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STICK A FORK IN

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/20/2008

JOHN MCCAIN.

No one can be surprised that a messiah figure promising change beat a senator flailing at earmarks. No one cared about John McCain’s earmarks, my friend. No one was inspired by his insistence that Barack Obama was an “honorable” man or assured by his dismissal of “some old terrorist,” named William Ayres.

They were inspired instead when the “warrior princess” began to fight the real battles the tired, old soldier was unwilling to engage.

While Sarah Palin called out the “old terrorist,” McCain smiled and shrugged. While Palin fought to make drilling for oil the legitimate issue it was, McCain insisted he knew more about ANWR than Alaska’s governor and clung to his PC opposition. And, in an attempt to further demonstrate his magnanimous reach across the aisle, he vowed to include the genius Al Gore on any Global Warming initiative his administration might advance. Inspiring.

While people were given an opportunity to vote on how they actually felt about men marrying men and women marrying women in three states, McCain was reluctant to mention the issue. Loathe to defend the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman? Unwilling to expose his opponent’s radical opposition against giving the people a vote? Remarkably, both Florida and California went for Obama and against homosexual marriage. Did those voters know where Barack stood on this issue? Did they understand his stated intention to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act in order to usher in homosexual marriage state by state? Who would have told them except Obama’s opponent, John McCain? But marriage was not worth fighting for. The important issue was earmarks, my friend … earmarks.

While a huge percent of Americans–Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike–continue to oppose amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens, John McCain refused to make it a campaign issue. Do the citizens of the United States know Obama supports driver’s licenses for illegals? Medical benefits? Open borders? Do they know that of the so-called 44 million uninsured, millions are illegal immigrants? No, because McCain refused to mention it. He was more concerned about demonstrating his compassion to illegals than defending his country against their overwhelming demands.

When an attendee at a Wisconsin McCain/Palin rally stood up to declare, “I’m mad! Fight for us!” McCain delivered his trademark Beavis and Butthead laugh, offended at the challenge, not even comprehending the gravity of the moment. The nation at crisis, he thought the race was about him.

“Fight with me!” McCain famously urged at the Republican Convention, but we quickly discovered he perceived the fight to be for his shot at the presidency, not the preservation of the union. If he had really understood the dangers, how could he have remained cavalier and unserious about so many important issues?

A loss for McCain meant a return to the rich privileges of the Senate, a beautiful, millionaire wife and plenty more opportunities to fight earmarks and reach across the aisle. While the nation reels from his weakness, we were the ones who lost, not he.

As McCain met with the president-elect this week, speculation grows on a cooperative, bipartisan effort to bring citizenship and benefits for illegal immigrants. And since all campaign promises are off and the great compromiser still boasts of supporting leftist Supreme Court Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg we can likely look forward to seeing him champion more bad nominees, more illegal immigration, more foolish global warming initiatives and more attention-getting gimmicks to demonstrate his maverick madness.

I voted for him out of self-preservation, but I would not have been proud of my candidate if this misguided lion lacking courage had made it to the White House. Still, I fear he will do more damage outside the White House than inside, and that, my friend, is a bi-partisan reach we could live without.

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BUSH IS SOUNDING MORE LIKE HOOVER

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/13/2008

EVERY DAY.  Hoover did everything he could to interrupt the healthy self-coordination of trade and commerce — and then posed as the poster boy of the “free market.”  All in one swoop Hoover helped to destroy the market — and the reputation of idea of the free market.  Bush has been doing the same.

Hoover’s anti-coordination, anti-market policies are well known.  If you “don’t know much about history” or you are still caught up in the bogus myth of Hoover propagated by grossly dishonest Democrat journalists and historians 40 years ago, you might start with this eye opener.

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FOX NEWS IS SPREADING VICIOUS LIES

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

about Sarah Palin, being dished out by leading figures in the John McCain campaign, and spread in the interest of protecting the reputation of incompetent Presidential candidate John McCain and his manifestly failed campaign staff.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and the absurd claim that Palin doesn’t know that Africa is a continent and not a country is the most absurdly bogus lie I’ve heard yet in the ongoing attempt to smear Palin as a drooling, brain dead, hillbilly idiot.

Will the McCain people please just go away, and stop doing their damndest to damage the Republican party and the conservative movement?

Video here and here.

It looks like it was all out war by the McCain “moderates” against Sarah Palin in the final weeks of the campaign.

Allahpundit:  “they might as well have tossed in a story about her having to guess who’s buried in Grant’s tomb.”

UPDATE:  Malkin weighs in.  And Robert S. McCain’s has more on Palin and the gross incompetence of the McCain people.

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HERE’S WHAT THE POPULATION WEIGHTED

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

county-by-county vote actually looked like. Yes, that’s Orange County bulging out in Southern California.


And here is what a population weighted state-by-state map looks like:

Source.

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AMERICAN IS WELL ON THE WAY TO BECOMING

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

A BANANA REPUBLIC.  Read the argument.  Some words of advice:

My point is that sooner or later the U.S. government is going to have to get serious about stripping the assets of those of us who have tried to live within our means. Sooner or later, the profligate are going to take from the prudent, the grasshopper is going to confiscate the property of the ants.

If you’ve got wealth, you need to find a haven for it. You don’t want to keep it in a banana republic for too long.

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OBAMA IS APPOINTING

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

one of the most vicious and rabidly partisan politicians in the history of the country as his chief of staff.  Welcome to the “post-partisan” reality of the Obama Presidency.

So far those of us who have thought the worst of Obama are two for two with his first major decisions as leader — selecting the most far left man in the Senate besides himself as his VP, and the most viciously partisan leftist operator in the country as his chief of staff. 

All of those “conservatives” who voted for Obama “hoping for the best” are being proven fools with every Obama decision.  I’m guessing this will continue to be the case.

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HOW BAD WAS IT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

for McCain?  He almost lost Orange County, California, the ground zero of the Reagan Revolution — and he lost Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties, ground zero of the massive anti-tax, anti-immigration Schwarzenegger earthquake of 2003.

And lets be clear.  If McCain had done the right thing on the Wall Street bailout and the mortgage meltdown, he would have won these counties.  McCain’s crackup and sellout during the bailout cost him the election (more here), not just in non-LA Southern California, but around the country.  The one true thing McCain said last night is that he himself is responsible for the loss of the election.  The vote last night, more than anything, was a vote against John McCain.  A majority of Republicans in the primaries never supported this man as their candidate for President, and as I pointed out at the time, McCain beat out his rivals only because of the vote of non-Republicans in a number of key Republican primaries.

Once again we had a weak candidate who was beyond the age any man should run for the Presidency.  John McCain did a selfish disservice to America and to the principles we hold by putting his ambition to “be somebody” ahead of the leadership requirements of the Presidency.  I know that’s harsh, but it’s what I believe.

UPDATE:  McCain did worse than George Bush among moderates and liberals.

OPDATE II:  Robert S. McCain on John McCain’s mortal self-wounding, Oct. 2, 2008:

Last week’s idiotic gesture — “Suspend the campaign! Cancel the debate! Pass the bailout!”
— blew up in his face and destroyed all rational hope that he can win
on Nov. 4. So now he’s looking around for scapegoats, and any reporter
(or columnist) who gets within range will do.

Pathetic. Three weeks ago, McCain led by 3 points in the Real Clear Politics average (and one poll showed him +1 in Michigan). A week later, when the polls started to slip, he freaked out and tried to blame the mortgage meltdown on SEC Chairman Chris Cox. When that didn’t work, and with his poll numbers slipping even further, he decided to take ownership of the unpopular $700 billion bailout.

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A WORD

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

to the wise.  And yes, after Barack Obama, I do believe John McCain will be enemy number one to liberty and conservatism over the next four years.  Sure I hope I’m wrong.  Only, with these sorts of things, as much as I’d wish things to be otherwise, I keep being dead on right.  It’s a cruel fate to actually understand what is going on in the world.

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ANYONE WANT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

to argue with me that George Bush was a disaster as President?  And McCain was a disaster as the GOP candidate?

UPDATE:  No argument from Derb.  And no argument on McCain from Ace.  Read ’em both.

And what really tells the story is that McCain is barely pulling 54% of the vote in Arizona, among the people who know him best.  And McCain lost even his home state among voters under 30.

UPDATE II:  No arguments here, either.  A must read.  And don’t miss this either.

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I KNOW

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/05/2008

this is a great moment for every American and especially for every black American (if we look at this election as a symbol, and not as a particular political outcome).  But listening to Obama’s speech tonight I’ve got to say, what a gas bag.  There’s no “there” there when he talks about where he is taking America and what we have to do.  It’s worse that mere air.  It’s a hollowness that actually sucks substance out of the air. 

I have deep and well earned concerns about who he is, and what mistakes he will make, and where he wants to take the country.  But beyond that I’m already bored to tears this “soaring” rhetoric and these empty words.  He’s imitating great men speaking great ideas at momentous times in our history.  But there are no great ideas here, there is simply an attractive man with a skin color similar to that of Americans who — unlike Obama — were the descendants of slaves and the victims of profound racial discrimination under Jim Crow.

If there was any idea behind Obama’s campaign it was the fact of his race.  Beyond that there wasn’t much, and tonight, again, what we got was the magic of the fact of a man of his race winning the Presidency. But mostly, for me, there was just the sucking hollowness. 

I guess I’m too post racial, but I’m already beyond that, and all these other gassy words about where we have to go and what we have to sacrifice are starting to annoy.  What matters is what this guy will do, and I’m not at all optimistic that he’ll do things to make this a freer, safer, more prosperous, more law abiding country.

In fact, any betting man has got to bet he’ll do a million different things to make this a less free, less safe, less prosperous, and less law abiding country. 

I have children, and that’s a sad thing to write.

UPDATE:  A locker room pep talk and call to arms from Michelle Malkin.

UPDATE II:  Here’s the text.  You find something besides gas in it.

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