Posts Tagged ‘Election 2008’
Posted by Mike on September 10, 2008
Even though there isn’t a soul in America that believes him, Barack Obama has been running around the country claiming to support a tax cut for the overwhelming majority of Americans. With that in mind, I was happy to see this piece by Newt Gingrich and Peter Ferrara in the Weekly Standard on taxes.
Gingrich and Ferrara argue that most of Obama’s “tax cuts” are for people who don’t actually pay taxes thanks to the low tax policies of President Reagan, President Bush, and Gingrich’s Congress.
The merits of Obama’s plan are of course debatable even though the plan is misguided, but what people need to be aware of is that Obama’s plan does not reduce the amount of money taxpayers are forced to send to the government. Under Obama’s plan, those who actually pay taxes will continue to pay through the nose while those who don’t will receive even more money they did not earn. You could call it lipstick on a pig, but I’d rather call it That 70s Show.
Posted in economy, Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, Newt Gingrich, Peter Ferrara, tax cuts | 13 Comments »
Posted by Mike on September 3, 2008
It’s a sad day when there’s about a 50 percent chance that some MSM outlet will run with this satirical piece by Jim Treacher thinking its reality, or at least thinking they can trick people into thinking its reality.
Link via Hot Air
Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, Jim Treacher, McCain-Palin, Media Bias, Sarah Palin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on September 3, 2008
Barack Obama’s ties to terrorist William Ayres is fair game and should have been the subject of a thousand media questions over the last year and a half. Obama’s prior cocaine use however, should not. Not unless liberals open the door that is. If left wing blogs and the mainstream media (a distinction without a difference?) can mention Todd Palin’s 22 year old DUI conviction, then they’ve opened the door. Last night, Newt Gingrich walked through the door.
The left opened a door that should remain closed, but here we are.
Posted in Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, gutter politics, Newt Gingrich, Todd Palin, William Ayres | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on September 2, 2008
Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman seemed subdued to me as they delivered the major speeches at tonight’s session of the Republican National Convention. Normally, that isn’t the demeanor one projects when delivering a political speech, especially at a political convention; but somehow, it worked. What other demeanor would be appropriate when explaining the details of John McCain’s ordeal in a North Vietnamese prison? From Fred’s speech:
We hear a lot of talk about hope. John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on. For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home. John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who’d been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, “It will be very bad for you.” They were right. It was. The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at the gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew his shoulders back. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm. John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beaten for NOT communicating with so-called “peace delegations.” He was beaten for not giving information during interrogations. When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in his squadron, John gave them the names of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers. Whenever John was returned to his cell — walking if he could, dragged if he couldn’t — as he passed his fellow POWs, he would call out to them. He’d smile … and give them a thumbs-up. For five-and-a-half years this went on. John McCain’s bones may have been broken but his spirit never was.
Subdued, but effective.
Also effective was the “red meat,” at least from Fred.
To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.
That got the crowd excited.
Overall Fred and JoeMentum seemed subdued, but that was appropriate on this first night of major speeches because they used it to lay a foundation Obama and Biden cannot match. Fred was especially good at it and the MSM knows this. That’s why the three blind mice didn’t cover it. They are terrified.
As effective as tonight was, subdued won’t cut tomorrow. Palin needs to rip The One a new one.
Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, Fred Thompson, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, McCain-Palin, Media Bias, Republican National Convention | 3 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 31, 2008
Even though we could see the website coming a mile away, it’s still an entertaining read. Chuck Norris was the first person to have this shtick, Tim Tebow and Cole Hamels also gave it a shot, but Sarah Palin is the first person who can actually back it up. Come to think of it, I have heard the rumor that Superman wears Sarah Palin pajamas.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics, Pop Culture | Tagged: Chuck Norris, Election 2008, McCain-Palin, Palin Facts, Sarah Palin | 5 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 30, 2008
This bit of political fortune telling is pretty funny because it is not that far-fetched.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008
Now this Operation Chaos. Totally blindslided by McCain’s spectacular running mate, the Democrats’ initial responses to the selection are as hilarious as they are pathetic. Obama’s campaign has already fallen into McCain’s trap by criticizing inexperience at the bottom of McCain’s ticket and Ken Salazar is apoplectic because she isn’t famous enough.
The left’s initial reaction to Sarah Palin is almost as exciting as the selection itself. Thanks liberals!
UPDATE: All morning I’ve been calling Palin’s nomination a trap. I like the way The Anchoress, puts it:
The Democrats have to be careful, now, and so does the press. Much of what they’d like to say about Palin – about age, experience, identity politics, etc – will only open the door to similar inquiry about Obama. And the bottom line to those sorts of debates will always be this: Palin is at the bottom of the ticket; Obama is at the top.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, Ken Salazar, McCain-Palin, Sarah Palin, Veepstakes, VP | 3 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008
The official announcement of John McCain’s running mate is expected in about three hours and current rumors are circulating around Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. I hope this is true as she is one of three people who would excite and unite the Republican Party. I have a couple of quick thoughts on the potential selection.
Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for a number of reasons but three stand out in mind: (1) Palin is pro-life; (2) Palin is a woman; and (3) the selection is a trap. The pro-life issue is important because it shows a respect for human life and united the GOP. The fact that Palin is a woman helps McCain because women tend to vote for Democrats and those inclined to vote based on gender are people who would not normally support the GOP, it adds votes.
The genius behind this pick though is that its a trap. Palin is only a one-term Governor and I already hear the squawking that she’s too inexperienced. The response? “Experience might be an issue here. At least we had the good sense to put our ‘inexperienced’ candidate at the bottom of the ticket. Where will the candidate at the top of your ticket get his on the job training?”
I hope this rumor is true.
UPDATE: I hope this update is a misdirection.
UPDATE 2: McCain’s doing a great job of hyping this process the day after the Sermon at the Temple. I hope the Corner is on to something.
UPDATE 3: Is a CNBC confirmation worth anything?
UPDATE 4: The trap is set. Palin it is!
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Veepstakes | 2 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 26, 2008
For the second day in a row, the Democrat Party missed a golden opportunity in their quest to trick the American people into electing Barack Obama to the Presidency.
Tonight’s main event featured an address from the woman Obama defeated in the primaries, She Who Must Not Be Named and she did Obama no favors. Sure, she paid lip service to supporting Obama’s candidacy, played nice with Michelle and defended her Marxist views. Other than that, the speech was simply unremarkable. Even her criticisms of John McCain were mild, boilerplate, and lacked specificity.
As shrill as ever, what SWMNBN succeeded in doing tonight was to remind Democrats why about half of them preferred her to Obama and to remind normal Americans why they can’t stand her. I have to admit though, I laughed out loud when she mentioned that she was a proud mother, Senator, American, and Obama supporter, but didn’t quite have the time to say how she was a proud wife. Heh.
In terms of scheduling, the Dems shot themselves in the foot when they yanked Mark Warner’s keynote address out of prime time. With little more than one hour of network coverage per night, it is essential that each party squeeze the most out of every minute. Booting the keynoter off the stage is hardly an effective strategy.
As a Republican, I’m happy to see that the Democrats have flushed two days of their convention right down the toilet.
For other conservative reactions, check out Hot Air, drunk-blogging at Pajama’s Media, and Right Wing News.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Demcoratic National Convention, Election 2008, Mark Warner, She Who Must Not Be Named | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on August 24, 2008
You can file this one under “wishful thinking,” but I’d like to offer my two cents on who John McCain should select as his running mate. I am convinced that John Kasich would be McCain’s best option for both political and government purposes.
Politically, Kasich is the best option because he would be a tremendous boost in the State of Ohio. Traditionally a light red state, Ohio has been drifting to the Democrat Party because of the state party’s unique brand of incompetence. Fortunately, Kasich left politics before the party’s reputation was damaged in the Buckeye State and remains one of the few popular Republicans in the state.
Kasich would also help McCain because he is acceptable to the conservative base of our party. He is pro-life, a tax cutter and truly believes in the concept of limited government. He would satisfy all wings of the party.
Kasich would also help McCain on the political front because of his economic expertise. One of the knocks against McCain (rightly or wrongly) is that he is weak on the economy. Kasich could fill that void by reminding people of the fact that he was the Congressman who led the fight for the balanced budgets that the Republican Congress shoved down Bill Clinton’s throat during the 1990s (no pun intended).
Finally on the political front, Kasich is optimistic, bright, telegenic, and would wipe the floor with Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate.
Kasich would also be an excellent member of McCain’s administration. Every President should be surrounded with people truly committed to limited government, lower taxes, and protecting the unborn.
In my opinion, McCain’s best option for Vice President is John Kasich. Since Kasich probably won’t be the choice, I’ll be rooting for my second choice, Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: Admittedly, I should have searched before writing this post, but I’m happy to see that I’m on the same page as Michael Novak.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, John Kasich, John McCain, Kasich for Vice President, McCain-Kasich, Michael Novak, Veepstakes, VP | 5 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 23, 2008
With bad news going out to Governor Kaine and Senator Bayh, no 3 a.m. phone call for She Who Must Not Be Named, a private jet from Chicago landing in Delaware, and a new Secret Service detail for the dumbest U.S. Senator, indications are that Barack Obama has selected Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.
Other than the fact that Biden is is a dim-witted hothead who suffers from diarrhea of the mouth, plagiarized his way through law school, plagiarized his way through his 1988 campaign, exaggerated his academic accomplishments to New Hampshire voters, and hails from a tiny blue state Obama will carry anyway, Obama made a great pick.
I can’t wait until Biden displays that trademark grin after saying something stupid that he, and he alone, thinks is genius. What a lucky break for John McCain.
Pic via Moonbattery
UPDATE: CNN confirms.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, Joe Biden, John McCain, Neil Kinnock, Obama-Biden, plagiarism, Veepstakes, VP | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on August 18, 2008
Not wanting to be outdone by the NBC “News” parroting the Obama campaign’s false claim that McCain cheated at the Saddleback forum, Daily Kos stepped up to the plate and accused McCain of plagiarizing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn when he told the story of his Vietnamese prison guard who drew a cross in the sand.
Ryan posted on the McCain campaign’s excellent response to NBC, so I thought I’d quote the best part of the McCain campaign’s stinging and hilariously accurate response to the Daily Kos smear:
It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”
Heh. Say what you will about John McCain, but this is not the Dole campaign.
Hat tip: The Corner
Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Daily Kos, Election 2008, John McCain, Saddleback | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on August 14, 2008
The 2008 Democrat National Convention will feature something that hasn’t been seen at a major party convention since 1992, a roll call vote. Still fuming over the cancellation of their candidate’s coronation, supporters of Obama’s primary opponent, She Who Must Not Be Named, will now have the opportunity to put their PUMA credentials on full display during a state-by-state roll call vote at the Democrat Convention.
Conventions used to always have roll call votes, and almost always more than one, because nominations were won or lost at the conventions. Ever since the primary process emerged as the candidate-selection process, party conventions morphed into showcases of party unity. With all 57 states (who am I to question “The One?”) dividing their votes between Obama and SWMNBN, there will be no illusion of Democrat unity this year. Not unless Obama puts the witch on his ticket.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: 57 States, Barack Obama, Democrat National Convention, Election 2008, roll call vote, She Who Must Not Be Named | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on August 13, 2008
Most criticism of George W. Bush is off base and will look downright silly in a few years; however, one criticism of Bush is completely warranted. When Bush looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and saw a man he could trust, he should have done a double take. Today was the double take.
When the Soviet Union Russia invaded Georgia a couple of days ago, President Bush was a little slow in reassuring our ally that the US would stand by its side. At the very moment our ally was invaded by its former slave master, the U.S’s reaction should have been repeated statements of support coupled with actions that would make Russia take notice. Thankfully, John McCain is on record stating that Russia should be kicked out of the G8 and that the U.S. should build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Since it is now clear that Iran is not the only threat in the region, that would be fine with me. So would fast tracking Georgia, Ukraine and other willing members of Russia’ near abroad into NATO.
A healthy friendship with Russia is in the United States’ best interest. The thing is, a healthy friendship with the United States is also in Russia’s best interest. The world has basically ignored Russia while it whittled away at its civil liberties, armed American enemies in the Middle East, and poisoned people on foreign soil. The world’s reaction to this crisis has been reassuring. It seems that partying like its 1968 was a step too far.
Posted in Election 2008, Europe, International Relations, Politics, Russia, tyranny, War on Terror | Tagged: Election 2008, George W. Bush, Georgia, John McCain, missile defense, Putin's eyes, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin | 2 Comments »
Posted by Mike on August 9, 2008
Its Saturday, so how about mixing some politics with movie geekdom?
Hat tip: Machosauce video via The Anchoress
Posted in Election 2008, Politics, Pop Culture | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, Machosauce | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on July 1, 2008
Earlier today, I read Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion to the McCain campaign of how to rebut Weasel Wesley Clark’s bizarre claim that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to the Presidency. The gist of Limbaugh’s suggestion was that McCain should simply fight back. My first reaction was that McCain should not get into a spat with a failed General like Clark, but should leave the scathing rebuttals to his surrogates. That way, Obama and his minions could be exposed as the scum they are, and McCain could stay focused on Obama. Thinking about how this would play out led to my second reaction: the Republican Party sadly doesn’t have any effective surrogates.
As expected, this fact is not lost on Limbaugh. Earlier today, Limbaugh praised Bob Dole for jumping into the fray to defend McCain and then bemoaned the fact that Dole is probably our party’s most effective spokesman. This is probably true, although it should be noted that Haley Barbour has always been an effective surrogate. As the successful Governor of Mississippi who was praised for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being blamed for the weather event, Barbour could also be much more than an effective surrogate. Although he isn’t my first choice, Haley Barbour would make an excellent running mate for McCain.
With an effective communicator at the bottom of the ticket to respond to Democrats crawling out from underneath their rocks, McCain could probably increase the stature gap over Obama. In the meantime, I hope the Anchoress is right when it comes to Clark:
Happily for McCain, the Obama team and their supporters keep popping up (daily, it seems) talking about John McCain and telling him to stop talking about his military service. They seem not to realize that doing this serves to remind voters that McCain is a real war hero with command experience and 21 years in the senate, and that Barack Obama…is not.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Bob Dole, Election 2008, failed General Wesley Clark, Haley Barbour, John McCain, McCain's military experience, Rush Limbaugh, Wesley Clark | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on June 4, 2008
The first day of the general election between Barack Obama and John McCain saw each candidate deliver a speech to the nation, with the empty suit delivering the superior performance. When it comes to speeches, this is going to be the norm. For this reason, I appreciate it when the McCain campaign thinks outside the box and seeks new ways to show the American people how unready Obama is to be Commander in Chief.
Today’s letter from McCain to Obama in which the war hero challenged the empty suit to ten joint town hall meetings is an excellent example. One of Obama’s glaring weaknesses is his inability to explore any of his positions in depth. Whenever he is forced to discuss a topic in detail, he either exposes his ignorance (like he did when he displayed his ignorance about Al Qaeda in Iraq), proposes something even crazier than he already believes (like he did when he entertained the idea of bombing Pakistan), or simply lashes out (“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions!“). McCain will never deliver a better speech than Obama, but he is capable of discussing issues without sounding like a fool. Ten town hall meetings, with no MSM moderator to protect Obama, would be right up McCain’s alley.
The best case scenario would be for Obama to accept McCain’s challenge. If he does, then he will have ten chances to make a fool of himself and provide footage for McCain’s campaign commercials. The worst case scenario would be for Obama to reject the challenge. If this happens, then McCain could simply point out how the empty suit is more willing to meet with Ahmadinejad or Castro than he is to meet General Petraeus or John McCain.
Either way, this was a good move by John McCain.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, McCain's Challenge, Ten Town Hall Meetings | 3 Comments »
Posted by Mike on June 3, 2008
In the previous, post I stated that I never thought I’d hear myself say that I’m praying for John McCain to become the next President of the United States. As I watch McCain’s speech in New Orleans, I reiterate: I cannot believe I’m praying for John McCain to become the next President of the United States.
UPDATE: This is worse than I thought. Barack Obama is going to win the general election’s first night and if McCain does not overhaul his entire operation, Obama will win in November as well. McCain’s political operation did not plan the speech properly, the candidate’s delivery is awful, and he does not seem to have a overarching philosophy to frame his ideas.
Later tonight, Barack Obama will deliver a speech and he will be surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd. McCain is delivering a speech to a tiny crowd in front of a dull background. Later tonight, Obama will be eloquent as always while saying absolutely nothing. McCain is awkwardly Smeagol-chuckling before delivering the woefully inadequate slogan “that’s not change we can believe in.”
Finally and most importantly, McCain’s speech has no theme. Most successful Republicans usually focus on two or three issues that flow from a coherent conservative philosophy. With Reagan, it was limited government, lower taxes and rebuilding the military. With Bush, it was lower taxes, rebuilding the military, and traditional values. McCain seems to be throwing darts while blindfolded in the hope that something hits a bullseye. If this is McCain’s best, his best won’t do.
Obama will shine tonight. McCain was terrible. If this dynamic continues, our party is in trouble.
UPDATE 2: Here is a video of McCain’s awful speech. Like Nixon in 1960, McCain comes across better on paper, so here is the full text.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, John McCain | 2 Comments »
Posted by Mike on June 3, 2008
It isn’t really news since the race for the Democrat nomination has been over for a while now, but tonight it is official. She Who Must Not Be Named has been defeated. Barack Obama has the delegates necessary to win the Democrat nomination and will face John McCain in November.
Although it did not unfold the way we thought it would, the outcome is good news inasmuch as it is what good people all across the fruited plain have been praying for. She Who Must Not Be Named has been defeated and will not be elected to the Presidency this year. This glorious news is probably causing celebrations like this one, minus the John Edwards-looking lollipop people of course, to pop up all over the county:
SWMNBN’s loss is understandably causing many people to believe that her political career is dead. Codswallop in my opinion. I don’t know her ambition had enough human in it to die.
Hagrid reference aside, the bad news is that witch will return. She is already angling to be Obama’s running mate, something Obama should not even consider. I know why he shouldn’t and so do you so I’ll just leave it at that. The more likely scenario is that SWMNBN will endorse Obama and then do everything in her power to undermine the Democrat from behind the scenes so she can run again in 2012.
What’s also bad news is the fact that Obama would be a far worse as Commander in Chief than SWMNBN. SWMNBN is at least unprincipled enough to consider political reality when making decisions. This approach would lead to correct decisions at least once in a while. Obama on the other hand, is strongly committed to his Marxist worldview that underestimates the abilities of the American people and overestimates the good intentions of madmen abroad that would do our country harm. As awful as SWMNBN would be as President, Obama would be worse.
The campaign begins tonight and I never thought I’d say this, but I pray that John McCain becomes the next President of the United States.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Democrat Primary, Election 2008, General Election, John McCain, Obama Wins Nomination, She Who Must Not Be Named | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on June 1, 2008
Add Puerto Rico to the growing list of Democrat constituencies to fact express buyers’ remorse over the nomination of Barack Obama. Earlier today, She Who Must Not Be Named defeated the Empty Suit on the island despite the fact that Obama is the presumptive Democrat nominee. Luckily for Obama, it appears that he may at least do better than he did in West Virginia. At the moment, he is only trailing SWMNBN by the narrow margin of 34 points. Maybe the Democrats can unite their party after all.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, Puerto Rico Primary, She Who Must Not Be Named | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 29, 2008
This isn’t exactly the same situation as the Reverend Wright controversy because unlike Wright, Michael Pfleger was not the person from whom Barack Obama received twenty years of spiritual guidance. However, Obama has some more explaining to do about his Trinity pseudo-church in Chicago.
We’re all familiar with the racist Wright who closely counseled and preached to Obama for 20 years. At the time, Obama tried to explain Wright away by pretending that Wright had been taken out of context, something that’s a little hard to do when the “church” itself has a mission statement like this. Now if it was difficult for Obama to explain away his radical “church” before, just imagine how hard it will be now that the church decided to bring in a preacher who gives sermons like this one:
The problem for Obama, other than the fact that this type of speech is what repetitive campaign commercials are made of, is that no one took Reverend Wright out of context and no one is taking Michael Pfleger out of context. When one considers the “church’s” mission statement, Reverend Wright’s sermons, Pfleger’s sermons, the fact that the candidate’s wife was never proud of her country, the fact that Obama himself stopped wearing the American flag on his lapel in September 12, 2001, then it is obvious why the candidate views the American people with such contempt.
With values like these (and he must share them otherwise he would not have maintained his close relationship with Wright or remained in the pews for 20 years), it is no wonder why Obama has such little faith in people’s abilities that his only policy prescriptions involve government solutions. With values like these, it is no wonder why he has so little understanding of real Christianity that he claims people “cling” to the beliefs out of bitterness. With values like these, it is also no wonder that he puts more faith in a potential meeting with a dictator like Ahmadinejad than in a meeting with our own soldiers in Iraq.
If incidents like these continue to surface, Obama will need a miracle to win in November. If that’s the case, I think its time he start clinging to the kind of religion practiced in a real church.
Hat tip: Hot Air
Posted in Culture, Election 2008, Politics, Religion | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, Reverend Wright | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 21, 2008
Election years always bring out the fortune teller in all of us. From amateur bloggers, to professional journalists, to not-so-professional journalists, everyone who closely follows the news tries to figure out who is going to win the election. To the credit of all those I just described (maybe even Chris Matthews), most informed people who try to predict political outcomes do so by analyzing real news events and what the candidates say.
One thing that always bugged me during election years comes from the types who seriously believe that a Presidential election really hinges upon things like the last Packers game before the election or which hemline length is in fashion. With that in mind, I was pleased to see that the Anchoress posted on this very topic.
My favorite part of the post was when she ridiculed astrologers generally as well as the recent batch of astrologers who boldly predicted an Obama victory while simultaneously backpedalling by acknowledging the fact that anything can happen:
Well, there is a reason why “things turn on a dime” is a cliche. It’s because things turn on a dime and anything can happen. I don’t even know if any of the three stooges currently dominating the process will be on the ballot in November, and I have as much chance of being right about that as these folks do. I know the astrologers all predicted John Kerry would win in ‘04. That didn’t work out. One did – I recall – suggest that the 2000 election would be “confused” but then again, everyone was doing spooky-twilight-zone music in 2000, for the start of the millennium in 2001.
The Anchoress’ post sums up my thoughts on this topic, but much more eloquently than I would have put it. It’s a worth a read.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: astrologers, Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 19, 2008
Barack Obama and the Democrats love to talk about how they look forward to debating John McCain and highlighting the differences between the two parties. The trouble is, the only kind debate the Democrats are interested in is the kind where they make their case and their Republicans aren’t allowed to respond.
We saw this a few days ago when President Bush invoked history’s lesson that appeasing evil is folly. Rather than defending the presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama’s policy of doing just that, Democrats responded by attempting to prevent Republicans from criticizing Obama’s thoughts on the subject ever again.
What this demonstrated was that despite their claims to the contrary, Democrats can’t debate their proposals, that is at least if debate involves a give and take. As this brief transcript from the Rush Limbaugh Show makes clear, the spat of Bush’s Knesset speech was the first time and certainly won’t be the last time that Obama tries to force his unique definition of the word “debate” on the upcoming campaign. According to the Democrats, they can slander the current President, lie about McCain’s “100 years” comment, dismiss grandma as just a “typical white person,” and attack people for clinging to their religion that doesn’t involve a pastor damning America and “rich white people.” We just can’t respond, because apparently that is what crosses the line.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh, Things You Can't Say About Barack Obama | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 14, 2008
Not that we needed any more proof that the race for the Democrat Party nomination is over, but if this doesn’t scare She Who Must Not Be Named’s death eaters into thinking that she can’t win this year, then nothing will. For months now, Democrats have wondered which candidate John Edwards would endorse despite the fact the answer was obvious. He was waiting for the race to be over in name only, so he could endorse whoever won; and now he has.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Democrat Primary, Election 2008, John Edwards, She Who Must Not Be Named, Uncivil War | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 13, 2008
She Who Must Not Be Named won tonight’s West Virginia Democrat Primary by a landslide. Despite tonight’s lopsided result, little has changed in the race for the other party’s nomination. As was the case before tonight, the primary is essentially over. I mean, she was singing months ago. (I wonder if Barack Obama could name that tune?)
Tonight’s victory actually sheds more light on media bias than it does on the Democrat horse race. Just a few days ago, AFP “reported” on the “fractured” state of the Republican Party, citing primary results showing approximately 25% of Republicans voting for candidates other than McCain as evidence. But that actually begs the question doesn’t it.
If the presumptive Republican candidate winning primaries with 75% of the vote is evidence of a fractured GOP, what does it say about AFP’s favorite party if their presumptive nominee is actually losing primaries even though their race is over? And keep in mind that not only is the Empty Suit still losing primaries despite being the obvious nominee, as of this moment, he’s losing tonight’s primary by the slim margin of 37 points! Yet somehow the narrative is that the GOP is divided. Nice try AFP.
Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Democrat Party, Democrat Primary, Election 2008, John McCain, Media Bias, She Who Must Not Be Named, Uncivil War, West Virginia primary | 5 Comments »
Posted by Mike on May 11, 2008
I think it’s a sad day for She Who Must Not Be Named when two of the three SNL spoof’s arguments for her to stay in the race are accurate. It’s a funny day for us however.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics, Pop Culture | Tagged: Democrat Primary, Election 2008, She Who Must Not Be Named, Uncivil War | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on May 6, 2008
Well, since the issue is a Voter ID law making it harder for Democrats to cheat by forcing voters to prove they are who they say they are, for today only the AP has decided that Catholic nuns are to be viewed as sympathetic figures who should be respected. I’ll keep that in mind the next time the AP decides to cover what Catholic nuns have to say on the issues of abortion and gay marriage.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics, Religion | Tagged: Democrat Primary, Election 2008, Voter ID | 4 Comments »
Posted by Mike on May 3, 2008
I’m not one of those people who laugh at every video invoking Star Wars, but this one is pretty good. Obama might not be Luke, but Operation Chaos/Uncivil War fans will probably like it. Enjoy.
Hat tip: Ace of Spades
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Posted by Mike on April 30, 2008
One thing I learned about war heroes when I was a child is that not many of them like to talk about their experiences. As I became interested in politics, I noticed that this tendency held true, which was surprising since politicians are supposed to enjoy talking about themselves. One politician in particular, Bob Dole, was a walking example of the true hero who did not frequently speak of his noble sacrifices. People like Dole and those other war heroes deserve that accolade not only for the immeasurable sacrifices they made for their country during wartime, but also for the dignity with which they carry themselves when they refuse to talk about those sacrifices despite clearly earning the right to do so.
John McCain is a walking example of this model. Obviously he speaks of his P.O.W. experience to some degree. As a Presidential candidate, he is expected to provide some biographical information and questions about his sacrifices are bound to come up. Like the war heroes who came before him however, McCain carries himself with dignity, which also displays strength of character. Despite following politics extremely closely for half of my life young? life now, I never heard this story about John McCain despite the Senator having countless opportunities to tell everyone about it.
I don’t agree with everything John McCain stands for, but I am delighted that America has its first opportunity in 12 years to elect a war hero to the Presidency. Hopefully we’ll do it this time.
AP photo via the WSJ link
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Posted by Mike on April 22, 2008
We don’t know her margin of victory; we don’t know how many delegates she will win; but we do know that She Who Must Not Be Named has won the Pennsylvania primary. The Democrat primary will continue and Operation Chaos continues.
Many conservatives are happy about tonight’s result precisely because of the chaos it is causing. I understand this point of view because I’m also enjoying it. However, we need to remember the big picture. Every day Operation Chaos continues is another day SWMNBN’s political career survives. Not only that, the closer this primary becomes, the stronger her case for 2012 becomes.
Let’s face it, Barack Obama has an uphill climb in November, and 2012 is the witch’s last shot. Keeping her in the game now keeps her in the game for 2012. Let’s be careful what we wish for.
UPDATE (10:19 P.M.) At this point, she is up by 8 points. The worst she can do tonight is to win Pennsylvania, comfortably.
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