Friday, November 30, 2007

Do Republicans have better mental health?

Usually I wouldn't put up surveys like this, but this was an entertaining one in more ways than one:

PRINCETON, NJ -- Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

I would say there's definitely something to it. Some of the most negative experiences I've had have been in college classes where entire class periods were spent talking about nothing except how bad a country the United States is and how we are responsible for all of the world's ills. I can imagine that sort of mentality, which is very common on the Left, can only lead to depression. How can anyone go around living happily in a country when they hate everything about it?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Malkin reveals CNN underhanding

Michelle Malkin showed up recently on Andrew Folk's radio show to discuss the revelation that many of the questioners at the recent CNN/YouTube debate (which featured the Republican presidential candidates) were Democrat campaign activists. This will probably be forgotten a couple months from now, but it does go to show that there are some serious double standards going on in the mainstream media. The reaction would have been forocious on the part of everyone from the New York Times to Harry Reid if it had been revealed that Republican activists were the ones hurling questions at Democrats in the last CNN debate.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Due to personal reasons, I'm back in Seattle for a few days. I plan to head back down to California in a couple of days, but until then I'll be remaining in my hometown.

While I was in California this last week, I went to a small record store of the kind that have been spiraling out of business the last few years. While there, I saw zines for sale for the first time in years. I figured that the art of zine-making had become history after the explosion of information brought on by the internet, but it seems there is still a market for handmade media. I picked up an issue of King Cat, a decades old series by artist John Porcellino. Porcellino sells copies of the zine on his website.

Review: Freeway - Free At Last

In 2003, Freeway dropped one of the craziest tracks I've ever heard in hip-hop, "What We Do." The beat is still nice years later, and I find myself still bopping my head to it. When he came out, Freeway got a fair amount of buzz, alot of it focussing on his being a practicing Muslim. (That focus was a little strange, since rappers from RZA to Mos Def have been forthcoming about being Muslim.)

After four years of mixtape and guest appearances, Freeway has come back with his sophomore effort, Free at Last, an album that is itself very sophomoric. The production is top notch throughout the album, but the content is average. The stand out track is the obvious next single"Take It To The Top," where 50 Cent shows up to croon an R&B verse to an 80s beat that sounds it could have been part of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack. A shout out to the ladies, "Take It To The Top" is the exception in an album chock-full of the tired subgenre of gangsta rap.

It's hard to live up to Freeway's fellow Roc-a-fella rappers like Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z, and this may end up being sandwiched between Jigga's classic American Gangster and Beanie Sigel's upcoming The Solution. Freeway's high voice tends to grate on the ears after a while.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Column: What do the election results spell for Republicans?

There was an election up in ole Washington this November, and the results inspired my latest column:

It's hard to get a lot of excitement up for off-year elections. There's little hype, with the races not being highlighted by well-funded candidates and a year-long campaign cycle. These elections, however, can play a role in seeing what direction the electorate is leaning, politically speaking.

The victory of Tim Eyman's latest initiative, I-960, was interesting in this regard. The initiative pressed for greater accountability among legislators toward the people who put them in power by making it necessary that every statewide tax measure is first approved by voters. For those who believe that voters should control their own funds, this is a move that will increase the power of the electorate.

The initiative also would require that fee hikes be passed by legislators and signed by the governor, as well as mandating press releases regarding bills on taxes and fees in order to provide information to the electorate.

Eyman was quoted as describing the victory of the bill as "another victory for the taxpayer." It certainly was a victory for those who believe in the libertarian ideals of small government. The question is whether this could also translate into a victory for Republican candidates down the road, most notably Dino Rossi for governor in 2008, or if this is merely hollow populism on the part of Washington voters.

An interesting insight into Washington voters' psychology came while reading the blog of Seattle Times reporter David Postman. Postman quoted Chris Vance, the former chairman of the Washington state Republican Party, on why conservative and libertarian initiatives are passed by the same voters who vote Democrats into office: "They like our ideas, they just don't like us."

Can the connection be made in voters' minds that there are politicians on the other side of the aisle that support the policies they pass through initiatives? If it can, it may have to involve demolishing the popular myths regarding conservatives. In liberal circles, people who lean conservative or vote Republican are painted as either hopelessly ignorant or somehow morally vacant.

To combat this, it would be wise to be proactive. Instead of getting into personal battles during election cycles, demonstrate the power of conservative ideas and how they compete with the failed policies of liberalism. If articulated well enough, voters would see that the ideas and values they hold are not being shared by the people they vote into office.

Ron Paul in the sky

I wonder how high the Ron Paul supporter was when they wrote this press release:

Imagine.. the mainstream media is mesmerized as the image of the Ron Paul blimp is shown to tens of millions of Americans throughout the day (and throughout the month). Wolf Blizter, stunned and as if in a trance, repeats the words "Amazing, Amazing".

As GPS co-ordinates stream to the website a map shows the Ron Paul blimp's location in real time. The local Television stations broadcast it's every move. The curious flock together and make a trip see history in the making. Emails with pictures are sent, then forwarded, then forwarded again. Youtube videos go viral and reach tens of millions of views. Ron Paul becomes the first presidential candidate in history to have his very own blimp. The PR stunt generates millions upon millions of dollars worth in free publicity, and captures the imagination of America.

As John Lennon said, imagine all the people. Supporting Ron Paul.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Video: Iranian "All My Nuclear Bombs"

It looks like Bill's Blog and Hot Air have come up with their own names for this Iranian soap opera made to propagate the government's message that nuclear energy is "a right," so I thought I'd come up with my own.

Hopefully MEMRI will make a translated version available once this show is broadcast in Iran.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Video: Curse of the Golden Flower trailer

This trailer looks great. The director, Zhang Yimou also directed Hero and House of Flying Daggers (the former of which was very good and the latter of which was not so good). If you like martial arts movies like Drunken Master or epic movies like Lord of the Rings, you should check out Yimou's previous work.

Monday, November 19, 2007

An Illuminating Train Ride

As I noted in a previous post, I'm in California right now. I love California, and while it may have as many faults as an area full of humanity would be expected to posess, I enjoy the vibe of this state alot. It's also a great break from the bleak, wet depressiveness of Seattle.

While I was on the train ride from Seattle to San Francisco (Oakland to be more precise), I got to talking to a very interesting man sitting across from me. Well up in years, he was dressed and looked like just about any other aging American male and had the kind of dark wit that many older American males have. After talking for a while, I learned that he was actually a German American who had arrived in America after World War II.

I couldn't make sense of alot of it because the train setting made it a little difficult to understand each other at times, but I still learned much of his history. He was about fifteen when the war ended, and had never seen any combat but had been enlisted by the Nazis. His family was in Ukraine, and by 1952 he was allowed to come to America as a "D.P." (Displaced Person). When he came, he didn't know how to speak a lick of English, and according to him, he learned what many words were from the Sears catalog, where the meanings of item were spelled out quite bluntly.

I noticed that the man still had an accent, which he preferred to describe this way: "Yes, I still have an accident - Oh, I mean accent!"

The number of people alive who experienced the second world war is getting smaller and smaller each day, and it was a blessing to be able to meet one of these men.

Mike Huckabee gets best endorsement ever, from Chuck Norris

Or is Chuck Norris the one recieving the real endorsement?

You decide.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Are you paying attention to the election?

I'm in California right now and I saw my first Hillary Clinton sign. That may seem strange, but I truly haven't seen any in Seattle. The only 08 campaign presence I noticed there was for Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and Barack Obama. I have been paying only a minimal amount of attention to the presidential campaign, and I can't tell you who is advancing past who or who is at the top of the polls. I stopped paying attention after the first few debates as I quickly got fed up with the typical politician BS. I don't think I'm alone, and with even the Hillary and Obama signs that I have seen in California, there are very few signs or bumper stickers around that are advocating particular candidates.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Video: Pharoahe Monch [When the Gun Draws]

This video is intense and probably the most powerful music video I've ever seen. You've been warned.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Video: Music Producer Madlib on BET

Even if you're not a hip-hop fan, you should get to know Madlib. As he notes in this interview with rapper Talib Kweli, he's got his hand in nearly every genre, from jazz to R&B and all the way to hip-hop.

Video: Giuliani releases first campaign ad

H/T to Matt Lewis of Townhall for posting this:

Monday, November 12, 2007

Kanye West's Mother & Manager, Dr. Donda West Dies At 58

I feel for Kanye here. After becoming the biggest superstar in hip-hop, his mama dies. I remember listening to "Hey Mama" for the first time and thinking how refreshing it was to hear that positive message juxtaposed with the previous big name in rap, Eminem, and his hate-filled relationship with his own mother.

Here's wishing Kanye West and his family all the best.

Barone: Teacher Unions' Gain Is Children's Loss

Michael Barone's latest column focusses on the influence of teachers' unions in the progression of American education. He lays out very simply why vouchers (which are designed specifically to give lower-income children the opportunity to go to private schools):

The teacher unions are an incredibly important source of money and volunteers for the Democratic Party -- about one in 10 delegates at recent Democratic national conventions have been teacher union members or their spouse. When they snap their fingers, the Democrats jump. Vouchers threaten to dry up dues money, and that is that.

I try to avoid sounding like a partisan, but the fact that the Democratic Party is so tied to groups that harm children (indirectly or directly) is a reason why I will never vote for one of their candidates until the policies they advocate change. On the critical issue of education, the Democratic policy is to keep pouring money into failed schools and failed programs and maybe someday results will improve. It is time for new ideas, so that the next generation after mine (I'm afraid the damage has already been done there) will be prepared to compete in the global market.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Video: Jay-Z on The Charlie Rose Show

On late night talk shows, Jay-Z usually only talks for a few minutes. It was nice to hear him given a lengthy medium to express himself, especially on the Don Imus controversy and how it relates to hip-hop. I totally agree with him on the meaning of the "N-word" and the meaning of words.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chris Dodd: We have allowed Khalid Mohammed to claim the moral high ground

H/T to Hot Air

The man who wrote the following is running for President:

Compare that case [the Moussaoui trial] to the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who organized the attacks of 9/11. He was held in a secret prison, where he claims he was tortured severely. Whether he is lying or not, by our actions we have allowed Khalid Mohammed to claim the moral high ground. Khalid Mohammed plays martyr to a world that is inclined to believe it.

Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is not only the brains behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but he is also a man who has admitted to killing journalist Daniel Pearl. If Dodd thinks that someone who has beheaded someone on camera and planned the annihilation of 3,000 people has the moral high ground over the United States, he is not qualified to serve in any office, much less the presidency.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Public school idiocy continues as girl given detention for HUGGING

Several months ago, there was a controversy when two Portland area preteen boys were arrested and tried as sex offenders for allegedly slapping the rear ends of several girls (who were allegedly doing the same thing towards the boys, but were not punished for it). When I talked about this with friends, I often was told that it was a freak event and that I should stop harping on the public schools so much. I'm afraid I don't buy that, and the mix of political correctness and a psychological desire for school officials to feel powerful over children has lead to a scenario where kids are at constant risk of any of their behavior potentially leading to disciplinary action.

The next case in point is a 13 year old girl, Megan Coulter, in Illinois who was slapped with two days of detention for hugging. While this is not as traumatic as the child abuse the boys in Oregon received, it is a result of the same mean-spirited mindset.

The superintendent of the district Coulter attends, Sam McGowen, told CNN that "Hugs lead to other things." We can only assume that McGowen is a man who has not experienced much love in his life.

Coulter was interviewed by CNN as well, and cited that in sixth grade she had attended a D.A.R.E. program at the same school that had a motto of "hugs, not drugs." Has that program been removed from the curriculum?

One of the biggest factors in my adopting a libertarian ideology was going through a public school system that was hard to take seriously. I was disciplined by staff that had obviously higher standards for children than they did for themselves, and these mixed messages made their authority hard to take seriously. If public schools continue to send mixed messages, and punishing kids for policies that don't make any sense, children will grow up with cloudy and muddy notion of right and wrong and the credibility of the public schools will continue to deteriorate to levels even lower than they have now.

Vintage Video: Eisenhower & Johnson on Medicare

This clip ends abruptly, but gives a glimpse into what now seems like ancient history, the political debate over Medicare.

Column: Reaction to column reveals need for civility

I wrote a column about the tiny bruhaha that erupted over my post-Virginia Tech column, and it ran in the last issue of Madison Park Times:

Several bloggers laid fire to my post-Virginia Tech column, "We Must Stem the Flow of Guns," originally published in the May 2007 edition of the Madison Park Times.

A reader who runs a blog on, wrote an entire short essay rebutting my piece, cleverly entitled "The Outdated Second Amendment." The reader was a rather eloquent essayist, and I must say he laid into me in a verbally adept way of which I am not used to being on the receiving end.

His major contention with me had to do with my claim that "no one was responsible enough to own a handgun." He was admittedly right to lay into this, as it could be interpreted as a blanket statement calling a large group of Americans irresponsible, a statement that could, in and of itself, be irresponsible.

The reader said, "If we extend that same rationale to the rest of the Bill of Rights, then neither is anyone responsible enough to have or voice an opinion on issues of national interest, decide their own religion for themselves, determine if they've been wronged by government and should seek redress, or anything else. All those aspects of liberty should be dictated, I suppose, by trained professionals. It would also indicate that Powell evidently considers the founding fathers misguided in their trust of the people."


When one is accused in American political debate of thinking the authors of the Constitution were misguided, it's meant to sting. If your beliefs are contrary to the ones held by those who founded the country, then the whole value of anything you say begins to come into question.


While I got excited about the fact that my article was being taken so seriously by a reader, that feeling began to deteriorate. I was as diplomatic as someone like me can try to be, but soon it became quite apparent that things were getting personal.

I was disappointed to see personal e-mails that I had sent in response to his own being posted without my consent. For the reader, the subject seemed to have become less about the issue of gun rights and more about me.

I didn't even start to look at the comment thread to the reader's post, which I imagined would be filled with some very nasty words about me. The whole thing was a bit bizarre, because I'm just one guy living in Seattle writing on a keyboard, who never claimed to be the epitomy of modern-day conservatism.

While it seems like a couple of guys that might have gotten a little bit obsessive, at the core of this was the issue of debate: Are we going to debate the issues, or are we going to play Gotcha in hopes that we will win over another person? Are we going to solve problems or turn against each other?

I am certainly no beacon of perfection, but it seems there's already a lot of negativity and misery in the world, and we'd be a whole lot better to try to be a little civil to each other.

Michael Powell can be reached at He also has a web log at

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wash. says no to transportation measure

My next column will be focusing on the results of this previous election, and what will be the impact on Seattle and the state:

SEATTLE - Voters in congested King, Snohomish and Pierce counties were trouncing a tax package to pay for at least $18 billion worth of road and transit projects.

Proposition 1 was trailing by 12 points midday Wednesday. The plan was the most ambitious and expensive transportation package ever placed on a Washington ballot, and was described as America's largest local tax package.

Elected leaders are now trying to figure out the next step to go from here. House transportation committee chair Rep. Judy Clibborn says she's disappointed but not surprised by the overwhelming disapproval of Proposition One.

"I was very disappointed because it is a solution to something that everyone comes about which is congestion, but I'm not totally surprised," said Clibborn, (D)-Mercer Island.

Video: Dave Chapelle resurfaces

Not that funny, but there are a few good moments. STRONG CONTENT WARNING.

The endorsements begin

Rudy Giuliani gets Pat Robertson's support, and Sam Brownback comes out for John McCain. Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee have stood out to me as being exceptional. I'm not sure anyone notable would use their power to support Paul, but if he plays it right Huckabee could be the choice candidate for social conservatives and those who want a candidate different from the establishment (How many politicians can say that all their children have graduated from public school?).

On the Democratic ticket, who shall get St. Al Gore's support? And isn't it amazing that in 2004 Al Gore's support was a kiss of death but three years later it is getting the support of a Nobel Peace Prize winner? My, how times do change quickly.

Nas drops his "Greatest Hits"

November 6 was a good day for music. Along with the twin soundtracks to the modern classic American Gangster, yesterday also saw the release of Nas' Greatest Hits album. Thirteen years after his solo debut, it's about time that a Best Of came out and the album is recommended for anyone who has never listened to Nas. Some clunkers are in it, though, including "Got Ur Self A..." and "Hate Me Now" (a decent song that Puff Daddy made terrible). "Surviving the Times" and "Bridging the Gap" make up for it, though, and hopefully this will help maintain the hype for when his upcoming album comes out (if it comes out with his planned title).

Rolling Stone had a feature on the rap legend and his thoughts on each of the songs included on the disc. Read the whole thing.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The "American Gangster" soundtrack

American Gangster, starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in some of the best performances they've done in recent years, is out and the buzz is high. In case you were thinking it's hype, it's not. The movie really is that good.

It's also got a stellar soundtrack that you should cop. The only fault is the Public Enemy track "Can't Truss It," which stands out as early 90s hip-hop among R&B and blues songs that mirror the time period of the movie. Listen for yourself:

Rich Lowry on Pakistan and Bush

Over at Townhall, there is an article by Lowry that shines a light on some of the flaws in Bush's "freedom agenda." Lowry isn't the first to do so by any means, but the recent declaration of state of emergency by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraff adds some clout to his argument. Here's the meat:

Pakistan is a microcosm of the difficulties of establishing liberal democracy in the greater Middle East. Its institutions -- except for the army -- are weak, its politics traditionally have been clan-based, and it is riven by ethnic divisions. This is the worst possible starting point for establishing a true constitutional democracy, but is basically the same cultural material we have to work with in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority.

This is the reason that the Bush administration's Middle East policy so often has sunk to abject hopefulness. There is always a chance that key local players -- your Malikis or Musharrafs -- will act responsibly and in the interest of greater political openness, but old habits usually triumph over hope. Bush isn't wrong to promote democracy, but he never should have done it in such a sweeping, grandiloquent way that set him up for failure on his own terms. His freedom campaign should have shown keener appreciation for the fact that he was dealing with countries that had missed the wave of democratization of the latter part of the 20th century for a reason. Our ability to dictate their political development was always going to be limited.

Thompson snabs Huckabee on immigration,

I've really liked some of the stuff I've heard from and about Mike Huckabee. Does anyone know anything more about the Cato Institute rating of him that Thompson is bring ing up?

Also, isn't it putting the cart before the horse to talk about a constitutional amendment banning abortion? Roe v. Wade is still law, and reversing it seems more important than talking about constitutional amendments that I imagine would have take place after a Supreme Court reversal.

Video: NaS - "Surviving the Times"

A great video from a great artist.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Video: Devastating ad targets Hillary Clinton

It looks as if Hillary Clinton is becoming a much more fragile candidate, and the John Edwards camp is jumping on those weak spots as expected:

An e-mail from Kofi Annan

Some things are too ridiculous to make up. This e-mail, which was apparently sent to me by Kofi Annan himself not once, not twice but three times this week, is one of those things:


How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 100,000.

This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government probelms etc.

We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$ 100,000. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.

Conatct Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque:

Person to Contact Mr. Jim Ovia Email:

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.

Making the world a better place.


Mr. Kofi Annan

Former Secretary (UNITED NATIONS)

I love that someone could send out a spam e-mail like this and include the term "Making the world a better place" in it. What a world.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

UN peacekeepers hit with more sex scandals

From BBC News:

Sri Lanka has promised to look into allegations that 108 of its UN peacekeepers in Haiti paid for sex, in some cases with underage girls.

The men are being sent home after being accused of sexual misconduct and abuse.

Officials say the law will take its course once the soldiers arrive back in Sri Lanka, but warn that little tangible evidence has been produced.

In the past, UN peacekeepers have been involved in a series of sex scandals, including this year in Ivory Coast.

As a news junkie who checks into this sort of thing on a daily basis, I'm well aware that there is a pervasive problem of abuse by UN peacekeepers towards the populations they are supposed to protect. The average person likely doesn't know about this problem, however, as it has yet to be brought into the public light in the way that the Abu Gharib abuse scandal took over the American consciousness for a significant amount of time.

Does a dumb UN peacekeeper with a digital camera need to provide a visual dimension to these scandals in order for the problem to illicit outrage among people? Or is the lack of attention to peacekeeper abuse a product of anti-Americanism that chooses to overlook the evils of the UN because it doesn't fit with the image of the peace-loving "international community" against the evil American imperialists? I certainly hope it's the former.

Video: The Insurgents Movie Trailer

With the exception of the TV shows Sleeper Cell and 24, there have been few movies or TV shows with the balls to tackle the biggest issue of today: Islamic terrorism. I'm not sure this movie is it, and based on the trailer and description, it seems geared in a left-of-center direction:

"The Insurgents" uses the events of 9/11 as a springboard to talk about politics and society, security and freedom, patriotism and dissent. Led by a disillusioned former government operative turned radical left-wing academic, a group plans to detonate a bomb in the United States as an act of protest against what they feel are imperialistic actions. Throughout their planning and doubts among some members, issues such as when is violence an appropriate response and what is the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter are debated. A fractured narrative structure adds to the suspense as complications such as love triangles and double crosses are gradually revealed. It is an unflinching self-examination of what it means to be American, the state in which we find ourselves, the implications for the future.

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The one thing I found myself thinking while watching the trailer was, "Well, looks like some leftists are taking their radical beliefs to their logical conclusion."

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Small Sins of Thomas D'Arcy

I was privileged to talk to the man behind the electropop group Small Sins. The conversation resulted in an article published in the e-magazine Mstation. Here's a small bite of the article:

How did you become part of Astralwerks?

We knew they were coming to our showcase at CMJ 2005. It was to be our first show with the current lineup, but on the way down, we were turned away at the border. We were fingerprinted and told not to try again, but the show just felt like it was going to be important, so the next morning we tried again (which is a bit risky - we can't screw around with the possibility of never being able to come to the U.S. again, which has happened to a few other Canadian bands under similar circumstances). Somehow we got in, drove our asses off without stopping, got to New York, found a parking spot right outside the club, rushed our gear right on stage, had one cigarette and then performed. Thirty minutes later I was having my first conversation with the label - which went well to say the least.

Video: Hitchens vs. D'Souza

The above illustration was made by artist and comedian Iszi Lawrence.

It seems as if Christopher Hitchens has engaged in as many debates regarding his book god is not Great as there have been presidential debates recently, so pointing out one of them isn't exactly a monumental act. His recent debate with Dinesh D'Souza, however, stands out because he doesn't go against the likes of Al Sharpton or Sean Hannity but instead someone who is Hitchens' intellectual peer (if not his superior). With as formidable an opponent as D'Souza, it's no wonder that Hitchens starts off with a light personal insult towards him (and anyone else who "actually believes this stuff"). It's worth watching to anyone interested in the topic.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hillary's bombing in the debates shows why Democrats shouldn't support her

The most recent Democratic debate by Hillary Clinton reinforced alot of assumptions I had about her and that make me think is the wrong choice for the Democrats to nominate, let alone to become president. She hasn't shown herself to be a woman of principle, and her stance on issues of extreme importance appears to be shaped completely by poll numbers.

Barack Obama illustrated this when he lurched upon Hillary's incomprehensible stance on a plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrantsin New York:

Barack Obama added: “I was confused [by] Sen. Clinton's answer. I can't tell whether she was for it or against it. One of the things that we have to do in this country is to be honest about the challenges that we face.”

As a former First Lady, Clinton should have known that what a state like New York does in regards to illegal immigration is irrelevant to the job of the Presidency, which is a federal position. If she had pointed this out while also saying that she was confident New York Governor Eliot Spitzer would make the right decision, she would have been able to close the book on the issue and avoid the trouncing that she received at the hands of her opponents.

Democratic party supporters and left-leaning people in general across the country were pretty depressed after the 2004 election, unable to understand why on earth an "idiot" like George W. Bush was able to trounce John Kerry, who, if you weren't aware, fought in Vietnam. With poll numbers that would normally spell defeat for any sitting president, it was obvious s that the cause of Bush's defeat was Kerry's all-over-the-place stance on the top issue of the election, Iraq.

If the Democrats pick another candidate who is unable to articulate a coherent message to voters, they will see the same results of narrowly avoiding victory that their party has repeated in presidential campaigns.