Cafferty: Should GOP Listen To Jeb Bush At This Time?

Janet from Gainesville, Florida writes:

NO–Jack– as a Native resident of Florida–Florida’s problems did Not all start since the economic downturn, and Charlie Crist. Our state has had problems for years, and were ignored by Jeb and his bunch. Remember Terry Shavio? Our state tax base needs a complete overhaul, and we need more jobs, besides tourism and construction. Our education system needs help, and it’s Not the FCAT and grading our schools. The country does Not need another Bush.

Deborah from Beaverton, Oregon writes:

So am I the only one who finds it funny that the leaders of the Republican’s new efforts to “reconnect” with the votors are, for the most part, a bunch of middle-aged, rich white men?

AB writes:

The Republican Party needs a major change in leadership right now. Instead of listening to the baby with a mike aka Rush Limbaugh they need to listen to the voters who voted for change in the past two election cycles. They need to realize that what they are doing is bad for their party, instead of becoming a bunch of southern boys with neo-conservative opinions they need to remember that they are a national party meaning they need to be able to mold their platform into something that everyone from different parts of the US can grasp to. That is what the Democrats did and if the Republicans ever want to have a say in anything that is coming out of both sides of Pennsylvania Ave. they should take note.

Arik writes:

Yes, the Republican’s should listen to Jeb Bush. Remember, he’s the one Bush Sr. wanted to run for president, not George. Jeb is far more moderate, level-headed & experienced than his brother, and is very popular in his own right. The best way forward for the republican’s is to follow the lead of someone who’s been saying so in the first place, regardless of name. Some people held “Barak Obama” against the president too. A name, is just a name.

Jay writes:

Jeb Bush would be a solid choice to steer the GOP….. right into a shallow grave where it belongs.

DJ from Round Rock, Texas writes:

Jeb is just stating the theme from moderate Republicans. I just don’t know if the far right will listen. The GOP can continue to push its fiscal conservative policies, but they need to leave the social issues alone, at least from the standpoint of changing or adding to the constitution. As long as they continue to just say no (I haven’t heard any real alternatives except less taxes and spending), they’ll make themselves irrellavent. I don’t believe in gay marriage, but I fail to see what harm it will do to me or anyone else. The party that wants government out of our lives, they sure are making a big push for the government to be in peoples bedrooms.

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Cafferty: Why is it that the more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support torture?

Here are some of the answers that were e-mailed to Cafferty’s Blog:

Alex from Florida writes:

Pastors need to teach their congregations that supporting a conservative ticket based on some values like marriage and/or abortion does not mean you have to support the parts of the platform that don’t jive with those values.

Jim from Chicago writes:

Jack, the Evangelicals support torture because by and large they have bought into the Bush-era malarkey that “enhanced interrogation” is not really torture. Through their lack of critical thinking and questioning of the validity of this premise, they somehow feel that these techniques are necessary and effective for our safety. How ironic that Jesus was only subjected to “enhanced interrogation” by Roman soldiers just before he was crucified.

Kathy writes:

All I can figure out is that church goers do not apparently read the Bible and know little about the actual teachings of Christ. They seem to be real big believers in the Old Testament and “an eye for an eye”. How they claim to be “Born Again” when they don’t follow Jesus message of peace and forgiveness I cannot understand. No way would Christ have ever been a Republican, too selfish and unforgiving.

Keith Cameron writes:

If evangelicals want to continue their act of being better-than-thou, it’s about time they showed some views that actually qualified them as being “good” people. Harsh, I know, but seriously, if you’re going to claim to take a stand on morals, the most basic morals on the planet are “love others, even your enemies” and “be the bigger person.” Both apply to this situation.

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Cafferty: Saudi Judge Refuses To Annul 8-Year-Old’s Marriage For 2nd Time

Outrage story of the week:  Comes courtesy of Saudi Arabia another one of our allies in the Middle East.

A judge has refused for the 2nd time to annul a marriage between  an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.  This same judge rejected a petition last December from the girl’s mother.  Who was trying to get a divorce for her 8-year-old daughter.  A relative of the girl tells CNN, that the Saudi Judge is standing by his earlier verdict and that the girl can petition the court once she reaches puberty.

The mother’s lawyer said it was the 8-year-olds father who arranged this marriage to settle his debts with the man.  The judge required the man to sign a pledge that he wouldn’t have sex with the girl until she reaches puberty.

Jack’s parting thoughts:  Saudi Arabia the country that gave us most of the 9/11 high jackers.  And a place where grown men can marry young children.

This has got to be the craziest thing I have ever heard.  Truly disgusting and sickening!

Cafferty: “When it comes to fund-raising, is Gov. Sarah Palin the best the Republicans can do?”

Jack Cafferty’s viewers e-mail:

Tony writes:

Pretty much.  Gov. Palin is to the GOP is what Lindsay Lohan is to Hollywood: disastrously newsworthy.  She is their star.  And, like Hollywood celebrities, bad publicity is publicity nonetheless.

Larry from Belton, Texas writes:

Yes, since Anna Nicole died.  And sweet Sarah won’t be the first woman to talk a bunch of old white men out of copious piles of money.

CNN: Jack Cafferty on Sarah Palin for President 2012

According to a new Gallup Poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents most would like to see Sarah Palin run for president in 2012. That’s right…Sarah “I read all the newspapers,” Palin. Former mayor of Wasilla, first-term governor of Alaska and hockey mom. Her interviews with Katie Couric are the stuff of legend. After she and McCain got their clocks cleaned, Governor Palin couldn’t get enough of the TV cameras. They were in her kitchen, her office, virtually every corner of her life. She is now reportedly being wooed to write a book-that would be interesting-or maybe do a TV show.

Here are some of the responses Jack received on his blog, they are really funny:

Anne from Chicago, Illinois writes:

Did I hear you say Palin is writing a book? How is that possible when I’ve yet to hear her complete a proper sentence? Shouldn’t she try reading one first?

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Cafferty – How Long Will You Wait In Line To Vote?

Dawn from Florida on Cafferty’s blog answered:  My husband and I waited 2 1/2 hours to vote early.  About one hour into the wait, my husband started getting antsy and wanted me to remind him why we were wasting our time.  I just looked at him and said “George W. Bush.”  That did the trick.  Many great responses!

Cafferty: Why Isn’t Bush Campaigning For McCain?

Cafferty poses the question, if Bill Clinton is campaigning for Barack Obama during this final leg to the election, why doesn’t President Bush campaign for John McCain?  The responses he reads from his blog are hysterical.  The most memorable one referred to Sarah Palin as “Anchorage Annie.”

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What’s Up With The Undecided Voters?

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Jack Cafferty asked a great question yesterday on his blog entitled “Why are so many voters still undecided?” A question I have been wondering about also. As Cafferty points out, this has been the longest and most expensive presidential campaign in history. In the CNN Poll it shows we have 7% who are undecided. So why do we still have so many people not sure who they are going to vote for? Cafferty made me laugh when he remarked, “Maybe if voters haven’t figured it out by now you should not be allowed to vote.”

I know we can’t be the only two people wondering about this, so I surfed the net to see what others thought of this conundrum. Their views of what’s the problem? My first stop was with an author of fiction named Dawn, here is part of her message to undecideds.

I am confused by the existence of undecided voters at this stage of the Presidential race. However, I cannot be so naïve as to believe that much of this indecisiveness is not a race issue. But, what else can it be? This is 2008, a time where racial and cultural lines are meshed more than they ever have been before. I mean, Senator Obama is proof of this with his half Kenyan half Anglo lineage. No doubt he is a Black man, and a great one at that. Well- educated; graduate of Columbia University, top in his Harvard Law class; magna cum laude, and the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. Admiringly, he chose to work as a Community Organizer out of college instead of going directly into the corporate arena.

Dawn is confused by the existence of undecided voters, I have to say part of me is also.  Her message to undecideds is a very good read.   The next problem Jack thought possibly it’s the issues.

We’ve had three presidential debates, one vice presidential debate, one economic meltdown, a $700 billion financial bailout package, a couple of wars and countless arguments about under whose plan you and I would pay more in taxes and for health care.

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Where is Jack Cafferty?

Was it Jack Cafferty’s blistering attack on Sarah Palin that was an instant hit on youtube ?

or was it this comment:

They have stood by and watched their 401(k)s hemorrhage for months. They were also told all weekend by their elected leaders that a rescue plan was on the way. Their elected leaders lied. Again. In the end, politics trumped everything else. Nancy Pelosi gave a speech and that angered some house republicans, and bingo, the whole project went right down the toilet.

Now it’s the Jewish holidays and nothing will happen for a couple more days. And once again, the middle class will take it in the shorts because some Washington moron wanted to make a point. They make me tired.

Fact is: Since October 2nd, when you go to Jack Cafferty’s blog you get this message:

Jack will not be in the Situation Room Today.

When our reader “houseofroberts” asked the question a couple of days ago, I still thought Cafferty’s absence was not out of the ordinary. Personal issues, programming issues, whatever. Now, I’m not so sure.

You can ask CNN what happened to an integer and integral part of the “best political team on TV” yourself here.

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Cafferty File on Privatizing Social Security

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Jack Cafferty is the only person I’ve seen on TV so far to make this incredibly important point: If George Bush and John McCain had their way with privatizing Social Security, millions of seniors would be totally screwed right now.

From The Cafferty File:

“Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The crisis on Wall Street is enough to rattle any investor Let alone one who is about to retire or whos already living on a fixed income.

401(k)s and pension plans — many of which have exposure to these troubled companies — are taking huge hits as a result of this mess.

Luckily we have the safety net of Social Security to fall back on. For now.

You may remember just four years ago President Bush made a big push to partially privatize Social Security You know so we could individually invest our future with the great minds on Wall Street. It failed back then, but that concept could still become a reality. See John McCain also supports supplementing Social Security with private investment accounts. His opponent Barack Obama does not.

Heres my question to you: In light of the failures of large financial institutions, is privatizing Social Security a good idea?”

Thank You Jack Cafferty

Commentary: Is McCain another George W. Bush?
By Jack Cafferty at CNN

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. “It means I’m saved and forgiven.” Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we’ve all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Asked about his greatest moral failure, he cited his first marriage, which ended in divorce. While saying it was his greatest moral failing, he offered nothing in the way of explanation. Why not?

Throughout the evening, McCain chose to recite portions of his stump speech as answers to the questions he was being asked. Why? He has lived 71 years. Surely he has some thoughts on what it all means that go beyond canned answers culled from the same speech he delivers every day.

He was asked “if evil exists.” His response was to repeat for the umpteenth time that Osama bin Laden is a bad man and he will pursue him to “the gates of hell.” That was it.

He was asked to define rich. After trying to dodge the question — his wife is worth a reported $100 million — he finally said he thought an income of $5 million was rich.

One after another, McCain’s answers were shallow, simplistic, and trite. He showed the same intellectual curiosity that George Bush has — virtually none.

Where are John McCain’s writings exploring the vexing moral issues of our time? Where are his position papers setting forth his careful consideration of foreign policy, the welfare state, education, America’s moral responsibility in the world, etc., etc., etc.?

Read the rest of this commentary at CNNPolitics.com.