January 27, 2008

Mickey Kaus Refutes Clinton’s BOOHOO-Jackson Comparison

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:47 am

In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s 2-1 thrashing at the hands of BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) in South Carolina, the Clintonian spin is that it has no more significance than Jesse Jackson’s Palmetto State victories in 1984 and 1988.

Kausfiles blogger Mickey Kaus shows that the claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny (links and bolds are in original):

Obama got about a quarter (24%) of the white vote, according to exit polls.

….. Update: Alert emailer L finds the following in a Christian Science Monitor story from March 17, 1988:
Although Jackson’s white support was significantly higher in South Carolina than in 1984 – it is estimated this year at between 5 and 10 percent of the voters – he has not made much headway with populist, blue-collar whites …

24% vs. 5-10%. It looks as if Bill Clinton’s comparison will not work to his wife’s advantage…. More: Tom Maguire asks the same question and gets the same answer, from an old New York Times story. The “5 percent to 10 percent” estimate of the white vote for Jackson seems to come from “party leaders.”

As a clarification, the reason the Times got the 1988 information from “party leaders” is that, at least per Wikipedia, South Carolina was a Democratic caucus state in 1988. The Times’s article further noted that Jackson received almost no white support in 1984.

Will Old Media outlets note the, ahem, vast white discrepancy between what Bill Clinton is claiming and the truth?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


UPDATE: My math says that BOOHOO had to have gotten almost 30% of the non-black vote in South Carolina:


Considering the potentially toxic effect of the Clintonian spin, the difference between 30% and 25% is not insignificant.

Positivity: Lieutenant colonel Greg Gadson is Giants’ inspirational co-captain

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 7:00 am

From the New York Giants, via Iraq:

Tuesday, January 22nd 2008, 4:00 AM

His name is Lt. Col. Greg Gadson and he used to wear No. 98 for the Army football team and was with the Second Battalion and 32nd Field Artillery, on his way back from a memorial service for two soldiers from his brigade when he lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad. It was the night of May 7, 2007, and Lt. Col. Gadson didn’t know it at the time because he couldn’t possibly have known, but it was the beginning of a journey that brought him to Lambeau Field Sunday night.

He was there as an honorary co-captain of the Giants, there on the sideline at Lambeau because this Giants’ season has become his season now and he wasn’t going to watch from some box. This is a Giant at the Super Bowl worth knowing about, as much as any of them.

“Me being a part of this team,” Gadson was saying Monday night from his home in Virginia, having made it back there from Green Bay, “really starts with the team I played on at West Point.”

He played at West Point between 1985 and 1988, and one of his teammates was Mike Sullivan, who played cornerback and some safety and is now one of Tom Coughlin’s assistants with the Giants. When Sullivan and so many other of Gadson’s teammates found out what had happened on the night of May 7, found that Gadson had first lost his left leg to arterial infections and then his right, it brought that old Army team back together.

“My injury turned out to be a catalyst event,” Gadson said. “These were guys who hadn’t talked in years, but now were rallying around me, and my family. Some of us had stayed in contact, but not to any great degree. But now an incident in a war reminded us that we were still brothers.”

Sullivan visited Gadson at Walter Reed, came back in June, this time with a No. 98 Giants jersey, Gadson’s own name on the back, signed by several Giants players. When Sullivan left that day in June, he said to Gadson, “What else can we do?”

Greg Gadson said he’d love to take his family to a Giants game.

It was the Giants-Redskins game, in Washington, third Sunday of the season, Giants 0-2 by then. The tickets were arranged and then the Friday before the game Mike Sullivan called and asked if Gadson would be interested in addressing the team on Saturday night.

Gadson’s wife Kim drove him to the Giants’ hotel. Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, Second Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, old outside linebacker from Army, spoke to the Giants. And just as no one knew that the Giants would begin a 10-game road winning streak the next day, just as no one knew this could ever become a Super Bowl season, no one in that room including Gadson himself knew that the soldier in the wheelchair was joining the season that night. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.