Originally Posted by Grasshopp3r
The debates are irrelevant. Kerry won all of the debates and look what happened.
The issue is Wall Street. O is playing the Wall Street vs. Main Street theme. If the market does not recover, he will say lookee there folks, your retirement accounts are being pilfered by the monied elites.
O's plan is to do nothing and hope the market breaks so that he can point his finger. All he needs is a fiddle and the allegory will be complete.
This should be no surprise as he has no position on anything, except for raising taxes and spending. Where is the platform of the Democratic Party on poker or gaming? Where is his statement or position in favor of online gaming or poker? I can't find it, can you?
You're right, what happened last election cycle is exactly what will happen this election cycle. The importance of specific issues and the particular dynamics of elections never ever change. Geez, when has debate performance ever been consequential to an election?
What is irrelevant is online gaming. None of the online gaming bills suggested (Frank's bill, Wexler's bill) have had enough support to even come up for a vote. But the bill that targets the practicle flaws in the UIGEA (HR 6870) has made it through Frank's commitee.
D'amato said: “Even those who oppose internet gambling should applaud the passage of this legislation as it provides the most realistic opportunity to block trul unlawful internet gambling transactions”
And that's the difference between democrats and republicans, and Obama and McCain, on online gaming-- democrats, even those opposed to online gaming, can still support sane legislation that will help us; but republicans, even otherwise moderate republicans, are required to fall in lock step on anything concerning online gaming, even if its stupidity is beyond imagination.
McCain has become just one more of Dobson's faithful republican minion and therefore much more of a threat to us than Obama.