Archive for September 7th, 2008

September 7, 2008

It’s strictly business

Ace is dreaming of a bloodbath on Nov. 4.

(He’s an Italian Ewok, you know.)

September 7, 2008

Obama: ‘My Muslim faith’

Game, set, match:

(Via Ace.) Translation? Allahu Akhbar!

At this point, he might as well strap himself with C4 and blow up a bus of schoolchildren or something.

Yes, I realize that is a completely irresponsible misinterpretation of what he was saying, but when the Democrats are running around spreading crazy rumors that Palin broke up her husband’s business partner’s marriage, what the heck?

UPDATE: Speaking of Allah:

If McCain’s responsible for every smear leveled against Obama by a conservative whether he condemns it or not — as certain prominent nutroots bloggers have long asserted — then by extension isn’t Sullivan’s Palin smearapalooza a de facto operation of the Obama campaign?

Translation? Tu quoque.

September 7, 2008

Intrade: Obama -5 in 5 days

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Barack Obama’s stock on Intrade soared to nearly 62%, but today has dropped to 57%.

Meanwhile, John McCain’s Intrade stock, which traded around 37% through most of August, and was at 39% on Sept. 3, has risen to 42%.

So Obama’s advantage was 23 points (62%-39%) just five days ago, but has now slipped to 15 points (57%-42%).

September 7, 2008

Charlie’s date with Megyn

Charlie Martin will be on Fox News at 9:30 a.m. ET Monday to talk about his “Sarah Palin rumors” page with Megyn Kelly and whoever the dude is on that show.

Chicks love a “hired thug” (which is what the Truthers called Charlie — the large dude in black shirt –after he helped protect Michelle Malkin in Denver).

September 7, 2008

David Axelrod spins

Question Avoidance 101:

Via Hot Air, where Ed says:

Axelrod refers to the idea that McCain wanted to pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but was too afraid to do so. . . . It’s an absurd statement and shows how desperate Axelrod has become.

What I’m waiting for is somebody to ask Team Obama about their June plans to send their candidate to the “battleground” state of . . . Alaska.

September 7, 2008

Remember when . . .?

Anchorage Daily News, June 26:

Democrat Barack Obama could be coming to Alaska to campaign as part of his effort to win a state that hasn’t chosen a Democrat for president since 1964.
“That is the plan — we are pretty sure he’s going to come at the end of the summer,” said Kat Pustay, who was named Wednesday as Obama’s Alaska director. . . .
“The campaign in Chicago is saying this is a battleground state so we’re going to get resources,” she said.

Anchorage Press poll, Sept. 3:
McCain-Palin 54%, Obama-Biden 35%.

Recall that Alaska was one of 18 states that David Plouffe touted as a “battleground” in his famous June Power Point presentation to the Washington press corps that caused Eleanor Clift to gush about the “surgical precision” of Team Obama’s strategy.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

September 7, 2008

In a few hours . . .

. . . traffic for the month of September will pass 118,776 visitors, thereby surpassing the combined total for the previous two months. And it’s only Sept. 7.

Since he put up the “Sarah Palin rumors” page, Charlie Martin’s traffic is off the charts, too. And it’s not just us little guys: Ace’s traffic started spiking up on Aug. 29 — the day Palin was announced — and Hot Air’s traffic hit 1 million on Sept. 4, the day of Palin’s convention speech.

Never mind the polls. Ask a blogger. Sarah Palin has injected a whole new level of excitement into this election.

September 7, 2008

ZOGBY: McCain 50%, Obama 46%

Zogby says:

Clearly, Palin is helping the McCain ticket. She has high favorability numbers, and has unified the Republican Party. The striking thing here in this poll is that McCain has pulled ahead among Catholics by double-digits.

“Striking,” perhaps, but not really surprising. A mother of five with a pregnant 17-year-old is sure to swing the traditional Catholics. (And Joe Biden is one of those pro-choice “Catholics” that real Catholics can’t stand.)

So it looks very good now, though Ace cautions:

I would say something stupid right now like “It’s over, Obama is toast.”
The trouble is, there are still five or six major twists to come in this thriller.

Yeah, three presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate, to name four of those twists. Yet who can argue with the simple truth that, with this one decision, John McCain has totally electrified a conservative base that had hitherto been Laodicean at best? One thing for sure: She’s no Tom Eagleton.

September 7, 2008

‘Do I have to show them my stretch marks?’


Over the weekend before the convention, campaign aides made the uncomfortable decision to urge her to go public with her unmarried 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy in order to rebut salacious Internet rumors that the teen was actually the mother of Palin’s own newborn child. An aide, speaking anonymously because the matter is sensitive, says that Palin and her husband grew angry about the allegations. “Do I have to show them my stretch marks?” she asked one campaign official.

(Via Hot Air.) This is probably not a question you’d want to ask a blogger who’s getting thousands of hits a day from people seeking bikini photos. What’s most interesting in the article, however, is that Palin was by no means a McCainiac:

When the GOP held its Alaska caucus on Feb. 5, Palin didn’t bother to endorse a candidate. . . . She had never met or spoken to John McCain. But she indignantly dismissed his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as the politically correct — yet wrong — position of “Eastern politicians.”

See? I knew I liked her. Crazy Cousin John was last on my list, too. Maybe once Barracuda has straightened him out on ANWR, she can try to get him right on immigration, too.

If she’s done nothing else, Palin has lifted Allah out of his habitual pessimism, as Ace notes. And since Ace won’t link it, I will:

September 7, 2008

Who tipped Sully?

Dean Barnett won’t even name (much less link) Andrew Sullivan, but when discussing Sully’s posting of a link to a court motion filed by Scott Richter (Todd Palin’s former business partner), Barnett does raise an intriguing question:

The “news” about the motion to seal the divorce papers appeared in the virtual pages of the Atlantic first, not the National Enquirer or the Daily Kos as one might expect. Obviously, Atlantic field reporters haven’t trekked up to Alaska to monitor every random court filing. Therefore, someone had to tip off the Atlantic’s chief rumor spreader about the motion to seal the divorce papers. It would be interesting to know at whose bidding the Atlantic staffer in question is spreading unfounded smears.

Allah has suggested that Sully is now the main agent moving Palin smears into the media mainstream. What Dean seems to be insinuating is that Sully is doing this with the assistance of unnamed operatives of the Obama campaign and/or the Democratic Party. A more interesting question, perhaps, is whether Sullivan knows that his tips are coming from such sources and, if so, whether this makes any difference.

Look, if Karl Rove e-mailed me an old photo of Obama in his cokehead days, partying down with some half-naked hotties, I wouldn’t be obligated to reveal where I got the photo. If I published such a photo and it turned out to be a forgery, however, I can no longer claim that “journalism ethics” requires me to protect my source.

Now here you have an instance in which Sullivan posted the link to Richter’s motion requesting that the divorce records be sealed. Did Sully explicitly suggest that this was because the records contained evidence of the Enquirer-rumored scandal involving Sarah Palin? Not that I can see.

On the other hand, Atlantic editor James Fallow is one of those highfalutin journalism snobs that get on my nerves, and unless he wishes his upscale publication to acquire the reputation of a supermarket tabloid, perhaps Fallows ought to ask Sully to be a bit more careful about gossip-mongering and conspiratorial theorizing.

Excuse me if I appear to be defending the indefensible, but having been on the receiving end of the witchhunt treatment from the Left, I don’t want to endorse witchhunting by the Right. If Sully is doing wrong, he ought to mend his ways. There are, however, ways to correct an errant jourrnalist short of hounding him into the unemployment line.

Also, politics ain’t beanbag. Team Maverick’s likely to be putting some pretty heavy stuff on Obama in the next few weeks, and then the Democrats will be crying foul. So just be ready, at that point, to ask them where their scruples about “smears” were when their favorite bloggers were smearing Palin.

UPDATE: Ace points out that, in “retracting” this “scoop,” Sully managed a clever feat:

[Sullivan] keeps his main page entirely clean of the taint of retraction. . . . In fact, as you can see, on the main page, not only does he not clearly retract the story, but the only information posted there is a reassertion of the original smear.
His “retraction” — at least on the main page — actually just defames Sarah Palin anew.

Yeah. I hadn’t seen that. So I now look like an idiot for even attempting to defend Sully.

Say your prayers, Andrew. They may look all cuddly and everything, but there is nothing more ferocious than an enraged Ewok.