired as CEO of Denver- based Qwest Communications International Inc., contributed $25,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2004 and thousands more to candidates in both parties. This cycle, he has given Richardson and McCain $2,300 each.

    He called Richardson “a good man” and McCain “an outstanding individual” but says it was still too early to choose sides.

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  3. worried american says:

    Who ever wins the election will take the oath of office swearing to uphold the constitution. Have they ever read it and do they belive in it?Have they read the letters oe federation? These are the most important questions that shoud be asked befor any.

  4. wade hilts says:

    I have a few personal thoughts on our presidential candidates that I’d like to share , I’m a swing voter ,the values that I look for in a candidate are somewhat rare in politics as a whole, honesty , integrity, a person that stands up for the people not for capitalism and industry for personal gain.
    That said I’d like to first say a few things about Hillary Clinton.
    The first topic is is honesty , being a new yorker all my life I was not at all inspired when hillary moved to New York with the only objective in mind being the run for senate of our state . Her promises of new jobs and raising the economy for us sounded just like it was ,an empty promise, a lie. I didnt vote for her then as there was something about being married to a cheating spouse and saying or doing nothing about it that I didn’t beleive showed any values to the youth of our country that I beleive would be appropriete to a high government position. these people are supposed to be our leaders ,giving our youth standards of good for their future ,right? Anyways here she is running for president and when asked what happened to the jobs she promised New york her answer,” I was counting on a democrat winning the presidential race . ”
    Why didnt you tell us that? If a democrat doesnt win the presidential race even if you vote me in you wont get anything ,New york has lost more jobs during her senate stay then ever. The only power she has in New york or anywhere else is from the pork barrel partners and companies she has promised favors . New York is tired of her and wants out, especially after this primary has shown her true colors in abundance.
    Lies and half truths ,promises that change monthly, sniper fire that wasnt there, her daughter in the twin towers ,wait maybe it wasnt her, her promises of new jobs , weve heard that , her past experience ,wait she has none.
    The only only thing I see in her is a vindictive 2 faced person that will stoop to no bottom to tear apart even the truest person to get her own way , havent we learned about the Clinton legacy before? Didn’t we almost impeach her husband for lies ?
    During the presidency of her husband they changed the way the democratic process worked ,with so called super delegates ,which amounts to hundreds of their freinds and pork barrel buddys that have what is equal to the votes of millions of americans, how is this right? and dont you think that it was planned all along for her to run for senate then president and have these people waiting to usher her in?
    I hope it backfired or we’re all screwed!
    Now Mr Mccain I admire as a true war hero and as a good senator who has not ever voted for any pork barrel spending , but I do not believe he would be a good president as he beleives that things are best won with wars, there are other ways. The Middle East does not want democracy, we can not shove it down their throats in the name of anti terrorism, after all the idea of democracy is the freedom of people to have things the way they want it ,not the way we want it. He has a temper that can be the downfall of a country, I’m not willing to risk it.
    Which leaves Obama ,now Obama isn’t perfect either, hes young ,inexperienced, but I’m sure I am not the only one that sees that he has an air of sincerety, truthfullness , that he is willing to learn and get help from people that do have experience ,and that he has decent values and morals.
    How many past presidents have had past experience in econony ,foreign affairs ,ect. ? not many?
    Obama is my hope for a better future of our good ole USA.
    P.S. I guarantee that you will not see Mrs . Clinton win another senate race in new york .

  5. Geneva Hill says:

    We have heard about Obama and Rev. Wright but, we have not heard about Hillary and Rev. Williams Procanick ; why not?

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