November 3, 2008

Election Eve Live Blog

Wherein your humble servant comments on and/or links to stories that haven’t appeared here that could have, and to recall some important ones that did appear in previous months. Feel free to comment, but I won’t be posting any of them, or even looking at them, until after midnight (e-mails are fine, and I’ll be reading those from time to time). There’s too much catching up to do …..

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11:55 p.m. – Here’s the wrap — Check out Tall Cotton’s explanation of why he, despite Barack Obama’s accusation, is not “selfish.”

11:45 p.m. - Is anyone else as unimpressed by the audience Obama pulled in his last infomercial? Perot got 17% in his last one in 1996 and got 6% of the vote. Someone supposedly getting nine times as many voters should have pulled more.

11:25 p.m. – Hmm — “Carl Cameron: Optimism growing inside McCain camp.” Of course they’ll say that, but it seems to pass the intuition test.

11:10 p.m. - The Prowler (HT Ace) found that “Senior aides to Sen. Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick were aware that Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was living in the United States illegally and in a South Boston public-housing project, and were monitoring her at the request of senior Obama campaign officials. …. The Obama campaign has denied knowing anything about Onyango’s illegal status or her poor financial situation.” Oh, stop it.

10:40 p.m. – I don’t understand why I have to go back through so many layers to get to something Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs recorded and posted this morning. Good news: Jake Tapper at ABC gave her credit. Bad news: Politico didn’t, and Rush didn’t. What’s that all about? I hope it’s “just” laziness.

Okay, here’s the bombshell: NY congressman Jerrold Nadler told Pamela the following (watch the whole vid, because there’s a lot more — Nadler goes through a damning chronology that Stanley Kurtz could have recited):

Nadler is asked how Obama could sit in Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church for 500 Sundays listening to the anti-semitic, anti-American diatribes:

“This is not going to be complimentary to Senator Obama ….. he didn’t have the political courage to make a statement and walk out.”

Gee, everyone on the right who has said that has been called a RAAAAAAAcist.

10:20 p.m. - This YouTube (“Obama Civilian Security”) is more than a little troubling. Does anyone have a benign explanation or justification for this? I sure don’t.

9:20 p.m. – Even discounting that the link is from the NY Times, it looks like Massachusetts’s attempt at income-tax repeal is going down. The fact that RomneyCare has turned the health care industry in the Bay State into a group of de facto state employees should not be overlooked as a factor if the measure goes down in flames. But if it surprises and gets into the mid-40s while losing, it will be a clear signal that John Kasich, if he runs for governor and is serious about fixing Ohio, should push income tax repeal in Ohio hard.

9:15 p.m. – Sentence of the night, from IBDeditorials.com, making the one point that has been understated in Obama’s coal-bankrupting comments — “Barack Obama’s plan to bankrupt anyone building a new coal plant prioritizes global warming myths over U.S. energy independence.”

9:00 p.m. – I never got around to noting the follow-up work done on Obama’s “bankrupt coal” comments. Captain Ed did — “Obama: I’ll make energy prices ‘skyrocket.’” Yes he will.

8:55 p.m. – Damage dishonestly done, now comes the “never mind” — “Breaking: Palin exonerated by Personnel Board.” I say they knew this would be the result all along. Creeps.

8:35 p.m. – From yesterdayEither they’re bluffing, last-minute turnout-prodding, or McCain-Palin is lining up for the winning field goal from about 30 yards with time about to expire.

8:30 p.m. – Michelle Malkin — “How Obama blocked the wealth generators in Pueblo, Colorado.”

8:00 p.m. – You stay classy, Philly.comJohn Baer asks, “Is McCain banking on the ‘cracker factor’ in Pa.?” No, Mr. Baer, he’s banking on the years of Democratic politicians insulting Keystone State voters finally generating a backlash. What a jerk.

7:20 p.m. – In the wake of the exposure of Obama’s “bankrupting new coal plants” comments yesterday, thereby bankrupting the coal industry in short order, Sarah Palin’s presence in Marietta in southeastern Ohio was, well, Sarah-dipitous.

6:50p.m. – SOBer Cornell McCleary opens up the festivities by sending me this link to the Hill, indicating that cops around the country are beefing up security in case of rioting, which could happen regardless fo who wins, and how — “Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters.” I don’t believe there’s a snowball’s chance in Hades of anyone being intimidated out of voting (of all the ACORN-generated lies out there, that one is perhaps the most pathetic). But if it did happen, given the rampant cheating and attempted cheating that’s occurring, my feelings could be summarized in two words — Poetic Justice.

Election Eve Live Callouts Post

This will be a continually updated extravaganza into pithy prose that will call out candidates supporting Barack Obama despite the fact they are diametrically opposed to him on they claim are critical issues, and, in some cases, voters who vote for politicians to be named against their supposedly closely-held beliefs. Feel free to comment, but I won’t be posting any of them, or even looking at them, until after midnight (e-mails are fine, and I’ll be reading those from time to time). The callouts are calling …..

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11:45 p.m. – Here’s the callout wrap – There are an awful lot of Democrats who haven’t had to answer the question of whether they’re OK with Obama’s plan to radically cut the military (HT Atlas Shrugs; also see the transcript of a vid at this BizzyBlog link for Obama’s detailed gut-the-military plans). If they haven’t spoken against it, I would assume they’re for it. Every single one of them.

10:55 p.m. – in mid-2007, Kansas Democratic congresswoman Nancy (Oh) Boyda walked out of a hearing during a general’s testimony on progress in Iraq in some degree of distress. Upon her return, she basically called the general a liar. Hopefully, Boyda will get her comeuppance tomorrow at the hands of Lynn Jenkins. That will give her a legitimate reason to lose her composure.

10:25 p.m. – If there’s good news that you can almost count on at this point, it’s that Al Franken is going down in Minnesota. The bad news is that so much of the Gopher State is goofy enough to even pay attention to him as a politician, and a lot of people have a lot to be ashamed of for supporting someone who thinks killing the president is funny. But …. (wow, this is hard to believe) …. it may be that Franken has such negative coattails that he hurts Obama. I don’t see any good reason why McCain appears to be close there.

9:25 p.m. – With time tight, I’m going to have to rely on some posts at Central Ohioans Against Terrorism for those who want a final-night dose of evidence that Mary Jo “of course” Kilroy is unusually chummy with people who support jihad: here (“Mary Jo Kilroy locks up Ohio 15th female HAMAS vote”), here (“HAMAS Loooooves Mary Jo Kilroy”), and here (“The Franklin County Commission Stonewall”).

8:40 p.m. – Haven’t had much to say about Victoria Wells Wulsin Whatever (known around here as VW3) for a while, because her campaign appears to be on a downward spiral. Her “Brilliant!” (not) views on Iraq and energy haven’t changed at her web site since I ridiculed them in early July. If she’s not interested enough to stay current, I can be forgiven for losing interest in her efforts, or lack thereof. But I do have three words for VW3: malariotherapy, malariotherapy, and …. malariotherapy.

8:20 p.m. – In North Carolina, Liddy Dole’s opponent Kay Hagan got caught with her atheistic contributors exposed, and is offended that Dole had the gall to expose her. Too bad, so sad. That “PCUSA elder” stuff isn’t fooling me for a minute, and shouldn’t fool North Carolinians. Anyone who, like Hagan, is endorsed by Emily’s List supports the reinstatement of partial-birth abortion (or they don’t get an endorsement). Last time I checked there aren’t any religions, even PC ones, manning the barricades to support that (though they’ve so lost their nerve that many don’t speak out against it either). Of course, Hagan’s endorsement of Barack “won’t support a born-alive bill” Obama makes her even worse. Liddy Dole has largely been a pleasant surprise during her first Senate term, and she should continue.

7:30 p.m. – It’s really a shame I didn’t get a chance to call out OH-18 congressman Zack Space sooner. This guy is so out of step with his district’s values it’s not even a close call.

But wait a minute — I have learned Space’s thought-out position on Veterans’ issues. It’s right there at his web site. It’s “more info coming soon ….” And I’ll be — Space has the same firm position on “Broadband” and “Agriculture.” Did he focus-group those stances? You would think in two years that Space could come up with something other than, well, empty Space.

More seriously, Space claims to be pro-Second Amendment rights. The problem is that Space has endorsed Barack Obama (second item at link). We’ve been through this with John Boccieri; you objectively are not a supporter of the individual right to keep and bear arms if you have endorsed Obama, his clear lifelong antagonism to the Second Amendment, and his clear intent to put anti-Second Amendment judges on the Supreme Court and other federal courts. I’m thinking that Space has been missing without a trace since Obama’s bankrupting coal comments were exposed yesterday (if I’m wrong, e-mail me). Regardless, Space is clearly in the wrong place.

Fred Dailey is a perfectly solid guy who supposedly had no chance in the GOP primary, and emerged victorious. He supposedly has no chance now. I’m guessing it will be very close, and that Dailey will emerge victorious.

7:00 p.m. – It’s almost impossible NOT to start with a Dennis Kucinich callout. Not for the candidate, but for those who continue to vote for him. Though you could make a case against him based on the weeks and months he has wasted on hopeless impeachment motions and even more hopeless presidential campaigns, Kucinich has paid no price for abandoning his lifelong prolife beliefs almost 5 years ago. His district is supposedly heavily Catholic. Catholics need to remember two things, courtesy of Pius XII:
1) FIRST PRINCIPLE: “Any direct attempt on an innocent life as a means to an end – even to the end of saving another life – is unlawful;
2) SECOND PRINCIPLE: Hence there is no man, no human authority, no science, no medical, eugenic, social, economic or moral ‘indication’ that can offer or produce a valid juridical title to a direct deliberate disposal of an innocent human life.

Oh, there’s a third: What God promises he will do to those who ignore the two items just noted and don’t repent for it.

Jiim Trakas present no such problems. There is only one objectively defensible prolife choice.

Will Pennsylvanians Conquer Insulted Voter Syndrome?

OVERVIEW: Almost everyone in Pennsylvania has endured insults out of the mouths or from the deeds of Barack Obama and the state’s Democrats. How will they respond?

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen residents of a single state as frequently insulted by the members of the party in charge of it as I have during the past several years in Pennsylvania.

For starters, here are a couple of mostly-forgotten, less-than-golden oldies:

  • In July 2005, Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll (HT Large Bill) insulted Keystone State soldiers and their families. In what was apparently wasn’t the first time, she showed up uninvited at a soldier’s funeral, handed out her business card to that soldier’s family, and said “our government” is against the war.” Bonus insult to Catholics: Pennsylvania’s self-appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs did this during the distribution of Communion. Governor Ed Rendell pooh-poohed it. Sadly, Knoll was re-elected in 2006.
  • Early this year, during the Democratic primary season, Rendell, originally a Hillary Clinton supporter, insulted white Democrats when he said (remember, because the topic was Clinton-Obama, he was talking about Democrats), “You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.” Rendell’s “expert” estimate is that this accounted for 5 points of his victory margin over African-American GOP guberntatorial candidate Lynn Swann.

The insults have increased in frequency this year:

During the Democratic primaries, Senator Bob Casey endorsed Barack Obama, the most radical proabort, innocent life-hostile major-party presidential candidate in US history. In 2006, Casey defeated Rick Santorum, largely helped by the claim that he, like his father, was prolife. And he didn’t just insult Catholics and other prolifers who voted for him, he also heaped insult upon injury to their basic intelligence when he said, “I believe in this guy like I’ve never believed in a candidate in my life, except my father.” Bob, your father would NEVER have gotten anywhere near Obama. And Bob, as I said last week with local congressional candidate Dan Driehaus, your claim to be prolife and your support of Barack Obama cannot exist in the same universe.

Then there’s John Murtha, the 17-term congressman from the 12th District in the western part of the state. He insulted the people of his district by saying it (his “area”) is racist. In his “apology/clarification,” he instead heaped insult upon injury by saying that some of his district is redneck, but not as redneck as it used to be. This is over an above the two years of insult he has inflicted on US soldiers everywhere with his shoot-first, facts-later condemnation of the so far totally innocent Haditha Marines.

There’s Pennsylvania’s Democrat-controlled Legislature. In an insult to Keystone Staters who believe in clean government, 12 of its members were indicted in July “after a series of newspaper stories revealed that millions of dollars of taxpayer funded bonuses were paid to employees …..”

Finally, there’s Barack Obama himself.

In April, there was this insult to gun owners and people who support the 2nd Amendment rights, religious people, those who support enforcing immigration laws, and those who are anti-free-trade on principle:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Obama, in case you missed it, is also the most anti-Second Amendment rights candidate from a major party in US history. His record, and his directorship at a foundation that was on a mission to derail the idea that gun ownership is an individual right, prove it.

Obama essentially attacked what he clearly perceives as still-existing state-driven, race-based economic inequality — an insult, at least, to poor and middle-class whites who aren’t living on trust-fund or inherited money and aren’t getting any special breaks in life, and to those who believe in following the Founders’ original constitutional intentin a just-discovered 2001 radio interview. He asserted that the Warren Court should have engaged in redistribution of income and wealth during the civil-rights era, thus leaving unfinished business. (What does that sound like to you?)

Obama, Biden, and Democrats in general have insulted those in Pennsylvania and elsewhere who oppose his massive tax increases on people earning over $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $120,000 $70,000 (plus inflation since 2003) by calling them “selfish.”

Finally, there is Obama’s insult to Pennsylvania’s (and other states’) coal industry (and of course the industry as a whole), the tens of thousands of mostly well-paying jobs it provides, and the nearly half of Americans who depend on the energy it supplies. During a January interview with the San Francisco Chronicle discovered yesterday by the rest of the nation, Obama asserted (seemed like he was bragging to me) that his 100% cap-and-trade scheme would bankrupt new coal-fired plants. In the real world, his “ratcheted down” emissions scheme would, in short order, bankrupt the industry, and massively increase consumers’ energy bills — all in the name of fighting a non-problem.

Is there anyone left in Pennsylvania who hasn’t been insulted at least once by Team Obama and the “we’re better people than you, and we know better than you, and the rules don’t apply to us” Democratic Party?

I can only conclude that Keystone Staters who vote for Obama are suffering from either ignorance, or Insulted Voter Syndrome. Despite being battered by insult upon insult upon insult, millions are being suckered by empty “oh, we’ll be good to you when we get into office” promises.

Based on the reality and the rhetoric, what possible reason is there to “hope” for that “change”?