September 2, 2008
I'm intrigued by the Conventional Wisdom view of Senator Joe Biden. It is interesting on a few levels, most notably the incestuousness of Washington DC culture.
1) Senator Biden is appreciated by the Washington media a few steps ahead of his skills. These people have been out to lunch with him a hundred times, on a few junkets, &c. The DC media have a personal relationship with him, as he has been there as long as most of the reporters who cover him. I've no doubt he is a genial and intelligent luncheon guest, but the reporters "misoverestimate" him based on this.
2) FOXNews frequently can be counted in "alternate media" with blogs and talk radio because they do not feature the default, leftward slant of MSM. Yet, the view of Biden shows them to be in the MSM camp. Even the conservatives on FOX suggest that Governor Palin will be hard pressed to keep up with the skilled Senator.
3) I suggest that people who don't see him at Sally Quinn's cocktail parties view him as a comical figure. His presidential runs have been quixotic at best; I'm guessing Rep Dennis Kucinich has scored more delegates. If he is such a fierce debater, why did he have little success in the primaries?
4) Governor Palin gets the opposite. An unnamed insider is said to have been dismayed that "she's never been on Meet the Press."
This year, with Hope and Change in the air, I'm not sure that Governor Palin's story will not be more compelling. And I suggest that she might wipe the floor with the loquacious deliberator in the VP debates.
In the same vein, don't miss Bill McGurn's takedown of the "lunch bucket," "scrappy kid from Scranton" meme:
It's true that when members of Congress release their assets and incomes, Mr. Biden famously ranks near the bottom of the pile. But let's remember that we're talking about a pretty privileged pile. Only in a place as removed from reality as the Beltway could a man who has spent more than three decades in the United States Senate be hailed as a working-class stiff.
September 1, 2008
RNC2008: Cindy & Laura
After the official business of the convention, First Lady Laura Bush and would-be First Lady Cindy McCain came out to briefly speak and give an introduction to videos from the Republican governors of the Gulf States.
Only Bobby Jindal did not cut a video.
Also listed were the websites of relief agencies in each state.
August 28, 2008
War Lost; Economy in Tatters; GDP Revised Up
I have taken some well deserved whacks at FOX News. But I must confess I could not watch the DNC without them. We had MSNBC on last night to hear Rep. Harold Ford, and as I was trying to switch away before I had to hear Keith Olberman, he said (I quote from memory but I do not exaggerate): "[President Clinton] will have to give a good speech to support Obama, because they have to live in this country too. She's thinking about 2012, but if we elect another Republican we may not make it to 2012."
Brit Hume, conversely, has been gently chiding the Democrats for their dire descriptions of the misery in Bush-McCain-Amerikka. Hume said the other night "You'd think we were living in Belarus." Apologies to Minsk and all, but if you've caught even the keynotes, wow -- who knew things were this bad?
Just as General Petraeus won the war while the primary Democrats were arguing about surrender options, one wonders if the Depression, Recession, Slowdown might not cooperate until November. The WSJ reports Economy Grew 3.3% in 2nd Quarter,
Gross domestic product rose at a seasonally adjusted 3.3% annual rate April through June, the Commerce Department said Thursday in a new, revised estimate of second-quarter GDP.
This is a media post and not a politics post. If we had 9% growth, I don't think the NYTimes would drop its gloom-and-doomism until January. But if oil falls and housing stabilizes, will the Keith Olbermans of the world be able to make the bad times last until November?
August 27, 2008
Anne Price Mills, The Video
I was not stuck in an airport. Ergo, I was not watching CNN. But Brother ac does not lie, here's the clip:
August 26, 2008
I'm at an airport, and I only caught the last little bit of Hillary!'s speech on CNN... but gosh.
Did anyone see Anne Price-Mills, a delegate for Hillary interviewed on CNN?
"that was a presidential speech, you know it, right there."
Then she was getting a little angry.
When asked if she would vote for Hillary she said she was elected as a Hillary delegate, and that's how she will vote.
... in the ballot box, she's not sure.
Obama has two months to win her over.
She's not going to vote McCain, but maybe Obama.
August 25, 2008