commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

Gordon Brown is in trouble….as he goes hunting for votes…..

[ Prime Minister Gordon Brown, back in London on Monday after a day of campaigning in the south of England. National elections will take place on May 6 ]

The Dog doesn’t follow the English politics…..

But has heard of the rise of the English Obama….Nick Clegg (below )

And it does seem as if Gordon Brown’s Labour government is about to get sent home…..

Here’s a piece in Mr. Brown’s camapigning around the South of England….USA style…..

Something Mr. Clegg has brought to England……

Along with promises to move away a bit from Tony Blair’s tight relationship with America and to deal with the countries immigration problems…..

In the newspapers, cataclysm was looming for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s faltering Labour government. Cabinet ministers were reportedly scheming, squabbling and snapping “Shut up!” at one another in panicky strategy sessions. The question was not whether Labour would lose the election on May 6, but how thoroughly.

But none of this seemed to penetrate the eerily positive parallel universe that is Brown-world. Cocooned in a nest of sealed-off calm with his aides and his wife, Sarah, as he finished a day of campaigning on Monday, the man who might not be prime minister for much longer dismissed the alarming reports as the sound and fury of the news media trying to stir things up.

“It’s the usual story at some point in the election campaign,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, flashing a strained smile. “I don’t think these stories last very long. I think people’s minds are focusing much more on the issues.”

So he hopes. Mr. Brown’s premiership has never been popular with a public that preferred his predecessor, Tony Blair, and has grown weary after 13 years of Labour government. Chronically behind the Conservative opposition in polls over the last two years, the Labour Party is now, humiliatingly, also polling behind the third-party Liberal Democrats with little more than a week left before the election.

But the margins that separate the parties are small, and many voters say they are still undecided. No one is giving up yet. “I will keep fighting to the last minute of the last day of this campaign,” Mr. Brown told the assembled reporters in what constituted his campaign vehicle for the moment — the economy-class, rear car of a train otherwise full of commuters. (The reporters would switch to a bus, and the prime minister to a car, for part of the trip.)

He showed good Scottish pugilism as he sped around several campaign stops in the south. At a nurses’ convention in Bournemouth he drew a standing ovation, albeit a slowly rising one, and from only two-thirds or so of the audience. In Weymouth, he basked in the approval of a garden party-ful of supporters and gamely shook hands with pleasantly startled shoppers in front of the banana and the bread displays at an Asda supermarket.

And in Southampton, the prime minister submitted to sharp questioning at a live radio show, impressing the audience with his detailed, unscripted answers, even if the answers sometimes veered off topic……


April 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The McCain pick….. Sarah Palin is now the star…….

John McCain and Sarah Palin

Funny how things turn out….isn’t it?

She quits her job and rises to the top……

The Dog alway thought that people in general vastly underestimate her brains and ability to steal the spotlight……

They may not be confortable with a presidental run for her..burt she sure can stir up the base…or the ‘Tea Party’, huh?

Their national campaign together ended badly for both, topped by a flurry of leaks dumping on the former Alaska governor and, since then, nasty accusations between the senator’s camp and hers over the conduct of it. Whatever happens now, the reappearance of McCain and Palin on the same stage illustrates how much things have changed since 2008.

For starters, the understudy is now the star. A majority of Americans may think Palin is not qualified to be president, but the GOP faithful love her, as does cable television.


March 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Opinion Piece….Barack Obama needs to give back……

President Barack Obama has just about won the second biggest battle of his presidency…getting a Healthcare Bill thru the Congress…..

While he was traveling all over the planet and sending troops to foreign lands…members of the House first…then members of the Senate…. voted on landmark Healthcare legislation …those votes put some of those legislators in trouble with their constituents because of the bill, but more so because the Republicans’ were able to market the bill simply as a big spending bill….

I have mentioned that giving the left out Americans their chance to obtain the coverage is the ‘human’ thing to do…

While this argument touched, and motivated a lot of congressmen and women…the right and republicans took this bill ‘s passage as a direct way to challenge the policies and ascension of Barack Obama to the American presidency, a little more than a year ago…

They held rallies; they bombarded their congressmen and woman to vote down the bill…

It was socialism…it was taxes…it was death squads….

It truth it was none of the above

What started out as a crack at addressing problems in Americans Healthcare system, and its shortcomings, to millions of Americans, who can’t get adequate coverage…has changed

After the battle in the Senate…. The House was easy, with the overwhelming Democrat vote…. We now have a bill that will be reconciled between the two houses, and come out looking more like the Senate version, than the House one,  which means a bill that is more compromised, to save legislators seats back home….

But the point I want to make here is this…

Barack Obama needs to say thank you to the members of his party that voted to send this bill to his desk….

And the best way for him to do that is to get out there and let Americans know why he wanted this bill…To get out there and explain why this bill is good for America. To get out there and campaign for the people who put their political future’s, and their butts on the line to vote for the bill…

That’s what the man needs to do….

….and It won’t hurt him in his 2012 reelection effort either…

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments