Posted at 11:52pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Flip-Flopping On Trade--The Fun Continues

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

Here's Barack Obama's campaign today:

As presumptive Republican nominee McCain headed to Latin America today after an event in Indianapolis, the Obama camp hosted a conference call to criticize him for what it called failed trade policies.

On the call, Indiana House Majority Leader Russ Stilwell and former UAW Vice President Terry Thurman said McCain was committed to unfair trade policies that have hurt Indiana workers and resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs in the state.

"Just recently, Sen. McCain traveled to Canada to talk about his support for NAFTA and today, after he finishes his speech here in Indiana, he's hopping on a plane and going to Colombia and Mexico to talk about how much our trade agreements are going to help those countries rather than talking about what we can do to help this country," Thurman said. "I find it no surprise that he's gonna go to Mexico to talk (sic) how great NAFTA is because he is certainly not gonna find much support for it in the Hoosier State."

And here was Barack Obama just a little over a week ago:

The general campaign is on, independent voters are up for grabs, and Barack Obama is toning down his populist rhetoric - at least when it comes to free trade.

In an interview with Fortune to be featured in the magazine's upcoming issue, the presumptive Democratic nominee backed off his harshest attacks on the free trade agreement and indicated he didn't want to unilaterally reopen negotiations on NAFTA.

"Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified," he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA "devastating" and "a big mistake," despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Does that mean his rhetoric was overheated and amplified? "Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don't exempt myself," he answered.

Someone forgot to remind the Obama campaign that they should refrain from "overheated and amplified" rhetoric. They certainly engaged in such rhetoric today. By the way, if you want to see how trade has helped Indiana--and why Indianans would be in favor of free trade absent efforts to obscure the issue via demagoguery--you need only read this.

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Posted at 11:48pm on Jul. 2, 2008 This Is Going To Be A Close Election, Part 47,926

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

To wit:

With the dust having finally settled after the prolonged Democratic presidential primary, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a statistical dead heat in the race for the White House.

With just over four months remaining until voters weigh in at the polls, the new survey out Tuesday indicates Obama holds a narrow 5-point advantage among registered voters nationwide over the Arizona senator, 50 percent to 45 percent. That represents little change from a similar poll one month ago, when the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee held a 46-43 percent edge over McCain.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes Tuesday's survey confirms what a string of national polls released this month have shown: Obama holds a slight advantage over McCain, though not a big enough one to constitute a statistical lead.

Just a little reminder that every vote counts.

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Posted at 7:43pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Tales of the Gold Monkey

By BrianFaughnan

goldmonkey.jpgDemocrats see the hands of Roger Stone seemingly everywhere (and not least because he likes it when they get paranoid). They think Stone set up Eliott Spitzer, and they suspect he has a nefarious plot to sabotage the Obama campaign. Yet if Stone were looking for the opportunity to make Barack Obama seem outside the mainstream, surely he couldn't do any better than this:

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Posted at 5:47pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Strange Women Lying In Ponds Distributing Swords is No Basis for a System of Government

The Obama Campaign Employs 'Monty Python Defense'

By absentee

If you listen to the noise machine on the left, you have developed a picture of John McCain's military service. From a comfortable position, feet up, in the passenger seat of a jet orbiting the earth, John McCain coldly and safely pushed buttons to dispense laser death on unsuspecting Vietnamese civilians. After some sort of emergency landing, John McCain stayed at a Hilton, from which he distributed communist propaganda videos for five or so years. When he returned home, he had an adminstrative authority over a group of planes. Later, he used a racial slur regarding the staff at that Hilton and highlighted the episode to pretend he was in the military.

It was only weeks ago that Max Cleland, in an interview with the New York Times, said "McCain is my friend and brother, and I love him dearly, but I think you learn something fighting on the ground, like me and John Kerry and Chuck Hagel did in Vietnam." They learned something, you see, which you do not learn coasting safely above or in bamboo cages below. The Democrats' service counts, McCain's doesn't. The article Cleland was quoted in, by the way, was about how "some" of McCain's "fellow veterans" thought his "different" Vietnam was responsible for his being so misguided on Iraq. You know, misguided like being right about the surge, supporting the war throughout, visiting the troops, that sort of thing. Obviously, he's out of touch.

How about Senator Jay Rockefeller a few weeks earlier? "McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit," he said. "What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues." McCain didn't care who he was indiscriminately destroying. He was just some white guy with electronics who likes killing people.

Rockefeller was really just doing exactly what you'd expect a Democrat politician to do: echoing the left media. Remember what Bill Maher said? "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."

Read On ...

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Posted at 5:45pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Yet Another Flip-Flop On Trade

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

The Obama campaign said today that it will not try to unilaterally re-open negotiations regarding NAFTA:

Of course, in February of this year, Obama said something entirely different:

One wonders what America's trading partners think about all of this--beyond "America's word will not be trusted" if such double-talk actually finds its way to becoming policy.

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Posted at 5:02pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Manufacturing Obama: He "worked his way through college" with two summer jobs

By Soren Dayton

Barack Obama is a liar. We know this by now. He lies about what he used to say or think. And he lies about his personal background. For example, he said that he compared his upbringing to Hillary Clinton's elite upbringing. Never mind that he went to the most prestigious prep school in Hawaii, paid for by his grandma, who was VP of a bank.

This time he is saying in his most recent ad that he "worked his way through college and Harvard Law". FactCheck.org fact-checked and it turns out that it isn't true. He had two (2!) jobs during college and graduate school. From Fact Check:

But "worked his way" through college and law school? The only back-up the campaign provided for this claim was a quote from Obama's book "Dreams from My Father" having to do with a construction job he had one summer while he was in college, and an article mentioning his job as a summer associate one year at a big Chicago law firm. We asked campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor if Obama held jobs during the school year, or other summer jobs, but he said only, "He had the two jobs I told you about." Unless Obama had a good bit more employment than his spokesman was able to describe for us, it's a real stretch to claim he "worked his way" through school.

Now I wouldn't argue that I "worked by way though college" but I did work a 20+ hour/week job during the school year and full time during the summer and all vacations.

Sees like the only change he is going to bring to Washington is that of better acting.

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Posted at 3:51pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Another Day, Another Smear

...this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law...

By streiff

There is a full-fledged assault underway on John McCain's reputation and it is more than a little uncertain that the McCain campaign has the ability to either recognize the assault or, if they do recognize it, respond to it in a timely and aggressive manner.

We're all familiar with the recent attack on John McCain's military record. We learn from Wesley Clark than all he did was ride airplanes and retired admiral egregious asshat Professor Mark Kleiman informs us that the Navy had found McCain's leadership wanting and declined to promote him to admiral, contra the statements of the Secretary of the Navy at the time.

Why the attack on McCain's years as a fighter pilot is anyone's guess. From the outside this certainly looks like a high-risk, low payoff strategy from Obama. There is another attack brewing that really matters. It is the attack on McCain's deserved reputation as a good government advocate.

Read on.

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Posted at 2:58pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Team America PAC Supports Paul Broun

By Erick


tafy2.jpgTom Tancredo's Team America PAC, headed by Bay Buchanan, has endorsed Paul Broun and is pushing others to send him money.

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Posted at 1:51pm on Jul. 2, 2008 Steve Schmidt takes over the McCain campaign

A new direction?

By Mark Kilmer

Steve Schmidt has assumed "full operational control" of the McCain campaign, the Washington Post tells us, with McCain reducing the role of current campaign manager Rick Davis, who will now concentrate on finding a veep. (This lays to rest the "Romney is leading" and "Palin is leading" and "Jindal is out" garbage from the media. How can one have a leader for a position if the process has not yet begun?)

Schmidt will take over just about everything else, according to two senior sources in the campaign. The political, coalitions, volunteer and communications departments will report to him, as will the regional campaign managers.

Several McCain advisers said they believed Schmidt intends to scrap Davis' plan to give the regional managers wide lattitude to run the operations in their states. Instead, the sources said they expect Schmidt to hire a political director and a field director -- two positions that are traditional elements of a presidential campaign.

What changes? Dunno. After his June 3rd speech, my thought was that McCain could us the late, great Mike Deaver. He's not available.

We'll see what magic the supposedly virtually unfettered Schmidt can work. What the almost comical tone of the Obama campaign so far, he should have plenty with which to work.

(And there is more from Jonathan Martin at Politico.com.)

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Posted at 11:49am on Jul. 2, 2008 A 'Silence of Feminists' Over Michelle Obama?

By Warner Todd Huston

Mary C. Curtis is in high dudgeon. She is all twisted up inside over the seeming lack of support that feminists have for Michelle Obama. She has decided to scold all those recalcitrant feminists, too. Yes, she's all upset over this thing wondering, "Where are Obama's feminist defenders?" Curtis is even moaning that black women are second-class citizens, even with feminists. She is all in righteous indignation about the "The Loud Silence Of Feminists."

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Posted at 9:53am on Jul. 2, 2008 "McCain, Obama, and the Catholic Vote"

By Feddie

Ryan T. Anderson has an interesting piece on the battle between McCain and Obama for the "Catholic Vote" in the latest Weekly Standard.

Posted at 9:42am on Jul. 2, 2008 Obama's Countrywide-like Sweetheart Mortgage Deal

Obama's Judgment Fails Again

By California Yankee

Shortly after being sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2005, Obama bought a Georgian mansion in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. Obama bought the house for $300,000 less than the asking price of $1.95

The Obamas' income had just risen dramatically. As a U.S. Senator, Obama got an annual salary of $162,100, Random House agreed to reissue an Obama memoir as part of a $2.27 book million deal, and the University of Chicago Hospitals promoted Michelle Obama and more than doubled her pay, to $317,000.

To finance his new mansion, Obama secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern Trust in Illinois. Obama received a discount on the loan:

He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago. The loan was unusually large, known in banker lingo as a "super super jumbo." Obama paid no origination fee or discount points, as some consumers do to reduce their interest rates.

Compared with the average terms offered at the time in Chicago, Obama's rate could have saved him more than $300 per month.

So who cares? Perhaps you should. Read on, there is more.

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Posted at 7:38am on Jul. 2, 2008 Mr Obamas Handlers, Just Who Are they?

By Volunteer

I have completed a hefty R and D project re the title.
Come to the conclusion, that the Democratic Party, AKA Obama's campaign staff is in reality the Shadow Party, located in New York city, NY.
A bit of history:
This is the old George Soros, OSI effort, that failed to get Al Gore and Sen. Kerry elected. Updated to include the latest group of Oval Office Sofa Sitters wannabes. Include in this list the Clintons, from way back.

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Posted at 7:13am on Jul. 2, 2008 McCain's VP: Ranked-Choice IRV Straw Poll

By flywheel

Rank your top ten preferences for McCain's running mate.


This is a self-selected, non-scientific straw poll that showcases the virtues of ranked choice/instant runoff voting.

June's GOP VP straw poll had a relatively large turnout and an overwhelming first round victory for Mike Huckabee, due to links from sites like Hucksarmy.com. The most popular 2nd choice for Huckabee's supporters was Duncan Hunter.

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Posted at 7:05am on Jul. 2, 2008 Either Obama is full of it, or he is ineffectual and weak

By Erick

There is a pattern out there. Jim Webb, Jay Rockefeller, Rand Beers, Wesley Clark, Tom Harkin, and a host of others are trying to discredit John McCain's most natural strength, at least a strength that polls very well.

All are making the case that because McCain was a prisoner of war and missed out on the action in Vietnam he really has no military experience to make himself competent in that arena.

Clark is a campaign surrogate for Obama. Rand Beers is an advisor. The others support Obama and are in various ways connected to the campaign.

I am not going to express outrage at the Obama campaign. This can be no surprise to any of us. The man is a compulsive befriender of dirtbags. His campaign excels at having dirtbag surrogates.

Likewise, Obama has no core principles. That the man had to give a speech defending his patriotism is generally proof that most most people recognize he has no patriotism except as a matter of convenience. His whole goal is to get elected President. He will say, do, and lie about anything to get there. It is his ambition. Just as his need to take issue against his country helped him with the far left voters who first sent him into office in Illinois, now he needs to embrace his country in toto to get to the next office.

We cannot be surprised at this.

But we can point something out.

When Obama said the Democrats would no longer take lobbyist money, the DCCC ignored him. The DNC itself is using lobbyist money to pay for its convention in total defiance of Barack Obama's orders.

Therefore, in this case, we are left with only two conclusions. Either this effort to diminish John McCain's service in the military is an intentional, willful strategy of the Obama campaign using surrogates while purportedly giving Obama plausible deniability, or Obama cannot tell them to stop because he is too weak and ineffectual for anyone in his party to take him seriously enough to listen to him.

The first is a disgusting trait of his character that should give one pause if they wish to vote for him. It is also, given what we already know about Obama, the most likely conclusion.

The second is a sign that in office, Obama would be a figurehead unable to stop or influence the leftists he would no doubt bring into office with him. The claims of moderate policy he wants would be ignored in favor of the radical advancement of liberalism his core supporters demand.

Either case makes Obama a bad choice for President.

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