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By Robert Rapier on Jul 12, 2011 with 43 responses

Barack Obama: A Mediocre President

In 2008, I believed all year long that Barack Obama would win the presidency. Even when Hillary Clinton was still the favorite to win the nomination, I thought Obama’s charisma would ultimately win him the Democratic nomination, and then the presidency. The night before the election I wrote that I thought he would capture more than 300 electoral votes (he got 356) and would beat McCain by more than 100 electoral vote (the margin of victory was 192 electoral votes). On the night of the election, I wrote a post congratulating him. I was happy to see him elected. But in the same post I also predicted that he would disappoint many. There is no question that Obama inherited a… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 5, 2008 with no responses

Is This Piling On?

Palin for President in 2012? I think not. Per Fox News, Sarah Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent, nor did she know that NAFTA was comprised of the U.S., Mexico, and her neighbor Canada. Fox sat on the story until the day after the election: This came from the McCain campaign, so it could be sour grapes. But if true, it also speaks to McCain’s vetting process and his judgment.

By Robert Rapier on Oct 16, 2008 with no responses

The Debate Over Energy Policy

From last night’s presidential debate transcript, both of the candidates sound off on energy policy. Comments from me are inserted into the text as [RR: comment]. Schieffer: Let’s go to — let’s go to a new topic. We’re running a little behind. Let’s talk about energy and climate control. Every president since Nixon has said what both of you… McCain: Climate change. Schieffer: Climate change, yes — has said what both of you have said, and, that is, we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil. When Nixon said it, we imported from 17 to 34 percent of our foreign oil. Now, we’re importing more than 60 percent. [RR: I predict over the next 4 years that this dependence will… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 11, 2008 with no responses

McCain Losing It

I have held my tongue this week, but the McCain/Palin tactics are starting to really disgust me. I have been scratching my head and asking myself what has happened to this man. I once admired him. I wanted to see him beat Bush in 2000. Now I wonder if it’s just that my views have changed so much, or whether he was ever the person I thought he was. (For a real hatchet-job that says he was never the man I thought he was, see the new Rolling Stone article: John McCain, Make-Believe Maverick ). Christopher Buckley, the son of the late William F. Buckley, says McCain has changed: A Buckley endorses Obama Buckley, who praised McCain in a New… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Sep 30, 2008 with no responses

Revisiting Palin

On Sarah Palin as McCain’s choice for VP, I came out immediately and said that it was a mistake. I wrote in part: Count me among those stunned by McCain’s pick for his VP candidate. It neutralizes the strongest argument he had against Obama: Not enough experience. Never again can he utter these words. Further, I can’t comprehend her as president (and with McCain’s age, I think we would have a fair chance of seeing that happen). I think the job is over her head, and I have witnessed the carnage several times when people step into a job over their heads. Imagine letting a first year medical school student do your heart transplant, and you start to get the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 28, 2008 with no responses

Hillary’s Stupid Energy Plan

I had intended for this, my 500th essay on this blog, to be about my recent trip to Choren’s new plant in Germany. But Hillary Clinton has just come out with a plan for high gasoline prices so asinine, it had to be addressed. Note that I have already picked on McCain’s plan, and Obama’s plan isn’t all that different from Hillary’s. In my opinion none of these candidates have demonstrated that they actually have a grasp of the reasons for high oil and gas prices. So, in stark contrast to the proposals I laid out in my previous essay, here is Clinton’s plan, along with some comments from me: Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Address Soaring Prices at the Pump… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 27, 2008 with 1 response

An Open Letter to Our Next President

Mr. or Madam President, Vice President Dick Cheney once famously quipped “The American way of life is non-negotiable.” I submit that while our next president might not be so brash in stating this, the root of our energy problems can be traced to this attitude. But, nature doesn’t negotiate. It doesn’t appear that any of the remaining presidential candidates understand the basis of the problems we face: Oil is a depleting, finite resource – albeit one crucial for the “American way of life.” Because this resource is so crucial – and obviously not just for Americans – depletion is going to drive prices up as consumers bid for dwindling supplies. Threatening to sue OPEC isn’t going to change that. Threatening… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 26, 2008 with no responses

Please Make it Stop

The pandering, that is. First up, the presidential candidates take turns accusing each other of not having a plan for high gas prices, which the accuser of course has a neat solution for that will be painless for the public: Obama presses on gas prices, Clinton highlights energy bill INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Barack Obama on Friday blamed high gasoline prices on Washington and a political establishment, including his rivals for the presidency, that he says hasn’t stood up to oil companies. Barack, that’s incredibly naive. Why are gas prices high everywhere else? This problem isn’t limited to the U.S., you know. By implying that standing up to “Big Oil” would have made a difference, you show yourself as either incredibly… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 15, 2008 with no responses

John McCain’s Bad Idea

Update: Seems other critics quickly emerged: McCain’s gas tax cut draws fire Analysts criticized the proposal for doing little to either stimulate the economy or lower gas prices, and say it could potentially leave roads in disrepair. “It’s a quick fix for people who believe cheap gas is their birthright,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, a research firm. “It’s not a prudent thing to do.” He also said reducing demand is one of the best ways of lowering gas prices, and suspending the gas tax may encourage motorists to drive more – a move that would certainly benefit the oil companies. “Look, somewhere down the road you have to use less,” said Kloza…. Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 12, 2008 with no responses

Someone Muzzle This Woman

Would someone please stuff a sock in this woman’s mouth? She is making an absolute fool out of herself every time she speaks: Ferraro: My comment wasn’t racist, it was fact First she says that Obama is only where he is because he is black. This is hilarious. Why on earth does Clinton-supporter Ferraro think Hillary is in the position she is in? Does Bill’s presidency qualify her? What exactly are her qualifications again? (On Obama, I think he is where he is because he is a pretty charismatic and inspiring speaker, but also because a lot of people like him more than they do Hillary.) So, she takes a swipe at Obama, and then when she is called on… Continue»