Barack Obama

How Barack Obama Won

Well, it’s all but official now: We have to survive another four years with Barack Obama as President of the United States.  I say “all but” because the Electoral College (the body that officially elects the president) has not cast its ballots yet, and technically (in most states) Electors can deviate from the vote of the public and cast their ballots for someone other than their state’s popular vote victor, although this has rarely happened and never to the magnitude that would be necessary for Obama to be defeated.  But it technically could happen. (more…)

My Case for Mitt Romney

Good Tuesday morning!  It’s Election Day in the United States, and Americans of every race, gender, creed, and color will head to the polls today to make their voice heard.  And in my eyes, the choice couldn’t be clearer.

Demographically, I fall right into President Obama’s lock.  I am young, educated, and live in a liberal-leaning area in Northern Virginia.  As such, I bear the larger burden of proof in making the case for why Mitt Romney has my vote. (more…)

The Calm Kid and the Uncouth Incumbent

Congressman Paul Ryan remained calm while Vice President Joe Biden lost his cool throughout the debate.

Apparently, Vice President Joe Biden saw something I didn’t because last night’s vice-presidential debate wasn’t quite as entertaining as I expected.  It was solid, and both Vice President Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan got their messages across to the American people.  What struck me, however, was the manner in which those messages were delivered. (more…)

What the hell is going on in Colorado?

I read two news articles today from two different news sources about the goings on at the campus of two different Colorado universities.  It’s strange that I came across these two stories almost simultaneously.  I didn’t type “liberal idiocy in Colorado higher education” into an Internet search engine; I wasn’t even reading the news until these two articles caught my eye.  And after reading them both, I had to ask myself the question, “What the hell is going on in Colorado?” (more…)

Exactly What He Needed: What Ryan Brings to the Romney Ticket

By now, you’ve all heard the news: Romney-Ryan 2012!  The Republican nominee for President (yes, I’ve dispensed with the “presumptive” tag), Mitt Romney, has selected Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate.  His choice obviously departs from my prediction, but it’s a great choice.

I’m sure everyone knows a little bit about who Paul Ryan is, so I won’t detail his biography here.  But I do want to hit a few high points for you—points I believe will are significant to the election.  Rep. Paul Ryan is an energetic 42-year-old Catholic family man from Wisconsin.  He is the always-controversial Chairman of the House Budget Committee and is about as conservative as they come.  But what do these biographical points have to do with the election?  Let’s review. (more…)

Talk, But Let’s be Honest

In an opinion piece out today on the New York Times website, Charles M. Blow discusses race and the role it plays in politics.  Primarily, Blow argued that it is the racial divide in the two major political parties that drives their respective agendas.  I strongly disagree with this premise, but I do agree with a few things Blow said and I want to give him credit for those. (more…)

Veep: Mitt’s Number Two

We’ve heard so much gab in recent months about who Mitt Romney, the GOP’s all-but nominee for president, will or should choose as his running mate.  Every name you can think of has been mentioned: Chris Christie, New Jersey’s loud-mouth yet lovable governor; Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior (and did I mention Hispanic?) U.S. Senator; and Paul Ryan, the ever-controversial chairman of the House Budget Committee.  There has even been talk about names most have never heard: Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia, and Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s chief executive.

But now that the Veepstakes has entered its audition phase, the question everyone will be asking is: “Who will he choose?”  Will it be Rubio or Ryan?  Will it be Bachmann or Bobby (Jindal, that is)?  But the question that appeals to me isn’t so much “who,” but rather “how?”  And that’s what I’ll write about. (more…)