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Awed by the visit

posted by David Kuo

Let the world meditate for a moment on this picture: What an amazing country we are. We aren’t even up to the peaceful transfer of power moment. That is something extraordinary in its own right – something beyond extraordinary really. […]

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Culture11?

posted by David Kuo

One of the reasons I’ve not blogged much (understatement) for the past several months is that I’ve been rather busy and preoccupied on a business project. The project is a new online magazine and community focusing on American culture – […]

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Obama’s very big night in the desert…

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. John McCain had a good night at Rick Warren’s forum on faith and character and so on. Barack Obama had a better […]

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Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I’m trying to find anger or bitterness or shock at all that John Edwards did and didn’t do and said he did and said he didn’t do. There is, of course, sadness – sadness for all those people who worked […]

McCain’s “The One”

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s band of white advisers had best take a stroll down the lane of African-American oratorical history before they launch their next anti-Obama missive. [This is not to suggest that there is anything racial about McCain’s ad. I’m sure […]

Meet Barack Dobson

posted by David Kuo

How different are they? Really? James Dobson and Barack Obama? On the face of it there is little, save their shared humanity, that seems to unite the two men. From their skin color to their positions on abortion, gay marriage, […]

The “ctrl-alt-del” candidate

posted by David Kuo

Even though I’m a Mac guy, here’s a Windows take on Barack Obama. He is the ‘ctrl-alt-del’ candidate. He is the guy people are looking to restart, reboot, Washington DC and all that it has come to symbolize. It is […]

Sen. Kennedy’s tumor… and mine

posted by David Kuo

This is not a time to get weepy or maudlin about Sen. Kennedy. He really has just begun to fight. I know what I’m talking about. Five years ago, in the earliest hours of Palm Sunday morning, a doctor informed […]

Race

posted by David Kuo

I just watched 90 minutes of election coverage on CNN… 90 minutes that can best be summarized as 90 minutes of evidence that Sen. Obama’s brilliant race speech needs to revisited. Because for 90 minutes the entire subtext of the […]

The permanent Republican majority lives

posted by David Kuo

Whoever would have guessed it? The permanent Republican majority lives. For a few years now it has been a joke – Rove and Mehlman talking about a Republican movement so strong that the Democrats simply couldn’t take it down. But […]

What happens in Pennsylvania…

posted by David Kuo

…gives the election to John McCain. I’ve taken a short break from election madness to try and see it from a different perspective – I’ve been talking to friends in Pennsylvania and non-political friends from around the country and around […]

“politiks iz hard”

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan

Obama, again

posted by David Kuo

My friend Joe Carter, who blogs at Evangelical Outpost, left this comment about Obama that I wanted to highlight because it is the polar opposite of mine… I think… Obama’s latests back-pedaling can’t be squared with his original comment. Now […]

Barack meet Michael… and Howard… and Muskie

posted by David Kuo

“[I]t’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” This quote is the equivalent […]

“It isn’t presidential”

posted by David Kuo

I am moved by Joe Carter’s post on America’s silent shame of prison rape: We are justifiably outraged by the human rights abuses occurring in foreign lands. So why aren’t we more outraged by the atrocities here in our own […]

Steve Waldman, Evangelist

posted by David Kuo

Writing about, reviewing, and discussing a book written by a friend who is also your boss is a no-win proposition. If you are too kind to the book you will be accused of being a suck up. If you are […]

The Messiah Government

posted by David Kuo

John McCain is under attack from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a rare moment of Democratic unity. In an economic speech on Tuesday, McCain (Ariz.) said he supports government assistance for Americans facing home foreclosure because of the turmoil […]

Justice for Sudan

posted by David Kuo

From Mark Helprin in The New York Times, a way to end the genocide in the Sudan… yesterday: DESPITE almost 1.5 million bombing sorties flown against Germany during the Second World War, the United States and Britain failed for lack […]

The Speech, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Charles Murray has written a longer piece about the Obama speech. It is definitely worth reading: I understand how naïve it is to read a presidential candidate’s speech as if it were anything except political positioning, but that leads me […]

Huckabee on Obama and Wright

posted by David Kuo

If you haven’t seen this, watch Mike Huckabee talk about Sen. Obama’s speech and Rev. Wright’s remarks:Particularly important is this paragraph: …And one other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us […]

The speech, part 2

posted by David Kuo

I’ve watched the speech again in its entirety and I am more blown away by it than I was the first time around. There are few political speeches in the last 50 years that are its equal and fewer still […]

Charles Murray on Obama speech

posted by David Kuo

Noted conservative thinker and author Charles Murray writes this about Obama’s speech: I read the various posts here on “The Corner,” mostly pretty ho-hum or critical about Obama’s speech. Then I figured I’d better read the text (I tried to […]

My race problem

posted by David Kuo

I joke a lot about my race. My father is Chinese. My mother is American. I like to say that I had a unique upbringing – that I was raised on tofu and grits. Or, since I am a blood […]

Yertle returns

posted by David Kuo

Looking around at all the stunningly bad economic news, I bring back for your reading pleasure a post I wrote March 14, 2007… my fears about our Yertle economy…

Dreher: I’m whistling past the graveyard

posted by David Kuo

From Rod Dreher in response to my suggestion that Obama doesn’t need a big speech addressing Jeremiah Wright: Whether it’s fair to Obama or not, I think that’s whistling past the graveyard. David Broder was correct this morning when he […]

Obama’s Wright response – Ready on day one

posted by David Kuo

All of a sudden the blogs are silent. Those blogs that have been humming and screaming all day long about the terrible, horrible, awful, no good, very bad things that Rev. Jeremiah Wright has said are quiet. Why? Sen. Obama […]

Rev. Wright

posted by David Kuo

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is just another political rorschach test. My very conservative white evangelical friends – friends who smile and say, “golly” when someone like the late Jerry Falwell said gays and abortionists and people who had them were responsible […]

Obama smacks down Veep insanity

posted by David Kuo

Well this is something worth writing about. Today in Mississippi (I do love spelling that state), Sen. Obama smacked down Hillary Clinton’s utter arrogance at suggesting he be vice president on her ticket. “Now first of all with all due […]

Enhancing the Clinton legacy by dropping out now

posted by David Kuo

Much ink (actual and virtual) has been spilled this campaign season about how the Clinton legacy is impacted by Hillary’s run. A win obviously does wonders for it – the first husband and wife ever to be elected. The first […]

Tonight’s winner? John McCain

posted by David Kuo

As I write Ohio and Texas are too close to call for the Democrats. Commentators in ever media medium are saying the same thing in different words – wow, we don’t have a clue. But to the American people, to […]

Obama…Uganda

posted by David Kuo

To make mention of Barack Obama’s name in this small country is to turn on a lightbulb in people’s eyes. Person after person simply says, “O-bam-a…” and there is a sigh and a slight smile… there is a bit of […]

Poor Hillary

posted by David Kuo

Not only did Hillary Clinton lose four primaries over the weekend, not only did she have to change campaign managers, not only did she cry again but now Barack Obama is a Grammy award winner, beating Bill Clinton: Obama, who […]

Huckabee’s opportunity

posted by David Kuo

Fresh off his Kansas caucus win and James Dobson’s endorsement, Mike Huckabee is chugging along in his presidential race. His chances of the winning the nomination are decidedly worse than his chances to win the Iowa caucuses last fall when […]

Romney dropping out

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney is dropping out of the race – or, in campaign parlance, “suspending” his campaign. His reasons: ”If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign […]

“Super Duper Tuesday”

posted by David Kuo

Welcome to old-fashioned politics. Ok, my thoughts: – McCain did it. His late wins in California and Missouri are huge. He is on his way to the nomination. But the fight is far from over and it will get a […]

Dobson whacks McCain

posted by David Kuo

Dr. James Dobson has released a statement whacking John McCain. Here it is in full and here are the substantial points: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional […]

sort-of-interesting Tuesday

posted by David Kuo

Today is the Super Bowl for political junkies. More so than election day, this is the day that matters. Nomination battles will become – possibly – clarified. It is unpredictable, it is exciting, it is only sort of important, however. […]

“Yes We Can”

posted by David Kuo

Now he is a song:Tomorrow all comes down to that same question we asked before Iowa – will the kids turn out to vote? If they do then Sen. Obama will have been prophetic in saying, “Yes We Can”.

The Conservative Gamble

posted by David Kuo

Tomorrow isn’t just a referendum on John McCain, it is a test of the conservative leadership that has labeled him enemy number one. If Romney somehow wins tomorrow, it will be clear evidence of the power of people like Rush […]

Politically conflicted

posted by David Kuo

I just don’t know who to endorse. Two big endorsements/threats have been announced this weekend and I am deeply conflicted. Ethel Kennedy says Barack is like Bobby. How can I say no to that? I’m an RFK guy. That kind […]

Ethel Kennedy for Barack Obama

posted by David Kuo

Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy’s widow has released a statement endorsing Barack Obama. Over these past few years, I’ve watched Senator Obama inspire Americans from all walks of life to believe in real change and a new sense of hope […]

Edwards – another take

posted by David Kuo

Matt Cooper has a slightly more even handed look at the Edwards candidacy than the one I wrote yesterday – perhaps I should refrain from writing anything on the day after my last chemo dose. Then again, Matt doesn’t actually […]

Hillary v. Barck, sexism v. racism?

posted by David Kuo

I heard something this morning I’d never heard before. A person saying they are so angry about the sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton that they would vote for a Republican before they would vote for Barack Obama. Extraordinary. I am […]

Sad about Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I am watching John Edwards suspend his campaign and I am sad. I’m sad that his relentless voice for the poor and against the two Americas in which we live is leaving this race. I’m sad because we live in […]

“The Faith to Outlast Politics”

posted by David Kuo

My friend John DiIulio and I have a piece in today’s New York Times about the 7th anniversary of the Faith-Based Initiative. Here’s a snippet: President Bush has promised much. It will be left to the next president to deliver […]

After the Kennedy glow… reality?

posted by David Kuo

Matthew Cooper, now at Conde Nast Portfolio, has a very smart and sober take on South Carolina, the Clintons and Sen. Obama: As sweeping as the South Carolina win was, if Obama continues to get a quarter of the white […]

The Kennedy Heir?

posted by David Kuo

There is something deeply moving about this weekend’s news that Caroline Kennedy had endorsed Sen. Obama and that Sen. Edward Kennedy would be endorsing him later today. After all these years and all the tragedy and all the scandal, the […]

Joe Klein on the Clintons and Sen. Obama

posted by David Kuo

Joe Klein, one of the most astute observers of everything political (and, increasingly, international) nailed the South Carolina primary in this post. Make no mistake: What happened in South Carolina today was a moral reprimand delivered to Bill and Hillary […]

BHK as RFK

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama is becoming a statesman. The great thing that the Clintons did for him this past week was to put him through the cliched crucible. People started calling him the next RFK far too early because what people forget […]

“Grown up” in South Carolina

posted by David Kuo

There is something to John Edwards latest South Carolina ad. It isn’t just a message for South Carolina either. It is a message about our politics and the need to actually focus on issues, on details, on policy, on what […]

Fred Thompson and the death of the Reagan coalition

posted by David Kuo

Fred Thompson’s candidacy is no more. The world stumbles at the shock of the news. There are lots of ways to explain the failure of his candidacy. The most obvious one is to say he seemed to want the office […]

McCain – the day’s only real winner

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s win tonight in South Carolina makes him the day’s only clear winner. Consider – the Clinton/Obama muckfest threatens to alienate and dishearten the Democratic party in ways that could make it almost as depressed as the Republican party. […]

Young evangelicals moving “left”

posted by David Kuo

Relevant Magazine – a Christian magazine aimed at young evangelicals – has just released a new online poll of their readers. Since this is an online poll it has to carry certain caveats, most notably it is not a scientifically […]

New politics and religion survey

posted by David Kuo

Beliefnet is conducting a new survey on religion and politics. You can find it here. Please take a few minutes and fill it out. It is completely anonymous.

A forlorn Republican

posted by David Kuo

From a friend who previously lamented about the state of the Republican party: Another article appeared today remarking on the grim future this current election forebodes for the Republican party. This time, the Washington Post takes up the topic I […]

Huck losing his way

posted by David Kuo

With every passing day Mike Huckabee behaves more and more like a candidate he once would have loathed. The man who once talked about the importance of compassion is behaving like a man trying to sound more conservative than Pat […]

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John)

posted by David Kuo

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John), No matter what happens later today or later this week or in Florida, stay in the race. I know you have all said that you are in it till the […]

My Hucakbee endorsement?

posted by David Kuo

Well, not exactly, but there is finally someone whose endorsement means something to me. Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) has just endorsed Mike Huckabe: “I am really pumped about Huckabee’s candidacy,” says Scott. I’ve never […]

Obama’s fall

posted by David Kuo

What might Barack’s Obama’s fall look like were he to win the Democratic presidential nomination? Look no further than this lambasting from two prominent Christian conservatives: Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses and came in second in the primary, was […]

Fred guzzling Red Bull

posted by David Kuo

Wow – someone finally plugged in Fred Thompson to something. After running for president for months and months at a low idle, Fred seems to have guzzled some Red Bull. He just ripped into Mike Huckabee like he was Hillary […]

Fox Republican Debate…

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee gets the working class. His answer to the recession question was great – he talked about gas prices, about 2 million people who were at risk of losing their homes because of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, about health care […]

“Not a Hucka-was”

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee – Colbert… seeing each other at the altarFunny, yuck-yuck, but you know what? Huckabee is back to being Huckabee. I’m not sure who that guy was in New Hampshire but this is the guy who won over hearts and […]

Rove on Hillary and Obama, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove’s oped on Hillary’s New Hampshire victory contain all sorts of tasty nuggets… and that is before the fun stuff – analyzing why he is saying what he is saying. Here’s my first pass. Karl Rove is a political […]

Anne Rice on Hillary and Barack

posted by David Kuo

Anne Rice has just posted a video on YouTube celebrating Hillary’s New Hampshire win and suggesting a Clinton/Obama ticket. Ms. Rice says she is “pro-life”, “a Democrat” and “for Hillary.” Here it is:This video isn’t just the video of a […]

She wins

posted by David Kuo

Hillary Lazarus Clinton. Extraordinary. “I listened to you and found my own voice.” She was terrific tonight. She came across as a woman deeply at peace – a woman who had come to terms with her own mortality only to […]

Crushed Obama

posted by David Kuo

It is impossible to look at Sen. Obama’s eyes during his concession speech and not see the crushing pain of his defeat. He believed he was on his way to crushing Sen. Clinton – to rolling to the Democratic nomination… […]

McCain speech

posted by David Kuo

McCain’s victory speech is marvelous – humble, resolute, noble. His every word is a jab at Sir Mitt because McCain is a man who was willing to give up his personal presidential ambitions to do what he thought was right […]

Huckabee and Romney

posted by David Kuo

Romney and Huckabee both sounded great in their concession speeches. Romney sounded downright populist in talking about the need for the problems of the middle class to be addressed and he positioned himself as a Washington outsider with a track […]

Race, Polls, Obama

posted by David Kuo

It now seems pretty clear that virtually all of the late polling on the Democratic side was wrong… very wrong. The last Rasmussen Report had Obama +7 over Clinton. CBS had him +7. USA Today had Obama +13 and CNN […]

McCain!

posted by David Kuo

McCain wins New Hampshire. Brokered convention anyone? This is amazing stuff. But perhaps it isn’t surprising. McCain is being rewarded for being true to his word – he didn’t back off his idea for the surge in Iraq, he didn’t […]

Obama gap?

posted by David Kuo

The early, early returns show that Clinton is leading Obama. Based on all of the polls showing him ahead and the excitement of the turnout, I’m a little surprised. Again, it is very, very early. Here is my question – […]

Getting “vertical” with Jesus and Huck

posted by David Kuo

TPM wants to know what’s up with Huck’s use of the word “vertical”. Can anyone explain what the hell that means? Vertical? I guess if you’re main opponent was Fred Thompson you might push the fact that you spend most […]

New Hampshire predictions

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama wins with a double-digit margin. Iowa proved the passion is real and that the passion is translating into actual votes. Clinton beats Edwards by less than 5 points leading to speculation that perhaps the real race will be […]

Fox debate

posted by David Kuo

Quick thoughts on the Fox debate: – Huckabee didn’t give anyone confidence that he could be commander-in-chief. In past debates he has been funny and commanding but tonight he was just out classed. – McCain wasn’t terribly impressive either. He […]

Huckabee saying 12 million people leave?

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee trying to sound like a hard ass on immigration – saying people should go home. Who are these people?

Heartless Mitt

posted by David Kuo

So the guy wants to deport 12 million people. Yeah, that’s what we need in a president, a guy who wants to find 12 million people and deport them – what a wonderful use of time and resources.

Romney on health care

posted by David Kuo

His answer on health care was so good – up till his snide little “Hillary care” moment. He said that he had helped create a better health care system in Massachusetts and went through the details of his accomplishments. It […]

McCain v. Romney

posted by David Kuo

Romney’s problem is that no matter how authentic he actually is – and friends who are working for Romney maintain he is truly authentic – he comes across like a programmed Ken Doll. To wit, he and McCain were asked […]

Charlie’s slam

posted by David Kuo

Owwww. A hard – unintentional – slam on Sir Mitt. Charlie Gibson was going through each of the candidates and how they’ve been accused of changing their positions. He said to Rudy that he had been accused of moderating his […]

A debate reality check

posted by David Kuo

Ok, debate reality check. While these guys are yipping at each other the NFL playoffs are going on – specifically the Redskins and Seahawks are playing deep into the 4th quarter in a really close and exciting game. I’m wondering […]

Huckabee, not Robertson

posted by David Kuo

The talking points have been circulating for days from rival Republican presidential camps – even if Huckabee wins, he’s little more than Pat Robertson was in 1988… an evangelical flash in the pan. Wrong and right. Right first – he’s […]

Votes for authenticity

posted by David Kuo

Everyone is talking about change. And that is true. People want change. But more than that what Iowans voted for was authenticity. In Huckabee and in Obama voters saw men who were true to who they are. After the scandals […]

Barack Wow Obama

posted by David Kuo

Obama will have his bad days. This rising passion and momentum will be challenged. Bad news will come out. Ugly things will be said anonymously. But listening to him speak and hearing the crowds and chants of “USA! USA!” and […]

P____d__t Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

He’s got a very long way to go. There are another 28 (or so) primaries in the next month (or so). He hasn’t been spending a whole lot time in those other states. He has no campaign infrastructure. He doesn’t […]

Huckabeed

posted by David Kuo

The question going forward is how many other candidates will get Huckabeed. It is easy for the pundits to say that winning in Iowa isn’t that big a deal – after all, Reagan didn’t win in 1980 and the first […]

Hillary’s rally

posted by David Kuo

Is there any bigger example of Hillary’s problem than the visual of her concession speech? The placard on the front of the podium reads, “Ready for Change.” The two most prominent people standing behind her? Former Clinton Sec’y of State […]

John Edwards Roosevelt

posted by David Kuo

Listening to Edwards concession speech now. Damn inspiring and passionate. If he gets the platform in the coming weeks don’t count him out. The gap between the rich and the poor in America grows. Millions of American know what it […]

America wins

posted by David Kuo

A black man named Barack Hussein Obama won Iowa – a state that is 97% white. America wins. Beautiful

Iowa – It is all about Barack (and Mike)

posted by David Kuo

Iowa thoughts: Democrats – It is all about Obama. IF he wins, especially if he wins with a spread, it is probably all over on the Democratic side… and maybe for the general as well. Why? Because it will prove […]

Sir Mitt

posted by David Kuo

Sir Mitt’s problem is isn’t a lack of authenticity it is that he is passionately authentic about everything. I was just watching this clip below from a 1994 debate with Senator Kennedy during Romney’s first run for office. It is […]

“A Very Un-Republican Race”

posted by David Kuo

Got this last night from a senior Republican official… Over the holiday Time Magazine ran an article that most either missed due to the festivities or dismissed because of its apparent similarity to numerous other articles reporting on the Republican […]

Huck on Leno

posted by David Kuo

For a candidate with little money, who has been getting his butt kicked all over the place by the media, this was a brilliant move. Huck is likable. He tells a great story. He plays a mean bass guitar. He […]

Huck and Ed and Mitt and knocking out teeth

posted by David Kuo

The headline on Drudge is a quote from Ed Rollins, “I want to knock out Romney’s teeth.” So? Here’s the article and the full quote: Rollins says, he told Huckabee, ” ‘Governor, this is what it means to be president. […]

Barack

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama’s campaign is sending around a last-minute fundraising pitch. It centers around a video – a very impressive video – they have compiled showing how excited people are about his campaign. I couldn’t figure out how to embed it […]

Evangelicals, say no to poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

Evangelicals are being seduced back into the GOP not by a politician, but by a pastor. Spiritually speaking, they should resist. At the moment President Bush ascended to reelection in 2004, Christian conservatives had attained political power almost unequaled in […]

Best political songs?

posted by David Kuo

What are the best political songs?My wife’s favorite is Famine by Sinead O’Connor.U2’s Bad is another strong entry. Then there is this:What think you?

Hello again

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been enjoying some time away from computers and email. Sometimes it is good just to shut the stuff down. But with 2007 closing and 2008 dawning, I’m excited to be back.

“Huckabeatles”?

posted by David Kuo

Ahhhh, YouTube:Sorry, but they don’t hold a candle to the original YouTube pair:…or this more recent duo:

Romney the merciless, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Romney is proud of having pardoned no one during his tenure as governor. Not even this man: Decorated Iraq war veteran Anthony Circosta seemed like an ideal candidate for a pardon from then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his boyhood conviction […]

Romney’s lack of mercy

posted by David Kuo

Gov. Mitt Romney is on the attack. This isn’t surprising for a candidate at serious risk of political implosion by a force of nature named Mike Huckabee. One of Romney’s attacks is on Hucakbee’s granting of clemency for some prisoners. […]

Obama’s RFK test

posted by David Kuo

Whether Sen. Obama wins Iowa may well determine whether he becomes President Obama. Few candidates in recent memory – any candidate in recent memory? – have excited younger Americans more than Barack Obama. He is, in many ways, Robert Kennedy’s […]

Anonymously Hearting Huckabee… returns

posted by David Kuo

Back in July, a well-placed conservative Christian friend sent me a post about how Huckabee was really the man. Well, my friend clearly has some political sense. He’s back: Until just a couple months ago, the only thing most people […]

The apology

posted by David Kuo

After yesterday’s debate: Immediately after the debate, in which he wasn’t questioned about the remark, Huckabee apologized to Romney. The timing of the apology suggested that he might have done so in the debate, had it come up. “I said, […]

Remembering 1988

posted by David Kuo

Here’s a little bit of recent history – a January 1988 Time article about Pat Robertson (and Jesse Jackson), their runs for president and church/state matters. Let’s remember that Robertson ended up finishing second in Iowa – beating the sitting […]

Romney’s sad state

posted by David Kuo

I actually like Mitt Romney very much. I admire his record. He is an impressive man. But his appearance this morning on the Today show was pathetic. He tried to play vicitm of religious discrimination: “But I think attacking someone’s […]

A religious “war”?

posted by David Kuo

Scary times. The newest salvo in the burgeoning religious “war” in our country comes from an AP article about a story that will appear Sunday in The New York Times. In the article, Huckabee apparently asks: …”Don’t Mormons believe that […]

Can he?

posted by David Kuo

Can Huckabee win? Can a guy with no money and skeletal organization and the pooled power of the not only the rest of the Republican field actually win? The answer isn’t no and that is a big deal. Earlier today […]

Can he?

posted by David Kuo

Can Huckabee win? Can a guy with no money and skeletal organization and the pooled power of the not only the rest of the Republican field actually win? The answer isn’t no and that is a big deal. Earlier today […]

Unplugged on Romney

posted by David Kuo

Wow, got this from a very influential evangelical friend: I don’t think most evangelicals are afraid that a President Romney will impose his esoteric Mormon morality on the rest of us. We’re not really worried he’ll try to ban caffeine […]

Romney’s one paragraph gaffe, our big problem, a suggestion

posted by David Kuo

I went into the speech thinking that if it were a purely political speech he’d probably done his job but if it were a spiritual speech he’d be hosed. As with all things political, it wasn’t quite either one. It […]

Huckabee politician and pastor

posted by David Kuo

I like Mike Huckabee the politician. He’s affable, funny, positive, and has a broad definition of what it means to be a conservative. He thinks, for instance, it is sound policy to ensure that poor children are insured. He would […]

What Gov. Romney must address

posted by David Kuo

When Gov. Romney gives his speech tomorrow, there are certain things that he must say. And there are certain things that he cannot say. The problem is that he cannot do both. The reason? Mormonism is not Catholicism. When JFK […]

Faith week

posted by David Kuo

I caught a few minutes of a chat on a major news network tonight between four of their reporters. It offered evangelical Christians with plenty of grist for their belief the mainstream media is either out to get them or […]

Giuliani v. Clinton, Bill

posted by David Kuo

In an earlier post I said I thought Giuliani was unraveling and: I think details of his affair with Judith Nathan while he was mayor will emerge and a lot of Republicans will begin to wonder how, exactly, his behavior […]

Giuliani’s bad week

posted by David Kuo

Rudy has had a bad, bad week. There was the story alleging misuse of expenses while he was mayor. There was the unfortunate exchange with Romney to begin the debate. There was the campaign’s rather week rebuttal to the Politico […]

Dogs or Darfur, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for the great discussion about my last post on Darfur and Michael Vick. I want to start with a great and honest comment from one reader: …humans are not “of greater worth” than animals. Humans *are* animals, and we […]

Giuliani falling, Romney stuck, Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

I watched tonight’s debate a couple of times – once on TV and then once online. I reached the same conclusion in both places. Mike Huckabee is on a huge roll, Rudy Giuliani is sucking wind, and Mitt Romney sounds […]

President Romney?

posted by David Kuo

A very interesting look at Romney’s rise in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina… and at Giuliani’s gradual decline: Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo writes of them: You can’t ignore the national numbers. I grant that, though I think […]

Gore and Bush

posted by David Kuo

Amazing picture from today – Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner, in the Oval Office with President George W. Bush: One man won the election, the other became a statesman. Who would have guessed?

Huckabee – “Believe”

posted by David Kuo

I am beginning to wonder if Mike Huckabee is the Republican Barack Obama. Obama’s appeal is based, in no small part, on his optimism, on the sense of hope that he offers. He doesn’t come across as a jaded pol. […]

Wrong on the McCain “commercial”

posted by David Kuo

I got it wrong on the McCain commercial. It wasn’t actually a McCain campaign commercial. It was something a supporter put together as a kind of tribute. My thoughts on “higher power” talk remain the same.

HuckChuckFacts

posted by David Kuo

Leave it to Mike Huckabee to come up with Chuck Norris in his campaign ad. The ad plays off Chuck Norris facts – a ridiculously popular website that lists, among other facts: Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills People. […]

McClellan’s “news”

posted by David Kuo

Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary, has a new book coming out in April. His publisher has released a very short excerpt on its website: The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on […]

Obama in America

posted by David Kuo

I saw this picture and was struck by how far America has come. For all of our many, many issues and many, many problems there are areas where we have seen nothing short of revolutionary change. Think about the picture […]

Odd, odd, odd McCain commercial

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s new ad highlights his courage as a POW but also tries to mix in faith… oddly: “A higher being”? Those words are toxic to the Republican base. They are akin to saying, “a great spiritual force” or “Shirley […]

Giuliani falling?

posted by David Kuo

A new New Hampshire poll shows Romney’s support rising (not that big a deal since he was governor in neighboring Massachusetts). More significantly, however, it shows Giuliani’s support falling dramatically. In September, Giuliani was at 24% in New Hampshire. He […]

Conservatives fighting over Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

The continuing conservative fight over Mike Huckabee’s candidacy is escalating. National Review just published a scathing critique: …what Huckabee offers by way of solutions is a mixture of populism and big-government liberalism; the common theme of his policies is that […]

The case for McCain

posted by David Kuo

Andrew Sullivan’s very smart case for McCain: McCain offers the Republicans a way to support a still unpopular war and maintain a scintilla of credibility on national security. Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson have all punted on the […]

Romney, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

The irony of the whole Iowa push polling mess – and Romney blaming it on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is that it was John McCain who was victimized by push polling in South Carolina in 2000: In South Carolina, […]

President Romney?

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney appears to have given his “religion” speech already. Suddenly, those who decided to use “push polls” in Iowa to attack his Mormon faith are seeing him take the moral high ground, calling such tactics “un-American,” especially as we […]

Come on Mike…

posted by David Kuo

I decided to tour various candidate websites last night to see what I could see. I even signed up to get a few email updates. When I did that on Mike Huckabee’s site, I was excited to find an option […]

Evangelicals staying home, pt. 12,940

posted by David Kuo

Ok, I may not have posted on this 12,940 times but I think I’m close. Anyway, an interesting piece in the Los Angeles Times: A fundamental shift is transforming the religious right, long a force in presidential politics, as aging […]

Some political ads I like… and why

posted by David Kuo

Four political ads I like just for what they are (in no particular order):I like it not because I support Edwards’ health care plan but because I like the threat. I love the idea that the cozy, comfy leaders of […]

“McCain surging”

posted by David Kuo

I think McCain’s answer to the bitch question was horrible. The guys over at the popular and influential PowerLine blog have a different take: After being given up for dead just a few months ago, John McCain is surging in […]

John McCain’s lack of leadership

posted by David Kuo

First the video:Now the truth – this is not how a real leader would respond to such a question. He needn’t have upbraided the woman for asking the question, but he certainly should have made it clear that such language […]

Those amazing Iowa polls

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps you’ve seen them already but the new Iowa poll numbers are amazing: Democrats Clinton 25% Edwards 23% Obama 22% Undecided 12% Republicans Romney 27% Huckabee 21% Giuliani 15% Undecided 14% Huckabee’s rise has been extraordinary. Is he finally going […]

Smacking Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

Well, it continues. Drudge has a hot red link to a YouTube video in which Gov. Huckabee (a more rotund Gov. Huckabee) :Lost, of course, is any sense of context, any sense as to what was going on – paying […]

Brownback – “pro life and whole life” and a GOP church

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Sam Brownback has an oped in the Washington Post today on what Republicans should be focusing on in order to win: I believe the biggest threat to our future as a movement is a negative public face, when we […]

Thinker in Iowa

posted by David Kuo

I found out Thinker was going to be in Iowa over the weekend and prevailed upon her to give a report on the political happenings. She obliged: 48 hours of Iowa Democrats has made me a believe in one thing. […]

DiIulio returns, Faith-based alive… despite Bush

posted by David Kuo

Two things of note. First, John DiIulio is back. In the 1990s, DiIulio emerged as one of the most consequential voices in public policy. Articles like this one and this one and this one and scores of others challenged the […]

Mitt’s Quandry

posted by David Kuo

There is a debate going on inside the Romney camp over whether or not he should give a “religion” speech. The concern is that such a speech would simply draw attention to the “religion issue.” I hope he gives the […]

The Christian choices? Hillary and Huckabee?

posted by David Kuo

John DiIulio, noted sociologist (and criminologist and political scientist and head of Bush’s Faith-Based office)(and dear friend) has written a piece in First Things about which candidates are the best on poverty issues. His answer? “Honest Mike and Sister Hillary” […]

Bill Bennett on American stories

posted by David Kuo

A new piece by Bill Bennett: These are tough times for, and in, America. We are at war, and we find that war highly controversial. Many of our political leaders have record-low approval ratings and too many are held in […]

Brownback and McCain

posted by David Kuo

While Pat Robertson got most of the airtime and ink for his Giuliani endorsement, it may be Sam Brownback’s endorsement of John McCain that has the most long-term impact. Read his endorsement: “Today I am proud to endorse my friend […]

on Robertson and Dobson

posted by David Kuo

Robertson’s Giuliani endorsement yesterday has some in the Christian conservative shaking their heads and their fists. Read this from a top person at the Dobson-founded Family Research Council: “This is a man whose supporters basically are pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage, and […]

A soldier on waterboarding

posted by David Kuo

A former soldier, a Christian, continues the conversation on waterboarding and the Christian conscience: For me, there are some fundamental challenges that national security issues present to a Christian world-view. Being a former citizen soldier, I have already been forced […]

Christians against waterboarding

posted by David Kuo

A powerful statement against waterboarding; a powerful indictment of Christian silence in the face of torture… all from a very evangelical evangelical: During the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Michael Mukasey was asked “Is waterboarding […]

Robertson hearts Rudy

posted by David Kuo

Pat Robertson just endorsed Rudy Giuliani: The other major effect of Robertson’s support for Giuliani is that it will quiet talk in social conservative circles that nominating Giuliani would lead “values voters” to abandon the Republican Party. The stamp of […]

Evangelicals not ‘cracking up’?

posted by David Kuo

A new Gallup study out suggest that white evangelicals aren’t running away from President Bush or the Republican Party. All Americans have become less likely over the last three years to identify with the Republican Party, and less likely to […]

Waterboarding for Christians?

posted by David Kuo

The waterboarding debate continues. Well it should. But I was struck by three paragraphs at the end of an article about the current debate over President Bush’s nominee for attorney general. Even Democrats like Bill Clinton and scourges of torture […]

Waterboarding for muggers?, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Other possibilities to create a safer America from SkipChurch: The President has assured us that waterboarding is not torture, and there are legal opinions by the finest minds in his administration (stop laughing) that all sorts of “enhanced interrogation techniques” […]

Hillary blood lust

posted by David Kuo

The blood lust over Hillary Clinton is beyond the point of absurdity. Read what Michael Reagan writes about her: “So leave her alone, let her cruise her way to the nomination so we Republicans can have the pleasure of dissecting […]

Dems getting hotter

posted by David Kuo

The political world is atwitter about Sen. Obama’s increasingly tough attacks on Sen. Clinton. The attacks are certainly tougher: “After the most secretive administration in memory, an administration that consistently misled the American people, we need a president who is […]

Blackwater proving John Edwards correct

posted by David Kuo

Blackwater Worldwide, the self-described “military company” at the center of much criticism, scandal, and attack, is doing a wonderful job proving John Edwards’ point about Washington’s culture of corruption. In Edwards’ speech on Monday in New Hampshire, he said: It’s […]

President Hillary Clinton

posted by David Kuo

I just had to see what it felt like to type those words – President Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t seem possible that it is a possibility save for one thing – right now it is the most likely of all […]

Evangelical principles?

posted by David Kuo

Over at the Evangelical Outpost, Joe Carter confronts the David Kirkpatrick article on the ‘evangelical crackup’ by saying it “is mostly a rehash of the dominant media perspective on evangelicals and politics, though it is noteworthy for Kirkpatrick’s style of […]

An apology

posted by David Kuo

Richard Land’s most important assertion in his post is correct. The language I used in my post on Mike Huckabee and evangelical leaders was, “unchristian, harsh and hostile.” While I stand by the substance of what I wrote – that […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Three thoughts on the NYT piece entitled “The Evangelical Crackup”. 1. The evangelical political leadership we’ve known for the past 20 years is headed out. The founding generation of leaders like Falwell and Dobson, who first guided evangelicals into Republican […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”

posted by David Kuo

Long and brilliant piece in today’s NYT Magazine on the cracking up of the evangelical political world. I’ll write more later but here is the piece’s core: Just three years ago, the leaders of the conservative Christian political movement could […]

Terrified of Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

Wow, Mike Huckabee does have the front runners very, very nervous. Check out this piece in the WSJ by conservative (very, very economically conservative) John Fund hacking away at Huckabee as a conservative Bill Clinton. …I also know he is […]

Stumbling across wisdom

posted by David Kuo

I just discovered a brilliant oped – unfortunately I am a little more than five years late. In January 2002, former Bush (the first) and Reagan (the only) aide, James Pinkerton wrote a piece criticizing George W. Bush after his […]

Christian Coalition v. Values Voter Summit

posted by David Kuo

Quite a lot has been made of last weekend’s “Values Voter Summit”. It was the largest DC gathering of Christian conservatives since the late 90s. All the major Republican presidential candidates attended. The media was all over it. Many are […]

Dems, don’t count your votes…

posted by David Kuo

Are Democrats, buoyed by President Bush’s historically low approval ratings, counting their votes before they are cast? There is increasing evidence they might be: Some Republicans also drew confidence from Saturday’s election of Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal as governor […]

Defending the Values Summit agenda

posted by David Kuo

My rant against the Values Voter Summit Straw Poll “agenda” question encouraged Donny to write defending it: Christians have been REALLY helping the poor since Jesus gave Peter the keys. It is done by changing the immoral into morally sound […]

Amy Sullivan’s Huckabee exploration

posted by David Kuo

Amy Sullivan, Time’s brilliant new political editor, writes the definitive piece on Mike Huckabee and what his tremendous weekend performance at the Values Voter Summit means to him and the rest of the Republican field. Never count out a man […]

America’s wealth from God or…

posted by David Kuo

What an extraordinary exchange about my furious post on the Values Voter Summit “agenda”. Thanks to everyone for both posted comments and private emails. Here are just two: Eleanor: We need to start with the vision. When you start with […]

Rudy’s new tack

posted by David Kuo

Family Research Council’s chief, Tony Perkins, is saying Rudy Giuliani told him: “if the Defense of Marriage Act appeared to be failing or if multiple states began to legalize same-sex marriages, then he would support the constitutional amendment.” Given Giuliani’s […]

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

Andrew Sullivan has a terrific recap of the Values Voter straw poll showing that the true winner was Mike Huckabee. It makes sense. Now that Brownback is gone, his supporters are most likely to go with his ideological and theological […]

Christian conservative confusion

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney won the straw poll conducted at Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit with 28 percent of the 5,776 votes cast, just 30 votes ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Rudy Giuliani got 2% – or 107 – […]

Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

posted by David Kuo

Just in case there was ANY doubt about how little Christian conservative leaders care about the poor, here is their list of big issues on their presidential straw poll being taking this weekend: 3. Please indicate which issue is the […]

Giuliani at “Values Voter Summit”

posted by David Kuo

Leaving aside the surreal and throughly un-Biblical mixing of Jesus and politics at the Values Voter Summit – replete with worship leader Ron Freeman jazzing up the worship hymn with “We’ve got the right Senate and the Congress!” Some thoughts […]

Good for Mitt Romney

posted by David Kuo

Today at the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit“, Mitt Romney said this: Bill Cosby related that in some inner cities: “There are whole blocks with scarcely a married couple, whole blocks without responsible males to watch out for wayward […]

An ORU grad on “ORU-gate”

posted by David Kuo

This post comes from Ian Spier, an ORU graduate: The ORU scandal has many an alumni concerned–concerned that a university with already questionable credibility has now lost whatever shred of it remained, and concerned, as a result, that their degree […]

What Ralph Reed is thinking…

posted by David Kuo

I ran into Ralph at a conference last week after not seeing him for a long time. He agreed to a quick interview: Should we just hand the keys to whichever Democrat wins the nomination? It sure seems like the […]

America’s heartlessness?

posted by David Kuo

Great journalism: In December, the United Nations took up a resolution calling for the abolition of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for children and young teenagers. The vote was 185 to 1, with the United States the lone […]

Romney’s evangelical opponents

posted by David Kuo

Those evangelicals opposing Mitt Romney on spiritual grounds are becoming more direct in their opposition. Concerned evangelicals oppose the belief that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s theological differences are less important than his seemingly shared conservative social values. They also […]

Obama altar calls?

posted by David Kuo

This is getting ridiculous: The invitation appeared one Sunday in Joanna Chase’s church bulletin: Come to a “faith forum” and join a conversation about the intersection of religion and politics. Living in New Hampshire, Chase is accustomed to pitches from […]

Sen. Obama’s increasing faith

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Obama’s faith-based politics seem to be intensifying: Speaking before religious leaders and others at what he called an “interfaith forum on climate change,” the Illinois senator said God has entrusted humans with the responsibility of caring for the earth, […]

Colbert, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A couple of my favorite Colbert moments.

Huckabee and the Bush backlash

posted by David Kuo

In yet another article wondering why Mike Huckabee isn’t the Christian right’s darling, there is a hint as to the real answer. Christian conservative leader, Mark DeMoss, who is helping Romney recently wrote to fellow activists: “If I believed similar […]

DiIulionism

posted by David Kuo

John DiIulio, famed political scientist, Godfather of the faith-based movement, President Bush’s first (and only effective) head of his faith-based initiative, has a new book out. It is entitled Godly Republic and no review I could give it could top […]

Red-, blue-, and black-letter Christians

posted by David Kuo

There is a great exchange in Christianity Today about the so-called “red letter Christians” and their political and cultural positioning. Writer Stan Guthrie argues: …while Christians should not be beholden to any political party, our politics must be informed by […]

Why we should dig Al Gore

posted by David Kuo

We should dig Al Gore. We don’t have to agree with everything he says – or anything he says for that matter – but we should give him major kudos. The guy suffered the most vexing and difficult defeat in […]

Who do you really want to be President?

posted by David Kuo

Here it is, the definitive way to choose your presidential candidate – a policy-based survey that matches up your views of how the world should be run with what the candidates are saying. Do you think anyone will end up […]

Nancy Pelosi, praying

posted by David Kuo

I missed this on Sunday – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed on Fox News Sunday and was asked about her comment that she was praying for President Bush to change his heart on SCHIP legislation. Here is the […]

Politics and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

I believe that pastors have gotten way too involved in politics. The evidence is growing that political involvement is increasingly an impediment to people discovering who Jesus really was. But what I struggle with are questions like these: If you […]

Evangelicals on Obama

posted by David Kuo

Obama’s religious talk is bugging some evangelicals: Like his predecessor Howard Dean before him, Sen. Obama must have been reading from the DNC’s pamphlet “How to Speak Like an Evangelical.” Trouble is, whoever wrote the Democrats’ book on evangelicaspeak probably […]

Attacking Hillary Clinton

posted by David Kuo

During yesterday evening’s Republican debate, Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned 12 times. Barack Obama’s? 0. Why? Because Republicans still think that merely mentioning her name in a critical way will make them look good to their Republican base – they […]

What would Jesus support?

posted by David Kuo

Great, great comments on the last SCHIP post. So here is the question. What would Jesus support? Would he support universal health care? I think the answer is absolutely, unequivocally yes. Jesus would want every single person covered by a […]

Poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

Beware the poli-pastors. Politicians have always been chided for promising anything during a campaign, even the moon in the form of manned lunar bases, and metaphorically in the form of economic bliss, health care nirvana, and two-sentence solutions to Iraq. […]

Bush’s unintentional SCHIP sermon

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps President Bush is teaching a most unintentional lesson to Christians with the ear to hear. I’m obviously upset with his SCHIP decisions and have written about it here and here and here and here. But read what Pudge writes: […]

The Christian threat

posted by David Kuo

A new book is out from the president of the Barna Group – an evangelical polling, consulting, uber group. His name is David Kinnaman and along with Gabe Lyons he has written a book that is a sober read for […]

“Help us stop Hillary”

posted by David Kuo

It appears that NRO (National Review Online), the standard-bearer of conservatism is having financial problems. Their solution? Plaster a huge banner atop their stories that reads “Help us stop Hillary” to get people to donate to their “Fall 2007 Webathon.” […]

Politics and JWalking

posted by David Kuo

A quick note on politics on this blog. There are times such as now that I get ticked off at a particular political occurrence (see my SCHIP rants). I want to emphasize that when I write about those things I […]

$100 million less

posted by David Kuo

The Republicans have reported their fundraising numbers for the last quarter. Rudy Giuliani is in with $11 million, Mitt Romney raised $10 million, Fred Thompson a little more than $9 million and down the line John McCain raised $6 million […]

more on Bush SCHIP/health care

posted by David Kuo

President Bush’s veto of SCHIP legislation impacts lives in cities and in suburbs and in rural areas. Read what Charity has to say: Speaking as a citizen of a very red state (Nebraska) – I was on a conference/town hall […]

Bush, SCHIP, his shame

posted by David Kuo

President Bush has vetoed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation to his moral shame. History will not be kind to his compassionless presidency. The best critique I’ve read is found here: Last week, Bush threatened to veto a […]

on MSNBC

posted by David Kuo

A segment I did on MSNBC yesterday:

What’s the Hillary problem?

posted by David Kuo

So why do people have such a problem with Sen. Hillary Clinton? One reader, Jillian, puts the question this way: Ask people about Hillary Clinton and you get the same range of admiring and abyssmally jealous/resentful/ego-violated scornful responses as you […]

Dobson and Giuliani, Pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

I got this from a friend senior in politics and senior in his faith as well: My observations about having a third party candidate from the christian right: – It would seal the deal for the D’s winning the White […]

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