Smoke and mirrors politics

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You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Sen. Obama has come pretty close, but now the sleight is getting out of hand.

Mark Steyn says the “rhetorical magic” isn’t working so well anymore.

Oddly enough, the shrewdest appraisal of the Senator’s speechifying “magic” came from Jeremiah Wright himself. “He’s a politician,” said the Reverend. “He says what he has to say as a politician… He does what politicians do.”

The notion that the Amazing Obama might be just another politician doing what politicians do seems to have affronted the senator more than any of the stuff about America being no different from al-Qaeda and the government inventing AIDs to kill black people.

This has been a major turning point for Obama, to state the obvious. But it’s just been in the past day or so that news analysts and pollsters actually question his… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 2 MAY 2008

So liberals don’t want to engage in conversation?

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Is that the upshot of liberal blogger outrage over Democrats’ new openness to Fox News?

That seems to be the bottom line here.

The nation’s top Democrats are suddenly rushing to appear on the Fox News Channel, which they once had shunned as enemy territory as the nemesis of liberal bloggers.

And liberal bloggers have had Democratic politicians in a choke hold. 

The détente with Fox has provoked a backlash from progressive bloggers, who contend the party’s leaders are turning their backs on the base — and lending credibility and legitimacy to the network liberals love to hate — in a quest for a few swing votes.

What’s this? No talking to anyone outside the ranks?

That was then. This is now…at least for the candidates.

With the party’s presidential contest reduced to hand-to-hand combat, Democrats are turning to… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 2 MAY 2008

Who’s the othe rman in this picture?

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Spotted him in the photo right away when scanning the news and stopping by Townhall.

The story there was about an ad campaign Sen. John McCain’s liberal Democratic opponents are running that makes political hay, and a falsehood, of a statement he made. A now notorious statement because of its frequent misuse as a bludgeon.

The ads, run by the Democratic National Committee and the liberal group, tie McCain to President Bush and cite McCain’s comments that there could be an American military presence in Iraq for 100 years.

“One hundred years in Iraq? And you thought no one could be worse than George Bush,” an announcer says in the most recent ad, run by

That’s certainly effective with the anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-McCain crowd. So he brought it up today at a stop in New… click here to read whole article and make comments



Wright question

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Everyone has one, or a few, about the pastor and the politician. Most are similar, like “what did he know and when did he know it?” The New York Times thinks it’s whether or not Wright will talk some more.

Hugh Hewitt says that’s not it, and he raises a tougher one.

The crucial question is whether Jeremiah Wright believes his own rhetoric.  If he does, how can he  silently endure being branded a whacko by the man he helped raise to some very high heights?

What a good point.

The ingratitude displayed by Obama this week is staggering to an outsider, and must be deeply hurtful to Wright and Wright’s friends and associates at Trinity. 

I haven’t heard anyone else take this line of reasoning. 

But even more hurtful is having your worldview dismissed by a close friend as… click here to read whole article and make comments



Is anyone covering John McCain?

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The stories abound, ad nauseum, about Barack Obama and his wife and pastor, about Hillary Clinton and her husband, and every campaign stop they’re all making and everything they’re all saying. Who’s paying attention to the other candidate running for president?

National Review, for one. They’ve been paying to Mcain’s plans for health care reform.

What a candidate cares about, he spends “trail time” (as in campaign) talking about, and Senator McCain has made health care a key policy initiative — and is now ramping up time, talent, and treasure on the health-care issue.

It is unusual in recent years for a Republican to lead with health-care reform, since it is widely perceived to be a Democratic-dominated issue. The reason Sen. McCain is leading with health care is because his plan is a winner.

I haven’t noticed much press coverage on his plan at all, so riveted… click here to read whole article and make comments



One zinger too far

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Quick. Which line in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s recent televised comments jumps out as the most potentially harmful to Sen. Barack Obama?

(Hint: It’s in the middle of yesterday’s post right after Obama’s press conference. Right after “That was enough.”) 

Byron York parses it down like this.

A few days earlier, in an interview with PBS’s Bill Moyers, Wright said Obama, in his Philadelphia speech attempting to calm the controversy created by Wright’s sermons, had said “what he has to say as a politician.”

That, not Wright’s wide-ranging social theories, is what forced Obama to denounce Wright at a hastily arranged news conference Tuesday. By questioning Obama’s honesty, Wright was striking at the heart of the Obama campaign. The most damaging thing Wright could ever say is that he knows, based on his long personal relationship with Obama, that Obama agrees with him but can’t say so publicly for… click here to read whole article and make comments



Wright’s revealing performances

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Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor has been all over the place these past few days, literally and figuratively. He’s a loose cannon on another deck (it’s his own boat at this point) but unfortunately for Obama it’s one that’s tethered to his own campaign ship.

The New York Times states the obvious in calling Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s televised speeches ‘lluminating displays.’

And he went deep into context — a rich, stem-winding brew of black history, Scripture, hallelujahs and hermeneutics. Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, was cocky, defiant, declamatory, inflammatory and mischievous…

And enjoying the spotlight. But he has been dividing the country, which poses a significant problem for the ‘post-racial candidate’ who runs on unifying the country. His own party is ruptured.

Much of the tension is based at least in part on racial divisions — and into the dynamic walked the Rev.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Can’t even respectfully disagree?

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The New York Times is reporting that Sen. John McCain is finally speaking out about Sen. Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright’s controversial comments. And that his scrutiny of the comments criticizes their content.

McCain had held back on commenting about Rev. Wright before now.

But Mr. McCain took a different approach at a news conference here when he criticized Mr. Wright for, as the senator paraphrased him, “comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior, I mean being involved in that” and for “saying that Al Qaeda and the American flag were the same flags.”

“So I can understand, I can understand why people are upset about this,” said Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. “I can understand why Americans, when viewing these kinds of comments, are angry and upset.”

Mr. McCain said that he did not… click here to read whole article and make comments



No….not another one!

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How many degrees of debate fatigue are there?

We’re being challenged.

Senator Hillary Clinton is challenging her Democratic Party presidential rival, Senator Barack Obama, to a debate. The call is part of the escalating rhetoric between the two as they campaign in the central state of Indiana.

Escalating rhetoric is one thing, one regrettable thing. But what the heck else can these two debate? Will they ever get around to the issues of the day?

On Saturday, Clinton called for a 90-minute debate without a moderator…Obama’s campaign aides say they are studying the debate request. Obama has complained that in the last debate, on April 16th, the moderators focused too much on political trivia and too little on real issues.

This campaign, grinding on as it is, cannot be elevating anyone. It’s becoming a contest of staying power. But will the voters hang… click here to read whole article and make comments



Former Republican presidential hopeful speaks….frankly

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Fred Thompson is still hopeful, but in a different way than when he entered the presidential race. He gave an insightful interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and it had some of the most refreshingly honest answers we’ve heard in politics in a while. But then, Thompson is out of politics…

THOMPSON: It might be — a lot of people seem to think, and it might very well be true, that a person has got to be extremely personally ambitious and desire the office more than anything else in the world, and willing to do what’s necessary, and anything that’s necessary, to achieve it.

And I just never was there. And — but I was what I was. And I come out the other end of it the same way I went into it, and that’s much more important to me than a particular election.

And we got to talk… click here to read whole article and make comments


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