Priorities… (h/t: ogre)
terrorists strike in india
Those expecting the terrorists to give the upcoming Obama administration a break better wake up. For these goons, it doesn’t matter who the President of the United States is. They will continue to do what they do, and we must be ready to protect our country and to defend our allies when they need us.
The Times of India is reporting:
Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city’s most high-profile targets — the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard — killing at least 80 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports.
The Deccan Mujahideen is claiming responsibility for the attacks.
Make no mistake about it — Vice President-elect Biden was absolutely right. Barack Obama will be tested early and often at the beginning of his Presidency. We must all pray that President-elect Obama and his security team get the right information and have the right strategy to keep us safe and to keep attacks like this from happening here in America.
making stuff up
You know that story about Sarah Palin not knowing that Africa is a continent? Total fabrication. Even the New York Times admits it. Credit the New York Times for finally reporting the correct story, but the damage has already been done. The truth doesn’t matter when the media has a reputation to destroy, and they have done their worst to Sarah Palin. While my fellow conservatives have sometimes overemphasized the liberal slant of news coverage, during this election the media did choose sides, and their side won. Can’t these guys enjoy the victory for awhile and attempt this “post-partisan” love-in we were all promised by President-elect Obama? The election is over. Let’s move on from the Sarah Palin wars and talk about this great new President-elect, ok?
As always…it’s too much to ask of them.
The time has already come for assessing blame and naming those at fault for the McCain loss. It didn’t take long for anonymous McCain staffers to trash Sarah Palin (without having the guts to put their names on the allegations). That takes real courage, doesn’t it? The debate isn’t over Sarah Palin’s qualifications or knowledge of foreign affairs. That one’s been lost, because even though most of us like her, we know her limitations as a VP candidate. This is about these anonymous McCain people blaming her for their failures.
I want to know who these people are and how much influence they had in whatever vetting process took place before Palin’s selection. If they were involved in her selection, believing that she wasn’t ready for the job, and yet telling McCain to pick her anyway, that’s political malpractice. It could just be that McCain ignored those people to pick Sarah, and they don’t want to be blamed for what many people see as a bad choice by McCain. Whatever scenario you want to believe, it doesn’t reflect the McCain campaign in a positive light.
One mistake that was made in the Palin selection was that the McCain campaign had to spend valuable campaign time defending Sarah’s record and qualifications — time that could have been spent defining McCain’s own message. The goal was to make the case for himself and explain why Barack Obama would be a risky choice for America. Even with the pick of Governor Palin, and the diversion it may have caused in the campaign, there were clear opportunities for John McCain to make that case, and he wasn’t able to do it. That’s not Sarah Palin’s fault.
It was going to be an uphill battle against Barack Obama, even if Republicans had a candidate a majority of us could support. The results shouldn’t surprise anybody, taking into account the current President’s unpopularity and the damaged Republican brand over the past 8 years. But it would have been a worse loss without Governor Palin on the ticket. She energized the base and got McCain more Republican votes than he would have gotten with any other pick. She deserves credit for that, and most of the blame for a mismanaged McCain effort should go to his campaign team, not to her.
Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama. It’s truly a historic achievement, and I’m proud of my country for finally breaking this barrier that has been in place for a very long time. He ran a great campaign, and he was able to blunt all the Republican arguments against him without much effort. There will be more said about the missed opportunities by the McCain campaign, and many second-guessers will analyze the failures of that campaign for years to come.
Barack…we have given you an opportunity to lead this nation. Don’t change it too much.
The United States of America is still a great country. That greatness stems from the hard work and dedication of our citizens. Our strength has always been in our people and in our awesome military. We can take comfort in the fact that America’s success or failure is not determined by our politicians. Each and every one of us can and will make adjustments to our lives based on political realities, but it’s even more important that we keep fighting. I intend to hold our next President accountable, and for the sake of this country, I want him to make the right decisions in domestic and foreign policy. That’s what country first should mean — putting our country before any political party advantage. Many tough decisions will have to be made in the next 4 years, and it is in America’s best interest that President-elect Obama makes the right decisions.
Today we give Barack credit for making history. Tomorrow we get to work fighting him on policy issues.
for entertainment purposes only
Oh no… Obama is so much like Bush!!! This link to similarities between President Bush and Barack Obama’s rhetoric / record is posted merely for the expected leftist meltdown it would cause. Of course, the writer also notes when Obama has changed his position to mirror that of the Bush administration. Good stuff. For the record, I do not expect a third Bush term from Barack Obama. That’s much less likely than getting some policy mind melds from fierce opponents President Bush and Senator McCain.
Happy Election Eve, everyone. Go vote for McCain tomorrow.
the quotable mark steyn
From the Corner:
This is an amazing race. The incumbent president has approval ratings somewhere between Robert Mugabe and the ebola virus. The economy is supposedly on the brink of global Armageddon. McCain has only $80 million to spend, while Obama’s burning through $600 mil as fast as he can, and he doesn’t really need to spend a dime given the wall-to-wall media adoration. And tonight Chris Matthews’ doctors announced that his leg tingle has metastasized leaving his entire body like a vibrating cellphone whose ringtone is locked on “I’m In Love, I’m In Love, I’m In Love, I’m In Love, I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy.” And yet an old cranky broke loser is within two or three points of the King of the World. Strange.
It is strange. With all of Obama’s advantages, this should be a landslide victory for him. And yet McCain is still hanging in this race. That should make the left very nervous. Could Obama still get a convincing victory over McCain? Of course. It would be foolish to overestimate McCain’s ability to close the gap between himself and Obama. But making the country take another look at Obama before the election next Tuesday can only improve McCain’s chances of pulling off the upset victory.
some thoughts on the infomercial
Since I didn’t watch it, I will leave it to others to analyze the content. I would just like to point out that no one does political infomercials like Ross Perot. The accent, the big ears, and the pie charts were very entertaining, and that’s where the American people got the real Straight Talk before McCain came along — from a Texas billionaire with nothing to lose. That’s the only way any of us will ever get complete honesty from a politician running for president. What was the effect of Perot’s effort? Did it switch the race in his favor? Hardly. But at least he has a lifetime guest spot on Larry King Live, so the presidential bid wasn’t a total loss.
Barack Obama is a great salesman, at least to his sheep followers and the media (but I repeat myself there). To this point, he has convinced the American people that he will only raise taxes on the rich (now defined down to $200,000 a year) and big oil. His ads lie about how McCain’s health care plan works, and he gets away with it because McCain doesn’t have the ad budget to dispute his ad-a-minute promotional blitz. When all the ads you see are Obama ads talking about how great his health care plan is and how much he cares about the middle class, it’s hard for the average person to resist this narrative unless they have an compelling alternative argument. Surrender is the word I would use to describe the reaction to Obama’s ad blitz. McCain should have done more to present that alternative vision before now, but even with all the mistakes he has made, this is still a close race.
vote for fred
If only Fred Thompson had decided to make a serious effort to run for President at the beginning, we might not be stuck with McCain now. So thanks Fred.
Now that Fred has zero chance of being President himself, he tries his best to inspire the people for McCain and to make the argument McCain has thus far failed to make against Barack Obama.
Here’s a part of it:
Obama and the Democrats believe that Americans in a time of crisis will be willing to sacrifice their freedoms, abandon their founding principles and common sense and ease into the mediocrity of the warm embrace of the Washington papa bear who will take care of all of our problems for us.
These are not the ideals of the America that drew brave men and women from all over the world to our shores. In most cases, they were fleeing nations with the heavy hand of government, intolerance and class warfare. They risked everything to experience our Founding Fathers notion of a limited government with powers that were delineated, checked and balanced, in a land where they could live and prosper in a free, dynamic, upwardly mobile society the kind that existed no where else in the world. But Obama and his liberal friends dont see things that way.
The liberal agenda is based upon the belief that there are elites among us who know more and know better than the rest of us. And that with the application of their intellect and power and our money they can impose regulations and establish programs, bureaus and agencies that will solve all the problems of the masses.
Senator Obama and his supporters essentially see society not as dynamic and changing or full of opportunity. They see one that is divided by economic classes into which every one of us is permanently assigned. In their worldview, those in a lesser economic class are presumably resentful and envious. So its the governments job to level things out or as Senator Obama would say spread the wealth around. Its about dividing the pie among static classes, not trying to make the pie bigger for everyone or creating opportunity in an upwardly mobile society.
This is the reason why they do not understand Joe the Plumber. Because he doesnt have a higher income today they assume that he never will and that he believes he never will. They expect him to resent anyone whose doing better than he is, instead of planning to do better himself. They dont understand the Joes of the world. Never have. Never will.
Read more here.
For all his flaws, Fred Thompson is something John McCain will never be to conservatives — a true believer. He’s able to make the conservative case and the argument against Barack Obama because at his core he buys into the philosophy. Of course there were a few areas where Fred agreed with McCain (campaign finance reform is one example), but on most of the important stuff, Fred was solidly conservative. The same is true of Sarah Palin. I hope that this temporary alliance with McCain won’t make her more moderate. The Republican party doesn’t have a deep bench full of conservative women who, with a little more experience and knowledge of national and foreign affairs, could be great leaders for the Republican party. Our party needs her, but as a true maverick, not the McCain version of the term.
another meaningless endorsement for barack
Didn’t realize the Obama bandwagon had any empty seats after Colin Powell endorsed him on Meet the Press. Now he gets the support of another former Bushie, Scott McClellan. Now all those undecided voters can finally make up their mind to vote for Barack. No doubt they were waiting on those two endorsements to figure out which candidate to support. Doesn’t it bother Obama that so many former Bush administration people support him? After all…Bush has been the worst president ever, right? How much are these endorsements really worth?
I suspect…not very much.