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Obama’s Rocky Mountain rock show

Well the big event has come and gone. Many libs still have a glow about them today… sparkling eyes and a smile that just won’t go away. But I must say after all the anticipation, I was somewhat underwhelmed. All the buildup had me expecting bigger things.

Not that they didn’t go all out:

Obama addressed more than 84,000 spectators, delivering a show packed with rock stars, JumboTron video presentations, and, in the finale, fireworks shooting from the stage, a celebrity-studded event that Republicans would view as validation of their argument that Obama is a vanity candidate who lacks the gravity and substance to be president.

Yep, it was quite the star-studded gala. Jennifer Hudson was there. Young Olympic gold-medalist Shawn Johnson was there. The Black Eyed Peas were there. Sheryl Crow was even there which normally wouldn’t surprise me… except that I could have sworn we’d deported her after she butchered our national anthem at this year’s MLB All-star Game. Oh well.

In any event, I still didn’t get the Mile-High high I had been expecting. Drats. Maybe it was his entrance. I mean the guy simply walked out there waving. With all the money the DNC threw at this shindig, was it too much to ask to have the Anointed One triumphantly rise up through the floor amidst billowing clouds of dry ice? Or maybe have him in a toga being lowered to the stage from a helicopter? Kick it up a notch guys. Don’t you know how to do arena rock? Time to crank the amps to 11. Time to bring out the miniature Stonehenge and midget druids. C’mon man, I’ve seen a lot of rock shows and I gotta say this one was sort of a lamer.

The presentation itself was typical Obama. He peppered his speech with the “C” word several times. And why not?  The “change” mantra has worked really well for the man. In fact it is brilliant marketing. It’s a catch all word that can apply to just about anything that is going on in your life. Unhappy with your job? Change is on it’s way! Sick of your ho-hum existence? Change is on it’s way! Tired of commercials featuring CGI talking animals? Change is on it’s way! Tired of opening brand new boxes of Captain Crunch to find that it’s only 2/3 full? Change is on it’s way! Tired of the Bush White House? Ok THAT change was coming by default but I get the feeling Obama will find a way to take credit for it anyway.

But the guy did make an ambitious promise — perhaps his version of Kennedy’s “man on the moon”:

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Ahem… a little elaboration please:

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of bio-fuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”

Alright, since we’ve been talking Beatles lately……… We’d all love to see the plan.

Very easy promises to make. Very difficult to implement. It will require a lot of money and a lot more of government getting it’s grubby little paws into the auto and energy sectors.

Aside from a few digs at McCain, the rest of the speech was a glorified rehash of the same old Democratic staples, dressed up in a hip new package.  All the familiar lofty promises rooted in fear and class-envy. Here are some of the “Nows” offered by Barack last night:

  • Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education
  • Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American.
  • Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.
  • Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.
  • And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

And NOW… for the most important “Now”:

  • Now, many of these plans will cost money […}

Oh you bet they will. Oddly none of these “Now”s involve eliminating any government programs or mandates. Only increasing them. WE can always do with less but not Uncle Sam. The face at the podium may be new but the heart is that of a pure old Democrat. Obama is boldly skipping onto the presidential scene offering a basket of goodies that would make the Easter Bunny proud.

I will give this to Barack– he does have a gift for oration. The guy is number one with a teleprompter, folks. He can speak with eloquent authority for a very long time about absolutely nothing and make it sound like something.

So there it stands – half the nation with tears of joy floating in that ever magical Obamalala-land waiting for change. Problem is we already tried this 16 years ago with Bill Clinton and his ‘New Democrat’. Or have you forgotten the ’92 inauguration that quickly? Ecstatic crowds, celebs galore, Fleetwood Mac fervently banging out their hit “Don’t Stop” as if there were no tomorrow. Jazzy Billy doing improper things with a saxophone (i.e. playing it). Hillary and Tipper with wide-eyed muppet smiles grabbing each other and doing a dopey little dance around the stage. The air was electric. The day was finally here! Americans were free!!

2 months later where were you?… same job, same bills, same mortgage, same life — the only change was Slick Willy changing his story about the middle-class tax cut. Fact is, no candidate on either side can bring you happiness. You can take the presidential amusment park ride if you choose but it will always bring you back to the same place.

Very seriously friends, I’m gonna say it again:  If you are truly ready to meet the agent of change you’ve been waiting for, look in the mirror. It starts and ends with you.

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American Idol

Amidst all the breathless buildup from a swooning MSM over Obama’s acceptance speech at a packed Invesco Field tonight, at least the New York Post gets it right:

DENVER – Democrats will kneel before the “Temple of Obama” tonight.

As if a Rocky Mountain coronation were not lofty enough, Barack Obama will aim for Mount Olympus when he accepts his party’s nomination atop an enormous, Greek-columned stage – built by the same cheesy set team that put together Britney Spears’ last tour.

Sigh… this strays so far from any ideal I have ever had for a president — any vision I’ve ever entertained for the person I want at the helm of this country. Sir Barrogance displays all the charisma of a rock-star and all the cockiness of a know-it-all Ivy-League schoolboy. Not impressed. And yes, if a Republican candidate ever came upon the scene who conducted himself the way Obama does I would be very, very, very put off.

Libs will point out that Bush also made his 2004 acceptance speech in front of a similar, but scaled down backdrop. Sure, but to him they were just props. I don’t think the symbolism carried anywhere near the personal meaning for Bush that it will for Obamus the Great in the grandiose context of a full stadium.

The nicknames that Obama has earned, THE ONE, THE MESSIAH etc., are not just derisive terms to those of us on the right. They are a satirical means for expressing our frustration with what we see as blind adoration and hero worship. Tonight’s much anticipated mile-high love-fest is case-in-point. Barack has become more than a candidate in the eyes of his supporters. He’s grown into a catch all, fix-all valiant knight riding in to slay whatever dragons they have imagined to stand between them and their happiness.  There is clearly a self- esteem crisis in this country when the masses look so longingly to one charismatic man as an answer all their problems.

Not that this collective uncertainty is anything new. Democrats have nurtured and encouraged this brand of “you can’t do it without us” thinking for years. After decades of conditioning, this dependency consciousness has become so ingrained in the psyche of the U.S. population, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a day when the people stood on their own (there was). Enter a magnetic personality such as Barack Obama into this climate of helplessness and he truly becomes a Christ-like figure.

Let’s take a closer look at the term “Obamamania” for a moment. It’s obviously a nod to the Beatlemania phenomena that occurred in the 60s (not dissing the brilliant lads from Liverpool here). Baby boomers will remember how fans packed stadiums to capacity so they could see the Fab Four play and then proceeded to scream at the top of their lungs for the duration of the show. So loud were their incessant wails that it completely drowned out the music.

Get the point? These adoring masses didn’t know or care what the Beatles were singing. They could have been crooning about the butchering of babies and the crowd would have been none the wiser (collectors will recognize the album-cover reference here). In fact,  John could have smiled at the crowd and uttered his famous “we’re more popular than Jesus” line during one of these shows and he would have gotten clean away with it. I almost wonder if Obama could do the same. So why the screaming you ask? Not even the screamers themselves knew. They were caught up in the moment .

That gets to the root of what really eats at me and other conservatives about Barack Obama. He ALSO is caught up in the moment. He truly believes he is a child of desiny. The Greek backdrop for tonight’s speech will no-doubt look impressive… but last I heard Zeus’s throne is not up for grabs. Nonetheless, the hype is reaching mythical proportions.

Speaking strictly as a conservative: I don’t need a Herculean hero. I don’t need a Superman. I don’t look to any one person to give me hope. I don’t sit around waiting for someone to bring about change in my life — I make my own change. In short, I don’t need any one person or circumstance to give my life meaning or purpose.

Do you realize you much power you actually have within yourselves, folks?

Yes we need a leader who can project authority and command respect in these perilous times. But we don’t need a nanny and we don’t need someone who will “give” us what we lack at the expense of others. We need the type of leader who will inspire us… and then get the hell out of our way and let us live our own lives.

And as your next President…

Sorry, got carrried away there.

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-- Cartoon by Gary Varvel 


Do the algebra

Charming Billy is at it again. This time former president Clinton was speaking to foreign dignitaries in Denver when he presented this oh-so-subtle hypothetical.

He said: “Suppose you’re a voter, and you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”

The comments are unlikely to be taken as an innocent mistake by those Democrats who continue to be angry with the former president for, they say, not supporting the Illinois senator wholeheartedly, if not implicitly undercutting him.

The controversial comments came just hours before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the former first lady and principal rival to Obama, was due to speak from the convention podium.

Mmmph. That foot can’t taste very good Mr. Bill. Of course there is much trepidation in DNC circles over what Mr. Clinton will say tomorrow night as he speaks at the convention. But I’m more curious about Hillary’s speech tonight — especially if her sophomoric hubby can be seen in the background. Watch closely when she mentions party unity. Will he roll his eyes and sneer derisively? Or better yet will he turn around and moon the crowd in grand PUMA fashion? The possibilities are endless, folks. Get your TIVO ready, this should be a fun night…



Hillary’s “steal” resolve

One man’s show of unity is another woman’s coup. After a cozy chat, Hillary and Barack have come to an agreement regarding the upcoming convention.

Hillary Clinton supporters will get their chance for catharsis at the Democratic National Convention in Denver as the New York senator’s name will be included in the nomination.

A joint statement issued Thursday by Clinton and Barack Obama said Clinton will be included because they want to ensure that “the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver.”

“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton’s historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion,” Obama said.

When it comes to dealing with Hillary there are two rules:

  1. NEVER, EVER, EVER trust a Clinton.
  2. See rule # 1

Something’s up folks. This has nothing to do with catharsis. Hillary WANTS this nomination. Now that the stage is set, expect some damaging news to surface about Obama within the next month.

Full story:

Clinton’s Name to be Placed in Nomination at Convention



Hillary rides again


By all accounts, the Chosen One is poised to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in August and be crowned as the party’s official nominee for President. So is former rival Hillary Clinton prepared to hold hands with Obama and join the Kum Ba Ya chorus? This is a Clinton, folks… need I even ask?

Although she suspended her campaign in June, this witch still has a little magic up her sleeve. Hillary never formally dropped out of the race after all… meaning she still has all her delegates. She also still has a very angry army of 18 million awaiting their marching orders.

As ABCNews’ The Note reports:

To former President Bill Clinton’s missing praise (to say nothing of what he is saying), we add this: A steadfast refusal by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to rule out allowing her delegates to vent in the peculiar fashion of voting for her on the convention floor, instead of the candidate she’s campaigning for.
“I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected,” Clinton, D-N.Y., told a gathering of supporters last week, ABC News reported Wednesday. “We do not want any Democrat either in the hall or in the stadium or at home walking away saying, well, you know, I’m just not satisfied, I’m not happy.”

It’s as old as, you know, Greek drama,” Clinton said. (We couldn’t agree more.)

And guess who’ll be playing Medusa…

So is Sen. Clinton scheming to be the next comeback kid?  Maybe…. but I think that term is a little too cute to aptly describe it. Think Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction… Hillary is about to rise screaming out of the bathtub.

Note the peculiar “joint” statement issued by Clinton and Obama on Wednesday:

“We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success. At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election.”

The way things are shaping up, this show of unity will go about as smooth as a gathering of Yankees and Red Sox fans. Make no mistake, Hillary has some leverage here. Behind the scenes she is making sure the DNC knows that how she behaves and what she says during the convention will rest largely upon their cooperation.

“The refusal to publicly announce her intentions is widely seen as a bargaining chip Clinton is holding on to as party officials negotiate logistics regarding her convention speech and other activities,” per ABC News.

And the press certainly seems to like the idea of a renewed battle:

“At this point, it is as likely as not that Clinton will be formally nominated at the convention, individuals close to the negotiations said,” per The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut. “Officials have firmly denied a report last week that Clinton had decided not to have her name put into the record. Advisers on both sides also said that relations between the two are improving.” (But still have a ways to go?)

You only thought it was over,” ABC’s John Berman said on “Good Morning America” Thursday.

Oh we never thought it was over… this Greek tragedy is only beginning.



Obama’s Mile High magic show

Whatever Barack Obama plans to deliver at the Democratic National Convention this August, apparently there is enough of it to fill a stadium.

DENVER — Confirming rumors that surfaced last week, the Democratic National Committee announced Monday that Sen. Barack Obama will make his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High instead of at the Pepsi Center, where most of the convention will be held.

The reason for the move is to open the event up to the public and to allow tens of thousands of more people to actively participate in the process, DNC officials said.

The Pepsi Center can hold 21,000 people for special events but Invesco Field at Mile High, the outdoor stadium where the Denver Broncos play, can seat more than 76,000 — not including the thousands of seats that could be placed out on the field.

Word has it that Barry will wrap up his rock show by flinging himself headlong into a mosh pit where the grinning candidate will then be passed around by an adoring throng of journalists.

Story below:

Obama’s DNC Acceptance Speech Will Be At Invesco Field