Archive for August 12th, 2008

August 12, 2008

John Edwards: Deny, deny, deny

My latest article at Pajamas Media:

What little doubt remained that John Edwards is the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby evaporated Saturday when a lawyer for the former senator’s paramour issued a statement declaring that there would be no DNA test to determine paternity.
Little doubt remained because of a dog that has stubbornly refused to bark since the National Enquirer first reported in December that Edwards had impregnated the divorcee he hired as his campaign videographer.
That silent dog is libel law. Edwards is a famously successful trial lawyer. If the Enquirer’s accusation had been false, the former Democratic presidential candidate would have sued, and a paternity test disproving the charge would have been Exhibit A in his case.

Read the whole thing.

August 12, 2008

Maverick in York, Pa.

YORK, Pa. — Sen. John McCain will have a town hall meeting here today at 11:45 a.m. A crowd of about 5,000 is expected at the Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center. I’m covering the event for the American Spectator.

11:45 a.m. — Arlen Specter just spoke in support of McCain. The national press corps just arrived, meaning that the candidate should be here soon.
Will update further . . .
August 12, 2008

Liberal word of the day: Xenophobia

Greg Sargent, Talking Points Memo:

The memos show even more clearly than before that chief Hillary strategist Mark Penn advocated a brutally negative and xenophobic campaign against Obama. . . .

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo:

In a sense the revelations of Mark Penn’s ‘xenophobia’ memos is old news, a post-mortem on a campaign that was all-consuming three months ago and now part of history. . .

What they are referring to is Penn’s suggestion that Hillary portray Obama’s experience as less than all-American. Well, hello? Obama grew up in Indonesia, for crying out loud. Did I mention his mother named him Barack Hussein Obama?

He’s exotic and cosmopolitan, and as much as the progressives at TPM may think that exotic and cosmopolitan are good things, the guy driving the forklift on the loading dock may not see it the same way. Since when was the Democratic Party averse to appealing to the ordinary sensibilities of the guy on the forklift?

Liberal intellectuals will be the death of the Democratic Party. Maybe not this year, but eventually. You can’t win elections by campaigning against the electorate.

August 12, 2008

Rielle Hunter in action

Garance Franke-Ruta has the story and blogger Robert Scoble has the photos of Rielle Hunter on John Edwards’ 2006 presidential announcement tour. I’m looking at these photos and thinking, “Hey, girlfriend, for $114,000, couldn’t you have afforded a tripod?”

You know, if you’re working as a professional videographer, at least go to Wal-Mart and get a tripod for $69 of something. And maybe a remote microphone, too.
Remember that Edwards has said his affair with Hunter lasted only a short time in 2006 and had ended by 2007, yet these photos show their continued association in late December 2006.
August 12, 2008

On the road again

John McCain will hold a town hall Tuesday morning in York, Pa., and I’ll be there to cover it. It’s about an hour-and-a-half drive time, and I’ll leave early. I’ll try to live blog as much of the event as possible, here and at AmSpecBlog, but other than that, blogging activity will be light Tuesday.

August 12, 2008

Ace explains everything

Trust him, he’s an Ewok:

Liberal politicians have not managed to get over 50% of the vote since… well, who, Carter? Why is it such a surprise that Obama is more or less where Kerry and Gore were always stuck, somewhere between 42 and 49% of the vote?

Ace also has some cogent things to say about the bogus accusations of racism — those “dog whistles” that only liberals can hear.

UPDATE: Peter Kirsanow (who is not an Ewok) punches through the media spin of an all-encompassing Obamalanche.

August 12, 2008

Weigel funnin’ with morons

That there’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

I can’t help but be reminded of those people who spent much of 1993 and ’94 conjuring theories of Vince Foster’s murder, retelling Mena Airport stories, and murmuring about a lesbian affair between Janet Reno and Hillary Clinton.

It’s very similar to the Kucinich-led “impeach Bush” moonbat crowd. This kind of stuff is based on the erroneous belief that political conflict can be won by dramatic gestures or spectacular revelations, rather than by the steady (but undramatic) business of issue-oriented campaigning.