Friday, February 29

'challenging the process'

Hillary is going to challenge the results of the Texas primary/caucus on Tuesday because of the "complicated delegate selection process."

How complicated can it be? How long have they been doing it, without any problems?

Even so, the concern is now said to be "on the ruin the Democrats' effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers."

resign

Art Madrid, the Mayor of La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego was found, well, just like the cartoon. Passed out drunk. The police drove him home but didn't charge him. Yeah, that's fair.

yeah, but she's hot

Angelina Jolie, who I think is a very decent, sincere person, believes the surge is working in Iraq because it has "created opportunities to boost assistance for refugees."

Thursday, February 28

hey, babe

I'm catching the "Nightline" interview with Hillary, in progress, and I gotta say... She looks great. And she raised $35 million in February.

I can't really be... Saying that. Can I? Did I? Of course, this is ABC... And... Cynthia McFadden?

Holy crap, am I drunk? I must be drunk. She does look good. Her face is... Tighter? Her neck is... Less wrinkly? Her eyes don't look so... Droopy? Wow. She's kinda... Hot. Yuch! Did I really say that?

Good question from Cynthia... If Barack were a woman, would "she" have been already laughed out of the race? Um, yeah, with "her" flimsy record. I mean, what a lightweight!!! Sorry. Even though "he" raised $50 million this month.

Hillary wants "to insure all children by 2012"? Even McFadden looks skeptical. Me too, the face lift and all the surgery notwithstanding.

on vacay

The Drudge Report leaked the news earlier today: Britain's Prince Harry, a member of the Royals and Blues, has been secretly fighting on the frontlines in Afghanistan since Christmas Eve, '07.

And here's a kicker: His Grandmother -- uh, you know, The Queen -- sent him. Ordered him to go.

Good for Harry, just "being one of the lads." I respect what he's doing, even though the photos seem to be a bit staged. The cynic in me thinks that he probably was always protected and never in any danger. Whatever the case, he certainly is finished doing it now that his location has become international news.

(Doing my best British accent...) I also suspect he welcomes the opportunity to get away from the constant crush of media in London, who scrutinize every aspect of his daily life.

Going to war might actually be preferable to that kind of rot.

'lucky'

I remain convinced that American troops are good people. In fact, the majority of them are salt of the earth types, the best of the best.

Latest case in point: Sgt. Waybe Leyde, 26. He just won $1 million. Yet, he's going back to Iraq because "It was a commitment (he) made about three months ago. I'm going to stick to it," he said.

Michelle Obama should be proud to be represented by this man. I know I am.

jollies

San Diego Union-Tribune cartoonist Steve Breen is a very funny guy. The U-T hasn't yet posted today's Breen about Nader, but it's spot on.

balls

And, speaking of Time... How's this for an advertisement? I'm not sure if this is marketing or the editorial position of the magazine. Probably a bit of both.

Maddie Albright has quite a pair, doesn't she? Wow. I vividly recall the messes that she made while Secretary of State, namely granting legitimacy and leverage to North Korea, which empowered them to the extent of inextricability.

'who wrote this for ya?'

Geldof and Bush are buddies. Bob got to hang on Air Force One and he describes the President as "curious and quick."

He writes in his "Diary From The Road," in Time:

"The Bush regime has been divisive — but not in Africa. I read it has been incompetent — but not in Africa. It has created bitterness — but not here in Africa. Here, his administration has saved millions of lives."

Wednesday, February 27

'banning glitter'

Speaking of congratulations, let me give Maureen Dowd a virtual pat on the back for today's column "Begrudging His Bedazzling."

The normally dour Dowd writes:
"We’ve had 'Experienced Hillary,' 'Soft Hillary,' 'Hard Hillary,' 'Misty Hillary,' 'Sarcastic Hillary,' 'Joined-at-the-Hip-to-Bill Hillary,' 'It’s-My-Turn Hillary,' 'Cuddly Hillary,' etc."
More...

"Just as in the White House, when her cascading images and hairstyles became dizzying and unsettling, suggesting that the first lady woke up every day struggling to create a persona, now she seems to think there is a political solution to her problem. If she can only change this or that about her persona, or tear down this or that about Obama’s. But the whirlwind of changes and charges gets wearing.

"By threatening to throw the kitchen sink at Obama, the Clinton campaign simply confirmed the fact that they might be going down the drain."

While it's been fun watching Hillary twist in the wind, it's been hysterical listening to her bitch about mistreatment from the press. And this, from last night's debate in Cleveland, is just classic Ice Queen:
“Maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow."
How great is it to now remember that the blatantly Liberal NYT endorsed the candidate who wasted valuable campaign time going on Ellen to joke about 'banning glitter' for children 12 years and older?

You think they don't regret not endorsing Obama?

disarming

Obamanation. I wish I'd thought of this. He really is for change. No missile defense? No nukes?

Jonah Goldberg writes about The Hope Monger's relationship with the terrorist William Ayres here.

It seems "Violent Radicalism" and "Liberalism," are synonymous.

Oh, and Michelle Obama's thesis from Princeton is said to be 'unavailable' until November 5, the day after the election, even though some of it has been previously published in the Newark Star Ledger.

Love that transparency.

From the Politico.com:
"Obama wrote that attending Princeton would lead to her "further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."
No wonder Michelle has never been 'proud' of her country.

thanks, bill

William F. Buckley, celebrated conservative thinker.

Editor.
Columnist.
Publisher.
Novelist.
Brainiac.
Debater.
Television star.
CIA agent.
Visionary.
Harpsichordist.
Sailor.
Politician.

Dead at 82.

trying

David Brooks' wisdom on McCain's role as a reformer:

"Over the course of his career, McCain has tried to do the impossible. He has challenged the winds of the money gale. He has sometimes failed and fallen short. And there have always been critics who cherry-pick his compromises, ignore his larger efforts and accuse him of being a hypocrite.

"This is, of course, the gospel of the mediocre man: to ridicule somebody who tries something difficult on the grounds that the effort was not a total success. But any decent person who looks at the McCain record sees that while he has certainly faltered at times, he has also battled concentrated power more doggedly than any other legislator. If this is the record of a candidate with lobbyists on his campaign bus, then every candidate should have lobbyists on the bus."

Liberals don't have the courage to take bold steps, yet they chide those who do. (Think: Middle Eastern democracy, social security, immigration, national security, global war on terror) As if action is a bad thing.

Republicans do. Democrats talk about doing, but they're so busy talking about doing that they never get around to actually doing anything.

Repeatedly reciting buzzwords like 'change' and 'hope' to the delight of the ignorant minions, while wishing to be congratulated on motives alone, seems like a shallow exercise, doesn't it?

economy killer

The lead editorial in the WSJ explores some union, uh, Barack Obama legislation.

The Patriot Employer Act, co-sponsored by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) consider American companies to be patriotic if they "pay at least 60 percent of each employee's health care premiums"; have a position of "neutrality in employee [union] organizing drives"; "maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in the United States relative to the number of full-time workers outside of the United States"; pay a salary to each employee "not less than an amount equal to the federal poverty level"; and provide a pension plan."

Union, union, union. When did implementing a union agenda become 'patriotic,' regardless of the competitive implications? When did requiring American companies to pay more for overseas operations than their Chinese, Japanese and European competitors became 'patriotic'? When did making U.S. companies less profitable and less competitive world-wide, enable American companies to create more jobs?

5.2

Earthquakes strike Britain in the middle of the night. Reports here, here, here and here.

down, down, down

Sam Zell is a highly respected billionaire investor. He links much of America's current economic troubles on Democrats.

"Self-fulfilling prophecy," with two Democrats "vying with each other" to make everything sound bad.

That's what Democrats do... Talk down the economy, resulting in lost jobs, lost revenue, lost dividends, lost wealth. All so they can win an election.

money, movies, money, politics, money,

Meet Alex Gibney, Hollywood's new Michael Moore.

Fresh off his Oscar victory for the vile "Taxi to the Dark Side," he's now set his sights on Jack Abramoff and John McCain.

Sounds like a smear film. Of course, I'm sure Gibney will fail to mention Abramoff's cozy relationship with the corrupt Harry Reid.

As if the exchange of money is unique to politics. Like Gibney isn't making movies to make money?

Re: "Taxi," our enemy is brutal, which requires us to be brutal. Common sense right? And there is ample precedent for the suspension of habeas corpus during times of war. That bit of fact is conveniently left out.

Do your homework, Alex.

Tuesday, February 26

new is the same old

The Magic Negro drew rave reviews last year for "new thinking" when he suggested to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that presidential candidates raise money for the general election, but, if both sides agreed to accept federal matching funds this year, they could re-gift the privately raised cash.

That was so '07. Back then, Obama was an unknown quantity. He was just 'that black guy' who gave a rousing speech at the '04 DNC Convention in Boston. This year, he's raising big bucks every day and the Left is encouraging him to eat his words and keep his money.

This sounds like politics as usual to me, which is not surprising in the least. Don't expect any media coverage on this hypocrisy, either. Obama is a politician, after all, but not just any politician. He's a politician getting a free ride.

Obama is so above the fray that he is absolved of any and all criticism. The press is so enamored of him they are doing their best in covering up emerging scandals, like Tony Rezko while gleefully writing smears and endlessly prattling perversions with regard to John McCain.

And here's a ringing endorsement from the racist and hate monger Louis Farrakhan, who says of Obama:
"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
How does being black make Obama 'the hope of the world'? How does being black qualify him to be President of the United States? This "unhinged support" is just ridiculous stuff.

heroine

Barack and Hillary debate again tonight, this time on MSNBC. That ought to be a snoozefest.

It occurs to me... The way to make it interesting is for Clinton to put her party ahead of personal ambition and suddenly get all magnanimous with Obama by exiting the race.

Since her quest for the nomination is as dead as her old friend Vince Foster, she's got nothing to lose and and an all new reputation to gain.

out of touch

Hillary continues to run a terrible campaign. A new CBS poll shows her trailing Obama by 16%.

Clinton is desperate, yet her staffers find Saturday Night Live to be a more legitimate news source than the Drudge Report.

Now that's funny.

ice age

Believe in global warming? Read this.

Monday, February 25

vp candidates

Byron York takes a good look at McCain boosters Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

Viable VP candidates?

I'd say Pawlenty, yes, mostly because Minnesota is a Blue state. Sanford's a great guy, and a staunch fiscal conservative, but McCain is going to win South Carolina outright because of the military vote.

oops

The New York Times' own ombudsman, Clark Hoyt, has declared that his paper "failed to establish a sexual relationship had existed between John McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman and therefore should not have published the salacious claims it made last week suggesting otherwise."
“I think that ignores the scarlet elephant in the room. A newspaper cannot begin a story about the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee with the suggestion of an extramarital affair with an attractive lobbyist 31 years his junior and expect readers to focus on anything other than what most of them did. And if a newspaper is going to suggest an improper sexual affair, whether editors think that is the central point or not, it owes readers more proof than The Times was able to provide,” Hoyt wrote."
So, what, if anything, is to be done to rectify this situation? "The Newspaper of Record" must accept responsibility for this debacle. Accountability is what's needed here. Bill Keller should apologize to Senator McCain and resign his post effective immediately.

oscar

The tacky Liberal stuff crept in the final 45 minutes or so of the show, using (and that is precisely the correct word) American troops from Iraq to introduce nominated documentary short films. The winner, "Freeheld," tells the story of a dying gay cop's efforts to get benefits to her life partner. And then, in rapid succession came the award for feature documentary, which happened to be -- shazam! -- "Taxi To The Dark Side," about the supposed American "torture" of terrorists.

Wouldn't it be great to hear actors say, "Hey, I'd like to thank the troops, because if it weren't for them defending our freedom, we couldn't be having this award show tonight."

Beyond that, I didn't find the Oscars to be overtly political. In fact, I thought the 80th broadcast of the Academy Awards was the best I've seen in a long time, both in content and structure.

The segments on the 79 previous Best Picture winners was amazing. The montages on the other 'Best' categories were stirring and memorable.

It moved along. The music segments were great. The acceptance speeches were brief and sincere. Mostly.

And Jon Stewart was/is a great host. He's cool, hip, understated and decidedly non-partisan. (I hear he's a McCain guy) He mentioned "Barack Hussein Obama." (Or maybe he's a Hillary guy, who knows?) He talked about "choosing between Democrats." (Stating the obvious was funny) He was great.

People weren't supposedly engaged in the nominated films. The ratings sucked. Nobody cared. But I did.

I loved "No Country For Old Men." It's dark and creepy. What does that say about me? I found "Juno" to be a heartwarming and surprising 'message' movie. Can you imagine? A successful movie about a pregnant teen who chooses not to have an abortion?

"There Will Be Blood." "Michael Clayton." "Atonement." Haven't seen them, but I will. I really want to see "La Vie En Rose." I love Marion Cotillard. (Above) If you haven't seen "A Good Year," rent it.

Friday, February 22

long, lost

Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, I think of you often, I miss you and I will always love you, Laura Benson.

Happy Birthday.

Thursday, February 21

debate

I'm watching the post-debate right now on CNN and I just heard Candy Crowley's thoughts on tonight's performances of Barack and Hillary.

Obama: "The format favored him and he was comfortable."

Clinton: "She was, as always, great."

Nice analysis, Candy.

During the debate, Hillary elicited boos from the audience when she that Obama is "change you can Xerox."

CNN just re-ran the footage, only they edited out the booing.

How's that for objective reporting?

I'm going to a pajama party.

hey man, nice shot

How cool is technology?

Successfully pinpointing a target -- in this case a rogue satellite, about the size of a 5,000 lb. school bus -- traveling at 22,500 miles per hour, 150 miles above earth. And then shooting a missile at 7,000 miles per hour, destroying the target and safely bringing down the satellite over the Pacific Ocean.

"Smaller than expected" chunks of debris are being tracked by the Pentagon.

This will certainly be another shot in the arm for US missile defense.

galvanize

The more I read the NYT's smear piece on McCain, the angrier I get.

This really is sloppy, tabloid stuff. An eight year old story, without attribution, without a single direct quote.

Those celeb-driven supermarket magazines have more credibility than The Grey Lady these days. Once a greatly respected paper, the Times continues to suffer through an economic malaise, yet they consistently push a hard Left agenda.

What does it say about the leadership of editor Bill Keller? Why would the Times now seek to destroy the guy they endorsed for President less than a month ago?

Interesting background on the whole thing from The New Republic here.

I bet this smear backfires and galvanizes the GOP behind the Senator.

vegas, baby, vegas

Janet Huckabee sounds like a fun chick. This past weekend she caught a middleweight prize fight and grabbed some grub at Hooters in Vegas.

I hope she ordered the boneless Daytona wings, 'cause they are yum-o.

pride

Michelle Obama now says that she's "proud" that "for the first time in her adult life" people are participating in politics, stuffing envelopes and being excited.

I guess she's not a Clinton fan. Hell, Democrats back then were excited and engaged about Bill.

Also: Mrs. Hope Monger wants "everybody to have the same opportunities she had" in terms of education. Doing the math, she's 44, those "opportunities" came during the Reagan years, if I'm not mistaken.

Mmm.

Wednesday, February 20

slimy

Oh yeah. There's no such thing as media bias. The American press covers both Democrats and Republicans exactly the same way. You can't tell that journalists favor one party, one candidate, or one ideology, over another. Oh, no. Journalists are way too professional for that.

This is 'the paper of record,' the NYT? This is the paper that published American national security secrets. This is the paper that endorsed John McCain a few weeks ago.

Then, the NYT, at McCain's request, spiked this story just a few weeks ago, about McCain's 'possible' affair with, and special favors granted to, a female lobbyist.

Conveniently, now that McCain has secured the Republican Presidential nomination, they run what is being described as nothing but a 'smoke and mirrors hit piece,' that also resurrects The Keating Five, an ancient, long ago settled case.

This is dirty, slimy journalism.

Washington DC super-lawyer Bob Bennett, a partisan Democrat, investigated McCain for a year-and-a-half on behalf of the Senate Ethics Committee with regard to the convoluted case involving Charles Keating, an Arizona developer and the failed S&L crisis, and found him to be a man of character and integrity. In fact, Bennett recommended to the Committee that they exonerate McCain, but Democratic party leadership refused because it would have then meant that 'The Keating Four' would have been all Dems.

* Full disclosure: McCain retained Bennett as counsel in December, '07 to combat negative stories like the above.

'the drudge-limbaugh-fox news axis'

Politico's Jonathan Martin blogs that The Hope Monger isn't ready for the onslaught that we're gonna bring his way.

By "We," Martin is talking about the unmitigated Republican media "Freak Show," of blogs, conservative talk radio, a handful of daily newspapers led by the WSJ and the Fox News Channel. We are going to report the stuff nobody else will. Just to make it fair.

One mistake jumped out at me from Martin's post. John Kerry wasn't "riding high" post-convention in '04. In fact, he famously got "no bounce" from the convention. He came out -2%. That's when I knew he was doomed. All the big media people were scratching their hands, confused. Especially after Bush got a 5% bounce from the Republican convention.

reuters/zogby

A new poll finds that Americans are happier about life, their President and their government.

So much for that sweeping call for 'chope.'

reality

The world -- as it has always been -- is a powder keg, ready to blow up or explode violently at any time.

Pakistan. Cuba. Iran. North Korea. Afghanistan. Iraq. Russia. Kosovo.

It seems these are the many reasons (along with sensible judicial nominations and low taxes to ensure economic vitality) Republicans, Independents and Democrats should join together in electing John McCain.

An issues-centric campaign will strongly favor McCain.

oasis

Robert Samuelson writes about "The Obama Delusion."
"Obama pledges not to raise the retirement age and to "protect Social Security benefits for current and future beneficiaries." This isn't "change"; it's sanctification of the status quo. He would also exempt all retirees making less than $50,000 annually from income tax. By his math, that would provide average tax relief of $1,400 to 7 million retirees -- shifting more of the tax burden onto younger workers. Obama's main proposal for Social Security is to raise the payroll tax beyond the present $102,000 ceiling.
"Political candidates routinely indulge in exaggeration, pandering, inconsistency and self-serving obscurity. Clinton and McCain do. The reason for holding Obama to a higher standard is that it's his standard and also his campaign's central theme. He has run on the vague promise of "change," but on issue after issue -- immigration, the economy, global warming -- he has offered boilerplate policies that evade the underlying causes of the stalemates."
And Samuelson likes Obama. He's met him and admitted that "it's hard not to be dazzled by him."

Tuesday, February 19

handouts

Obama's 'acceptance speech' after his lop-sided primary victory in Wisconsin tonight lasted 45 minutes and it was the most Liberal inauguration speech I've heard in my lifetime. It probably contained a billion dollars in rhetorical handouts.

Yes, Barack has officially declared that he is running as a Liberal. That hasn't worked for many people. So, good luck with that.

David Brooks has some interesting thoughts on The Changemaker, and writes that whatever limited voting record Obama has, he's the most reliably Liberal vote in the Senate.

"How is a 47-year-old novice going to unify highly polarized 70-something committee chairs? What will happen if the nation’s 261,000 lobbyists don’t see the light, even after the laying on of hands? Does The Changemaker have the guts to take on the special interests in his own party — the trial lawyers, the teachers’ unions, the AARP?

"The Gang of 14 created bipartisan unity on judges, but Obama sat it out. Kennedy and McCain created a bipartisan deal on immigration. Obama opted out of the parts that displeased the unions. Sixty-eight senators supported a bipartisan deal on FISA. Obama voted no. And if he were president now, how would the High Deacon of Unity heal the breach that split the House last week?"

Is America really going to elect a community activist President?

change this


I don't understand why people on my side of the aisle are making a big deal out of the effort by Hillaryland to flip 'committed' and 'pledged' Obama delegates.

As I read and understand the DNC rules, committed and pledged delegates can, and do, change their minds on which candidate to support.

Roger Simon, from the Politico.com:
"Pledged delegates are not really pledged at all, not even on the first ballot. This has been an open secret in the party for years, but it has never really mattered because there has almost always been a clear victor by the time the convention convened.

“Delegates are NOT bound to vote for the candidate they are pledged to at the convention or on the first ballot,” a recent DNC memo states. “A delegate goes to the convention with a signed pledge of support for a particular presidential candidate. At the convention, while it is assumed that the delegate will cast their vote for the candidate they are publicly pledged to, it is not required.”

"But one neutral Democratic operative said to me: “If you are Hillary Clinton, you know you can’t get the nomination just with super delegates without splitting the party. You have to go after the pledged delegates.”

Totally fine. "All's fair in love and war,"and, undoubtedly, politics is war, without the guns.

BUT here's where it gets ugly. Here's the dream scenario for Republicans. This is what I'm praying for:

"Winning with superdelegates is potentially party-splitting because it could mean throwing out the choice of the elected delegates and substituting the choice of 795 party big shots.

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned against it. “I think there is a concern when the public speaks and there is a counter-decision made to that,” she said. “It would be a problem for the party if the verdict would be something different than the public has decided.”

"Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000 and is a member of the DNC, said recently: “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit [the DNC]. I feel very strongly about this.”

"On Sunday, Doug Wilder, the mayor of Richmond and a former governor of Virginia, went even further, predicting riots in the streets if the Clinton campaign were to overturn an Obama lead through the use of superdelegates.

“There will be chaos at the convention,” Wilder told Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

“If you think 1968 was bad, you watch: In 2008, it will be worse.”

When it comes to potential Democratic chaos, brutal intra-party fisticuffs, boycotts, fracturing and convention rioting, I'm a hope monger.

In the end, however, I don't think it's going to matter all that much because I'm growing more optimistic by the day that McCain beats "The Eloquent but Empty" one going away.

target practice

I don't understand why people on my side of the aisle are making a big deal out of the effort by Hillaryland to flip 'committed' and 'pledged' Obama delegates.

As I read and understand the DNC rules, committed and pledged delegates can, and do, change their minds on which candidate to support.

Roger Simon, from the Politico.com:
"Pledged delegates are not really pledged at all, not even on the first ballot. This has been an open secret in the party for years, but it has never really mattered because there has almost always been a clear victor by the time the convention convened.

“Delegates are NOT bound to vote for the candidate they are pledged to at the convention or on the first ballot,” a recent DNC memo states. “A delegate goes to the convention with a signed pledge of support for a particular presidential candidate. At the convention, while it is assumed that the delegate will cast their vote for the candidate they are publicly pledged to, it is not required.”

"But one neutral Democratic operative said to me: “If you are Hillary Clinton, you know you can’t get the nomination just with super delegates without splitting the party. You have to go after the pledged delegates.”

Totally fine. "All's fair in love and war,"and politics is war, without the guns.

BUT here's where it gets ugly. Here's the dream scenario for Republicans. This is what I'm praying for:

"Winning with superdelegates is potentially party-splitting because it could mean throwing out the choice of the elected delegates and substituting the choice of 795 party big shots.

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned against it. “I think there is a concern when the public speaks and there is a counter-decision made to that,” she said. “It would be a problem for the party if the verdict would be something different than the public has decided.”

"Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000 and is a member of the DNC, said recently: “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit [the DNC]. I feel very strongly about this.”

"On Sunday, Doug Wilder, the mayor of Richmond and a former governor of Virginia, went even further, predicting riots in the streets if the Clinton campaign were to overturn an Obama lead through the use of superdelegates.

“There will be chaos at the convention,” Wilder told Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

“If you think 1968 was bad, you watch: In 2008, it will be worse.”

When it comes to potential Democratic chaos, brutal intra-party fisticuffs, boycotts, fracturing and convention rioting, I'm a hope monger.

In the end, however, I don't think it's going to matter all that much because I'm growing more optimistic by the day that McCain beats Barack or Hillary going away.

america sucks

Barack Obama is about to have the same problem John Kerry had in '04: He's got a loudmouth wife.

Yesterday, Michelle Obama claimed, for the first time in her life, to be "proud" of America.

Does this mean that she wasn't proud of the things Bill Clinton did from 1993-2001? Does this mean that she believes Jimmy Carter to be the worst President in American history, as I do? Does this mean that she was disappointed that Democrats took back control of Congress in '06?

Newsflash: The Democrats think America sucks.

The controversy is erupting here, here and here as I post.

Controversy aside, I don't really think Michelle really feels this way. I think her comments were pure political rhetoric tailored specifically for Obama's loony Left constituents.

[Sidebar: Ironically, this is the polar opposite of 'change,' since the Democrats have been running America down the past eight years...the economy sucks, Bush sucks, Cheney sucks, Karl Rove sucks, Rummy sucks, Rice sucks, Republicans suck, our foreign policy sucks, America's place in the world sucks.]

The Obama's are proud achievers, after all. They are affluent, well-educated, productive members of society. Barack is a sitting US Senator. They are proud, attractive people. Which is to say that Michelle is almost certainly proud of herself and Barack and their achievements individually and collectively. This idea that she isn't proud of America is absurd, especially since both she and her husband are products of America.

I'm proud of the fact that the United States feeds, clothes, provides financial assistance, medical aid and military protection to the entire world. I'm proud of what we've done for Africa the past eight years. I'm proud that we liberated Iraq from Saddam.

I'm proud of the way Americans in my city came together during and after the horrific fires in October '07.

I'm also proud of what Cindy McCain said today. America's next First Lady fired the opening salvo of the official Presidential campaign when she said " I am proud of my country."

Monday, February 18

serial skeptic

I talk on my cell phone way too much. And they say it causes cancer. A brain tumor is just what I need.

But I'm not sure if I believe it. I'm a skeptic with an overactive bullcrap meter.

praise allah

Violence down by 80% in Baghdad.

Meet Lieutenant-General Abboud Qanbar, above. I don't think I'd question what he says.

santa

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto (above) has introduced a bill in the California legislature that would mandate the teaching of global warming as a part of all public school science curriculum.
"You can't have a science curriculum that is relevant and current if it doesn't deal with the science behind climate change," Simitian said. "This is a phenomenon of global importance and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon."
Sure. Let's teach a myth to the kids. We already lie to them about Santa Claus.

The San Jose Mercury News:

"I find it disturbing that this mandate to teach this theory is not accompanied by a requirement that the discussion be science-based and include a critical analysis of all sides of the subject," said Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, during the Senate debate."

Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, gets it absolutely correct.
"We don't have complete factual information yet," Denham said. "From what I have seen the Earth has heated and cooled on its own for centuries. I don't know that there's anything that is a direct cause of that right now, but we can do a better job of cleaning up our planet."
The bill is said to be "gaining momentum."

"we"

Jeffrey Ressner and the extraordinarily helpful people at Politico have posted today about the RNC's general election campaign plans to attack Obama.

"A Politico reporter witnessed the document." Really? Oh well, that's cool. Hey, why not just go ahead and share this stuff? I'm all for transparency. (Although there is no way in hell they would ever leak DNC documents outlining plans to "Attack Republicans.")

Anyway, apparently "We" are going to talk about Barack's “inexperience” and “undisciplined messaging,” in differentiating him from Senator McCain. And "We" will emphasize "a seeming incongruity between Obama and the mantle of commander in chief." "We" will hit Obama on "a pattern of voting ‘present’ offers many openings to question his candidacy.” And to negate the oozing charisma of the junior Senator from Illinois, "We" will "make the campaign about issues."

I'm sure glad I have my marching orders.

vanguishing

Hillary is the most desperate politician I've seen since Bob Dole.

She's just pissed because Barack gives better speeches. (And, that he's winning.)

Sunday, February 17

sure, jesting

Bubba thinks his Hillary is "a world class change maker?" Really?

Somebody please tell me one thing -- ONE THING -- that the junior Senator from New York has done to 'change' the world.

free

Kosovo has announced independence from Bosnia. Good for them. No more UN. The entire world needs to be rid of the UN.

sunday morning

I punched the Tivo remote to check who was going to be on NBC's 'Meet The Press.' Hmm...'Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin discussing the Presidential race...'

Next.

'The Chris Matthews Show...' 'Analysis of the Democratic Presidential campaigns.'

Click.

Over to CBS. 'Face The Nation...' 'David Axelrod and Howard Wolfson discussing the Obama and Clinton campaigns.'

Click.

ABC. No sign of Stephanopoulos. And apparently no sign of Republican advisers, no analysis of McCain, who picked upp 50 delegates yesterday, by the way. There's absolutely no discussion of the Republican presidential race on the big network Sunday political shows.

Not very fair and balanced, is it?

And even worse, it doesn't serve the electorate well. The MSM does the nation a grave disservice, dumbing down viewers with information presented and taken completely out of context. Stories of substance, like FISA, terror threats, good news about Iraq and the economy, are totally omitted.

By sharp contrast, 'Fox News Sunday' had a 20 minute interview with DNI Chief Mike McConnell, they discussed the Democrats, the Florida/Michigan delegate dispute AND the McCain campaign.

Journalism as it should be.

Saturday, February 16

dizzying

What's the deal with all the fainting at Obama rallies?

Hold on, I gotta sit down. Anybody have any water? I'll be okay.

Friday, February 15

cowgirl diplomacy

Hillary doesn't think much of Vladimir Putin. She said that he 'doesn't have a soul.'

Putin does think much of Hillary. He said, 'At a minimum, a head of state should have a head.'

Is this the type of 'cowgirl diplomacy' we could expect from President Rodham? Hurtling insults? That should really endear us to the world community, huh?

I thought Democrats were all concerned about American prestige? What happened to the great 'restoration project' of undoing all the damage Bush has supposedly done to the American reputation?

Thursday, February 14

super/whores/delegates

The Magic Negro: " A vote for me is a vote for change and hope. The politics of cynicism is over"

The Ice Queen: "No, no, no. A vote for me is a vote for experience. I'm ready to lead on day one."

Barack and Hillary, in unison: "Here. Take some money to help you make up your mind."

can he really?

I have a good friend who works for Obama. This friend told me way back in March '06 that 'the Hope Monger' would take a shot at the Presidency.

Once I stopped laughing, I replied, 'He doesn't have a record.' Then my buddy looked at me and said...

'Exactly.'

Krauthammer:

"Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He's going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can't possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran's President Ahmadinejad. Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs and that have eluded solution for a generation. Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war -- with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.

"Democrats are worried that the Obama spell will break between the time of his nomination and the time of the election, and deny them the White House. My guess is that he can maintain the spell just past Inauguration Day. After which will come the awakening. It will be rude."

real 'news'

And this testament to real American success in Iraq, from the WSJ:
"At this point in the Democratic primary season, even a declaration of surrender by al Qaeda in Iraq would probably be treated as further evidence of Bush Administration incompetence. Speaking of which, this week the Times of London published remarkable excerpts from letters by two al Qaeda chieftains in Iraq that were seized late last year in a U.S. military raid.

"The Americans and the apostates launched their campaigns against us and we found ourselves in a circle not being able to move, organize or conduct our operations," wrote one terrorist "emir." The loss of Anbar Province, he added, had created "panic, fear and an unwillingness to fight," while the flow of foreign jihadis had dwindled as they lost faith that their "martyrdom" would yield results. In a second letter, another al Qaeda leader complains how his force shrank to fewer than 20 fighters from 600.

That's the 'news' the NYT won't 'report.' Nice objectivity.

What remains of al Qaeda has reportedly been driven north to Mosul, and may soon face an offensive by U.S. forces and an increasingly confident Iraqi Army. All the more reason, it seems to us, to make sure our forces in Iraq remain adequate to finish the job and not let al Qaeda slip away to fight another day -- as critics of the Administration constantly allege it did in Afghanistan.

My dear friend, C.P., is headed to Northern Iraq, to join that 'offensive.' Godspeed, Sailor. The Bud Lights are on me, upon your return.

Oh, one more thing. You might like to know on the eve of your deployment, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi -- a Democrat -- told CNN that "there haven't been gains."

Wolf Blitzer, this past Sunday, asked Pelosi about the wisdom of an 'hasty' withdrawal from Iraq.

"The gains have not produced the desired effect which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure."

better late than never...

Wow. Reconciliation in Iraq. Even the NYT is now (finally) reporting it.

'grapes of wrath'

A buddy of mine has grown so weary of hearing the words 'change' and 'hope' that he's merged the two into 'Chope.'

I wonder how much longer the simpletons are going to be 'inspired' by Barack's meaningless words? There's not much in the way of substance as a subtext. And, actually, if you listen to his stump speech -- and, really, how can you not hear Obama's stump speech, it's everywhere -- it's depressing.

'Obama's America' seems eerily related to John Edwards' 'Two Americas.' Neither are very hopeful. And nothing ever changes.

Interesting piece from WSJ about the possibility of Obama 'cresting' his own wave. It's likely to happen.

imad mughniyeh

I like dead terrorists.

As I post this, he's probably searching frantically for his 72 virgins.

watching

Senate Dems cave on FISA. Obama votes against. Bad judgment. Hillary fails to show up to vote. Bad leadership.

Pelosi is holding up the vote on FISA, weakening national security, continuing a tired pattern of playing politics with your life and mine. How frustrating is this? No wonder House Republicans staged a walkout.

McCain should be shouting this from the campaign trail...

'roller coaster'

WSJ has a page one story on the turmoil inside Hillaryland.

They are now counting on the corrupt and compromised Maggie Williams to lead them out of the hole and onto the nomination? They really must be in trouble.

Clinton has never had a clear, concise message. Experience? The only experience Hillary can rightfully claim is that she was an active player in the most scandal-ridden, morally bankrupt Administration Americans have ever seen.

'Bimbo eruptions...' 'Vast Right wing conspiracies...' 'Monica Lewinsky...' 'Whitewater...' 'File-gate...' 'Travel-gate...' 'Vince Foster...' 'Impeachment...'

That's a great record to run on. What a legacy. To say nothing of the negligence shown toward national security, which led to 9/11.

Being a Bill Clinton's wife isn't a qualification for the Presidency. Overseeing a failed, secretive health care task force isn't a qualification. Chairing meetings doesn't make one qualified. Casting politically calculated votes in the Senate isn't a qualifier, either.

Sorry, Babe. You'and the tragically urbane Barack Obama and virtually all of the Democrats are lightweights, empty suits, ill-suited for jobs of import.

Monday, February 11

stories

Today's press conference by Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann (pictured above) told a much bigger story than just the indictment of six Guantanamo Bay detainees. That was one story.

The questioning from the press told another story. Each question for Hartmann was framed around the assumption that all of the six detainees had been abused and tortured and that somehow the indictments were illegitimate and that the world should have empathy and sympathy for terrorists.

The third story is that critics of America still decry the 'secrecy' of these tribunals, even though the rules have been muddied and changed so dramatically that now these six terrorists now will have "
the same rights as U.S. soldiers tried under the military justice system including the right to remain silent, call witnesses, and know the evidence against them. Appeals can go all the way to the Supreme Court."

"The trial will be held in a specially constructed court at Guantanamo Bay that will allow lawyers, journalists and some others to be present, but leave relatives of Sept. 11 victims and others to watch the trial through closed-circuit broadcasts."

What kind of kangaroo court will that be? How are prosecutors supposed to have the evidence they will need to convict with journalists present? What if key evidence against the terrorists happens to be 'classified'? And, already the scuttlebutt is that since KSM was waterboarded, said 'evidence' against the terrorists should be 'inadmissible.'

This is beyond absurd. Beyond ridiculous. Why are we even bothering with this charade? And my bigger question is why haven't these men already been disposed of? Wiped off the face of the earth?

the 3 mikes

Meanwhile, the people who are really in the know, the folks who give a damn, the guys in charge, like Michael Chertoff , Michael Hayden and Michael McConnell, who have done a brilliant job of protecting us since 9/12/01, remain concerned and vigilant.

"The great weapon they (terrorists) have is persistence and patience, and the one weakness that we have is the tendency to lose patience and become complacent," Chertoff told WTOP Radio.

"It strikes me as hard to accept that anybody would believe the threat is over. There is nothing these terrorists are doing or saying that could lead a reasonable person to believe that they have somehow lost interest. Our biggest challenge is making sure we do not drop our guard because time passes."

CIA Director Hayden told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that "al Qaida will continue trying to "acquire chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials (CBRN), and would not hesitate to use them in attacks."

Director of National Intelligence McConnell testified at the same time last week that "al-Qaida remains the pre-eminent threat against the United States."

John McCain, as President, won't take his eyes off of the daily threat assessments. He's going to continue to wage the Global War on Terror. He gets it. He understands the stakes. He knows terror firsthand.

This is serious business and it goes way beyond politics. Or, at least, it should.

tool

Nancy Pelosi is out there again saying that the surge in Iraq has 'failed.' That woman is the biggest tool.

Oh yeah. The surge has 'failed' so badly that Iraq is no longer on the front pages of every daily newspaper in America.

Since there's only good news out of Iraq these days, Iraq has suddenly ceased being a story. If Iraq continued to be a story, reporting the good news would be unavoidable, which would make President Bush look good.

And Lord knows, we can't have that now, can we?

clinton, inc.

Hillary is changing campaign managers? Sounds like panic to me.

Longtime Hillary gal-pal (and MILF) Patti Solis Doyle, pictured above, has been replaced by longtime Clinton crony Maggie Williams.

Of course the Clinton surrogates like Lanny Davis and Susan Estrich are all over television minimizing the news. Which means that they are panicked after all.

The 'story' is that Solis-Doyle, the mother of two small children, was working for Hillary on what was thought to be a temporary basis. That they expected an easy campaign, Clinton was the anointed one, blah, blah, tele-blah.

Then Barack Obama happened, and well, you know. Hillary is losing. And it was Solis-Doyle's idea to let the voters 'get to know Hillary.' Bad call, baby. Hill's not very likable. And she has cow thighs.

Who can forget Williams being forced to testify on Capitol Hill numerous times in all the Clinton scandals of the '90s? At least now Solis-Doyle finally has gotten her priorities straight. Let's nominate her for 'Mother of the Year.'

Separately, why the hubbub over 'pimping out' Chelsea? It's not as if she is still a kid, or that she's not involved in her mother's campaign. The fact is, she's now an adult very much campaigning for her mother... She's now an official partisan, claiming Republicans 'screw up everything.'
And look. She's even drawn telephone duty and breakfasting duty with Super Delegates. But her parents aren't 'using her.' No way! Bill and Hill would never 'use' anybody.

Some context is needed here: For good or bad, the word 'pimp' is now a part of the American lexicon. Is it offensive? Maybe. But thank rap culture. I don't see any reason for NBC News to suspend reporter David Shuster. What about free speech? Shuster issued an on-air apology and that should be the end of it.

A Presidential candidate objects to what a network news reporter says on air and Wham! He's silenced? If that candidate is a Democrat, by all means.

I don't recall Chris Matthews or Bob Schieffer or Brian Williams or Wolf Blitzer or Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric or the Today Show people or any other number of well known news 'professionals' ever issuing apologies (or being suspended) for derogatory statements made on-air about Republicans or conservatives.

What about the coverage of the Bush twins? How many years were we treated to gleeful MSM stories of partying, drinking and smoking by Barb and Jen? They never have uttered a word about politics.

What about Keith Olbermann talking about the Bush Administration "pimping out" General Petraeus? That's beyond offensive.

The Democrats -- and the MSM -- are all about cheap shots, selective censorship and phony outrage.

gitmo 6

We're finally getting around to trying the Gitmo 6:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Mohammed al-Qahtani
Ramzi Binalshibh
Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali
Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi
Waleed bin Attash

I'm hoping that we can get the death penalty on these bastards, but I have my doubts. This is about to become to global cause de jour for the European Left and the ACLU, the Human Rights Watch, and other assorted crazies.

This is as good a time as any to remember with clarity that many American politicians -- including my new best buddy John McCain -- advocate the closing of Guantanamo and allowing non-citizens full access to the American legal system, which would then mean that these trials would be held in American cities like New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles, instead of Cuba.

Does anyone doubt the terror threats to American cities that would play host to these trials?

Insanity.

And seriously. If we can't convict -- and execute -- six radical Muslim terrorists for planning, orchestrating and murdering 3,000 civilians on American soil, then we shouldn't even have the death penalty. Period. We should just scrap it.

Saturday, February 9

back?

The WGA strike is almost over.

Or maybe not.

Members of the Guild will vote on the proposed deal in the next 48 hours and could return to work by this upcoming Wednesday.

Or not.

glossed over

I laughed several times during Barack Obama's speech tonight at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Richmond, VA. He's a big Liberal, promising handouts to everybody. A President Obama would be a disaster. But, lavishing praise on FDR's courage to serve with a physical disability? That's what stands out about Roosevelt?

Democrats should know and understand American history. They should also be much more careful claiming their heroes. Roosevelt's strategic wagering of WWII (going after and defeating a country that hadn't attacked us before going after and defeating a country that had) today would be described as modern day GOP foreign policy. The tax-cutting conservative Jack Kennedy would be a Republican today.

It's sad to think that most people have no clue about history. Sad, too, that Obama failed to tip his hat to the greatest Democratic President ever, Harry Truman. How do you gloss over Truman? He just dropped a couple of bombs, ended a war and saved millions of lives.

McCain is going to make Obama look and sound foolish in the debates.

f/b

As I'm watching the caucus/primary returns on the Fox News Channel, getting blurry vision and a headache from the eyeball-crossing graphics, I popped on over to CNN.

Much cooler graphics, (CNN=Politics) and way cooler toys. John King went to a map of my former home state of Louisiana, complete with zooming Google Earth maps of New Orleans.

Then, suddenly, between comments about Barack Obama voters, before you could say "crawfish etouffee," King, Wolf Blitzer and Suzanne Malveaux were offering a tutorial on the Federal Government's failed response to Hurricane Katrina.

King: (pointing at the map of the 9th Ward) "Look. There's the levy that broke."

I switched back to Fox. So I can watch caucus/primary returns.

Friday, February 8

delegates

What are the Democrats going to do about the disenfranchised voters in Florida and Michigan?

They need to do 'something creative.'

Sounds like it's caucus time.

Thursday, February 7

president mccain

Congratulations, Senator. You've secured the GOP nomination for President and you are now my candidate.

I pledge to do whatever I can do on your behalf to make certain that you are elected the 44th President of the United States.

Oh, and BTW, I think your wife, Cindy, is kinda hot.

veep's?

Hey, Senator McCain,

I'm already thinking about possible VP candidates.

Now, it's true that Huckabee would deliver the Southern states, and that Romney would bring economic gravitas, an area you've admitted isn't your best.

But what about Tim Pawlenty, (pictured above) the Governor of Minnesota? Young, handsome, tax cutter. A clear conservative. And he's a loyalist. Hell, he endorsed you thirteen months ago. That's loyalty!
Or, Michael Steele, Chairman, GOPAC and former Lt. Governor of Maryland. Solid guy. Impressive. He could be the best, especially if Obama is Clinton's Veep. He'd match up well and he'd run circles around Barack on policy.

I'm sure there are many other qualified candidates. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Condi Rice. Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida. Jeb Bush. Joe Lieberman. I don't know. I'll think of more.

2012

Mitt is suspending his campaign.

Apparently, he was planning as of last night, when he sat down to write the speech he just delivered at CPAC, to stay in the race. But then he realized that he could damage the GOP Presidential effort.

For the good of the party, he's out. He's a class act.

Smart. Pragmatic. He's taking one for the team.

I voted for Romney on Super Tuesday. I'm extremely proud of my vote.

Wednesday, February 6

beer me

John McCain's not as weak as the Dems, but sometimes he comes pretty damn close. Examples:

(1.) McCain, in an important speech tomorrow to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, otherwise known as CPAC, is reportedly going to allow a video President Reagan to "introduce" him.

That should suck. Did Lindsey Graham think of that all by himself? I don't know anybody who believes McCain is the heir to Ronald Reagan, especially since it was the Gipper who famously said:
“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”
The Old Codger from Arizona badly needs to start focusing on The Now and stop living in the 1980s.

(2.) The Old Codger from Arizona missed a Senate vote today on economic stimulus, whether to make 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans eligible for rebate checks.

A "No" vote siding with Republicans would have put McCain at odds with senior citizens. A "Yes" vote would have risked pissing off President Bush, GOP leaders and those pesky conservatives already skeptical the likely GOP presidential nominee.

Missing this vote might be (pick an adjective: convenient, cowardly, smart or chicken bleep) politics of the moment, but a 12 pack of Newcastle says it comes back to bite him in the backside this November.

slugfest

I love the prospect of a prolonged fight between Barack and Hillary. Love it. I hope they keep going at it. The best Democrats are weak, ineffectual Democrats.

1964/2008

Tony Blankley makes the amazingly valid point that in 1964, GOP moderates like George Romney (Mitt's Dad) sat out the election to protest the nomination of Barry Goldwater.

Which just happens to sound incredibly familiar to the possible (and much ballyhooed) conservative exodus away from the very likely nomination of John McCain, 2008, doesn't it?

Everything goes in cycles, and history does indeed repeat, which is something for Republicans of all stripes to keep very much in mind over the days, weeks and months ahead.

If McCain is the GOP presidential nominee, informed voters have a duty to support his candidacy.

land of confusion

America badly needs uniform election standards. I'm talking the same ballots, trained poll workers, consistent, stringent rules in all 50 states.

My polling place yesterday was packed with five idiot poll workers who tried to tell a woman and her son that because they were registered Dems, they couldn't vote for a Presidential candidate.

I've had other people tell me that Republicans were told the same thing.

Can we really trust this system? People are skeptical of the system, which undermines the process. And it seems to be getting worse, not better.

post mortem

So it's going to be John McCain. Okay. Let's support him. Remember. He'll nominate better Supreme Court justices. He gets the big parts of the war on terror. Regardless of intra-party squabbles, the Senator from Arizona remains far and away a better choice than any Democrat.

Tuesday, February 5

bring it on

Here's some straight talk: I voted for Mitt Romney.

hardware

No voting equipment in West Los Angeles?

'backroom deal'

What's this? Huckabee and McCain colluding in West Virginia? Would a Southern Baptist Minister really sell his soul for blind political ambition?

Say it ain't so!

Romney had a big lead in the first round, but then Huckabee posted a big win?

Smell fishy?

Sounds like Huck wants to be VP. I wonder what McCain lapdog Lindsay Graham would have to say about that?

correction

I was wrong about Brian Williams and I'd like to apologize.

Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for helping me correct the record.

Monday, February 4

garnish this

...And while the thought of a "President McCain" doesn't send chills down my spine, I'll tell you something that most certainly does...

Hillary Clinton talking about what she, as President, would do to enforce universal health care: “We will have an enforcement mechanism, whether it’s that or it’s some other mechanism through the tax system or automatic enrollments.”

She's been calling health care "a core Democratic value and a moral principle" on the stump. And, apparently she's so convinced of her "values" and her "principles," that she's going to create 'enforcement mechanism(s)' to make sure that all of us submit to her wishes.

How Orwellian.

working relationships

Nobody likes McCain, not even his own colleagues. Angry, mean and vindictive. You'd think I was describing Hillary, but no.

"John was very rough in the sandbox," said former Senator Rick Santorum. "Everybody has a McCain story. If you work in the Senate for a while, you have a McCain story. . . . He hasn't built up a lot of goodwill."

"The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," said Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

"(If McCain was the nominee) there would be a lot of people who would have to recalibrate their attitudes toward John," says Senator Robert Bennett, (R-UT)

"We've had our moments, but we've gotten over that and moved on down the road," said John Cornyn (R-TX). "You're talking about people who are professionals. You don't have to link arms and sing 'Kumbaya' to get things done."

go mitt

A new Reuters/CSPAN/Zogby poll out today has Romney +8 here in California.

Sunday, February 3

failure

Maria Shriver, California's First Lady, on Barack Obama:
"The more I thought about it, I thought, you know, if Barack Obama was a state, he'd be California. I mean, think about it: diverse, open, smart, independent, bucks tradition, innovative, inspiring, dreamer, leader. He is about empowering women, African-Americans, Latinos, older people, young people. He's about empowering all of us."
Nice platitudes. I agree that Barack seems to be a nice guy. I like him very much and, quite frankly, I'd like to vote for him. But really. He's for higher taxes, universal health care and weak national security policies. He's a Democrat and he promotes failure.

How pathetic is it to claim that you need the government -- the President, or a Presidential candidate -- for empowerment?

big blue

Wow. I didn't mention it here, but I did predict a Giants victory.

I especially love Eli getting the MVP.

Saturday, February 2

mullah-makers

President Bush's single biggest mistake in Iraq? Not killing Muqtada al-Sadr in 2003.

Now, Iran is in the process of making al-Sadr a Mullah. He's going to become the new Saddam.

disenfranchised

Liberals still talk about Republicans 'disenfranchising' people in Florida back in 2000.

But what about the DNC rules that actually disallowed delegates from Florida and Michigan to be counted? Millions of Americans in those two states really are being disenfranchised, because they had the gall to hold their primaries before Super Tuesday.

Apparently, nobody cares.
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