Archive for August 24th, 2008

August 24, 2008

D-1: ‘We will not be silenced!’

UPDATED & BUMPED: Security is ultra-heavy:

To the uninformed visitor, it has become difficult to tell whether Denver is preparing for a Democratic National Convention or the institution of martial law. Helicopters filled with armed commandos swooped over downtown in a training exercise earlier this summer. A warehouse was converted into a temporary jail with chain-link fences and signs threatening the use of electric stun devices. Travel agents sold getaway packages to locals, with one company imploring residents to “escape town while you still can.”

Dang. Someone must have warned them I was coming.

UPDATE: Last word before packing up for Dulles, and VodkaPundit tells ABC News and the protesters, “Welcome to Denver, Now Go Away.”

PREVIOUSLY: I’ll be boarding a plane for Denver pretty soon, and must make final preparations, but check out (via No Quarter) this new documentary:

We believe that the The Democratic National Committee (DNC) made a grave error by depriving American voters of their choice of Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee. Senator Clinton, by all accounts, except caucuses, won the Primary Election and, therefore, should be the 2008 Democratic Nominee. That didn’t happen, due largely to illegitimate and illegal acts. . . .
This documentary is about the disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama Campaign. . . . We want to be heard and let the country know how our party has sanctioned the actions of what we feel are Obama campaign “Chicago Machine” dirty politics.

Here’s a preview clip:

“It was unbelieveable that this could be happening . . .”

Hmmm. Corruption? In the Democratic Party? Somebody ought to write a book about that.

UPDATE: So far, the protest scene in Denver is incredibly lame. Michelle Malkin reports from the scene Saturday at Planned Parenthood:

The pro-abortion presence was measly. I counted about seven or eight demonstrators who tried to compensate for their low numbers with their loud mouths.

Liberals were too busy getting ready for the Salon party.

August 24, 2008

Left-wing eloquence

My man Jason Mattera in Denver:

“Selling out to the Christofascist theocracy.” (Via Hot Air.) Hey, Jason, no fair fooling ’em with the chin-pubes camouflage!

“I’d rather just be living my life and having fun.” That’s Jason’s philosophy, man!

August 24, 2008

Biden: Chicks don’t dig him

Of course, Obama’s got enough surplus sexy to cover Joe’s deficit, but still:

Women are notably less enthusiastic than men — 33% of women say Biden was the right choice while 27% disagreed. Men, by a 46% to 24% margin, said that Obama made the right choice. . . . He earns favorable reviews from 52% of men and 45% of women.
Just 16% of women have a Very Favorable opinion of Biden while 19% have a Very Unfavorable view. . . .
Not surprisingly, Democrats were more supportive of Obama’s decision than anybody else — 52% of those in his party agreed with his pick while 19% disagreed. However, just 43% of Democratic women said the presumptive nominee made the best pick while 23% disagreed.

So even if Biden’s no Tom Eagleton, he doesn’t seem to be the kind of unalloyed asset Obama needed. Maybe chicks don’t dig Joe because he’s such an overbearing braggart?

At any rate: Feel the burn, PUMAs!

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey on the poll:

Not only has Biden not helped Obama, it looks like he’s actually damaging the ticket with his addition. He certainly hasn’t added any enthusiasm to the Democratic offering. Did Team Obama do any serious research on Biden and his effect before making this selection?

Also not digging Joe? Free-weeders:

Biden has sponsored more damaging drug war legislation than any Democrat in Congress. Hate the way federal prosecutors use RICO laws to take aim at drug offenders? Thank Biden. How about the abomination that is federal asset forfeiture laws? Thank Biden. Think federal prosecutors have too much power in drug cases? Thank Biden. Think the title of a “Drug Czar” is sanctimonious and silly? Thank Biden, who helped create the position (and still considers it an accomplishment worth boasting about).

And Tommy Chong says Biden’s a narc, man.

8/23: Bidenfreude?
8/23: D Minus-2: Gonzo on Veeps

August 24, 2008

DNC dog blogging

As much as I hate dogblogging, I couldn’t resist this photo op:

Steiner’s Law: “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.”

UPDATE: OK, if you don’t like dog-blogging, how about some kid-blogging?

That’s my 5-year-old daughter, Reagan.

August 24, 2008

Poll Watch update

Gallup: Obama 46%, McCain 44%
Rasmussen: Obama 48%, McCain 46%
WaPo/ABC: Obama 49%, McCain 45%

From the Washington Post:

Obama’s selection of Biden is unlikely to shake up the race in the short term. Three-quarters of registered voters said Obama’s choice of Biden, a six-term U.S. senator, would not sway their votes in either direction. And among those who said the selection would make a difference, about as many said they were more likely to support Obama with Biden on the ticket as said they would be less likely to do so.

But what if he had named Hillary? If Obama had named Clinton as his VP, 32% said they would have been more likely to vote Democrat, compared to 13% for Biden. Feel the burn, PUMAs! And let’s watch that ad again, shall we?

August 24, 2008

Pity Obama

Ron Rosenbaum:

As Joe says “It’s a journey.” Right, and for poor Barack it’s going to be like he’s Steve Martin and Biden is John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. What was he thinking?


August 24, 2008

Feel the burn, PUMAs!

New ad from Team Maverick:

Ed Morrissey:

Instead of just focusing on the injustice Hillary received, the ad makes it about Obama and his inability to deal with her criticisms. This calls into question Obama’s leadership and his ability to separate the personal from the job — as well as refloat all of the specific issues Hillary mentions in these clips.

Who predicted this?

Especially for those swing voters who voted for Hillary in the Democratic primaries, it may come as a brutal shock to learn that the former First Lady won’t be on the ticket in November. The shock will be amplified when those voters learn that Obama’s choice was the result of an ABC (”Anybody But Clinton”) process that excluded Hillary from serious consideration months earlier.

And now Crazy Cousin John’s rubbing salt in those fresh wounds, just in time for Denver.

August 24, 2008

The Gospel According to St. Eleanor

Eleanor Clift in Newsweek:

[V]oters think Obama would be better at handling the economy, and his relentless focus on middle-class tax cuts has insulated him from traditional Republican attacks on Democrats as tax-raisers.
The startling news in the bipartisan Battleground poll unveiled midweek by Lake and her Republican counterpart, Brian Nienaber, is McCain’s 10 point lead among independents. The election outcome in November will likely hinge on that group, and they were supposed to be Obama’s strong suit.

A few points:

  • No voter old enough to remember Bill Clinton’s promise of middle-class tax cuts believes Obama’s similar promise.
  • George Bush already gave the middle class huge tax cuts, including a refundable per-child tax credit.
  • Why is McCain’s good standing with independents so “startling”? The man isn’t called “Maverick” for nothing.

But Clift has been drinking the Kool-Aid ever since she gushed over the “surgical precision” of David Plouffe’s Power Point presentation two months ago.

August 24, 2008

The Gospel According to St. Jacob

Jacob Weisberg in Slate:

To the rest of the world, a rejection of the promise [Obama] represents wouldn’t just be an odd choice by the United States. It would be taken for what it would be: sign and symptom of a nation’s historical decline.

Kool-Aid, anyone?

August 24, 2008

Video: Biden in 1988

Via Hot Air:

Next time somebody accuses me of being a loudmouthed, arrogant smart-aleck — man, that’s leadership!