Thursday Tidbits

A couple of random notes:

First comes news CC Goldwater, conservative icon Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama instead of Sen. John Mccain, who like CC Goldwater calls Arizona home:

Being Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter and living in Arizona, one would assume that I would be voting for our state’s senator, John McCain. I am still struck by certain ‘dyed in the wool’ Republicans who are on the fence this election, as it seems like a no-brainer to me.

Myself, along with my siblings and a few cousins, will not be supporting the Republican presidential candidates this year. We believe strongly in what our grandfather stood for: honesty, integrity, and personal freedom, free from political maneuvering and fear tactics. I learned a lot about my grandfather while producing the documentary, Mr. Conservative Goldwater on Goldwater. Our generation of Goldwaters expects government to provide for constitutional protections. We reject the constant intrusion into our personal lives, along with other crucial policy issues of the McCain/Palin ticket.

Speaking of endorsements, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan told CNN Thursday he’s voting for Barack Obama. Now sure, I suppose McClellan’s endorsement of Sen. Obama shouldn’t be that surprising, given McClellan’s scathing critique of President Bush in his memoir last spring, but it’s still newsworthy – at least in my opinion.

Also of note is a recent article on Politico.com, aptly titled, “Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad.” Of particular note in that article is the following:

A senior Republican strategist, speaking with authority about the view of the party’s establishment, issued a wide-ranging critique of the McCain high command: “Lashing out at past Republican Congresses, … echoing your opponent’s attacks on you instead of attacking your opponent, and spending 150,000 hard dollars on designer clothes when congressional Republicans are struggling for money, and when your senior campaign staff are blaming each other for the loss in The New York Times [Magazine] 10 days before the election, you’re not doing much to energize your supporters.

Now typically it’s the Democrats who form a circular firing squad in election years, so it’s refreshing to see the GOP in such disarray for a change. Let’s just hope this keeps up until November 4th.

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