June 19, 2009

Boo-Yah!

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:59 pm

Long-time readers know I’m lukewarm at best towards Jim Cramer, primarily because of his failure to see through the statism that is hard-wired into the Democratic Party.

But he nonchalantly hit it out of the park on Joe Scarborough’s show (direct YouTube; HT to Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters):

Money quote:

But until we get the economy moving again, I think everybody wishes that Obama would just kind of go away for a little bit.

As he “goes away,” Obama needs to take Pelosi and Reid with him. Then maybe, just maybe, the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, which they have inflicted on us for the past 12 months, will go away too.

A Larger Lesson in Lugubrious Lee Fisher’s Folly

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 am

UPDATE, June 23: The original vid is pulled; a suitable replacement (direct link here) is what will now play.

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Here’s the folly (HT to RightOhio via Hot Air; related RO blog post here; direct YouTube here):

Original Text of Taken-down vid (that’s why they’re transcribed :–>) –

Off-camera questioner: Is everything okay?

Fisher: I just don’t like being filmed at 1:12 in the morning, when I’m exhausted and I’m trying to do something. …. (unintelligble)

Off-camera questioner: I apologize, but this is what you signed up for, it’s truthful and honest here …. This is …. all right?

Fisher: (following crosstalk and mumbling) I do not think that we have a clear, concise, memorable message in this campaign. And it is eating at me every day. And I cannot go to sleep until I send this memo tonight to some of my friends in the campaign saying to them, “It’s time that we clearly hone our message,” and make it clear (vid cuts off)

Yes, it’s an absolute laugh riot.

But getting to the lesson, what Fisher is really telling us, despite the facade, is that he doesn’t have a message, and that he’s still trying to figure out what he should pretend to believe so he can be victorious.

You doubt? Look at Fisher’s cynical flip-flop on gay marriage. If you’re in your late 50s and still have to wrestle with where you stand on this at least 13 year-old issue, chances are you have no core except the desire for power, and that you’ll “believe” whatever you need to believe to win.

That’s the fundamental left-right political campaigning divide in a nutshell.

Leftist politicians know that the large majority of the voting public can’t stomach their true beliefs, so they “hone their message” to most effectively fool ‘em, while co-opting the sympathetic media elite.

Sensible conservative politicians start with the comforting proposition that they are in the single largest ideological group by far (“moderate” is NOT an ideology). They already know their message; all they have to do is figure out how to best reach their presumptive supporters while, sadly, maneuvering through or around the media elite’s filter and fighting the other side’s (that would be their opponents’ and the media’s) lies.

Exit request: Nothing personal, but I think I speak for more than a few Ohioans when I express a sincere wish that Fisher’s Democratic Primary opponent, Jennifer Brunner, resist the urge to do a copycat vid.

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UPDATE: While Fisher engages, intentionally or not, in pectoral electoral poses, the verdict on his performance as Ohio’s Director of Economic Development, as well as the damage done to the Buckeye State by the creators of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, is in from Uncle Sam’s Bureaus of Labor Statistics.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 10.8%, up from 6.3% in May 2008, the month before the POR Economy began. Not seasonally adjusted, it was 10.4%, up from 5.6% a year earlier.

Ohio’s economy has indeed performed POR-Lee.

Lucid Links (061909, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:55 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

Neil Cavuto interviewed LouGod Bless HimPritchett yesterday. The transcript is here.

Michelle Malkin has the goods on Michelle Obama, patient-dumper.

Big News” (HT Hot Air Headlines) — “Pick for Protocol Post Corrects Failure to File Taxes in 2 Years.” Well, actually not so big — “A version of this article appeared in print on June 19, 2009, on page A18 of the New York edition.” Yep, that’s where it is, complete with this howler: “Tax issues have bedeviled several high-level Obama appointees and cost the administration at least two of its picks.” It’s as if these “issues” are diseases that came out of nowhere.

At the Politico“President Barack Obama’s strict ban on lobbyist contributions will limit the haul from Thursday night’s fundraising dinner for congressional Democrats, but organizers have found a way around it: a morning-after event at the same hotel where lobbyists — and their money — will be welcomed with open arms.” One lobbyist’s complains of being treated “like the ugly girl that you want to call late at night — but don’t want to be seen with on a date.” No, it’s more like the mistress you hope the wife — in this analogy, the voter — doesn’t discover.

Hmmm“The challenge to TARP watchdog Neil Barofsky’s authority came as he began an investigation of the (Treasury) department’s role in approving bonuses to executives of insurance giant AIG, sources say.” Just a reminder: This refers to the incident where Tax Cheat Tim Giethner was shown beyond doubt to be a Proven Liar.