Conference Call Summary: Eric Cantor and Douglas Holtz-Eakin
I just finished a conference call on Obama’s energy policy (more of which is apparently being rolled out today) with Virginia Congressman and House Chief Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor, and McCain campaign spokesman Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Here’s your summary of the call. The chief theme pushed by Cantor and Holtz-Eakin is that Obama is at best weakly committed, and at worst outright opposed, to more | Read More »
The John Edwards Test
The Obama campaign and its supporters have been quick to throw around charges of racism when their candidate has been criticized. I propose the following easily-applied thought experiment before evaluating such charges: would Republicans say the same thing about John Edwards? Edwards is not, of course, precisely identical to Obama, but if you were conducting a test for racial bias and needed a white “tester” | Read More »
Racist Campaign Ad Watch
Given that our betters have been instructing us that it’s racist to depict or associate Barack Obama with white women, I have investigated and uncovered scandalous new evidence of more ads and campaign videos that have used this racist tactic. Read on for the evidence of this smear campaign directed at Senator Obama:
John McCain Does Not Think That Campaigning Against Barack Obama Makes Him A Racist
Back when this campaign started in the beginning of 2007, I had a low opinion of many things about Barack Obama – his experience, his policy positions, his voting record, his knowledge of national security matters. But naive liberals aren’t necessarily bad people, and sometimes they do have something useful to contribute to public debate. The one thing Obama’s 2004 convention speech and occasional public | Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »