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Say it ain’t socialism, Joe

Just when we were convinced that the entire media was in the tank for Barack Obama, a truly magical moment occurs. Reporter Barbara West at Orlando TV station WFTV interviewed VP candidate Joe Biden this past Thursday. As most of us know, interviews with local small-time media outlets are usually a cakewalk for Democratic candidates. Five minutes of softball questions from a gushing anchor-babe (or anchor-dude) is usually par for the course.

Not this time.  A tenacious West went straight for the jugular… and in a couple of instances even managed to remove the condescending smile from Biden’s face.  Before proceeding further let’s watch the YouTube clip:

Pwned! The Karl Marx question in particular was absolute perfection, folks. A true work of art.  It was the zinger I’ve always wanted to hear posed to a Democrat candidate  — and never thought I’d hear in this lifetime.  

West not only references Marxism here, but she actually recites the very quote from the founder himself that was to become the cornerstone of socialist philosophy — “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” In the process she makes it blatantly obvious to anyone with ears that this is also the cornerstone of the Democratic platform. That was pure gutsy brilliance.

Biden’s annoyed response said it all: “Are you joking?… Is that a real question?” In other words: “Why the hell are you ASKING me a real question? Is this not local TV news?  Do you not know your place?  Who are YOU, little Ms. small-time anchorette, to be asking ME the one question that not even the BIG media dares to ask?  Amateur.”

Of course, we can expect the MSM and lib pundits to start digging into West’s background in coming days if they haven’t done so already. They don’t take kindly to folks who threaten to hurt the Chosen One’s chances.  Sarah Palin and Joe Wurzelbacher will be the first to tell you…

But make no mistake, this was an Atlas Shrugged kind of moment. I could almost picture John Galt lurking somewhere in the shadows at WFTV. Barbara West deserves a raise and promotion for that one. At the very least I see an anchor job at Fox News network in her future. As with Joe the Plumber, the veil was lifted… if only for an instant. Wonderful to behold.

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R – E – S – P – E – C – T
September 23, 08, 4:14 pm
Filed under: Bill Clinton, campaign, election, elections, politics, Sarah Palin | Tags: , ,

Former President Bill Clinton seems to have taken a real shine to Sarah Palin of late. His most recent praise came yesterday as he spoke of Palin’s appeal to the average American:

“I come from Arkansas, I get why she’s hot out there, why she’s doing well,” said Clinton, who supports the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama.

Ok there is obviously going to be some speculation over what he meant by “hot”. Taken in it’s context I’m pretty certain he just meant “popular”… but knowing Bill’s amorous past we always have to wonder what is really brewing in that head of his. He likes to plant seeds. And it’s not a stretch to surmise that somewhere in the recesses of his deluded mind lies a hope that he will one day have a chance at with Sarah. Or maybe not. Either way It’s hard to resist having a little fun with it.

Ulterior motives aside, lets analyze the comments that followed.

Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin’s appeal by adding, “People look at her, and they say, ‘All those kids. Something that happens in everybody’s family. I’m glad she loves her daughter and she’s not ashamed of her. Glad that girl’s going around with her boyfriend. Glad they’re going to get married.”‘

I’m going to say something that I’ve seldom said about Bill Clinton… he is RIGHT ON THE MONEY here.  Regardless of his intentions, I agree with his sentiments. Check out the following statement:

“I get this,” Clinton said. “My view is … why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don’t we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?”

Folks, the man is [cough, sputter] exactly right.  Never has the inability to separate the person from the politics been more pronounced than with the left’s treatment of Sarah Palin.  Leftists are stubbornly refusing to see anything of merit in the woman. They know in their heart of hearts that she has certain qualities they would kill for in a candidate — but the fact that she is a conservative is simply unforgivable to them. Especially when their candidate had this election aced. So not only is she criticized… she is loathed.

Their vitriol has manifested itself in childish ways. Lib pundits and celebrities have uttered crass and tasteless things about her and her family recently… really scaping the gutter in some cases.  And in recent news, a liberal hacker —  allegedly the son of a Tennessee Democratic congressman —  has taken great glee in plastering Palin’s personal emails all over the web. This is juvenile behavior. The venom is really flowing over there on the left.

But what about me you might ask? Don’t I criticize and tease Barack Obama?  Sure.  It’s a political blog. Sarcasm and humor are part of the package. But it’s one thing to call a candidate ‘The Messiah’ and quite another to suggest that his opponent’s daughter will get “the electric chair for being a little slut” (as Russell Brand so tactfully quipped about Bristol Palin).  It’s one thing to make light of Obama’s “57 states” gaffe and quite another to openly fantasize about his opponent’s running mate being gang-raped (credit the ever classy Sandra Bernhardt with that one). On the political humor scale, I’m a Leno… not a Howard Stern.

Now, here’s a seldom treaded path that I might suggest to some of you libs… it’s called ‘the high road’. When Hillary Clinton ran we were told that regardless of our political views, we should applaud the great strides she has made for womankind. Why not view Sarah Palin in the same light? Why not say “I disagree strongly with her views and will do everything in my power to defeat her party in this election… but I do think she’s a likable person and am impressed by what this woman has achieved for her gender.” And while you’re at it, admit that you liked the lipstick joke. Is that so hard?

Face it, it would be a tremendous step forward for women if we had a female vice president.  The glass ceiling doesn’t get much higher than that.  Does she have to be a Democrat before that will have any meaning for you liberals?  Do you realize how shallow that is?

And while I’m on the subect what about feminists themselves? Many of them have gone on record blasting Sarah recently. They are not only doing a disservice to their cause, they are revealing to the world that liberalism is the real engine that drives modern feminism… not equal rights for women.  Pretty ‘non-progressive’ if you ask me.

I’m not suggesting that Sarah never be criticised by any means. Color her any way you want… just keep your crayons inside the lines please. Politics aside she’s actually a pretty impressive woman.



Obama’s pig joke not flying

Sir Barrogance is munching on his own foot yet again. The McCain campaign has released what is being called the “lipstick” ad in response to controversial comments Barack Obama made Tuesday night at a town-hall style meeting. The ad features footage of the now famous self-referencing joke Sarah Palin made during her speech at the Republican National Convention and then contrasts it with a decidedly tasteless retort offered by Barack Obama last night.

Here’s a clip of the ad:

First of all, let me state the obvious: this guy is terrible off the cuff. He may be good at delivering prepared speeches but once again Senator Barry demonstrates that he is utterly helpless without a teleprompter.

But more significantly he shows himself here to be completely tone-deaf to all the recent cries of sexism that have been rightfully leveled at the Dems since Palin entered the scene. It was a dumb remark in it’s own right and an even dumber one to be making in this climate.

So has Obama apologized?  Not yet. But we can be sure to expect a statement in coming days along the lines of “I’m sorry you [morons] misinterpreted my remarks and got so darned upset”. Dems are fond of these pseudo apologies which only serve as veiled insults aimed at the offended parties.

In the meantime Barry has chosen to go on the defensive. According to WSJ’s Washington Wire, Obama has reacted to the new ad by putting his favorite attack dog on the case:

The reaction set off a frenzied dive into the opposition research vault. Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton sent reporters a Chicago Tribune article published in 2007 during the Democratic primaries that cites McCain criticizing Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” McCain is quoted as saying about Clinton’s proposal.

Nice try. But anyone with even a third of the Golden Boy’s much heralded IQ can see that McCain is clearly speaking of Hillary’s healthcare plan here and not Hillary herself.  Yes, this joke has been used often over the years… but most politicians are smart enough to use it in reference to ideas, not people.

But I already know what some of you libs are thinking “Oh C’MON! Obama was merely referencing the McCain campaign here! The Republican platform is the “pig” and he was saying you couldn’t change the ugliness of that pig by applying Sarah Palin’s lipstick and her… and her…”

And her what? Pretty face?  Uh huh, that’s what I thought. This remark is sexist at any level you choose to interpret it.  The only pig here is of the chauvinist variety.

Incidentally, what if the same comment had been made by McCain in reference to Barack’s wife, Michelle? Do you think he would have stood for it?

UPDATE:

Obama defending his statement on Letterman:

Obama said to him the expression “lipstick on a pig” in this case applies to having a bad idea and trying to pass it off as change.

“Just calling [ideas] change, calling them different doesn’t make it better, hence lipstick on a pig,” Obama said.

Flying steady so far. But then he takes a complete nosedive:

“Keep in mind, technically, had I meant it this way, [Palin] would be the lipstick. The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig, just following the logic of this illogical situation,” Obama said.

Quit while you’re behind, Barry.

What he’s basically saying here is “Hey I wasn’t referring to any particular person… but if I WERE, Sarah would be the lipstick and McCain’s policies the pig.” All of this further validates my point: to Obama, Palin is nothing more than a pretty face being used to make McCain’s platform look better. Remember he’s trying to diffuse accusations that he’s being sexist here.



“Fight with me”

John McCain delivered a decent speech Thursday night as the RNC drew to a close. Few will argue that Sarah stole his thunder the night before but he did make the best speech John McCain can make.  John has a different speaking style than George W. Bush but shares some of the same problems with timing and emphasis. He also has a tendency to break into a smile at all the wrong times. He did have some good lines but with the possible exception of the speech’s rallying cry at the end, there were no real ‘pump your fist in the air’ moments. But that’s just John. We knew what to expect here.

That having been said, he did do an adequate job. He covered the usual domestic issues such as education, healthcare, taxes and the economy. The contrast to Obama’s platform was not always as clear cut as one might have hoped. But he did emphasise his commitment to lowering taxes as compared to Obama’s ‘pretend’ tax-cut which would actually line Congress’ pocket more than ours. And he did press for offshore drilling and more nuclear power… much to the delight of the crowd.

The second half of his speech was much better than the first and he was markedly more effective when speaking about his military heroism than he was when talking domestic policy. His account of being held captive at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam was both sobering and inspiring.

I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our Code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn’t in great shape, and I missed everything about America. But I turned it down.

There is no doubt McCain emerged from that experience a true hero and an honor to his country. And he was believable when he promised to fight against terrorism and foreign aggression. These issues are definitely his strong suit.

Hardly worth mentioning were a handful of interruptions from a few brats at Code Pink… their faces contorted into positively miserable forms as they were ushered out of the building to deafening chants of “U.S.A!”.  They honestly reminded me of a kid getting dragged fitfully out of a store by their mom because she wouldn’t buy them a box of Skittles. Apparently they think they swayed someone to their cause with that foolishness but I’m not sure who.

But all in all the speech went as expected and it accomplished it’s objective. Things did end on a powerful note as MCain literally shouted the following lines over a roaring crowd:

I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your president. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Excellent words. A stirring moment and a great way to end the speech.

I also LOVED it when they played Heart’s “Barracuda” after the families of McCain and Palin took the stage — an obvious nod to our favorite bad-ass running mate. The campaign would be crazy not to adopt that as her theme song from this point forward.

Putting it all into perspective, I’m very enthused about our chances for the first time since this race began. Though McCain is nowhere near the orator Barack Obama is, his experience and service to his country came across loud and clear last night. With his brilliant addition of Sarah Palin (whose mere presence in the audience somehow seemed to ignite the crowd) this has become a VERY powerful ticket.

Bring it, Golden Boy.  This game is officially on.



Heavy “mettle” woman

I can’t quite recall a time when the MSM has gotten as agitated and panicked over a presidential running mate as they have over Sarah Palin. And why? Is she not a strong and accomplished woman? Has she not forged her own path to become the head of the largest state in the union? Does she not exemplify all of the qualities women have worked so tirelessly to cultivate over the years?

Well yes… but she’s also a conservative. She’s pro-life. She staunchly supports offshore drilling in her home state. She owns — and uses — guns. She likes to lower taxes and tackle government corruption. And so, says a leftist press, the woman must go.

Rest assured that the lib media is on the case. Their modus operendi is to relentlessly turn up the heat on Palin’s personal life until she finally bursts into tears and leaves the kitchen (a little sexist lingo there).  And I have to say, after decades of observing the political scene, never have I seen the MSM spring into such swift and ruthless action in going after a V.P. candidate and their family. Throw a sickly cow into a piranha pond and you won’t see the frenzy you are witnessing here.

Of the handful of “disturbing” revelations which have surfaced, the one bit of news that opponents seem to see as Palin’s Achilles heel is the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol. After all, how can a good mom possibly manage her daughter’s crisis and be there for her while running for the second highest office in the land? And what kind of gall must the woman have to even accept McCain’s offer under such circumstances?  Lib pundits breathlessly speculate that Palin’s family troubles may just cause her to sheepishly withdraw from the race by week’s end. Or as The Trentonian so tactfully put it in their caption to an AP photo:

Yesterday, the sexy mother said that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and that her mountain man hubby was busted for driving under the influence. Some think she won’t last the week as McCain’s No. 2.

Very objective journalism there Trentonian!  But as John McLaughlin would say: WROOOOONG! Sarah ain’t going nowhere.

Good God, how many ways can a liberal media underestimate a situation? I can count three right off-hand — three factors that the Obama camp and their accomplices in the press aren’t taking into account:

  1. Palin’s resilience. Sarah is well-known in Alaska as someone who never backs down from adversity. In fact, she seems to thrive on it. If her bulldog rep is true, these attacks from the left will only energize her.  Get ready for a zinger or two aimed at the press during Palin’s speech tonight.
  2. Hillary voter backlash. Many Hillary Clinton supporters are still fuming over what appeared to be a sexist media bias against the first female presidential candidate in history. Now that another woman has thrown her hat in the ring, questions about Palin’s readiness based merely upon the fact that she’s a mom will only fan the flames higher. Examples of this are already popping up in some of  the comments sections of articles and blogs about Palin. Hillary’s peeps are NOT happy, folks.
  3. General voter backlash. Most of us have known a family at some time in our lives who has had to deal with a teen daughter getting pregnant. We know how freaked out a young girl can get in this situation and how essential maintaining privacy is to her and her family. The MSM’s shameless efforts to bore down on Palin’s daughter will not play well with the public… at all.

So there you have it… yet another case of the media inadvertently helping the very person they were trying to destroy. Will they ever learn? Let’s hope not.



Nice try

Barack Obama weighed in Monday on his experience compared to that of McCain’s new running mate, Sarah Palin:

In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Monday night, Obama was asked about whether his experience in the U.S. Senate dealing with weather-related situations compares to Palin’s executive experience running the state of Alaska and as the small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

Comparing the running of a campaign to the running of a state with 670,000 residents?  Um… no. But thanks for playing.



Media mud

It’s been entertaining to watch the reaction of the liberal media over John McCain’s surprise bombshell (and I mean that on SO many levels) of choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.  In the first place they are clearly bothered that he chose a woman — make that a Republican woman. After all, the official MSM template dictates that the first female ANYTHING in Washington HAS to be a Democrat. They being the enlightened ones who are with the times and all…

Secondly, they are resentful at being forced to turn their cameras away from the overconfident visage of the Golden One so soon after his star-studded pow-wow atop Mt. Olympus. After all, we were still supposed to be basking in the glow of history in the making last Thursday as Obama accepted the DNC nomination on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today we were supposed to be reading the MSM’s poignant analysis of what this monumental event “means for America”.

Sure the media knew McCain’s introduction of a running mate was imminent. But they weren’t worried. They expected the traditional Republican cookie-cutter candidate… a Mitt Romney perhaps. They already had page two reserved for their obligatory three paragraph write-up on whoever the fuddy-duddy turned out to be.

So now the press has been thrown more than just a curve — we’re talking a Phil Niekro knuckler doing a butterfly dance around their bat. They are in absolute fits, folks… and they’re not playing nice. The same MSM who so obediently acquiesced after Barack Obama ordered them to lay off his wife and children has now embarked upon a hell-bent mission to find the dirt on anyone in the Palin clan all the way down to the family pooch.

And to the thrill of leftist pundits they believe they have uncovered some tasty morsels: Hubby had a DUI several years ago as a young man. Teen daughter is pregnant. Palin may have overstepped her authority while trying to protect her sister in a nasty custody battle. Sarah’s husband and son are (gasp) independents.

So how much of the mud will stick? From all indications not much at all. What is emerging here with the Palins is the family next door — or maybe our own.  It is actually refreshing for voters to see that Palin shares our problems and is somewhat approachable. As Politico’s Charles Mahtesian writes:

So far — and it is hard to tell what the future may hold for Palin’s unexpected national candidacy — the travails of the Palin family probably seem awfully familiar to many average Americans. It is this averageness that makes her such a politically promising running mate for John McCain — and such a dangerous opponent for Democrats. Many voters will find it easy to identify with her family’s struggles — a significant advantage in an election where the voting calculus is so unusually and intensely personal.

Agreed. These revelations may help her in an odd kind of way and will likely do little to put the brakes on what has suddenly become a very promising McCain candidacy.   The libs will kick up some dirt but what will be left when the dust clears is an intelligent, well spoken, confident, attractive, tenacious leader who is firm on her decidedly conservative convictions.

Dems and libs would like us to think they are laughing off McCain’s attempt at a checkmate. But make no mistake “Sarah Barracuda” is haunting their dreams at night. They are more than a little worried — and many of us on the right are now more than a little stoked. For the first time in the campaign we have… if I may borrow Barry’s buzzword… hope.  With Palin, we have finally broken the traditional Republican mold — at a time when things had indeed become moldy.

--Cartoon by Gary Varvel