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I hope Biden's Daughter Enjoys Her Drugs

Posted by – 3/30/09

…because I really don’t care what she does. And neither should the media. I’m thoroughly impressed that none of the media outlets took Ashley’s friend up on her offer to provide video of the young Biden snorting coke (though I suspect that many outlets chose to ignore the story for political rather than principled reasons). Ashley Biden isn’t running for office. She’s not set to lead this county. She’s most certainly an adult.

Let’s put pressure on our political leaders in relevant ways, not through underhanded attempts to discredit them. The angry left’s feigned outrage over Bristol Palin’s un-planned teen pregnancy in an attempt to sully Sarah Palin was just plain dirty politics. During the entire campaign, I heard not a single substantive argument against Sarah Palin coming from the left and their MSM allies (and as much as I like her, even I could give you some). It was all foam-at-the-mouth and self-righteous indignation.

Let’s not do the same to the Biden family.

Page 2: "Yes, I still like Sarah Palin!"

Posted by – 11/12/08

Camille Paglia:

How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the State University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don’t know their asses from their elbows.

Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.

It’s a good read, so read the whole thing.

"You Betcha!"

Posted by – 11/2/08

(Yes, I was on a YouTube kick tonight.)

Testing their Mettle

Posted by – 10/31/08

"That's what she said."

Posted by – 10/18/08

I’m sorry, this is just too good.

Still in the tank: reactions to the two debates

Posted by – 10/5/08

Is anyone else enjoying the dramatic irony of the mainstream media’s reactions to the VP debate when compared with the first presidential debate? We’re supposed to believe that Biden vs. Palin came down to substance vs. style. If you’re not sure which one is the positive, I don’t blame you. When the libs watched the VP debate, it was incredibly clear: the man with substance was the winner. When they watched the presidential debate, it was also incredibly clear: the man with nuanced style was the winner.

Nevermind the baseless authority with which Biden spoke and rattled off facts — ones that are easy to come by, of course, given their incipience in Joe’s head — the Dems absolutely loved him. And since the mainstream media is packed to the brim with Dems, what do you expect the columns might be filled with this week?

So they’re in love with factless substance now? Great.

Obama, on the other hand, seems to know very little about a lot of things. And though Palin’s been blasted over the last few days for her folksiness and inability to adhere to the Dems pre-determined agenda, somehow every one of Obama’s absolutely show-stopping public train wrecks have been swept under the rug. Nothing to see here, move it along. Shoo.

Obama’s teleprompter-powered speeches might make some weak in the knees, but his reticence does nothing to impress me. I suppose I can’t blame him. Every time he reacts instinctively, he tends to be wrong. Iran? Wrong. Georgia? Wrong. Freddie and Fannie? Wrong.

Yeah, gotta love that nuance. And all that substance from the Senatorial veteran. Facts don’t matter in the Obamanation. It just has to sound right.

Wrong again!

Posted by – 10/3/08

Yup, that’s me. I got it wrong again. Turns out the Veeps looked more presidential to me than either of the heads of their respective ticket. Yeesh.

Of course there was Biden, the foreign policy hand of his ticket, getting his math on Afghanistan wrong. Not that I had the numbers with me, but when Biden let this one out, I immediately said, “You know, that doesn’t sound right, and if he’s wrong, he’s gonna get nailed on that.” Welp, he was wrong.

3 weeks of Iraq – $6.3 billion
7 years of Afghanistan - $150.5 billion

(UPDATE: More on Joe’s ignorance of Lebanon. And Joe being wrong on Gaza and the West Bank.)

He also doesn’t seem to have nearly as firm a grasp on the Constitution as he appeared to have during the debate. To answer Gov. Palin’s famous question, “What does a VP do?” Ace responds, “Under the Constitution, the VP only has two things to do: break ties in the Senate and wait for the President to die.” More information on Ace’s blog, but essentially almost nothing Biden laid out concerning the VP in the Constitution was correct.

I think the best thing that could’ve happened with the moderator, Gwen Ifill, was the news coming out so close to the debate that she has a book about the historic nature of Obama coming out on inauguration day. I think it forced her to be fairly even handed. She was just as tough on Biden as she was on Palin, and certainly didn’t produce the kind of underwhelming questions that her colleague did the week previous. One thing of note: she didn’t ask any questions on energy, which was odd. Not to worry, Gov. Palin took it upon herself to answer one (or several) anyway.

I think Palin did much better than most people expected, given the public perception of her based on several poor interviews. I have a tiny little conspiracy theory about that. Can I share? I know it sounds ridiculous, but McCain is known for enjoying the fun of tactics, maneuvers, and outflanking professional observers. Do you think there’s a chance that the campaign intentionally set her up to appear less than impressive before the debate? I dunno. Just a thought. (UPDATE: Justin Hart at Culture 11 seems to share my conspiratorial thought: “She basically had to show up and not get sick on camera.”)

Biden did fairly well, in my opinion. None of his toes tickled the back of his throat once all night. For Anchor Joe to come off a debate with nary more than a couple stutters is a miracle. Maybe a miracle of modern medicine, even. Brokaw’s pre-debate analysis: Joe needs to be succinct. “And for Joe Biden to be succinct, he may have had to undergo a gene transplant today.”

Who won? Oh, that depends so much on the rubric you use to determine a debate winner. The Governor is still a Rorschach test. Few that hated her before have changed their minds. It’s all in the undecideds; strategically, that’s really the only demographic either campaign should care about now. Just like with the first post-debate polls, the results are all over the place. Here’s one from Frank Luntz’s focus group:

I think the real winner will be whoever gets a sizable boost in the polls after this. I was impressed enough with Palin’s performance, but ultimately, all that matters is the results of the election come November 4th. Every little thing up to that is merely a chess move.

A more important question is…

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Why the national MSM has no street cred

Posted by – 9/25/08

“How to Blow a Scoop.” Hmm, indeed. What kind of response would you expect from the mainstream media if the son of a Republican state representative hacked into Barack Obama’s yahoo email account? Outrage, right? Well sure, that’s a big scoop. So why isn’t the same level of devotion applied to the story about the son of a Democrat state representative who hacked into Sarah Palin’s yahoo email account? Further:

A Republican with a personal email account? Scandal! A Democrat who hacks a Republican’s personal email account? Ho-hum.

The vast majority of the media is inarguably in the tank for Obama, and it’s impossible to pretend there is any kind of objectivity going on. Shoot, the media’s current posture makes Bill Clinton look fair-minded and unbiased by comparison! I much prefer the Huffington Post over most of the liberal rags out there. At least with the Huffington Post, you know exactly what kind of ideology is being shoved down your throat.

Search Warrant Served on Democrat legislator's son in Palin Email hack

Posted by – 9/22/08

…but you wouldn’t know that by looking at CNN’s front page. No, what you’d see is the current top story: Palin’s town charged women for rape exams.

The writer, Jessica Yellin, is making a very, very concerted effort to tie Palin to this practice, even despite her own admissions that “[i]nterviews and a review of records turned up no evidence that Palin knew that rape victims were being charged in her town.”

What incredibly sloppy journalism. Hmm. I wonder who Yellin is voting for this November?

An Annie Oakley Movement

Posted by – 9/15/08

Dems, you just keep on telling yourselves that women aren’t going to be affected by the Palin choice. Meanwhile, more and more of them will be arming themselves.