Will I still be able to make a blog post like this if Obama wins? Or will I be hauled in front of some sort of 'Truth Tribunal'? Think it can't happen? He's doing it in Missouri right now. If the thought of Obama becoming President didn't scare the crap out of you before, it should now. What more will it take? Piles of books burning in our town squares?
Obama has now said he won't rescind the tax cuts or raise taxes on the wealthy because it would be bad for our economy in these slow times. Today, he said the bailout will mean he can't implement the spending plans he has, at least not as quickly (hmm, maybe I'll think twice about that bailout now). We all know he's not really sure what he wants to do with Iran and he's thinking a bit about what to do with Russia. So, essentially, we have a man who is asking us to vote for him because he just really wants to be president.
Me too. I wanna be president. Vote for me!
What I don't get though is this: Obama seems like a pretty smart guy. How come he can show us that he knows high taxes are bad for the economy and yet persist in asking us to vote for him so he can raise them? How can he be smart enough to figure out that we're all trying to figure out how we can afford to bailout Wall Street, that he knows it's going to tap us out and we're all worried about that, but he's asking us to vote so he can spend all our money? He's a smart guy, why can't he see the contradictions in his premises?
A must read about Obama's relationship with just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood."
...The Chicago Annenberg Challenge stands as Barack Obama’s most important executive experience to date. By its own account, CAC was a largely a failure. And a series of critical evaluations point to reasons for that failure, including a poor strategy, to which the foundation over-committed in 1995, and over-reliance on community organizers with insufficient education expertise. The failure of CAC thus raises entirely legitimate questions, both about Obama’s competence, his alliances with radical community organizers, and about Ayers’s continuing influence over CAC and its board, headed by Obama. Above all, by continuing to fund Ayers’s personal projects, and those of his political-educational allies, Obama was lending moral and material support to Ayers’s profoundly radical efforts. Ayers’s terrorist history aside, that makes the Ayers-Obama relationship a perfectly legitimate issue in this campaign.
You know, if the MSM would put just a 1/4 of the energy they put into the viscous attacks on Sarah Palin into actually reporting on Obama, it would be nice.
You know how you think that you could be President or Vice President when you hear some of the crap that comes out of the actual candidate's mouths?
I think I just had one of those moments. This is from that interview Biden gave to Couric:
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed," Biden told Couric. "He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"
All you can do is smash your head against the desk till it stops hurting. My god, the man's a complete idiot! Between that and Obama thinking there are 57 states, I rest my case. I should be President!
It appears that the internet smear campaign against Palin is being orchestrated by a Dem PR firm with ties to Obama's chief media strategist. What a classy guy Obama is, huh?
This new Spanish Obama ad is very interesting to me. While I've heard arguments to the contrary, I think this will really hurt Obama.
Most people are used to "mean" political ads. There are general discussions over the nuances of some that are not exactly truthful because they miss this or that nuance. This ad, however, is one big ball of lies. Forget how badly it takes Limbaugh out of context, it paints McCain as something he clearly isn't. This isn't even an issue of people having to search back into piles of C-Span archives to find out what he really thinks. This was front page stuff. He almost lost the primary over this issue. Anyone who's most important issue is immigration knows where McCain stands. Defending McCain from this ad might inflame one or two people who are still angry about his position on this but most of those people have had months to come to terms with voting for him anyway.
Obama. on the other hand, has shown that he's willing to do anything to get his way. He's willing to completely lie. Not stretch the truth or re-state something in the terms he understands it, he's willing to completely lie. While not the only example of politics as usual from the man who came to power to heal the wounds of the country and stop partisan politics, that is lower than most of the politicians before him have chosen to go. Mostly because the people don't like to be lied to.
A baby survives an abortion -- Obama is quite content to let the baby die. God forbid he choose life. He's all abortion, all the time.
Probably one of the best articles I've read on just how much of an abortion extremist Obama is.
If this is what it means to be a 'feminist' to the Democrats, I'll pass.
Sarah Palin rocks! Watching her on Sean Hannity's interview, and I have even more respect for her than before. How proud I am to be an American woman!
I want to thank Ith for the invitation to come and play, as well as the lovely welcome.
I hope that I may on occaision be absolutely brilliant but hopefully I'll at least be interesting and amusing.
My friend Sea Rover from LJ will be blogging here now, so please welcome her! Maybe with two of us, the blog will be a tad more active. Maybe!
...Fortunately, many other women, those who don’t write blogs for the Times (or books about how much better it is to be a mother in France than in America, as Warner has), have no trouble understanding Palin’s enormous appeal. Palin inspires primarily because she lives her beliefs with strength, with enthusiasm, and with unswerving commitment to her values — the values her supporters share.
We all know it’s not Palin’s take on the issues, or even her lack of experience, that is driving many women in the media crazy (especially those speechwriter Chriss Winston calls “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Rants”). What is really frightening them is that the woman who finally might do it, break through that glass ceiling, might not have “Democrat” stamped on her uterus. She might not feel that American women, just because they are women and no matter what life hands them, are victims.
And as for how Sarah should handle the out-to-get-her media, Candace Beuhner has some good advice: “Can you believe Charlie Gibson?” she writes. “He reminded me of my four-and-a-half-year-old reprimanding my three-year-old. The whole superior air, followed by an elaborate instruction on the ‘right’ way of doing something, with the grand finale of, ‘Yes, well, that’s because I’m smarter than you.’ In our house, that whole tableau is usually followed by my three-year-old giving his big brother a big whomp on the head. I kept wanting her to say, ‘Come off it, Charlie. We all know who you’re voting for.’ I just wish she could have taken him caribou hunting.”
From an Obamessiah supporter:
'I had become complacent," she said. "I thought the election was in the bag. Then, all of a sudden, we've got this big fight on our hands."
Didn't Darth Vader have something to say about overconfidence?
But first, if you aren't reading The Corner over at NRO, you're really missing out!
It isn't a surprise how Gibson and ABC treated Palin, after all they're all in the bag for Obama. But it would be nice if there was some semblance of fairness. I hope she's planning on doing a similar interview with someone like Brit Hume.
Charlie Gibson: "Senator Obama, you have referred in the past to 'my Muslim faith.' How strong is your Muslim faith?"
Barack Obama: "You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote."
Charlie Gibson: "Exact words."
Yeah, we'll never see that, but if they treated Obama the way they treat Palin, we would.
And second, compare what Gibson called a 'blizzard of words' to a similar question asked of Biden. You can find it here.
Tough !@$#@! I say REJECT!
Mark Steyn's as always delicious take here.
Her sudden elevation to the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket shocked no one more than her enemies in Alaska, who have broken out into a cold sweat at the thought of Palin in Washington, guiding the Justice Department's anti-corruption teams through the labyrinths of Alaska's old-boy network.
It is no surprise that many of the charges laid against her have come from Alaska, as her enemies become more and more desperate to bring her down. John McCain was familiar with this track record and it is no doubt the principal reason that he chose her.
Focusing on the exotic trappings of Alaskan culture may make Palin seem a quaint and inexplicable choice. But understanding the real background of her steady rise in politics suggests that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are underestimating her badly. In this, they join two former Alaskan governors, a large number of cronies, and a trail of enemies extending back over a decade
I remember Bill Whittle from back when I was first blogging, and now he's writing for National Review. And what he wrote is so exactly right. I think it may be the perfect article for me to point to when people just don't get it.
I've been talking a lot about the concept of 'Western Conservatism' with friends both online and in RL lately, and here's a reporter in the UK who has nailed it exactly:
Hailing from Arizona and Alaska, the Republican ticket has a chance to rekindle a western conservatism different from the old Yankee paternalist sort or the Bible Belt version. They like their guns out there (some still kill their own food) and they are pro-life and deeply pro-America, of course. But at a time of grave challenges, the themes of economic freedom and opportunity, the resistance to the idea that government holds all the answers, could resonate with voters.
Odd that a Brit journalist gets it when our own media just doesn't.
The whole thing here.
In short, Sarah Palin is the emblem of what feminism was supposed to be all about: an unafraid, independent, audacious woman, who soared on her own merits without the aid of a patriarchal jumpstart, high-brow matrimonial tutelage and capital, and old-boy liaisons and networking.
What he said.
I'm on YM with a friend, and we're both watching the McCain speech. I thought I'd share a snippet:
Me: I know his thing is 'reaching across the aisle' but GAH!!
A: Yeah. It would be nice if these sentiments were actually reciprocated.
Me: He who turns the other cheek to the Dems gets bitch slapped.
How often am I told that the Republican Party is the party of rich old white men? And yet, I'm a life long Republican -- not a man, not rich, and not old. Thought I am white, or as I prefer 'Anglo Celtic American', and I certainly would have no objection to being rich! But honestly? I don't know any rich old men - of any colour. Most of political social circle are women. I'm not even married, or a mother. Single, childless, California native. I guess I'm supposed to be a Dem, but I never drank that particular Kool-Aid. I think the constant assertion that this is a party of rich white men is just another way for the liberals to try and marginalize those of us who don't conform to their very limited viewpoint of who women and minorities should be. And I've never been a conformist!
Between Rudy and Sarah, we were pretty fired up in our house last night! I said to Nin that we could be seeing the first female President standing there. What a moment! I'm in my forties, Nin is in her thirties, and neither of us have children, but both of us can relate to Sarah Palin. She's a genuine, what you see is what you get, real woman. I came out of last night with a feeling of hope and possibility. And guess what? Her mom, like my mum was right -- an American woman can walk through any door and be anything she wants to be.
Just stop for a moment and realize how blessed we are to be American women. How blessed we are to be Americans. It's a good morning.
Later: and since I'm lazy, two of my Cotillion 'Palinesque' blog sisters have roundup posts.