June 24, 2008

Bonnie Erbe Bashes Barack, and CNN’s Attempt at Flip-Flop Equivalence

PBS’s Bonnie Erbe hosts that network’s weekly news analysis program, “To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe,” is a weekly columnist for Scripps Howard Newspapers, and blogs at USNews.com.

Erbe called for the impeachment of George Bush in February 2006. Anyone looking through her Scripps Howard archive will conclude that she can’t possibly be labeled a conservative ideologue — which is why her take on the attempt by CNN’s John Lewis to make it appear as if both the Obama and McCain campaigns are equally hampered by flip-flops is so compelling.

Here’s how “A battle of accused political ‘flip-flops’,” the CNN report at which Erbe takes umbrage, begins:

Days after both men reversed course on major issues, the presidential campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain spent much of Sunday’s talk-show circuit working to ensure accusations of “flip-flopping” don’t stick.

Both sides tried to go on offense, with the Obama camp accusing McCain of “yet another flip-flop” on the issue of oil drilling and the McCain camp saying Obama broke his word on the issue of campaign financing.

(Before getting to Erbe’s critique, it should be noted that Lewis spent Paragraphs 3-9 on McCain and oil drilling before finally getting to the arguably more serious “broke his word” position change by Obama on campaign financing in Paragraph 10.)

Erbe’s USNews.com blog post Monday on Lewis’s article did not mince words, while the titles of her previous and subsequent posts show that she is truly unimpressed with the presumptive Democratic nominee (bolds are mine):


….. From where I sit, flip-flopping is an unbeatable addiction for Obama. For McCain, by comparison, it’s an occasional foible.

The flip-flops preoccupying them right now are on acceptance of public financing for Obama and on offshore oil drilling for McCain.

McCain’s policy change makes sense given changed circumstances. Obama’s is based purely on greed. McCain opposed offshore oil drilling before but now says it should be pursued off the Florida coast. I don’t support his new position. America should be promoting alternative energy sources, not drilling for more oil. But given the run-up in oil prices, one can understand McCain’s change of heart.

Obama’s flip-flop, on the other hand, is purely about self-interest. He promised to accept public financing before he knew he could raise more money from donors. Now that he can raise twice as much from donors as Uncle Sam would give him if he forswore private donations, of course he’s pursuing the bigger bucks. What’s more troubling is Obama’s list of flip-flops is so limitless, he’s beginning to sound like he tailors his position to whichever audience he’s addressing at the moment.

That’s strong stuff, which Erbe backed up with five more examples, four of them from a New York Post editorial, along with a claim that she has many more.

Erbe likely has a closet crammed full of the summer footwear, all in Obama’s shoe size. Matt Hurley at Weapons of Mass Discussion has compiled a list of 25 Obama flip-flops thus far. The latest is over nuclear power (“Yesterday, after signaling opposition to nuclear power, he told Democratic governors he’s open to expanding it.”). Hurley expects that it won’t be long until he accumulates forty flip-flops, at which point closet space will truly be at a premium.

Meanwhile, Erbe concluded:

Change we can believe in? No, change we can count on, because as soon as he takes a position, we can count on the fact he’s going to change it in front of the next audience.

Can flip-flop fatigue be far behind?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Gosh, I Hope It’s OK …..

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:29 pm

Somebody call PETA:


Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (062408, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 6:02 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • Lileks applies his special brand of bleat (“Another day, another shipment from the claptrap factory”; scroll to near the bottom; HT Ed Driscoll, who has a couple of related interesting vids at his post) to the disgraceful Associated Press report (“Everything Is Seemingly Spinning Out of Control”) by Alan Fram and Eileen Putman I criticized on Sunday.
  • James Pethokoukis at US News also piled on Fram and Putman yesterday (“The ‘article’ made me weep for my chosen profession”). The pathetic pair would be well-advised to do unbylined reports for the foreseeable future.
  • Instapundit is on a roll –

- His reax to the Obama campaign retiring its faux presidential seal — “The possum sleeps tonight.”

I prefer “the lyin’ sleeps tonight” myself.

- He rips into climate radical James Hansen, who wants oil company CEOs put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature (I’m not kidding) — “Sure, right after we try all the apologists for communism. Jesus, these people are pathetic.”

Also note that Seth Borenstein’s Associated Press coverage “somehow” didn’t report Hansen’s “high crimes” call, while Fox News did. Y’know what they say: Fair and Balanced (even in reporting about the unbalanced).

- Commenting on a Toronto Sun op-ed on the Mark Steyn-British Columbia Human Rights Commission situation — “When the stormtroopers wear clown shoes instead of jackboots, it’s easy to forget that they’re still stormtroopers.”

Which leads to my oft-repeated question: “Where in the bleep is Stephen Harper?”

Positivity: Golfing Buddies Give Man CPR For 20 Minutes, Help Save His Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Western Wisconsin:

Posted: 7:24 PM Jun 13, 2008
Last Updated: 10:45 PM Jun 13, 2008

It’s Friday the 13th and if you’re a little superstitious, maybe you think the day can be unlucky. For Jake Jacobson, a different kind of 13 caught up with him earlier this week, but his friends jumped into action and helped save his life.

Hunting for balls in the rough. Missing short putts. Golf can get the best of the best players in a hurry. At Mill Run Golf Course in Eau Claire, the par 4 13th hole plays 290 yards from the white tees, with a sharp dogleg to the left. On any hole with any shot golf can be heartbreaking, but for Jake Jacobson it wasn’t golf that got to him. It was his heart.

Monday night, June 9, was men’s league, Jake was out on the 13th hole when his heart quit on him. He fell to his knees and then to his back. For the next 20 minutes, his friends took turns giving him CPR and his doctor says that likely saved his life.

Paramedics arrived and rushed Jake to Luther Midelfort. His doctor there says those first few minutes were vital.

“During that time it was critical for him to receive CPR,” says Dr. Shoaib Naseem, Jake’s cardiologist. “It played a critical role. The time is of the essence. Every second counts.”

Jake is in critical care, but Naseem says he is making a phenomenal recovery. He says in many similar situations, the outcome is often very different. Jake’s wife Julie says they’re taking things one day at a time, and Jake is getting better every day. Julie says if it wasn’t for Jake’s golfing buddies and their quick thinking, he wouldn’t have lived.

“I am just so grateful that his friends were there and reacted as fast as they did, because without them, Jake would not be here today,” Julie says. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.