2008

Posted at 8:40pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Fred's Remarks to National Right to Life: A Message to all Patriots [annotated]

By kiana

[Try reading the site before posting sometime -- especially if you're doing a three-line link dump that involves no analysis or commentary, and therefore simply wastes space that other, thoughtful writers could be occupying on the User Diary list.

Sen. Thompson posted this speech here on RedState before he gave it to National Right to Life. There's no need to spam us with links to go somewhere else to read what is already on our front page.

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Posted at 8:28pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Obama is nothing. No Dem nominee since Fritz has been something.

By Mark Kilmer

Barack Obama is not any particular thing, ergo he is nothing.

He's ready to refine his position on Iraq and troop withdrawal:

Obama told reporters in Fargo, N.D., that he is “going to do a thorough assessment."

"When I go to Iraq and I have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I'm sure I'll have more information and will continue to refine my policies," he said, according to CBS News. “I have been consistent, throughout this process, that I believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.”

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Posted at 8:01pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Watch out for all those bitter folks in the crowd, Barry -- they tend to cling to things [Open Thread]

By Jeff Emanuel

Courtesy of Roll Call($) comes this wonderful report:

Obama May Campaign at NASCAR Races

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the coming weeks may become the first Democratic presidential nominee to attend a NASCAR stock car race in 16 years, his campaign confirmed today.

“We would love to make it to a NASCAR race if the schedule permits,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Roll Call Thursday afternoon. “In the meantime, we plan to continue campaigning in communities across the country including small towns and rural communities where people are dissatisfied with the leadership of the last eight years and looking for a new direction for the country.”

The sight of Barack Obama attempting to mingle with a demographic he so publicly despises and looks down on should be an interesting one indeed. Further, the entertainment value provided by liberal elites who try to do "normal people" things is practically endless, as the two scenes below from the 2004 campaign remind us.

By the way, anybody remember the wonderfully eloquent attempt to blend in just before the hunting trip chronicled above by asking, "Can I get me uh huntin' license here?"

Delicious. I can't wait to see what Obama tries to do to blend in with these bitter hayseeds who are always clinging to guns and religion.

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Posted at 5:27pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Barry caves again - "not wedded to a particular timeline on Iraq"

By bs

Promoted from blogs. But don't worry that we'll stop at this - we all want a slice of this one. - Moe Lane

Hey, Moe - the reversal cometh.

The Politico is reporting that The Obamessiah, the One who was to be our savior from Iraq, is now backing off of his dogmatic "get the heck out of Iraq NOW" position.

The Spelunker now says

“I am going to do a thorough assessment when I'm there," he told reporters in Fargo, N.D., according to CBS News. "When I go to Iraq and I have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I'm sure I'll have more information and will continue to refine my policies."

Really. Well, I'm just floored. Who would have thought that he would have caved on yet another position?

Read on.

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Posted at 2:00pm on Jul. 3, 2008 As conservatives, are we better off now?

By Sandra Lea Wise

With Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge and the so called “Republican brand” damaged, things look pretty dismal for conservatives.

A few days ago I was listening to a local talk show and a substitute host was wondering where the conservative movement had gone wrong. He had come to the conclusion that one of the problems was that conservative talk radio had lost it’s way. Instead of promoting conservative ideas and showing in a positive way how they would affect the country, they had started criticizing and trying to manipulate the Republican Party. Instead of supporting the conservative members in the Congress and the Senate, they constantly whined about the RINOs. Instead of standing by their own President for the good things that he had accomplished, they had started tearing him apart for things they didn't like.

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Posted at 1:41pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Does Obama Really Want to Compare War Records?

By BrianFaughnan

Political analyst Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report reminds Democrats of two critical facts: that John McCain's war record is probably unassailable, and that John McCain benefits from a greater focus on national security:

Some party operatives and political insiders argue that for Obama to succeed, he must undermine McCain's hero image. What an utter waste of time. Not only is it not believable -- the guy spent five years in a Vietnamese prison camp, for crying out loud -- it's also counterproductive. Any time "military service" is uttered, regardless of the intent or the context, it gives McCain and his allies the opportunity to steer the debate back to the terrain where he's most confident.

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Posted at 1:05pm on Jul. 3, 2008 A Belief In Small Government is "Strange and Outlandish"

By Erick

In Georgia's 10th Congressional District, Paul Broun is being challenged in the Republican Primary by State Representative Barry "The Lemming" Fleming.

They had a debate last night.

As you all know, Paul Broun is a small government conservative's conservative. The man takes no prisoners in his quest for limiting government. He has voted against federal medical marijuana laws on the principle of federalism, against federal housing programs on the principle of smaller government, and against funding Planned Parenthood on the principle of life.

Paul Broun is to the House of Representatives what Tom Coburn is to the Senate: a take no prisoners, conservative bad ass.

Paul Broun is a class act. Unfortunately, because Broun believes small government is a hill to die on, his challenger, Barry Fleming, is going after him.

In what I think is a first for a Republican candidate anywhere, Barry Fleming, a Republican, has called Congressman Paul Broun's conservative political philosophy "strange and outlandish."

And this guy wants to replace Paul Broun as the Republican standard bearing in the 10th Congressional District.

We should make sure that does not happen.

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Posted at 12:02pm on Jul. 3, 2008 Democratic Party contemplating cutting a day off of convention schedule.

For a Party so supposedly loaded down with cash, they're doing a lot of austerity programs.

By Moe Lane

I can't seem to avoid the front page today. Via Hot Air:

A short but sweet gathering
July 3, 2008

Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee are toying with a convention scheduling change that has been broached before in theory but never seriously considered: cutting the party's conclave in Denver short by one day to give Obama an extra day of post-nomination bounce in the crowded August calendar.

For the last several decades -- when conventions became forums that merely rubber-stamp a presumptive nominee -- they have traditionally run from Monday through Thursday. Increasingly, both parties have struggled to offer something of interest during the first couple of convention nights, and the television networks have responded by dramatically reducing live coverage. The only truly significant event has been the nominee's acceptance speech, delivered during prime time on Thursday evening.

But Obama aides have floated the idea of ending the Denver convention on Wednesday, Aug. 27, instead of Thursday, Aug. 28.

You'll notice - although the LA Times didn't - that the aforementioned Obama aides completely overlooked the fact that their blithe suggestion would muck up network lineup schedules. The time to do that was four months ago, guys. Springing it on them seven weeks out isn't very nice.

Read on.

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Posted at 9:38am on Jul. 3, 2008 And so we wait for the Great Obaman Reversal on Iraq.

We also wait for everyone's June fundraising numbers, but that's a different issue altogether.

By Moe Lane

Like Glenn Reynolds, I am nigh-breathless from waiting to see how long it'll take for Senator Obama to finally integrate objective reality into his Iraq position, which is slowly but surely looking more and more absurd every day. As Brother Soren notes, Obama's surrogates are already doing an admirable job of muddying the waters, but the IDB/TIPP poll referenced (but not linked to) in the link above is grim news to anybody wanting to cut and run. When you have half of independents and 45% of Democrats now disagreeing that the war is lost, you have a problem with being a Democrat running on a campaign that the war is lost.

So... we wait for him to cave on his most fundamental, bedrock policy position. I expect that it'll be right after that trip to Iraq and Afghanistan that the VRWC shamed him into making. And when he does, the derision and mockery that will ensue over this last, best betrayal of the progressive netroots will make our reaction to the Democratic cave on FISA look like an Elks Club Amateur Comedy Night.

Just thought that I'd share.

Moe Lane

PS: Exit question, as Allahpundit would say: Do you think that the netroots support the Democratic Party in the same way that I was a New York Mets fan, growing up? Because damned if I can see how they're getting any practical return on their money, particularly when it comes to foreign policy.

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Posted at 9:33am on Jul. 3, 2008 Obama: I'm More Patriotic Than You

By BrianFaughnan

In his much-discussed speech on patriotism the other day, Barack Obama assured us "I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign." Yet as Joe Eule notes, it he did exactly that in the very same speech. Eule highlights to the following passage:

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Posted at 8:57am on Jul. 3, 2008 Oh, ye Kossack of little faith

By Josh Painter

It doesn't take much to make Markos Moulitsas, King of the Kos Kidz, go ballistic. The latest flips and flops by preseumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama are having that effect. But Kos has been known to hurl his favorite invective ("F*** you") over much less. Here's what the Obamessiah is doing to tie the leftist blogger's undies in such a knot:

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Posted at 8:10am on Jul. 3, 2008 New game: Try to figure out what the Obama campaign thinks about Iraq

By Soren Dayton

Over the last 48 hours, senior advisers in Barack Obama's campaign have articulated (at least) 3 separate positions on Iraq. Chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, campaign co-chair Senator McCaskill, and foreign policy advisor Susan Rice all expressed different positions. Watch them:

David Axelrod said that Obama would listen: "he would listen to the advice of commanders on the ground, that that would factor into his thinking".

That's reassuring.


When MSNBC'S Monica Novotny asked, "whether Obama will public ly change course before November" when his current position could result in the "return the central government to a state of collapse, Sen. McCaskill said, "No. He will not."

That's kind of frightening. Making policy in the absence of reviewing the consequences of the policy.


Susan Rice, his foreign policy advisor, says that he will not just "listen to his commanders on the ground", "he will follow and heed their advice".

Does this mean that Axelrod is saying that Obama will listen but not "follow and heed" the advice of the commanders?


Today, all those advisors--and more--are trying to explain Obama's policies on the morning shows. Perhaps someone will be able to coordinate these chuckleheads, but it probably won't be the Obama campaign.

Perhaps you can try to figure out what their policy will be. They certainly don't seem to know.

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Posted at 5:05am on Jul. 3, 2008 Obama Says NO…. Yes…. maybe to Same-Sex Marriage

By smartprimate

What a difference a few weeks make. Here’s part of an Obama interview
with Jake Tapper with ABC on June 16, 2008:

TAPPER: You oppose same-sex marriage.
OBAMA: Yes.
TAPPER: Do you think that the fact that this is now going on in California, does that cause you to re-think your pledge to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?

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Posted at 11:58pm on Jul. 2, 2008 What I Hope Will Be The Last Post I Will Have To Write Defending The McCain Service Record

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

Regarding this post once again, note that this piece on which it relies has fatal flaws. One such flaw is discussed at length here. And as this comment points out, the reason that McCain was not up for promotion to Admiral in 1981 was that only two years earlier, he had been promoted to Captain and he was not up for another promotion until 1984 or 1985.

The HuffPo piece notes comments by Gary Hart and Bill Cohen stating that they somehow (it is not revealed how) knew that McCain's career in the Navy was going to end without him achieving flag rank. First of all, the source of their knowledge is not revealed. Secondly, neither Hart nor Cohen were privy to the promotion and selection process in the Navy. While the HuffPo piece quotes from a passage in McCain's book where McCain said that he felt the achievement of flag rank was beyond his reach, the same passage also says that there were people who believed that McCain could achieve the rank of Admiral and who urged him not to retire from the Navy as a consequence.

We, of course, will never know what might have happened. It is entirely possible that McCain would never have achieved the rank of Admiral. But it is entirely possible as well that he could have if he had chosen to stay in the Navy. Instead, two years after becoming a Captain, McCain retired to run for office.

Nothing in either the HuffPo piece or the National Journal piece gives any reasonable person any cause whatsoever to believe that McCain somehow could not have been trusted with the responsibilities of an Admiral. No reasonable reading whatsoever could lead to that conclusion. I am sure that there are people who would like to believe otherwise, but until they inform me that they have achieved the power to travel to an alternate universe where John McCain stayed in the Navy until 1984 or 1985 when the promotional decision for flag rank would have been made, I am not all that likely to take them seriously.

Incidentally--and while we are on the subject--I have yet to hear any reasonable explanation for why Wesley Clark could lavishly praise John Kerry's service and tie that praise to Clark's belief that Kerry would have made an excellent President, but say of McCain that his experience didn't prepare him to be President because McCain never commanded a wartime squadron and because Clark doesn't "think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president." About the only good to come out of all of this, of course, is that Wesley Clark showed anew why he lost in 2004 and why he can't be trusted to do a good job as Barack Obama's running mate this year.

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Posted at 11:55pm on Jul. 2, 2008 The Fabulous FISA Flip-Flop

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

Via Patterico, we see that Glenn Greenwald is really going after Obama with a vengeance over his decision to support FISA reform. I'll remain silent over all other matters . . . except to say that I agree with Patterico that now would be a very good time for a fresh batch of popcorn.

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