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Friday, September 05, 2008

They Weren't Lost On Me

I thought the Roanoke Times was going to agree with me when I read the header to one of today's editorials:

Katrina's lessons are too easily lost

But no. Instead of the lesson that most of us took away from the tragedy - NEVER ELECT INCOMPETENT NITWITS TO THE POSITIONS OF EITHER MAYOR OR GOVERNOR - the Times focuses on transportation gridlock in Hampton Roads. A lesson that I'm going to leave to the editorialists to never forget ...

Shocking Poll Numbers

Who would have predicted that a battered, wrinkled, 72-year-old male would be leading Barack Obama among women voters? And this was in a poll taken before Sarah Palin's electrifying speech heard 'round the world:
McCain-Palin and the women's vote
Washington Times editorial

Barack Obama and John McCain are in a dead heat among American women. The latest Gallup poll, conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 1 reveals that Mr. McCain has a slight edge among female voters: 48 percent to 44 percent. (link)
Note to editorialist: That "slight edge" is in fact a huge edge. Compare McCain's 4-point lead with data from 2000 when Al Gore beat George W. Bush by 00.51%. Four points? That's a landslide, bub.

But to the larger point: Obama had better consider dragging Oprah on stage again. That whole he-man machismo sportsman thing that was intended to make the ladies swoon just ain't workin'.

Got a plan B?

Never Underestimate The Power Of The Media ...

... to generate seething, unbridled disdain for the media.

This from the Wall Street Journal:
By now nearly everyone in America knows that Sarah Palin described herself at the GOP convention Wednesday night as "just your average hockey mom." She isn't average anymore, though she can still throw a hip check. After a national political debut that ranks with Barack Obama's in 2004 and Ronald Reagan's in 1964, the Alaska Governor may be the future of the Republican Party.

Mrs. Palin was certainly helped this week by the media contempt for her selection. The condescension has been so thick that it offended not just Republicans in St. Paul but others who may have tuned in Wednesday to see if she was as unqualified as Sally Quinn and David Frum said she was. Mrs. Palin's refusal to be cowed is the kind of triumph over media disdain that most Americans relish. (link)
The longest pause in Sarah Palin's delivery the other night came when she waited for the boos to subside after she brought up the subject of the mainstream press - the "elite media" as she aptly termed them. Those boos - that unrestrained disdain - continued ... and continued ... and ...

We of course hope that the press continues to show its contempt - its contemptible bias - toward conservative women. Its efforts could result in a Palin dynasty that lasts for decades. After all, little Piper Palin looked awfully comfortable on that stage, waving at an adoring crowd ...

Ouch

Only a woman could get away with writing this:
The glummest face Wednesday night might have been, if only we could have seen it, that of Hillary Clinton.

Imagine watching Sarah Palin, the gun-toting, lifelong member of the NRA, the PTA mom with teased hair and hips half the size of Hillary's, who went ... omigod ... to the University of Idaho and studied journalism. Mrs. Palin with her five kids and one of them still virtually suckling age, going wham through that cement ceiling put there exclusively for good-looking right-wing/populist conservative females by not-so-good-looking left-wing ones (Gloria Steinem excepting). There, pending some terrible goof or revelation, stood the woman most likely to get into the Oval Office as its official occupant rather than as an intern. (link)
Barbara Amiel, "What Mrs. Palin Could Learn From Mrs. T," The Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2008

Ouch II

James Taranto delivers the coup de grĂ¢ce:

"'Community organizer' is to Barack Obama what 'war hero' was to John Kerry."

Does it get any better than this?

Slipping From Their Grasp

It just wasn't supposed to play out this way. The media elite had it all under control until events started to rock their closely crafted zeitgeist. First, the candidate of their dreams went down in inglorious shame ...

Sen. John Edwards Caught With Mistress and Love Child!

And now this:

How will they ever live this down?

Photo courtesy of The Washington Times

So Obama Is a Uniter?

Does he think it will go over well with that half of the electorate* that voted for George W. Bush last time 'round to see him hauled before a tribunal in chains? What are these people thinking?
Tasting GOP Blood
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that, if elected, an Obama administration might pursue criminal charges against the Bush White House. This is how he plans to unite the country?

Barack Obama insists he's the one we've been waiting for to bring the country together. Yet, he and Biden are signaling their willingness — or is it their eagerness? — to criminalize political opposition.

Is it really necessary to remind Democrats it is contrary to our system to imprison those with whom we don't agree, that our republican form of government guarantees a peaceful transition of power? America is not a Third World dictatorship in which policy disputes are settled with the group in power throwing unpopular members of the other party into the cooler. (link)
Do these guys have the first clue as to what they're doing?

* 50.7% to be exact.

Sarah Barracuda

Rich Lowry is impressed with the woman who has shocked the Democratic ticket to its core:

In [Sarah Palin's] introduction, she said the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom is "lipstick." It wasn't just a cute line. She immediately began to prove it, starting with her killer line that being mayor of a small town is just like being a community organizer - except you have actual responsibilities.

She was merciless on Obama's elitism, scoring him for saying one thing about working-class voters in Scranton and another in San Francisco. By the end, you began to feel sorry for him for having been so thoroughly eviscerated by a woman and to wonder - how are Obama and Biden possibly going to handle her?

Palin was obviously comfortable laying body checks on Obama. In fact, she seemed to enjoy it.

John McCain may have found himself the ideal wingman. And she's a hockey mom named Sarah.

"Barack, Meet Your Nightmare," The New York Post, August 4, 2008

This Was Inevitable

When it comes to the female vote, the jury is still out as to just how many Hillary supporters will switch to McCain, but after the speech the other night, this was a given:

If you're a babe and want to join the movement, go here.

Prove It, Big Guy

Forget the violence in Iraq. Let's look at the horrendous violence that is ongoing in the streets of Barack Obama's home town:
Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer
Total Is About Double The Death Toll In Iraq

Chicago (CBS) ― An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That's nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

In May, cbs2chicago.com began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.

In the same time period, an estimated 245 people were shot and wounded in the city. (link)
Barack Obama wants us to believe that he can win the war on global terror. Perhaps he could prove to us that he's capable of doing that by first ending the violence in his own neighborhood.

Somehow, I think that ain't gonna happen.

A Campaign Strategist's Dream

Little Piper Palin and her tiny brother Trig were captured on camera while their mother was delivering the speech of a lifetime. This is cute:


I'd bet Obama's people would give their eye teeth to have had such a moment.