Archive for October 22nd, 2008

October 22, 2008

‘Frenzied aggression’

Somehow, I missed this last week:

The real enablers are demagogues like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck, who have made careers out of inciting frenzied aggression at anyone to the left of Joe McCarthy. Only now it seems that even these right-wing pundits have been outdone by their formerly loyal listeners. Coulter, whose contempt for Muslims (“invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity”) is surpassed only by her scorn for liberals (“even Islamic terrorists don’t hate America like liberals do”), has yet to call for the assassination of Barack Obama. But if she genuinely believes that liberals are more dangerous than Islamic terrorists, she should follow the courage of her convictions and do so.

Via Jamie Kirchick, a gay liberal who nonetheless dissents from the Obamaphile line:

What about the left’s conspiracy theories? A not insignificant portion of liberals in this country believe that a small group of Jews, er, the “neocons,” took control of the government following 9/11 to fight wars on behalf of Israel. Is not this slander as odious as the Internet rumors about Barack Obama?

The Left’s pretended indignation at conservative “outrages” is just part of the propaganda intended to dehumanize the opposition. If you think this is bad, just wait until people begin to criticize President Obama’s actual policy decisions in office.

October 22, 2008

Tony Blankley names names

The “me-too” conservatives:

Now, on the cusp of what some think will be a major Obama victory, we are beginning to see emerge what I will call “me-too conservatives” – initially amongst conservative commentators (politicians to follow). I have in mind, among others: Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, David Frum and Kathleen Parker.
Of course, they are not quite saying they are giving up conservatism for whatever it is Barack Obama would bring. They are initially focusing on style or, in the newly arrived cliche: temperament – a term made famous, interestingly, to describe FDR as possessing a second-class intellect but a first-class temperament.

They’ll never forgive you for that, Tony.

October 22, 2008

Bay Buchanan banned from campus

Young America’s Foundation reports:

Administrators at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota — the nation’s largest Catholic women’s college — unexpectedly blocked young conservatives on campus from hosting Bay Buchanan, a popular conservative commentator and U.S. Treasurer under President Reagan. The speech was scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, but was abruptly canceled after college officials deemed Ms. Buchanan’s remarks on “feminism and the 2008 Election” too politically charged, citing concerns about the school’s tax status. “Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, the College of St. Catherine has sought to avoid any appearance of partisanship during the 2008 political season,” said College spokesman Julie Michener.
That Ms. Michener can say that with a straight face is remarkable, considering the actions of her school’s program, Voter Education 2008. Program-sponsored seminars have highlighted student agitators protesting the GOP’s convention and featured a representative from the Joint Religious Legislative Task Force, which pushes for universal healthcare and minimum wage increases.

Interesting how this bogus non-partisanship always helps Democrats, huh? I suspect that St. Catherine’s actually opposes Bay Buchanan because she’s a real pro-life Catholic — and heaven forfend that students at a Catholic school should ever be exposed to any such thing.

UPDATE: You don’t suppose this has anything to do with George Soros spending big bucks to fool Catholics into thinking Obama is pro-life, do you? (Michelle Malkin has more about that.)

October 22, 2008

The political wife as prop

Mrs. Mahoney says, “See ya in court”:

Six days after sitting silently at Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney’s side as he acknowledged causing “pain” in their marriage, Terry Mahoney filed for divorce Monday.
She filed a petition in Palm Beach County Court seeking the dissolution of their 23-year marriage, possession of their Palm Beach Gardens home and “a full accounting of all funds spent or dissipated by the husband within the last two years” — the period since Mahoney was elected to Congress on a “faith, family and personal responsibilit” platform in the aftermath of the Mark Foley sex scandal.

Ed Morrissey comments:

In past political scandals involving sexual peccadilloes, the elected official usually hauls the wife on stage with him for the inevitable tearful apology. Eliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevy, among others, therefore managed to humiliate their wives even more by using them as human shields from the press. . . .
[W]hen the philanderer uses the betrayed spouse for political cover, that speaks volumes about the values that politician holds — and “faith and family” aren’t high up on that list.

(It should be noted that even Jesus recognized infidelity as grounds for divorce.) As with Spitzer and McGreevey — and indeed, as with Bill Clinton — it’s obvious that Mahoney’s promiscuity was habitual, not episodic. Mahoney wasn’t a guy who fell prey to a moment of temptation and weakness, but rather a horndog who was continually on the hunt. Yet he found the married-man image politically convenient and so lived a life that was fundamentally false.

October 22, 2008

The Crisis in Pictures

Casey Research, a financial firm, has prepared a report called “The Crisis in Pictures,” about the current financial crisis, which includes the chart below:

Following the collapse of the dot-com bubble and continuing into 2002, the Federal Reserve increased money supply by $1.4 trillion. To quote from the report:

[W]hen confronted with the bursting of the dot-com bubble, Fed Chairman Greenspan without hesitation poured unprecedented amounts of money into the economy, increasing the money supply at roughly four times the rate of GNP growth. . . . [T]he economic dislocations of the dot-com bubble went largely unresolved and, after a very brief hiatus, the credit bubble continued expanding… now with mortgage debt.

In other words, the underlying losses of 2000 were “papered over” by inflating the currency, but because the (debt-funded) money was funneled mostly into real estate, housing was essentially the only commodity that saw a price increase.

The full report is available via e-mail from Casey Research.

October 22, 2008

Grant Olan behind PA poll leak?

I actually know this guy:

Steve Corbett, a radio talk show host in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, accidentally received a copy of an internal email sent by Grant Olin who heads the Wilkes-Barre headquarters of the Obama campaign. The email went to 627 Obama campaign volunteers in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton region, saying that Obama Headquarters reported an internal poll which shows that Obama is only 2 points up in Pennsylvania. Sean Smith, who is heading Obama’s Pennsylvania campaign, was interviewed by Steve Corbett via phone at 5:35 today to discuss this. He said that Grant “went rogue”, and aknowledged that Grant was “reprimanded” for this.

(Via Ace.) I’m finding it hard to believe Grant Olan (the correct spelling) “went rogue.” He’s a young lawyer from Chicago, about 29, intense, dark haired, a total True Believer in Obama.

I met Grant on the night of the North Carolina primary, which I liveblogged from the Obama campaign’s Martinsburg, W.Va., headquarters. Late that night, the Obama crew went to a grocery store coffee shop to use their free Wi-Fi and file their nightly report on their canvassing effort. I spent a little time talking to Grant, who told me that he left his job at a law firm and took a substantial pay cut to work for the Obama campaign.

I next saw Grant in July in Wilkes-Barre, when I went to cover a McCain campaign event for Pajamas Media. Because I had difficulty logging onto the campaign’s Wi-Fi system, I went to file my story at a coffee shop around the corner, where I ran into Grant. He was there doing a voter-registration event with his local Obama volunteers (I think they were trying to recruit more volunteers from the protesters who showed up at the McCain event). Again, we talked a while, and Grant told me a few stories about his canvassing experiences in the heart of Hillaryland (Luzerne County voted 3-to-1 for Clinton over Obama in the primary).

If Grant Olan released that internal polling data without authorization, I will bet it was because he was worried that Team Obama was taking Pennsylvania for granted. But if it’s really a two-point race in Pennsylvania, the public polls have completely missed it — six of the seven most recent polls show Obama leading by double digits.

However, Ed Rendell is reportedly worried, so maybe there’s some kind of ginormous Bradley effect that the Obama campaign’s internal polls caught, but the others didn’t. Or maybe Grant Olan’s just such a True Believer that a fit of Hope fever drove him into a state of paranoia. (Get well soon, man.)

October 22, 2008

CNN lies about Colorado pullout

Just plain wrong:

“It’s not true,” McCain spokesman Tom Kise responded to PolitickerCO.com. “I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
“We see the race tightening both internally and in public polling,” said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s national communications director, in a statement. “We are within striking distance in the key battleground states we need to win.”

Via Michelle Malkin, who points out that Palin made three campaign stops in Colorado just yesterday.

October 22, 2008

And ‘liberal’ is code for ‘stupid’

The paranoid hunt for racism in every possible criticism of Barack Obama reached new heights today, when a columnist for the Kansas City Star declared that “socialist” is “an old code word for black.”

Next think you know, “Democrat” will be construed as a racist epithet.