Monday, June 30
'white working class'
This is especially, in Brown's words, "ironic," now that Obama is the first black nominee for Prez.
"The fact that Sen. Obama is black may not be as much a disqualifier as his background as a Democrat from the Frost Belt with no national security or executive experience and a voting record judged by the nonpartisan National Journal as the Senate’s most liberal during 2007."White voters, as a group, are "more likely" to favor weaker federal government and stronger posture in foreign affairs. Black voters, a large number of Democrats, the opposite. This nicely explains American political realities of the past 30 years.
"The question this year is whether an unpopular war, an even less popular Republican president and a slumping economy can change those dynamics in favor of Sen. Obama — or perhaps whether just the American electorate has become less white enough so that it does not matter.
"But making a big deal about Sen. Obama’s weakness among white voters, among those with or without a college education, and assuming it has to do just with his race ignores history. It does a disservice to both Sen. Obama and those who oppose him."
Let's call Clark what he is. A shill for hire. Four years ago for Kerry, three months ago for Hillary and now, suddenly, for Obama.
Sunday, June 29
The clear editorial position of this supposed 'hard news' piece from Mark Mazzetti and David Rohde comes in the 13th paragraph: We haven't gotten bin Laden because of Iraq. It was a distraction, resources were diverted, blah, blah, blah. Stupid Liberal crap!
Meanwhile, I'm sure the families of our special op's forces appreciate this 'objective' reporting from the Bush hating, America hating, military hating NYT.
Does anybody not think the American military is actively searching for senior al Qaeda members? Not a day has passed since 9/12/01 that we haven't been scouring the planet looking for bin Laden.
Mazzetti and Rohde even engage in Monday Morning Quarterbacking, the pastime of cowards and whiners, discussing how "Bush didn't push Musharaf" hard enough, forgetting that Musharaf has been ducking bullets since even before Bush took office.
They even quote Richard Armitage, the Administration's former point man on Pakistan. Remember Armitage? He's the guy who actually did OUT Valerie Plame, NOT Scotter Libby. Armitage, re: current American policy in Pakistan, says "We're kind of drifting." Way to be a team player, Dick.
According to the former head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, Israel has "12 months to destroy Iran's nuclear program," but "they may be forced to act sooner if Obama wins."
Democrats are so famously feckless and weak, even one of our staunchest allies is planning military strikes on Iran's uranium enrichment facility Natanz, above, with this reality in mind.
A lot of people have realized the same thing lately, with Bill's injecting of the race card against Obama. Reportedly, old #42 has confided to friends and associates that if Barack Obama wants his support some butt kissing is going to be required.
Also, Bill doesn't think Barack can win. Something about 'not being able to connect with voters...'
Thursday, June 26
a 5-4 vote, dripping w/ sarcasm
And some people were actually surprised by the ruling, hence the idiotic headline from Reuters:
"Americans have rights to guns."
This is why presidents matter. Supreme Court nominations.
Wednesday, June 25
Very smart. Or very stupid, depending on your perspective.
From my way of thinking it seems that the Democrats are going to have to 'expand the red/blue map' if they are going to win. To get to the magic 271 electoral votes, Obama is going to have to win all of the Kerry states, but he's going to have to pickup a couple of red states, too, like Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.
Monday, June 23
Expect a resignation soon because the Left is sure to whip this into a mini-scandal before long.
As to the comment, I'm not sure I agree. God forbid we get hit again, but if it happens before the general election all Obama has to say is "it's time for change" for the millionth time.
Says Dick Morris in his daily email blast:
"This is big - because that prosecution, and the ground rules for it, had more to do with our inability to avert 9/11 than any other single factor.Bush has done such a good job with national security Americans have grown complacent. The natural inclination is to believe we can go back to relaxation, thinking that the oceans will protect us from the Middle East like they once did. Believing that would be a big mistake.
"Because we treated the 1993 WTC bombing as simply a crime, our investigation was slow, sluggish and constrained by the need to acquire admissible evidence to convict the terrorists.
"As a result, we didn't know that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the attack until 1997 - too late for us to grab Osama when Sudan offered to send him to us in 1996. Clinton and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger turned down the offer, saying we had no grounds on which to hold him or to order his kidnapping or death.
"Obama's embrace of the post-'93 approach shows a blindness to the key distinction that has kept us safe since 9/11 - the difference between prosecution and protection."
Friday, June 20
And, for whatever this worth, ABC News' Jake Tapper is reporting that Karl Rove made this statement over breakfast this morning at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC:
"(Obama's) the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."Tapper's own 'interesting,' snide comments reflect a negative view of Rove.
"Interesting that Rove would us a country club metaphor to describe the first major party African-American presidential candidate, whom I'm sure wouldn't be admitted into many country clubs that members of the Capitol Hill Club frequent.Tapper is a punk and a very biased one at that. We always know where he's going to stand.
"But the picture Rove paints is interesting. Who, pray tell, is Rove at this country club?
"The guy telling funny stories near the band?
"The charming president of the club's philanthropic arm?
"The brainy guy with all the sports scores?
"Or the guy who vandalizes your car and blames it on the kitchen staff?"
There's been wide speculation that Rove is secretly advising McCain. My guess is that Rove, with these comments, will lose his seat at the table, which is a shame because he's a brilliant strategist.
Could this be mere coincidence? It is exactly 900 miles from Tel Aviv to Natanz. Hmm.
Thursday, June 19
One can only wonder what types of information we missed out on while the Dems were playing politics.
Limited access to Obama? Why? Because he's a dolt when's he's off script?
Wednesday, June 18
truth to power
let's be more like france
Why does it seem as if McCain is the progressive candidate?
'outdated and counterproductive'
Extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary times. Bush has been consistent on drilling and building new refineries. It's been the cowards in Congress that haven't acted.
Florida Governor Crist now favors drilling, too.
Bush asked the Democratic-controlled Congress to take action to expand access to the nation's Outer Continental Shelf.
"Congress must face a hard reality. Unless members are willing to accept gas prices at today's painful levels or even higher, our nation must produce more oil, and we must start now," Bush said in a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
Bush called on lawmakers to expand US oil production by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf, citing experts who say access the OCS could produce about 18 billion barrels of oil.
"That would be enough to match America's current oil production for almost 10 years," he said.
And more from the President:
"We should expand oil production by tapping into the extraordinary potential of oil shale. Oil shale is a type of rock that can produce oil when exposed to heat or other process[es]. In one major deposit -- the Green River Basin of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming -- there lies the equivalent of about 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That's more than three times larger than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. And it can be fully recovered -- and if it can be fully recovered it would be equal to more than a century's worth of currently projected oil imports.
"For many years, the high cost of extracting oil from shale exceeded the benefit. But today the calculus is changing. Companies have invested in technology to make oil shale production more affordable and efficient. And while the cost of extracting oil from shale is still more than the cost of traditional production, it is also less than the current market price of oil. This makes oil shale a highly promising resource.
"Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are standing in the way of further development. In last year's omnibus spending bill, Democratic leaders inserted a provision blocking oil shale leasing on federal lands. That provision can be taken out as easily as it was slipped in -- and Congress should do so immediately."
The amount of energy used at their Nashville mansion could power 232 average American homes.
Tuesday, June 17
'a truly dangerous individual'
I bet he's really looking forward to meeting his American lawyer.
iraq for mccain
The WSJ's Bret Stephens writes one of the best opinion pieces of the year on the palpable Iraqi fear of the Democrats.
It doesn't overstate the case to say that Iraq's future depends mightily on what happens in November.
"A sense of incredulity hangs over the way Iraqis see the U.S. political debate taking shape. The governor tells a moving story about their visit to Walter Reed hospital, where they were surprised to find smiles on the faces of GIs who had lost limbs. "The smile is because they feel they have accomplished something for the American people."
"But the Iraqis came away with a different impression in Chicago, where they had hoped to meet with Mr. Obama but ended up talking to a staff aide. "We noticed there was a concentration on the negatives," the governor recalls. "The Democrat kept saying that Americans have committed a lot of mistakes. Yes, that's true, but why don't you concentrate on what the Americans have achieved in Iraq?"
"The Iraqis are even more incredulous about Mr. Obama's willingness to negotiate with Iran, which they see as a predatory regime. "Do you Americans forget what the Iranians did to your embassy?" asks the governor. "Don't you know that Ahmadinejad was one of [the hostage takers]?"
what the people want
Monday, June 16
"i only sleep with democrats"
c is for change
... Easy for whom?
McCain will glide to office, Brown says, if "he has Ohio neatly tucked away, and holding Obama off in Colorado and Virginia."
If McCain holds Ohio he'll also win in Michigan and Pennsylvania and he'll have a 40 state landslide after winning in places like New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.
Obama will strut into office, Brown says, if he "cracks Virginia" and is "ahead solidly in Ohio."
Hell, that ain't rocket science, either. Even I know that. Ohio is still the new Florida and Virginia hasn't gone for a Democrat for President for 44 years.
filing the chair
Bring on the snarky David Gregory.
Saturday, June 14
My family and I were extremely lucky, if you can call it luck, with my Dad. He battled cancer for 18 long months and during that time I was able to share all of my thoughts and feelings with him. Nothing went unsaid.
My heart goes out to the Russert family.
Read this. Compelling stuff. It makes sense.
Friday, June 13
Head to head against Obama I still continue to believe substance will carry the day. McCain doesn't match the razzle dazzle of Barack but he's got a style all his own and he's charismatic and energetic in his own way.
My hope for the campaign is that he'll stop talking about his military service. Everybody knows he was a POW. Morphing into John Kerry, by constantly referencing Vietnam, won't help his chances.
It pained me greatly to be reminded of the fact that McCain, back in the early Clinton years, voted to confirm both Breyer and Ginsberg to the Supreme Court. Under no circumstance would I ever, ever do that if I were a US Senator. But, and this is a window into McCain's soul and its very, very old school Washington. McCain voted to confirm based on qualification, not ideology.
Too bad he's on record as being anti-drilling. McCain couldn't possibly and credibly flip positions now. I think energy, thanks to high gas prices, has finally come around as a general election campaign issue. I believe that enough people will be ready to jettison the silly notion of wild animals being more important than energy usage, everyday economic reality and national security.
At his core, I'm convinced McCain is a good guy and if elected he'll represent America well.
Thursday, June 12
today's supreme court decision
Newsflash: We're winning the war. And we've won Iraq.
Predictably, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the European sympathizer, provided the swing vote that ascribed rights to non citizens, potentially signed the death warrant of 280 million Americans.
Which will make it easier, as opposed to harder, for terrorists to do what they do. And that is the intended consequence of this decision. I'm not saying that Stevens, Breyer, Ginsberg, Souter and AK desire tragedy to befall the United States. But their ideology led them to this choice. And that ideology subscribes to the notion of a weaker Commander in Chief. Their ideology despises George W. Bush and believes all of his policies to be illegitimate.
The country is the big loser here, as a result of judicial activism, which is another great reason to vote for John McCain. The next president very likely will replace three Justices on the Court.
Wednesday, June 11
"I'm disappointed. I did not expect a partisan vote today. I felt we had a chance of winning this. A lot of Democrats have been talking favorably about my amendment. They know we have to do something. But today was an absolute show of Pelosi power, it was dealt from the top down," he said.How can we be "kidding ourselves" by using our own natural resources? Why do we allow other countries, like China, to use our national resources? They are drilling 70 miles off Florida.
"We are kidding ourselves if we think we can drill our way out of these problems," House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., said during the bill mark-up session.
It's unbelievable, especially given the pain Americans are currently feeling at the pump. This from the so-called political party of the little guy and gal? What a bunch of crap. And Obama's out there, making statements that sound as if he's not that concerned about rising prices. Hell, he's not filing up those Secret Service SUV's he rides around in all the time.
President McCain ain't much better on this issue, by the way. He's anti-drilling.
Tuesday, June 10
Is this a Michelle O-sanctioned
One thing that I did notice last week -- but failed to post about -- is Obama's appointment of Eric Holder, he of the Clinton Administration and the controversial Marc Rich pardon in 2000, and Jim Johnson to his VP search committee. I'd definitely say both Holder and Johnson qualify as questionable associates of the new Democratic presidential nominee.
Yes they are. The measure went down to defeat, 51-43.
And BTW, do you know what a windfall profits tax actually is? It is taxing an entity that supposedly had nothing to do with said profit. Do the Dems really believe that oil companies don't make profits on energy? No serious person could believe that.
It's not like Exxon Mobil sells cars or dishwashers. Even idiots Reid and Landrieu voted against this.
It's time to start drilling. Now. This summer. Right now.
"not totally sure we can"
10. Washington's hopeless.
9. Jimmy Carter
8. The evil in men's hearts.
7. Attractive instincts are weaknesses
6. Elitist/condescending/glib/remote/too full of himself?
5. Civil war re-enactments
4. Independents and women
3. Overstated polling
2. Hillary wants him to lose
1. I pick losers
The WaPo's Fred Hiatt sets everybody straight.
Wednesday, June 4
The Magic Negro surrounds himself with insanely slimy people, yet he tells us he has 'the judgment to lead.'
But watching his speech tonight with a group of Liberal friends in LA, I was struck by the moment. The moment when Barack walked out onstage in front of another massive crowd, this time, he was the new Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
Of course, this is when we have to start talking about race and I hate talking about it. I've said many times that I believe the only true racists in our society, in our world, are those people constantly talking about it. Whatever. Whatever differences I have with the other side, I'm going to put those aside tonight. History was made tonight. Congratulations, Senator.
Tuesday, June 3
Sunday, June 1
'events, not primaries'
But that was so eight years ago. This time around Democrats believe their voters in Florida and Michigan should only count half as much as everyone else.
I love Howard Dean.
20 years later...
Either he doesn't have a brain in his head, or he's got balls of steel. I can't tell.