LIz Cheney message

, U.S. Senator.

, U.S. Senator. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portion of a fundraising message from Liz Cheney. Just imagine she calls John McCain and Olympia Snowe liberal Republicans.

“Just last week, a shadowy, out-of-state Super PAC launched a dishonest smear campaign to distort my record. Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee partnered with my opponent to raise money to try and stop us. This is the same Washington Establishment that endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio. Liberal Republican Senators like John McCain and Olympia Snowe have endorsed my opponent. We must be doing something right if these folks are fighting so hard to preserve the status quo.”

Episode 3

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In episode 3, Return of the Jedi, Barack “Luke Skywalker” Obama defeated Ted “Darth Vader” Cruz.

The score now stands at John McCain 3, wacko birds 0.

In related events, President Obama has gotten his mojo back.

What’s in a name?

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

William Shakespeare

Ronald Reagan‘s middle name was Wilson, but no one ever criticized him for it because he was given his names when he was born and did not choose them himself. Some in the GOP strongly dislike President Woodrow Wilson since he was a liberal Democrat.

On the other hand, today President Obama is criticized for his middle name, Hussein. He was given that name by his parents, being named for his father of the same name. President Obama is correctly identified as Barack Hussein Obama II, just as John McCain is correctly identified as John Sidney McCain III and Mitt Romney as Willard Mitt Romney.

The only thing we learn when someone refers to President Obama as Barack Hussein Obama is that the speaker or writer wants to emphasize the President’s difference and is probably calling for unjustified impeachment.

2016 revisited

English: Scott Brown, Republican U.S. Senator ...

English: Scott Brown, Republican U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, at a U.S. Senate campaign event on December 31, 2009, in Plymouth Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s too early to predict the race, but there is a rule of thumb that is often applicable; voters in a presidential election prefer the candidate with the shorter last name. This rule of thumb may be affected by the state of the economy, but has worked well in many elections. Bush (four letters) versus Gore (four letters) was a virtual tie. Bush (4) defeated Kerry (5). Obama (5) defeated both McCain (6) and Romney (6).

In 2016, Clinton (7) will defeat Christie (8) if nominated. Former Senator Scott Brown (5) would do well against Clinton (7) if he enters the race and manages to secure the nomination. Cruz (4), Paul (4) and Rubio (5) might do well, but none of them will be nominated.

John McCain 2, wacko birds 0

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

English: John McCain official photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Senate voted 79 to 19 to allow voting on the budget. Ted Cruz went down to defeat on his effort to defund Obamacare. He was right in claiming that there are more wacko birds in the Senate than John McCain thought. Fortunately for the country, they are not numerous enough to mount a successful filibuster.