Jay Nordlinger on the case. Marine runs for, wins seat in Congress. Marine is called back to Iraq. Marine stands for re-election. Wife of opponent denigrates Marine, service, war, character–precisely because he went back to Iraq. Stay classy, Dems!
In a recent IMPACT 08 Robert Rubin, top economic adviser to Barack Obama, insisted that regardless of the expected billion dollar Federal budget deficit, the top priority of the next president must be a stimulus package of at least 1% to 3% of the GDP. He said:
My son will soon graduate from an expensive, overpriced college, which is redundant since pretty much every college today is expensive and overpriced. Pondering what to do upon graduation, he mentions he’s considering business school. A couple of years ago, I might have encouraged such ambition. However, three recent events have made me rethink my support for the plan to pursue an MBA.
Two Arrested for Hanging Obama Effigy on Kentucky Campus. Hanging the effigy wasn’t illegal. That was just extremely poor judgment. Arresting somebody for doing it? That’s wrong. That’s way beyond wrong. An effigy of Sarah Palin hung in California for weeks. Disgusting–but the police kept their distance. (Not out of principle, from what I can tell.) But hang an effigy of Barack Obama–the Annointed One, the Saint, the One–and you’re in jail. This. Is. Wrong.
My email is filled with brilliant essays with one common denominator. They all agree that Obama, indeed, represents change. What kind of change? An end to the American commitment to world leadership. It would means that Americans, like Europeans before them, tired of the cost attached to leading the pack. It would mean that just like the Soviets, Americans are ready to relinquish their super power status. In other words, it means that Osama Bin Laden would achieve his goal of replicating the 7th century Arab Muslim achievement of destroying two contemporary super powers, Byzantine and Persia within an amazing short period. The fact that Americans would signal their willingness to submit by electing a man called “Blessed Hussein” Obama would be the final proof that the victory belongs to Allah and to those submitting to his will as laid out in the Koran. After all, it was the combination of Islamist terror and Saudi led OPEC low oil production, i.e., high energy prices which may lead Americans to give up on liberty. Trust me, this is the way Islamists will interpret Obama’s election.
Whether you are for Barack Obama or John McCain, anybody who cares about corporate crime has cause to rejoice come January 20. On that day, the worst SEC in recent history begins to be phased out, with the new commander in chief naming a new SEC chairman to replace the wretched Christopher Cox.
Effigy of Obama hung from a noose at University of Kentucky. Awful thing. Note, though, that for Andrew Sullivan… well, that Palin effigy can just keep on hangin’ out in L.A. But the Obama thing has “special resonance” and has got to go. Does Andrew Sullivan have any principles left? My guess: Naah.
Senator Biden has been repeatedly criticized by Senator McCain for calling for the dismemberment of Iraq. McCain charged Biden with saying that “that Iraq had to be broken up into three different countries,” and called the plan “one of the more cockamamie ideas that I’ve heard in a long, long time.”
Barack Obama has a new web ad up asking you to “talk to your boss” and “talk to your professors” about taking the day off next Tuesday so you can do “get out the vote” activities, such as stuffing ballot boxes and making sure the deceased get to the polls.
My belief has been constant for the 2008 campaign year: Despite the strong Democratic winds that will blow bigger majorities into the House and Senate, the White House would remain Republican because the Democrats were committed to two unelectable candidates.
I’m guessing it’s Elizabeth Edwards–as it should be. Not that she thinks YOU should have the same right. “Edwards – who has battled breast cancer since 2004 – said McCain’s [health care] plan fails in all important areas by leaving the decision-making process up to individuals, who can frequently “make stupid economics decisions,” reports the DC Examiner. Can’t have individuals making stupid decisions, now, can we? Sigh… and yet the American people seem–seem–to want Obama as King, Daddy, and Decider. I hope I’m wrong. I like picking my own doctor (and planning my own retirement, and keeping more of what I earn, and listening to what I like on talk radio…)
An interesting element of liberals’ and the mainstream media’s reactions to Sarah Palin is the way they attack her for the very things–such as balancing a high-powered career and her obligations as a mother, daughter, and sister–that feminists would normally champion.
You’ve never heard about the “Cambodian Syndrome?” Neither have I. Pity. American policy makers have been suffering from it until recently when in an operation which has the hallmark of Israeli ones, the US army entered an Al Qaeda base in Syria in order to capture a high value Al Qaeda target. Bill Roggio has the details.
Well, sure–and why not give it to ‘em? We’ll just run out to the money tree borrow tree and pluck off a few billion. Mr. Long’s happy to foot the bill, seeing as how he’s helping bail out Wall Street already. Meanwhile, who’s going to help me pay my sky-high, non-group insurance policy premiums? Who’s going to help out the ol’ freelance writer when he doesn’t have as much work as he’d like? Any bailout comin’ for me? Anyone? Anyone? Is ANYBODY a grown-up in Washington?
Here’s Howard Dean not just defending but promoting the idea of one-party rule by the Dems. Says Dean, the Rs just “borrow and spend, spend and borrow, borrow and spend.” And when it comes to the Rs who’ve been in charge lately, he’s absolutely right. What’s funny is that he’s studiously avoiding saying “tax and spend,” since we all know that that’s the modus operandi of his party. (And now that I think about it, “tax and spend” is a lot better than “borrow and spend.” At least it has a natural–if distant–governor built-in.)
Here’s John Nichols at the Nation giving us the ol’ more-in-sorrow-than-in-pity act: He tells us of the shocking, shocking! news that Alaska’s Anchorage Daily News has endorsed not McCain and favorite “daughter” Sarah Palin, but Sen. Obama. Nichols breathlessly reports how devastating it is that a source so close to Palin should judge her unfit for national office. What John Nichols withholds–and doesn’t want you to know, for fear of undercutting his little point–is that the Anchorage Daily News endorsed Kerry in 04, Gore in 00, Clinton in 96 and Clinton in 92. So they endorse another Democrat–but Nichols wants you to think this is a big deal. Typical of Nichols and the Nation magazine: check even the most basic intellectual honesty at the door. Hope nobody checks. Deny it if they do. Of course, that’s the socialist/leftist line: Anything that advances the cause is a-okay.
I’ve dismissed those who say that this is “the most important election of our lifetimes” because it’s hyperbole. When this question came up over the last several months, I’ve gleefully listed at least three elections that were far more important. (For instance: Bush v. Gore, to avoid giving a seal of approval to the Clinton character; Kerry v. Bush, to keep us on track in the war on terror–and that’s just the two most recent presidential elections!) Yet today, I’m ready to say that this is, if not the most important election, then certainly among the most.
Well, you have now officially been forewarned. A vote for Obama is a vote for wealth redistribution. No if or buts. Obama argues that the Warren court and the civil rights movement should have established a Federal right to distribute wealth. He made the argument in a 2001 interview with Boston public radio. Since the Gallup poll found that 84% of Americans oppose wealth distribution and only 13% approve of it, you may wish to reconsider your vote. He said: