- The Obama cult: Fouad Ajami discusses how Obama's crowds most remind him of third world assembles that "[come] forth to affirm [their] faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right." Ajami is another who notes that "[t]he political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish." Obama's legions mind him of "the tragedy of Arab political culture[, which] has been the unending expectation of the crowd -- the street, we call it -- in the redeemer who will put an end to the decline, who will restore faded splendor and greatness." Further, further, he laments that "those vast Obama crowds, though, have recalled for me the politics of charisma that wrecked Arab and Muslim societies."
- Great; Kerry wanted to make us more like France; Obama's making us more like the Arab world. Maybe this is why Rep. Michelle Bachmann's concern that some Democrats — like, oh, say, Obama — might harbor anti-American sentiments (duh!) so infuriated the Dems.
- A very interesting report (and more News You Won't Hear) from Democratic Hillary! supporters who are working hard and with great conviction to elect John McCain — and they're absolutely convinced McCain's going to take Pennsylvania. Hope they're wrong about McCain pairing too closely with Hillary!; hope they're right about Pennsylvania. (Thanks for the heads-up, Tim.)
- Steve Chapman lets out a well-kept secret: Obama's economic premise is dead-wrong. Unfortunately, he doesn't give appropriate credit to Bush and his policies.
- One of the ideas that will be argued about in months or years to come: was McCain right in deciding not to defend Bush in any way? Here's my penny's worth: right or wrong, he was following perhaps Bush's greatest single mistake. He never took serioiusly the need to defend himself, to get his viewpoint and accomplishments out. I hate — hate — to have to say this, but that is one thing The Nameless One was absolutely excellent at. Bush should have learned from it. TNO erred by not focusing sufficiently on governing, but he was right in that he never stopped campaigning, and had a very aggressive squad on instant-response to make sure that his perspective dominated.
- Yesterday we saw the claim that Obama's efforts to seduce and deceive evangelicals had been found insulting, and rejected. Today, evidence that Obama's pro-abort extremism has made him appropriately radioactive to most evangelicals. I would say, to all evangelicals who are even trying to think Biblically and rationally. And to the foolish argument that there is no difference — the nation's largest infanticide-merchant begs to differ. Obama gets a 100% rating. McCain? Zero. Now, there's a "zero" to be proud of.
- Surprise, surprise. Remember O-campaign's scoffing at McCain linking Obama to Acorn and election fraud? Turns out that Obama's connections to Acorn are "extensive," and they "helped turbocharge his political career."
- Frankly, I think the constant drip of McCain camp scapegoating Palin stories (like this half-witty but too half-witted one) are baloney. It's hard to believe anyone who makes a living in politics is truly that stupid. Sarah Palin is a major reason McCain is still even in this race. But he is being advised by folks that dim, (A) they should be fired immediately, and (B) it certainly explains why what should have been a near cake-walk has been such difficult slogging.
- This is just funny. It's a slap-back at the Democrat-activist/hatemonger/faux-Baptists of Westboro.
- Voting for Obama to prove you're not racist? Doesn't count! (So says O's future attorney general [?].)
- Is "idiot" too strong a word? I look and look at this from The Luminous One, and... see what you can make of it
John McCain and Sarah Palin, they call this socialistic. Y'know, I don't know when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness. Y'know, the next thing I know, they're gonna find evidence of my communistic tendencies because I shared my toys in kindergarten -- cause I split my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my friend in sixth grade.
So... it's selfish not to want the government to confiscate more of my hard-earned money, mostly to give to bureaucrats, and some to butchering babies? Interesting unintentional admission that his policies will not be in my best interests. And... voluntary sharing is communism, or any sentient being would say that it is? I just... I... and we're supposed to think that Sarah Palin is dim? Oh, my. Oh my oh my oh my.
- Rich Lowry has an excellent idea: "A traveling journalist should ask [Obama] whether he's willing to call on the LA Times to release the Khalidi tape, and if not, why not."
- Interesting: well, today I have heard Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, and Mark Steyn all state positively that they believed John McCain would win. Steyn said he was confident tnat "McCain and — God bless her! — Sarah Palin" could pull it out. I said I thought McCain would win, over at Justin Taylor's blog - though it's my hope talking. I certainly believe it's possible; I'm horrified by the alternative. But there you have it thus far.
- [Parody alert in 3... 2... 1....] LA Times: Obama dined with murderers! Or what do you make of their latest excuse for not merely showing the video? The Times has no problem with jeopardizing American security - but Obama's candidacy? No no no.