Yes…He Did Just Say That

Part of me wants to say that Mike Potemra, over at National Review Online misspoke:

I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to 1994; and I confess myself amazed that so many conservatives are fond of it. Its messages are unabashedly liberal ones of the early post-Cold War era — peace, tolerance, due process, progress….

…but really, he probably didn’t.

But lets be  real. Anyone who’s been paying attention to politics for the past 15 years already knew all of this. What REALLY bothers me is that he’s watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. OVERRATED. Deep Space Nine was waaay better.


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National Review: Obama’s Not Beholden To Campaign Contributors

Or at least that’s what this NRO blog entry should be called.

You see, Stephen Spruiell is confused that Obama’s budget closes the loophole allowing Hedge Funds to pay a lower tax rate. Why is he confused? Because one of Obama’s main sources for campaign contributions came from individuals who work for Hedge Fund companies.

I mean, why would a President ignore special interests and actually,gasp, do the right thing? And why would people be willing to pay their fair share in taxes so that, gasp, those less fortunate could be afforded opportunities to succeed?

Truly foreign concepts to conservatives, indeed.

The Historical Inaccuracies of Frost/Nixon

Just watched Frost/Nixon yesterday and I have mixed feelings about it. While all the actors gave great performances,oscar worthy in some cases, the movie more or less fails as a drama. Entertaining and worth watching, yes, but political thriller its not.

But the bigger issues seems to be the remarkable historical inaccuracies in the movie as reported by people on the right and the left.

Poser Moralism

Michael Graham from NRO agrees with me on the flaws of the Obama doctrine:

Michael Graham is right. If it’s “the right thing to do” to save Darfur, why is it suddenly the wrong thing to do if the Russian guy declines to stick his hand up at the Security Council?

This is poseur moralism, the kind of limp-wristed passivity that finds Obama referring earlier to “the tragedy of 9/11”. A tsunami is a tragedy, a terrorist attack that kills thousands of people is an act of war – and a president ought to understand the difference.

The sign of a real leader, and true morality, is one who will do the right thing even when its not politically popular. Playing politics when people are in danger is what gets people killed.

What Are The Pundits Saying About The Palin Pick?

What are the pundits saying about the Palin pick?

* Charles Krauthammer: “The Palin selection completely undercuts the argument about Obama’s inexperience and readiness to lead…. To gratuitously undercut the remarkably successful ‘Is he ready to lead’ line of attack seems near suicidal.”

* Noah Millman, presenting a defense for Palin: “I realize, of course, that she’s totally unqualified to be President at this point in time. If McCain were to die in February 2009, I hope Palin would have the good sense to appoint someone who is more ready to be President to be her Vice President, on the understanding that she would then resign and be appointed Vice President by her successor.”

* Ramesh Ponnuru called it “tokenism,” adding, “Can anyone say with a straight face that Palin would have gotten picked if she were a man?”

* David Frum: “The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me. And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics. The Palin choice looks cynical…. It’s a wild gamble, undertaken by our oldest ever first-time candidate for president in hopes of changing the board of this election campaign. Maybe it will work. But maybe (and at least as likely) it will reinforce a theme that I’d be pounding home if I were the Obama campaign: that it’s John McCain for all his white hair who represents the risky choice, while it is Barack Obama who offers cautious, steady, predictable governance…. If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?”

* An email to National Review: “As much as I loathe Obama-Biden, I can’t in good conscience vote for a McCain-Palin ticket. Palin has absolutely no experience in foreign affairs. Considering both McCain’s advanced age and the state of the world today, it is essential that the veep be exceedingly qualified to assume the office of president. I simply don’t have any confidence in Palin’s ability to deal effectively with Iran, Russia, China, etc.”

* Mark Halperin: “On the face of it, McCain has failed the ultimate test that any presidential candidate must face in picking a running mate: selecting someone who is unambiguously qualified to be president.”

Marc Ambinder A few I spoke with or e-mailed were optimistic, using phrases like “brilliant” and “game-changing.” One GOP strategist who has worked with Palin says she’s coated with Teflon — “attack at your peril.” She “renews McCain’s maverick credentials.” One person close to Romney said she “looks like a real reformer. She’s done what Obama’s talked about.”

A few are cautiously optimistic that it’ll turn out OK, but most of the strategists and consultants I’ve spoken to, e-mailed with, or read/watched are struggling with it. ck.

Conservative activists, almost to the man and woman, LOVE the pick.

Palin as McCain VP

Palin as VP? It’s such a good idea that i never have to worry about it happening.

A National Review reader explains the rationale:

I think Obama’s pick of Biden coupled with his decision not to vet Hillary has given McCain a huge and I MEAN HUGE opportunity to tip this election his way. If McCain chooses a woman, especially a pro-life, conservative, out of the beltway type for VP (Sarah Palin being the best of the bunch) he would energize the conservative base AND siphon off enough disgruntled Hillary voters to win this election. I think a Palin pick would nudge just a small enough percentage of disaffected, swing state, working class, soccer Mom-type Hillary supporters to tilt the playing field McCain’s way in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and maybe even Pennsylvania.

If McCain can nab 10-15 percent of Hillary’s primary voters (which seems within reach after Clinton’s down in the mouth body language today and Carville and Begala’s ‘she was never vetted’ bent out of whack public postures on CNN), he wins this thing comfortably.

He may very well still get to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a Romney or a Pawlenty, but I think a bold choice like Palin would go for the jugular and win this election with some real conviction.

Besides, Palin has problems of her own right now.