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The Financial Mess

Posted by Sal on September 16, 2008

With the collapse of Lehman Brothers to Bankruptcy, and with Merrill Lynch being absorbed by Bank of America, our financial system is foremost on many people’s minds this week.  Add to that the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac last week, and the Bear Sternes collapse earlier this year, and we have a financial mess.  All of this primarily has to do with the collapse of the mortgage market, as Bear Sternes, Merryll Lynch, and Lehman Brothers all had significant holdings in mortgage-backed securities that have sharply dropped in value.  Both McCain and Obamaare calling for reform and increased government involvement and regulation into the financial sector.  This is precisely the wrong prescription. 

The problems we are seeing in the current mortgage crisis have very little to do with the free market, and more to do with government regulation.  In a free-market system, there is risk and reward.  It is natural that if a company is not run right, that company will fail, so there is every incentive to run the company correctly.  Since Frannie Mae and Freddy Mac were government-backed, in the sense that there was always an understanding that the mortgage under-writings were backed by the U.S. government.  In addition, the Federal Government, beginning with Bill Clinton and continuing with Bush, began mandating increased loans for low-income home buyers, creating the sub-prime industry that created billions of dollars in loans that people could not afford.  (This is also to say nothing of the corruption and back-scratching between Fannie and Freddy and various Democrats.)  It is because of this government intervention that we are in the crisis we are in.  The Freddy and Fannie takeover was necessary, but as Larry Kudlow reports, it is a good thing that the government did not bail out Lehman Brothers.  The concept of risk/reward has to remain in our free-market system, no matter what the short-term pain is. 

We are in a financial mess — one that will take some time to resolve.  It is not a crisis, depression, or recession.  It will resolve itself, as the fiscal crisis’ of the past always have.  The question is, are we going to make things worse with increased regulation, or are we going to reform, put sensible regulation where needed, but deregulate the mandates and allow the free market to work.

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Looking Bad for Obama

Posted by Sal on September 15, 2008

It is beginning to look bad for Barack Obama.  The last three days of Rasmussen polling have John McCain at 49-50% for the first time since Obama became the presumptive Democrat nominee.  The Rasmussen poll is a 3-day rolling tracking poll of Likely voters, and the polling occured after the Sarah Palin interviews with Charlie Gibson.  As most political scientists will tell you, when a candidate is at/over 50%, it spells trouble for the opposition.  Most other polls show the race either tied or with a McCain lead.  John McCain, in the last 2+ weeks, has turned this election upside down with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin.  Whether this holds or not is still undetermined, but as of right now, team Obama has an uphill battle to climb. 

McCain is also polling well in most of the battleground states.  McCain is showing a consistant lead in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia, although trailing in Colorado and showing razor-thin leads in recent polling in New Mexico and Nevada.

Even more worrisome to Obama than the national polls and the battleground states, however, are a recent round of state polling that puts what are otherwise traditionally blue states in-play, such as Michican, Peensylvania, Minnesota, Wisconson, and Washington State.  There’s even some anecdotal chatter about the liberal bastion of New York State! If Obama loses even one of these states, it is likely that he will lose the election. 

Although the election results are far from certain, and anything can happen in the next 50+ days, the trend is towards McCain/Palin.  Team Obama will have to do some serious work to reverse that trend.

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Who’s Out of Touch?

Posted by Sal on September 13, 2008

The Obama campaign released an ad last night declaring McCain to be out-of-touch, attacking him for supposedly not knowing how to use a computer or how to send an email. 

The Obama campaign also looked like it was beginning this line of attack with its surrogates, as outlined in the AP.  In the last 24 hours, however, several facts have come to light on the blogosphere, beginning with Jonah Goldberg over at The Corner.  Jonah has found several articles, dating back to 2000, showing that McCain cannot use a keyboard due to his war injuries.  It is primarily this reason that he did not for a while learn to use his computer.  Forbes Magazine as well touched on his war injuries, and the things he could not do because of these injuries.  Since the time that the articles were written, however, HotAir has found a New York Times story from this past July outlining McCain’s familiarity with many sites and blogs on the Internet;  he may not be able to type or use the computer heavily himself because of his injuries, but he does go on many websites (including his daughter’s blog) with the assistance of Cindy. 

So Obama is either cruel and insensitive in regards to McCain’s war injuries, a liar for not reporting the facts correctly, or clueless for not being able to find this basic information.  If anyone is out of touch, it’s the Obama campaign for not knowing how to do a simple Google or Lexus Nexus search.

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Rasmussen: People are Seeing the Bias

Posted by Ryan on September 10, 2008

New numbers from Scott Rasmussen indicate that a full 51% of Likely Voters believe that the media is trying to hurt Sarah Palin, while only 5% think the MSM is trying to help her.  Only 35% think that the MSM has been providing unbiased coverage (wonder who they are voting for?).

It is pretty obvious what’s been happening in the MSM’s nearly open advocacy for Obama, especially to those of us who follow these developments closely, but it seems like the average likely voter is also seeing the bias.  At the end of the day, the impression that Palin is being mistreated only helps her amongst important voter groups, like independent women.

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Seriously Obama, “Lipstick on a Pig?”

Posted by Ryan on September 9, 2008

This guy looks like a complete ass.  Here’s what we know:

We know Obama believes his own hype. 

We also know that his messianic complex has taken a beating over the last week or so based on Obama’s shrinking poll numbers. 

We also know, like everyone else, that Sarah Palin’s ad libbed joke from her spectacular RNC speech about “the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?  Lipstick,” was one of the most memorable lines of either convention, and clearly any inference to “lipstick” will be associated with her either intentional or not.

We know what he said today: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.  You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after 8 years.”

Hence, my hypothesis is that Obama knew exactly what he was saying in this instance.  This is more than an accidental gaffe, this is desperate, mean-spirited politics.  Sure McCain inferred something similar about She Who Must Not Be Named (well c’mon it’s SWMNBN — that’s too easy!), but McCain was not running against SWMNBN at the time and SWMNBN did not just enter national politics as a certified, poll-tested game-changer two weeks ago.  Obama needs to jazz up his base, so he gave them a little red meat.  Either that or Obama’s just a rube since the potential for this gaffe to backfire is immense.

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McCain Leads in the Polls: A Bounce or a Surge?

Posted by Ryan on September 8, 2008

Real Clear Politics has, for the first time all summer, McCain beating Obama by 2.9% when all major polls are averaged together.  Some outliers even have McCain up by as much as 10 points!

However, this is the important question for me at this juncture: is this just a typical convention bounce of about 6-8 points which is destined to moderate, or is this a post-Convention surge which propels this election into a new, more positive direction for McCain-Palin now that the “folks” have started paying attention? 

Of course, I’d like to believe that when the polls settle down later this week that McCain will still be up by a few.  I’d also like McCain to at least hit and maintain 50% or higher for a few days.  It would make me feel better about November.  Regardless, the Friday-Sunday polling data is pretty cool and I’ll enjoy basking in these numbers for the time being.  Truth is, however, the numbers just mean more work needs to be done to repel Obama’s predictably persistent counter attacks.

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“Time For Some Campaigning”

Posted by Ryan on September 6, 2008

I was reading an email link a friend sent me as I sit through what’s left of Tropical Storm Hanna and got a good laugh.  Though it’s been around for a month, I just saw it and would like to share.  So, here’s a little “Jib Jab” fun for your Saturday afternoon.

WARNING: She Who Must Not Be Named cameo in the video.

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Uniting the Party

Posted by Ryan on June 1, 2008

It looks like even though She Who Must Not Be Named won Puerto Rico, Obama’s on the verge of clinching the whole thing.  Here’s how a SWMNBN supporter is reacting to this development:

Hat Tip Drudge.

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Ban WiFi in Public Areas?

Posted by Ryan on May 25, 2008

That’s just what a Santa Fe group wants: the ban of WiFi service in public facilities like the library, city hall, and eventually stores.  They claim that since some people have real allergies to certain electrical fields (“electro-smog”), like those emitted by WiFi and cellphones, keeping WiFi in public areas risks discrimination in a way that violates of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I empathize for those people with those allergies, but I have WiFi and I love it, like my cellphone.  Should I get permission to stay home from work everyday there’s tree pollen in the spring, which I happen to have some allergies toward?  I know that trees can’t help it, but my boss can!  Is he discriminating against me because I have to work while sneezing, rubbing watery eyes, and teaching through a hoarse voice? 

No.  I have to cope, take allergy meds on the bad days, suck it up, and continue to be a cog in the wheels of American capitalism.  These folks should be targeting doctors to find meds and cures which allow them to take part in life, not minimize life for everyone else, claiming discrimination.  Do these folks work for the Obama campaign?  They’d fit right in.

Pic from WiseWiFi.net.

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Is She Who Must Not Be Named Being “Dean Screamed”?

Posted by Ryan on May 24, 2008

I think the MSM might try to make this RFK statement made by She Who Must Not Be Named their 2008 Election attempt at another “Dean Scream.”

In defense of SWMNBN (shudder), she was just indicating that historically the primaries are still wide open in June and there is no precedent of getting out this early in tight primary races like the one the Dems have this year.  Did the MSM pick up that she also mentioned her husband’s campaign along with RFK’s reference?  RFK Jr. seems fine with what she said and what she meant so what’s the big deal?

In my opinion, it’s simple:  the MSM has calculated that by staying in the race SWMNBN hurts Obama in the long run, thus she must be promptly disposed of by saying or doing something embarrassing that can be taken enough out of context in order to accelerate her day of reckoning.  Hence, I think that MSM reports like this or this are an attempt to “Dean Scream” SWMNBN out of the race in order to save the Dems. 

Though behind, Dean was positioned very well in 2004 to be very competitive.  Then he got excited at a rally.  No one in the audience thought he went crazy that night… only a poll that showed Bush creaming Dean in the general should Dean get the nomination made it beyond over-spirited and into the realm of nuts.  Dean would hurt the Dems.  Dean had to go.  The MSM made sure that the anti-Dean, John Kerry, got the nomination (didn’t help them much though!).

This theory may seem a little black-helicopter but I think the MSM is behind Obama and needs this primary season to end.  Her RFK statements were not the brightest, but not that crazy either.  It just seems fishy to me.

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McCain and the Republican Party Brand

Posted by Ryan on May 21, 2008

I just read this Politico piece by John Feehery on the Republican Party’s relationship with McCain.  His take is that Bush stalwarts like Hastert, Lott, and Delay are no longer on the scene and McCain, ever the frustrating maverick, is now the presumptive GOP nominee. Hence, the maverick becomes the savior in lieu of the Republican’s crushing Congressional defeats of late.

My take is simple: whenever the Republican Party gets wimpy and vague, it is going to lose.  After seventy years of playing identity/socialist politics, the Dems have the (undeserved) reputation of being the “nice” ones.  Republicans don’t have that reputation because ever since FDR, Americans have elected Republicans to do the dirty work of cleaning up Democrat messes (Ike was elected to fix the Korean War, Nixon was elected to fix Vietnam, Reagan was elected to fix everything Carter did, Dubya was elected to fix our image after BJ).  So if we’re going to run a campaign with pale pastels against the Dems, the folks go with the trusty nice people: the Dems. Ugh.  Running to the middle has been our problem because the American people see no differences or alternatives: hence an animus towards the Party in the White House… us! 

It’s not that conservatism has failed, it’s that the potential practitioners wussed out before doing enough great or significant things, falling victim to the Washington big-government=power/popularity culture.  The pale pastel approach will lead to serious electoral disaster this Fall, as it has in those three districts, especially with a potentially jazzed Obama base with a tested 50-state organization, ready to pound McCain and the Republican brand name into serious minority status.

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Bush Speech Irks Obama, Dems

Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008

President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel.  One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II.  That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis.  “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.

So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama. 

The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a “false political attack,” (Obama), “bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.

Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:

“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”

Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point.  This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:

Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”

Um.  Right.  That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly.  As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah.  Wow!  That was easy!

Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve! 

Hat tip Drudge.

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58% of Americans are “Wright” about Obama

Posted by Ryan on May 2, 2008

Stemming the conversation away from Obama and the Democ-“Rat” Race has been tough lately, but this was too good to pass up!

Scott Rasmussen released a poll today which attempted to gauge the political fallout from the recent remarks on Obama’s old Reverend Wright debacle.  A whopping 58% of respondents believe that Obama condemning Wright this week out of “political convenience,” rather than pure outrage!

Well, duh! 

I think this is significant, not because Obama had any new damage done to him, but this poll increases the sense that the damage Reverend Wright has done to Obama’s campaign, image, and chances is deep, lingering, if not permanent. 

What’s a superdelegate to do if this holds into the Fall, right about the time Obama’s Reverend releases his book?  All Wright has to do is say that Barack was there during one of those classic tirades Obama said he knew nothing about and all bets are off.

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Don’t Stop the NCGOP Ad!

Posted by Ryan on April 25, 2008

I know I’m going to disagree with John McCain more times than my conscience will like, but he needs to back off this one. The North Carolina Republican Party is trying to paint a Barack Obama out of touch with mainstream North Carolinians by citing Obama’s close relationship to the crazy Reverend Wright.

Here’s the ad which is causing all sorts of stress for the GOP right now:

John McCain calls the NCGOP as “out of touch” for airing such an ad.  It’s not out of touch, it’s a decent ad which highlights real voter concerns in a local election.  For McCain to come out before the MSM to condemn this ad, he’s adding unnecessary friction within the GOP at a time when we need to sit back and enjoy the other side’s breakdown.  Obama’s people are already painting this as McCain’s inability to control his own peeps.  Unfortunately, I’m sure this will not be the last time parts of the GOP clash with McCain this year in such a fashion. 

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The Morning After, Obama Still has Friends

Posted by Ryan on April 23, 2008

I thought this post at Michelle Malkin’s blog yesterday was telling about which party is the one our enemies are rooting for this November. 

As if you didn’t know!

With fewer friends nowadays after his tough double-digit loss last night Barack Obama can feel a bit better counting on solidarity from Hamas and FARC.  She Who Must Not be Named, on the other hand can add the FALN (the radical Puerto Rican nationalist/terrorist organization) into her camp because of her husband’s pardons.  However, both share the respect of the Weather Underground! 

No word on which domestic terrorist organizations or anti-American third world, human-rights abusing, drug-dealing, tinpot dictators or bloody international terrorist organizations support the McCain candidacy thus far.  We’ll bring any new information in that regard to you post-haste!

 

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Pennsylvania Mania!

Posted by Ryan on April 22, 2008

So the day has finally arrived!

After all the talk, punditry, ads, speculation, name-calling, race-baiting, and truth-telling the people are finally going to decide the fate of the Democrat race for President!

I hope “Operation Chaos” comes through today because if She Who Must Not Be Named wins by a decent enough margin, that will harm Obama big-time: he has spent six weeks and millions of dollars trying to get women and white men to vote for him in PA, a swing state.  Even if he loses by a little bit, it will be very telling about his prospects for the Fall campaign.  He should be kicking SWMNBN to the curb, but it’s not happening, even amongst Dems!  Where’s the MSM on that one?

Nonetheless, the polls only opened at 7am, so there’s still all day to speculate.  I’m pushing for “Operation Chaos” success and a prolonged Democrat Primary going all the way to the Convention!

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Why Rick Santorum Wants You to Vote For McCain

Posted by Ryan on April 21, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer posted this editorial by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum which articulates as well as I’ve heard thus far the reasons why Conservatives should come out to vote for McCain. 

Of course, true conservatives have some reservations about John McCain because of his stands on some of the issues and his obstruction over the last seven years.  Santorum argues that the primaries are when one needs to be honest about philosophy and direction, and the people got a chance to vote — and they voted for McCain.  Plus, he notes the Reagan Axiom that “someone you agree with 80% of the time is still your friend.”  Conservatives lost the battle for a pure-blood at the top of the ticket, but things will be a lot worse if either She Who Must Not Be named or Obama get into the White House. 

Plus, with the potential that idealistic, yet ignorant, young people show up in droves to vote for someone they know nothing about past “Change” and “Hope” means that the base needs to show up to prevent a potential electoral and demographic disaster.

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Debating the Debate in Philly

Posted by Ryan on April 17, 2008

The Democrat debate last night in Philadelphia was the closest the Dems will ever get to the kinds of questions Fox News would have given them in this election cycle  — addressing issues of character, history, and other vetting issues.  Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolous are feeling the pain for going against the MSM’s Leftist talking-points by taking it to Obama in a way no MSM venue has — directly, forcefully and persistently. 

Some pundits are cheering ABC, some are panning them.  I’d like the candidates to have a time-keeper and just let the candidates have a dialogue for an hour on whatever comes up.

Anyway, I didn’t watch the debate, I’m a “Ghost Hunters” fan on Wednesdays, so the 468th Dem debate lost to a spooky EVP caught at Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH.  Nonetheless, I’ve seen the highlights, I’ve heard the spin, I’ve read the meat and potatoes and have come to the conclusion that both of the Dems had a weak night and are beatable in the Fall.  Obama has character/issue/experience fallibilities and reacts too slow, and She Who Must Not Be Named has made too many gaffes that the Republicans will exploit with glee and there would be no greater fundraising device for Republicans than a SWMNBN general-election candidacy. 

At the end of the day, I don’t think the polls will change and the cards will fall as they were apt to anyway.  Like many things with the Dems there was a lot of empty talk, a bit of mudslinging, plenty of promises and nothing changes.

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Rev. Wright Still “Stuck on Stupid”

Posted by Ryan on April 17, 2008

I know this story’s a little bit old, however, while cheering the Dem Debate last night, I heard Imus this morning picking on Fox News, specifically O’Reilly and Hannity, using the recent phrase uttered by Obama’s reverend, Jeremiah Wright, at one of Wright’s friend’s funeral that O’Reilly and Hannity were both “forever stuck on stupid.” 

Nice try, Reverend Wright, but give credit where credit’s due!

We all know “stuck on stupid” was a brilliant quip uttered by the straight-talking General Russel Honore in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, knocking the MSM for asking ridiculous questions:

Note to friends: please don’t knock Fox News at my funeral service — it’s kind of tacky and inappropriate.

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Staying In “As Long as [She] Wants”

Posted by Ryan on March 30, 2008

I have thought for a while now that if She Who Must Not Be Named cannot be the Democrat nominee, then Barack Obama cannot be President.  I had a similar thought about how the Clinton’s handled Kerry in 2004 — he couldn’t win either in order to pave the way for her historic run in 2008.

SWMNBN has to know that her continued presence in this race is having a detrimental effect on her party’s chances in the Fall given all the bad blood that is in the air which may not be reconciled by August.  I also believe that she’s taking the advice of her husband by staying in: either she can persuade enough superdelegates to join her through a series of late and impressive victories while still screeching about Michigan and Florida, or she waits until a Reverend Wright-type scandal knocks Obama out of the running prematurely where she can pick up the nomination by default and thereby save the party.

As for Obama, he’s encouraging the Shrill One to stay in the race as he continues to fill in the typical populist empty suit mold that continues to persuade a number of short-sighted idealists to follow him.  Michael Barone, however, gives SWMNBN a little hope in this article, arguing a hypothetical way in which Bill’s wife can win this.  Barone is generally considered to be the foremost expert on micro-politics within individual Congressional districts nationwide.  While admitting his idea is hypothetical, he also adds to this notion that SWMNBN should not drop out and continue to fight until the end, which she has recently pledged she’d do.

Good for her.  Let the Democrat Uncivil War continue!

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Hasselbeck Tries to Stick It to Obama

Posted by Ryan on March 29, 2008

Back on March 19, the lovely Elizabeth Hasselbeck, “The View’s” token conservative and fellow Rhode Island transplant, made a great point about the double standard Obama has on race: Obama condemned Don Imus, who had been on radio since 1968 and made an inappropriate three-word joke in bad taste that got him fired within a week, but Barry O is still defending his Reverend Wright.  Elizabeth gets harped on by the harpies on “The View” but she made a great point — and another indication that Obama’s foes on the Left and Right are not going to let this issue slide.

Yesterday, Obama paid a visit to the ladies on “The View.”  Some important points related to his distant relation to Brad Pitt, how “sexy” he is,  if he’s tough enough to survive a Republican “swift-boating,” yak yak yak.  However, Barbara Walters did eventually bring up the Imus stuff.  Obama , in typical form, split hairs and parsed words, not hearing “some of the things” Wright said, etc.  Soon he turned into his friendship with She Who Must Not Be Named (gag). 

It appears in the first two to five minutes of this clip:

It’s funny because the YouTube clips from the news stations skip the Imus part and go straight to dealing with the “Republican attack machine.” Elizabeth then tries to call him out about his “uniter” farce.  Yet, Obama dances some more, even telling an anecdote about how Reverend Wright saved an interracial couple through Wright’s guidance.  However, to my disappointment, the Imus double standard was not addressed further. 

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An Education: Democrats on the Economy

Posted by Ryan on March 27, 2008

We’ve finally learned something (on the record for a change) about Democrat’s vision for the today’s ailing economy!  Here’s a sample of Obama’s take on what he to do in tough economic times:

“To renew our economy — and to ensure that we are not doomed to repeat a cycle of bubble and bust again and again — we need to address not only the immediate crisis in the housing market; we also need to create a 21st century regulatory framework, and pursue a bold opportunity agenda for the American people….  We do American business — and the American people — no favors when we turn a blind eye to excessive leverage and dangerous risks….  If we can extend a hand to banks on Wall Street, we can extend a hand to Americans who are struggling.”

OK, let me get this straight:  Regulation.  Government handouts.  Ending the Business Cycle.

Been there, done that.

  • One of the things we learned from the 1970s (before Obama met Reverend Wright and while She Who Must Not Be Named was still wearing those dorky glasses) is that the more regulation the government imposes the less economic activity takes place from those targeted companies/industries, which will destroy job growth and diversification. 
  • Plus, government hand-outs to the “struggling” might be good mid-20th Century populist/class-warfare politics, but we’ve seen the abject failure of wealth redistribution in our own country: “War on Poverty” anyone?  
  • Back in the 1990s people were also talking about the end of the business cycle.  I don’t want an end to the business cycle because, quite simply, that means the end of capitalism.  Bad companies must be made to account, bad behaviors by consumers must be stymied by market realities, and bad investments must be punished if an economy is to learn and grow in the fastest and most natural way. 

So, what did I learn about the Democrat candidates and the economy today? 

Same old populist-socialist dribble that won’t fix anything but would continue the cycle of dependency.  But that’s what I expected them to say.  The bigger question to ask is:

Will John McCain take advantage of these scary policy positions that his opponents are putting forward on the record? 

One hopes.

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The Uncivil War Begins to Mount Casualties

Posted by Ryan on March 26, 2008

This report from the Gallup organization has to have McCain feeling pretty good today, and also shows how the Uncivil War is doing potentially lasting damage to the Democrats.  According to the article, 19% of Obama supporters would desert and vote for McCain if She Who Must Not be Named were nominated, while 28% of SWMNBN supporters would likewise vote for McCain instead of the Empty Suit.

While it’s still too early to put a lot of importance behind these kinds of polls in regards to the Fall Campaign, it does indicate a lack of tolerance building between the Lying-Shrill One and the Empty Suit amongst different factions in the Democrat Party.  I don’t think that 28% of any Democrat’s supporters are going to flock to McCain in the Fall, but staying home or throwing one’s vote away on Nader would still do the trick in some important states.

AP photo (I wonder if he’s thinking “Read between the lines” or something).

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McCain Wins Republican Nomination

Posted by Ryan on March 5, 2008

Last night it became clear that Mike Huckabee was going to lose the nomination race outright and finally did what many have done before him and dropped out.  McCain reached above the 1191 delegates needed to secure the nomination and even officially received an endorsement from President Bush today (for good or bad I suppose).

Last night, I have to say that I genuinely liked McCain’s Dallas speech.  He spoke about his campaign strategy, which is to make this campaign be about ideas and contrasts, not personalities or gutter politics.  Since I believe that this is the strategy that he should use, I was happy to hear he thinks so too.  While he can’t walk on water or raise the dead like Obama can while giving a speech, I noticed that I wasn’t fearing the poor articulation of every sentence — which I had grown accustomed to since the summer of 1999 when Dubya began his campaign.  He’s not George W. Bush, but he’s also not Bob Dole either; he’s more feisty and isn’t afraid to call the libs out.

Listening to the speech, I also felt for the first time that McCain could pull this off and be our next President; he seemed to rise a bit taller last night if you get my figurative meaning.  

We know that She Who Must Not Be Named is not going away quietly even though it is unlikely that she can win the nomination cleanly through the will of the people.  SWMNBN and Obama are neck and neck with mo- on her side.  McCain even used the term “uncivil brawl” to describe today’s politics (shades of Rush, perhaps?). 

I’m not a McCainiac and I did voice my protest against him with my vote for Mitt Romney on February 5, yet McCain is now the party’s nominee and the task of pushing back the tide of socialism and liberalism is much more important than squabbling over a few differences.  If I get 80% of what I want compared to 0%, I’ll fight for that 80% every time.

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Obama’s Media Blues

Posted by Ryan on March 4, 2008

The voting hasn’t yet wrapped in Texas, Ohio, Vermont or Rhode Island, but it is likely that Obama will win enough delegates tonight to turn the establishment against She Who Must Not Be Named by the time Pennsylvania comes around.  I hope not — I love watching the Democrat in-fighting!

However, at the same time it’s been a rough week for Obama; one he’s not used to having.  I’ve always felt that the one thing the press likes more than hyping someone up, is eventually tearing them down. 

First came NAFTA:  senior Obama economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, spoke to members of the Harper government apparently saying that the Canadian government shouldn’t take Obama’s anti-NAFTA rhetoric seriously.  That sounds very much like politics as usual (not very hopeful or change-like politics).  Denials abound and SWMNBN’s campaign ran with it, but Harper’s response was carefully worded and vague.  Regardless of what was said, this story is not likely to go away because of the way it was handled.

Then, Obama actually got asked some tough questions today by, of all people, THE PRESS!  Obama tried to manage the news conference, but after complaining that the press asked “like eight questions,” he huffed and puffed his way off the stage.  Apparently Obama didn’t like questions being asked about his former fundraiser Tony Rezko’s trial or NAFTA-gate.

Here’s a free-of-charge tip for Obama: There’s no one the press loves to hound more than someone important who doesn’t like them.  Have fun with the rest of the campaign!

AP photo.

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Democrat Party in Chaos

Posted by Sal on January 29, 2008

Much has been written on this page and others about the state of the Republican party, but little attention is being paid to the possible crumbling of the Democrat coalition that has kept the Democrat Party in contention for the past 30 years.  She Who Must Not Be Named and her supporters have done more to potentially destroy the Democrat coalition than anyone else in recent memory. 

First, SWMNBN and her husband have pushed racial politics into the forefront of first presidential race where an African American actually has a shot at getting a nomination of a major party.  SWMNBN and her husband are trying to pit one minorty (blacks) against another (Hispanics).  Meanwhile, the National Organization for Women (NOW), a supporter of SWMNBN, is accusing anyone who attacks her as engaging in a “psychological gang-bang“.  In addition, they accused Ted Kennedy of betraying woman with his support of Obama (funny how they never felt that he betrayed women before). 

It is clear that the factions that make up the Democrat party are unraveling and at war with each other.  If SWMNBN gets the nomination (shudder), she would be smart to try to heal the work she has done by choosing Obama as her running mate.  However, that in and of itself is not a sure thing.  Obama may refuse, and the coalition may still be torn.  Whatever the problems of Republicans right now, Democrats have their own, and they may be worse. 

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