Monday, March 31, 2008

It is written

We learn via Politico:

During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion– positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he’s projected during his presidential campaign.

The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.

Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer.

Through an aide, Obama, who won the group’s endorsement as well as the statehouse seat, did not dispute that the handwriting was his. But he contended it doesn’t prove he completed, approved – or even read – the latter questionnaire.

“Sen. Obama didn’t fill out these state Senate questionnaires – a staffer did – and there are several answers that didn't reflect his views then or now,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama’s campaign, in an emailed statement. “He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire at the meeting, but that doesn't change the fact that some answers didn't reflect his views. His eleven years in public office do.”

But that’s ok. I mean it’s not like making hand-written notations has ever been proof of anything, right?

A new court filing presents handwritten notes of Cheney. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is using them to assert that the vice president and Libby, working together, were focusing much attention on Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a Bush administration critic.

Oh.

Right.

Okay.

Case closed.

Without looking, can we guess what Obama wrote in the margin? How about, "Present".

NOTE: JustOneMinute links to be added later -- having difficulty getting them right now. But this post isn't worth the price of admission without them.

MORE: Well, Obama and Cheney are related, right?

Bill: If Hillary is inevitable...

If you’re Bill Clinton – and everyone seems to be calling for your wife to exit the Democratic race, what do you do?

Well, if you expect her to continue all the way to the convention, knowing what it will take to wrest the nomination from Obama, and knowing that Hillary is both callously willing and ruthlessly able to pull it off, you might try something like this:

"We just need to relax and let this happen..."

"The people should just relax and let this process go on..."

"It's good, it's exciting..."

Are we seeing the Democratic race moving from a sad (but enjoyable!) joke to a sick joke?

Or perhaps Clinton is simply caught up in March Madness. He’s really just channelling Bobby Knight.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

It pays to listen

The feel good story of the week:

That voice inside her head? It gets $1 million bonus

A deli worker getting off duty purchased a scratch-off ticket. And then just one more.

A Jacksonville woman getting off work at the deli in a Westside Publix made a little dough of her own Thursday when she purchased a Lottery scratch-off ticket worth $1 million.

Linda McLaughlin told Lottery officials that she decided to buy a ticket in the $600 Million High Roller Scratch-Off game at the end of her shift at the Normandy Crossing Publix at 7749 Normandy Blvd.

Her first ticket, which cost $30, wasn't a winner.

But then "something told me to go buy one more," she told Lottery officials.

McLaughlin, 50, even came to the Lottery office in her Publix uniform to claim her prize. She received her winnings in a lump-sum payment of $708,794.50. The store will receive a bonus of $20,000 for selling the winning ticket.

"I'm just glad for her," said store manager Steve Hayes. "She's a sweetheart."


Then again, the voice in my head has never led me to a winning lottery ticket.

[VIMH: And you're no sweetheart, chief]

Or even a perfectly ripe avacado, for that matter.

[VIMH: ...]



H/T SlimGuy...thanks!

Friday, March 28, 2008

There is no such thing as bad publicity

Obama on the View:

WASHINGTON - White House hopeful Barack Obama suggests he would have left his Chicago church had his longtime pastor, whose fiery anti-American comments about U.S. foreign policy and race relations threatened Obama's campaign, not stepped down.

"Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn't have felt comfortable staying at the church," Obama said Thursday during a taping of the ABC talk show, "The View." The interview will be broadcast Friday.

Well, Reverend Otis, who has replaced Rev. Wright is now on notice. Everyone is going to be listening to what he says and comparing it to Wright.

You know what, though? I don’t think Rev. Otis is terribly worried.

There is no such thing as bad publicity. Especially when the vitriol spewed by Wright has effectively filled the pews for years.

[VIMH: What about Obama? Aren’t you going to chide him for changing his story yet again?]


[VIMH: Helloooo?]

Sorry, I think I might have fainted there.

[VIMH: Whatever. What about the fact that Obama says Wright has acknowledged his offensive remarks?]

Of course he has.

Obama: Reverend Wright, I strenuously object to your controversial comments in today’s sermon.

Wright: Controversial? Damn. They were meant to offend. Did they offend white people?

Obama: They were inappropriate, sir.

Wright: What, they weren’t offensive enough? Sonuva… You don’t think they pissed people off? Well, then yeah, I guess they were inappropriate. I’ll have to try harder.

Movin' on up

Via Dan Riehl we learn:


From an email tip - there's something you might find interesting as regards this curious land deal putting Obama's pastor in a $1.6 Million dollar home in Tinley Park, IL. for his retirement. Checking the census data for Tinley Park, a gated community, I'm told, it seems the pastor from the "unashamedly black and and unapologetically Christian" church is moving into a community that is only 2% black and 93% white. For reference, as a whole, Illinois is 15% black. (emphasis added)


As a result of this information, TheVIMH has launched an investigation.

TheVIMH has "obtained" exclusive "visit" "data" from a popular website. This "may" or "may not" be "Rev. Wright".

(I've "redacted" "identifying" "information", and emphasis added)

Domain Name : #########.com (Commercial)
IP Address : 72.##.###.### (tucc.org)
ISP : ##########
Location
Continent : North America
Country :
United States (Facts)
State : Illinois
City : Chicago

Lat/Long : 41.8675, -87.6744 (Map)
Language : English (U.S.)en-us
Operating System : Microsoft WinXP
Browser : Firefox Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT
5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.12) Gecko/20080201 Firefox/2.0.0.12
Javascript : version 1.5
Monitor
Resolution : 1024 x 768
Color Depth : 32 bits
Time of Visit : Mar 27 2008 3:19:41 pm
View
: Mar 27 2008 4:37:19 pm
Visit Length : 1 hour, 27 minutes, 38 seconds

Page Views : 129
Referring URL :
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=TSHA,TSHA:2004-49,TSHA:en&q=white+people

Visit Entry Page : http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/
Visit Exit Page : http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/
Out Click : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_people
Time Zone : UTC-4:00



Thanks, Dan for the link!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

With Campaign Reeling, Obama Makes Bold Call for Change

With Campaign Reeling, Obama Makes Bold Call for Change

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(March 26, 2008) - With events on the campaign trail in recent weeks leaving Senator Barack Obama with sagging poll numbers, losses in key state primaries, and increasing questions about his ability transcend racial issues, Senator Obama took the bold step today of calling for change.

"We began this campaign over a year ago, calling on the Democratic party and America to rise above the divisive partisanship of the past eight years. We are no less committed to that promise of a new politics today than we were then."

Obama says he has been watching the polls, the news, and has been hearing from voters that the ideals he has spoken of on the campaign trail still resonate.

"You never know exactly where a campaign will go, what issues will be raised, what questions must be answered. But while you cannot control the external factors thrusting themselves onto a campaign, we will never lose focus on our core principles of bringing change and unity."


Obama's campaign seemed to have first been thrown off balance after remarks made by his wife, Michelle, were viewed by many as complaining and ungrateful, a stark contrast to the hope with which Barack Obama speaks on the campaign trail.


"While I firmly believe that my wife's words were taken completely out of context, I understand that voters can make up their own minds. To the extent that what she has said has caused voters to doubt our message, I reject those words", Obama responded.


In recent weeks, the Obama campaign has also been forced to deal with a number of controversies surrounding campaign advisors. One was termed NAFTA-gate, in which Austan Goolsbee, a top economic advisor to Obama, told a meeting of Canadian officials that Obama's words on the NAFTA treaty were campaign rhetoric, assuring them that a President Obama would not act as candidate Obama was speaking. Samantha Power, a top foreign policy advisor to Obama, stepped down from her role because of a comment she made referring to Hillary Clinton, Obama's rival in the race, as a "monster". And just this past weekend, in response to a speech given by Bill Clinton, Retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, an Obama campaign co-chairman, compared Clinton to Joe McCarthy. Similarly, Gordon Fischer, an Obama campaign co-chair in Iowa, said Clinton’s remarks has left a stain worse than the one on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress.


But perhaps most damaging to the campaign has been the recent controversy surrounding his relationship with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Video of Rev. Wright making incendiary remarks during sermons have been replayed endlessly on network and cable news shows. Many people began questioning how Obama, who is committed to a post-racial vision of America, could have maintained a 20-plus year relationship with Wright, even calling him his spiritual mentor.


The Wright relationship became such a story that Senator Obama chose to deliver a major speech on race relations in America. The speech was highly lauded in many parts of the media. However, much voter reaction was at odds with this view of the speech. Many people questioned why Obama would not break ties with his pastor and why he would draw an equivalency between the words of Rev. Wright with the actions of his grandmother many years earlier.


In a recently released poll by Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion, over 80% of respondents had heard the controversy of Obama's relationship to his pastor and the speech Obama gave in response. Over half of the people surveyed who knew of the speech indicated that it made them less likely to vote for Obama. In fact, 56% of blacks who had heard the speech said they were less likely to vote for Obama as a result of the speech.


As a result of the last few weeks in the campaign, Obama is now making a bold call for change.


"America has spoken and we have heard her voices. This nation is tired of divisive politics, tired of bitter partisanship, tired of pitting one group of people against another. We have promised change and we will not shrink from delivering change. As I have stated many times, the change must start at the top. As a result of the events of the last several weeks, the controversy they have created and the divisiveness that clearly has been caused, it is clear what this campaign must do. Therefore, I am stepping down as the candidate of my campaign. I look forward to the process in which we select a new candidate to head my campaign. This change is one that helps fulfill our promise to our supporters and to all Americans that we are serious and committed to ending divisiveness in all its forms, including me."



Instalanche! Thanks, Glenn...

They died with their boots on

The only thing that makes sense in this entire Democratic primary season.

Puerto Rico changes from June 7th caucuses to June 1st primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Party on Monday approved Puerto Rico's proposal to scrap its caucus and hold a presidential primary on June 1. …

Puerto Rico's original plan called for selecting delegates at caucuses June 7. However, after the DNC approved the plan in December, it was discovered that the date was typo and should have read June 1, DNC officials said.

Why does that make sense?

The new date means that Montana and South Dakota will hold the party's last nominating contests, on June 3.

Having Montana as the last nominating contest means we can witness the re-enactment of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Custer’s Last Stand!

(Reference to post title here)



UPDATE: Instalanche!

Exit Question: Will Obama or Hillary prove to be Custer?

Obama. You can't argue. It's biblical.

It's the thought that counts

So, a lot of people are noticing the pattern in Obama’s charitable giving.

Hugh Hewitt

Michael Goldfarb at Weekly Standard

Instapundit points to TaxProf

And away we go with a number of folks linking to TaxProf because, well, dangit because Instapundit told them to, that’s why.

Now, of course, this is news. And I, for one, would never discourage people from talking about what’s news.

I would encourage them, however, to keep up.

From the American Thinker, Charitable to Obama, from April 2007. My conclusion then:

It sounds like something for which Obama should be commended. He added personal giving to all of the other work that he does on behalf of charities. In addition, he has given speeches, made appearances, written books and has spoken a great deal on the campaign trail about the idea of service to the community.

Campaign trail? Wait. You don't think the increase in his charitable giving is related to his decision to run for president?

How much cynicism can one man create in the name of trying to end it?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Confirmed: global warming – carp

At least in Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. - A new study predicts water circulation in Lake Tahoe is being dramatically altered by global warming, threatening the lake's delicate ecosystem and famed clear waters.

The University of California, Davis study said one likely consequence is warmer lake temperatures that will mean fewer cold-water native fish and more invasive species — like carp, large-mouth bass and bluegill.

(yes, this is more on the inside joke



RELATED: Pushing everyone to turn green obviously isn’t going to happen without exploiting the opportunity make a little green. Isn't there a theory for this? Yes.

Moving way beyond hollow

The American Prospect sits down with Team Obama to get to the heart of The Obama Doctrine:

They envision a doctrine that first ends the politics of fear and then moves beyond a hollow, sloganeering "democracy promotion" agenda...

Good. The prospect of hollow sloganeering is practically unbearable. They continue:

...in favor of "dignity promotion," to fix the conditions of misery that breed anti-Americanism and prevent liberty, justice, and prosperity from taking root.

Sure. That is certainly moving beyond mere hollow sloganeering.

It is an audacious move into utterly vacuous sloganeering.




dig•ni•ty
Pronunciation: \ˈdig-nə-tē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural dig•ni•ties
Etymology: Middle English dignete, from Anglo-French digneté, from Latin dignitat-, dignitas, from dignus
Date: 13th century

1: the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed




Obama: "Well, Mr. Foreign Citizen, those negative thoughts are your critical inner thoughts saying those bad things to you, and I want you to replace those negative thoughts with someting positive - a daily affirmation."

Foreign Citizen: "Affirmation?"

Obama: "Yes. Now, look in the mirror. Come on, don't look at me. Only you can help you. That's it. Say, "Hello, Mr. Foreign Citizen."

Foreign Citizen: "Hello, Mr. Foreign Citizen."

Obama: "I don't have to be a brilliant thinker."

Foreign Citizen: "I don't have to be a brilliant thinker.."

Obama: "I don't have to give rousing speeches, or change people’s lives.."

Foreign Citizen: "I don't have to give rousing speeches, or change people’s lives.."

Obama: "Because all I have to do is be the best Foreign Citizen I can be."

Foreign Citizen: "All I have to do is be the best Foreign Citizen I can be."

Obama: "Because I'm worthy enough, I'm honored enough, and doggonit, people esteem me!"

Foreign Citizen: "Because I'm worthy enough, I'm honored enough, and doggonit, people esteem me!"

Obama: "Now don’t you feel better?"

Foreign Citizen: ...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Giant waves damage reefs, global warming alarmists hardest hit

Giant waves break up Caribbean coral:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Unusually large waves churned by an Atlantic storm system have littered the beaches of Barbados with broken coral in what could be a sign of damage to reefs across the region, a scientist said Sunday.

The amount of rubble on the island's west coast suggests the coral took a heavy pounding, said Leo Brewster, director of Barbados' Coastal Zone Management Unit, who was organizing dives later this week to survey the damage.

"We think it's going to be pretty extensive," Brewster said. "I think we're going to see it across the Caribbean."

The waves, reaching as high as an estimated 30 feet, lashed coastlines from Guyana to the Dominican Republic last week as a large low-pressure system idled off the northeastern United States.

No mention of global warming as a cause of the storm or the damage anywhere in the article.

An oversight, we assume – later versions surely will correct this.



UPDATE: Well, yes, there is this in the last paragraph in the story:

Reef-building coral provide a habitat for thousands of marine creatures but have been dying off across the Caribbean due to coastal pollution, overfishing and disease blamed on rising sea temperatures.

But where’s the speculation that this storm causing this damage was itself caused by Global Warming?

RELATED: A “Foul Weather Exhibit” opens in the state history museum in Kansas. But isn’t all foul weather caused by Global Warming Climate Change? Yet it is not mentioned in the article. Not having seen the exhibit, we don’t know if this oversight is limited to the article – or if the exhibit itself leaves out this bit of settled science -- and the exhibits website offers no hint at all. What's the matter with Kansas?

Obama’s coming to city this week, mayor says

Maranatha! Our Obama cometh.

GREENSBORO — Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama will hold a rally in Greensboro Wednesday, Mayor Yvonne Johnson confirmed Sunday.

Johnson said Obama will hold a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum beginning at 11 a.m. as he makes his second stop in the state within a week.

The rally will be open to the public but space is limited, Johnson said. Tickets will be available at the Guilford County Democratic Party headquarters at 6600-J W. Market St. beginning today during a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m.

Oh, there’s going to be some big time swooning and fainting in the ol’ hometown, baby. But, well, Obama missed his big chance.

Obama scrubbed plans to stop in Greensboro this past Wednesday, citing scheduling concerns.

Those palm branches we had gathered to hail his entry to Greensboro are no longer with us. Too bad.

But of course, more important is what Bill said last week:

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife in Cary on Friday. He told a group at a senior center North Carolina could become the swing state in the race for the party nomination.

Yes! NC is going to throw the entire race to Wright!

A race producing hope

Let's rundown the goings on from this past weekend in the Democratic race to end the bitter, divisive, politics-as-usual political campaigning for political office:

Bill Clinton lauds Hillary and McCain as patriots. He leaves out Obama however, which Obama supporters say is insinuating Obama to be unpatriotic. Retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, an Obama campaign co-chairman, says Bill Clinton is like Joe McCarthy. Gordon Fischer, an Obama campaign co-chair in Iowa, says Bill Clinton’s statement leaves a stain worse than the one on the blue dress. Newly-minted Obama backer Bill Richardson meanwhile refuses to say that Clinton is like McCarthy. Which is a bit of a surprise since, according to Clinton surrogate James Carville, Richardson is Judas Iscariot.

Seems more a race to the bottom to us.

And yet, it does produce a feeling of hope.

For Republicans.

Watch your comment sections carefully, folks

Boy that was fun.

The whole kerfuffle over Instapundit’s link to Instapunk and the ensuing Glenn Greenwald response.

Go read Instapundit for the background – I’m not rehashing it here.

But the elephant in the room has left a turd the size of beach ball and no one apparently is smelling it.

If linking to a blog post by one person, where that same blog has a post by another person means that Glenn endorses that second blog post...

Then what does linking to a blog where the blog owner himself is a confirmed sock puppeteer force us to conclude?

Glenn Reynolds Endorses Sock Puppetry

Watch your comment sections carefully, folks. He could be anybody. He could be everybody.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Nothing else matters

easter

HE IS RISEN

Luke 24:1-6

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen!"

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Obama and the "typical" label

Obama called his grandmother "a typical white person".

Well, Obama is a typical....

[VIMH: Don't go there]
What? I was just going to say...Obama is a...




typical

Obama: Typical Politician


The Democratic race in one word

With the Democratic race between Hillary and Obama reaching an ever more fevered pitch each day, it is time we step back and take a look at the big picture. Our goal here is a comprehensive understanding of the race, with a simple and easily understood description of what we are witnessing.

There is a common thread that runs throughout the race. In order to best comprehend this thread, we will begin by defining each candidate's campaign.


Hillary: The Naked Pursuit of Power by Any Means Necessary.


--VS--


Obama: The Emperor-Has-No-Clothes Pursuit of Transformative Change for the Sake of Changing the Transformational Pursuit by Means of Pursuing the Change That Transforms Us.


So when you break it down, when you analyze what the race is at its core, when you distill it into its essence, the Democratic race can best be described in one word:


Nudity


Richardson converts to Obamianity

Via Hot Air, news that Bill Richardson has thrown his considerable weight, if less significant political endorsement, behind Barack Obama.

Geraghty takes a few swipes at the ol' lug:

The man always looked like an unmade bed, contradicted his own proposals all the time, spat out gaffes like a Pez dispenser, and referred to his previous positions in government like he had obsessive-compulsive disorder... but somehow I miss the guy anyway.

I won't disagree with that assessment one bit; I'm laughing too much to be critical of it in any way.

But please. Geraghty sets up his post with this:

Richardson Endorses Obama... A Little While After It Would Really Help
Bill Richardson
endorses Obama.

Would have been more helpful before the New Mexico caucus, which Hillary won by a narrow margin.

Geraghty Questions the Timing!

Now I'm not saying Jim doesn't know the answer. Of course he does. We all do. Richardson simply waited until he knew which way the wind blows. He waited until he felt it safe to back the winner.

And of course, not being one to countenance such disloyalty to the Clinton family, James Carville calls Richardson Judas Iscariot.

But please.

Richardson is simply Speaking Truth to Power!

Hillary is finished!

That is, if you're all into that crazy counting delgates and stuff.

We're not.



Obama campaign: Obama's remarks are offensive

Via Hot Air, Chris Wallace is not too happy with Fox & Friends obsessing over Obama's "typical white person" remark.

Chris Wallace (transciption services offered by TheVIMH, all errors our fault):

"I've been watching this show since six o'clock since I got up..and...and...it seems to me that two hours of Obama-bashing...on this "typical white person" remark is somewhat excessive, and frankly I think you're somewhat distorting what Obama had to say...

[Wallace reads Obama's statement]

...I'm not saying that that's the most felicitous remark that anybody ever made but...but...it's a bit more complicated than we've been portraying it...

[Fox dude defending their coverage]

...Well, I mean, all I can tell you is, I've been watching on and off for a couple of hours, and every clip I've seen ends at that's "a typical white person" when in fact he's going on to discuss the nature of race in our country, and again I'm not saying it was...if he had it to do over again that he'd necessarily say it that way, but I don't think that he was making a hyper-racial remark. And I guess I just feel like on a day when he's been endorsed by Bill Richardson and we have the story about the passports and the State Department officials looking into them, I feel like two hours of Obama bashing may...

[video clip ends there, we assume Wallace reiterates his view that the bashing was excessive].


So. Wallace is not happy that the Fox & Friends folks spent so much time on Obama-bashing, specifically in replaying Obama's "typical white person" remark.

And Obama IS happy that Wallace is not happy. Hot Air points us to the Politico who has the Obama campaign's response:


We appreciate Chris Wallace for doing his job as a tough but fair journalist on a network that has been deeply irresponsible over the last week in its unrelenting and sensationalistic coverage of Sen. Obama. ...

If Fox News wants to play clips of the same offensive sound bites every day from now until November, that's their right, but that type of coverage does a disservice to their viewers and to a nation that is facing serious challenges that merit thoughtful and honest reporting.


Whoa.


Fox & Friends spends a couple of hours on the "typical white person" remark by Obama.

Chris Wallace takes them to task.

The Obama campaign praises Wallace -- saying that Fox playing clips of offensive soundbites does a disservice to its viewers.

Well.

The Obama campaign calls clips of Obama's "typical white person" remarks offensive.


We agree!







Thursday, March 20, 2008

Obama and the typical white person

Obama describing his grandmother in his major speech on race:

...my white grandmother ... a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

Obama on the campaign trail today:

The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person.

If it’s racist and bigoted for a white person to have a general fear of unknown men on the street based only on their skin color – AND – Obama says that that represents a typical white person, well, then what do we call Obama?

A big...

[VIMH: Don't go there...]

What? I was going to say a big gaffe-prone extemporaneous speaker.

See – you thought I was going to call him something else.

Shame on you.

We'll leave that up to the likes of Obama

(h/t Mrs. Campaign Spot’s husband)

Obama: shaken not stirred

Obama after his major speech on race:

"In some ways, this controversy has actually shaken me up a little bit and gotten me back into remembering that the odds of me getting elected have always been lower than some of the other conventional candidates," the Illinois senator told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive one-on-one interview.

Well, at least Obama recognizes that a conventional candidate doesn’t make his spiritual home a house of worship led by a racist bigot – and acknowledges that doing so lowers his chances of being elected.

Even if it is an unintentional, subconscious admission.

Superdelegates: I'm talking to you

From Real Clear Politics, we find Obama poll numbers sagging, according to SurveyUSA.

In Ohio, Hillary beats McCain by six points, while McCain beats Obama by seven.

Let me put it another way – Hillary is outperforming Obama by 13 points in Ohio.

Thirteen points.

In Missouri, McCain beats Hillary by two points, which he beats Obama by 14.

Let me put it this way – Hillary is outperforming Obama by 12 points in MO.

Twelve points.

Tom Bevan ends the post at RCP with this:

These are the kind of numbers that will give the superdelegates nightmares. Given Obama's lead in the pledged delegates, the supers will face a tough decision should his general election prospects against McCain deteriorate.

Keep your eyes on the ball, people.

Superdelegates, I’m talking to you.


Obama speech: an ounce of prevention

Q: If the folks at National Review’s The Corner know that Obama is going to be giving a major speech on race relations in America, what do they do?


A: Set the email to Out of Office:


From: The Corner [mailto:corner@nationalreview.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 11:23 AM
To: Dobbs Jeff
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: He's So Clever


In case the swooning and fainting leaves them unable to respond to email.


Brilliant!


That level of self-awareness and foresight and preparedness has increased my level of respect for the outstanding minds at National Review.


(Yeah, yeah I kid because I love and all that)

Jeremiah Wright '08!

If we need a Speechifier in Chief -- which is what Obama is best qualified for and which so many people seem to be hungering for -- then why not show Rev. Wright the post-racial state our nation is in by offering him the nomination.


There is no denying that this man knows how to give a stem-winder. His ability to get people leaping to their feet with his verbal delivery really, if we are honest, puts Obama to shame.


But this offer is good only on the condition that by accepting the fact that the US is in fact post-racial -- which it must be if he is being offered the nomination -- that he agree to give his homilies as written by David Axelrod.


Wright '08!!!
Feel the Reconciliationism


Sorry, Obama, you had a good run. But you just don't seem able to cut it.




UPDATE: As Cecil Turner points out, Wright also has military experience and executive experience as pastor of a large church.



It's settled.

Write in Wright!

Obama and Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro stepped down from the Hillary campaign because she spoke truth to for ... a campaign willing to cower.

But now that Obama has included her in his major speech on race, Ferraro, free of the fetters of being a part of the cowering campaign,
just plain speaks truth:

To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable

Indeed.

And in that
major speech on race, Obama indicated he thought it wrong to:

...pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card.

Good for him. Let's watch as he upbraids his campaign for its lion-like agility!


The Obama campaign called for Geraldine Ferraro to step down as a member of the Clinton campaign’s finance committee for comments she made suggesting Obama’s race is why he’s a leading presidential candidate. ...

Axelrod said the Clinton campaign’s response was not enough and that “she ought to be removed” from any responsibilities she has on the campaign’s finance committeeo or in any other way related to the campaign


Meeeeooowww!!!

Yes, it's a jungle out there, and Obama campaign is determined to be king of that jungle, like every other campaign we have ever seen.

Despite its high and lofty -- and utterly vapid -- rhetoric.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama speech: summary

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Those Who Hold the Hard Bigotry of High Dudgeon





UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson on how Obama’s soft bigotry of low expectations enables the hard bigotry of Wright’s high dudgeon:

The message? Some of us are never quite responsible for what we say. ...

Instead, the entire Wright controversy evolved due to America’s failure to understand the Wright’s past and the present status of race. ...

Obama is right about one thing: We are losing yet another opportunity to talk honestly about race, to hold all Americans to the same standards of public ethics and morality, and to emphasize that no one gets a pass peddling vulgar racism, or enabling it by failing to disassociate himself from its source — not Rev. Wright, not even the eloquent, but now vapid, Barack Obama.

MORE: VDH on how Obama’s soft bigotry of low expectations enables the next round of the hard bigotry of high dudgeon:

Obama has sanctified the doctrines of moral equivalence (the private racial slight is balanced by the televised public hatred; everyone has a pastor in some ways like Wright, etc.) and contextualization (you must understand Wright's context and background; the good that he does; the protocols of the black church, etc.). The result is a lowering of the bar for the next racial outburst, since the perpetrator will immediately resort to the Obama defenses.

No ordinary political opportunist

One of the arguments that is being put forth these days is that recent revelations in the campaign are showing Obama to be nothing more than just another political opportunist. While I think that this argument is an extremely effective way to portray Obama in terms that persuadable voters will be persuaded against his candidacy – I also think it falls short of the mark for who he really is.

Once again, pulling from a comment I left at Just One Minute:

I don't believe for one second that Obama is just an ordinary political opportunist.

Take everything that Obama lays out in his grandiose verbiage...hope, change, end of cynicism, heal racial division, reach across the aisle, end corruption, end special interests, new politics in Washington, etc, etc, etdamncetera.

And then match it up to his record, his actions, and the lack thereof. He believes and acts in the exact opposite manner of what he is selling.

It is no ordinary political opportunist that could cast such a spell over so many people for so long while doing this.

Nor one that could keep the spell working on so many people even after the revelations that have been brought to light in the last several weeks.

Obama's undoing has begun -- and I don't think it can be stopped at this point. But that does not mean that there will not remain a very, very large number of people committed to the idea that he is the change they've been waiting for.

No ordinary political opportunist.



[VIMH: Yeah, again with the quoting yourself. You like the sound of your own voice, don’t you?]

No, of course not.

But the cadence of my keyboard strokes is simply intoxicating.




UPDATE: Two Thomas Sowell quotes from recent articles seem appropriate here…First:

…Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer.

Of course, Obama’s double life is not illegal, unlike Spitzer.

But it poses more danger for America.


And second:

Someone once said that a con man’s job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.

Indeed. In fact, why are you reading this – just read Sowell.

The noxious Gnostic Mystery of Obamianity

Mickey Kaus gives his review of Obama’s speech. When he gets to this point in the speech, he asks three very important questions.

Obama:


As such, Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity;

Kaus:

Doesn't Obama mean Rev. Wright's comments were 'not only divisive but wrong,' rather than the other way around?


Me: No! He means it exactly like that. And the answers to your next two questions take us to the promised land.

Kaus:

Isn't it worse to be wrong than "divisive"?

Me: Yes, for you and me. For Obama? No. Divisiveness is the most egregious sin.

Kaus:


Is unity the overriding virtue for Obama?

Me: YES!!!

This is exactly right.

I’m quoting myself again:

Obama wants unity. To disagree with Obama is a lack of unity. Any lack of unity is cynicism. And cynicism is as big an enemy as terrorists.

Mickey, I can only hope that your questions lead you to these answers. I believe they unlock the noxious Gnostic Mystery of Obamianity.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

He is the speech we've been waiting for

Andrew Sullivan’s reaction to Obama’s speech:

But I do want to say that this searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian speech is the most honest speech on race in America in my adult lifetime. It is a speech we have all been waiting for for a generation. Its ability to embrace both the legitimate fears and resentments of whites and the understandable anger and dashed hopes of many blacks was, in my view, unique in recent American history.

Shorter Sullivan: “he is the speech we’ve been waiting for”.

Who can argue with that?

Obama speech: verdict

The verdict is in. Obama's speech today can best be summed up as follows:



World Record Carp


(Sorry if that's confusing. It comes from inside joke at Just One Minute, authored by and in honor of Clarice)

Monday, March 17, 2008

A race of biblical proportions

The Democratic race has reached the point where we know it will be a long, drawn out affair. And we are now witnessing its headlong rush into a bitter and nasty battle. Neither Obama nor Clinton can win enough delegates in the remaining primaries to secure the nomination before the convention. The race seems to be heading inexorably into the hands of the super delegates -- a sensitive subject among Democrats who worry about disenfranchisement.

What I am trying to say is that we are experiencing a race of biblical proportions.

Which gives us a biblical inspiration for where we can go for wisdom on how the race will unfold:

(I Kings 3:16-29)
16 Now two candidates came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, "My lord, this woman and I are both running for President. I have an audacious hope while she is running on experience. 18 Following my win in Iowa, this woman won New Hampshire. By the end of January, we were alone.

19 "After Super Tuesday the race seemed close; but after the Potomac Primaries her campaign was left for dead because I had all the momentum. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took Texas and Ohio while I your servant was asleep. 21 The next morning, I got up to give a speech on hope—and it was gone! But when I looked closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn't that hope was gone, it was that she had left it beaten and bloodied beyond all recognition."

22 The other woman said, "No! The campaign is about experience; your hope is dead." But the first candidate insisted, "No! The hope will prevail; it’s judgment that matters." And so they argued before the king.

23 The king said, "This one says, 'My hope is alive and your campaign is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your hope is dead and my experience is what matters.' "

24 Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king.

25 He then gave an order: "Cut the nomination in two and give half to one and half to the other."

26 The candidate whose campaign was filled with hope said to the king, "No, my lord, give me the whole nomination! You will not see me share the nomination!" But the woman said, "Both I and you can have it. Cut it in two!"

27 Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the nomination to the woman. Do not split it; she is the selected nominee."

28 When all the Democrats heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in contempt, because they saw that he had no wisdom from God to administer justice.

29 And the South Platte River flowed full of blood. (a)


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(a)Earliest manuscripts vary on the inclusion of verse 29

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The obligatory "what I'm reading" post

What I'm reading:

Moon (Our Solar System)
by Dana Meachen Rau

Dinosaurs Before Dark
by Mary Pope Osborne

Sky Fighters: Warplanes in Action
by Andrew Anderson

Extreme Places: The Tallest Building
by Janet Halfman

Ocean Explorers (Earth Explorers)
by Sue Nicholson

The Dangerous Book for Boys
by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden


Yes, my son is in kindergarten. Why do you ask?

Bobby Kennedy's inspiration of Jeremiah Wright

Obama on the campaign trail today, addressing the issue of his pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.:



Bobby Kennedy gave one of his most — gave one of his most famous speeches on a dark night in Indianapolis. Right after Dr. King was shot. ... And he said, at that moment of anguish, he said, we’ve got a choice. He said, we’ve got a choice in taking the rage and bitterness and disappointment and letting it fester and dividing us further so that we no longer see each other as Americans but we see each other as separate and apart and at odds with each other.



It occurs to me that perhaps Wright stopped at this point in Kennedy's 1968 speech and said, "I like that choice! If I ever pastor a church, I'll do so based exactly on that choice."



Because if one actually made that choice, it would seem to lead naturally to this.

Bereft

Mickey Kaus on the Obama and his pastor:

Remember, this is a controversy Obama had to know was coming since at least (by his own admission) the beginning of his campaign. Ideally, he'd have issued his HuffPo statement many months ago.** In any case, it's not something he had to hastily draft. Unless he's clueless, he's been working on it for a while.



"Clueless" is one way of putting it, I suppose.

Perhaps bereft of judgment is another.

But hey, it's not like Obama's made a big deal about judgment in the race or anything, right?

Oh.

Friday, March 14, 2008

"One of the greatest con artists we've seen"

I email a lot of people a lot of times at NRO.



But as I mentioned to Mona Charen in an email today, racking my brain, I am having a hard time coming up with another occasion in which I have written someone with as much heartfelt gratitude as I did her.

Ms. Charen said
today on the Corner:
I am coming to believe that Barack Obama is one of the greatest con artists we've seen.
Amen!
He has played the role of racial unifier with great skill and finesse.
But there is a great deal of evidence out there that he is anything but.
Hallelujah! Someone else is noticing.
One can have sympathy for his psychological predicament . But that sympathy certainly does not extend to electing him president of a country that I sincerely believe he does not love.
Thank you, Ms. Charen. Those thoughts mirror mine nearly exactly.

I have spent a
fair amount of time and energy on the idea that Obama was not the change he spoke of or that we could believe in.

But let me reproduce here a comment I left at
Tom Maguire's Just One Minute (I am not editing the comment. Apologies for some inside stuff that is not linked, or better documented -- and a warning to those for whom a little cursing might be off-putting):

Listen, I will leave it to Rick/Rich, Kyle Anne Shiver etc to go into the details of the whole Obama as Alinsky-ite thing.

I am just a poor small town BS sniffer.

And as lefty Oliver Willis quipped about Obama,
Smells Like a Movement. Oh, yeah a big movement. A toilet-stopping, get-the-plunger, why-didn't-you-courtesy-flush, where-the-hell are-the-matches movement.

Obama's "fight against cynicism" is BS (yes, a movement). I've played with the whole thing for a year now. Being cute, hit and runnish with pointing out Obama cynicism in the name of ending it.

Enough.

Obama's fight against cynicism is not just mere rhetoric. It is an attempt to create for himself and aura of infallibility.

He is above the normal cynical attempt to gain power -- or cynical attempt to retain power. ::cough::bullshit::cough::

He is all about the change/hope/unity/on our way to yeswecanville.

Do you disagree with Obama?

You are cynical.

And cynicism is a threat as great as terrorists -- and is a rival greater than any Dem/Repub or Red/Blue or Lib/Conservative divide. ::cough::bullshit::cough::

The man isn't spouting platitudes because he wants everyone all lovey dovey, Oprahfied and empowered.

He wants everyone powerless.

Michelle: "[Obama] is going to demand that you shed your cyncism".

Obama wants unity. To disagree with Obama is a lack of unity. Any lack of unity is cynicism. And cynicism is as big an enemy as terrorists.

Shed your cynicism (agree with Obama) or you are a terrorist.



This man should be kept as far away from the presidency as possible.

I like to dally in humor and I don't do outrage particularly well. Also I have no delusions of wielding any more influence than being able to reach people numbered in the dozens -- maybe hundreds if lucky -- with this blog.

But I am not going to go without having this be said...quoting Ms. Charen again, with emphasis...

I am coming to believe that Barack Obama is one of the greatest con artists we've seen.

The only difference between myself and Ms. Charen is timing. I came to that same conclusion some time ago. That she is coming to it now is an event that brings me unrelenting joy.

Would that more people see Obama for who he is.

At least it’s not all about race

Which of these should be considered divisive, ridiculous and wrong-headed?

1) “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position”

2) “[Clarence] Thomas … affirmative action got him into Yale”

3) “If Clarence Thomas was a white man, he would not be in this position”

4) “Obama … affirmative action got him into Harvard”

Geraldine Ferraro said the first and second statements.

The first got her booted out of the Clinton campaign. The Obama campaign called her remarks divisive. Obama himself called them ridiculous and wrong-headed.

The second merely “made the audience pause” at the speech where she delivered it.

If she said the third statement, would we see a reaction anything like we did when she said the first?

If she said the fourth statement, would we see a reaction anything like she got when she said the second statement?

Here we thought that the lesson from Ferraro kerfuffle was that you couldn’t claim a black man’s success is due to his race.

But we were wrong. Clarence Thomas is fair game.

So at least it’s not all about race. In fact, apparently it’s not about black and white at all. Sometimes it’s just about a red America and a blue America.

(h/t Real Clear Politics)



UPDATE: Well, it apparently wouldn’t be divisive to speculate on Obama being an affirmative action beneficiary at Harvard. Good!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I choose not to Question Hillary's Patriotism

Ferraro’s out.

I say that’s a good thing.

[VIMH: Hello, double standard! You questioned Obama’s patriotism when Samatha Power was shown the door because she was Speaking Truth to Power. Isn’t that exactly what Ferraro was doing?]


Yes.


But I was afraid that if Ferraro had been allowed to stay, Eliot Spitzer may have been tempted to employ the Ferraro defense offense:

I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?

[VIMH: But what about the patriotism? Don’t you value patriotism any more?]


Well, I have to admit – had he taken that approach, it would have created a revolutionary amount of Dissent.

The bully pulpit

Here I am afraid that my pastor will find this blog.

And Obama is afraid voters will find his pastor.

I don’t know. It’s just weird.



UPDATE: Would Obama court less controversy if he left Trinity and joined Westboro Baptist? Just asking.


BE VERY AFRAID: Oh no! Now I have to hope my pastor doesn’t read American Thinker. I reject, denounce and repudiate the suggestion by Mr. Bub that we are friends. This is the politics of personal destruction and the cynical attempt to swift boat me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Compelling and astounding...

Here again, I list two blogs I did for American Thinker...

The Iraq issue in 2008 (November, 2007):

To the extent that the war in Iraq will play a significant role in the 2008 elections, the numbers should be compelling and astounding to Democrats, in a direction they never could have imagined just a few months ago.

Democrats pushing a losing position (February 2008):

Speaker Pelosi, may I suggest you cut and run from your cut and run plan. The American people are not buying it.

I use these to set up a blog by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air today:

Public confidence in the Iraq war has risen to its highest level in almost two years. Fifty-three percent now believe that the US will ultimately achieve its goals in Iraq, fifteen points higher than just six months ago, according to Pew Research

Do read the entire Politico article on the Pew Research poll.

And at that post at Hot Air, Captain Ed says:

Congressional Democrats seem to have already figured this out. They recently approved the entire appropriation request for operations in Iraq without making hardly a peep about it. It’s no coincidence that it’s the first time in two years they haven’t tried to hold it hostage for a retreat.

Might we say that the Democrats have seen compelling and astounding numbers -- and have chosen to cut and run? Yes.

Would that I were a consultant who got paid for this stuff.



UPDATE: Just to put it in the post, the "compelling and astounding" title refers to the April 2007 statement by Harry Reid:

"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) told reporters yesterday. "Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."

Who knows who will pick up seats? The election is still a long ways off. We will simply satisfy ouselves for now that the Democrats no longer feel such confidence in the US losing in Iraq to be making such bold defeatist statements for their own electoral gains.

An indeterminate use for your old Spitzer 2010 campaign paraphernalia

Looks like Spitzer won’t be running for re-election as NY Governor in 2010.

Shame.

But what does one do with any Spitzer 2010 campaign paraphernalia one has laying around?

Don’t throw it away Recycle!


reelectspitzer
Re-elect Spitzer in 2010?


How about sentencing him to 10 to 20?

[VIMH: Man, you weren’t kidding about being gratuitous]
You’re right. In fact, maybe "gratuitous" should be it’s own category?


[VIMH: It takes three of something to make a collection]
Good point – I’ll get to work on that.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It is easier to ask forgiveness than get permission



They told me that if John S. McCain were nominated, we’d see an all out war erupt among different factions in the party. And they were right!




Please forgive me, Glenn.

UPDATE: Obama says, "Bring it on!"* "You better bring it!"

MORE: Clinton adviser Geraldine Ferraro says, "Oh, it's already been broughten!"

We could go on like this all day (and we would!) if it weren't for work.

LAST CALL: Obama adviser goes for the jugular with, "You put the 'ism' in 'This is all just a defense mechanism'!"



I LIED ON THE LAST CALL: Ferraro’s rubber and they’re glue: “I put the oooh in jiujitsu!”



*FOR THOSE ASKING: Yes, I am horribly embarrassed that I couldn't get the quote right from memory.