Gut Check Pucker Factor
A rare Saturday post, however the fetching Mrs. Cordeiro has left me alone for a few hours and I'm putting off my Honey-Do list.
After checking the Real Clear Politics Poll Summary for today and yesterday, a thought struck me.
W could get 50%+ of the vote on Tuesday.
This brings up a very interesting concept. All the punditry belittled W after the 2000 election because he lacked a popular mandate to govern. So what happens if W garners say 53% of the vote on Tuesday? Will the liberals, MSM, and the rest of the whacked out lefties in the country realize they're on the wrong side of most everything?
Not likely. Still, it will be a great victory.
So, Tuesday is on the horizon. It will end the most important election in recent memory, hopefully giving W another four years in the White House.
But its not over yet. This is gut check time. This is where the battle is won - on the ground and in the trenches. You have to ask yourself the all important question - the same question posed by Jimmy Malone to Eliot Ness in The Untouchables -
What are you prepared to do?
In the immortal words of the Flight Controller in Armageddon
Gentlemen, its pucker time.
Don't just sit there. Vote W-Big Time 2004.
Here endeth the lesson.
*Hat Tip to BlackFive
Reflections from the National Mall
This past Monday I took the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. I've been meaning to do it for a long time, but its taken until now to get myself over the Potomac River with time to sightsee.
For those of you who haven't had the chance to actually see the memorial, I highly recommend you take the time to make the pilgrimage. Its well worth it.
The memorial sits in the shadows of both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. It memorializes both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of that war. Inscribed along the walls are notable quotations from Eisenhower, MacArthur, Roosevelt, and others. It is truly a sight to behold.
Centered between the Atlantic and Pacific Arches is a fountain in front of which is a field of 400 Gold Stars. Each star symbolizes 1,000 people who made the journey across the seas to defend freedom and never got a chance to make the trip home. Atop the star field is the emblazoned words:
Here We Mark The Price of Freedom.
I pondered on this for a few minutes. So many people. Such carnage. Truly, as Eisenhower said, we shall not see their like again. I stand in awe of the people behind those stars. They pressed forward, onward, and upward in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and extremely high casualties. To put the current conflict in context, the Global War on Terror would rate about 1.5 stars - 4.5 if you add the casualties of September 11, 2001. I thought about this comparison and wondered what the D-Day, Iwo Jima, and Battle of the Bulge commanders would have given to have lost just 1,000 men.
I have also often wondered what drove these men up the beaches of so many far off places. The answer to my question came as I heard my 18 month old daughter babbling as she bobbled along (as only a toddler can) the stone floor of the memorial towards me. As I picked her up and tossed her in the air the thought came to me that this was what drove them to victory. The soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines memorialized by the star field will never have a chance to toss their daughters in the air. What drove them to do their duty was the knowledge that guys like me would have the chances they would never get.
So, on November 2nd, let the word go forth from this time and place that the Torch of Liberty still burns brightly (despite the best efforts of the Breck Girl) and has been taken up by a new and more responsible generation of Americans. We choose to do these things, undertake these missions, and fulfill this destiny not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Because the Peacemakers of the United States Armed Forces know that by shedding some of their blood here and now, future generations may be spared from adding untold gallons in later years. We shall do that which we know to be right, and by reliance on the Almighty and America's righteous might we shall see ourselves, our country, and freedom clear to absolute victory - So Help us God.
Here endeth the lesson.
Kerry: Bush to Blame For Russia Moving Explosives Whilst U.N. Delayed Invasion
If John Kerry is elected, let's hope he learns to dig into a news story before he takes it as fact. No sooner had word "leaked" from the New York Times and CBS ("There's no BS like CBS") and John Kerry was out there blaming President Bush in all of his campaign speeches for the missing explosives in Iraq.
As we've already discussed, NBC News was there when the troops arrived at the weapons depot one day after Iraq's liberation, and the explosives were gone.
Either some really big Iraqi's carted the 380 tons of explosives out in really big wheelbarrows over the rough desert terrain in one night, or, more logically, we can conclude that the explosives were already missing.
Last night, The Washington Times broke a story titled, Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms. Gasp, shock and horror! Russia trucked the explosives to Syria before the U.S. invaded Iraq! Is anyone surprised?
Now, I find it interesting that the liberals have been so quick to point out whenever possible that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Then, they were all concerned about these explosives being missing, and how these explosives could be used in nuclear weapons (pardon me, but isn't a nuclear weapon classified as a WMD?). Can we not, therefore, logically conclude that the WMDs were possibly trucked out of the country as well?
This story, being hyped up by the left, does nothing more than elevate President Bush's claims that there were dangerous weapons being developed in Iraq.
But for the left, despite NBC video footage showing that the weapons were missing when we arrived, it is still Bush's fault. Reports are circulating that Russia trucked the stuff out of Iraq in the weeks leading up to our invasion. It seems to me that we have John Kerry's Un-United Nations to thank for delaying our entry to Iraq!
Last night I flipped over to CNN ("We distort, you comply!") to see if they had picked up on the story. A news anchor showed today's front page of the Washington Times, mentioned the story, and dismissed it by saying, "Well, that's one theory."
THEORY? This whole 18-month-old story is nothing BUT a theory, since it is certainly not NEWS. John Kerry is out there touting a THEORY that Bush let the weapons slip into terrorist hands, and he has NO PROOF whatsoever. But that hasn't stopped him from blathering on about this anytime a microphone is placed within the sound of his droning voice.
Kerry went so far as to say that Bush was attempting to cover this story up and hide it from the American people until after the election. Senator Kerry, the question I have is why did CBS learn of this 18-month-old news story, and decide to sit on it until just 24 hours before the election? If the story was so important that we all had to know about it right away, why were they willing to wait another week and a half?
What does The Commander-in-Chief Have to Say?
"Sen. Kerry this week seemed shocked to learn that Iraq was a dangerous place, full of dangerous weapons.Go tell 'em, Mr. President. America is listening. Rush Limbaugh had an excellent summary of the Democrats' hype over this story, referring to their denial that Saddam Hussein was ever dangerous to begin with:
"Our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios, including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site... This investigation is important and it's ongoing. And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander-in-chief.
"I want to remind the American people, if Sen. Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our global test, Saddam Hussein would still be in power, he would control all those weapons and explosives, and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies."
"There weren't any dangerous weapons in Iraq. It was unnecessary to go in there. We now know there were no weapons of mass destruction. Bush lied. So what the hell? Even if it's missing, it's harmless, right?"Harmless until days before their candidate is sent packing back to Massachusetts.
Why Bush Will Win on November 2nd
It's not every U.S. President that Americans identify with. Some presidents have a unique ability to win the affections of the electorate; some do so with charisma, others with charm, and others with strong evidence of leadership.
President Bush is a president that has a very committed base of voters. While people may not agree with everything that President Bush has done, he is liked by the people. He is trusted by the people. President Bush has an overwhelming approval rate for his handling of the war on terror (most people trust Bush than Kerry to handle the War on Terror: 53% to 39%).
Recently, I was on a shopping errand with my family. As we were walking into a store, I spotted a van (pictured below) that had pro-Bush messages on just about every window. Unfortunately, I didn't have my digital camera with me (it never fails, I leave the camera at home, I see something interesting). I can honestly say that I've never seen a vehicle decorated like this one outside of sporting events. I had a chance to chat with the vehicle's driver. These are the type of people you want living next door to you. A good strong family. Good morals. And an unabashed support for our Commander in Chief. I can't imagine a group of people decorating a family vehicle in support of John Kerry. I just can't imagine it, and I haven't seen that sort of enthusiasm out there for the Junior Senator from Massachusetts. Bush has a connection with the families that make up the fiber of our society, as evidenced in this photo:
Exhibit A: Why Bush will win on November 2nd, Part 1
This next picture is also very telling. Recently I visited the home of another family, again, the type of people you would want next door to you. The kids play sports, the dad works hard, the mom spends her days trying to keep up with the kids. They love their family, they love their freedom, and they value their safety. In this family's living room is a picture of President and Laura Bush. Right there in the living room, together with pictures of their own family members. Again, President Bush has a connection with people, and in this case, this family has put George W. Bush's picture in the same collection with members of their own family. That is a factor that, I believe, polls cannot calculate. I just can't imagine John Kerry arousing such a connection with the families that make up the heart and soul of America.
Exhibit B: Why Bush will win on November 2nd, Part 2
This being said, it is up to us to go to the polls and cast our votes. Talk to your friends, neighbors and relatives, and encourage them to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. You don't have to persuade them to vote one way or another, just encourage them to take the time to drive to the polls and pull the lever. I can't tell you how many people I spoke with following the 2000 election that, for some reason or another, did not bother to vote. Even if you're in a state that is "written off" as being in one candidate's column or another, go vote. Such votes in 2000 could have erased attempts by the left to undermine the legitimacy of President Bush's election.
If you value your family, your freedoms, your safety, your money and most of all, your country, make sure that your vote for President Bush is counted on November 2nd.
Morning Reads: Electoral College, Biased Media, and Biased Media
MSNBC has an interesting article on the electoral college and various scenarios that could (and historically, have already) played out in election season. Did you know that if no candidate receives 270 electoral votes that the House of Representatives would vote to decide the next president? It's an interesting article if you have the time.
The openly liberal Slate.com has polled its writers and staff members for their presidential preferences. If you have time to waste, you can read the article. Stop the presses, almost all of them support John Kerry! In other news, poll results show that most Americans believe the world to be round.
One last story to share: the non-partisan Project for Excellence in Journalism has released a study indicating that Kerry received more favorable media coverage than Bush. Among the biased news outlets was--brace yourself--CNN (CNN: We distort, you comply!). In other news, recent poll results show that most Americans believe the government will continue the practice of collecting taxes.
With that, I return to my capitalist endeavors.
View From An Earhole - Redux
Sometimes the blatant, arrogant, unilateral stupidity of some people just astounds me. No sooner has Dan "Stark Raving Naked" Rather pulled his head from the turf having made a fool of himself in front of the watching public than his place is taken (sort of anyway) by The New York Times.
I will defer to Bonjo for a rehearsal of the details surrounding the immediately debunked claim of missing explosives in Iraq. It seems that said explosives have now been found - they all went off in the collective face of The New York Times.
Returning to the ever present football metaphor, defensive linemen often get in a rut. After so many pass plays, they become accustomed to blowing by the offensive blockers with little regard for what or who they run past - including the ball carrier. It is at this time intelligent offensive coordinators call draw plays and screen passes - types of plays that usually leave over zealous defenders looking out their collective ear holes.
The media is so desperate to toss W out of the White House that they will believe anything that could possibly further their cause. Their cause has become so desperate that any appearance of neutrality has been tossed to the side.
One good thing can be said of this debacle. At least Dan Rather isn't all by himself in looking like an ass. He's just been joined by the collective at The New York Times.
Enjoy the spotlight.
60 Minutes: The Ticking Time Bomb
Drudge has some additional details regarding the "breaking" 18 month old news story of missing explosives in Iraq.
CBS learned of this last week, but they planned to air this story on Sunday, October 31, just 24 hours before the election. Unfortunately for CBS, other left-leaning "news" outlets couldn't wait to smear President Bush in the remaining days of the campaign, and as Drudge says, "[t]he story instead debuted in the NYT. The paper slugged the story about missing explosives from April 2003 as 'exclusive.'"
My favorite part of this story update is the quote from a senior Bush Administration official:
"CBSNEWS' plan to unleash the story just 24 hours before election day had one senior Bush official outraged.If I were the CBS White House correspondent, I'd be very nervous about next week's election.
" 'Darn, I wanted to see the forged documents to show how this was somehow covered up,' the Bush source mocked, recalling last months CBS airing of fraudulent Bush national guard letters."
60 Minutes' trademark is the ticking stopwatch before and after each commercial break. I grew up listening to that stopwatch on Sunday nights, unaware of the blatant bias represented by the program as "news". Now when I hear that stopwatch, it makes me think of a ticking time bomb, counting down the days, hours and seconds until CBS News implodes upon itself.
Kerry/Edwards: U.S. Should Have Invaded Iraq Sooner
This is an interesting piece over on Drudge. Read it in its entirety, it will take you a minute and a half at the most.
First, I find it interesting to see how many times various news networks have covered this story or mentioned the missing explosives. CNN is off the charts.
Next, a distortion being carried in the mainstream media and the Kerry/Edwards campaign is that we didn't act soon enough to secure these weapons. We were busy letting museums get looted, and we didn't bother to go out to this bunker and secure the explosives.
As it turns out, NBC had a crew embedded with the troops who moved in to secure the complex--ONE DAY after the liberation of Iraq.
I guarantee you it took far more than a day to move 377 tons of explosives. We can thank the Saddam-pandering United Nations for delaying our overthrow of Saddam by months for these missing weapons.
And here John Kerry and John Edwards are out on the campaign trail, blaming President Bush for not acting soon enough! I thought John Kerry was going to make sure any U.S. military action passed a "global test" (read: France and the United Nations).
The Drudge article quotes a senior Bush Administration official on the matter:
"Let me get this straight, are Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards now saying we did not go into Iraq soon enough? We should have invaded and liberated Iraq sooner?"We know this is old news; it happened 18 months ago, and yet the New York Times and CBS are now touting this as if it's breaking news. John Kerry has jumped on the bandwagon. Now NBC says we got there as soon as we could, and the weapons were gone when we got there. Will we hear an apology from Senator Kerry or Senator Edwards?
Don't hold your breath.
Take it from The Gipper... History Repeats Itself
It is said that history repeats itself. A new ad from "Americans for Peace Through Strength" lets you hear Ronald Reagan's opinion of John Kerry.
The scary thing is, in the 1984 debate clip featuring President Reagan, he is talking about then-political-opponent Walter Mondale. You could play that clip today, and it describes John Kerry, the Junior Senator from Massachusetts.
The ad ends quoting John Kerry in 1988, when he called Reagan's term in office a period of "moral darkness" for America.
Hopefully history will repeat itself on November 2nd, 2004.
Washed-up "Celebs" Stump for Kerry in Florida
It's always nice to have something to laugh about on a Monday morning. Today that laugh came from Matt Drudge, and his report of Rosie O'Donnell and Cher campaigning for John Kerry in Florida over the weekend.
Rosie went to a club to deliver a pro-Kerry speech, and only a few dozen people showed up. The report doesn't say this, but I suspect that at least half of that number were somehow involved in the media. Maybe they're also counting the club's employees. So, it sounds like she maybe had about a dozen people at her rally:
" 'The best part to me in the entire debate was when John Kerry said we have to pass a global test before we enter into a war. And you see George Bush got all nervous because frankly the word 'test' terrifies him,' O'Donnell said to scattered chuckles."Scattered chuckles. No turnout. No enthusiasm. Cheap shots at President Bush (let's see: Bush has a degree from Yale, what about Rosie..?) Of course, I have to admit, I can't even imagine left-wing die-hard Kerry supporters wasting their time listening to some loud, obnoxious, washed-up, has-been like Rosie O'Donnell. Then again, they listen to Hillary Clinton... I digress.
Cher's pro-Kerry appearance was supposed to have thousands of people in attendance. Approximately 200 people showed up. Cher had this to say, after blaming the lack of attendance on event organizers:
"I think that as Bush will, if Bush gets elected, he will put in new Superior Court [sic] judges, and these guys are not going to want to see gay pride week."Uhh, Cher? It's the Supreme Court. Maybe you should brush up on your U.S. Government textbooks before your next political event.
I still can't decide what best demonstrates Kerry's troubles... The fact that no one bothered to attend these events, or the fact that the Kerry Campaign has resorted to asking these washed-up has-beens to promote their cause.
Random Friday Thoughts
Apologies for the light posting this week. Unlike Breck Girl, I do have to do actual work on occasion.
Seems that Lurch and Company have struck upon the idea of declaring victory regardless of the outcome of the election. They seem to think if the election is close, Lurch will be able to assume victory and strengthen his case by declaring the race to be over. Most of me believes the election will not be close, and thus Lurch's strategy will be moot. That said, part of me hopes for a close race, if only to see Lurch have to eat his victory speech. Remember, the Yankees thought the American League Series was over after Game 3.
That bit of news is only slightly less riveting than the telling comments made by Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry (deep gasp for breath), AKA Mrs Lurch or The Ketchup Queen regarding Mrs. W AKA Laura Bush. Seems that Ketchup Queen wondered aloud if Laura had ever held a job other than that of wife and mother. This from a woman who has more servants than sense. Typical limousine liberal. If Ketchup Queen had every really had to be a mother (without the live in help of untold number of nannies, nurses, and butlers) she'd know what a real job was. Open mouth. Insert foot. Would you like some ketchup with that Mrs. Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry (deep gasp for breath)?
And finally, at least for this post anyway, Algore.
Former Senator, Vice-President, and (losing) Presidential candidate Albert Arnold Gore, Jr, AKA Al "I lost my home state" Gore, or Algore for short, is returning to the campaign trail in the Sunshine State of Florida. So far, Algore has managed to kill just about every campaign he's been involved with. More power to you, Algore. I'm observing the rule of ropes, in that when my enemy is busy hanging himself, go buy more rope.
Ketchup Queen Insults Stay-at-Home Moms
I read this yesterday and just couldn't believe my eyes. Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry (deep gasp for breath) is quoted in a USA Today article stating that Laura Bush has never held down a "real job."
The Kerry Camp later released a statement from The Ketchup Queen that she had forgotten about Mrs. Bush's previous professional experience (as a teacher and a librarian):
"I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children... I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as First Lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past." - Elitist Teresa Heinz Kerry, after being hit over the head by Kerry Campaign staffersNote, however, that nothing was said about The Ketchup Queen's implication that Mrs. Bush, by staying home with her daughters, had never held a real job. She "appreciate"s Mrs. Bush's "important work in the past," but says nothing about the importance of Mrs. Bush staying at home with her daughters.
This hasn't gone unnoticed, either. One stay-at-home mom, upset about TKQ's comment, wrote a scathing letter which you can read here. I'll second what that mother had to say. Mrs. Bonjo stays at home with our family, and believe me, it's more challenging and more taxing than any "professional" career. It's also far more rewarding; though the returns are not monetary, nor (necessaily) immediately recognized.
John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry continue to prove that they are left wing elitists. In the words of Hugh Hewitt, let's hope they are soon forgotten.
Now Starring on Broadway: John Edwards!
Who knew John Edwards had Broadway aspirations?
In case you are scratching your head, wondering what on earth the above photo montage has to do with the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, you might want to take a look at this video on Slate.
I'm all for personal hygiene, don't get me wrong. But I can shower, shave and get dressed in the time this guy takes to fuss over his hair.
Today's Must-See Video
I would comment on the video Breck Girl's hair prep linked by Drudge at a site on Slate, but its still running, and I'm laughing so hard I can't type straight.
Memo to Breck Girl: Use of a make up compact by the male of the species could result in intense therapy in order to be accepted back into the den of real men.
Lurch's Cheney Gaffe
"The average Ruskie doesn't take a dump without a plan." - Rear Admiral Joshua Painter to Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red OctoberJames Dwight over at Sox Blog poses an interesting question. Was Lurch's "passing" reference to Big Time Cheney's daughter's sexual orientation a slip of the mind for Lurch? Or was it a planned, polled, calculated sucker punch intended to turn conservative voters from the W-Big Time Ticket?
I have no proof for the folowing speculation, only my knowledge of previous democratic campaigns and the spin doctors who meticulously comb over every talking point on the road to the presidency.
Of course it was planned! For those of you thick headed readers, remember that John "Breck Girl" Edwards also made a "passing" reference to Big Time's daughter's sexual orientation.
That said, I will impart the following wisdom for which there is no charge:
The average democrat doesn't say a word save it has been field tested, focused grouped, and polled six ways to Sunday.Here endeth the lesson.
Newsflash for Dems: Some Churches Actually Want Prayer
John Kerry got a wake up call from Reverend E. S. Harper of Apostolic Christ Cathedral. Kerry and Company had planned a campaign event--excuse me, a visit to the church--for this coming Sunday.
Only, Reverend Harper "said they were not welcome if they planned to discuss politics during the service."
The Kerry Campaign canceled the event, though a campaign spokesperson claims "the church issue did not affect the decision to cancel the trip."
A Miracle in New Jersey?
While we're on the subject of church, is there a miracle in sight?
George W. Bush is planning a campaign visit to New Jersey next Monday. New Jersey, in case you haven't heard, is up for grabs according to recent polling data.
Jersey going to a Republican? Sure it's happened before--but I would think that given the rhetoric coming from the Democrats this election that the Garden State would be locked in. That can't be good news for Kerry and Company in the rest of the country.
Senator Kerry, brace yourself...
Bush 41 on Michael Moore
In an interview on a Maine television station, Former President George H. W. Bush was asked about his opinion of Michael Moore, the alleged "documentary" filmmaker:
"Total ass, slimeball," Bush said. It's "outrageous, his lies about my family." - Former President George H. W. Bush (41)I still can't decide which is funnier... Imagining Bush 41 actually saying that, or hearing it from the poker-faced Brit Hume on FoxNews. Regardless, Bush 41's comment was right on target, and it's about time someone said what needed to be said.
In case this didn't make the national news, the slimeball in question (Michael Moore) was supposed to make an appearance at George Mason University here in Northern Virginia. He was going to appear about 5 days before the election. Not only that, but the school was going to pay him a $35,000 speakers fee.
Needless to say, outraged community leaders and taxpayers protested, and GMU pulled the plug on the Moore campus propaganda visit. Moore even offered to speak for free, but was denied that opportunity by university officials.
Delayed Debate Commentary
With apologies for the delay in transcribing Vinny and Guido's debate commentary, here it is. As you will no doubt remember, Vinny and Guido normally provide color commentary for boxing and professional wrestling and have recently entered the political fray. They would've done live commentary, however they were busy cleaning up a "family" cemetery someplace in Queens.
But we digress.
Lurch: Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country.Well said, gentlemen (excluding Lurch, of course).
Guido: Senator, I know Tony Soprano. Tony Soprano is a friend of mine and you, sir, are no Tony Soprano!
Lurch: I was hunting in Iowa last year with a sheriff from one of the counties there, and he pointed to a house in back of us, and said, "See the house over? We just did a drug bust a week earlier, and the guy we arrested had an AK-47 lying on the bed right beside him.
Vinny: Um, Senator, are you aware that last year the Assault Weapons Ban was IN PLACE?!? How did the guy get a 'banned' gun? Maybe the ban only applied to law abiding citizens and not criminals?
Lurch: You just heard the president say that young people ought to be able to take money out of Social Security and put it in their own accounts. Now, my fellow Americans, that's an invitation to disaster.
Guido: Oh, yeah. Let me get this straight. Allowing me to take some of my money and invest it for my retirement is an invitation to disaster. Disaster for you and your money grubbing, wealth redistributing cohorts, but not for me.
Bush Predicted to Win ... By Halloween Retailers
Every election year a hot item for Halloween costumes are face masks of political figures and candidates. Numerous Halloween retailers have found that mask sales have predicted every Presidential election since 1980.
The candidate who sold the most masks won the election. This year, George W. Bush masks are again the leading item.
But don't get too comfortable, sit back on your laurels and think we have this won. Sure, face mask sales are unimpeachable statistical evidence of a candidate's viability, but we have to consider other factors as well.
John Kerry masks may only be taking in a 45% share, but his numbers may be diluted. After all, to be fair, for John Kerry we also need to factor in Frankenstein and Lurch masks. In that case, it's a landslide for the candidate from Massachusetts.
Now showing on a CBS affiliate near you!
I didn't comment yesterday on John Edwards' comments regarding the death of Christopher Reeve. As I'm sure you have heard by now, Edwards said that if John Kerry is elected, people in wheelchairs will be able to walk again:
"When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again." - John Edwards, Oct 11, 2004I've heard this quoted in the media several times, but they start with "people" and not "When John Kerry is president."
When I first heard the comment, I was reminded of the early 90's movie, "Leap of Faith," where Steve Martin drove around the country pretending to "heal" people as long as they gave him money. They'd give him cash, he'd jump around and make a fuss, and after the crowds were gone the victims realized that nothing had changed.
Sadly, that will be the case if these guys are elected. They are out there promising the world right now, promising things that they know they cannot possibly deliver. If John Kerry is elected, people will walk again! George W. Bush is relying on the ideologies of his religion and keeping cells frozen while real live people suffer! John Kerry won't do that!
And Senator Edwards is not alone in this. Patti Davis would have you believe through her implied tone that Bush has banned stem cell research. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said the following on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday:
[holding up a piece of paper] "What I've just put on that piece of paper is a dot, a little dot. That is the size of the embryos that we're taking the stem cells from, a dot that you can barely see on a piece of paper. People say, well, that's life... But they say we can't destroy these for stem cell research. They equate that somehow with this human being right here. They equate this little dot that you can barely see with someone like Chris Reeve."Apparently he doesn't realize that "someone like Chris Reeve" was once "a little dot" as well. I digress.
These people are playing on the emotions of the electorate. They are trying to shift the focus off of the War on Iraq (which Bush is winning). Forget the economy (which is recovering). They are playing on sympathy, and not science. They are promising things they know they cannot possibly deliver, and the mainstream media is looking the other way.
It may be a mid-October surprise. It may not be.
The New York Sun's Thomas Lipscomb reports today about the circumstances of Lt. (JG) John F "Lurch" Kerry's discharge from the United States Navy in 1972.
The possibility exists that Lurch may have been dishonorably discharged from the Navy, only to have that fact covered up by subsequent presidential executive orders. These details could be cleared up rather simply if Lurch would allow his entire military record to be released for public inspection.
The problem is, Lurch has yet to sign Standard Form 180 which waves his right to privacy regarding the aforementioned letters.
Looks like Lipscomb has done some fairly good research on this article. Will anything become of it? Perhaps that might just be some smoke on the election horizon.
Memo to Senator Mark Dayton (d-MN)
Regarding your recent announcement regarding the closure of your senate office due to a "Top Secret Threat", I have a few comments to make.
First off, let me tell you I'm not too impressed. I, like many other federal employees, work in close proximity to the Capitol area. I do this by choice. Every morning I come to work in my chosen profession, for the betterment of myself, my family, and indeed my country. I do so recognizing the fact I work in a target rich environment when it comes to terrorism. Doing what I do is my own way of flipping the bird to the terrorists.
Then we come to you. You are one of 535 Members of Congress - one of one hundred US Senators. We, the American people in general, and the people of Minnesota specifically, have elected you to do a job. Somehow, 534 other members of congress have somehow managed, some bravely so, to do this job without closing the offices provided to them at the expense and sacrifice of the American taxpayer.
You see, Senator, going to work is part of the American way of life. The people working at the Pentagon somehow go to work every morning. Nobody has closed their office out of fear there. We live our lives according to the dictates of our own desires and dreams. Despite the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the constant threat since that date - most Americans go about their daily lives despite that threat.
Everyone except you, Senator. I don't know if you needed your fifteen minutes of camera time this week, or maybe you feel not enough attention has been paid to you. I understand how you could feel that way. Even being the astute political junkie that I am, until this afternoon I had never heard your name before - in any context.
I am nothing if not blunt and politically incorrect. Let me get right to the point so you can get back to doing whatever it is you do.
You, sir, are a coward. Worse than that, you're a grandstanding coward.
Minnesota deserves better.
Here endeth the lesson.
Did I Hear Someone Ask for a Miracle?!
The first time I heard it I thought I was having and auditory hallucination. Now I've both heard the clip and seen the picture.
Vice Presidential Candidate John "Breck Girl" Edwards made the following statement today regarding what will happen to people suffering from spinal cord injuries should Lurch be elected president:
When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again!
I guess I shouldn't be too suprised. From what I can see, the Lurch-Breck Girl 2004 campaign could use a good dose of faith healing.
Can I get an Amen?
Christopher Reeve passed away yesterday after slipping into a coma caused by cardiac arrest. Made famous by his starring role in the Superman saga, Reeve suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury some years ago after being thrown from a horse. It was following that injury that Reeve showed just how much of a superman he really was.
He did not shy away from the public eye following his injury, rather he used his status to further the cause of medical technology to regenerate spinal nerves - the ultimate goal being that of regaining his mobility, and bringing untold thousands along with him. Many people suffering from spinal cord injuries saw him as an example of hope.
He never complained publicly about his injury. He did not allow himself to sink into despair about the hand of cards fate had dealt him. Drawing on the strength of his wife and close friends, he found the courage to move forward and do what he could to make life better for himself and others.
Sometimes in the melodrama of day to day life we lose track of what really matters. We find ourselves lost in the details just enough to miss the truly heroic actions of others.
Chris Reeve was a hero, and he will be missed.
Godspeed, Chris. Welcome home.
Smackdown in St. Louis
The following is a pirated copy of live debate commentary from the St. Louis Presidential Debate. The commentary is made by Vinnie and Guido who normally do the blow-by-blow coverage of boxing and professional wrestling. While these guys don’t normally provide debate coverage, it was decided that their commentary was about as insightful as that provided by the MSM, with the notable exception of Fox News.
(Memo to Scarbourough: Your redemption in the eyes of the SOTR is doubtful at best. But I digress.)
Q Senator Kerry, the U.S. is preparing a new Iraq government, and we'll proceed to withdraw U.S. troops. Would you proceed with the same plans as President Bush?Vinnie: I dunno there Guido. Lurch is gonna have some splainin’ to do on that answer.
Lurch: Anthony, I would not.
Lurch: Now, I have to tell you, I would do something different. I would reach out to our allies in a way that this President hasn't.
Guido: Do you think he’s talkin’ bout the frenchified weenies that only come a calling when somebody is shootin’ at ‘em?
Vinnie: Must be.
Vinnie: Yes! W connects with a right hook of common sense!
W: He talks about a grand idea -- let's have a summit. We're going to solve the problem in Iraq by holding a summit. And what is he going to say to those people that show up to the summit? Join me in the wrong war at the wrong time at the wrong place? Risk your troops in a war you've called a mistake? Nobody is going to follow somebody who doesn't believe we can succeed, and somebody who says the war where we are is a mistake. I know how these people think. I meet with them all the time. I talk to Tony Blair all the time. I talk to Silvio Berlusconi -- they're not going to follow an American President who says, follow me into a mistake. Our plan is working. We're going to make elections and Iraq is going to be free, and America will be better off for it.
Lurch: Now, when it comes to the issue of the environment, this is one of the worst administrations in modern history. The Clear Skies bill that he just talked about, it's one of those Orwellian names you pull out of the sky, slap it onto something like No Child Left Behind, but you leave millions of children behind -- here they're leaving the skies and the environment behind.Guido: Did he just use Orwellian in a sentence?
Vinnie: Oh, yeah. 15 yard penalty for unnecessary nuance!
Q Senator Kerry, we have been fortunate that there have been no further terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Why do you think this is? And if elected, what will you do to assure our safety?Guido: Hey, Vinnie! Lurch just left his right side completely unprotected. He’s standing out there strutting around like a fox in the henhouse!
Lurch: Thank you very much, Ann. I've asked in my security briefings why that is, and I can't go into all the answers, et cetera, but let me say this to you. This President and his administration have told you and all of us it's not a question of when, it's a question of -- excuse me, not a question of if, it's a question of when. We've been told that. The when I can't tell you. Between the World Trade Center
bombing in -- what was it -- 1993 or so -- and the next time was five years,
seven years. These people wait, they'll plan. They plot.
I agree with the President that we have to go after them and get them wherever they are. I just think I can do that far more effectively because the most important weapon in doing that is intelligence. You've got to have the best intelligence in the
world. And in order to have the best intelligence in the world, to know who the
terrorists are and where they are and what they're plotting, you've got to have
the best cooperation you've ever had in the world.
Vinnie: Uh, oh. He doesn’t see W taking aim at him. W’s on the second rope. Lurch doesn’t see him.
Vinnie: Oh, man. The Atomic Piledriver!
MODERATER: Mr. President.
W: That's an odd thing to say since we've tripled the homeland security budget from $10 billion to $30 billion. Listen, we'll do everything we can to protect the homeland. My opponent is right, we need good intelligence. It's also a curious thing for him to say, since right after 1993, he voted to cut the intelligence budget by $7.5
The best way to defend America in this world we live in is to stay on the offense. We've got to be right 100 percent of the time here at home, and they've got to be right once. And that's the -- that's the reality. And there's a lot of good people working hard. We're doing the best we possibly can to share information. That's why the Patriot Act was important. The Patriot Act is vital, by the way. It's a tool that law enforcement now uses to be able to talk between each other. My opponent says he hasn't changed his positions on it -- no, but he's for weakening it.
I don't think my opponent has got the right view about the world to make us safe, I really don't. First of all, I don't think he can succeed in Iraq. And if Iraq were to fail, it would be a haven for terrorists, and there would be money, and the world would be much more dangerous. I don't see how you can win in Iraq if you don't believe we should be there in the first place. I don't see how you can lead troops if you say it's the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't see how the Iraqis are going to have confidence in the American President if all they hear is that it was a mistake to be there in the first place.
This war is a long, long war, and it requires steadfast determination, and it requires a complete understanding that we not only chase down al Qaeda, but we disrupt terrorists safe havens, as well as people who could provide the terrorists with support.
Guido: The humanity. Oh, the humanity.
Vinnie: Guido – get a hold of yourself, brother. You’re talking about Lurch here.
Guido: Oh, yeah. Thanks Vinnie.
The transcript goes on, but I don’t need to. W handed Lurch his John Brown Hind Parts on Friday – in individually wrapped thin slices.
Memo to W
Dear Mr. President:
While I hold no illusions that your presidential duties coupled with debate preparations permit you time to consult the blogosphere for debate advice, I will never the less offer such advice, as I believe said advice is far superior to most advice offered by the MSM punditry. As your time is short, I will be brief.
1. Be yourself.
This may sound simple, but its imperative. You are, despite your pedigree, an average guy from West Texas. You speak simply and plainly. Lurch does not. He loves to give answers fraught with nuance. You don't do nuance, and neither do the majority of the American people. Remember the advice of the British Admiral Lord Nelson.
Never mind the maneuvers. Always go straight at them!2. Be bold, but stop short of being overbearing.
We are at war. Americans know this. This election is all about who can lead this nation to victory in this war. Stay focused on this. Speak to the people, not to Lurch.
3. Go after the Lurch's senate record.
Big Time did a fantastic job highlighting the senate records of both Lurch and the Breck Girl. Both fall far short of anything resembling distinguished. Remember your Sun Tzu's Art of War from the Harvard Business School
If he prepares to defend many places, then the forces will be few in number.Lurch can't defend all aspects of his record. Hell, most of the time he can't even remember where he stands.
Therefore, if he prepares to defend the front, the back will be weak.
If he prepares to defend the back, the front will be weak.
If he prepares to defend the left, the right will be weak.
If he prepares to defend the right, the left will be weak.
If he prepares to defend everywhere, everywhere will be weak.
4. Perceived weakness is an advantage
Lurch thinks he has you on the ropes. That is a good thing. I again point you to General Tzu:
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.Follwing that with Wang Tzu:
The good tactician plays with his adversary as a cat plays with a mouse, first feigning weakness and immobility, and then suddenly pouncing upon him.Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa epitomized this strategy at the end of the first Rocky. He allowed Apollo Creed to believe he was winning, only to have Rocky pummel him with body blows. Now is the time for body blows. Lurch has a glass jaw. He doesn't take criticism well. How will you know you're getting under his skin? He'll remind you he served in Vietnam.
Mr. President, its time to be subtly ruthless. You do this very well, I know. I've seen it. Don't over prepare for this show. Speak to the people, not to Lurch. Use humor to your advantage. Every time Lurch tries to be funny its painful - for him, and for us.
I'll freely admit I'm one of your most ardent supporters. I don't want you just to beat this guy. I want you to open up a large can of good old fashioned Texas Whoopass on the arrogant, elitist, frenchified pansy that is the Junior Senator from Massachusetts.
That said, I'll let you get back to your debate prep. Good luck.
Go get 'em, W.
Here endeth the lesson.
Pulpit Politics: Unholy Double Standards
This is a very interesting article from Paul Kengor over at the National Review Online.
President Bush's critics have belittled his faith in God, his religion, and his profession of his faith. There are cries from the left of "right-wing, religious extremism" in the White House. John Kerry has gone so far as to suggest that Bush's faith is impeding science by "banning" stem cell research (the truth is that Bush has limited Federal funding of such research; private companies are able to perform the research as far as the free market will sustain it).
President Clinton is a frequent church goer... in election season. The Reverend Al Gore made frequent visits to churches during the 2000 campaign, and has been doing more of the same this year. Even John "I'm Devout Catholic, and the Vatican Can't Tell Me Not to Take Communion" Kerry has been going to churches on the campaign stump this year.
The media, by and large, ignores this. There will be a blurb here or a mention there of the candidate's visit to the church, but that is usually the extent of it.
Before I continue, allow me to share my views on politics and church. I believe firmly that churches are places of worship, not places of politics. Churches should teach their members correct principles, and then, in the words of my church's leaders, "urge members to study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully and then vote for those they believe will most nearly carry out their ideas of good government."
Earlier this Spring, President Bush's campaign requested membership roles from various churches so that campaign materials could be directed to a demographic that would be, understandably, prone to support the President. The howls came echoing from the Left about "separation of church and state"--even though at the time all campaign funds were from private donations. Whether any churches complied or not, I do not know.
I do know that my church has a long-standing policy that Church "facilities, directories, and mailing lists are not to be used for political purposes." That means no Reverend Algore lecturing me from the pulpit, no phone calls encouraging me to vote, and no postcards... not even from President Bush. I believe that it is in the best interest of churches to remain politically neutral regarding specific candidates; else they risk offending the very congregation members that they seek to fellowship--if indeed that is their goal.
Imagine if President Bush went campaigning in a church. Kengor is right, the media coverage and outrage from the Left would be non-stop, 24/7, and unrelenting. So the question arises: why is so-called "separation of church and state" an issue only for Republicans? Why the double standard?
When Bill Gertz speaks...
Bill Gertz is the acclaimed national security correspondent for the Washington Times. His sources are, unlike Dan "Stark Raving Naked" Rather, unimpeachable. He knows his stuff.
His latest article in the Washington Times is a scathing indictment of Iraq, the United Nations Oil for Food Program, and last but not least, France. It details how Saddam paid off French officials, up to and including the Defense Minister, the Interior Minister, and people close to Jacques Chirac. The details of this report are scathing. Read the whole thing.
Then ask yourself, could the completely corrupt UN Oil for Food Program, which was in place until the fall of Saddam in 2003, have anything to do with the reluctance of the French and other European nations to participate in the liberation of Iraq? Could it be that the leaders of said countries were lining their pockets with illicitly obtained oil wealth and didn't want the tap to be shut off?
Corruption at the highest levels of France and the UN? I'm shocked, and appalled.
Gloves are off
For those of you interested in what W actually said in Wilkes-Barre, PA yesterday, you can read the transcript of his remarks here. The long and the short of this speech is - the gloves are coming off, and there just might be some brass knuckles heading for Lurch and Company.
The speech is on message, on point, and takes direct aim Lurch's 20 year record, or lack there of, in the US Senate.
Well said, Mr. President. Lurch, the wind is coming.
Twenty-seven days from today Americans will make a critical choice.
My opponent offers an agenda that is stuck in the thinking and the policies of the past. On national security, he offers the defensive mindset of September the 10th: a global test to replace American leadership, a strategy of retreat in Iraq and a 20-year history of weakness in the United States Senate.
Here at home, he offers a record and an agenda of more taxes and more spending and more litigation and more government control over your life.
The race for president is a contest for the future, and you know where I stand.
I'm running for president to keep this nation on the offensive against terrorists, with the goal of total victory.
I'm running for president to keep this economy moving so every worker has a good job and quality health care and a secure retirement.
I'm running for president to make our nation a more compassionate society, where no one is left out, where every life matters.
I will carry this message to my fellow citizens in the closing days of this campaign. And with your help, we will win a great victory on November the 2nd.
God bless. God bless our great country.
Here endeth the lesson.
VP Debate: Cheney Style
Follow are quotes from last night's VP debate between Dick "Big Time" Cheney and John "Breck Girl" Edwards. As background for your reading, you might consider this.
"With respect to the cost [of the war in Iraq], it wasn't $200 billion. You probably weren't there to vote for that."Zing! Ouch, the truth of attendance records hurts, doesn't it, Senator Edwards?
"The effort that we've mounted with respect to Iraq focused specifically on the possibility that this was the most likely nexus between the terrorists and weapons of mass destruction."In other words, there's more than one threat to our nation at any given time, and we have the troops and forces to deal with said threats concurrently. Of course, there is no need to tell John Edwards that.
"A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues."Ever hear of "talking trash"? That's what Cheney was referring to here. In other words, talk is cheap... until you hire a lawyer. Or even worse, a pair of lawyers.
"Your rhetoric, Senator, would be a lot more credible if there was a record to back it up. There isn't. And you cannot use 'talk tough' during the course of a 90-minute debate in a presidential campaign to obscure a 30-year record in the United States Senate and, prior to that by John Kerry, who has consistently come down on the wrong side of all the major defense issues that he's faced as a public official."See above, re: "talk is cheap... until you hire a lawyer."
"We've never criticized John Kerry's patriotism. What we've questioned is his judgment..."Finely clarified and delineated!
"...And his judgment's flawed, and the record's there for anybody who wants to look at it ... When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and occupied it in 1990 and '91, John Kerry stood up on the floor of the Senate and voted against going in to liberate Kuwait and push Saddam Hussein back to Iraq."Yes, that's correct. Kerry wanted to let Saddam and his thugs retain control of Kuwait in 1991. As Cheney said, "the record's there for anybody who wants to look at it." Apparently, no one in the mainstream media has thus far felt the need.
"So they, in effect, decided they would cast an anti-war vote, and they voted against the troops. Now, if they couldn't stand up to the pressures that Howard Dean represented, how can we expect them to standup to Al Qaeda?"Howard "I Have a Scream" Dean strikes again! Kerry worried many Democrats when he leaned in favor of the war. In order to deal with Howard Dean, and changing public opinion polls, he had to change that stance. Cheney's point is right on the mark: how would they ever stand up to Al Qaeda?
"It's hard, after John Kerry referred to our allies as a coalition of the coerced and the bribed, to go out and persuade people to send troops and to participate in this process. In effect, you demean the sacrifice of our allies when you say it's the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, and oh, by the way, send troops."Don't forget how Kerry offended a U.S. ally in the War on Terror during the debate!
"And Senator, frankly, you have a record in the Senate that's not very distinguished. You've missed 33 out of 36 meetings in the Judiciary Committee, almost 70 percent of the meetings of the Intelligence Committee. You've missed a lot of key votes: on tax policy, on energy, on Medicare reform."Including a vote to keep my taxes low. Thanks for shafting those of us in the middle class, Senator Edwards! But, as I always say, an absent liberal politician is better than one who sticks around town just to spend my money.
And with that, I return to my capitalist endeavors.
A closer look at a few of Edwards' comments
"We have a plan for success [in Iraq]. And that plan includes speeding up the training of the military."Right. Because if it takes 30 minutes to bake a cake at 350 degrees, it will only take 15 minutes at 700 degrees. Enjoy eating that cake, Senator. "Faster" does not mean "better."
"Mr. Vice President, we were attacked. But we weren't attacked by Saddam Hussein."That is a very telling phrase. In the minds of these liberals, someone is only a threat after we have been attacked. Since Saddam never directly attacked us, he wasn't a threat. Remember: John Edwards said in February 2002 that "Iraq and Saddam Hussein present the most serious and most imminent threat."
Oops, another John Edwards flashback! This one courtesy of The Liberal Washington Post! Senator Edwards wrote on Op-Ed piece for the Post in September 2002, only two years ago. Perhaps Senator Edwards should try Googling his name once in a while so he can remember his past positions on key issues:
"Iraqs destructive capacity has the potential to throw the entire Middle East into chaos, and it poses a mortal threat to our vital ally, Israel ... Thousands of terrorist operatives around the world would pay anything to get their hands on Saddam Husseins arsenal and would stop at nothing to use it against us. America must act, and Congress must make clear to Hussein that he faces a united nation." - Sen. John Edwards, Op-Ed, "Congress Must Be Clear," The Washington Post, 9/19/02.Apparently Senator Edwards suffers from 20/20 hindsight as well as John Kerry. But we know the truth: The idea of toppling Saddam was overwhelmingly popular with Americans in late 2002. Only after the tables of public opinion turned did Senators Kerry and Edwards change their tune.
"Here's the truth: I have grown up in the bright light of America. But that light is flickering today. Now, I know that the vice president and the president don't see it, but you do."No, Senator, I don't see the light flickering. My vision of America is not one of doom and gloom, as you and Senator Kerry would have me and my fellow citizens believe. I believe, in the parting public words of Ronald Reagan, "that for America, there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
In fact, Senator Edwards, here's some advice from you from one of your Senate colleagues. To quote Senator Bennett, R-UT: "Always go with the optimist." In this case, you've just been DQ'd. Thank you for playing, please collect your parting gift as you exit.
On "Losing Focus" on Osama
During the VP debate, John Edwards repeated what the Kerry 2004 Campaign has been saying for some time now: That President Bush let Osama escape by sending troops into Iraq. Had we only stayed in Afghanistan, we'd have caught Osama. Iraq wasn't a threat; Saddam could have been kept in check by the U.N. After all, Saddam didn't attack us, Osama did.
Let's rewind a bit to February 2002. Senator Edwards appeared on the Clinton News Network and stated the following:
"I think Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country. And I think they – as a result, we have to, as we go forward and as we develop policies about how we’re going to deal with each of these countries and what action, if any, we’re going to take with respect to them, I think each of them have to be dealt with on their own merits. And they do, in my judgment, present different threats. And I think Iraq and Saddam Hussein present the most serious and most imminent threat." - John Edwards on CNN’s "Late Edition," 2/24/02It's easy to follow the opinion polls, isn't it Senator Edwards? However, take note please--that is not a sign of true leadership.
Out Classed and Out Gunned by Big Time
My commentary regarding the Vice Presidential debate last night can be summed up in one simple sentence:
Senator John "Breck Girl" Edwards, Junior Senator from North Carolina is still not ready for Prime Time.
Vice President Dick "Big Time" Cheney took Breck Girl to school last night. Big Time was un-fazed and unruffled in the face of Breck Girl's best attempts at a broadside. Every time he thought he scored, Big Time came right back with facts. Breck Girl is very unaccustomed to the use of facts. After all, when the hair and makeup are removed, he's just another blood sucking, ambulance chasing, scum sucking personal injury trial lawyer.
Perhaps I should avoid using positive adjectives to describe lawyers.
Big Time did one very important thing last night. He very successfully put Lurch's 20 year senate record back at center stage. He would have done the same with Breck Girl's record, but you see, he's missed so many Senate votes and committee meetings that there isn't really a record to expose. Frankly, I think Big Time's description of Breck Girl's record as "not very distinguished" was very gentle.
Facts are stubborn things. This debate showed a stark difference between two men running for a job "a heart beat away" from the presidency. One looked and sounded like an elder statesman schooled in the art of politics, diplomacy, and war. The other looked like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming train.
You tell me which one is which.
VP Debate Follow-up
As I write, Mary Beth Cahill, Chair of Kerry 2004, is offering her summary of the debate on Fox News. The only thing she had to say was that Dick Cheney came across as "grumpy and mean." That's substantive, Mary Beth. Thank you.
I called Cordeiro about 15 minutes into the debate. His immediate response to my phone call summed it up nicely: "Body blow! Body blow!" Cheney was, as we were speaking on the phone, repeatedly skewering the Senator from North Carolina.
To be fair, Edwards had a more strategically placed microphone, is younger, and yes, has better hair than "Big Time" Cheney. Cheney, however, knows the world, knows the system, knows the facts, the truth, and repeatedly delivered one blow after another to John Edwards and the still flagging Kerry/Edwards campaign.
Personally, I find Dick Cheney's demeanor refreshing. You see, my wife's family has ties to Wyoming, and I've spent quite a bit of time in the state. I've talked with people in that state who have never been East of Cheyenne. Idaho Falls, ID is the "big city." They don't say 10 words when 3 will do. If there's nothing to say, they say nothing. They don't fill dead air time with meaningless words. They don't trust anyone wearing a suit, unless they happen to be in church on Sunday. They tell you what they are thinking, and they speak the truth in an unassuming but endearing manner.
That's what we saw tonight in Big Time's performance. More on the substance of the debate tomorrow.
Preview to the VP Debate: Edwards thinks you're an idiot
"Breck Girl" Edwards lecturing America
The media is hyping up tonight's VP debate between Dick "Big Time" Cheney and John "Breck Girl" Edwards. I've heard many media pundits talking about how Big Time has to out-perform Edwards in order to rescue the President.
As a preface to the debate, I think all Americans should watch Breck Girl's appearance last night on ABC’s "Nightline":
"I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind." - Senator John Edwards, D-NCWe've heard this same rhetoric from The Ketchup Queen and other left-wing elitists: If you disagree with them, you're an idiot.
John Edwards might be a slick-talking, ambulance-chasing, jury-swaying trial lawyer. Big Time is a straight talking, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact person. He doesn't do nuance, he doesn't build a case in order to sway you one way or the other. He states the facts, and in his logical mind that should be enough for anyone with half a brain to understand.
That being said, those who watch the debate need to listen to WHAT Big Time says, not HOW he says it. Edwards will have the flashy hair, the southern drawl, and the lawyer-esque presentation. Big Time will have the truth.
Kerry Offends U.S. Ally
For months now, John Kerry has been preaching his proposed policy of international cooperation, should he be elected to the White House this year. He talks of opening dialogues with leaders of other nations. He has said that some leaders of other nations have privately expressed their desire that he win the November 2nd election. He has said he would dilute U.S. sovreignty and decrease our national security by playing nice with France and the rest of the impotents at the U.N.
One of the Kerry's key arguments has been how America went into Iraq without international consensus. We went in there all by ourselves, without anyone to back us up. He stated that again, multiple times, during the debate last week.
It seems not everyone is happy with Kerry's performance at the debate. As Matt Drudge reports, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, in particular, is unhappy with John Kerry. You see, Poland agreed with President Bush that Saddam was a blood thirsty tyrant, and Poland sent troops into Iraq. Poland supports the War on Terror. Poland lost troops in Iraq, the same as many other nations:
" 'It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience does not recognize Polish contribution. This is immoral,' Kwasniewski told FACTS in an interview commenting on the US Presidential Debate.First, if Senator Kerry hopes to build any international consensus (other than with the French), he needs to realize that what he says at home is echoed abroad. Second, the key to building international consensus does not involve offending those who are already on our side. Maybe Kerry knows how to have fun throwing a football upside-down between his legs, but perhaps he should be spending more campaign time showing us he knows how to be an international diplomat. Patience, patience.
" 'It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience underestimates Polish sacrifice, this is sad.'
" 'There is one thing which should be stated clearly: this coalition is not just the United States, Great Britain, Australia alone; it also involves participation of Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Spanish soldiers who have died. It is immoral not to recognize the involvement we contributed based on our conviction that there should be unity in fighting terrorism, that there was a need to display international solidarity and that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous individual of this world.'
" 'President Bush acted like a real Texan gentleman, he made sure to show appreciation for other countries' involvement in the coalition,' Kwasniewski pointed out."
Much has been made over the weekend about W’s supposed lack luster performance in the Thursday night debate. Now, while I will admit that he didn’t give his best showing during that debate - at times he looked downright bored – I do not believe that alone will dictate the outcome of the election. In fact, I believe I see some political strategery in the way W is taking on Lurch.
Now remember one undeniable truth of life – everything can be related to football. There are many ways one can compare football to politics, but my commentary today involves the movie Remember the Titans. It starred Denzel Washington and is truly one of the better football movies every made.
As the boys get ready to go camp, Coach Boone (played by Denzel) is challenged as to the lack of variety in his offensive playbook. Explaining his philosophy, Boone said the following:
This is the answer to the critics who claim W kept repeating the same charges about Lurch, over and over. There is strategery here, people. W has six things he wants people to remember about Lurch:I run six plays – they’re all Split Veers. Like Novocain, give it time, it always works.
1. He changes his mind more often than he changes his shorts.
2. He will not act in the best interest of America, unless of course its in the best interest of France.
3. He loves to spend your money on his priorities.
4. He will do what is politically expedient, not necessarily what is right.
5. He cannot be trusted to lead the United States Armed Forces in time of war.
6. His face has been bio-chemically altered to appear as living flesh.
Ok, so maybe I added one to the list. You pick which one I added.
Lurch did very well with nuance during the debate. W, by his own admission, doesn’t “do” nuance. Neither do the American people.
I believe W has taken a page from the play book of the British Admiral Lord Nelson of long ago. When over hearing a young officer explain the tactics of maneuver to another sailor, Nelson declared the following:
Never mind maneuver, sir. Always go straight at them!Here endeth the lesson.
What is this?! A visual representation of John Kerry's proposed domestic and foreign agendas?
The Global Test
I was on a plane last night - returning from a business trip to the land northward (Canada for those geographically challenged readers) - so I didn't get to watch the debate as it unfolded live on the air. Thankfully, Bonjo taped it for me.
And with due respect to RoninKengo's comment, Lurch did not win the debate. In fact, he stumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that may in fact finally sink the SS Lurch. As an example of this, I submit the following exchange from the debate transcript:
LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry.This election will be won or lost on the candidate's ability to convince the American people he is ready, willing, and able to defend the United States from all enemies - regardless of whether or not any "Global Test" has been passed.
What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?
KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.
No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.
But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.
LEHRER: Ninety seconds.
BUSH: Let me -- I'm not exactly sure what you mean, "passes the global test," you take preemptive action if you pass a global test.
My attitude is you take preemptive action in order to protect the American people, that you act in order to make this country secure.
Lurch may have come across as polished and articulate - possibly even likeable. So far, the press has labeled W as "annoyed". Well, I'd be annoyed too if I had to put up with the constant drivel that emanated forth from the mouth of Lurch last night.
Perhaps W didn't change any minds last night. He didn't need to. His performance was solid - he said what he had to say and defended his record. Where Lurch was wrong, as was the case many times - specifically regarding North Korea, W called him on it.
Lurch, as will soon be noted, changed no minds last night. Field goals don't mean much when you're down by several touchdowns.
Here endeth the lesson.