Barack Obama has made his worst strategic move of his campaign so far in trying to have an ad questioning his association with Bill Ayers pulled. 

  1. Why would you take something that barely rumbled through the net, and put your stamp on it?  His attempts to squash the ad GIVE them legitimacy.
  2. Attack machines far and wide are thrilled by his aggressive stance on these ads.  In trying to be the anti-Kerry, there is the potential that he gets dragged from his Messiah perch, down to the level of mere mortal.
  3. He should have been more forthright from the beginning with Wright, Ayers, and Rezko.  He never should have played these as if they were only simple associations or acquaintances.  An approach that would have saved him in the long run would have been to admit that these cats were all insane, and to clearly delineate himself from said insanity. 

Instead, we’ve got tickets to the best show in the house.  Michelle Malkin and our own Thunder Pig have more.

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Just saw Bob Beckel on Fox talking about the Dem’s southern strategy.  The guy attacked catfish.  Twice.  Those are fighting words.  Beckel should probably eat more fish, or climb on a treadmill.  I think all that extra weight is cloggin’ his brain.

Really, this speaks for itself.  I’m both shocked and outraged.  I may never be able to read her ever again.  Another Mountain Shout hero is smited by the mighty hand of the…Pennsylvania Department of Transportation?

NBC Drops the Ball

August 11, 2008

Anybody else notice the astute olympic commentators this weekend?  Michelle Malkin did. 

I annoyed all my friends on Saturday as we watched those eco-conscious wafers peddle their way around a not-so-eco-conscious Beijing.  To my dismay, I witnessed grown men that looked as though a stiff wind would break them, but that wasn’t the worst part.  I was astonished to hear the color commentators describing the sights around the smog city.  “And now, the pelaton approaches the beautiful, Tiananmen square” and “Just up ahead, is the tomb of national hero, Mao Zedong”. 

Give me a break.  I know the guys on the other end of my T.V. get paid to be vapid and kill as much time as possible, but complete whitewashing of communist atrocities is absurd.  I would rather they not even mention the ‘sights’, than to leave out the joys of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, or the millions that Mao starved through brilliant central planning, not to mention the idiot that inspired “The Little Red Book.”

OK, so Republicans appeal to the neanderthals among us, according to the enlightened Paul Krugman, through their use of “know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”

Ahh, that’s new and refreshing.  To recap, if you don’t buy into our guy’s softer, kindler socialism and wispy, feel-good garbage then, darn-it, you’re helping those Republican jocks give the AV club swirlies all over again.

Krugman’s main point of contention is the Republican insistence on off-shore drilling, as it’s been reduced to the simple, “Drill here, drill now”.  What is so hard to understand about that?  Such simple sloganeering leads to “pretending that more drilling would produce fast relief at the gas pump”, asserts Krugman.  I’ve heard no such assertion from anyone, except Eric Bolling who believes we could pull oil from the OCS much quicker than the Department of Energy (though Paul is correct to state that Congress was claiming earlier this week that their deliberations have led to a drop in the price of crude).

Krugman’s grasping at straws here.  An increased focus on drilling can only help us from here forward, plankton be damned, or whatever enviro-panic is “in” today.  It’s sad that someone as brilliant as Paul is reduced to popping the smoke screen for his comrades dragging their feet on ACTUAL legislation.

Stop Right There!

August 3, 2008

Great, so laptop seizure at the borders is now kosher.  Many moons ago, I was a rootin’-tootin’ W. cowboy.  Somewhere along the way, I wised up.  Now, I always laugh when a Republican staunchly supports the Patriot act and its various rights quashing rules.  See, the Patriot act, and other powers like it, doesn’t just dissolve when the guy you trust leaves office.  No, the next cat, who you didn’t vote for and certainly don’t trust, has the same powers as the guy before.  I’m sure those same Republicans would love the Patriot act under an Obama administration…HT-Instapundit

No Superpower for You

July 30, 2008

Bruce Sterling says that our imperialist Chinese overlords may not make it this century.  Via Cyberhillbilly.  Maybe they need to get on some baby making…