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Debatable truths

A quick synopsis on last night’s debate: As we had hoped, McCain came out swinging. And for the first time in any of the three presidential debates, millions of Americans finally got to see the Boy Wonder squirm a little… not to mention lie through his teeth. At this point it won’t mean much as far as the outcome of this election, but satisfying to see nonetheless.

McCain came down particularly hard on Obama over his ACORN and Ayers ties. This resulted in nothing less than some bonafide fibs being uttered on national TV by the cornered Democratic candidate .

First, Obama’s response to McCain’s ACORN allegations:

The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN is, I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.

“Only involvement”? Not quite. As Factcheck.org reminds us:

He did, but that wasn’t his only involvement. He also worked closely with ACORN’s Chicago office when he ran a Project Vote registration drive after law school, and Obama did some leadership training for Chicago ACORN. The Woods Fund, where Obama served as a board member, gave grants to ACORN’s Chicago branch; both organizations are concerned with disadvantaged populations in that city. And during the primaries of this election, Obama’s campaign paid upwards of $800,000 to the ACORN-affiliated Campaign Services Inc. for get-out-the-vote efforts (not voter registration). Those services were initially misrepresented on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports, an error that some find suspicious and others say is par for the course. ACORN’s Chicago office and CSI have not been under investigation.

Well ok there was that.

Regarding terrorist Bill Ayers (oh, yes he is) here’s part of the exchange that took place between the candidates:

MCCAIN: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So — and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers’ living room.

OBAMA: That’s absolutely not true.

Well… it kinda is, Senator Barry. At least according to the NY Times:

It was later in 1995 that Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn hosted the gathering, in their town house three blocks from Mr. Obama’s home, at which State Senator Alice J. Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced Mr. Obama to a few Democratic friends as her chosen successor.

Ed Morrisey sums it all up:

Unfortunately for Obama, those are the facts, both about Ayers and ACORN. Obama paid ACORN over $800,000 this summer for GOTV efforts, which Obama now denies, although he did finally admit that he represented ACORN as an attorney in a lending-practices case. Obama did launch his career at a party hosted by Ayers, which is such a matter of public record that I’m frankly surprised he bothered to deny it.

We’re not surprised. Not that any of this will prevent the Golden One from sailing on to victory next month. But at least he was finally put on the spot last night over some of his unsavory ties. See how easy that was, Johnny?

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-- Cartoon by Eric Allie 
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Call ’em out, Johnny

McCain finally lays the blame where it belongs:

WAUKESHA, Wisc. — John McCain may be going out of his way to praise Ted Kennedy at debates, but he is using another Massachusetts Democrat to draw boos.

In response to a question about whether McCain would investigate those responsible for the mortgage crisis, he pointed the finger at “willing co-conspirators” in Congress.

Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd are two of them,” McCain said, so riling the crowd by the mention of the first name that few probably heard the second.

Atta boy. Are we finally starting to see some fight in the man who shouted “Fight with me!” a month ago?  Time will tell but at least he got the perpetrators right this time.



To sleep, perchance to debate

Last night’s debate, in a word, was boring. Maybe it was Tom Brokaw’s questions. Maybe it was because we had heard a lot of the answers before. Whatever it was, this was a three espresso night.

Obama’s opening statement set what was to be his tone for the evening (for full effect cue up the official Democrat/MSM theme song while reading this):

I think everybody knows now we are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. And a lot of you I think are worried about your jobs, your pensions, your retirement accounts, your ability to send your child or your grandchild to college.

Yes the whine certainly flowed from Barry’s direction throughout the debate. Nothing new under the sun here. No change. No hope. Just typical Democrat fear and loathing.

As for who won, it depends upon which pundit you listen to. Many in the mainstream media are calling it a draw… but are claiming that this actually makes Obama the victor since a tie means he keeps his lead in the polls. Uh, right. Whatever you say MSM.

In general Obama was percieved as prevailing on the economy (meaning he sounded more impressive while saying absolutely nothing) and McCain not surprisingly came in stronger on foreign policy.

However, Barry does get credit for the most asinine, clueless statement of the night:

Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.

If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in?

Ahem…   Senator Obama, if memory serves me we did intervene in the Holocaust… very effectively I might add. It was called FREAKIN’ WORLD WAR II.

That boneheaded statement alone should disqualify him from EVER taking the mantle of Commander in Chief.

Other than that little gem it was a rather dry, uneventful debate.  If anything emerged more clearly than ever it was that Barack Obama wants to remind YOU that your life is in the crapper and HE wants to be your Roto-Rooter man. It bewilders me as to why half of America falls for that but they apparently do.

In any event, the recent economic news has clearly given a boost to the Chosen One’s campaign so the only thing left for us conservatives to do is get out and vote. And keep the Kool-Aid out of the reach of our undecided friends.

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-- Cartoon by Ed Gamble


No pressure… but be perfect


The V.P. debate is scheduled for tonight, and to many on the right it marks what may be the tipping point for this election. The general consensus is that if Sarah Palin’s performance is nothing less than flawless tonight, McCain’s campaign may never recover. And make no mistake, a growing number of my conservative friends are getting fidgety about our veep-in-running. Citing her less than stellar performances in recent television interviews they are even going so far as to suggest that she should never have been added to the ticket.

And you now what? I am starting to agree. But NOT for the reasons you might think.

Put simply: Sarah Palin is not destroying John McCain… John McCain is destroying Sarah Palin.

In the beginning I had assumed that maybe McCain was a little out of touch — that he simply didn’t understand what it was that made Sarah such a great asset. But now I’ve come to realize he understands her a little too well.  I think she makes him a little nervous. Not nervous that her inexperience will show, but nervous that if she’s allowed to be herself she may just outshine what was supposed to be the main attraction.

McCain knows that Sarah has energized the conservative base and he further knows that the prime reason for this is because she is everything he is not.  She’s an outsider and a true conservative who when left to her own devices has an impressive knack for communicating the conservative message in layman’s terms. As Alaska governor she also has gained a reputation for fighting against the Republican establishment.  And let’s face it: John McCain is Republican establishment, folks. I don’t believe he has any disdain for Sarah but I do think his bizarre actions since choosing her as running mate have been almost an unconscious form of sabotage.

Basically his strategy for containing this potential loose cannon has been to lock her away in the basement, letting her out on occasion but only under carefully guarded conditions. During her confinement, he has charged his campaign staff with the daunting task of reprogramming this dynamic young conservative woman into an clone of himself.

And so, after what I imagine were long and intense sessions of attempting to cram John McCain talking points into Sarah’s head, the campaign then sent her staggering out for a couple of interviews with near disastrous consequences. She muddled through anwsers that she either didn’t fully believe or perhaps did believe but would have phrased much, much better herself. Even during her best moments she came across more like a Stepford wife than the fiesty barracuda we came to know and love at the convention.

So now because John has been so reluctant to unleash his running mate in her full power and allow people to get to know the real Sarah, he has allowed a situation to manifest where her performance in tonight’s debates may make or break his campaign. It never had to be that way.

So a word for John McCain: If it’s not too late at this point I’d like to join the growing chorus of my conservative friends… LET SARAH BE SARAH.

Dammit.

You have taken a bright new star in the conservative moment and instead of allowing her to shine you have insisted on hovering in front of her like a dusty old establishment cloud. If you don’t change that strategy and FAST you will not only lose this campaign, you will do permanent damage to what could have been a very promising career for a remarkable woman.

If a parrot in a suit was what you wanted, you could have chosen Mitt Romney and he would have been easily up to the task. He would have repeated your lines with the polished flair of a seasoned politician and without a single hair falling out of place.

But you have chosen Sarah Palin… so for God’s sake take off the leash and let the pit bull loose. Sure she will make the occasional gaffe but rest assured that lovable clown Joe Biden will always be two steps ahead of her in that category. And yes she will disagree with you on occasion but trust me… that’s what we WANT her to do.  Those qualities are what made us love her in the first place. Her refreshing honesty and down to earth manner will HELP rather than hurt your campaign.

So two words, Senator McCain: FREE SARAH. Your victory depends on it. If you refuse to do this then her inclusion on your ticket was in vain. And in that sense I will come to regret her ever being chosen… for HER sake, not yours.



Resume game

In a somewhat awkward reversal, John McCain has decided to move forward with the debates tonight.

McCain’s campaign made the announcement late Friday morning, two days after the Republican candidate said he was suspending his campaign to deal with the financial rescue plan being debated in Washington.

The campaign will resume “all activities and the senator will travel to the debate this afternoon,” the McCain campaign said in a statement released around 11:30 a.m. ET. “Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners.”

This is one chess move I’m sure McCain wishes he had to do over.   With pressure mounting on Congress to bail out the financial industry, he saw an opportunity to take charge and look presidential. But it was a risky maneuver and it blew up in his face. The success of his gamble depended entirely on his opponent’s willingness to comply. Lesson learned: never put the ball in Obama’s court. Johnny came out looking bad here.

But political miscalculations aside, let’s get one thing clear: In spite of all the toungue wagging on the left over the past couple of days… John McCain is not and never has been afraid to debate Senator ummm… errrr… ahhhh… uhhh…. Barack Obama. Good God have we already forgotten how green Barry looked when he squared off with Hillary?   McCain has faced much scarier enemies than Obama during his lifetime. The man spent five years in the Hanoi Hilton — he ain’t afraid of this little Chicago boy.

Give ’em hell John.

Full article below:

McCain to Attend Debate at University of Mississippi



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.



McCain Gallup’ing to higher ground

More interesting poll numbers for John McCain — this time showing a notable surge among independents. The Gallup chart tells the story.

As I have said before, polls are of limited use and shouldn’t be relied upon religiously. But this post-convention swing is notable in the fact that the chart doesn’t show a similar bump for Obama after the Dem convention. In other words: Nice show, Barry… but it appears those styrofoam Greek columns failed to leave much of an impression on scrupulous independent voters. Not only has McCain’s support reached an all-time high among this important voter class, but Obama’s has reached an all-time low.

Gallup’s ‘Final Points’:

The events on the Republican stage in St. Paul, Minn., from Sept. 2-4 appear to have provided two important boosts to the McCain-Palin ticket.

First, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted Sept. 5-7, McCain has energized his Republican base and, as a result, has potentially strengthened his positioning on Election Day with “likely voters.” Second, as the Gallup Poll Daily trends discussed here show, voter movement toward McCain since the Republican convention occurred mainly with independents, thus broadening McCain’s appeal beyond the party.

Republicans had already lined up for McCain before the convention started. Now, they are excited, and are joined by more independents than at any other time in the campaign. Those gains may not last — “bounces” rarely do — but they enable McCain to launch the next phase of the campaign with the knowledge of what his winning coalition might look like.

Link to Gallup article below:

McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents