Obama’s Job Chapter 38 Problem
Jay Cost notices that a candidate who casts himself as the Lord who speaketh out of the whirlwind has a hard time running as a ‘regular guy.’ (As I have mentioned before, while Obama speaks the language of Christianity, unlike most religious politicians, he always seems to use language that places himself in the role of the Lord.). And that’s not the only problem with | Read More »
How Do You Ask A Frenchman To Be The Last Man To Die For Tax Cuts In Pennsylvania?
Barack Obama is trying to sell his request for more European troops in Afghanistan as a budget-savings move: Barack Obama said Friday that persuading NATO allies to contribute more troops to Afghanistan could lead to U.S. troops cuts and help improve the U.S. economy, with reduced military expenditure being diverted into tax cuts to help middle class families. +++ Asked what message his traveling abroad | Read More »
Chuck Hagel On Iraq: Forget 2007 and 2008, That’s Ancient History Now
Chuck Hagel, fresh from his trip to Iraq to provide a patina of bipartisanship to Barack Obama, tips the hand of the Obama camp’s inability to explain away Obama’s terrible misjudgment in opposing the “surge”: “Quit talking about, ‘Did the surge work or not work,’ or, ‘Did you vote for this or support this,’” Hagel said Thursday on a conference call with reporters. “Get out | Read More »
Obama’s Losing Bet On Defeat In Iraq
Even after eight years in which every conceivable calumny has been hurled at President Bush, his advisers and his supporters, there are apparently some things you are not supposed to say in American politics, and John McCain has gone and said one of them: This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would | Read More »
FrankJ On The World Court Decision
FrankJ is brilliantly concise as always, on Mexican nationals facing the death penalty in Texas: “A lot of those Mexicans came here illegally hoping to be treated like citizens. I guess they got their wish.”
Srebrenica and The Price of Not Making War
On the occasion of the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, I thought it worthwhile to re-run a diary I wrote in July 2005 on the tenth anniversary of Srebrenica. It remains a signal lesson in the danger of returning to the era when “nation building” and “peacekeeping” were considered not as supplements to war aims but as ends in themselves. There is peace, and there is | Read More »
Are We There Yet? Victory in Iraq and the 2008 Election
“Events, dear boy, events.” –Former British PM Harold Macmillan on the greatest threat to any government’s plans. “In chaos there is opportunity” –Variously attributed. It’s time for Republicans to decide: are we willing to stake the election on the proposition that we have won the war in Iraq?
The Evolution of Max Cleland
Promoted from RedHot to the front page because Moe kept goading me. 2002: Martyr to scurrilous Republican attacks 2004: Absolute moral authority 2008: Under the Obama bus.
How Popular Is Abortion? Listen To The Candidates
So, what position on abortion is a greater asset in a national election? Well, you could look at history – abortion wasn’t really a sharp distinction in 1976, the first election after Roe, but since then the four candidates to win popular majorities all did so as pro-lifers. Assuming that the candidates’ rhetoric on the trail is some indicator of where they think popular sentiment | Read More »
Code Words: John McCain Is Doubleplus Unyoung
If ever you wanted a perfect illustration of the difference between the coordinated, top-down nature of the activism of the online Left and the way normal people think and write, check out Jim Geraghty’s review of how they refer to John McCain: The liberal blog The Carpetbagger Report uses the word “confused” in almost every post about McCain; same deal at ThinkProgress. At AmericaBlog, the | Read More »
RE: Chandra Levy
You mean Cindy Sheehan?
What Does John McCain Believe About Barack Obama?
Here’s the thing I keep coming back to about this election and what it will take to win it. It’s a point that Hillary Clinton grasped, albeit too late to save her. And it’s an open question about our own nominee and how he will approach the next 116 days. Most people who would consider voting Republican in this (or any) election either like McCain, | Read More »
Corrupt Democrat Watch, July 10 Edition, Part One
Time once again for our roundup of corrupt and misbehaving Democrats around Washington and the country at large. Miss a week and they pile up on you. Dan Spencer has already covered Obama’s mortgage deal, and you know all about Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad, but as usual, there’s so much more. In fact, this installment is so big that we have to break it | Read More »