The Howard Stern Show asks a few questions…
CWCID: Voting Under the Influence
The Howard Stern Show asks a few questions…
CWCID: Voting Under the Influence
The Times speaks reverently, and enviously, about our election.
…On Tuesday night, with a countdown to precisely 10pm Chicago time, American
democracy transformed in an instant not only the hopes and expectations of
African Americans, but also the self-image of their country and their
country’s image in the world.
…Within hours Gordon Brown and David Cameron were vying in the House of Commons
for scraps of the President-elect’s reflected glory. In Moscow, by contrast,
in an 85-minute state-of-the-nation address, President Medvedev made no
mention of the US election. Small wonder. Nothing is more alarming to the
stage managers of phoney democracies than the sight of real ones sweeping
entire political classes from the stage in a day of bloodless voting.
…By the same token, nothing is more inspiring for ordinary citizens. One in 50
people on the planet voted in this election, but it was truly a global
political event. This is not just because of the openness of the American
electoral system and of its voters’ yearnings. It is not just because of the
theatricality of the marathon campaigns, or because, despite its soaring
deficits and disastrous loss of prestige in the Iraq war, the US remains the
most powerful nation on earth.
The world has been fascinated and profoundly moved by this election most of
all because of what America is — a nation founded on universal aspirations,
and thus a mirror to humanity. For two centuries that mirror has seemed
irreparably cracked by the legacy of slavery and segregation, a pernicious
and enduring racism that remains a factor in the blighted lives of so many
of the poor blacks among whom Mr Obama launched his political career. He is
not the last role model they will ever need, but he is the most powerful
proof his country has produced that it is ready to judge them by the content
of their character, not the colour of their skin.
…Yesterday President Bush called this election “a triumph of the American
story”. It has been exactly that. America may have faltered in its efforts
to export democracy, but this time, at home, it has delivered a masterclass
in the real thing.
Yesterday, I posted a YouTube video about Black Panthers outside a polling place in Philadelphia. For some reason, the embedding of that video destroyed the layout of the blog. To fix the problem, I had to delete the video. Herewith, a link that should not do any harm to the template of Agricola:
It’s over. President-Elect Obama now gets his place in history, and the opportunity to prove that he is capable of presiding over the greatest democracy in the world. There will be times to criticize his actions, just as there will be times to acknowledge the correctness of other acts. Either way, he is our President, and as such, he deserves, and has earned, the respect that his office carries.
As a commenter at Tigerhawk wrote last night:
Look, I disagree with just about everything Obama stands for. On an
intellectual level. But we should wait until this guy has actually DONE
something to start ripping him. He is our President now. My biggest
disappointment in the W years is how there has been a total erosion of
respect for the office of the president (I blame the left for this
entriely)…let’s work as the right to bring back thoughtful criticism
and critique, while still acknowledging the enormity of what we are a
part of. Some of the people who were kept out of Little Rock got to
pull a lever today.(emphasis mine)
Now here’s a voice of reason……
It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.
A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera,
the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention by the reliably
sharp-eyed Christian Rocca, the U.S. correspondent of Il Foglio, who
published excerpts on his Camillo blog.
Basically, Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has
developed into an "obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever
that keeps you awake at night." She also says that her friends Jane
Fonda and Naomi Wolf are extremely worried that Obama will be sabotaged
by Republican dirty tricks, and that if an Obama loss indeed comes to
pass, the result will be a second American Civil War..
"The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged."
"My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried.
Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email
to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for
all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves."
"My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium."
"After having stolen the last two elections, the Republican Mafia…"
"If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood
will run in the streets, believe me. And it’s not a coincidence that
President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead
against American citizens in the streets."
"Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act."
H/T: The Jawa Report
One wonders how upset Joe Biden would have gotten with this interviewer. But Kagan fights back….
SPIEGEL: An overwhelming majority of Europeans want to see Barack Obama become president…
Kagan: Yes, of the United States, although they would never
elect someone like that in their own countries. But I understand the
Tip of the hat to Neptunus Lex….
One of the central tenets in the orthodoxy of the Left is that Bush, Republicans, the Supreme Court, and a complicit media stole, no ripped from the grasping hands of the Left, the presidential elections in 2000 and 2004. Unable to achieve redress through the legal system, unwilling to allow future elections to be controlled by the organs of the vast right wing conspiracy, and apparently unimpressed by the smallness of the achievements of the Democratic controlled Congress of the last two years, a few visionaries of the Left decided to change the model. It appears that their new model is working and will, perhaps, result in a new paradigm whose purpose is the maintenance of a permanent government whose operational philosophy is the mirror image of the worst of the European models and maybe, God forbid, the EU model.
Winds of Change has a nice post on the subject. The highlights:
When Barack Obama campaigned in Germany, John McCain’s campaign spokesman said (link):
"While Barack Obama took a premature victory lap
today in the heart of Berlin, proclaiming himself a ‘citizen of the
world,’ John McCain continued to make his case to the American citizens
who will decide this election."
That assumption that only Americans will decide the results of
America’s elections was old-fashioned, as the Obama campaign has
demonstrated by opening its doors to unlimited millions of dollars in
illegal donations, including foreign money. (Of many possible links to
support that, I’ll pick at random this recent one: (link) )
This contributes to Barack Obama’s crushing money advantage over
John McCain. How much it contributes we’ll almost certainly never know,
but apparently it confers an advantage that’s worth breaking the law
for in a big way…
To play the game in this new and more effective way requires
mainstream media cover. (At least until taboos on foreign money fade.)
Barack Obama has that.
It also requires that the supporters of his own party are willing to
go along with the new model. Apparently Barack Obama has that support
With those advantages, Barack Obama can afford to aggressively suppress criticism (link). This too appears to be part of the new model.
And, as if Barack Obama didn’t already have media cover, fake hate
crime victim Republican campaign worker Ashley Todd has made his
campaign immune to charges of intimidation. Given her criminal,
inflammatory and racist false accusations, Republicans can’t say
anything credibly on this score – and Democrats aren’t excessively
troubled by Democrat pressure.
Government funded mass partisan support seems to be part of the new
model too. But even if Obama did not have enough media support to cover
ACORN – and he seemed to have ample cover –
Republican fraud, combined with unsupported accusations of partisan
bias against California Secretary of State Bowen have left Republicans
no basis to speak credibly on this issue either…
So we have a new election-winning model before us, being
demonstrated to its best advantage under ideal conditions by – I think
it has to be said – a political genius, a man who has seized and used a
decisive advantage in the money race, exactly where his side of (left,
relatively radical) politics has been so disadvantaged till now that
it’s been denied a chance to show its worth in government. Key elements
of the new model are:
- Overwhelming mainstream media support (including lack of interest in his illegal activities)
- A vast money advantage intentionally boosted to an unknowable but likely large extent by foreign and other illegal donations
- Government funded mass partisan support
- Intimidation and suppression of criticism.
The first two elements are key. The second two elements,
despite being perhaps more inflammatory, are peripheral. They merely
leverage a great advantage in what one candidate can get away with…
None of this should be taken to imply that the Republican Party doesn’t deserve a merciless electoral beating this year.
It’s just that the Republicans are being beaten not only by the economy and their own numerous weaknesses and missteps but also
by a masterfully implemented new model, one that they not only have no
answer to but that they complacently assumed couldn’t exist, because
the new model is a global model, and the Republican Party hasn’t thought globally till now.
The new model is also in at least one aspect of its key elements an illegal
model, and while the Republican Party has not historically lacked ardor
for both criminal actions and the greatest possible money advantage
(see: Richard M. Nixon), it’s been thinking small compared to what the
global financial / electoral battle-space requires. It’s been able to
imagine stealing an election, and wanting to. But it’s never imagined
The Big Steal.
Read the rest here.
One can only hope that post-election,some brave blogger, or (unlikely) a msm outlet will undertake the massive task of linking contributors to credit card numbers (before the data is scrubbed) in an effort to understand from whence and from whom the hundreds of millions of dollars came from.I’ll bet the electorate will be surprised.
But before we go, Remember this?:
In November 2007, Obama answered "Yes" to Common Cause
when asked "If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major
opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election
campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing
Obama wrote: "In February 2007, I proposed a novel way
to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008
election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a
fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the
public financing system for the general election. My proposal followed
announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo
public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general
election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has already pledged to accept this
fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively
pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly
financed general election."
What changed? Meantime, the msm diverts our attention with this kind of dreck.
I’d say the model is working.
A brief case study:
Joe the plumber gets investigated and savaged by the media big boys/girls.
Charlie Rangel, D-NY, no habla espanol.
David Paterson (governor of NY) has a chief of staff that is depressed.
Which of the three is, in the relative scheme, least culpable? Which of the three has been most investigated by the media?
Let’s let Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal have a few lines in this blog about Sarah Palin. Yeah, he’s a conservative, but the anti-Palin hysteria being pumped out by our so-called objective media is persistent, ubiquitous and scurrilous. Take it away, Mr. Henninger:
The abuse being heaped on Sarah Palin is such a cheap shot.
The complaint against the Alaska governor, at its most basic, is
that she doesn’t qualify for admission to the national political
Boy, that’s rich.
Behold the American political system, circa 2008.
Sarah Palin didn’t create the conditions that have led to a U.S.
Congress with the lowest approval rating ever registered in the history
of polling. She isn’t the reason opinion polls are showing people want
the entire Congress fired, with many telling pollsters they themselves
could do a better job.
Sarah Palin didn’t design a system of presidential primaries whose
length and cost ensures that only the most obsessional personalities
will run the gauntlet, while a long list of effective governors don’t
These rules have wasted the electorate’s time the past three
presidential elections by filling the debates with such zero-support
candidates as Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Al Sharpton, Duncan Hunter,
Chris Dodd, Joe Biden (8,000 total votes), Wesley Clark and Alan Keyes.
Out of this process has fallen a Democratic nominee who entered the
U.S. Senate in 2005 fresh off a stint in the Illinois state
legislature, with next to no record of political accomplishment. He may
be elected mainly because, in Colin Powell’s word, he is
"transformational." One may hope so.
By not bothering to look very deeply at the details beneath either
candidate’s governing proposals, the media has created a lot of free
time to take free kicks at Gov. Palin. My former colleague, Tunku
Varadarajan, has helpfully compiled a glossary of Palin invective, and
I have added a few: "Republican blow-up doll," "idiot," "Jesus freak,"
"Caribou Barbie," "a dope," "a fatal cancer to the Republican Party,"
"liar," "disabled," and "her pretense that she is a woman."
If American politics is at low ebb, it may in large part be because
so many of its observers are at their personal best working in its
The primary discomfort with Gov. Palin is the notion that she
doesn’t have enough experience to be president, that Sen. McCain should
have picked a more seasoned figure. Really? Let’s try an opinion poll
If as Joe Biden suggests the U.S. is likely to be tested by a
foreign enemy next year, who of the following would you rather have
making decisions in the Oval Office: Nancy (of Damascus) Pelosi, John
Edwards, Harry Reid, Joe (the U.S. drove Hezbollah out of Lebanon)
Biden, Mike Huckabee, Geraldine Ferraro, Tom DeLay, Jimmy Carter or
My pick? It would be Palin, surely the most grounded, common-sense person on that list of credentialed U.S. politicians…
I hope Sarah Palin stays in the game. She has exposed enough
cultural fissures in American politics to occupy strategists full-time
We know from what happened to her that there is now a left-to-right
elite centered in New York, Washington, Hollywood and Silicon Valley
whose worldview is defined by their shared point on the Bell Curve. It
seems only yesterday that the most critical skill in presidential
politics was being able to connect to and talk to people in places like
Bronko’s Bar or Saddleback Church. That’s a skill I suspect Barack
Obama will never learn. As to representing America’s vital interests in
London, Paris, Tehran or Moscow, Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin appear to be
at more or less the same starting point.
Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of "Saturday Night Live" who
lives on the forward wave of American life, gave his view of Sarah
Palin this week to EW.com: "I think Palin will continue to be
underestimated for a while. I watched the way she connected with
people, and she’s powerful. Her politics aren’t my politics. But you
can see that she’s a very powerful, very disciplined, incredibly
gracious woman. This was her first time out and she’s had a huge
impact. People connect to her." (emphasis mine)
If you google ‘hate sarah palin’ you’ll get about 2,350,000 hits. If you do another search for ‘joe biden gaffe’, you’ll get about 814,000 hits.The great unwashed electorate is being swamped with media attacks on Palin.
Yet not one major media figure has tried to pin Biden down on the multiple mis-statements he has made during this campaign. If you look at Joe’s Wikipedia entry, you’ll see that he has been a United States senator since 1972….for 36 years. He has served on the Senate Foreign Relations committee for years. Yet he states that the US and France kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. He’s either lying or he doesn’t know what he said. And that’s just one curious statement out of many.
Where’s the outrage? Where’s the balance? Where’s the objectivity?