September 10, 2008
jk Says Something Nice about Sen Biden
Mark your calendars - 9/10/08. This is a pretty classy escape:
When he got to Chuck Graham, a state senator from Green Meadows, Biden urged the lawmaker to "stand up Chuck, let 'em see ya."But Graham, who is in a wheelchair, can't stand up - a fact Biden quickly picked up on.
Hat-tip: The Corner
August 26, 2008
Sue Me, Obama '08!
Bring poor ThreeSources the publicity we have been tantrumming for for four years.
Seriously. I was looking all day to see this ad that everybody is talking about and that the Obama campaign is suppressing. Here, thanks to Michelle Malkin (HT: Insty), is the footage:
UPDATE; Awesome riff from Andy McCarthy at The Corner about Obama Calling on DOJ to Silence Ayers Criticism
The only two cents I'd add is that a real story — and one that should alarm people — is that this is what Obama thinks the Justice Department is for. Here is a guy who fought the Patriot Act, fought surveillance reform, has spoken admiringly of Ayer's radical views of the criminal justice system, and has a record as a Chicago legislator of being soft on violent crime. He is evidently ambivalent about going after terrorists and hardened criminals, but he wants to mobilize the Justice Department post haste to suppress political speech that he doesn't like.
Quote of the Day II
DB Light at the PA Water Cooler discusses Senator Obama's negative bounce, and finds a pretty good sobriquet for Senator Biden:
Some say it is those subversive Clintons wreaking their revenge for Obama’s choice of the Bloviator from Baja Pennsylvania as a running mate.
Quote of the Day
An anonymous reader asks Don Luskin:
John Edwards has been barred from making a speech at the Democratic Convention because he had an adulterous affair and lied about it.
August 25, 2008
I Ain't No Senator's Son!
Too bad it ain't me -- it doesn't seem like a bad gig:
During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years with one of the largest companies pushing for the changes, aides to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign acknowledged Sunday.
And there probably is nothing wrong here. But Ed Morrissey asks "Remember when Barack Obama wanted to change the manner business got conducted in Washington? If that seems a long time ago, it retreated further in the distance when Team Obama admitted yesterday that running mate Joe Biden had a son consulting MBNA, a credit company who had a lot to lose if a bankruptcy bill Obama opposed became law."
August 24, 2008
There's No 'O' in Unity!
I shouldn't post this. But I gotta:
August 23, 2008
Why Aren't We Like China?
This might get lost in the excitement over Senator Joe Biden's joining the 2008 Democratic ticket (I know I'm finding it hard to concentrate!) but I hope the Republican Attack Machine® doesn’t allow it to get lost. I was reading about it yesterday, but it is much more potent on video:
August 21, 2008
The Company You Keep
August 19, 2008
Plague of Locusts
I don't link to Taranto too much because the ThreeSourcers I know live and die by BOTW. But I have to use a hometown/personal angle on this one. The second I heard that the Obama Ego was too big to be contained by the Pepsi Center and that the Senator would give his acceptance speech at Invesco, I thought of torrential downpours. It's not likely in late August, but nothing is impossible in Colorado. I guess I was right:
Denver's Rocky Mountain News reports on other possible disruptions:
I had also heard that Focus on the Family was jeered for suggesting that visitors to its website pray for rain. Folks, I am not a praying man and I know we've got all stripes around here. But a plague of locusts to darken the sun -- that's worth a little prayer.
August 18, 2008
The Thomas-Obama Smackdown!!!
Maybe it was a gaffe: the WSJ Ed page piles on:
And no wonder Mr. Obama's advisers have refused invitations for more such open forums, preferring to keep him in front of a teleprompter, where he won't let slip what he really believes.
Thus endeth the editorial that says by all means, let's compare Clarence Thomas's record with Senator Obama's:
So let's see. By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General's office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation's second most prominent court. Since his "elevation" to the High Court in 1991, he has also shown himself to be a principled and scholarly jurist.
Majority Leader Reid went down this road and was unable to offer any backing for his contentions that Justice Thomas's opinions were not well crafted. I hope future debate panelists and journalists will push this one against Obama as well.
August 17, 2008
Buy American, Vore Obama
I blog on the shoulders of giants today:
August 14, 2008
Denver Hippies to Mini-Gitmo
Hard to top Allahpundit's opener regarding the prison conditions awaiting DNC protesters.
“Very bare bones and very reminiscent of a political prisoner camp or a concentration camp,” says one Code Pink member after viewing the footage; subtract the crematoria, starvation, back-breaking labor, and any real possibility of being locked up for longer than a few hours and you’ll see the harrowing truth in her words.
August 8, 2008
There actually were 17 Americas
John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
I like the first eight words: "John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign..."
July 24, 2008
The Denver Convention
If I were a dirty hippie, I would still not breathe easy.
Denver officials expect to spend more than $18 million on police equipment for the Democratic National Convention — but the purchases apparently won't include high-tech weapons that use sonic waves to incapacitate protesters or goo guns to immobilize them.
I guess that still means fire hoses and dogs are still budgeted.
July 7, 2008
Now That's Nuance!
I wondered whether my mad lefty brother was getting a little upset with Senator Obama as he tacked to the right. He's not angry enough to be a Kos kid, but he is true believer in collectivism.
Well another email thread pried out the truth. He applauds the Junior Senator from Illinois for his (wait for it...) "nuance."
I don't want to beat up my brother here, but the reviews are rolling in, and they're not too good. It seems all those mad right wingers: Mark Halperin, Ted Koppel, George Stephanopoulos, Mara Liasson, and Juan Williams were all critical. Here's Juan Williams:
My sense is, though, along the lines of the Wall Street Journal editorial this week that said who would have guessed that Barack Obama is legitimizing George Bush’s — and the whole notion of George Bush’s position on Iraq, and the whole notion of a third term for Bush, because he’s picked up not just on Iraq, but on things like faith- based initiative, even on the abortion question, which I — it was befuddling to me. He says suddenly, you know, mental distress is not a basis for a woman to have an abortion. I mean, that’s going to outrage people on the left. So what it seems to me is you could say on Iraq it’s a matter of emphasis. All along he has said he would take into consideration the position of the commanders in the field. But the heart and soul — I mean, the heart of his campaign has been to say, “This is an unpopular war. It’s a war that was ill- conceived. We never should have gone in there. We have put too much money in there. We have spent too much of our precious blood there.” And suddenly he’s saying, “No, no, you know what? I’m going to refine my position.”
I watched Williams make that statement on FOX News Sunday yesterday. I was struck by the fact that four, fairly bright pundits (Fred Barnes, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams) who do this for a living -- none of the four had any idea what direction a President Obama would take. Liasson quotes Paul Krugman:
I mean, Paul Krugman, who’s a liberal columnist, wrote this week, “Gee, is he a centrist just masquerading as someone who’s a transformational progressive figure or is he really the opposite?” You know, people just don’t know. He’s a blank slate.
Dude promised change.
June 30, 2008
Headline of the Day
Some guy named AlexC at PA Water Cooler:
Not the Wesley Clark I Knew
June 29, 2008
The Obama Mind Trick
Suddenly, it all makes sense.
(tip to Blonde Sagacity)
June 26, 2008
jk Defends Senator Obama
Swiftboating. The term deserves its place in the language and history, but not as Senator John Kerry and the Democratic Party define it. In their version, to swifboat is to propagate lies about a candidate in such volume that they cannot be rebutted (McCain's "100 years in Iraq" or "Third Bush Term" come to mind but I haven't time to digress).
I would define switboating as "taking legitimate criticism one step too far, thereby diminishing its efficacy." John O'Neill and The Swiftboaters had several substantive and legitimate points to raise in criticism of Senator Kerry and his use of his war record in politics. T. Boone Pickens has still not paid his $1 million bounty for positive disproof.
Yet I think most of us agree that they went a little too far, denigrating his service, and levying accusations that were impossible to prove or disprove. In the end, these weakened their arguments, calling all of them into question.
I would also accuse Special Prosecutor Ken Starr of this in the Clinton Impeachment. Judge Starr thought the laundry list of infractions in the footnotes would bolster his case with their sheer volume. Yet opponents pointed to them to portray his entire case as frivolous and unsubstantial.
Today, Gateway Pundit posts, and Instapundit links, to yet another "Another One Under the Bus" for Senator Obama.
Mike Klonsky, the Maoist Hardliner, Obama supporter and former best friend of the Weatherman terrorist group founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, received a $175,000 grant from the William Ayers/Barack Obama-led Annenberg Challenge to run the Small Schools Workshop.
Klonsky had a blog that has been "airbrushed" off the Obama site. Yes, Klonsky is a piece of work, yes, it was likely a mistake to let him blog on the official site.
Yet GP fails to prove that Klonsky was ever in the Obama circle. He received a grant from Ayers and Obama's Annenberg Challenge "to run the Small Schools Workshop." A little embarrassing, but this is no Reverend Wright, Professor Goolsbee, or even racist granny. This is more like Rev. Hagee and Senator McCain. Because a whackjob may support a candidate does not make said candidate responsible. Having a blog at the hip, Web 2.0 Obama campaign is not really an official designation.
Let's not diminish the serious and serial examples of bad judgment and under-the-busism that Senator Obama has displayed by reaching too far.
June 23, 2008
In Hock To Big Corn
The NYTimes today offers a non-fawning look at Senator Obama's ties to and support of the Ethanol industry. In a by-lined piece, Larry Richter sees a hint of pandering behind his surprise ascent in Iowa last year.
Mr. Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But like any other politician, he has powerful constituencies that help shape his views. And when it comes to domestic ethanol, almost all of which is made from corn, he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties to the industry at a time when energy policy is a point of sharp contrast between the parties and their presidential candidates.
With all respect, Senator, ethanol subsidies make it more difficult for us to shape a domestic policy that is intelligent and creates energy for the long term.
June 11, 2008
'nother One Under The Bus!
Jim Johnson, the former head of Fannie Mae who was leading Barack Obama's vice presidential search when his favorable loans with Countrywide were revealed, is stepping down from the Obama campaign to avoid becoming a distraction.
Got any more of those cookies, Grandma?
June 10, 2008
Goolsbee Crawls Out From Under The Bus!
Obama advisor Austan Goolsbee laid low after he was caught telling the truth to the Canadian government at an inconvenient time. (You can call it laid low, I call it Another One under the Bus!)
He is back, to call for more regulation of Investment Banking:
Austan Goolsbee, an economics professor at the University of Chicago and one of Sen. Obama's closest advisers on economic issues, said the senator believed strongly in enhanced regulation of any financial institution that has access to the Fed's discount window.
Hat-tip: N. Gregory Mankiw, who asks "Remember when the University of Chicago used to be the intellectual center of the deregulation movement? No more."
To be fair, if these firms are given access to the discount window, even I must admit a little regulation is in order. Here's hoping -- as does Mankiw -- that firms will be able to opt out of the government put and the concomitant regulation.
June 9, 2008
The Last Word on "The Speech"
Mark Steyn knocks it outta the park:
Speaking personally, I don’t want to remake America. I’m an immigrant and one reason I came here is because most of the rest of the western world remade itself along the lines Sen. Obama has in mind. This is pretty much the end of the line for me. If he remakes America, there’s nowhere for me to go — although presumably once he’s lowered sea levels around the planet there should be a few new atolls popping up here and there.
Must. All of it. Read.
Hat-tip: Don Luskin
Change We Can Believe In!
I read a little about this, but commenter Wayne has an awesome roundup:
I truly recommend reading Jonah Goldberg's book while the Obama campaign progresses; it's like reading a book and seeing the movie.
June 7, 2008
Senator Obama, Lightworker.
SF Chronicle columnist Mark Morford is not quite as in the bag for Senator O as Chris Matthews, but he's getting close:
Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.
Grab an empty, high capacity barf bag and read the whole thing. Morford realizes exactly how insane he sounds but doesn't take the opportunity to dial it down.
Not sure how Senator McCain will be able to collect the Lightworker vote once this gets out -- Marin County is likely lost.
June 6, 2008
Another One Under The Bus
I ran across a clever riff on the Stones' "Under My Thumb the other day from Don Surber. I like the Stones but I am thinking we might turn instead to Queen's "Another One Rides the Bus:" [PLEASE READ UPDATE]
And another one's gone and another one's gone -- Another one under the bus!
Because I think this is going to be a recurring theme. Who's thrown under the bus today, Senator? Today it seems to be...wait for it...the sovereign nation of Israel:
"Let me be clear," said Obama from the podium at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington on Wednesday, "Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive and that allows them to prosper. But any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish State, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided," he declared.
And another one's gone, another one's gone...Scoot over Grandma, Reverend, Professor Goolsbee, Trinity United -- we gotta make room for a whole country here.
Hat-tip: Hugh Hewitt
UPDATE: Don Surber sends a nice email that reminded me "rides the Bus" is itself a Weird Al parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." I have internalized Weird Al enough that I forgot the first level of indirection. I also still sing the Police song as "King of Suede..."
June 4, 2008
Starting to Miss Hillary...
I pride ThreeSources on objectivity. I'm a self-admitted partisan hack, and we all have strong feelings. But I think we do a pretty good job of avoiding personal attacks and promoting polity based on "feelings."
One cannot avoid gathering a little antipathy, however, against philosophical and political opponents, especially when one feels they are not honest interlocutors. When the primaries started, I didn’t know if I could stand four years of Senator Clinton. She combines dirigisme with disingenuousness -- without even having the decency to be good at it as was her husband. That fake point and smile from the podium causes physical pain every time.
I will admit -- contra ThreeSources style -- that I am developing deep and visceral feelings for Senator Obama. His speech last night annoyed me to no end.
His lips would move and I would hear "Government, government, government!" followed by "Me, me, me!" Everybody said it was a great speech. I'd admit it was well delivered and well scripted (and would somebody please get Senator McCain a make up person?) but I am not sure it was a great speech.
He thinks CAFE standards are the solution for "the guy who lost his job and can't afford the gas to drive around and find a new one." He thinks government will do a better job developing new energy sources than private industry. I have news for the Senator. The biggest "Special interest in Washington" is government -- try fighting that one for a while.
The cheering crowds make good TV, but I am in the middle of Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism right now and am easily wigged by the scripted crowd control and the Messianic approach of Senator Obama.
Will this nation fall for it? I fear so. Like the Progressive Era and the New Deal, we will likely survive it. But a huge hunk of liberty will be taken away and never restored.
We now return to objective, rational discussion. ThreeSources apologizes for the ad hominem attack.
May 30, 2008
Obama: The Hits Keep Coming
Another problem from Obama's Church.
When did churches become so political at the pulpit? As a life long active Catholic, I've never seen that style of preaching.
In the video, Pfleger wipes his eyes with a handkerchief and suggests Clinton wept because she thought that as a white person and the wife of a former president, she was entitled to the presidency.
Senator Chope did distance himself from the comments, saying he was "deeply disappointed."
In not entirely unrelated news, in 1996, then Citizen Barack Obama sought (and received) the endorsement of a Marxist third party for his State Senate run.
The New Party's modus operandi included the political strategy of "electoral fusion," where it would nominate, for various political offices, candidates from other parties (usually Democrats), thereby enabling each of those candidates to occupy more than one ballot line in the voting booth. By so doing, the New Party often was able to influence candidates' platforms. (Fusion of this type is permitted in seven states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont -- but is common only in New York.)
In the meantime, Hillary is slugging back whiskey as the last days of her campaign wind down, looking forward to the "i told ja sos" and 2012.
May 23, 2008
The People's Choice: Hillary!
The Inquirer's Jonathan Last continues to crunch the numbers.
[C]ould Clinton take over the lead in all of the popular-vote tabulations? Quite possibly. In Puerto Rico's last major election, two million people voted. Let's assume that turnout for this historic vote - Puerto Rico has never had a presidential primary before - will be equal to or greater than that turnout.
Best takeaway line?
Clinton's path is both obvious and simple: Win the popular vote and force Barack Obama and his cheerleaders to explain why that doesn't matter.
If winning the popular vote mattered in 2000, surely it must still matter!
Posted by AlexC at 2:33 PM
May 22, 2008
Picking Obama's Running Mate
The AP reports:
To the Dems, failure marks success. You can't lose 'em all! Right?
May 19, 2008
Iran Poses No Serious Threat
Whew. I was worried about Iran, but I have just learned that it is a "tiny" country (compared to the Soviet Union) and it "does not pose a threat to us" (again, the threshold is set to C.C.C.P.)
Hat-tip: Hugh Hewitt
Okay, Now I'm Offended
Not really. More Amused. The man who puts the "Junior" in Junior Senator from Illinois said:
"What it says is that I'm not very well known in that part of the country," Obama said. "Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it's not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle."
I laughed earlier at this map. "Can the man who wants to be President please tell us why Arkansas is somehow closer to Kentucky than Illinois?"
Ann Althouse has a virtual link to Mickey Kaus, wondering about the implicit condescension of those "states in the middle."
This guy has political gifts but they have so far masked his tin ear. Perhaps his $500/hr handlers can tease that out of him in time for the General Election.
But perhaps not. Reporting from Colorado, this is jk...
Posted by John Kranz at 3:18 PM
May 18, 2008
Fine with me, Sweetie!
At this rate, I'll be endorsing Obama pretty soon...
Let the record show that Senator Obama's calling a reporter "sweetie" does not disqualify him from the Presidency. Bridget Johnson is a bit disturbed. She thinks it is part and parcel of an arrogant attitude:
To properly assess Sweetiegate, you have to go back and fill in the blanks. Obama was not addressing Agar with any measure of affection; rather, he was annoyed that she was interrupting his grandstanding with a question and thus waved her off.
Johnson has a good style, but points out "If John McCain had called a reporter "sweetie" he'd be castigated as a dirty old man hurling sexist remarks." Perhaps. I think they both have different personalities and can each get away with different things.
It is not going to be a pretty election year for a lover of liberty, but my one hope is that we might have an ideological election. Senator Obama wants to expand the size, scope, power, and cost of government. Senator McCain is not Jeffersonian, but he is pushing reduced spending, lower taxes, free trade, and a free market solution to health care.
I'll call Senator Obama a pile of names, but Misogynist ain't one. If the father of two little girls cannot shake the habit of calling women "sweetie," I'm prepared to deal with it.
May 16, 2008
Dude's Just Humble
Ed Driscoll realizes this doesn't quite rise to Snipergate, but still highlights this video that contradicts a well worn Stump speech:
Senator Obama is right if he claims that I wasn’t clapping.
Hat-tip: The Corner
Posted by John Kranz at 7:28 PM
May 10, 2008
The United States of Heinz
57 flavors, baby!
Tip to Dean Barnett who writes:
This faux pas is beyond weird; I know the guy is tired, but “How many states are there in America?” is the kind of question they ask you at the hospital after you've had a seizure to see if your brain is still working. I speak from personal experience on this matter, by the way. When I had a random seizure in 1996, the guy at the emergency room asked me how many states there were and then who was president. I responded with a ten minute rant on Whitewater - he urgently ordered up more tests.
May 8, 2008
Quote of the Day
People who are unstoppable and ambitious, and psychopathically power-worshipping, are not bruised by a little thing like North Carolina or Indiana. -- Christopher HitchensFrom an interview with Hugh Hewitt.
I approve of his word choice, but disagree. I will proudly stand with the conventional wisdom that Senator Clinton's campaign is toast. I don't know the exit point, but it is over. To paraphrase ac: if she's lost McGovern, she's lost the Democrats.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:36 PM
May 5, 2008
You Can't Make This Up!
Mark Halperin, Time:
Hillary Clinton enthusiastically picked a filly named Eight Belles to win the Kentucky Derby and compared herself to the horse. Eight Belles finished second. The winner was the favorite, Big Brown.
Hat-tip: Mickey Kaus who fears this is "a thought born embalmed as a cliché, already tiresome from anticipated over-expression before being sincerely expressed in the first place"
I ain't afraid of no cliché -- ain't a cliché that can't be rode!
Posted by John Kranz at 12:10 PM
May 4, 2008
Dumbest. Plan. Ever. WSJ's Take.
Here's what the WSJ editorial page has to say about Obama's election year plan to lower gas prices by raising the marginal corporate tax on oil companies ABOVE it's present level of 35%:
Mr. Obama is right to oppose the gas-tax gimmick, but his idea is even worse. Neither proposal addresses the problem of energy supply, especially the lack of domestic oil and gas thanks to decades of Congressional restrictions on U.S. production.
And about energy policy politics in general:
This tiff over gas and oil taxes only highlights the intellectual policy confusion – or perhaps we should say cynicism – of our politicians. They want lower prices but don't want more production to increase supply. They want oil "independence" but they've declared off limits most of the big sources of domestic oil that could replace foreign imports. They want Americans to use less oil to reduce greenhouse gases but they protest higher oil prices that reduce demand. They want more oil company investment but they want to confiscate the profits from that investment. And these folks want to be President?
But there is hope:
Late this week, a group of Senate Republicans led by Pete Domenici of New Mexico introduced the "American Energy Production Act of 2008" to expand oil production off the U.S. coasts and in Alaska. It has the potential to increase domestic production enough to keep America running for five years with no foreign imports. With the world price of oil at $116 a barrel, if not now, when?
So does the AEPA have a chance of passing instead of the CREPPA? The chances may be slim but as Wayne Gretzky used to say, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
May 1, 2008
Dumbest. Plan. Ever.
Senator Obama has a plan to raise oil prices 10% or so.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last year's profit levels, a campaign adviser said.
I don't say this as an oil company shill, but c'mon. Corporations don't pay taxes, they collect them.
... and it's going to be passed on to you.
April 30, 2008
You Won't Sleep For Days
Don Luskin links to the most comprehensive collection of unflattering pictures of Senator Clinton ever assembled:
You'll laugh! You'll scream! You'll cry!
Posted by John Kranz at 1:38 PM
April 29, 2008
Obama and Corruption
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Read the whole thing. It only gets better from here.
Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 9:51 PM
How stupid does he think 300 million Americans are?
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged and appalled by the latest comments from his former pastor, who asserted that criticism of his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church and the U.S. government was responsible for the creation of the AIDS virus.
Where has Obama been for the past 20 years?
This was the pastor who married the Obamas, baptized their children and took donations from the Obama family.... We're all fairly certain that this is not new territory for the Pastor.
Senator Obama thinks we're too dumb to figure it all out, or he's too dumb to not have noticed it while sitting in the pews.
It's a damned shame the Democrats are looking to be stuck with him for the fall.
One For Obama?
I have to watch it, I am going to get a reputation around here.
But Professor Mankiw is -- sadly -- right. Of the three current Presidential candidates, Obama is the only one smart enough to oppose the summer gas tax holiday.
I don't know any prominent economist who favors this McCain-Clinton proposal. More common is the reaction of a friend of mine (a veteran of the Clinton administration) who calls the idea "ludicrous."
Posted by John Kranz at 4:09 PM
Any Room Under the Obama Bus?
Is there any more room under the Obama Bus? Scoot over, Professor Goolsbee, scoot over Grandma, Rev. Wright will need some space by the driveshaft. WaPo:
"Whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed as a consequence of this," Obama said.
His treatment of people is between he and his clergyman -- oh wait, that's not gong to work.
But I think that one part of this has not been scrutinized. Senator Obama is proud of his consistent opposition to Iraq. He lifted himself up with its prescience when things looked bad and he is still enjoying the ride among antiwar voters. But was this principled opposition to war? How much was tempered by the anti-American sermons he heard for 20 years?
Was Iraq not worth the blood and treasure or were American values not worth spreading?
And today, we found that he can fight back, and take a stand, without calculation and in what is clearly a great amount of personal difficulty and political pain. It's what anyone should want in a president. It makes me want to see him succeed more than ever. It's why this country needs to see him succeed more than ever.
I feel better already.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:43 PM
April 27, 2008
It's over. Turn out the lights. Shut down the McCain web sites, send the Clintons home. Senator Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.
I just watched his interview on FOX News Sunday and I do not think I have ever seen a better political performance.
Chris Wallace was never hostile or pushy, but every question was difficult. He didn't even throw up a couple of softballs in the beginning. He kept his promise to ask some questions that have not been asked. But Senator Obama parried every question flawlessly. He was engaging and likeable and reasonable. He made Bill Clinton look like Nixon.
He opened the interview with some likable persiflage about the "Obama Watch Clock," suggesting there had been a leap year and perhaps it was only 771 days since he said he would come on the show.
Wallace then asked about exit polls and demographics. Obama assured him that Democrats would pull together in November, and that he doesn't apologize for any electoral successes of the "popular Clinton brand."
About race, he said that while we're not beyond racism in society, we are ready to elect an African American President: "If I lose, it won’t be because of race. It will be because, you know, I made mistakes on the campaign trail, I wasn’t communicating effectively my plans in terms of helping them in their everyday lives."
On Reverend Wright he found a perfect line and held it throughout. He never threw Wright under the bus, but he effectively aligned himself with him as a pastor, all the while taking a strong stance against his politics. He summed up with generational differences, and said "The problem — and I pointed this out in my speech in Philadelphia — was where oftentimes he would err, I think, is in only cataloguing the bad of America and not doing enough to lift up the good. And that’s probably where he and I have the biggest difference..."
Then Obama brings up the flag pin kerfuffle -- on FOX News -- and hits it out of the park:
I don’t think - let me just use another example. On flag pins, I have worn flag pins in the past. I will wear flag pins in the future. The fact that I said that some politicians use the flag pin and then aren’t acting in a particularly patriotic way, for that to someone be translated into me being anti-patriotic or anti-flag, I think that is a distraction.
He took every question and accepted every question as fair. He may not have answered every question, but I have not seen a Sunday show where a pol did for a long time. The panel was a lot less impressed than I was. Brit Hume thought he had dodged the issue of Clinton's vote lead on White 29-50 year olds with blue Toyotas who like hot dogs, but I don't see the electorate drawn to inside baseball. Bill Kristol pointed out that it wasn't wonkish, that "36 minutes of Senator Clinton" would have yielded specific proposals and legislation, but I think the interview was more ethereal. Wallace pressed for a little specifics on taxes, but Obama matched Wallace for style.
Wallace asked him how he calls himself post-partisan when he votes with the Democrats. Obama suggested that Republicans sometimes do have better ideas. When pressed on what, he suggested that top-down regulation has been more onerous and less effective than systems that involve business and market forces, such as cap-and-trade on pollution. Brilliant! The Democrats hear "we can continue regulating if we do it right" and the Republicans here "this guy knows the harsh effects of over-regulation."
How does he support General Plateaus but not his Surge? He would direct Petraeus to come up with a plan that would demand Iraqi responsibility but did not blindly support the Iraqi government. This guy is good.
My only negative -- besides the fact that he's wrong about absolutely everything -- is that he is no smoother at extemporaneous speech than our current President. Harsh words for a Democrat, I know, but he stammers and pauses and says the wrong word then corrects it, all the stuff that has filled the "Bushism" books. Yet people remember his soaring, scripted rhetoric and forget his flubs. (I swear he mangled two words once and said "Shit" but that did not make the transcript, he quickly corrected to the phrase he meant.)
April 24, 2008
Headline of the Week
Who else but Extreme Mortman:
Clinton Dominates Beaver and Hooker While Obama Prevails in Intercourse and Blue Ball
April 23, 2008
Terri at I Think ^(Link) Therefore I Err notes a possible inconsistency at the NYTimes Ed Page:
After winning an important swing state by 10 points,….
As Taranto would say, hope you don't ever end up in a foxhole with them.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 PM
April 18, 2008
jk Defends Senator Obama
The LA Times Blog watches this video and sees Senator Obama flipping the bird at his Democratic opponent:
April 17, 2008
Not Really a Supply-Sider
When ABC moderator Charlie Gibson -- mirabile freakin' dictu -- confronts Senator Obama with the news that lowering the capital gains rate increased revenues in the Clinton and Bush administrations, Senator Obama says "Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness."
This comes via Don Luskin, who adds:
In other words, even if it costs the US Treasury money in lost revenues, Obama would raise the capgains tax to punish people who make too much money, or make it the wrong way. Obama claimed in the same debate, "how we're going to be able to deliver on middle-class tax relief is to change how business is done in Washington." How does reducing revenue in the name of Obama's personal notion of "fairness" achieve middle-class tax relief? And how is using the tax-code to reward and punish particular constituencies changing how business is done in Washington?
UPDATE: The WSJ Ed Page piles on:
Time and again, the rookie Senator has said he would not raise taxes on middle-class earners, whom he describes as people with annual income lower than between $200,000 and $250,000. On Wednesday night, he repeated the vow. "I not only have pledged not to raise their taxes," said the Senator, "I've been the first candidate in this race to specifically say I would cut their taxes."
The whole piece is great.
Posted by John Kranz at 6:01 PM
April 16, 2008
The Hamas Endorsement
While Sen. Barack Obama sought to improve his relationship with the Jewish community today by meeting with leaders Philadelphia, comments by a Hamas political adviser this weekend could potentially hurt the Democratic presidential candidate.
Posted by AlexC at 9:31 PM
Headline of the Week
UPDATE: I sent this to Taranto who uses it today, with the subhead "No Wonder Losers Are So Bitter"
Posted by John Kranz at 8:41 PM
April 14, 2008
Obama Discovers Source of Pa's Bitterness
What's the point?
It's not a Tastykake if it's not 2,450 calories and 27 grams of fat.
Might just be me, but I bet he can't imagine the proletariat eating those things.
Hell Yes I'm Bitter
Three years ago, I was a Vice President! Now I'm slogging along as a Senior Software Developer. The good jobs are gone and they're never coming back. Thank goodness my dear, departed Mother is not around to see the slide.
I just renewed my NRA membership and I am thinking about Methodism...
Posted by John Kranz at 11:20 AM
April 13, 2008
MSM on l'Affaire Obama
The WaPo gets to it in paragraph six of a bylined story:
After losing the Ohio primary to Clinton (N.Y.) last month, in part because of the difficulty he had connecting with Rust Belt voters worried about their jobs, Obama (Ill.) has been talking in greater detail about what he would do to repair the economy and contrasting that with McCain's proposals. But this has sometimes come at the expense of Obama's more abstract and inspiring message about rising above partisan pettiness to unite the country, the central call of his campaign.
Mean old Clinton and McCain.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:01 PM
Those Wacky Pennsylvanias, II
Cuffy Meigs at Perfunction suggests this video now represents a "convenient list" of all the towns Senator Obama is gong to lose:
April 12, 2008
Those Wacky Pennsylvanians
We are privileged to call several Keystone State residents "brother" on this blog. I never realized how backwards y'all were until Senator Obama filled me in (c/o Jules Crittenden):
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
Thankfully, you have Senator Clinton:
I know you're feeling better after that.
The Blogosphere is on DefCon 5 over this (causing even me to mix jargon) but I think the man who talked himself out of the Rev. Wright imbroglio can beat this rap. But it will weigh down the campaign. Mark Steyn compares his arrogance -- unfavorably -- to Senator Kerry's:
I had a ton of fun covering Kerry's awkwardness with Americans but, in fairness, it was essentially a consumerist snobbery: he preferred the Newburgh Yacht Club for lunch over the local Wendy's, he'd rather be windsurfing off Nantucket than rednecking at Nascar, etc. Obama's snobbery seems more culturally profound, and unlike Kerry he can't plead the crippling disadvantage of a privileged childhood. Rather, Barack's condescension reveals a man out of touch with the rhythms of American life to a degree that's hard to fathom.
All the while, Hugh Hewitt wonders why Keystone Staters are so bitter? I didn't even know y'all were until today.
John Lewandowski at PA Water Cooler has a suggested "Snoboma" campaign poster.
UPDATE: I never said DefCon 5 wasn't fun! Terrestrial Musings interviews a man from West Deer Township:
"And it wasn't just the beer. Some of them actually went out in the woods in the fall, and shot animals. And kilt 'em. With real guns!
April 10, 2008
Quote of the Day
"I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some people in this country," said John, wearing a spangled black evening coat over a vermilion silk shirt. "I say to hell with them. ... I love you, Hillary, I'll always be there for you." -- Newsday.comHat-tip: Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 4:04 PM
April 9, 2008
Sont Les Mots Qui Vont Tres Bien Enseble
And a very Tres Bien Ensemble do Senator Obama and his lovely wife Michelle make. She balances his extreme left wing beliefs with further-extreme-left beliefs.
Michelle Obama Visits Harrisburg, reads the headline in the Charlotte Observer. Mother, wife and lawyer. Reads to kids, yadda yadda, calls hug time and potty breaks...I'm falling asleep here...I would have bailed, except Professor Reynolds told me what was at the bottom of the story:
Should she become first lady, she said she'd focus on family issues.
I guess Austen Goolsbee has been completely thrown under the bus for having the temerity to support some foreign trade. Will the last serious economist leaving the Democratic Party please turn out the lights? If you believe in this zero-sum nonsense, all the other Democratic proposals make sense.
But don't let your offense at pie cutting make you miss the paragraphs above it:
After law school, she and Barack were beset by loans they'd still be paying had her husband not written two best-sellers, "The Audacity of Hope" and "Dreams From My Father."
Can I get a boo-freakin'-hoo? The Princeton Lawyer and the Harvard lawyer are so oppressed by their school debts that they really learn how to relate to the average American -- you know the average Joe who doesn't have a gangster buddy to buy him a $2 Million mansion.
She'll have your pie, and yours, and yours -- and yours, thank you very much.
UPDATE: Tom Maguire is not much of a Michelle fan. He sees my pie and whining, and raises me a "move-that-asian-girl-to-the-back-row-to-include-more-white-people-in-the-photo." Awesome.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:22 PM
April 7, 2008
Russell Roberts at Cafe Hayek wishes that Jay Leno would correct his guest on economics:
I wish Jay Leno had pointed out that the cut in hours was the result of passing the minimum wage--that it was as inevitable as gravity. I wish he'd said that the story showed how the minimum wage is a false promise of prosperity. I wish he'd pointed out that fighting isn't enough, caring isn't enough, that prosperity can't be legislated any more than self-interest can be made illegal. I wish Jay Leno had said that when you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.
I'm not holding my breath, but I would still recommend this clip. Senator Clinton does pretty well. I'm not sure she joked her way out of Tuszlagate, but she comes across as very likable and intelligent. I howl at her economic failings and her ability to blame President Bush every time someone's dry cleaning is late. But if I were her Chief Strategist I would call this one a win.
But I am not her chief strategist (though I hear there's an opening), so I will point out my least favorite line: "We borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis, which is not exactly a smart strategy."
Hat-tip: Greg Mankiw
Posted by John Kranz at 4:01 PM
Mark Penn in '08!
The NYTimes reports that Clinton strategist (I want a strategist) Mark Penn has been forced to take a reduced role because his business interests conflict with the Senator's positions:
Mr. Penn met with the Colombians in his role as chief executive of Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm. He has refused to sever his ties to the company, which also represented Countrywide Financial, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and through a subsidiary represented Blackwater Worldwide, the military contractor blamed for numerous civilian deaths in Iraq.
Sadly, all of Penn's positions seem to be the correct ones -- perhaps Senator Clinton should take a greatly diminished role.
UPDATE: Larry Kudlow points out that Dems + Free Trade = Death Penalty
My pal Jerry Bowyer e-mailed me this morning with the following thought on Clinton bigwig Mark Penn: Free trade among Democrats is so completely dead in the water that any Democratic advisor favoring free trade is subject to the death penalty.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:20 AM
April 4, 2008
7:00 PM Friday, time for Clinton news!
Remember the 90s? The Clintons would put out press releases on Friday night of embarrassing material. Then on Monday, they'd say "that's old news."
Senator Clinton released tax returns at 7PM EDT Friday the Fourth -- and this partisan hack thought "what's she hiding?"
Well, they're rich. That might be a political liability in some Democratic circles, but she and President Clinton have done well since moving out of 1600 Pennsylvania
Hillary Clinton had $10.5 million in book income over the period from her book "Living History." She donated earnings from her other book, "It Takes a Village," to charity.
I don't know that I'd have guessed her as the richest of the three. Other than President Clinton's success, "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton reported $20.4 million in income for 2007 and more than $109 million since 2000" I didn't see a good reason to resuscitate the Friday night press releases. Of course, some intrepid blogger will find the dirt over the weekend and post it on Monday. But then it will be old news.
As a partisan hack, I question whether some of the huge speaking fees or book advances come awfully close to what we call "a bribe." Ten-point-five-mil for "Living History?" How many copies sold? No doubt President Clinton is beloved and a valued speaker, but it is a pretty convenient way to funnel money to a US Senator. I have no proof, it's just a little unsettling.
Posted by John Kranz at 7:48 PM
April 1, 2008
Emperor of Hope Barrack Obama recently stated that he didn't want his children to be punished with a child at 16. Personally, I liked this response:
I don't want to get into a discussion regarding abortion, but I think that this statement will get a lot of air time when the general election rolls around. McCain will need to rally the base and this will surely motivate social conservatives.
March 28, 2008
Seven Figure Income, No Retirement Accounts
Many have made a big a deal about Senator & Mrs. Obama's relatively low level of charitable giving as indicated on their tax returns. That's between he and his Jew-hating clergyman as far as I am concerned (low swipe even for me, sorry!)
What concerns me more as a Prosperitarian is that the couple does not invest:
Indeed, even though Michelle Obama had income from the University of Chicago's Hospital System that exceeded $1 million during the period the tax returns were filed, she appears to have neither a 401(k) plan nor an IRA for retirement contributions. In another sign the Obama household wasn't into building a nest egg, the couple cashed out $6,260 from a pension or 401(k) plan in 2000.
Larry Kudlow hit this topic on his show last night. An excellent segment is posted on the CNBC site (I can link but not embed). I encourage you to watch. Especially Jerry Bowyer's remarks at the beginning of the clip. It really does speak to their beliefs that they choose -- not only to pass on tax deferral -- but to not invest in Corporate America at all.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:53 AM
March 27, 2008
Democrats and Religion
It seems to me that the Democrat Party finds religion only in even numbered years.
This year, Clinton has fared well among Catholic voters in early primary states and she holds a substantial lead over Obama among Catholic Democrats in Pennsylvania polls. Some analysts argue, however, that Catholic voters' race, age and economic status - rather than religion - are more likely to play a greater role in determining their vote.
Bravely Bob Casey Jr is bucking the endorsement trend and standing athwart history with his finger in the wind.
Like the general population of super-delegates, whose support remains fluid, several Jewish supporters of the New York senator said in interviews that their votes still remain up for grabs. All told, more than 70 Jewish super-delegates will make the trip to Denver this summer for the Democrats’ nominating convention. They account for nearly one-10th of the party’s nearly 800 so-called super-delegates, the informal term for elected and party officials whose status as delegates to the convention does not depend on state primaries and caucuses.
... to the chagrin of Democrat politicians like Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Steelers legend Franco Harris opened Sen. Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Washington County.
... like which way that "fumble" bounced.
March 26, 2008
What's He Know That I Don't?
Professor Mankiw points out that Senator Obama chooses not to defer significant amounts of income from taxation. Why?
I don't know. Maybe he is getting bad tax advice. Or maybe he is expecting vastly higher tax rates in the future when the accumulated savings will need to be withdrawn and taxed. As Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee has written, "Future increases in tax rates potentially threaten to significantly reduce the value of your retirement savings and may even mean that you should not save in 401(k) accounts at all."
Look on the bright side, Senator -- maybe you'll lose and your taxes won't go up so much.
Posted by John Kranz at 6:10 PM
March 25, 2008
This Speaks for Itself
March 23, 2008
jk Defends President Clinton
Happy Easter, ThreeSourcers. We have a theological big tent here, but I think it is safe to say that we all believe in redemption, rebirth and renewal.
In that spirit, I am going to leap to the defense of President William Jefferson Clinton. Instapundit reports that the campaign is "clarifying remarks" after an Obama aide is shouting McCarthyism.
"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country," said Clinton, who was speaking to a group of veterans Friday in Charlotte, N.C. "And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."
Methinks the aide doth protest too much.
Also an Easter shoutout to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is making the right kind of enemies:
One could accuse me of using these stories as a cudgel against the Obama campaign and Chinese authority. That's a hell of a thing to accuse a guy of on Easter...
UPDATE ON ITEM 1: If you're not having fun... This same advisor said "I mean there's no reason why this shouldn't be a walkover" and -- even better -- "We'll be there a century, hopefully. If it works right." Both of these from a 2003 speech dug up by Tom McGuire who explains "Obama was not in the briefing that Sunday when McPeak made his controversial remarks."
Posted by John Kranz at 12:21 PM
March 21, 2008
If you’re not having fun, you’re not paying attention!
The Junior Senator from NY was awarded “Four Pinocchios” out of a possible four for her depiction of landing in Bosnia “under heavy sniper fire” and running “heads-down” to the base.
The WaPo Fact Checker, gives its highest prevarication rating. Click through to see Clinton kissing an eight year old Muslim girl who read a poem in English at the welcoming ceremony (no doubt the bullets whizzing around their heads are moving too fast to be captured on film).
Posted by John Kranz at 1:57 PM
Typical White Persons, Unite!
I was thinking "Typical White Person" would make a great blog name, but Instapundit links to some cool T-Shirts.
March 19, 2008
Hillary Loved NAFTA
ABC News reports that Hillary was for NAFTA before she was against it:
Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 10:23 PM
Maybe I Was Wrong
This one time. I don't plan to make it a habit. But my belief that Senator Obama could ride out l'Affaire Wright is suspect.
Buried in his eloquent, highly praised speech on America's racial divide, Sen. Barack Obama contradicted more than a year of denials and spin from him and his staff about his knowledge of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial sermons.
That’s the lead. And the second paragraph has a word that starts with T and rhymes with Pez Co, (Mmm, Pez®...)
Not a good sign (Hat-tip: Instapundit)
March 18, 2008
The Clintons Succeed
It took longer than the Clintons likely expected, and took a little help from the "vast right-wing conspiracy", but they have succeeded in making the campaign about race.
I still think that it is too late for Hillary to win the nomination, but this certainly will not help Obama in the general election. Perhaps Hillary is eyeing 2012.
March 13, 2008
The Limbaugh Effect, Part Deux
Two items segued by the Rush Limbaugh - Glenn Reynolds nexus:
My brother-in-law is painting inside my house and listens to Rush. So I heard him yesterday. I'm not a huge fan, but he said something I really enjoyed. Talking about the arcane delegate, superdelegate rules in the Democratic nomination process he said "These people can't even pick their own candidate -- and they want to run your health care!"
Instapundit echoes that riff today, suggesting that "IS THIS SCREWY OR WHAT? Obama gets no net gain after Mississippi win. If I were John McCain, I'd be asking why the party that put together these primary rules thinks it can run a health-care plan. Or the country . . . ."
Brother Glenn also links to Bull Dog Pundit, switching his PA registration to 'D' so that he can vote for Senator Clinton.
BDP gives six good reasons, and his first commenter decries that this is associated with Limbaugh.
I'm still rooting for Clinton, mind you, because I would truly rather have her at 1600 Pennsylvania than President Obama. Yet I think these tactical plays are stupid, undemocratic, and wrong.
Yes, I enjoy watching them spend their war chests and disillusion their youth with a protracted primary battle, I am just not sold on the capability or the wisdom of keeping it going.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:58 AM
March 11, 2008
I Fear For the Republic
And I fear for Senator McCain. It seems that anything short of fainting dead at the awesomeness that is the Junior Senator from Illinois is proof of racism.
Orlando Patterson, "a professor of sociology at Harvard and the author of 'The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America’s 'Racial’ Crisis.''” pens a NYTimes OpEd to declare Senator Clinton's 3AM ad racist. It's not what it says, mind you, but a smart professor like Patterson, who has the proper experience in finding sub rosa racism, can see it plain as a big red pimple on your fat, white ass:
I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.
If they will go after Senator Clinton, imagine the disparagements we'll see when Senator McCain starts advertising.
Hat-tip: Insty who links to more backlash.
Posted by John Kranz at 4:41 PM
March 7, 2008
Seven Weeks to Talk About Marc Rich
It's not only Senator Obama that might face a little scrutiny from a bored press corps awaiting Pennsylvania’s primary on April 22. We can, perhaps, check up on the Clinton pardons scandal. Y'know, if the Clintons were to demand that the archive be released...
John Fund, Political Diary:
March 6, 2008
O Ba Ma O My
Commentary would be superfluous,
This Is The Way Hope Ends
The next big primary is Pennsylvania on April 22. The GOP race is over. What will the press talk about?
Rezko In Debt $50 Million; How Did He Afford Obama Lot?
I wish my family would handout $7500 a month. I could buy a nice little place in Chicago...with some adjacent land...
Posted by John Kranz at 11:51 AM
In Victory, Magnanimity
The folks at Camp Clinton sure know how to savor victory:
Clearly, these are the "bruised and bitter staff " we need to restore America's battered image in the world.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 AM
March 5, 2008
The Limbaugh Effect
I don't know that the talk radio doyen is actually claiming credit, but I have heard a lot about this today. Rush Limbaugh tells his Republican listeners to vote for Senator Clinton in the primary. Too tactical by half for my taste. Even though I still root for her to win the nomination, I don't think I'd've done it.
I turned on Fox & Friends this morning to see the final numbers and the hosts were pushing this story hard. "We've received 1200 emails from Texas Republicans who claim they did!" I would question how many of the 1200 really did, but I'd further call that noise against millions of votes cast. Tom Bevan at RCP does a back-of-the-envelope and is pretty skeptical as well:
It's a close call, but unless the vast majority of Republicans who voted for Clinton (more than 80%) did so at Rush's suggestion, they probably didn't put Clinton over the top. They may have given her a point or two bump in the end, but it seems unlikely they were the deciding factor for Clinton last night.
If she is elected, these people are going to have to look themselves in the mirror for four to eight years. I still tell my wife to forgive herself for voting for Perot in 1992.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:41 PM
February 29, 2008
I love to bash the Democratic front runner as much as the next guy, but I did not think that the CTV story had legs. CTV had claimed that an Obama advisor told the Canadian Government to ignore Obamagoguery as campaign rhetoric, just a workin' man tryin' to pick up a few Buckeye State delegates.
Today, the chatter is that it is Austen Goolsbee, the Chicago wunderkind and Obama economic advisor. If this is true, this story is serious. People in the know were all wondering when or whether Goolsbee was going to reign in Senator Obama's protectionism. If he was complicit in an orchestrated lie, this will not go away.
Unless Goolsbee does. And Goolsbee is the Senator's last tether to real economics. A lot of centrist bloggers threw their support to Obama early on, based on the Goolsbee connection. The nutroots are not gong to leave him, but center left libertarian types will lose their comfort.
HotAir is on this story without really appreciating who Austen Goolsbee is (they don't collect Economist Trading Cards over there). Jake Tapper has ABC confirming a refusal to deny:
ABC News' Jennifer Parker spoke to Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economics professor, Thursday who would not confirm or deny that he had a conversation with Georges Rioux, the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago. Rioux, in meetings this week in Ottawa, would also neither confirm nor deny any conversation took place. Both men did say that they know each other.
If you're not having fun, you're not paying attention.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:15 PM
Hillary Clinton whines:
Ah yes, if only she were a black man, things would be so much easier.
February 26, 2008
As the likelihood of a Hillary presidency slowly fades into the abyss, she has revealed her true self -- bitter, antagonistic, and elitist. At tonight's debate, Hillary saw fit to reference the SNL skit I tried to post earlier (it's now below the fold...). There is nothing that I enjoy more than watching the Clintons complain about the media (what goes around, comes around).
February 25, 2008
The Democratic Debate
Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 9:30 PM
Clinton Tests Out Populist Appoach
That's not my headline, that a bylined story in the Washington Post.
Blasting "companies shamelessly turning their backs on Americans" by shipping jobs overseas and railing that "it is wrong that somebody who makes $50 million on Wall Street pays a lower tax rate than somebody who makes $50,000 a year," Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton increasingly sounds like one of her old Democratic rivals, former senator John Edwards of North Carolina.
Not to kick a dolly when she's down, as Drusilla would say, but this woman has planned to run for President for decades, and she is now on her sixth theme. I am not amazed at pandering, that's the nature of the beast. But I am surprised at the "throw it all out there and see what sticks" message creation.
UPDATE: Larry Kudlow speculates:
Now I’m no psychiatrist, far from it, but I think a simple answer is that Senator Clinton could be depressed. She seems deflated. Down in the dumps.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:17 AM
February 20, 2008
Remember This Guy?
Like Andrew Sullivan, the great Chris Matthews still peeks his head out (of where?) on occasion. Megan McArdle posted this on Instapundit.
That's all you need to know about the election this year.
My first hope for a bitter Democratic race and convention, and my second hope for the less charismatic Senator Clinton to prevail, were dealt severe blows on the icy tundra of Lambeau Field last night. John Fund wraps it up in Political Diary:
Exit polls in Wisconsin paint a grim picture for Hillary Clinton. Some 53% of Democratic voters thought she engaged in unfair negative campaigning, and fully 35% said they would be unhappy if she were the Democratic nominee. Such findings will certainly have an impact on the superdelegates who are likely to ultimately to decide the Democratic nomination and who believe electability is Job One for any nominee.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:03 PM
February 19, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton took a swipe at her daughter's profession today at an economic roundtable discussion at a restaurant in Parma, Ohio, suggesting wealthy investment bankers and hedge fund managers on Wall Street aren't doing real 'work.'
Amusing. Well, Chelsea has stated that she isn't happy with her health care plan, maybe she can look for a "real" job with a better plan.
Obama is not a libertarian
Okay, okay. I know that the title of this post will provoke laughter from fellow ThreeSourcers, however, wonkish liberals love to paint their candidates as the real libertarians in that they are for individual rights by ignoring issues such as economic freedom and the right to bear arms. Jeffrey Rosen is the latest to attempt to paint Obama as the libertarian.
Of course, David Weigel looks at the evidence and concludes:
February 18, 2008
How Can She Be Proud?
MILWAUKEE -- So what did Michelle Obama think of the United States before her husband decided he wanted to run the place?
By being proud of this country, is she not endorsing slavery, the propping up of foreign dictators, and the genocide of the indigenous population? No doubt life has completely sucked for the Obamas up 'till now, but let's not go overboard, Michelle.
Hat-tip: K-LO at The Corner.
Posted by John Kranz at 5:53 PM
I try not to laugh. Keep in mind, political parties are private businesses -- they may make and keep any rules they wish. But the Democratic Party, Whoooo boy! WaPo:
The Texas Puzzle: System Worries Clinton Backers
Posted by John Kranz at 5:17 PM
Chuck Schumer and ThreeSources
I thought it was just me. I was watching Senator Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press yesterday. And he used the word "internecine" about 11 times in three paragraphs. And he pronounced it funny.
Today I see Ann Althouse noticed as well. She found his sudden use of less-than-common words more nefarious than benign.
Clearly, he came to Tim Russert's table ready to use the word "internecine" to fend off efforts to get him to debate what the right rule is about the superdelegates and the Florida and Michigan delegates. I'm suspicious of people who suddenly start using and reusing a word that people don't normally say. Schumer didn't even know how to pronounce it.
To be fair, Miriam Webster gives five different pronunciations and the oleaginous Senator's is on the list. All the same, I found myself expecting Senator Durbin to say "stunning exegesis."
More important than language, it represented two contentious -- dare I use it -- ˌin-tər-ˈne-ˌsēn debates on two Sunday talk shows. Schumer and Durbin are apparently housemates (I am hoping not in the James Buchannan - William Rufus King sense) but they were offering little quarter. Unless either Senator Obama or Clinton can run away with the Democratic race here, there will be 49% dispirited Dems after Denver.
Less civil was FOX News Sunday's square off between Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. They were civil, but both were drawing lines and preparing for a fight. I don't want to make fun of a man with a disability -- but is Governor Strickland okay? He appeared to be having a seizure during the more acrimonious parts of his debate. (I'm really not kidding. Here's a YouTube of the interview. The whole thing is worth a watch, but Gov. Strickland seems to have problems starting around 4:00 crescendoing at 6:00.)
Obama's forces (Durbin and Doyle) are saying that votes should count; Clinton's (Strickland and Schumer) that you can't change the rules in the middle of the game. This could be fun.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:44 AM
February 15, 2008
Hillary chose "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey after it was featured on the Sopranos. It fits. The Clintons are sort of like the mob of the Democratic Party, so it makes sense to pay homage to the Sopranos. Also, the song is outdated and overplayed, which sufficiently summarizes Hillary and her campaign.
However, the greatest theme song for any candidate would be if Barack Obama chose "Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr. I admit I got this idea from Rush Limbaugh when I was stuck in traffic, but nevertheless check out the lyrics and tell me they don't fit:
Utter nonsense, just like his campaign.
We are all for hope. We are all for the future. We are all against the idiots in Washington. Try some substance.
Hillary v. Putin
Hillary loves to talk about how President Bush has ruined our reputation in the world and is far from diplomatic. She talks about it so much, she must have come to like W's alleged attitude, as she claimed a month ago (how did I miss this?) that Vladamir Putin "doesn't have a soul." It's great to see that our diplomatic relations will not succumb to the cowboy flippancy any longer.
Oh, and for the record, this was Putin's response:
Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 1:56 PM
February 13, 2008
The Junior Senator from Illinois rolls out his economic proposal. $210,000,000,000 over ten years. $60,000,000,000 for infrastructure and $150,000,000,000 for "'green collar' jobs to develop more environmentally friendly energy sources."
That's a lot of zeroes, you might say. "Where will that money come from?" you might ask. "Aren't you supposed to spell out a number at the beginning of a sentence?" you might chisel. Well, Yup, You, and Yup.
"This agenda is paid for," Mr. Obama said as the Republican National Committee promoted an "Obama Spend-O-Meter" online to track his proposals and portray him as a tax-and-spend liberal. Mr. Obama explained that the money for his spending proposals will come from ending the Iraq war, cutting tax breaks for corporations, taxing carbon pollution and raising taxes on high income earners.
To recap: we're going to exercise more government control of the private sector and in the States' ambit. We're going to expand the scope, size, and cost of government in unconstitutional areas. And we will pay for it by abdicating the true, constitutional, government responsibility for national defense, and by enacting further wealth redistribution, taxing productivity, and by invoking the phantom call for less corporate welfare which sounds very good but will never materialize the way our government is constructed.
Yes we can!
Senator Barack Obama is riding pretty high these days. Regular readers know that, while there is nothing more fun that watching Senator Clinton lose, I am more concerned when I think of "the most liberal member of the Senate" seated at 1600 Pennsylvania with a filibuster proof majority.
Prof. Greg Mankiw -- like the rest of the country -- has been trying to figure out where Sen. Obama stands. Mankiw calls trade a "key litmus test," and finds that the news is not good:
We can't keep playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expect a different result – because it's a game that ordinary Americans are losing....
I join his supporters in one thing: that speech really does make me cry.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:26 PM
February 10, 2008
Hugh Hewitt wrote a book called “If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat" in which he claimed that Republicans needed to win decisively to overcome shenanigans by the Democrats.
I purport that the Clintons have far better access to those levers that tip close elections than do Senator Obama's people. I watch the young people weeping at the magnificence that is the Junior Senator from Illinois and I cannot help but think "those people will soon learn the difference between hope and audacity ."
If Obama can run up the delegates than Hugh's Law will take effect. But if it is close when they head to Denver, Senator Clinton will be the nominee.
Chris Bowers at the Open Left Blog says that he, like Donna Brazille, is not going to take it:
If someone is nominated for POTUS from the Democratic Party despite another candidate receiving more poplar support from Democratic primary voters and caucus goers, I will resign as local precinct captain, resign my seat on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, immediately cease all fundraising for all Democrats, refuse to endorse the Democratic "nominee" for any office, and otherwise disengage from the Democratic Party through all available means of doing so.
January 30, 2008
Pictures are worth a thousand words...
January 29, 2008
Mark Steyn Endorses Hillary
Kidding! But he does echo my view:
Here's a thought to chill Andrew [Stuttaford]: Is Barack the new Blair? That is, if elected, will he be able (like Tone's first ministry) to push through big transformative changes under cover of the sheer dazzle of his glamor?
My trouble is that I cannot follow through. I truly share this belief and feel the cause of freedom hinges on my supporting Senator Clinton. But I do love to see her lose.
Posted by John Kranz at 7:43 PM
January 27, 2008
Twenty Eight Points!
Although I still feel that President Hillary Clinton could do less damage to the cause of liberty than President Barack Obama, it does not mean that I don't love seeing Her Collectivistness lose big. I saw her speech in Tennessee, where she said that "now the eyes of the nation are focused on Tennessee" when the eyes were clearly focused on the Palmetto State, where she was losing about two to one. Her voice was raspy and her presence uncharming.
Senator Obama seemed energized:
"The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders," Obama said at a boisterous victory rally. "It's not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it's not about black versus white. It's about the past versus the future."
Senator Edwards came in third in his home state. Though PowerLine notes: "[T]here's some solace for Edwards. According to Fox News, exit polling shows that he did well among voters who favor the war in Iraq and think the economy is in good shape."
Anybody who is not having fun this year is simply not trying. On to Florida!
UPDATE Bad math repaired in headline (I said 26).
Posted by John Kranz at 1:53 PM