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McCain Is Too Decent By Half

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Senator John S. McCain apparently believes President Barack H. Obama has “done well” as president.

Huh?

What can one say about this? It appears to be symptomatic of the same debilitating disease McCain suffered from during the election: a niceness and decency so pervasive that he couldn’t bring himself to say anything substantive about his opponent that might be construed as a negative or personal attack. That, and his erratic behavior such as suspending his campaign to ‘help’ with the financial crisis torpedoed any chance he might have had.

McCain does lay aside Gitmo and Iran, but is the wellness yardstick really measured by legislative success? If so, it proves the folly of nominating senators to the highest executive office in the land. Indeed, I would rate Obama’s legislative ‘successes’ to date as proof of his lack of performance. Exhibit One is the so-called “Stimulus Package” which is obviously doing no such thing as unemployment rises and the economy contracts.

And let’s not forget the budget behemoth, set to exceed all of President Bush’s deficits in one go. Or the defunding of our missile defense programs just as North Korea is testing missiles, nukes, and considering a test in Hawaii’s general direction. Then there would be the Cairo Policy, wherein muslims get a pass and Israel must toe the line, the only exception to the Obama Doctrine of Non-meddlement. Be sure to add in terrorists being read Miranda rights, former detainees exiled to Bermuda, others destined for the States. We’ve also nationalized two-thirds of the American auto industry, much of the financial services industry, we’re about to nationalize healthcare, and public education is in the sights as well. Or Cap & Trade, which will eviscerate the coal industry and cause all our heating and electric bills to skyrocket. I’ve not even touched on the regulations and other changes behind the scenes; one example will suffice: the FDA threat to regulate Cheerios as a drug. Then there’s Iran, where according to Obama we mustn’t even comment when a revolution against the sworn enemy of all Americans is brewing. This isn’t a record in five months of having ‘done well.’ This is a record of making Jimmy Carter look competent.

Which brings us back to McCain. In a sense, it’s understandable that he thinks Obama has done well. After all, the President doesn’t think there’s a difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi and so McCain apparently sees little difference between himself and Obama.

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June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Apparently, Everyone Voted for McCain

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An interesting phenomenon has developed over the last few weeks. As I posted before the election, I know a surprising number of people who planned to vote for McCain. Obviously, that number was smaller than it seemed.

Now, even here in Massachusetts, McCain topped 30%, though he didn’t equal Bush’s performance of roughly 38% four years ago. I did speculate that my own informal survey was just that — informal.

Yet it continues. Against all expectations, people are still claiming to have voted for McCain — even at a dinner meeting to which I was privy where people had come from all over the country. An odd situation, reminding me of the New Yorker columnist Pauline Kael who wondered how Nixon could have won inasmuch as she knew no one who had voted for him. 

Yet, I have to assume that these people are telling the truth for who would lie about voting for McCain? It’s like Clinton’s popular vote after the 1992 election — he won after in the polls having lost it in the reality. Would that it were so with McCain in the reality of the election, but it was not so.

I don’t know what to make of this bizarre phenomenon. It must surely be a part of my unscientific poll, but it also tends to rub salt in the wound.

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December 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

This Map Is a Lot Less Red than Last Time

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One of the more interesting bits of election analysis is to look at the results not at the state level, but the county level. It actually puts the lie to the notion that a ‘national’ poll means something. Behold:

2008_general_election_results_by_county

A few things stand out to me:

McCain carried just one county in New England.

Obama made serious inroads into the Bush counties from 2004, but interestingly, almost all in a largely contiguous fashion. Obama took Kerry’s counties and added adjacent ones.

Florida and Ohio can be carried by targeting a relative handful of counties.

The 2004 map is here.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

In Case Anyone Forgets

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Obama isn’t president yet.

wpresident

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November 18, 2008 at 12:19 am

AT on McCain’s Loss

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A very good read over at the American Thinker on McCain’s loss. Key quote:

… McCain’s (and our) downfall: You can’t bring moderation to an ideology fight. An honorable, sincere moderate who is behind really hasn’t a chance against a cynical ideologue who is ahead. Obama simply dissembled at the debates, while McCain’s tongue-tied references to Ayers, ACORN, Khalidi, “most liberal senator,” etc., sounded unfairly abrupt, even desperate. Maybe they were? To the bitter end, McCain refrained from “bringing Jeremiah Wright into the campaign,” even though Hillary had…Why not? 

It wouldn’t have looked moderate enough. 

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November 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

History and Grace

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As I listen and read, there are many congratulating Senator Obama on his victory. Most are talking up the historic nature of this election, some — like McCain — are being gracious. The pundits at Fox are sounding like Obamacons. 

Since I believe America has just been bamboozled, I’ll skip the preliminaries. Yes, this is historic. The first black man has been elected president. I personally thought it would be someone else, as I’ve posted before.

Meanwhile, despite John McCain’s gracious concession, I intend to give Mr. Obama exactly the level of support his supporters have given President Bush. Which is to say, none.

Some would say that we must all come together as Americans. I say, that should have been the case eight years ago. I have no intention of stopping my fight for this country just because one election has gone another way. Make no mistake, I believe Barack Obama is the enemy of America. He is the agent of change to be sure, but not the change we need. He is the agent of change to turn America into a socialist state. He is the agent the same way Lenin was in 1917, Mao in 1949, Castro in 1959, Ho Chi Minh in 1975, and Pol Pot in 1976.

I’ve never been on their side, and I’m not on Obama’s side.

I could be wrong – Lord knows I have been before. However, I don’t think so. The leopard does not change his spots. And I intend to call’em as I see’em.

In other words folks, I’m back.

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November 5, 2008 at 12:09 am

Florida

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It’s approaching landslide.

At least the democrats will have no place to hide in coming years. Whatever happens, they’re going to be responsible.

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November 4, 2008 at 11:43 pm

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