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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Not Sold on Steele

I heard Michael Steele on the radio (in Chicago) this morning and came away less enthusiastic about seeing him as RNC Chairman.

Here's why: Steele, who embraces pretty much the same pro-life Conservative values I do, explained his version of a winning GOP strategy as drafting candidates who reflect the issue positions of voters in their district/state. Now, this isn't entirely off-base, but I was unpleasantly surprised to hear Michael Steele state this as the centerpiece of the effort to regain Republican majorities.

Whatever happened to winning over voters to Conservative IDEAS? The GOP will never expand its base sufficiently by Leftward flanking manuevers -- voters on the Left already have a major Party of choice: Democrats. Republican success has come from proposing Conservative solutions that win over voters from the middle to Conservative IDEAS. That's how Reagan succeeded and that's how The Contract With America succeeded.

If the last few weeks of the hapless McCain campaign didn't cure us of the attraction of ME-TO Republicanism, I don't know what will. The election was OVER when the credit crisis loomed onto the national stage and John McCain's response was to rail against "Wall Street greed"and rush to Washington D.C. where the federal government would save us. Memo to McCain Campaign: we already have a Party that hates capitalism and thinks government is the answer to every problem; if you sound just like them, why should anyone buy from you instead of them?

No doubt Republicans should be wise as serpents (like Rahm Emmanuel) and recruit viable candidates, but if we ever hope to escape permanent minority status, we'll need to lead with ideas, and the Leftist idea concession is already taken, so it will have to be Conservative ideas if the GOP is to have a unique selling proposition. Not to mention that Conservative ideas are what America desperately needs.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:03 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 2:50 PM CST
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Monday, November 10, 2008
There Ain't Enough Room in this Town for Newt and Mrs. Reynolds

Of course, every man can understand why John Mark Reynolds would engage in whatever diplomacy is necessary to avoid sleeping on the couch, but is placating Mrs. Reynolds really a burden that all Conservatives should have to bear? We’re talking about RNC Chairman, not poster child. Newt has proven his ability to build a successful Republican Brand, and the only other person who can make that claim went to heaven four years ago, so Newt’s the best we’ve got.

All too frequently some Republican, like John Mark Reynolds or Dr. Dobson, bellows above the din, “I’ve got a bomb! Everybody do what I say and nobody gets hurt.” There is a human impulse to halt, aghast at the threatened carnage, and try to strike a lifesaving bargain, but we must never negotiate with “terrorists,” even if they are our ideological allies; it leads to electoral failure.

Mr. Reynolds is also worried that college students won’t like Newt because he is yesterday's news. What kind of ‘60’s "Generation Gap" psycho-babble is that? Shall we recruit Leonardo DiCapria or some other powder puff who hasn’t yet had his first shave to chair our Party in the hour of need? Young people who are disposed to be attracted to Conservative ideas can learn from and be led by a grown up, young people who cannot be attracted to Conservative ideas cannot be attracted to Conservative ideas, and young people who are in the mushy middle don’t know any more about the history of Newt Gingrich than they do about William Ayers, The Cold War or (by the time of the next Presidential Election) 9/11.

We're supposed to worry about Newt’s identification with the Clinton Era? Does John Mark Reynolds think that's what undecided voters obsess over? The reason they're undecided is that, when it comes to politics, they don't obsess over anything! I think Mr. Reynolds needs a vacation from Washington inside baseball, and maybe some therapy. “And how are we this morning Mr. Reynolds, did you sleep well? Ready for another cleansing? Good, take a deep breath and repeat after me, slowly, ‘Nobody knows who’s RNC Chair, nobody actually cares.’ Good, and again…” Well, of course WE care who chairs the Party, but none of the People who we are trying to win over to voting for Republicans (with the exception of the volatile Mrs. Reynolds, who Newt will drive into the arms of the Democrats) knows or cares.

Moreover, Reynolds misses the simple fact that WHOEVER becomes leader of the Republican Party will be vilified by Democrats and their media lackies (or is it the other way around?), and if we pick a leader who doesn’t have any baggage Democrats and the media will MAKE UP some (e.g. Sarah Palin), so you may as well put your best players on the field and play your game. Can you imagine John Mark Reynolds on General Eisenhower’s staff? “But General, this plan will never work, if we hit the beaches at Normandy the Germans will be there shooting at us.”

On a winning team guys like John Mark Reynolds get sent out to pick up some Starbucks (“and Reynolds, don’t forget the cream and sugar this time!”) while guys like Newt Gingrich plan and execute strategies that win wars.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:34 PM CST
Updated: Monday, November 10, 2008 2:37 PM CST
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Unjust Judgment

John Derbyshire's petulant insult of President Bush: "now I wouldn't let the fool park his car in my driveway" is an injustice to a leader who has accomplished what no one thought probable back on 9/12/01 -- keeping the USA safe from further jihadi terrorist attacks. He did so by maintaining an iron backbone even when various of his natural allies in national security turned against him.

It is disingenuous or self-deceiving to act shocked at Bush's Big Government Republicanism, when the “Compassionate” part of W’s “Compassionate Conservatism” was always the trade-off we accepted in order to field a winning candidate, but prior to recent bailouts and quasi-nationalizations, it was not generally G.W. who drove spending escalation (notable exceptions include Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, No Child Left Behind -- both were campaign promises, not surprises to Conservatives – and AIDS spending in Africa), rather the GOP House and Senate -- which actually ran on reducing the size and scope of government -- became addicted to pork and Bush never stood up to them. If anything damaged the Republican Party it was the porkification of the GOP Congress. Bush deserves blame, but only a 1/274th share (i.e. 218 GOP Reps + 55 GOP Senators + 1 President = 274).

Additionally, Bush made three big mistakes in the War on Terrorism, probably a record low for any Commander in Chief in a lengthy war. Mistake 1) too slow to change strategy and generals in Iraq – but he did change it and victory is now in sight. 2) played the U.N. dawdling game, permitting Saddam and Co. to plan and prep for insurgency. 3) grossly underestimated America’s most implacable and vindictive enemy – no not Al Qaeda you goof, LIBERALS. Bush naively believed all of that hand-holding-on-the-Capitol-steps-God-Bless-America routine, when in fact the American Left was merely laying low in the interests of self-preservation, awaiting the turn of events that would make it politically safe to resume their default setting of Blame America First.

There is something in that list to make each element of the Conservative coalition angry, but I think what really set off certain Realpolitik Conservatives (Peggy Noonan, George Will and WFB Jr. come to mind) against G.W. was his Second Inaugural Address, in which he asserted that the key to American Security is the replacement of tyrannies with democracies. This sounded to them too little like J. William Fulbright and too much like Wilson, Roosevelt and JFK, with a whiff of Jimmy Carter for good measure; but in a sense I believe those Conservative Cold Warriors are guilty of failing to apply the lessons of WWII and the Cold War to today’s circumstances. You know how the joke goes, “Grandpa, which war did you fight in?” No matter what war it was, Granpa answers, “The Big One.” Well, to a certain generation of Conservatives the Cold War was “The Big One.” Their blind spot is that in this fallen world there will always be another “Big One,” and when The Big One of this generation appeared George W. Bush got it right and stuck with it.

George W. Bush concluded from the 9/11 attacks that facing extra-national enemies with global reach, suicidal fanaticism, and access to technologies of mass killing, America is not only no longer protected by the Oceans, but we are no longer protected by conventional military detterence; therefore, the lynchpin of our security is to use American power to remove those governments who threaten to facilitate terrorist attacks against America, replacing them with governments empowered by the consent of the governed, who even if not aligned with the U.S. will be restrained from adventurism by democratic accountability. Bush was not so much guilty of overestimating the capabilities of the American military as he was of overestimating the perserverance of the American body politic.

(If History still exists after an Obama Presidency, then) History will be much more generous to President Bush than many Conservatives have been so far. As for me, I will remember G.W. for his supply-side and family-friendly tax cuts, his excellent judicial appointments, signing the ban on Partial Birth Abortion, deploying an inchoate national missile defense, and fighting the right war at the right time in the right place. Regarding the latter, and notwithstanding my distaste for Republican Big Government and disappointment about Republican electoral decline, I’m inclined to be generous now to the President who did his job well enough to make my worst nightmares about terrorism in America merely nighmares.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:46 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:05 AM CST
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Behind the Scenes

Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Republican Establishment today, strategists, reinforced by the foregone conclusions of drive-by media analysts, are figuring out how to purge Conservatism from the Republican message. This is routine whenever Republicans lose an election, and it is, of course, the precise opposite of the right answer to Republican woes.

Meanwhile, in Democrat Party Bunkers across the 57 States, strategists are poring over precinct-by-precinct vote totals in anticipation of post-2010 Census redistricting. With Democrat dominance in so many State Legislatures, the Party of Elbridge Gerry has a good chance of widening its majority in the House of Representatives merely by the re-drawing of Congressional Districts.

In light of the aforementioned activities of both Parties' wise men, Republicans had better develop Conservative candidates and a Conservative Message to win at least one house of every possible State Legislature in 2010. If they don't, the GOP may not see 200 House seats for another generation.

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:23 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 8:40 AM CST
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America The Tolerant
On November 4, 2008 Americans demonstrated our tolerance by electing our first Red President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:54 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:09 AM CST
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Surprises In Store for Most Obama Voters

I would venture to say that the vast majority of Americans who voted for Barack Obama have no clue of what they've just said "yes" to.

I especially challenge Christians who helped elect Obama to take honest stock over the next four years of the effects of Obama and Democrat policies and decisions on the unborn, on marriage, on private property, on religious liberty, on free speech, on parental authority, on recognizing and confronting evil and tyranny in this fallen world.

Christian, you are responsible for the effect of your vote, since it was not a secret that the positions of Obama and Congressional Democrats on these issues are antithetical to godliness. So don't act surprised when the abominable becomes public policy thanks to your vote.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:54 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 10:05 AM CST
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Monday, November 3, 2008
A Question for Obama

Senator Obama, you have reacted with indignation to the McCain Campaign's use of the term Socialism to describe your expressed desire to "spread around the wealth." The Socialism charge has gained traction among voters who think that using the coercive power of the state to redistribute wealth is the very essence of Socialism.

Since you embrace redistribution but object to the Socialism label, would you explain this to voters: if government spreading around the wealth is not Socialism, what is Socialism?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:21 PM CST
Updated: Monday, November 3, 2008 12:22 PM CST
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Blaming Bush for bad GDP growth

The GDP growth for Quarter 2 of 2008 was negative 3/10th's of one-percent, and that was the worst in 7 years? Who knew?

If you watch the news or read the paper, you would have thought Americans had been standing in Bread Lines and selling Apples for 5-cents ever since George W. Bush first took the oath of office. It turns out though that the economy has been growing quite impressively since President Bush's tax cuts went into effect, even through the first two years of the Housing Downturn. But soaring energy costs finally brought the growth to a halt, and the credit crisis is likely to deliver another body blow to the U.S. economy. All during the boom, George W. Bush rarely got credit for the good GDP growth.

So, which Bush policies led to the Housing Slump or the Rising Cost of Energy? Well, to be fair the Bush-appointed Federal Reserve Chairman has continued the weak-dollar policy of maintaining Fed interest rates at artificially low rates, and the weak-dollar has contributed to rising energy prices. But that begs the question, "would a Democrat-appointed Fed Chairman raise interest rates? Bush has many critics for allowing a weak dollar, but no political alternative advocates policies that would strengthen the greenback.

What about energy supply and demand? President Bush has tried for seven years to open America's energy resources to the market supply, only to be continually thwarted by Democrats in the U.S. Senate. Scarce supply of Oil and Natural Gas and the high energy prices that result, are a result of Democrat policies, plain and simple.

And the Housing Slump. Another supply and demand dislocation. Demand was driven up by the addition of buyers to the market, who were in many cases unqualified to repay mortgage loans. Why were these risky loans granted? To fulfill Democrat "Affordable Housing" policies, made possible by Government Sponsored Entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- NOT Free Market Capitalism. How were these risky practices allowed to continue until the bubble burst? Answer: Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Congressional Black Caucus.

Bush's fault?

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:45 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, November 3, 2008 3:33 PM CST
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Monday, October 27, 2008

I got the following remarkable note from a friend today:

"I have always voted pro-life, but in this election I don't see a clearly pro-life candidate at least not among the two leading parties...if anyone can send me evidence that McCain is really solidly pro-life I would love to see it."

My friend is a very smart guy, so how could he not know -- a week before the election -- that McCain is prolife and Obama is pro-abortion. Easy! He gets most of his news and information from "mainstream" media sources.

I wrote back to my buddy as follows:

Interestingly, I heard someone else say the same thing (i.e. that McCain is not pro-life) recently and it surprised me. There has to be some deliberate disinformation circulating, because McCain and Obama are both clearly on the record regarding abortion.

McCain was not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th choice for the Republican nomination, but one of the things I've got to hand him is that John McCain has a consistent pro-life voting record during a quarter century in the Senate and House. Moreover, McCain has always voted to confirm, and has promised to appoint Constitutionalist judges (i.e. judges who adjudicate cases based on the laws enacted by our elected representatives, rather than making up the law according to their own whims).

The U.S. Congress doesn’t get very many opportunities to vote directly on abortion, since most abortion-related legislating is done at the State level, but when the opportunity arose Senator McCain voted to ban partial-birth abortion, both in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton twice vetoed the ban, and more recently when President Bush signed it into law. McCain also supports a Human Life Amendment, although no Senate vote has ever been held, due to Democrat filibusters.

Judicial appointments are the other avenue in which a U.S. Senator or a President has a direct effect on the abortion issue, and McCain’s senatorial confirmation votes have supported pro-life judges without exception. Candidate McCain has also made a major point of promising to nominate judges in the mold of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito, if elected president. McCain has further openly expressed his view that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Moreover, McCain has no confusion about when a human life begins: “at the moment of conception.”

Which brings us to Barack Obama.

Beyond, being unable to answer Rick Warren’s rather simple question, “at what point does a baby obtain human rights,” because the answer was “above [Obama’s] pay grade.” Senator Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate for president since Roe v. Wade.

Obama has said (watch Obama with your own eyes, listen to him with your own ears) he would make signing The Freedom of Choice Act his first act as president. The Freedom of Choice Act would enshrine abortion on demand in federal law as a right that could not be regulated by the States. That means No Parental Notification, No Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, No Protection of Health Care Provider or Med School Student Conscience, No Waiting Periods, etc… With pro-abortion Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, a President Obama will have the opportunity to keep that campaign promise, wiping out with one signature all the pro-life progress of the past 35 years.

Obama also has a voting record in the Illinois State Senate. He routinely supported all pro-abortion legislation and routinely opposed all pro-life legislation (he voted “present” as part of a Planned Parenthood strategy to defeat partial birth abortion ban and other pro-life bills, while shielding pro-abortion legislators from accountability for their pro-abortion votes – read it on a pro-abortion website) in the State Legislature.

Most conspicuously, Obama helped kill the Infants Born Alive Protection Act in the Illinois Senate. This is beyond hideous. As you probably know, a nurse by the name of Jill Stanek blew the whistle on what was happening at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Illinois (not far from where you and I grew up). Babies who survived an attempted abortion were left to die among the dirty laundry, and doctors and nurses were forbidden by the hospital to provide any care or comfort to the dying infants. When Stanek exposed this barbarity she was fired from the hospital; but pro-life legislators in Illinois drafted legislation to put a stop to the practice and require minimal care for those infants. Barack Obama, self-proclaimed advocate of "the least of these," fought and voted against that legislation. In Obama’s pro-abortion absolutist view, government has no legitimate role in protecting even already born babies, if the mother intended to abort.

In this, Obama is even more extreme than Bill Clinton, who at least drew the line at the baby being part way within the mother’s body. I know this is a terribly grotesque topic, but describing these procedures is not the evil, supporting them is, and that is precisely what Barack Obama has done with perfect consistency throughout his career. When it comes to the battle to protect innocent human life, an Obama presidency would indeed be “historic,” because it would constitute the gravest defeat for the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade. And you won’t have to wait long to taste the bitter fruits of that defeat, since Obama is itching to sign The Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he takes the presidential oath of office.

In any election there are many important issues, but the sanctity of human life is a DEFINING issue. As I see it, a person who disdains innocent human life cannot be trusted with lesser matters either, because he has no fear of God. Without the fear of God what is there to restrain a person entrusted with power?

McCain is not my ideal candidate, and he has never been a leader in the Pro-Life movement. But McCain has surely been a faithful pro-life vote, even when it wasn’t the popular path, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president. Obama’s record and agenda is clear and unequivocal: abortion on demand, with no limits, enshrined in law, protected by Liberal judges, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:02 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:04 PM CDT
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Get Out The Vote Effort

"HONOLULU (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he's not sure his gravely ill grandmother will live to see Election Day."

Obama is a good Community Organizer. He learns that Grandma, a registered Democrat, may die before election day, so he races to her bedside, Absentee Ballot in hand, to make sure she casts her vote before shuffling off this mortal coil.

Moreover, as the nearest relative not living in a cardboard box in Africa, Barack is responsibe for visiting Grandma's burial plot to ensure that everything is in good order. If Obama is a truly great Community Organizer he'll bring along a large stack of Absentee Ballots.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:07 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2008 3:18 PM CDT
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Grandma, Come Forth!

Barack Obama, The One, waited three days before going to his sick Grandmother's deathbed. Why? Perhaps like that other Community Organizer, Obama wanted to heighten the drama by waiting until Grandma is in the tomb. Talk about the ultimate photo op, "Grandma, you old racist defense plant employee, COME FORTH!" Now that is what I call an October Surprise.

But imagine the disappointment among Obama's supporters if Obama merely sits at Grandma's side, holding her hand, talking and praying with her until the end, like a mere mortal; they'll be as stunned as King Canute's courtiers. Not to worry though, when Grandma dies I'm sure Obama can change the subject, after all there must be some way to blame Bush.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:30 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2008 2:32 PM CDT
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Was Deregulation Behind Credit Crisis?
Must read article: The Truth About Deregulation, by Peter Ferrara on National Review Online.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:59 AM CDT
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Whoso diggeth a pit...

What a bitter irony if John McCain’s presidential aspirations are undermined by President Bush, whose (undeserved) unpopularity is a major drag on McCain’s prospects. "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein..."

McCain has spent the better part of the past eight years undermining President Bush – on tax cuts, the Enron scandal (recall that McCain opportunistically joined the absurd blame-Bush chorus in order to ram through McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform), the early conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Drilling in ANWR, Judicial Appointments (I must not think about the phrase “Gang of Fourteen,” or I might accidentally mark “Obama” on my ballot), and “Torture” at Gitmo.

“... and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”

O Merciful Lord God, withhold that stone for three weeks, I beseech You!

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:01 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:28 PM CDT
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Doesn't Rise to the Level

Saturday morning I walked into Walgreen's to pick up a prescription, and I was greeted by the blaring Chicago Sun-Times headline: "Palin Abused Power." Boy, was I ever relieved! I was afraid that the political hatchet-job investigation in the Alaska legislature may have come up with something really serious, like "Probe finds Palin cancelled gubernatorial subscription to Ladies Home Journal without consulting legislature."

Instead, we get nothing but the ho-hum charge that the Governor abused the power of her office. Well, we have precedent telling us that abuse of power is not a serious offense, as long as the office holder has a high job approval rating [see Clinton, William Jefferson, Impeachment], and Sarah Palin's job approval rating in Alaska approaches 90-percent. Case closed, right?

Wrong, apparently the Governor of Alaska and her husband are the only people in the entire state not allowed to complain about and demand investigation of an out-of-control police officer, in light of which, the Alaska Legislature may want to consider a new Official Seal for the Governor. How about this?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:41 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:54 AM CDT
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Showing a little patriotism...

News Item from Associated Press: "Biden calls paying higher taxes a Patriotic act"

News Item from ABC News: "Obama Stops Wearing Flag Pin, Says He'll Show Patriotism Through Ideas"

This is enlightening, and I'm grateful to Senators Obama and Biden for their clear thinking and intellectual consistency on the topic of patriotism. These men are leaders indeed, as evidenced by the fact that their words have moved me, an average citizen, to action.

The IRS will soon notice that I'm no longer paying federal income taxes, and I'm sure they will ask me about it. When they do, I'll reply, "You know, the truth is that right after Senator Biden's admonition I paid some taxes. Shortly afterwards, particularly because we were talking about budget deficits, paying taxes became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't pay those taxes on my income; instead I'm gonna try to tell the American People what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:55 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
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Friday, September 19, 2008
The Great Regulator?
Obama blames the Financial Markets' current woes on the putative lack of government regulation of, among other things, "creative financing." Would that include the kind of creative financing deal in which a shady character buys an expensive residential property then sells it to a State Senator below market value?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:18 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:30 PM CDT
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Executive Experience?
Barack Obama says that managing his own presidential campaign constitutes executive experience. Obama's chosen measuring stick should be remembered as more news emerges about how much money the Obama campaign has burned through, and the weak financial condition of the campaign, despite record-breaking revenues.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:53 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
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The Other Woman

Of course, Hillary would not be the only woman who would have to swallow hard if Barack Obama wants her as VP.

Do you really think Comrade Michelle wants that #&*(@ haunting the White House? To say nothing of the overshadowing presence of a former President putting his feet up on her hubby’s desk, chasing interns, sticking his face in front of every TV camera and charging McDonald’s carryouts to the company credit card.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:21 PM CDT
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Stand By Somebody Else's Man?

Since last week we’ve heard rumors that Obama will dump Joe Biden from the Dem ticket (Biden will want to “spend more time with his family”) and replace him with Hillary Clinton. Now, try to think about this like a Feminist.

In 1992 Hillary stood by her man in the Gennifer Flowers and assorted other Bimbo Eruptions, so that Bill could make it to the White House and Hillary would be empowered to take over the Health Care Industry. She dutifully played her part, but the promised reward never materialized. Again in 1998-99 Hillary stood by her man when he “did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” dutifully portrayed the wronged but loyal wife to save Bill’s worthless hide from being kicked out of office, all in order to preserve her own Presidential ambitions for 2008.

Her moment came! She was the inevitable, anointed nominee-to-be of an ascendant Democrat Party. One problem, even though she won a nearly equal number of votes, she was cast aside by the Party Bosses (i.e. Superdelegates), and they gave the nomination to a man. Hillary clenched her teeth and supported the Party’s nominee, and was rewarded by not even being considered for the VP slot, which instead went to a good-old-boy white male. Then the Republicans, of all people, the racist-sexist-bigot-homophobe-warmongering-tax cuts for the rich Republicans choose a (alleged) woman as the VP candidate, and suddenly this arctic Jenny-come-lately is sucking up all the oxygen that should have belonged to Hillary.

And now, now after Hillary has given the best years of her life to unfaithful, unthankful, less-qualified men, to advance their careers, now that they are in trouble and can’t get across the finish line without her help, she is once again supposed to swallow her pride and let the men walk all over her again? And for what? Another promise to just be patient because her turn is coming? She can look in the mirror and see that new wrinkle and another gray hair, and the-smartest-woman-in-the-world can figure out that she won’t always look pleasant under the TV lights, certainly not in eight years.

She’s been used and abused by Democrat men over and over again. Why should she say, “yes” one more time? For years now, Hillary has danced to the tune of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," but I think another country song will be in order for Hillary if Obama asks her to run with him now. It's from "But I Will," by Faith Hill, “you always had a line to change my mind, so I guess you thought, I’d just let you break my heart again…” 


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:38 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:47 PM CDT
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Into the Lion's Den . . . and Out Again.

Some impressions from the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson:

Palin was nervous, expecting Gibson to set her up for a “gotcha,” which was, of course, precisely what he tried to do. The questions on foreign policy were reasonable questions, asked in an unreasonable manner. Gibson’s framing of so many questions as a challenge to the nominee’s qualifications (as opposed to merely a quest to discover the candidate’s positions), coupled with the interviewer’s condescending tone, made it clear to the viewer that Gibson considers Governor Palin to be out of her league. So much for "unbiased."

For Media star, Charlie Gibson, to hold up his own head in the presence of his colleagues, he had to emerge from the interview with Sarah Palin’s severed head in hand. He did not. But, notwithstanding their frustration with Gibson’s failure to “kill the beast, spill its blood,” the Leftmedia machinery swung into action to concoct a “gotcha” moment from the “Bush Doctrine” Q&A. Aha! You see, this igloo-park-trash bimbo doesn’t even know what The Bush Doctrine is, never mind that the term could refer to any of four distinct Bush policy positions. This was the best they could come up with from the battle – er, I mean the interview? Palin passes the trial by fire.

As for Gibson’s assinine question about Palin’s remarks at her old church, i.e. “let’s pray that [our Armed Forces] are doing God’s will…” (a fairly unobjectionable prayer request to most Americans, I would think). The non-comprehending Gibson, assuming the default Leftist suspicion of religion, questioned the propriety of her remark as if he envisioned a glossalalia-spewing, snake-handling, future President Palin, supine on the Oval Office carpet, frothing in trembling ecstasy, with glassy eyes staring skyward, as she intones, “O Lord of Hosts, speak to me, shall I go up into battle against the North Koreans or shall I forbear?”

Palin provided her version of the reassuring answer that Christian candidates have felt obliged to offer a putatively post-Christian electorate for the last few decades, in her case alluding to Lincoln’s expressed concern that we be “on God’s side.” I had rather that she answered something like, “Charlie, I don’t know that God has revealed his will on any specific tactic in this conflict, but I do believe – and I think most Americans believe this too – that God is on the side of good against evil. I also believe that Islamo-Facist terrorism is pure evil, and the principle evil facing the world, and threatening freedom in this generation. I don’t know about you, Charlie, but I further believe that the United States is, and has been, the greatest worldly force for good in the history of mankind, and that although America hasn’t always perfectly lived up to our ideals, America has always strived to, always strived to do what is right, and strived to fight against evil – to be on God’s side against evil, and in this fight against Islamo-Facist terrorism I believe that America is the good guy, don’t you?”

Such an answer would have not only placed Palin’s earlier words in proper perspective, it would have seized back the initiative from her oh-so-smug inquisitor, begging the question, “do you think God is ambivilent about good and evil, Charlie, or are you just unable to distinguish who the good guys are between America and Al Qaeda?” Moreover, such an answer would position Sarah Palin in harmony with historic American civil religion (and with Biblical religion, for that matter), in the tradition of Benjamin Franklin (i.e. “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see that God rules in the affairs of men…”), and highlight the philosophical disonance of Gibson and the Secularist Left, who scoff at the notion of America as the instrument of good, much less of God.

Oh well, that’s all Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Sarah was the one in the game, and she held her own against a hostile, high-profile interviewer, and at the least was more cogent in her answers than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden on their best day.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:44 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:56 PM CDT
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