Saturday, July 26, 2008

Here's Some Audacity For You

The newspaper that made macaca a word - and intentionally destroyed a decent man in the process - attacks John McCain for ... failing to be civil.

Pardon me while I puke.
Failing in Civility

Politicians say a lot of things in the heat of campaigns that they end up regretting -- or ought to regret. Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had one of those unfortunate moments the other day, when he charged that his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, "would rather lose the war to win a political campaign."

We, too, fault Mr. Obama's unwillingness to acknowledge his mistake in predicting that the surge would fail. But Mr. McCain needn't impute motives to make his points. It's one thing to say Mr. Obama is wrong. It's another to accuse him of putting political self-interest over country. This is not the "politics of civility" that Mr. McCain was promising as recently as last month. (
This from "George Allen's America," Tuesday, August 15, 2006, the same Washington Post:
Let's consider which positive, constructive or inspirational ideas [Senator George] Allen had in mind when he chose to mock S.R. Sidarth of Dunn Loring, who was recording the event with a video camera on behalf of James Webb, the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat Mr. Allen holds. The idea that holding up minorities to public scorn in front of an all-white crowd will elicit chortles and guffaws? (It did.) The idea that a candidate for public office can say "Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia!" to an American of Indian descent and really mean nothing offensive by it? (So insisted Mr. Allen's aides.) Or perhaps the idea that bullying your opponents and calling them strange names -- Mr. Allen twice referred to Mr. Sidarth as "Macaca" -- is within the bounds of decency on the campaign trail?

We have no inkling as to what Mr. Allen meant by "Macaca," though we rather doubt his campaign's imaginative explanation that it was somehow an allusion to Mr. Sidarth's hairstyle, a mullet. [my emphasis]
There's civility for you. "We don't know what Senator Allen's motives were but we're going to speculate."

I guess what's good for a politician is not necessarily good for a newspaper editorialist. No, make that a Republican politician. There never seems to be this kind of moral outrage over anything said by a Democrat. I wonder why that is.

Civility. These people haven't a clue as to what that word means either.

Why California Is Headed Toward Insolvency

A budget deficit of $15 billion. Employers fleeing the state. Taxes going up again. Unprecedented midlle class flight to neighboring states. (See details here)

How does the Democrat-controlled state legislature respond?

California Bars Restaurant Use of Trans Fats

May God have mercy.

Explaining It All Away

Much has been made in recent days of the fact that the mainstream press is fighting ferociously to avoid knowing anything about the relationship between former vice presidential candidate (and rumored future vice presidential candidate) John Edwards and some babe named Rielle Hunter. If they know nothing, they have nothing to report.*

Odd. But that's the mainstream press, circa 2008.

And as for those few media types who do give (brief) consideration to the possibility that Edwards may have continued a sexual affair at the very time that his wife Elizabeth is fighting for her life battling cancer, you get this (from a Philadelphia Daily News columnist):

"But let's assume for a minute that Elizabeth Edwards' treatments have hindered their sex lives, and Edwards, being a standard-issue horndog politician, chose to look elsewhere for excitement. Maybe Elizabeth gave him permission to look elsewhere."

These people have no shame.

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* It's reminiscent of the Washington Post in 2004 refusing, day after day, to print any mention of the news relating to allegations made by the Swiftboat Veterans For Truth that John Kerry wasn't the Vietnam hero that John Kerry said he was, until it printed an exhaustive refutation - or attempted refutation - of the charges that it had never even acknowledged up to that point had been made:

"Here's what we've been able to determine about that which you know nothing about. There's no truth to it."

A bizarre set of circumstances indeed.

Quote of the Day

From John McCain:
Senator Obama said this week that even knowing what he knows today that he still would have opposed the surge. In retrospect, given the opportunity to choose between failure and success, he chooses failure. I cannot conceive of a Commander in Chief making that choice.

Nothing But Hot Air

The bullshit is starting to wear thin with some. Like New York Times columnist David Brooks:
Playing Innocent Abroad

In Berlin on Thursday ... [Obama] vowed to help “remake the world.” He offered hope that a history-drenched European continent could “choose its own tomorrow free from the shadows of yesterday.” He envisioned “a new dawn in the Middle East.”

Obama’s tone was serious. But he pulled out his “this is our moment” rhetoric and offered visions of a world transformed. Obama speeches almost always have the same narrative arc. Some problem threatens. The odds are against the forces of righteousness. But then people of good faith unite and walls come tumbling down.

Much of the rest of the speech fed the illusion that we could solve our problems if only people mystically come together.

When I first heard this sort of radically optimistic speech in Iowa, I have to confess my American soul was stirred. It seemed like the overture for a new yet quintessentially American campaign.

But now it is more than half a year on, and the post-partisanship of Iowa has given way to the post-nationalism of Berlin, and it turns out that the vague overture is the entire symphony. The golden rhetoric impresses less, the evasion of hard choices strikes one more. (link)
"The vague overture is the entire symphony." For those not into classical music, that means there is no there there. The man is an empty suit. All hat, no cattle. Where's the beef?

Obama's silly rhetoric enthralled a Democratic throng that lapped up the kind of inane platitudes that he is now famous for, and it got him the nomination. That "audacity of hope" kind of weirdness. But he's now playing to a more sophisticated audience - the American people - and finds himself confronted with a different reality:

Homey don't play that.


While the world's politicians work feverishly to stop global warming ...

... the globe continues to cool:
Gloomy summer headed toward infamy
By George Bryson, The Anchorage Daily News

The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say.

Right now the so-called summer of '08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.

So are all bets off on global warming? Hardly, scientists say. Climate change is a function of long-term trends, not single summers or individual hurricanes. (link)
I wonder how many years of global cooling will be required before these guys give up on the unsupportable notion that the planet is warming?

A Good Line

John McCain would be smart to keep picking away at Obama with biting derision like this:

McCain rejects 'audacity of hopelessness' for Iraq
By Tom Raum, AP

Denver (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, ridiculing Barack Obama for "the audacity of hopelessness" in his policies on Iraq, said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.

Speaking to an audience of Hispanic military veterans, McCain stepped up his criticism of Obama while the Illinois senator continued his headline-grabbing tour of the Middle East and Europe.

The Arizona Republican contended that Obama's policies - he opposed sending more troops to Iraq in the "surge" that McCain supported - would have led to defeat there and in Afghanistan. "We rejected the audacity of hopelessness, and we were right," McCain said, a play on the title of Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope." (link)

Obama has made himself such an easy target. McCain should have no difficulty using the man's lofty - and empty - words against him.

Good stuff.

Let's Talk About That Choice Of Words

Is this for real?

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