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Posted by Dan Draney on November 18, 2008
Ten minutes long, but don’t miss a second of this.
Posted by Dan Draney on October 12, 2008
Suddenly, the dinosaur media have discovered that some people at McCain-Palin rallies are angry. It seems some people there actually even dislike Barack “The One” Obama, if you can imagine. The impertinence! He has been annointed. Didn’t those wingnuts get the message?
These reports of a few inappropriate catcalls from a crowd of thousands may be true, although we can’t rule out plants from the Left attempting to discredit McCain-Palin supporters or plain media fabrications. Perhaps now that the MSM have discovered this angry speck in the eye of the Right, they might take a little notice of the log of seething rage that has been the public face of the Left for the past 8 years. Michelle Malkin has a good review of some of the fruits of Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), Palin Madness Syndrome (PMS), and McCain Hatred. Then there is this video of the wonderful, tolerant liberals of New York’s Upper West Side, and Jim Treacher proves again that it’s impossible to parody these guys. When we start to see MSM stories about the eyeball popping rage on the left, I’ll start to take their opinions on the subject more seriously.
Which is not to say conservatives, even libertarian conservatives like myself, aren’t angry. I am angry, although I’m not about to assault anyone. I’m angry about several things.
The MSM have become an arm of the Obama campaign, abandoning any pretense of objectivity. Could they bother to look into Obama’s past at all? How about spending just 1/100th of the resources they spent trying to smear Sarah Palin looking into Obama’s buddies: Rezko; Wright; Pfleger; and Ayers. How about equal billing for the true story of Obama’s ties to the socialist New Party along with the false story of Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party? How about looking into his record in Illinois, at Harvard and at Columbia beyond what he says in his autobiographies?
Obama has been able to run his campaign as a complete cypher. He’s a political chameleon, running to the left of Hillary and to the right of McCain in the same election. In the primary he was planning to gut the defense budget, including missile defense, but in the first debate with McCain, suddenly missile defense is essential to him. He’s actually claiming that he’ll prosecute the war in Afghanistan more agressively than McCain. Who really believes that? Not his Nutroots supporters, who know that’s just a put on to fool the rest of us. If any previous statements become inconvenient, he just denies he ever made them, and the press plays along. He’s a bullshitter, constantly puffing up his resume with exaggerated or phony claims.
While posing as a “post-partisan,” “post-racial” candidate, Obama has managed to run one of the most visciously partisan and openly race-baiting campaigns in history. McCain runs an ad comparing Obama to celebrity airheads, and gets attacked for “racism.” McCain points out the links between Obama and former Fannie Mae CEOs, one white one black, who made millions while ruining the financial system, and those ads are “racist.” Palin notes the Ayers connection, and that’s, take a guess, “racist.” Is it possible there exists some way to criticize Obama’s record, words or deeds that is not racist? Perhaps a McCain ad that agreed that we need Hope and Change, but claimed we should Do More would pass muster. Nope, racist.
Joe Biden is a walking gaffe machine, but for some reason that doesn’t matter at all. In the debate with Palin he made some ridiculous statements about “when we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon.” Had Palin said that, the election would have been over at that moment. Even accepting the “official” explanation that he meant to say Syria, it still made no sense at all. Recently, he claimed that Franklin Roosevelt went on TV after the 1929 Crash to talk to America. This was odd, since Roosevelt was not yet president and TV had not been invented. Right after 9/11, Biden had this brainstorm:
At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: “I’m groping here.” Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,” Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.
He’s there as the foreign policy heavyweight to add “gravitas” to the ticket. We can all feel so much better about an Obama presidency, knowing that Biden will be guiding him in key decisions. Yet the MSM perpetuate the myth of Biden’s foreign policy expertise.
Update: Added the forgotten link above to Biden’s suggestion to send a $200 million jizya to Iran to encourage future bombings.
Posted by Dan Draney on August 30, 2008
I’m very impressed with what I have learned about her so far. I think it’s a bold move on McCain’s part to select her. He has absolutely blunted the “surge” Obama was about to get from the convention. She is someone who can simultaneous unite and energize the Republican base, while appealing to swing voters. For the first time conservatives are looking at a vote for McCain as a positive good rather than just a lesser of evils. It also gives the McCain campaign a little history-making potential of it’s own to counteract the Obamagic. Of course, hard core feminist Clinton supporters will not vote for McCain because of Palin, but he wasn’t going to get their votes anyway.
Her husband is a union guy (steelworker, oil worker) and commercial fisherman, and she’s a former union member herself. She played basketball (point guard) as well as competing in a beauty pageant. They’re both from working class backgrounds. She’s said to be very tough and sharp, but also warm and highly likeable.
Her relative inexperience does blunt one of McCain’s best weapons against Obama, but I expect that argument will be recast in terms of “judgment” and “accomplishments” rather than “experience.” It’s also hard for the Obama campaign to attack her inexperience without highlighting his own issues on that score. It should be very interesting to see her debate Joe Biden in a few weeks. Indeed this is turning out to be one of the most interesting elections in my lifetime so far, and my memories go back to Nixon vs. Kennedy.
Time will tell whether this is a brilliant move or a blunder by McCain. That will largely depend on how well she holds up in the whirlwind of a national campaign.
Funny column from David Brooks on the generic convention speech (Democrat).
Debate dialog I’d like to see:
Obama: [something comparing himself to Abe Lincoln]
McCain: “Senator, I knew Abe Lincoln. You’re no Abe Lincoln.”
(H/T “The Corner“) I think even Obama would have to laugh at that one. For the younger readers: it’s a reference to Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen in the 1988 vice presidential debate.