Playing the “Democrat Card”: Utah County Politics

We’ve heard a lot this campaign season about playing the gender card or race card. But there’s another kind of card-playing that is unique to highly conservative areas, such as Utah County, Utah: playing the “Democrat card.” This is the story of a Utah County Republican who is playing the Democrat card in order to distract voters from the real issues surrounding his campaign for reelection.

Republican Stephen D. Clark, a four-term representative for Utah House District 63 (East Provo), has never had a challenger printed next to his name on a November ballot.

Until now. Continue reading

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Jon Stewart Takes on GOP Hypocrites Concerning Sarah Palin’s Experience, Pregnant Daughter, and Gender

Wow, you’ve got to see this clip. This is fantastic.

Be sure to watch it clear until the end; it’s only about 5 minutes long. (The first few seconds of video are kind of messed up.)

VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED: Sorry, but it looks like the video I uploaded from YouTube was pulled for copyright reasons. I didn’t realize there was a copyright issue. Here’s the link to the clip from Comedy Central. Continue reading

Obama vs. McCain 2008: Round 3: Bipartisanship and National Unity

This is the third of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday (used to be every Wednesday). The schedule and important comment rules regarding these forums are available here.

Both McCain and Obama are touting themselves as able to unite Americans of varying political parties and ideologies.

What do you think? Who is best able to do so? Continue reading

Obama vs. McCain 2008: Round 2: VP?

This is the second of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday (used to be every Wednesday). The schedule and important comment rules regarding these forums are available here.

The big question right now regarding the presidential election concerns the vice-presidency. Obviously, the dominant issue is the Obama-Clinton situation. For Latter-day Saints, there is also the issue of a possible McCain-Romney (or McCain-Huckabee) ticket. In our previous forum, some had expressed that a certain VP choice from their preferred candidate would cause them to withdraw their support. Clearly, there is a lot to talk about. Continue reading

Mormons for Obama? Hillary? Paul?

I was quoted in this recent article from the Salt Lake Tribune. I said that I think that Obama is the most family-friendly and faith-friendly candidate in the race.

Check it out; it’s a pretty good (and short) article on Mormon support for various presidential candidates. I hope also that you leave a comment about where you’re leaning in terms of the presidential race (especially if you’re leaning Obama ;).

McCain on Cuba

While we are on the topic of Cuba…

John McCain has objected to Barack Obama’s statement that, in the interest of change, he would meet with Raul Castro without conditions. It is obvious from McCain’s official statement that he would withhold relations from Cuba until they, “release political prisoners, allow free media, political parties, and labor unions, or schedule internationally monitored free elections.” Continue reading

The Pseudo-War on Cuba

Interesting article here about Clinton and Obama’s voting record on Cuba related issues. Basically, Clinton supports the same antiquated Cold War policy Bush has pursued. Obama seems in favor of more open relations with the country. Continue reading