Enthusiasm for Obama on the Wane
When it comes to political analysis, there are few more insightful than Michael Barone. His latest piece points up this fascinating indication of just how much of the bloom has gone off the Obama rose. Barone notes that Obama’s current lead in the polls is due almost entirely to his lead among young voters, and then points out that those young voters have become a | Read More »
Obama claims the ’06 elections caused the Anbar Awakening
Much has been made about John McCain telling Katie Couric that the Surge “began the Anbar awakening.” Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. McCain answered this by explaining that the Surge was more than just the addition of more troops. This would mean that the surge would have its | Read More »
I BACK MAC!!! How We Can Win, 1952-Style
The last time that the general election’s final candidates did not feature either the incumbent President or Vice President was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower (R-KS) took on Adlai Stevenson, Jr. (D-IL). The contest had many similarities to 2008: -The Republican was a war hero -The Democrat was a skilled orator -The Democrat was from Illinois -The current (then-Korean, now-Iraq) war’s status/success was hotly debated -The | Read More »
Scarborough on the Surge and the Anbar Awakening
Much has been made in the media about how John McCain shot himself in the head when he told CBS News’ Katie Couric on Tuesday: Colonel McFarlane (phonetic) was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that’s just a matter | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Priority list.
Currently, it’s like this: 1). Visit wounded soldiers at Landstuhl. Make campaign speech at German Victory Column in Berlin*. 2). Visit wounded soldiers at Landstuhl. Take the evening off to go see Berlin. 3). Visit wounded soldiers at Landstuhl. Bask in the tepid, languid adoration of Paris. 4). Visit wounded soldiers at Landstuhl. Get his Presidential transition team going. I could live with #1 and | Read More »
McCain leads in Colorado, close in Michigan and Minnesota
How Close are Colorado, Minnesota, and Michigan? I’m not going to pay an enormous amount of attention to the polls until after the conventions, because I expect Obama to get a big bump coming out of Denver (10 points? 15? 20?) and I expect McCain to steadily close that gap after the Republican convention. The race will probably be close by October, but each candidate | Read More »
Where is the fight?
I would think for someone in their 70′s to think of running for presidency instead of vacationing in florida would require an innate desire and ambition.Instead of hearing the usual “I respect dadada … but I am a better candidate”, I would expect a much stronger fight in the face of a rolling coaster of arrogance. What put him in the presidential race in the | Read More »
Mr would-be president
Economist has a neat article on the foreign fawining over Obamahttp://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11750395
Put down the keyboard. Pick up the phone.
I’ve had a lot of requests to post my speech from the Americans for Prosperity conference in Austin, TX. The speech ran as my RedState Under The Radar column at Human Events yesterday. You can view it here. The text is also below. There are people in this world who are morally and ideologically opposed to us. We call them the left. They are a | Read More »
Washington Post: McCain Makes Significant Gains in Four Key Battleground States
McCain Makes Significant Gains in Four Key Battleground States Yes, that’s actually the headline from Washington Post. Color me surprised. First the head-to-head matchup #s. The polls were conducted by Quinnipiac, not a particular accurate firm to start with. **July (June)COMcCain 46(+2)Obama 44(-5) MNMcCain 44(+7)Obama 46(-5) MIMcCain 42Obama 46(-2) WIMcCAin 39Obama 50(-2)** Read the article yourself, it’s mostly garbage… The only interesting tidbits are here. | Read More »
Bob Schaffer Gets Conservative Endorsement
Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund is endorsing Bob Schaffer in Colorado. That’s great news. Schaffer is a good conservative. During his three terms in Congress from 1997-2002, Schaffer earned a 99 percent Lifetime Rating with the American Conservative Union. His average National Taxpayers’ Union ranking was 13th in the entire House, and he received the fourth highest score on two separate occasions. The Democrats thought | Read More »
Mary Jo Kilroy is a Parade Killjoy. Sends Impersonator to Parade
Caught on tape by the Republican Party, this may be the funniest thing yet. Mary Jo Kilroy attended the Plain City Steam Thrashers Parade, except she didn’t. She had someone in the back of a convertible waving as if it was her, but it was not her. It was someone else. How pathetic. See for yourself:
GOP Senate to DEM Senate: Drill, or go dry.
You know, I understand why some people find Senate quote-unquote “Minority” Leader Mitch McConnell a bit irksome when it comes to pork generally, but he really does have a feel on the primary aspect of his current job: that is to say, how to thoroughly muck up the titular majority’s day. Via Hot Air: Senate GOP hands Dems oil ultimatum By Manu Raju Senate Republicans | Read More »
Who Guards the Guardians?
One of my favorite Latin phrases is translated as the title of this post. “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” It is an age old question; often asked in sincerity and seldom answered in sufficiency. H/T to Michael Silence for directing me to another instance of needing to ask. It seems Memphians need to be asking it anew. And anyone who, like me, enters the bloodsport known | Read More »
Bar Complaint Filed Against Obama For His Lack of Honesty
Though Obama has not released his bar application (transparency is just a bumper sticker for him), someone has filed a bar complaint. The complaint charges Barack Obama with failing to disclose his drug use. As I’ve written about in the past, bar applications are lengthy things to fill out and they go into a host of details from drug use to parking tickets. Given how | Read More »
Correcting the Record on the ABC Story About the 54 Soldiers
A few weeks ago, this post received a lot of attention in the diaries. John in Carolina has now blogged that the information was not true. I appreciate him contacting us so we too can clear that up.
What Happens When You Move Oil in Boats and Barges…
The catastrophic spill occurred early Wednesday after a 600-foot Liberian-flagged tanker named The Tintomara collided with a barge being pulled by a tugboat near the Harvey Locks. The barge — which was carrying 400,000 gallons of thick, tar-like No. 6 fuel oil — was split in half, sending its contents into the river. As a result, the Mississippi River is shut down to boat traffic | Read More »
Barack Obamessiah Goes To Berlin: Not Since 1939 Have So Many Germans Turned Out To Hear A Politician in Berlin
Barack Obama is set to speak at the Victory Column in Berlin. The Victory Column commemorates Germany’s last military victory over France and Austria in the last 1860′s – early 1870′s. From that link: Berlin authorities say that as many as a million people could attend. Four TV stations are broadcasting the entire speech, and the rest are scrambling to secure prime locations at the | Read More »
Sen. McCain, Recognize this Opportunity
Dear Senator McCain, I realize that you are coming to grips with the fact that the mainstream press, which once counted you as their favorite politician, is casting you aside in favor of the younger, prettier Sen. Barack Obama. This must be difficult for you, and I admire the grace with which you are conducting yourself in the face of this electronic and print rejection. | Read More »
The End Of Freedom Of Speech
No one has ever accused me of being an alarmist, but I fear what will take place if the Dimocrats take it all in November. Barack Obama on his flight to Germany accosted Major Garrett in why was it that Fox News was always on wherever he went in Iraq and Afghanistan. He alluded that President Bush maybe mandated that only Fox would be shown.They | Read More »
Carl Mumpower: On The Road Again
Controversial Congressional Candidate Carl Mumpower recently suspended his campaign to make sure he had the support of the majority of the party leaders in the 11th Congressional District in western North Carolina. I have covered it extensively on my local and state issues blog. And here is a taste of how the local TV station covered it: Here is the latest from Richard Bernier, the | Read More »
Here is one Israeli who sees Obama for who he is
A quite insighful commentary by one who does not want to be used for the political gain of Obama We know who your friends are: Barack, your visit here is just a waste of time; you’re not wanted or needed here. We’ll do just fine without you and you’ll probably do better with out us, too. Don’t come around here making as if you’re looking | Read More »
Obama’s European Omission: Our Unbreakable Bond of Belief
Accepting President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to “Let them come,” Senator Barack Obama will descend upon Berlin – a Phoenix of Freedom – to lecture the world on the state of the Transatlantic relationship. Such a speech is ironic, for Senator Obama has yet to show any understanding of the fundamental truths that have linked the Transatlantic Alliance through time and tribulations. As recently practiced | Read More »
The Campaign Finance Woes of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)
New Orleans’ love affair with the corrupt extended family of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) may be entering its last days. From the Times-Picayune: Of the roughly $45,500 Jefferson raised between April and June — a paltry sum for a senior member facing a reelection fight — $13,800, or about one third, came from his own family. Jefferson’s wife, Andrea, his two oldest daughters, Jamila Jefferson | Read More »
RNC Chairman kicks-off national tour at bustling Michigan HQ
Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to check out the new McCain regional headquarters down in Farmington Hills while they hosted a special guest. Republican National Committee Chairman Robert “Mike” Duncan was in town to officially “open” the center and to spotlight some of the tools and efforts the GOP is going to be using this fall in states like Michigan. While the Michigan McCain | Read More »
MO-GOV: Hulshof v Steelman Debate II
Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof met for their final debate before next month’s primary. The debate was hosted by KY3, a Springfield, MO NBC affiliate. As with the KMOX debate I took down some notes on their responses to the questions. I have also included my thoughts (including an endorsement) at the end. I have included links to the video of each question. Just follow | Read More »
Blue-on-Blue Demonstrations at DNC setback: demonstrators may face critical urine shortage.
A joke. Via Drunkblog, Gateway Pundit, and AoSHQ: DNC concerns: Did protesters plan to throw urine? DENVER (KJCT) — A new kind of warning has come up about protesters gearing up for the Democratic National Convention. Denver firefighters have learned of a house full of urine being stored to throw at police. An internal memo is warning first responders that disgusting acts are a significant | Read More »
Obama’s CHANGE for the Better
The political password of Obama is the need for “change, America is heading in the wrong direction”, the question is, which direction should America take to solve its economic and military problems? Obama’s CHANGE for the Better The political password of Obama is the need for “change, America is heading in the wrong direction”, the question is, which direction should America take to solve its | Read More »
And Now For Something Completely Different…
Just something off the beaten path, but a friend sent this to me on Facebook and I laughed so hard I cried.
Barack Obama’s Tax Plan
Explained by Dan Mitchell and well worth watching:
Obama to speak in front of the Siegessaule, a war momument venerated by the Nazi’s
Sieg Heil, SiegesSaule, Obama? [Updated] Obama’s efforts to catapult himself into the universe of iconic figures took an especially creepy turn today with this poster, which is advertising his speech before a war monument (the Siegessaule) venerated by the Nazi’s. Give the dude some blond hair and blue eyes and we’re talking a candidate for the Nazi Youth. The last guy in Germany with this | Read More »
Add your name to the 1.36 million saying, “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less”
As any casual observer knows, the issues of gas prices has become the #1 issue this political campaign. And the best short-term fix — increased domestic oil supply — is supported by 73% of the nation. In light of this, Newt Gingrich’s group, American Solutions, has started a petition: “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.” It has spread very fast, garnering 1,366,326 signatures in two | Read More »
A Veteran’s Opinion
As a veteran of both the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, I am constantly asked if we (The United States of America) are doing the “right thing over there.” I am here to assure you that, with out a doubt, we are doing what is right. I joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school, with the full intention | Read More »
“If John McCain Said This, The Senility Jokes Wouldn’t Stop” Cont’d
Well, either Senator Obama was confused or he was trying to burnish his resume in misleading fashion. But I like to be high-minded about the matter so I join in Jon Henke’s wishes at the end of his post.
The Myth Of American Declinism
Taken on anew by John Bolton. A very good read. It’s reassuring to see that there is pushback against the notion that the decline of American power is just around the corner. As I have argued in the past, we have seen a version of this argument pop up over and over in our recent history . . . and each time, it turns out | Read More »
How Much Support Did Barack Obama Find In Iraq For His Withdrawal Plan?
Not much, as it turns out: THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable. So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama’s own account, neither U.S. commanders nor Iraq’s principal political leaders actually support his strategy. Gen. David H. Petraeus, | Read More »
From Messiah To Prince Of Peace To Divinity… All In One Road Trip
Jesus and Obama…together in a group photo with a couple OTHER interesting folks… Can we recall a time not so long ago when the big hullaballoo was made over Huckabee’s allegedly intentional religion-based subliminal imagery? I sure do…the collective hair of the Democrats went into spontaneous combustion. Ol’ Huck had lots of splainin’ to do, as I recall, and all this over a book shelf | Read More »
Obama falsely claims to sit on the Senate Banking Committee
Barack Obama does not sit on the Senate Banking Committee. Not now, not existentially, not in a past life with the Buddha. Something good from McClatchy: Out of bounds! Obama falsely claims to be Banking Committee member. (The “out of bounds” remark refers to the way in which the piece is written, like a football penalty call. I edited that away.) (The quote follows. …) | Read More »
House Speaker Pelosi Claims Al Gore Invented Internet Technology?
I’m sure by now we are all aware of the Netroots Nation conference that happened in Austin, Texas last weekend. Well, did you know that without Al Gore it wouldn’t have happened? That’s right, since Al Gore invented the Internet… I know, I know, that is the old Al Gore joke where he famously claimed that he invented the World Wide Web. Everyone knows that | Read More »
Cantor for VP?
If John McCain really wants to squash any ‘bounce’ that Barack Obama receives from his Middle East trip, then he’ll actually announce his vice presidential selection this week. But if all he wants to do is throw up some dust while saving his announcement for later (which Jim Geraghty suggests is what’s happening), he couldn’t do a much better job than he’s doing now. In | Read More »
NH Senate/Congress Polls (Good News)
After trailing in polls for a year, Republican Sen. John Sununu has pulled close to even with Democratic challenger Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new University of New Hampshire poll.Shaheen, a former three-term governor who lost to Sununu in the 2002 Senate election, led by 12 points in the last UNH poll in the race, in April. The latest | 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 »
McCain, get thee to Brownsville!
(Ok, I am typing this for a second time, because this new format wouldn’t let me submit my entry then deleted it. So I’m shortening it.) Bottom line: Send McCain to Brownsville & hurricane-ravaged areas as soon as it’s safe. Mingle with relief workers and those affected by the storm. That will get him back in the media spotlight, and make a contrast with Obama | Read More »
Democrats Boxed-in on Drilling
Roll Call points out that the statutory ban on coastal oil drilling expires on September 30, and that Republicans are expecting Democrats to use a parliamentary maneuver to prevent an up-or-down vote on the ban. But even if Pelosi and Reid succeed in passing an extension of the moratorium without giving Republicans a chance to defeat it, the President still has to sign the bill. | Read More »
Is Broun Out of Money?
Roll Call is reporting: Having nearly expended his annual office budget by midyear, sources said on Tuesday that Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) may be forced to seek assistance to manage the office’s day-to-day functions. At the same time, Broun’s office said it was unaware of any problems. According to Roll Call, the Congressman has spent nearly half of his $1.38 million office budget on letters, | Read More »
Now this is how it’s done.
I saw this commercial on MSNBC tonight as I was watching Chris Matthews. Watch then we will discuss further why it is so brilliant and effective. I have included the text of the commercial below so we can parse it for all it’s greatness. I believe that this is such a great add for a few reasons. * This was a targeted ad exposing Barack | Read More »
MO-GOV: Hulshof v Steelman Debate Notes
GOP Gubernatorial candidates Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof debated today on KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show. You can find audio of the debate on the show’s website. I’ll include a few of my own comments at the end along with a few other items of interest. Opening Remarks Hulshof: Nixon wants to take us back to the days where 1 out of every 5 Missourians is | Read More »
Angry Joe Klein
I was watching Joe Klein on Anderson Cooper’s one-sided show last night, and you could almost see the steam coming out of Klein’s ears, so it’s no surprise that he would write an angry blog post the following morning. Klein seemed especially piqued that McCain would dare say that “Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.” Well, by dint | Read More »
I’m So Excited
The Chicago Sun-Times understands your excitement at seeing Barack Obama running for President! Now this is a serious candidate!
The New York Times 2Q Profit: 82 Percent Drop
Wow. Now that’s some serious collapsing. But it’s hardly newsworthy…except for this excellent quote from a NYT executive. Chief Executive Janet Robinson says business was hurt by the “U.S. economic slowdown and **secular forces** playing out across the media industry.” Emphasis added. Hee hee.