Chicago: Second Amendment Follies
Late last night in Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago, a gentleman was innocently minding his own business on a train platform, simply trying to get home to his hearth and home, when he noticed that six fellow passengers were simultaneously talking on their cellular telephones. The gentleman in question was so provoked by this thoughtless and careless display of electronics that he was compelled to | Read More »
Constructive Lessons Conservatives Should Learn from Obama
I’ll begin by saying that it is hardly possible to exaggerate the EXTENT of media bias–the vast majority of television and print media is utterly and hopelessly in the tank for Democrats, and has a visceral hatred toward Republicans or anything that smacks of conservatism. Even when this hatred isn’t on the surface, it’s so deeply ingrained that even what they choose to cover is | Read More »
Paul Krugman vs. David Brooks: The Stockholm Syndrome
The contrast in today’s dueling NYT columns between David Brooks and Paul Krugman is worthy of close study even by those who make a habit (as I generally do) of avoiding the New York Times as if it were a leprous sore. David Brooks, channeling his inner child, absolutely floats way from reality in a warm and whimsical bubble of utopian fantasy wherein the most | Read More »
Media Watch: What happened to “our divided country?”
Immediately after George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004, I was immediately struck to hear the same phrase being echoed over and over by Brokaw, Couric, Matthews, and the like–they all began talking right away about how “divided our country” was, how DEEPLY divided, in fact. Bush had just won a “divided” election in a “divided” country, and now these “divisions” were more apparent than ever. | Read More »
The Myth of Obama’s “Brilliant Campaign”
Despite their political differences with Obama, many conservatives and conservative pundits are reinforcing the liberals’ idea that Barack Obama ran an “almost flawless,” “brilliant,” “error-free,” or in (Steve Forbe’s words) “miraculous campaign.” Part of resistance to Obama should be deconstructing this aura of infallibility that even some conservatives are granting him. The point of a campaign is to win, obviously–so Obama’s campaign was successful on | Read More »
Sarah Palin Should Join the US Senate
One of the bright spots–or potential bright spots–of this election is the political emergence of Sarah Palin. This happens at a time when Republicans are sorely in need of fresh perspectives and candidates who can bridge the enthusiasm gap with Democrats. I like her quite a lot, but I am also among those who want to see her learn more, prove herself more, and learn | Read More »
Why I’m Still Smiling Tonight–Reasons for Republican Joy
Oddly enough, I’m a lot less depressed about tonight’s election outcome that I assumed I’d be with these results. While I wish things had gone differently, I am actually feeling a lot of positive thoughts and emotions. And since no, I am not drunk, I don’t believe that I’ve just gone up Denial River without a paddle. I feel like I did my duty, gave | Read More »
Obama and the Use of Military Force: Why an Obama Presidency would Necessarily Fail
Here is something the media won’t tell you: The means by which Barack Obama has positioned himself to potentially capture the presidency have put him in a box from which there is no escape. Should he obtain his goal, the seeds of his political destruction have already been planted, and there is one and only possible outcome: disastrous failure. Whether the disaster would be substantive | Read More »
Want to elect McCain? DO SOMETHING!!!
It’s starting to look like the Night of the Living Dead out there. My neighborhood is swarming with Obama supporters who are knocking on doors, handing out literature, and engaging people in conversations about Obama. None of these Obama-folks are from here, and many of my neighbors don’t know what to make of it, but this is the kind of thing that really can lead | Read More »
Why there will be no “Fairness Doctrine”—Under Obama or Ever
Many conservatives, including (and perhaps especially) those on the radio are worried about the return of “The Fairness Doctrine” in the future, but I consider this an unrealistic fear. Here’s why. In our current political climate, the Fairness Doctrine is an archaic, absurd, and ultimately unworkable legal concept whose death would be assured as soon as anybody actually tried to codify and put it into | Read More »
A Campaign Issue for Pennsylvania: Affirmative Action?
The most recent poll in Pennsylvania on the question of affirmation that I was able to find, a 2003 poll, shows that Pennsylvanians oppose affirmative action programs by more than 20%. Considering the unique nature of this year’s presidential election, I wonder if McCain isn’t making a massive blunder by not clearly running against quotos and race-based set-asides–especially in a place like Pennsylvania which has | Read More »
McCain’s Route to 270 Electoral Votes
As best as I can tell, the McCain campaign’s strategy for winning in the electoral college has altered significantly over the past month. Previously, the conventional wisdom held that he would attempt to win all of the Bush 04 Eastern and Midwestern States except for Iowa, and then pick up two out of three of Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. Conceivably, if he lost Nevada | Read More »
McCain’s Uphill Struggle: Poetic Justice?
I’ll say right off that I am a 100% behind McCain’s candidacy, have worked hard on his behalf, and am still reasonably confident that he can pull this off. Despite an unprecedented level of media bias and Obama’s ability to outspend McCain 4-1, Obama is simply an unpalatable option to many Americans while McCain has an inherent appeal despite all efforts to tear him down–as | Read More »
Why post-debate spin and post-debate polls are irrelevant–and why McCain triumphed in this debate
First of all, let’s get this out of the way: anybody in this country who takes their cues on how to vote from the opinions put forth by media pundits is ALREADY an Obama voter. Further, anybody who takes their cues on how to vote from polling is also a lost cause–they’d have already gone to Obama based on things like the CBS/NYT and Newsweek | Read More »
Biden Demands Answers from Obama About His Questionable Past Associations
Well, not exactly. Biden actually demanded answers of Samuel Alito about Alito’s associations with “the Concerned Alumni of Princeton,” something most would agree is an association several degrees less serious than associations with terrorist bombers, America-hating pastors, and organizations involved in wide-scale voter fraud. Based on Biden’s own record of casting aspersions based upon the previous associations of his political foes (however loose those associations | Read More »
The CBS/New York Times Mess of a Poll
The CBS/NYT poll shows an Obama lead of 14%–very nearly 3-5 times larger than many of the others. IBD/TIPP Tracking, for instance, shows a 3 point McCain deficit, while Rasmussen shows 5. Reading their internals will give you a headache because while they provide party breakdowns for their total sample of 1072 adults, and an announcement of Obama’s 14 point among likely voters, their sample | Read More »
Polls swinging back to McCain?
We’ve definitely reached the point in the campaign season where head-to-head national polling is far less important than what’s going on in the battleground states, where McCain is struggling. But since the state numbers tend to be lagging indicators, it is beginning to look like reports of McCain’s demise may be a bit premature. I’ve said before that should we enter November with the preponderance | Read More »
Obama vs. Palin: Who should be mocked for garbled incoherent babbling?
While Governor Palin has certainly had a handful of bad moments in interviews, the fact that they’re played on a virtual endless loop in the media reveals like nothing else the amazing double-standard under which Republican candidates are forced to operate. Especially when we have in Obama a one-man hit parade of gaffes that are utterly ignored. I know it’s been posted before, but the | Read More »
Bradley Effect–Fact or Fiction?
I was struck, looking at recent state polling on the Real Clear Politics site, how inconsistent the Quinnipiac polls are with those of other organizations. In Ohio, they show an Obama lead 6-9 points greater than does any other poll. In Florida, they show an Obama lead of 5-9 points greater than does any other poll. In Pennsylvania, they show an Obama lead of 6-14 | Read More »
Submit Questions to Brokaw for Tuesday’s Presidential Debate (deadline today)
They are still taking questions for the townhall debate that will take place on Tuesday, but the deadline is TODAY. I’m sure that they are getting liberal questions at a rate of 100-1, considering that it’s myspace.com and that the left tends to spam such things. But although Tom Brokaw will be the one to make the final selections, I don’t think it’s a bad | Read More »
If Governor Palin were the one to call Bosnians “Bosniacs,” as Joseph Biden did tonight, we’d hear absolutely no end of it. So why is it, I wonder, that nobody is even going to CARE and subject Biden to the kind of mockery that any Republican who said such a thing would be subjected to. Had Palin said it, I have no doubt that it | Read More »
Debate One-liners for Sarah Palin
Here are some things I’d like to hear Governor Palin say during the debate, and if others have better ones, I’d love to hear them. Obviously, some of these are just fun to imagine and would probably cause more trouble than they’re worth. But we can dream, can’t we? ON THE ECONOMY “The economy is as likely to grow when you raise taxes as hair | Read More »
More on Poll Panic: A Little History
A quick tour of liberal blogs seems to indicate that gleeful Democrats are ready to pop their champagne corks and start celebrating an Obama victory, considering the current movement in head-to-head polls. Meanwhile, some Republicans seem caught somewhere between fatalistic resignation and despair. But not so fast. It’s a bit early yet to start moving assets offshore and training our tongues to say “President Obama.” | Read More »
What Sarah Palin NEEDS to accomplish in the debate
There has arguably NEVER been a more anticipated Vice Presidential debate, or one more fraught with importance for our nation. But hey, no pressure! It is of absolute importance that Sarah Palin and those helping her prepare for the debate do not approach it as if it were a pass-fail test to be graded by media pundits. Governor Palin, simply take it for granted that | Read More »
Obama’s WONDERFUL and BRILLIANT New Ad!
I love this new Obama ad. Tom Brokaw’s voice suddenly turns into Keith Olbermann’s–but I love it. In all actually, Olbermann would be unable to form sounds approximating human speech if this comes to pass, but let’s not quibble with the beauty and magnificence of this hopeful vision. This is “bad news” to be devoutly hoped for all by Americans.