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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You Said It

It's reality check time. Brent Bozell suggests everyone watch the convention coverage with eyes wide open:

When Sen. John Kerry arrived in Boston for the last Democratic convention, the TV news stars thought they'd died and gone to political heaven.

Dan Rather said Kerry's speech drove the crowd in Boston into "a 3,000-gallon attack about every three minutes," and Newsweek's Jon Meacham was comparing Kerry to Abraham Lincoln on MSNBC.

If media liberals can get that excited over Kerry, viewers may have to worry about the anchors lapsing into diabetic comas over Barack Obama's ascension convention in Denver.

Kerry of all people. Lurch, as we preferred to call him at the time. The least gifted public speaker since ... probably John McCain.

As for Obama and the 2008 election, if MSNBC's Chris Matthews had sensations running down his leg during the Democratic primary, I can only imagine what's running down said leg now ...

Is That What Obama Was Advocating?

You decide if the Democrats' best - and now, alas, only - hope for winning the White House was right about this, from the goofballs at the Charleston Gazette:
An agreement to remove American troops from Iraq by 2011 is being negotiated between President Bush and Iraqi leaders. That's basically what Democratic candidate Barack Obama urged - but GOP candidate John McCain called it "surrender."*
"Basically." Slippery adverb that.

Here's the truth: Obama advocated retreat from Iraq when our prospects were at their most dire. That was in 2005. It's now 2008. The Iraqi government, now that it is gaining confidence in its ability to govern, and now that al Qaeda in Iraq has been defeated, is (understandably) looking for our occupying forces to leave as soon as possible.

Obama's plan was to surrender to the terrorists who were then at their height of power. Two little things have changed since then. Those terrorists are all dead. And we are winning.

So don't even equate today's events to 2005 and Obama's show of cowardice in the face of the enemy.

* What an awful sentence construction.

Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:

This election is a referendum on Obama. If he meets the threshold test of making Americans feel comfortable with the idea of him as president -- the way Reagan did in 1980 -- he wins. But he's been sagging in the polls because of the strange combination of two phenomena -- one out of his control, one within.

Out of his control is the sheer thinness and lightness of his biography. He has an interesting history, but in no way dramatic or heroic. Nor has he done anything of any significance in his 47 years other than write two rather favorable histories of himself. His greatest achievement in life is, of course, winning the Democratic nomination for the presidency. But as a reason to elect him president, that has the same kind of circularity as does his “we are the ones we've been waiting for" refrain.

Obama’s problem is that he has compounded it with a detached imperiousness and unnerving grandiosity so completely disproportionate to his own accomplishments. Grandiosity in a de Gaulle is one thing, though even with him it often reached the point of the ridiculous. But Obama?

The hard truth is this: I am more qualified, having successfully managed hundreds of people over the years, to be president of the United States than this Obama character is. More qualified. His utter lack of qualification, compounded with his over-the-top belief in his being some kind of Messiah (see his line above, "We are the ones we've been waiting for") makes for a losing (albeit entertaining) proposition.

The Democrats would do well while they're all assembled in Denver to ask for a do-over.

The Truth About Slavery

From Thomas Krannawitter, writing in Investor's Business Daily:

As we learn more about candidate Obama, many are troubled by Obama's attraction toward William Ayers, member of the terrorist Weather Underground organization, the God-damning-America Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Saul Alinsky, founder of the socialist Industrial Areas Foundation, all of whom share utter contempt for the principles and practices of the United States.

From his statements and affiliations, it's hard not to assume that Obama thinks America is racist and immoral, just like its most famous president. But if Obama paid less attention to America haters and more to America and its foremost defender, Lincoln, he might begin to understand the true ground of American goodness.

It might sound strange at first, but the problem of slavery in America best reveals America's goodness. Throughout history, slavery was a common practice that few, if any, thought to condemn much less try to end. But in America, slavery became a problem, one that would not go away without blood. This fact alone tells much about the goodness of America. (link) [my emphasis]

Some argue to this day that we owe the descendents of slaves their "40 acres and a mule" as reparations for past wrongs. I say, travel throughout the eastern United States to the hundreds of cemeteries where the bodies of 360,222 Union soldiers are reposited, soldiers who died or were killed in battle to set others free, and tell us that the debt hasn't truly been paid.

Emboldening The Enemy

Are we sure we want this guy to be vice president? From the Washington Post this morning:
[Joe] Biden's political games have made him Tehran's favorite senator. As Gen. David Petraeus struggled to unite Iraqis across the ethnic and sectarian divide, Iran's Press TV seized on Biden's plan for partitioning Iraq and featured his statements with the headline "US plans to disintegrate Iraq." Biden's attack-dog statements about U.S. policy failures emboldened Iranian hard-liners to defy diplomacy. In the Dec. 7, 2007, official sermon, Ayatollah Mohammad Kashani speaking on behalf of Iran's supreme leader, declared, "This Senator [Biden] correctly says Israel could not suppress Hizbullah in Lebanon, so how can the U.S. stand face-to-face with a nation of 70 million? This is the blessing of the Guardianship of the Jurists [the theocracy] . . . which plants such thoughts in the hearts of U.S. senators and forces them to make such confessions." The crowd met his statement with refrains of "Death to America."

Obama picked Biden for experience, but he might also have considered judgment. When it comes to Iran, Biden could stare down dictators; too bad he blinks.

That's always been my take on Biden. Yes, he has a lot of foreign policy experience. But at the same time, he has often been on the wrong side of foreign policy issues. And he's going to be holding Obama's hand during The Messiah's geopolitics 101 lessons?

I don't think so.

It's a Beginning

Is this the start of a turn-around?
Home Sales Increased 3.1% in July
By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

At least a third of properties bought in July involved foreclosed homes snapped up at bargain-basement prices or homes sold at a loss by owners who had no alternative, according to the private National Association of Realtors.

Prices of previously owned homes were 7.1 percent lower in July than a year earlier, the association reported on Monday, with the median value falling to $212,400, from $215,100 in June. (link)
Prices continue their downward trend but sales are picking up. Perhaps the housing crisis has bottomed out. Perhaps.

My Heart Won't Be Tugged

A fawning - and expected - New York Times headline this morning:

Kennedy Tugs at Hearts, as Obama’s Wife Praises Values

So, what did Kennedy do that was supposed to tug at our hearts? Did he renounce his lifelong support for the institution of abortion? Did he apologize for having killed Mary Jo Kopechne? Did he disown his ultra-liberal ways?

No. He showed up at the Democratic convention.


An Odd Circumstance

I read the other day some pundit suggesting that Hillary, in the recent Democratic primary, captured the Reagan Democrats like no one in her party has since ... well, before Reagan (when they were called Nixon Democrats). That might explain this phenomenon that is developing now that Hillary is out of the race. This photo was taken outside the convention hall in Denver yesterday. Notice the gal on the right:

Go to The American Prospect to read more about it.

Communing With Nature

Hey, guess what we confronted in our driveway yesterday.

Yup, one of these bad boys.

I was none too interested in making friends, as you might imagine.