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Candidates and their jobs

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 2:23 PM

As I was perusing stories regarding tonight's Presidential primary, a question came to me.

Senators Clinton and Obama are both active members of the U.S. Senate, or are they?

Campaigning for an office like President of the United States consumes not only all of your time, but your entire life. Traveling and speaking seven days of the week, meeting the people, meetings with organizations.

My question is, with all of that on their tables, are either of these candidates doing the jobs they were already elected to do?

With campaign season kicking off in the middle of last year, how could either of the Senators have possibly had the time to look out for their constituents and take care of home? Personally, what kind of job a candidate does at home is very important to me.

I don't mean to single out just the Democratic candidates, because McCain and the other GOP candidates are playing the same game and its not fair to the voters who elected them in the first place.

As I recall, Bob Dole resigned from the Senate during his 1996 campaign against Bill Clinton and he was more than just a Senator. He was the Senate Majority Leader at the time.

On June 11, 1996, Dole resigned his Senate seat to focus on the campaign, saying he had "nowhere to go but the White House or home."

What do you think? Can a candidate do both their job and run a successful campaign?

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Bob Dole is the only senator I ever voted for for president. No they really can't do their jobs as senators and run for president too.

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 4:18 PM

Heck Corey, it is apparent that they weren't doing their jobs before. Might as well run for President.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 2:18 PM

How embarrassing for Dems. Who are you all really going to support? Hillary? If one can't see through the phoniness and self righteous personal glory BS, our country is in serious trouble. Obama? Most liberal senator we have, racist by association with a bigoted pastor whom he calls a mentor, who married him, and whom he still will not separate from. I am amazed that some dogs are so yellow they will ignore their true core values as a person and support either of these two jokes. With these two as options, it makes for an easy choice when you take a real look at McCain. And NO, they aren't doing their jobs now and like IB said...weren't before.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 10:51 PM

Oh, come on! Are you telling me that Democratic senators have the market on running for the Presidency while in office? You really want us to believe that no Republican Senators have ever campaigned for the Presidency???

Think about it, now... Is that what you're saying??

And, of course, you are NOT "yellow dogs," right?

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 7:34 AM

Yellow Dog is a term often to describe Democrats who have never, will never, and would never vote for anything other than a Democrat. In other words, they would vote for a yellow dog if it ran against a Republican. There surely is a term for Republicans who do and feel the same. However, I cannot understand how anyone goes into a voting booth and checks ONE box without feeling they are voting for the best candidate. And if you take a look at Obama...most liberal senator, still haven't heard ONE thing he has accomplished in the Senate (let me know if you know of something) and Clinton...self righteous, say anything to get elected, they are a yellow dog's dream.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 3:12 PM

Shannonhoon...you have me confused. Maybe I've just read through things too quickly...but I thought, in commenting elsewhere, you supported the Clintons? Am I wrong?

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 7:06 PM

I think it was more sarcasm than anything else, Mrs. Dolphin. I will say this about Hillary. I heard she did well in the interview Bill O'Reilly had of her on Fox. She's trying to move to the center in her campaigning, much like her husband did. But...look out! She's a liberal. She's still for homo-sexual rights and the woman's right to have her unborn baby killed. And she's still for big government.

-- Posted by swift on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 12:53 PM
Corey Noles' response:
If you pay a lot of attention, you'll notice they all move farther to the middle during election season. It's basically an attempt to pull more middle-of-the-road/undecided voters. Quite typically they abandon that policy when they reach office.

Shannonhoon, you don't need to explain the term "yellow dog" to me; I understand it quite well. My point was in asking you to examine yourself and see if you were the Republican version of the same mindset.

There is, in fact, a term for the Republican version of a "yellow dog," but, unfortunately, my semi-senile brain cannot remember it.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, May 4, 2008, at 8:18 AM

a good description for a republican, would be a pointy head like Rush. And I believe McCain is a Senator also running for president, I notice you finally got around to mentioning that. WE CANT stand another 4 years of 'Bushies' policies, 100 years in Iraq, A real pitiful choice for both parties this year. How sad.

-- Posted by changedname on Sun, May 4, 2008, at 4:53 PM

I can't believe that someone would accuse Democrats of being "big government," after what Bush has done since he's been in office.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, May 6, 2008, at 5:41 PM

You are absolutely right GL. While Bush has been in office the federal budget has increased more than 60% -- from less than $1.9 trillion to $3.1 trillion.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Wed, May 7, 2008, at 8:05 PM

He surely should have vetoed a lot of the spending by the democrats and pork barrel for the last twoyears.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 5:24 PM

In Bush's first 6 years the budget grew an average of more than 8% per year. In the two budgets the Democrats have had influence over, it has increased less than 6% per year. Both figures are obscene, but the Democrats have acted like fiscal conservatives compared to the Republicans.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Not a Rush cronie....vote for the best person who in MY opinion will do the best job. FJ and Dexterite obviously have yellow fur standing up on their backs. They probably think we would have been better off with Gore and/or John Flip Flopper Kerry over the last years. I bet they were against the war from the beginning, which would have made them as smart as Osama Obama. Hillary voted for the war along with a vast majority of Congress, all having the same information as Bush had. America was united and ready to kick *** until we found out that this war wasn't going to be as easy as we had hoped. How many times was this country attacked under Bush and Clinton (counting 9-11?) How many times have we been attacked since? Not bad. Thanks to the many brave men and women, heroes, who are fighting ensure our safety and freedoms back at home.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:09 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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