Archive for November 25th, 2008

November 25, 2008

Palin to the Peach State

Can Sarah Palin save Saxby Chambliss?

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make multiple campaign appearances on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss next week in Georgia, serving as the political closer for the GOP senator who is battling to win a second term.
This is Palin’s first campaign appearance on behalf of another Republican candidate since losing her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president.
Palin will attend a fundraiser on Sunday night, then appear at multiple campaign stops on Monday in an effort to rally the GOP base to turn out to vote for Chambliss. The incumbent Republican is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Jim Martin. A runoff is scheduled for next Tuesday, after neither candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win on Election Day. . . .
Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said that it made sense for Palin to help Chambliss. . . .
“She is going to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to this run-off,” said Ayers, a close Palin confidante. “She is widely popular in Georgia, and I could not envision a stronger closer for Saxby in this election.”

Chambliss made the mistake of voting for the $700 billion bailout, and faces a runoff because Libertarian Allen Buckley got 127,723 votes (3%) in the general election.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

UPDATE: Politico:

All of Obama’s 25 Georgia field organizers remained in the state to work on the runoff, and the 25 Obama regional offices were immediately converted into Martin for Senate campaign offices. All told, more than 100 Obama field organizers are now in Georgia working Martin’s get-out-the-vote efforts, along with leading operatives who served under Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer of New York during the past election cycle. . . .
But the early signs are not encouraging for Martin. During the presidential election, African-Americans composed a record 30 percent of the electorate in Georgia — about 5 points higher than in the 2004 presidential campaign. And in early voting, they totaled 35 percent of the vote.
In the runoff, even as Democrats are vigorously encouraging supporters to vote early, only 22.7 percent of the 150,500 ballots so far have been cast by African-Americans.

It isn’t hard to see why black voters (or any other voters, really) would have a hard time getting excited about Jim Martin. He’s not exactly an inspirational leader.

November 25, 2008

Holiday Books: Thomas Sowell

Only 30 shopping days until Christmas!

The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congralation as a Basis for Social Policy. Folks, this is a book that I can’t recommend strongly enough. It is simply the best one-volume analysis of liberalism ever written. Sowell provides a cogent explanation of the moral narcissism that is the essential basis of the liberal worldview.

If you haven’t read The Vision of the Anointed yet, you should do so immediately, and buy copies for all your family and friends. And while you’re at it, go ahead and send ’em a copy of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, and The Quest for Cosmic Justice, two other great books by the same great mind. And remember, with, you get discount pricing with delivery anywhere in the country. Why wait? ORDER NOW!


November 25, 2008

Olbermann on Turkeygate

Here’s a perfect recipe for holiday nausea: Take one large turkey, add a popular Republican governor and Keith Olbermann. Stir well.

(Via Hot Air.)

UPDATE: The great thing about MSNBC is their utterly unobjective chyrons: “Footage of Turkey Extermination . . .” Where do these idiots think cold cuts come from? Bacon? Burgers? And don’t even get me started on foie gras.

November 25, 2008

The Left’s favorite bank

Citigroup is “a Big Government lovers’ bank that funds just about every trendy left-wing cause in America,” says Matthew Vadum:

Long before it started drowning in red ink, the poster child for so-called corporate social responsibility was a longtime donor to left-wing pressure groups such as Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Henry Paulson’s Nature Conservancy. In tax year 2003, Citigroup’s foundation gave 20 times more money to groups on the left than to groups on the right, according to Capital Research Center’s 2006 study of Fortune 100 foundation giving. . . .
Citigroup’s foundation has given a staggering $1.4 million to the alarmist World Resources Institute, as well as $509,000 to ACORN in recent years. The ACORN funding included a $500,000 grant to ACORN’s American Institute for Social Justice, which offers Saul Alinsky-style training in community organizing. Other donations to liberal groups include the Aspen Institute ($762,500), Rainbow/PUSH ($750,000), Nature Conservancy ($380,000), Rainforest Alliance ($200,000), and the Council on Foreign Relations ($50,000).

“Too big to fail”? More like “too Left to fail.”

UPDATE: Linked by Michelle Malkin, who adds this:

Four major banks, including one that collapsed, two that received federal bailout money and one that filed for bankruptcy this past September, paid former President Clinton $2.1 million for 13 speeches he delivered on their behalf between 2004-2007, according to Senate financial disclosure statements filed by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
Citigroup paid Bill Clinton $700,000; Goldman Sachs paid $950,000; Lehman Brothers paid $300,000 and Merrill Lynch paid $175,000 to the former president for speeches during that time period. Sen. Clinton’s 2008 financial disclosure reports are not yet available.

Progressive plutocracy — what a concept!

November 25, 2008

Financial incest

Just in case you thought Obama was going to rid Washington of insider cronyism:

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.; Citigroup board member Robert E. Rubin; and Timothy F. Geithner, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, have for years followed one another in and out of jobs in government and industry. Their close relationships helped pave the way for one of the largest and most dramatic government interventions to date in the financial crisis. . . .
The bailout came only days after Paulson made comments that many in the financial markets took to mean that he would leave any future bailouts to the Obama administration. But once Citigroup’s stock price plunged 60 percent last week, Rubin, an old colleague from Goldman Sachs, told Paulson in phone calls that the government had to act, according to industry sources familiar with their discussions.
Geithner, too, shared a close relationship with the pair.
He worked for Rubin at the Treasury Department in the 1990s and now is President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to follow Paulson as Treasury secretary.
As Citigroup’s lead regulator, Geithner was deeply involved in the rescue of the firm, participating in meetings and conference calls with Paulson through the weekend. He did, however, withdraw from direct interactions with Rubin and other Citigroup leaders in these negotiations after his name was leaked as Obama’s nominee, according to people familiar with the discussions.

You voted for Hope. You got Goldman Sachs.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

UPDATE: A friend writes:

It doesn’t matter who you vote for. You always get Goldman Sachs. As someone famous is reputed to have said to Nelson Rockerfeller, “Why do want to run the country? You already own it.”

Indeed, but you’d think that voters would eventually see through the liberal class-warfare charade. But if it weren’t for gullible voters, where would the Democratic Party be?