Dispatches From the Meme Wars: Part III

    While many of us would prefer that political campaigns were run on issues, the fact is that most are won or lost based on imagery. What do we remember from the 2008 campaign beyond “hope and change?” Was the deciding event in 2004 the policy differences between George Bush and John Kerry or was it the Swiftboat Veterans? Other than the recount, what do we | Read More »

    Barack Obama: A Legend In His Own Mind

    In terms of iconography this photo is destined to rival that taken of FDR on D-Day.* With some trying to turn bin Laden’s death into a campaign talking point for Obama’s reelection, it is useful to remember that the trail to bin Laden started in a CIA black site — all of which Obama ordered closed, forever, on the second full day of his administration | Read More »

    Obama Administration Hails Its Own “Gutsy Call.”

    The newest Obama campaign video highlights the killing of Osama bin Ladin. This video is hardly surprising. takes you to So it isn’t like this move hasn’t been telegraphed for a year. It is notable for a few things.

    Obama Campaign: That Mitt Romney Comes From A Strange Family

    Last week we pointed out the Obama re-election strategy of criticizing his wealth and religion. After two false starts, one castigating Ann Romney for her decision to be a stay at home Mom — part of their War on Women theme — and another calling into question the reason there is a dog in the White House, one would think that the White House might | Read More »

    The Meme War We Must Win

    In the past week the presidential campaign has been hit by two events that many have termed silly. First there was the Hilary Rosen comment denigrating Ann Romney’s decision to stay at home and actually raise her children rather than elect to have a stranger do that. Second was the softer Seamus-on-the-roof story rolled out by the Obama campaign yesterday. Many, especially our own “smart | Read More »

    Thoughts on The Hunger Games

    My 12 year old daughter has been caught up in The Hunger Games craze. She went to see the movie with a dozen or so of her friends. So I haven’t seen the movie. But I am reading the books as an exercise in due diligence. I’m not going to review the books as that has been done by much more talented writers than myself, | Read More »

    Holy Saturday

    Image: Andrea di Bonaiuto (1346-1379), Descent of Christ to Limbo [He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell;

    Does Obama Know How the Supreme Court Voted?

    The storm that erupted yesterday when Barack Obama woke up and discovered the Supreme Court of the United States was not only not elected but it could overturn “duly passed” laws, even those passed in the dead of the night by the barest of purchased majorities, has been more than adequately covered on these pages and others by actual lawyers and those who think they | Read More »

    Mitt Romney For President

    This has been an extraordinarily difficult primary season for many conservatives, me among them. Against what is probably the weakest incumbent president since Herbert Hoover, we have managed to field an array of candidates worse than those we had in 2008 and perhaps worse than those competing for the nomination at our low point of 1996. Our best candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, was torpedoed | Read More »

    The Obama Administration Outlaws New Coal-Fired Powerplants

    Yesterday the Obama Administration effectively outlawed coal as a fuel source and it underscores the importance of Congress severely circumscribing the authority of regulatory agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in | Read More »