Archive for September, 2008

Not A Coincidence

September 22, 2008

LA Times: Emmy winners and presenters make biting political remarks.

James Hibberd: 60th Emmys hit all-time ratings low.

Gettin’ Viral

September 17, 2008

Just When I Think It’s Safe To Stop Holding My Nose…

September 16, 2008

…. McCain goes and says something really, really stupid:

John McCain said in an interview with CNBC Tuesday that the U.S. needs to strengthen its oversight of markets while remaining aware of the “risk of overregulation.” The Republican senator said regulators also need to “do a better job in reining in short sellers.”

Unbelievably dumb. Nancy Pelosi dumb. Herbert Hoover dumb.

Amity Shlaes, call your office.

Not So Fast…

September 16, 2008

I have to disagree with Steve here. Catherine McNicol Stock is obviously an academic airhead who’s been educated well beyond her intelligence, but she just may have a valid point on this whole guilt-by-geography business. After all, Barack Obama lives not only in the same region and state, but actually right down the street from not one but two actual terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Of course, she might have even more of a point if Obama actually knew or associated with such people.

Oh, wait…

The Mother Of All Gaffes

September 12, 2008

Jonah Goldberg proves that one man with Google is smarter than the entire Obama campaign:

The day after 9/11, as part of its “get tough” makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn’t use a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

“Our economy wouldn’t survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats,” [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. “It’s extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn’t know how to send an e-mail.”

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by “extraordinary.” The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Yeah, we’ll be hearing about this one for a while.

I’m not crazy about demanding apologies for political rhetoric gone awry, but The One is going to be apologizing for this act of random stupidity for a long time to come.

As others have noted already, this also speaks very poorly of the AP and the rest of the MSM solons who couldn’t be bothered to find out what Jonah learned in a few minutes of Googling.

Heads Up

September 11, 2008

Anecdotal evidence is suggesting that a Hurricane Ike-inspired gas panic has started in the southeast. I’m hearing stories of lines at gas stations, and people emailing their relatives to go fill their tanks tonight before the price spikes tomorrow.

If I may indulge in a bit of easy-for-me-to-say advice: Folks, unless you’re on empty, do yourselves a favor an take the Pill of Chillness. The Katrina panic only lasted a few days (although the price spike beneath it did not–can’t help you there). This too shall pass.

Alert The CDC

September 9, 2008

We believe we have identified Patient Zero for Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Seek help, Josh. Before it’s too late.

Anecdotal Evidence

September 8, 2008

Two points:

1. While picking up ingredients for dinner on Sunday (ribeyes, potatoes, and an excellent eggplant and tomato side dish), I noticed that this week’s US Weekly was turned around backwards on the rack next to the cash register. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

2. According to a report on WSB-AM today, the Obama campaign has canceled a long-planned (and much boasted-about) media blitz in Georgia, effectively conceding the state to McCain–or rather, Palin, if any of the dozen overheard conversations at various stores, restaurants, and football stadiums I heard over the weekend are any guide…

Back To School

September 5, 2008

A while back, a leftie friend asked me, “So if the media is so liberal and so all-powerful, how did Bush or any other Republican ever got elected?”

My answer (and I’m paraphrasing both sides of the conversation from memory) went something like this: Elections are different. Elections, especially presidential elections, are the unique times in our political lives when both sides have chances to go over the heads of the media and talk directly to the electorate.

This is not exactly new or innovative analysis, but it’s still accurate, and I’ll never cease being amazed at how many supposedly-smart people in the press forget or willfully disregard that fact of political life. Wrapped up in their own cocoon of elite consensus, the media never fails to be shocked when it learns that all the rubes out there beyond the screen… don’t agree with them.

And boy, did they get a reminder this week. Mama Palin not only made their lunch, she ate it for them, too.

It’s hard to imagine two candidates more tailor-made for diametrically opposed constituencies than Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. Urban sophisticate Obama is, as Mark Steyn perfectly put it, “the new black best friend they’d been waiting for all these years” for upscale white liberals–a class that includes practically all of the national press corps who spent the last week in a frenzy over Palin. Conversely, Palin the Alaksan hunter looks like Ted Nugent crossed with Margaret Thatcher and your best friend’s mom, with a powerful dose of homespun country-girl sass thrown in to boot. You couldn’t come up with a more diametrically-opposed pair if you tried.

Obama’s eat-your-tofu pretentiousness plays perfectly to a press corps that thinks its job is to educate the rubes, while Palin’s pretentious-as-dirt manner and freezer full of moose steaks couldn’t be more perfectly calibrated to rub an urban New Class reporter any more of the wrong way. Her happy warrior persona also strikes a sharp contrast with Michelle Obama’s angry whining about having to pay back her student loans.

The differences are stark, and the over-the-top reactions from the media are telling. To take one example, Joe Klein and his ilk see a “community organizer” as a valiant leader of the proletariat, but most people outside of government, academia or the press hear “community organizer” and think, “somebody who pesters the government for other people’s money.” For folks who aren’t marinated in elite liberal concensus, the first time they heard that Obama spent several years as a “community organizer,” most thought, “Why didn’t he get a real job?” I’m sure that never occurred to Klein, which is, of course, why he’s having one of his patented sniveling fits over Palin’s speech.

Roger Simon (the pretentious one who spent years at U.S. News, not the good one with the fedora) also went back to his room to pout after being criticized over the Palin feeding frenzy. I’ll start taking Simon seriously on this one just as soon as he can show me all his clips regarding the John Edwards scandal–and I mean the ones during the eight months when that story was an open but unreported secret among a press corps that swooned for Edwards long ago (or, alternately, as Ramesh Ponnuru wrote, “I for one am getting awfully bored by all those New York Times front-pagers on [Palin’s] son’s military service”). Simon also can’t understand why he’s being criticized–doesn’t everybody know that it’s the media’s job to expose evil–and that by definition, all conservatives are evil?

It’s been a very instructional week all around, and not a good one for the national press. Shame they won’t learn anything from it.