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Johnbo Still Clueless

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On one level it is gratifying to see that John Kerry never changes. He remains a complete and total asshat year in and year out. It does lend stability to the universe I suppose. Consider:

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.

Wow. I couldn’t make up that level of cluelessness. I mean, suppose the voters really were that uninformed. Would you, as a career politician, let them know that you thought so? Only, I suppose, if you thought they didn’t read the Boston Herald.

Of course, Johnbo doesn’t read such a declasse publication, and so no doubt forgot that the majority of his constituents do.

Words fail me on what a tool John Kerry is. This guy takes a stab.

Update: Rich Lowry has more:

Take that, Velma Hart. Those who saw Hart, a middle-class, African-American mother of two, confront President Barack Obama at a CNBC town-hall meeting last week thought they had heard a genuine voice of dismay at the state of the economy and Obama’s failure to deliver on his golden promises.

If we take Hart as representative of the public mood, though, Kerry must have instead discerned a clueless complainer. If only Hart were sufficiently plugged in, she’d have the sense to get over her economic anxiety. So what if she fears returning to franks-and-beans family dinners? Does John Kerry carp when he’s shamed into moving his $7 million yacht from Rhode Island to Massachusetts, where he will have to shoulder an additional $500,000 tax bill?

Whatever else you think of Democrats, they are lousy amateur sociologists and political scientists. Whenever the public rejects them, it’s a “temper tantrum,” in late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings’s term for the 1994 electoral rout. Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has teed up that tried-and-true explanation for this fall: “The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”

Yeah, I’m sure that’s going to work.

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September 28, 2010 at 1:26 am

New England Sheep

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E.J. Dionne, no friend to the right or those of us who prefer an America led by the people instead of the ‘elites’ clings to the silver lining for his ilk:

A Pew Research Center survey released last week underscored stark regional disparities that could shape the outcome. The survey found that while Democrats trail Republicans by three points among all registered voters in the South, they are ahead of the GOP by nine points in the Northeast.

Because of the enthusiasm gap, Republicans do better among those who now seem most likely to vote. Yet the regional variations are even more pronounced in this group: While Republicans are ahead by one point among likely voters in the Northeast, they lead by 15 points in the South. Almost all of the divergence is driven by white voters: Among white likely voters in the Northeast, Republicans have a 10-point lead; in the South, their lead is 35 points.

The emergence of the Northeast as a potential Democratic firewall has been a long time in the making. The steady realignment of the South toward the Republicans, which rendered the party increasingly conservative, called forth a counter-realignment among moderates in the North.

He had better hope. What looms here is either the irrelevancy of New England or even worse for the Dionnes, a split electorate that elects a Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy’s seat. Oh wait, that happened.

Maybe New England voters aren’t sheep after all.

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September 28, 2010 at 1:12 am

This Is Your Country on Democrats

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This is your country. This is your country on Democrats.

Unemployment from the time the Democrats took control of congress. The notion that Bush and the Republicans got us into this mess is totally repudiated by this video. Facts are stubborn things – the unemployment rate began rising only after Democrats took control of congress. Why would we want to keep them in charge, since, to paraphrase President Obama, they drove us into the ditch?

Any questions?

A glass raised to American Thinker.

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September 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

Narcissus Murkowski

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The phenomenon of this election year where losers refuse to accept the will of the people is the thing that I find most irksome.

Charlie Crist was the first example I suppose, but the general disdain of the establishment over the will of the voters is infuriating. I fully expect Mike Castle of Delaware to continue to run despite being fired by the voters.

Lisa Murkoswki. Icky. Appointed to her senate seat by her father. True, she won in her own right two years later, but Alaska doesn’t elect Democrats any more readily than Massachusetts elects Republicans. Rejected by the voters, she intends to run a write-in campaign though she apparently said she would not. Certainly her rationale rings false:

Just a few weeks after conceding the race, Murkowski announced that she would mount a write-in campaign, following an outpouring of support that gave her a “moment of pause from her previous plans to wrap up her career as a senator,” a Murkowski spokesman told CNN.

On Sunday, Murkowski blamed her loss on the Tea Party Express, telling CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that the group unfairly influenced the outcome of the race.

One wonders where this ‘outpouring’ came from, and if it numbered more than the readers of this blog. But what is really loathsome is the notion that an outside group came in, influenced the voters in Alaska, and hoodwinked them into voting for Joe Miller.

How arrogant is that? Is that not the very essence of the problem? And does that not prove that Lisa Murkowski is part of the problem?

This is what we’re hearing all over the country this year: the voters are stupid and easily misled. Let’s hope they mislead all of the arrogant politicians – of both parties – right back to the private sector.

Update: Mike Castle – not unexpected – is apparently considering a third party run.

In the end, it is all vanity. These guys don’t seem to grasp that such tilts at the windmill are at best futile, and at worst elect the opposition candidate. There is certainly no chance of them prevailing. After all, they lost their primaries didn’t they?

The arrogance on display this election season is nauseating.

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September 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

Connecticut a Tossup?

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Cook Political Report seems to think so:

The contest between Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has been gradually closing over the past few months, and is now in single digits, according to some polls. … [W]e are not dismissive of the Democratic poll that shows the race at 15 points, but the Quinnipiac poll, coupled with the trend line and the Republican numbers we’ve seen, suggest a competitive race that is now up for grabs. As such, the race moves to the Toss Up column.

Fascinating. Read the whole thing.

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September 17, 2010 at 1:36 am

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Barack Obama, Author for Children

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Can you make this stuff up? Apparently, BHO will release his book for the little ones after the election.

Now I’ve read the article. I see that he supposedly wrote this book before the inauguration, and that the deal came way back in 2004. Indeed, since Random House did not publish Obama’s second book (2006 anyway) this $1.9mm deal apparently was based on the success of Obama’s first book (probably written by Bill Ayers) and his speech at the 2004 DNC. In all honesty, if I was a publishing exec, I probably would have bet on this horse for that kind of money.

That having been said, have we ever had any president like this? I mean, I called him the lightest of the lightweights. Now, while I was wrong about his electability – I completely underestimated the electorate – I was not wrong about his lightweight status. If one needs any confirmation, he has now published a children’s book while in office. At a time, I might add, when this nation is beset by terrorism, economic turmoil, enemies like Iran developing nuclear weapons, rivals like China controlling our debt and developing carrier-killing missiles, borders with our neighbors resembling the loser towel in the Bounty challenge, and not least, our troops in the field and in harm’s way.

At this time, the President of the United States is about to publish a children’s book.


All this is even accepting at face value Random House’s assertion that both contract and writing took place before the inauguration. Okay. I guess the illustrations did take a long time. Certainly longer than most books take to be published – even those absent a presidential author.

In the end it’s all probably how Random House says. But I really have to question the symbolism, not to mention precedent, of a president of the United States publishing a book during his term, and in this genre.


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September 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

Can I?

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I have a question for my friends on the Left. Most of you are for building the mosque at Ground Zero. Most of you do not understand why most Americans oppose this. A really large number of you are atheists so I don’t even get your interest.

(I stipulate that they have the right to build the mosque.)

So here’s my question: Can I build a Catholic church in Mecca?

Can I?

But let me turn it around. Had twenty Catholic terrorists been behind the events of 9/11, would those of you on the Left be defending the building of a Basilica on Ground Zero?

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September 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

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