Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is Rove Behind Obama?

Maybe. The City Edition has the history of the Republican backing of Obama.

Evidence of a covert campaign to undermine the presidential primaries is rife, so it's curious that the Democractic Party and even some within the G.O.P. have ignored the actual elephant in the room this year. That would be Karl Rove. Long accused of rigging the two previous presidential elections, this master of deceit would have us believe that he's gone off to sit in a corner and write op-eds.

Not so. According to an article in Time magazine published last November, Republicans have been organized in several states to throw their weight behind Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic rival of Hillary Clinton. At least three former fundraisers for President Bush flushed his coffers with cash early on in the race, something the deep pockets had not done for any candidate in their own party. With receipts topping $100 million in 2007, the first-term Illinois senator broke the record for contributions. It was a remarkable feat, considering that most Americans had not even heard of him before 2005.
That is the opening. It is a rather long piece but well worth a read.

But wait. There is more. In December of 2007 Earl Ofari Hutchinson looked at Karl Rove's advice to the Obama campaign.
It's one of the oldest ethnic clichés in the book. The one that says beware of Greeks bearing gifts. But there's nothing ethnically incorrect about saying it when former Bush political guru Karl Rove bears political gifts to a Democrat. The recipient of the Rove largesse is Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama. In an open memo to Obama, Rove caused a titter when he ticked off six things that Obama should and could do to nail Hillary Clinton. Rove's sage suggestions were that he should mount an all-out no holds barred attack on her personality, record, and demeanor. Rove told Obama to stop sounding wishy-washy on the hot button issues such as immigration, and to tell the voters just who he is and what kind of change they'd expect in an Obama White House.
Earl goes on:
Rove's Obama ploy, and that what it is, is a slick, sophisticated, reversal of the conservative Republican's devil tag on Clinton. But it's every bit as cynical, and calculating. Paint Obama as a good guy, a fresh face, and someone who can make a real change for America. The exact last things that Rove wants to see in a Democrat in the White House. But an on-the-attack Obama who dogs Clinton at every step can create havoc in the Democratic Party. It could plunge the party into an orgy of Clinton-Obama sniping, bashing, and finger pointing. That would fuel dissension, stoke bitter divisions and deflect attacks from Bush policies and the GOP candidates that for better or worse are Siamese twin like welded to him and his policies.
Which is exactly what is happening.

How about letting the man speak for himself.
Not that you have asked for advice, but here it is anyway: Iowa is your chance to best her. If you do not do it there, odds are you never will anywhere. You are way behind her in most national polls. The only way to change that is to beat her in Iowa so people around America take another look at you. You did a smart thing organising effectively in the early primary states. But you can take advantage of that only if you win Iowa and keep her from building an overwhelming sense of invincibility and inevitability.

The good news is you have again got "the buzz". Polls are looking better for you in Iowa and the other early states. Your press is improving, with your performance at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson dinner a big help. Hillary Clinton has made unforced errors. But she is still the frontrunner and there are several things you need to do quickly to win.
Evidently Obama listened, or figured it out himself. It worked. Obama is up and the Democrat Party is down.

Karl you magnificent bastard.

Just six months ago I had my doubts about the viability of the Republican Party in the '08 elections. Now I'm bullish.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

Oil Prices Plunge

Oil prices plunged today on news of a strengthening dollar and weak demand.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Oil prices experienced the sharpest plunge in 17 years on Wednesday, driven down by weakening demand and a stronger dollar.

U.S. light crude for April delivery fell $4.94 a barrel to settle at $104.48 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The drop in oil was the largest single-day slide in dollar terms since Jan. 17, 1991, when oil fell by a third, or $10.56, after the United States launched an attack against Iraq to begin the first Gulf War.

In percentage terms, oil fell 4.51% on Wednesday - the biggest drop by that measure since August.
Oil may have hit a peak. We shall see.

What I want to know is how declining interest rates (bigger money supply) lead to a strengthening of the dollar. Something doesn't add up.

A Strategic Error

I see a Republican landslide coming. McCain in the upper 50s.

In addition maybe the Ds will rethink their love for identity politics. It has not served them well.

I think McCains's "we win they lose" speaks to the American spirit. What have the Ds got? Hope and Change. BTW a poll I just saw shows Obama sinking like a stone in Ohio. Normally these things go slower. A few points a week. Obama is losing around a point a day. Given the fact that it takes about a month or two for the word to get out it is quite possible Obama will be in the 30s by convention time in late August. Right now he is in the mid 40s in Ohio. Down from a high water mark of 50 against McCain.

Republicans have done what every military commander hopes for. Get the other side in a position where they have no good options. What ever the Ds do now will piss off a large fraction of their voters. Obama has to get the nod to keep the party together. If Hillary gets the nod expect Black Conspiracy theories about how Whitey was 'ridin dirty' on the Black Man. Again. A humiliating loss by Obama will get them to attribute it to American racism. Especially Republican racism. A strategic error. The Dem party - which was united totally with victory assured - is now facing a defeat of staggering proportions. When it gets as bad as I envision there are negative coat tails. This has got to have party leaders shitting bricks.

They are now in a position where they cannot win with the black vote. Nor can they win without it. They are on the horns of a dilemma.

Successful operational maneuver can occur only in conjunction with a sound strategic counterpart. Successful maneuver at any level is derived from reserving options for yourself and denying them to your enemy. William Tecumseh Sherman would have called it putting your enemy on the horns of a dilemma, a philosophy which must transcend the battlefield.
Yep.

What is the basic fault line of Democrat politics? Identity politics. I don't know who conceived of getting the first major Black Candidate to run against the first major Woman Candidate, but it was a brilliant move for fracturing the Democrat coalition. Now I admit it wasn't a Republican idea. However, one of the rules of warfare is: If your enemy is making a mistake, don't interrupt them. In fact do every thing possible to encourage them. When it is too late for the enemy to change his dispositions bring in the heavy artillery. Cut them to sheds so that they lose unit cohesion. In military operations 10% casualties (in ordinary units) is all you need to destroy unit cohesion. The Romans called it decimation, so this is really old knowledge. I'd say similar numbers are effective in politics.

Obama still has the Rezko trial to get through. And we haven't even touched on Obama's Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis. Or Liberation Theology. Or Black Liberation Theology.

November may not just be a tactical victory for Republicans, but also a strategic one. It will be very difficult for the Democrats to get the Party back together after this one. All the kings horses....

Cross Posted at Classical Values

Is Obama Wright?

There is a video going around that could very well turn the election. Is Obama Wright? If you have the bandwidth have a look.

It is not real well done. The stuttering approach (origins in rap turntabilism?) is not very artful. However, the juxtapositions are quite artful.

My guess about the Nov elections? McCain in the upper 50s.

I don't know how the Democrats keep doing it. Al Gore couldn't win his home state. Kerry the warrior was really the anti-warrior. And now the black man who is going to heal the racist divide is shown to have a twenty year relationship with a black minister who is an out and out racist. It is some kind of genius.

The Republicans have been very lucky in their choice of enemies.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Great Healer

The Great Healer of the Racial Divide could not Change his close friend and confidant despite 20 years of contact. If he gets to be President how in the heck is he going to manage for 250 million plus lost souls?

Insensitivity

Obama is against racial insensitivity.

"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."
Barack Hussein Obama. April 2007. Rev Wright was on Obama's campaign staff until a few days ago.

It is for the children.
"He didn't just cross the line,"Obama said."He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America."
Cross Posted at Classical Values

Drive Us Apart

Beware using religion to create division.

"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked," the Democratic presidential candidate said in remarks prepared for delivery before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

"Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said.

"At every opportunity, they've told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design," according to an advance copy of his speech.
The words of Barack Hussein Obama. June, 2007.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Political Aspirations

From the Wall Street Journal by Shelby Steele.

Thus, nothing could be more dangerous to Mr. Obama's political aspirations than the revelation that he, the son of a white woman, sat Sunday after Sunday -- for 20 years -- in an Afrocentric, black nationalist church in which his own mother, not to mention other whites, could never feel comfortable. His pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a challenger who goes far past Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in his anti-American outrage ("God damn America").

How does one "transcend" race in this church? The fact is that Barack Obama has fellow-traveled with a hate-filled, anti-American black nationalism all his adult life, failing to stand and challenge an ideology that would have no place for his own mother. And what portent of presidential judgment is it to have exposed his two daughters for their entire lives to what is, at the very least, a subtext of anti-white vitriol?

The Blue Collar Vote

If only Obama had said his wife made him join that church. That would have locked up the working class male sympathy vote right there and assured female voters that he was amenable to female persuasion. A twofer.

More On The Obama Speech

Hope for change springs eternal. From the comments at the Politico:

Wow! How refreshing! I don't think Obama can solve our problems for us - no one can do that. But he can help us get unstuck from the destructive patterns of the past.
And Obama is going to do that by making sure that his kids attend Sunday School at Wright's Church.

You know I'm starting to suspect that Obama's followers are delusional.

My guess is that when the speech is fully deconstructed it will do Obama more harm than good. It will not stanch the blood letting. Some poll I just came across (I should save more links) says that Obama is still the favorite of Democrats. As Eric of Clasical Values (who has a link to the missing poll) says:
If McCain is lucky, the majority will get its way.
I think the majority will get its way. I think that was telegraphed by Hillary in the 3AM commercial that implies either McCain (implied given the narrative) or Clinton was more qualified than Obama for the 3 AM call. In fact Hillary even said it out loud.

Always Be Sincere

Obama's race speech has been posted and you can also watch the video. I'll have more to say about it later. For now I want to leave you with this thought:

The #1 rule for politicians: always be sincere, whether you mean it or not. (cribbed from Flanders and Swann "The Cannibal Song" which this is not: Flanders and Swann )

Monday, March 17, 2008

Faith In Science

The only faith that science subscribes to is that the universe is orderly and the nature of that order can be discovered.

Every thing else is up to the individual.

Sgt. Mom Needs Your Help

Sgt. Mom needs your help.

She worked for a small business and her boss died Saturday of natural causes while she was in the next room. While she is tied up helping to straighten out the remains of the business she is out of a job.

Please visit her and drop something in the tip jar.

Update: Eric of Classical Values chimes in:

Let me second that! I hit her tip jar, and I urge readers to do the same.

Remember, there is no tip jar at Classical Values, so please be generous with Sgt. Mom.

And if you are one of those cheapskates who thinks hitting a tip jar is like giving something for nothing (which it isn't), then please go buy her excellent book, To Truckee's Trail.

Yes It Is

It is so much fun watching a train wreck. It is what got me posting obsessively about the Duke Rape Case. You knew a wreck was coming. All that was left was to obsess about the details and wait for tomorrow's news.

The Great Uniter has performed a service to the Democrat Party similar to the one Mike Nifong performed for Durham, North Carolina. The Great Uniter can't even unite his own party. Better yet, if this internecine fighting keeps up for another five months it could be decades before the Democrats recover. It will be 1972 all over again. It may be that this election will be not just a tactical victory for Republicans, but also a strategic one. We still have eight months to go until the election. A lot can happen. However, I never imagined the Republicans would be looking so good so early in the election season.

This comment at ABC News blog gives the general flavor of what is going on there and with the Democrat Party in general.

This is hilarious! I've never had so much fun as reading these posts.

Democrats fighting Democrats, Better than I could have ever dreamed.
Yes it is.

Back To Normal

Obama has said he didn't hear firsthand any of "Wrong Way" Wright's anti-American diatribes. It appears that that statement is not entirely correct.

Contrary to Senator Barack Obama’s claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preach hatred of America, Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks.

Senator Obama has sought to separate himself from his pastor’s incendiary remarks, issuing a statement Friday rejecting them as “inflammatory and appalling” but failing to renounce Wright himself for his venomous and paranoid denunciations of America.
And it just gets better.
If Obama’s claims are true that he was completely unaware that Wright’s trademark preaching style at the Trinity United Church of Christ has targeted “white” America and Israel, he would have been one of the few people in Chicago to be so uninformed. Wright’s reputation for spewing hate is well known.

In fact, Obama was present in the South Side Chicago church on July 22 last year when Jim Davis, a freelance correspondent for Newsmax, attended services along with Obama.

In his sermon that day, Wright tore into America, referring to the “United States of White America” and lacing his sermon with expletives as Obama listened. Hearing Wright’s attacks on his own country, Obama had the opportunity to walk out, but Davis said the senator sat in his pew and nodded in agreement.
Reporters in church. What will they think of next.

In any case this is comforting news. The Great Democrat Hope for unity and an end to the racial divides in America is just another lying politician. Whew. Things are getting back to normal. Had me worried for a while.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

Student Of Politics

And now how about a little bit about Obama, student of politics

In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a "hard-core academic Marxist," which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank."
Well, we all make mistakes in your youth. So has Obama come to his senses and figured out that the free market solutions to problems are probably in our best interests?

I didn't think so.

In 2004 I voted for the communist (Obama) over the theocon (Keyes). And I said so and why, before the election. But as I have stated frequently about Ron Paul, once is enough.

Buying Time

There is a discussion going on at Steve Sailer's about Obama's anthropologist mom. How she married a guy from Indonesia who didn't exactly see eye to eye with her about feminist values once she was married to him.

Then in the comments we get a lot of disparaging remarks about McCain and the current war. You know - the war monger bit. And of course Obama is the only one who can clear up the mess, because he is anti-war. Or at least anti-this one. I responded:

About that Islam/anthropology theme.

I'm sure you are all deep thinkers on this but might it not be true that if Islam started the war (say 1400 years ago with American involvement beginning around 1776) it is not going to end until Islam comes to its senses?

But maybe you guys are really part of the anthropology/kumbayah crowd that thinks if we can just talk with them and answer their grievance (why aren't you all devout Muslims?) it will all go away.

Good luck wid dat.

If it was me, and I believed we were in a war not of our own making (do we have the rights to Andalusia yet so we can return it?) you'd want a guy like McCain (despite his myriad other faults).

To my way of thinking McCain gets one thing right. All the rest get nothing right. So what is it? Light a candle or curse the darkness.

BTW we generally get the government we deserve. Your beef should not be with the candidates but the voters. Until they see things differently the best we can hope for is a slow decline. Better than a fast decline. The voters might come to their senses before the worst is done.

If we are not in a position to get what we want, delay in getting what we don't want is a useful option.

Money Well Spent

Obama gave Wright $20,000 last year to help him spread his message. Money well spent I'm sure. The message got out.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Division Of The Spoils

Like all criminal organizations the Democrat Party is falling apart over the division of the spoils.

Executive Action

BHO says that he was unaware of his preacher's message. Is that so?

Obama's Church: Cauldron of Division

Jim Davis Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007

Presidential candidate Barack Obama preaches on the campaign trail that America needs a new consensus based on faith and bipartisanship, yet he continues to attend a controversial Chicago church whose pastor routinely refers to "white arrogance" and "the United States of White America."

In fact, Obama was in attendance at the church when these statements were made on July 22.

Obama has spoken and written of his special relationship with that pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The connection between the two goes back to Obama's days as a young community organizer in Chicago's South Side when he first met the charismatic Wright. Obama credited Wright with converting him, then a religious skeptic, to Christianity.
August 2007. It is now March 2008. That is seven months since the article came out and 8 months since the speech. And he is just now getting around to do something about it?

Not exactly forceful executive action.

Loyalty

If Obama has taught us nothing else, we should by now know that loyalty must have its limits.

I'm an R. Huckabee would never, ever, ever get my vote.

Just as I voted Bush/Obama over Bush/Keyes.

Being just about party means I have lost my voice.

Prompted by a discussion at Talk Left. H/T Instapundit

Faith

Faith is an interesting thing. Belief almost always comes before knowledge. Yet if knowledge does not inform belief, knowledge and belief are useless.

Never The Same Again

White, female, 60, lifetime registered Democrat. However, I may well leave the Democrat party after the debacle of this year's election campaigning. The party will never be able to recover from the chasm that is getting larger by the minute and the DNC leaders are sitting idly by and letting it to get even worse. The party will never be the same again, sadly.
To quote something I heard a lot in the 60s: Yipppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

From the comments on a piece by Gerald Posner at the Huffington Post.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Your Money Back If Not Satisfied

It seems a lot of Democrat Party donors are not satisfied with the way the primaries are going and promise to withhold donations if their complaints are not resolved.

Democrats in Michigan and Florida struggled Friday to resolve the impasse over their disputed January primaries, coming up with a plan to hold a June primary in Michigan while remaining deadlocked in Florida.

Reflecting how tense the situation has become, influential fund-raisers for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have stepped up their behind-the-scenes pressure on national party leaders to resolve the matter, with some even threatening to withhold their donations to the Democratic National Committee unless it seats the delegates from the two states or holds new primaries there.
That should improve their chances in November.
Pushing to seat the Florida delegates, at least one top Clinton fund-raiser, Paul Cejas, a Miami businessman who has given the Democratic National Committee $63,500 since 2003, has demanded Democratic officials return his 2007 contribution of $28,500, which they have agreed to do.

“If you’re not going to count my vote, I’m not going to give you my money,” said Mr. Cejas, who was the United States ambassador to Belgium from 1998 to 2001.

Christopher Korge, a Florida real estate developer who is another top fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton, held an event last year in his home that brought in about $140,000 for the national party, which was set aside in a special account for the general election battle in Florida. But he told committee officials this week that if Florida’s delegate conundrum was not settled satisfactorily he would be asking for the money back.

“If we do not resolve this issue,” Mr. Korge said, “I think it’s safe to say there will be a request for a return of $140,000.”
I guess some Democrats are really not satisfied.

One Democrat understands what all this means for the party.
March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo said the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could be ``ruinous'' for the Democratic Party if the contest isn't resolved before the August nominating convention.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said the party may be able to avoid a damaging convention fight if Clinton and Obama teamed up on a party ticket, or if the media forced the candidates before then to substantively address big policy issues facing the nation, such as the economy and the war in Iraq.

``It would be ruinous to the Democrats to get to the convention without an arrangement of some kind,'' Cuomo said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's ``Political Capital with Al Hunt,'' scheduled to air today.
This is just peachy. For McCain. I like that.

To find out what rank and file Democrats are thinking about this read the comments here. An example:
Seriously as a Democrat, if Obama were to represent our party I would rather vote for McCain in the General Election. Obama?s connections to radical mentors to which he openly admits raises serious questions about his motives. I will not be party to any person connected in anyway to radical racist anti-Semitic groups.
Another goody:
If Clinton takes the nomination, I'm voting for Nader.
It looks to me like this election will come down to party unity. Something the Democrats seem to be avoiding for the time being.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

He Says, He Says

linearthinker says to me:

The older I get, the less I'm impressed with everyone's insatiable appetites for instant gratification.

You may quote me.


So I says to him:

I have nothing against instant gratification. Sometimes it just takes a while.

And you can quote me :-)