Archive for July 29th, 2008

July 29, 2008

Guess who’s got a mancrush?

“Obama is a politician of physical genius. He looks great, moves with grace, and holds himself with a natural authority. This always has been and always will be an important element of political leadership. . . . For me, this makes it all the more perverse that some conservatives criticized Romney for being too good looking, although the stiff Romney doesn’t have the natural grace of Obama.”

Careful, Rich — Sully‘s the jealous type.

July 29, 2008

Barr slams Obama’s plan to make taxpayers fund health care for illegals

“Free” health care for 12 million illegals? Obama has promised to “give health insurance to 47 million Americans who are now without coverage,” Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr says:

Of course, “Sen. Obama doesn’t plan on giving them coverage. He plans on making the taxpayers give them coverage. There’s a big difference,” notes Barr.
But there’s an even more fundamental issue. Approximately one-quarter of those persons who are uninsured are in America illegally.
“It’s not fair to expect U.S. taxpayers to pay for health insurance for the citizens of another nation. America’s bloated welfare state is expensive enough, and even after recent reforms it still creates a disincentive to work. Handing out insurance to people who have come to America illegally will encourage even greater illegal immigration,” Barr explains. “And that, in turn, will push up government health care expenditures, creating a vicious cycle of more and more spending and more and more illegal immigration.”
Barr argues that the federal government “should move in the other direction. It must stop requiring hospital emergency rooms to provide free care for illegal aliens and the courts must stop forcing states to provide free schooling for the children of illegal aliens. This means changing the law and perhaps even the Constitution, but until we do so the government will continue to create a taxpayer-funded draw for illegal immigration,” says Barr.

Wonder if John McCain agrees with Barr or with Obama? Somebody should ask Juan Hernandez to tell McCain what his opinon is on this issue.
July 29, 2008

You’re welcome, ma’am!

Thank you, misogynist blowhards of the Internet, for helping me to demonstrate my point.”

Darling, I’m not exactly sure what your point is, and frankly, I don’t give a damn. But any time you need a big ol’ huggable lug to serve as your token bogeyman — the demon-object of your particular idee fixe — you just give me a holler, y’hear? And I’m sure Vox Day is always glad to be of service, too.

Now, how about that cup of coffee?

July 29, 2008

Hillary invites me to dinner

She’s been after me for months:

Dear Robert,

Summer is a time for simple pleasures: family vacations, baseball games, and dinner out under the stars. At least it is if you aren’t running for president!
It sure is nice having a little more time on my hands, and I’d love to spend some of it with you. Would you like to join me for dinner? . . .
This is my first chance to sit down and spend some real one-on-one time with you. If you enter today, we could be having dinner together soon! . . .
Let’s go to dinner! Contribute now, and you and I could be enjoying a summer dinner together soon! Join me for dinner. Make a contribution today.
Thank you so much for all your wonderful support.
All the best,

Oh, you coy little minx, you. “Dinner under the stars … real one-on-one time” — but don’t it alway come down to the money, honey? Let me think about it. I’m a busy guy. Obama wants me backstage with him, you know. In the meantime, how ’bout you get me some coffee?

Let’s see you scoff now, Don Surber!

July 29, 2008

Rasmussen: Obama 47%, McCain 46%

A virtual tie. Will update as soon as I can get this urge to do a vindication dance out of my system . . .

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey’s not ready to dance yet, sharing Ace’s worries about “the wild-eyed zealotry of Obama’s cultists” (which I discussed yesterday).

Right now, I’ve got the radio on El Rushbo, who’s mocking the idea of Obama’s inevitability, which he sees as an exercise in media self-delusion.

UPDATED & BUMPED:
Gallup says Obama 47%, McCain 41% — a 6-point gap, but the third straight day of Obama’s decline in their daily tracking poll. Obama’s now exactly where he was on July 20. As I wrote on July 19:

The trip will be over by July 27 and, allowing three weekdays of daily tracking polls to assess the overall impact, we should have a preliminary verdict in the Gallup/Rasmussen numbers of July 31, with other polls released in the following week to verify. So, if Obama’s foreign adventure succeeds, he should have a definite lead in the two tracking polls by July 31. Otherwise . . .

We now have one weekday’s results in both polls, with two more to go. Let’s wait until Thursday and see. So far, however, the trend is not Obama’s friend.

July 29, 2008

Max Blumenthal versus … Toby Keith?

Yeah, I’m sure this is really going to hurt Toby with the country music audience. It’s not exactly an “expose” — Toby is a known associate of that notorious bigot, Willie Nelson.

UPDATE: I see my old buddy Max has linked me, citing his own flawed reporting with a bogus “quote” from a disgruntled alcoholic former co-worker. Like I told you the first time, Max, I’m too lazy too be evil.

July 29, 2008

Election ‘all about Obama’

Despite the negative spin from the Politico, this is actually good news for the Republican candidate:

McCain’s aides recognize that the race is becoming centered on Obama, and hope to leverage that dynamic by bolstering their assault on the Democratic nominee-in-waiting.

As Patrick Ruffini has said, in almost so many words, a referendum on Obama is really the only election John McCain can win. The Democrats want a referendum on Bush and the GOP — the “Bush-McCain policy” meme. Team McCain is trying to set up a choice between Obama and Not Obama.

Both sides are running nebulous, personality-oriented campaigns. The problem for Team Obama is that their Rorschach inkblot candidate — the tabula rasa of “Hope” onto whom progressives have projected their internal longings — is subject to starkly different (and extremely negative) interpretations, whereas Team McCain’s “straight-talking Maverick war hero” is a well-established persona who can’t be so easily molded in the minds of the electorate.

As any honest observed must acknowledge, the Republicans are at a tremendous disadvantage this year, and John McCain is not exactly a campaign consultants ideal candidate. But Team McCain may yet win, provided that they can fight on the battlefield of their choosing. If the Democrats accept that this election is about the question of Obama’s readiness for the job, they will be fighting the only battle the GOP can hope to win.

July 29, 2008

‘Down the Ticket’

A conservative site about elections below the presidential level. Mention of Allen West, who was recently named “Worst Person in the World.” (Hat tip: See-Dubya at Malkin.)

July 29, 2008

Liberal love for Bob Novak

Dramatic readings from the Leftosphere:

(Via Johnny Dollar.) Think Progress:

Vulgarity, bigotry, atrocious lies, and name calling are what they’re about, and ALL THEY’RE ABOUT! So, yes, let’s be gracious, but let’s also not forget that our battle is against soulless, mindless vermin, without a shred of compassion or human decency…

The Prince of Darkness is really a great book, considering it was written by soulless, mindless vermin.

July 29, 2008

Obama backstage passes for sale

It’s a fundraiser:

If you make a donation in any amount before midnight on July 31st, you could be selected to travel to Denver for the last two days of the convention — including the huge event at the open-air stadium on the final night.
Ten supporters from all over the country will be selected to go Backstage with Barack.
We’ll provide airfare, accommodations, and two days of convention activities for each supporter and their guest — including a private meeting with Barack before his historic speech.

Hmmm. For a mere five dollars, I can have tickets? Free travel? Accomodations for me and a guest? And think of the publicity! “McCain Backstage With Obama . . .”

Honey, where’s the Visa card?