Candidates on Abortion:
Background on other issues:
Democratic 2016 Prospects:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Republican 2016 Prospects:
Third Party 2016 Prospects:
Mayor Mike Bloomberg(I-NYC)
War & Peace
Ed Morrisey observes a tendency of our missing in action President:
“The modern American standard for political leadership was set by Harry Truman, who put a sign on his Oval Office desk that read, “The buck stops here.” After almost a full year in office, Obama and his administration haven’t figured out that Americans expect that attitude from every President, and not a series of blamehifts to one’s predecessor, regardless of how unpopular he happened to be. They expect not just leadership from a President, but visible leadership, a muscular sort of public presence that shows tough decision-making and command of the facts and concepts involved in the decisions.
Of course, many of us warned of this problem when the Democrats nominated a man who had never held executive office at any level for the toughest executive position in the world. Obama has demonstrated all of the leadership one would expect from a legislative back-bencher, a man who passed the buck a lot more often than he held it at both the state and federal levels prior to winning the election last November. He has passed the buck repeatedly this year, on Porkulus, ObamaCare, cap-and-trade, and would have done so on Afghanistan had there been anyone who could have handled it. The Obama Way is the anti-Truman, and his falling approval rating reflects the fact that Americans have begun to discover that.”
Passing the buck is apparently tiring as Michelle Malkin observes in Poor Obama being President is Exhausting,
“Jetting off for Broadway dates, undeserved Peace Prizes, botched Crony-lympics bids, and world apology tours is hard work, don’t you know?”
“But what else did you expect from a man who has been phoning it in from the beginning of his brief political career as the Illinois state senator who voted “present” nearly 130 times?
Americans can help alleviate the exhausted commander-in-chief’s discomfort by ensuring his retirement in 2012.”