Archive for September 1, 2009

I think these people are parting way too early:

Obama’s day of reckoning has already come, here in the infancy of his presidency, as the polls each passing day attest. He could go through the pretense of being a centrist leader for a few precious weeks, maybe even months, but the real political center for him is so remote and so foreign that in the end the act of pretending would be as distasteful for him as his “normal” policies are for increasing numbers of Americans.

Oh he’s doomed DOOMED I tell you, Rasmussen has him at 46, Zogby at 42. Obamacare is dying. There is talk about re-taking the house in 2010.

I think if we take this stuff too seriously then we make the same mistake as the left was doing 7 months ago. It only takes one crisis, one mistake or one big issue to turn everything around. If his numbers can drop like that in 7 months they can just as easily rise back up.

Overconfidence is a dangerous thing. I know it’s only been two weeks or so since I said it before but it’s still just as true as ever.

Over at Gay Patriot via Legal Insurrection a good Kennedy deed is brought out of the memory hole:

I visited Jessica’s father Boris several times when I was in college. As most Soviet emigrés, he had strong anti-Communist views and great respect for then then-President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan. And though the then-senior Senator from Massachusetts harshly criticized (and actively sought to thwart) the Gipper’s aggressive foreign policy, Boris refused to criticize Kennedy, always recalling how he helped secure his release.

He only had kind words for the late Massachusetts Democrat.

The full article is here concerning the sick little girl who was allowed to leave the Soviet Union due to Kennedy’s intervention.

I couldn’t help but remember this scene from Boomtown (my favorite 9th doctor story)

“…that’s how you live with yourself, that’s how you slaughter millions, because once in a while on a whim, when the wind is in the right direction you happen to be kind.”

Like a corrupt Duke eighteenth century Duke who gives a gift to the peasants on Christmas once in a while he helped one leave. That’s how he was able to justify trying to keep the other hundreds of millions in chains.

If you want a longer version of that scene it is here.

…is the thesis of this American Spectator article:

…it is crystal clear that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has this “head of the table” gene in spades. She is, in a remarkable way, the real heir — make that heiress — to Senator Kennedy. She is charismatic, she has a decided point of view and she is a lightning rod for controversy. Just as Kennedy managed to sink a once sure-thing Supreme Court nomination with his famous Bork speech, Governor Palin has managed to explode Section 1233 of the ObamaCare House bill with her vivid description of “death panels,” severely damaging the President’s entire legislative priority in the process.

He talks about the invisible quality that makes a person THE person no matter where or what they are:

This is what really drives Sarah Palin’s critics nuts. She sits up there in Alaska with Todd and the kids, taps out a few words on her Facebook page — and presto! ObamaCare has a torpedo amidships! Without doubt this causes Palin’s rivals, just as it once did with Churchill’s and Teddy Kennedy’s, to fret and fume if not foam.

I think the left actually understands this in spades. They also know there are no bodies in the Gulf of Alaska to derail her election. That’s why Sullivan’s Syndrome is rampant among them. They know what’s coming, and they know that since she is 45 and in excellent shape that it will be there for the next 20-25 years.

They know that they have to stop her not only in 2012, but in 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028. In 2028 she will be one year older than Hillary will be in 2012. She will remain a threat in being for decades. They need to sink her now.

David Frum thinks she is a problem. I know 1000 people who think otherwise but what do 120 candidates for office know vs big Dave?

Update 2: BTW Frum is a smart guy and on fiscal matters is pretty conservative, he just happens to be dead wrong about Sarah Palin.

Update 3: The greenroom sees it.

School is back and I have to be up with the youngest so that means I’m up and turned it on Morning Joe.

And I couldn’t believe my eyes:

First of all my irony meter is going off the scale.

They started with teasing Mika about this headline:

Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year, several sources told The Post.

Less than 18 months after he left Albany in a prostitution scandal, Spitzer has held informal discussions in recent weeks about the possibility of making a bid for state comptroller or the US Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand, sources said.

They were teasing Mika about the “second coming” headline pretty bad. Then they were outraged over Chris Brown first didn’t remember his assault of his girl, then Did remember after the bad press from the interview.

Barnicle commented how people were outraged by Michael Vick over his dogs while this guy didn’t serve a day for beating a woman.

These are all valid points but I have one question for these people:

WEREN’T YOU THE SAME GUYS WHO JUST SPENT THE LAST WEEK LIONIZING TED KENNEDY? WEREN’T YOU THE SAME PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT HIM NOT SERVING A DAY IN JAIL? Didn’t you not bring up his womanizing in the 80’s and stuff? Not a one of you would have suggested he shouldn’t have been re-elected over this stuff.

Ted Kennedy is the patron saint for celebs who are not punished and for pols who don’t have to resign. Spitzer, Brown and Sanford can trace their legacy directly to the unwillingness of anyone to act on Kennedy and the honor he was given. If Ted didn’t even lose his senate seat and missed the democratic nomination by a hair why should any of these guys go away no matter what they do?

MSNBC, NBC, CBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC et/al have no business being upset about anything. If they want to know why these people feel they can do what they want and get away with it without punishment, watch your tapes from last week then ask who are their enablers.

Update: David Price Jones shows why his is paid to write and why I’m typing in my pajamas:

Normally speaking, ordinary people would never tolerate someone like him as their elected representative. To present himself as a tribune of the people was the only possible protective covering available to him. That he was successful in this respect, and comes to be buried in Arlington with the president speaking at the graveside, is really the only arresting feature of his career. He has enjoyed the sort of lifelong allowance that once would have been made for a corrupt eighteenth-century English duke. It is hard to believe that he was ever sincere in the populist causes he took up, declaiming about righting wrongs only to go home and commit plenty more wrongs of his own without having to account for them. That’s champagne socialism for you, and it seems a taste everybody and anybody can get drunk on.