When All You Have Is A Hammer . . .
I must have missed the memo in which it was announced that every socioeconomic problem that comes down the pike awaits only a regressive tax scheme to solve it. But I would like to think that even if the memo appeared in my inbox, I would have had the good sense to throw it away.Alas, too many people buy into the memo’s findings, hook, line | Read More »
So, How Fared The Rebate Idea?
I was against the idea of tax rebates from the time they were discussed as a way to stimulate the economy. If you don’t believe me, feel free to read this. As I wrote, “if we really want to stimulate the economy, we need a permanent tax cut.” The tax rebate certainly was not permanent and based on Milton Friedman’s past research on this issue, | Read More »
Can’t. Close. The. Deal.
I still think that Barack Obama is the strongest candidate that the Democrats could have fielded and yes, I still bet on him winning the election. But every passing day gives me doubt. And it is gradually getting to the point when–for all of the divisiveness that is attendant to her public persona–I am beginning to wonder whether Democrats are getting a strong case of | Read More »
Evasive Answers We Can’t Believe In
So, let me see if I have this straight: If a reporter plays devil’s advocate and asks Barack Obama some tough questions (for once!), that justifies Obama attacking the reporter as “a proxy” for John McCain?Last I heard, we had an election coming up and that justifies having the candidates answer questions–occasionally, some tough ones–about their policies. And guess what? When one of those candidates | Read More »
The Great Obama/GSTV Ad Buy Disaster
OK, let’s walk through this.Mistake #1: On Wednesday morning, the Obama campaign announced its new salvo in the energy debate. This one was going to be a deal-changer; IMMEDIATE, UNLIMITED DRILLING… HAH! I kid. No, they announced that they were going to do an ad run on Gas Station TV. If you’re wondering who they are: it’s a company that puts up televisions in urban | Read More »
How far could Obama-phoria go?
On Saturday, October 25, nearly 60,000 southerners will congregate in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky to watch the Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a game of football.If Barack Obama shows up to wave at the crowd and perhaps mutter a few generalities, will the media ignore the game and report on the tens of thousands of screaming fans who turned out to | Read More »
Why Obama’s Flip-Flops Matter
If you looked at Barack Obama’s record, public statements and campaign platform as of any time before June 3, 2008 (the last day of the Democratic primaries), you could detect a trend: on issue after issue after issue, there was a conservative position, a moderate position, a liberal position…and then there was an Obama position. Other liberals opposed the Iraq War; Obama called for complete | Read More »
A new ad
So today on my way home, I was listening to a talk show, and the host was talking about the back-and-forth between McCain and Obama on energy. So the guy plays a clip of Obama’s remarks regarding the GOP handing out tire pressure gauges with Obama’s energy plan on it (which I find to be hilarious). The host then babbles on for a couple of | Read More »
American voters are sick to death of Barack Obama
The latest release of Pew’s weekly News Interest Index survey indicates that Americans are beyond sick and tired of hearing the name “Barack Obama” repeated constantly, over-and-over, with no reasonable pause.Close to half (48%) of Pew’s interviewees went on to say that they have been hearing too much about Obama lately. And by a slight, but statistically significant margin – 22% to 16% – people | Read More »
Interview with Jennifer Rubin
As part of my effort to provide interesting and unique content at Obama’s ConI thought it would be worthwhile to interview writers, bloggers, journalists, and others who are covering the 2008 race. I figured it was an useful way to get the informed opinions of the people who cover the race every day.To kick this off today I spoke with Jennifer Rubin. Click on the | Read More »
WaPo’s Matt Mosk doesn’t fact check Obama oppo dump
Matthew Mosk writes a front page story in the Washington Post based on demonstrably false facts. This is a firing offense. Amanda Carpenter over at Townhall has the story.Mosk wrote:The bundle of $2,300 and $4,600 checks that poured into Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign on March 12 came from an unlikely group of California donors: a mechanic from D&D Auto Repair in Whittier, the manager | Read More »
Obama’s doing negative ads and not telling the press?
A bit… furtive, don’t you think? Not the first time, either.By the way, Barry: bonus points for attacking McCain as being a supporter of an energy policy that you voted for and he didn’t. Tell me, if we let you sit in the Oval Office for five minutes, spin the chair around, and maybe make a policy call to the State Department… would that do | Read More »
E. J. Dionne On Racial Voting
A week or so ago Erick wrote a story entitled: Is it Okay to Vote Against a Candidate Because of His Race?and concluded that no, it is not okay to vote against a candidate based on his or her race.Yesterday Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne answered the converse to that question, Is it okay to vote for a candidate based on his race, this way: | Read More »
The State of the Race in National Polling
Based on data conveniently aggregated for me by resident poll addict Adam C, I would now like to try to make sense of the recent national polling of the Presidential election, excluding tracking polls which are more useful for measuring movement than status.The polls included in my survey are as follows:NOTA: None of the Above. LV: Likely Voters. RV: Registered Voters.PollDateMcCainObamaNOTASampleZogby8/4424117LVAP-Ipsos8/4424810RVCNN7/2944515RVGallup7/2749456LVPew7/27424711RVMy conclusion: It’s a close | Read More »