Archive for October 14th, 2008

October 14, 2008

Maddow vs. Frum vs. Maverick

He’s against “whipping Republicans and conservatives into a fury,” but also manages to throw a tu quoque at his hostess:

Note Frum’s use of “my party.” That sort of proprietary phrase always bothers me for some reason — I don’t like it when conservatives speak of the Republican Party as “we” — but there’s something else going on here. It’s his party, not your party? By what right?

October 14, 2008

Obama >50%

A basic rule of poll interpretation among campaign strategists is that when the incumbent is under 50%, he’s vulnerable. When the challenger is over 50%, the incumbent is toast. If the Republican candidate is the de facto incumbent this year, guess what’s for breakfast?

Wake up and smell the despair.

October 14, 2008

ACORN: 100% fraudulent

The undefeated champions of vote fraud:

More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana’s Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday.
The group — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN — already faces allegations of filing fraudulent voter registrations in Nevada and faces investigations in other states.
And in Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.“All the signatures looked exactly the same,” Ruthann Hoagland, a Republican on the board. “Everything on the card filled out looks exactly the same.”
The forms included registrations submitted in the names of the dead — and in one case, the name of a fast-food restaurant, Jimmy Johns.

Video, via Ace:

But John McCain can’t talk about this on the campaign trail because (a) it would be divisive and mean-spirited, and (b) ACORN loves ’em some Maverick.

October 14, 2008

Biden, botoxed

So obvious, even the MSM can’t ignore it:

Karen Bradley, a University of Maryland professor who studies politicians’ body movement and what it conveys to voters, says it’s “a little strange that nothing moves from his eyes on up” — since she otherwise finds Biden a compelling communicator who powerfully telegraphs his conviction on a topic via other body language.
Barry Cohen, a Rockville plastic surgeon, is more blunt. “He clearly has had Botox,” the doctor, a Republican, told us. “The lines are gone on his forehead. . . .
“Completely untrue, completely unsubstantiated,” said Biden spokesman David Wade. “A lot of Americans will have fewer worry lines on their faces” when George Bush is out office, he added.

Hakuna matata!

October 14, 2008

Campaign Pre-Mortem, Part II

VodkaPundit loads up on lasagna, gets philosophical:

Libertarians/Conservatives . . . underestimate liberals/progressives — and what we’re guilty of is projection. But when we’re drunk and honest, we have to admit: We’re effing pikers. To restate more plainly: We don’t want power, and don’t know how to wield it. We’re pikers.
Progressives have no such qualms. Given power, they’ll take more and they’ll exercise it ruthlessly. Look at the Democrats in Congress these last two years. In not even 24 months, they’ve sunk to depths it took the Republican Congress six or more years to sink to. Their unpopularity levels are even worse than the Republicans’ in 2006. And what will happen in November? The Democrats will win seats — because they know how to wield their power to deliver the goods to please their corrupt, greedy, grabby, needy base.

Yes, but don’t you think the failures of the GOP have something to do with the Democrats’ prospects for picking up seats this year? Excuse me while I mount my hobby horse.

Back during the 2006 pre-mortems, I argued that the Republican-led push for amnesty destroyed the enthusiasm of the conservative base. So what happened in 2007? The GOP pushed for amnesty again. And what did they do this year? Nominated Mr. Amnesty himself for president.

I hung out with Vodka during the Denver convention, so I know that the man earns his sobriquet every day. I also know that he is sincere in opposing the Lou Dobbs/Pat Buchanan/Michelle Malkin position on immigration (heckuva a coalition there). But I also know that open borders is a deal-breaker and a buzz-killer for most of the Republican base. You can’t do as much talk radio as I’ve done and believe otherwise. Except for maybe the La Raza people, all the passion on this issue is anti-amnesty. And screw the La Raza people.

Conservatives who oppose amnesty see quite clearly that illegal immigration enhances the power of the progressive/liberal/Democratic bloc. Not only does it give them millions of impoverished, ill-educated warm bodies to mobilize on Election Day, but it also provides them with victims to celebrate, and the liberal/progressive agenda is dependent on the victimhood narrative.

All this glib Emma Lazarus-quoting nonsense about decent, hard-working people just trying to grab their slice of the American Dream overlooks the plain fact that at least 80% of these people are automatically going to vote Democrat, and their children (thanks to public-school education) are going to vote 90% Democrat, and the immediate addition of millions of votes to the Democratic bloc is a far more important political fact than the theoretical possibility that in 2060 perhaps a large percentage of the grandchildren of today’s illegals will be sufficiently affluent to think about voting Republican.

Damn, that was a long sentence. But the point is that Democrats aren’t bashful about pursuing the expansion of their electoral power, while some Republicans — because of an abstract ideological or sentimental attachment to the idea of America as a “nation of immigrants” — keep chasing the “outreach” will-o’-th’-wisp.

I remember in 2006 being told over and over by certain Republicans, “But Bush got 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2004!” Right. And now explain how the continual augmentation of a bloc that votes 60% Democrat is going to create that “Permanent Republican Majority” you keep talking about, Karl.

Advocates of free markets and limited government see anti-amnesty fervor as ideologically inconsistent with their core libertarian principles. Fine. But your core libertarian principles are going to be trampled into smithereens after your pro-amnesty Republican loses this election to a Democrat who’s not going to be picky about whether his Hispanic voters in Florida, Virginia and Colorado are here legally or not.

¡Si se puede! ¡La educación es revolución!


October 14, 2008

ACORN loves ’em some Maverick

John McCain, ACORN ally:

Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s chief organizer, said in a statement . . . “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans.”
“We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform,” she said.

Michelle Malkin:

“I’ll rely on people to judge me by the company that I keep,” McCain said in February.
That’s not working out so well now, is it?

Marc Ambinder has more. including this video of the pro-immigration rally in Florida where McCain spoke:

This rather demonstrates why Bill Kristol’s “fire the campaign” advice won’t work. The problem isn’t the campaign, it’s the candidate.

October 14, 2008

Obama’s ‘sex rebel’ mentor

Rather lurid:

For seven years, the presidential candidate had a “father-son” relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, who has confessed to having sex with children, sadomasochism, bondage and practicing a wide array of deviant sexual activities.
In his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father, Obama identifies his childhood mentor only as “Frank,” but Obama insiders later confirmed he was referring to Davis, a journalist and poet who was a pal of Obama’s maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham.
Frank Marshall Davis admitted in his private papers that he had secretly authored a hard-core pornographic autobiography called Sex Rebel: Black, published in 1968. . . .
The appalling catalog of admitted real-life decadence is laced with perverted sexual activity, bisexuality, rape – and the seduction of children.

More important, interesting and relevant is that Frank Marshall Davis was a Communist Party member. But mentioning that wouldn’t be “respectful” enough for the McCain campaign. And, “deviant” and “perverted” are rather judgmental words, aren’t they?

October 14, 2008

Criminals for Obama

More than 30,000 convicted felons are registered to vote in Florida. Democrats always win big in prisons and graveyards.

October 14, 2008

School field trips, 2008

More important than ABCs:

Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex wedding.

As Michelle Malkin says, “reason number 9,999,987 to homeschool.” We didn’t wait for the list to get that long. We started homeschooling in 1997 because our daughter was falling behind in math. As I’m sitting here typing this, our daughter — now 19 and a college sophomore majoring in education — is reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to three of her younger siblings.

October 14, 2008

Video: Van load of illegals

Via Hot Air:

The story behind the video:

PHOENIX — Several people were caught running through a Valley neighborhood after bailing out of rolled van near 27th and Southern avenues.
The Department of Public Safety had been following the van as it drove erratically through Phoenix. The pursuit started in the area of Interstate 10 and 44th Street. DPS initially started following the van in the hope that it would lead them to a drop house.
After getting off the freeway, the driver of the van refused to stop, plowing though barricades and over medians. DPS said the van even tried to ram one of its cruisers.
DPS said it suspended the chase when the van entered a school zone.
The van was eventually involved in a wreck. It ran a stop sign, and then slammed into another car and rolled over. As soon as the van rolled, about two dozen people, suspected illegal immigrants, bailed out and ran through the neighborhood.

I love that “suspected” illegal immigrants. Gee, Sherlock, where’d you get the first clue?