Archive for August 8th, 2008

August 8, 2008

Edwards ‘fesses up, kinda

Never believe a word a Democrat says — as if you needed to be told.

UPDATE: A lesbian affair, har har.

UPDATE II: “When you have some very credible people working for John Edwards . . .” Eh? If they were “credible,” why were they working for that transparent phony?

(Hat tip: Hot Air) There are two Americas, one of which doesn’t bust out laughing at the mere thought of a sentence including both “John Edwards” and “very credible.”

UPDATE III: Ace catches Amanda Marcotte making excuses for her ex-boss:

My official stance is that unless it’s a matter of hypocrisy, it’s none of your damn business. . . . Edwards, as far as I know, has never been a “sanctity of marriage” wanker, and so this is officially None Of Our Business, and anyone who dogged him on this story should be fired on the principle that they don’t know journalism from rooting around in the trash. Hypocrisy is a story; human weakness is not.

Idiot. Am I the only one who remembers how the John-and-His-Heroic-Cancer-Survivor-Wife story was sold to the public as symbolic of Edwards’ incredible sensitivity and caring? That Edwards was engaged in a game of make-believe — attempting to benefit politically from a reputation as a loyal husband while simultaneously shagging Rielle Hunter — ought to be hypocrisy enough for anyone, regardless of his political positions.

Amanda Marcotte’s feminist “principles” are exposed as self-deception and self-degradation. Here’s some advice, sweetheart: When you offer to be a doormat, don’t complain about the footprints on your back.

UPDATE IV: Now Edwards shoves his wife out into the ‘sphere to help spin the story:

Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some – most recently – caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. . . .
[A] recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private.

This is utter crap. Just how “absurd” were those tabloid “lies”? Edwards now denies paternity, but he previously denied the affair he now admits. And exactly why was he meeting with Rielle Hunter in L.A., if this is all old news and he is not the father of her child?

Mrs. Edwards, your husband is a liar. Had he not run for president, his lies would be a “private matter,” as you say, but being untrustworthy is problematic for someone who aspires to be leader of the free world, eh?

But please don’t blame a “tabloid publication” for your husband’s exposure, Mrs. Edwards, since it’s pretty doggone obvious that the Enquirer originally got its tip from the campaign of one of your husband’s erstwhile rivals for the Democratic nomination.

UPDATE V: Stephen Spruiell nails it:

Overheard in the office: “Why would Edwards admit the affair but deny fathering the child?”
I’ll tell you why: Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with incurable cancer in late March of 2007. Rielle Hunter’s baby was born in late February of 2008. That means that if Edwards is the father, he was definitely still carrying on the affair with Hunter after he knew his wife’s cancer was back.

Remember that thing about doormats and footprints, Mrs. Edwards?

UPDATE VI: Worst Husband of the Year.

August 8, 2008

GOP vs. Maverick on immigration

Interesting news from Ohio:

The day began with [Cincinnati] Enquirer readers in Butler County picking up copies of the paper’s Hometown section and finding an ad paid for by the campaign committee of Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones, a Republican, challenging McCain to speak out on immigration – an issue that has come up infrequently on the campaign trail.
Jones has made a national reputation as a hard-liner on illegal immigrants and is opposed to plans such as the one supported by McCain and the Bush administration giving illegal aliens a path to citizenship.
“Are you avoiding this American issue?” the sheriff asked McCain in his newspaper ad. “We are all ears.”
By early afternoon, the McCain campaign put out a statement in response to Jones raising an issue that they had not planned to put on the McCain agenda Thursday.
“John McCain will secure the borders first as president,” campaign spokesman Paul Lindsay said. “But he also believes we need a comprehensive solution to the issue of illegal immigration.”

(Via TNR.)
August 8, 2008

Can the GOP get the ‘youth vote?

YAF’s Jason Mattera:

Thousands of adoring supporters in the under-30 set turned out to hear him speak. Drawn by his infectious optimism and electrified by the message of hope and change, the youthful crowd interrupted his speeches with bursts of uncontrollable cheers and tremendous applause. The man in the spotlight wasn’t Barack Obama. It was Ronald Reagan.
If this comes as a surprise, it shouldn’t. Long before Mr. Obama began appealing to the elusive youth vote, “The Gipper” attracted thousands of young people to his cause. . . .

Read the whole thing. Jason has some suggestions on how Republicans can recapture the youth vote.

August 8, 2008

‘Painful’ attack on Obama

Wow, this hits hard:

(Via Conservative Grapevine.)

August 8, 2008

A week’s vacation for Obama?

Obama’s taking a week’s vacation in Hawaii? At a time when he’s neck-and-neck in the polls? With the PUMA crisis unresolved?

Democrats must be torn between panic and outrage by this move. While McCain keeps stumping through swing states, Obama idles amid palm trees and ocean breezes? The contrast will be damaging. (The RNC’s already taking advantage.)

Obviously, Team Obama figures that no one will notice this due to the Olympics, but it’s just like Obama vacationing in the Virgin Islands while Hillary kept campaigning in Pennsylvania — or like his European sojourn, for that matter. It signals overconfidence, as if he could coast downhill to victory.

UPDATE: The New Republic‘s Michael Crowley compares the tropical vacation to John Kerry’s ill-advised windsurfing.

August 8, 2008

Hillary trouble for Obama

“Unity” in Denver may be more difficult to achieve that some realize:

Brenda Krause is tired of fearmongering among the Democrats.
The 55-year-old delegate to the Democratic National Convention doesn’t think the party — or its unity — is in any way compromised by her voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the roll call. . . .
Though the majority of the Democratic Party backs Sen. Barack Obama, an undercurrent of staunch and loyal Clinton supporters say they’ll fight all the way to the national convention, which begins Aug. 25 in Denver, to put her name on the ballot.

While Team Obama was busy jetting The One around Europe, they were failing to quench the PUMA rebellion on the home front:

With the clock running out on preparations for the Democratic convention, advisers to Sen. Barack Obama are scrambling to reach a compromise with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to appease her supporters and find roles for her and her husband.

That they’re still “scrambling” two months after Obama clinched the nomination — and barely two weeks before the convention — suggests an alarming inattention to the problem. And the fact that Obama still hasn’t announced his running mate should also worry Democrats

August 8, 2008

Lindsay’s older girlfriend

Lindsay Lohan, 22, celebrated girlfriend Samantha Ronson’s 31st birthday yesterday. Anybody worried that Linsday’s being exploited by this older woman?

In utterly unrelated news, a 50-year-old woman has given birth to the child of Clay Aiken.

August 8, 2008

‘Big Oil’ hurts Republican

Potential trouble for November?

Being linked to “big oil” turned into a big problem for Tennessee Republican freshman Rep. David Davis, who became the first congressman from that state to lose in a primary in more than four decades.
Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe beat Davis by a 500-vote margin Thursday in the solidly Republican 1st District in the northeastern corner of the state. . . .
The race became increasingly acrimonious as the primary election neared. Roe ran a TV ad accusing Davis of selling out to “Big Oil” by accepting money from industry PACs and backing legislation supporting offshore drilling.

If being linked to “Big Oil” can hurt a candidate in a Republican primary (?!) what would be the effect of linking a Republican to “Big Oil” in the general election? Of course, there are plenty of Democrats in Congress who’ve taken money from “Big Oil” — including Exxon’s sweetheart Barack Obama — so Republicans could possibly fight fire with fire.

The bigger problem, in my eyes, is that there appears to be such widespread economic ignorance that demonizing “Big Oil” can gain political traction like this. Does being profitable makes a corporation evil? Does being associated with profitable companies make a politician evil? That such arguments could win in a Republican primary is disturbing.

August 8, 2008

Blogs: Not a poli-sci class

If you want “insightful, intellectual nuance and persusion,” I’m not sure that logging onto Memeorandum is the best approach, especially during an election year.

Sometimes, maybe I’d like to be . . . I don’t know, Volokh or somebody heavy like that. But I think it’s highly unlikely that anyone wants to read my opinions about Guantanamo. So if you want learned opinions about Guantanamo, go to the guys who do that.

It appears that Donald Douglas’s complaint was inspired in part by a “snarky” retort aimed at my “Equality Is For Ugly Losers” post. My post wasn’t written as an attack on any person, but as an attack on an ideology. Blogs don’t come with bibliographies, but if you haven’t read Edmund Burke — “Believe me, sir, those who attempt to level, never equalize” — then you may not understand the philosophical nature of my hostility to egalitarianism.

The series of posts that culminated in “Equality Is For Ugly Losers” began with a reaction to a New York Times article on a “women online” conference, and the fact that an organizer of that conference complained about the coverage: Boo-hoo-hoo, I’m being oppressed by the sexists at the New York Times. There are serious problems in the world; having a 1,2oo-work New York Times article about your femblogger conference relegated to the “Fashion” section is not one of them.

So, yeah, I called her an “idiot HuffPo woman.” Excuse my lack of nuance. One of the fundamental problems is that, once a radical ideology embeds itself in our culture, it is no longer recognized as ideology. To question “equality” is, in the minds of many people, to question the unquestionable.

Entire books have been written about the “income gap” between men and women, to what avail? As long as “equality” is held up as a universal ideal, any difference in income — or in education, legal status, etc. — must be considered a social problem. Yet if perfect equality is unattainable (and it is), then the problem is not in society, but in the ideal of equality itself.

How do you get people to question the unquestionable? First you must get their attention. If an unnuanced putdown serves that purpose, OK. Feminists will never abandon their errors if they are exempted from criticism, if they are not occasionally made aware of how ludicrous they appear to those outside their own intellectual ghetto.

Considering that our universities are now groupthink factories where feminism is sacrosanct, I would suggest that vicious sarcasm aimed at the idiocy of feminism serves the salutory purpose of alerting the “empowered” occupants of academic sinecures that the rest of us are undeceived by their nonsense and unintimidated by their prestige.

That I do not preface every joke with an explanation of my purpose, or structure my posts as persuasive essays, does not mean that I write without purpose or that I do not aim to persuade. This isn’t a political science lecture or an academic journal. It’s a blog.

The medium is not generally suited for long-form discourse, and I’ve only gone on at such lengths here in an effort to make clear that I don’t believe I’m guilty of “demonization” that contributes to the degradation of the ‘sphere.

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. She is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”
— Thomas Jefferson

August 8, 2008

No need to Name That Party

When a Republican is indicted, be sure that his party affliation will be in the first paragraph:

Missouri state Rep. Scott Muschany, R-Frontenac, was indicted today in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this year’s Legislative session ended.The alleged victim is the daughter of a state employee.
The girl’s mother and Muschany -– who is married and has two children –were romantically involved, the woman said. A Cole County grand jury returned an indictment today charging Muschany with the Class C felony of “deviate sexual assault.” …
Muschany, 42, was booked into the Cole County Jail today at 2:50 and he was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

The most dangerous man in the world is always “mom’s boyfriend.”