Daily Archives: November 6, 2008

Post-mortem 2

Some great thoughts, discovered while looking for something else:

* “This election was about one thing and one thing only,” says Ben Shapiro at CNS News, “Americans’ puerile need for unity through self-congratulatory, cathartic membership in a broad, transformative political movement.”

Not about Obama’s record: “He didn’t have one.” Or his views, “radical in the extreme.” or his associations: “Americans didn’t care about Wright, Ayers, or Khalidi.”  Not about McCain.

O. is the original feel-good president, perfect for a feel-good electorate — 52% of the whole.

* He said spread to wealth to Joe the Plumber, not to his campaign:

Indianapolis – Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.

“I want my money today! It’s my money. I want it right now!” yelled one former campaign worker.


* Finally (for now), a list of 2010 senatorial candidates, gotten by Dr. Helen of Nashville, who got it from Michael Barone’s Almanac of American Politics:

Democrats up for re-election

Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)
Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT)
Dorgan, Byron L. (D-ND)
Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)
Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI)
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)
Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)
Murray, Patty (D-WA)
Obama, Barack (D-IL) [sic: self-appointed replacement Blabojevich?]
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
Salazar, Ken (D-CO)
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY) [”Chuck-you,” per El Rushbo]
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)

Republicans up for re-election

Bond, Christopher S. (R-MO)
Brownback, Sam (R-KS)
Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
Burr, Richard (R-NC)
Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
DeMint, Jim (R-SC)
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
Gregg, Judd (R-NH)
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
Martinez, Mel (R-FL)
McCain, John (R-AZ) [I remember him.  He ran for president, didn’t he?]
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)
Specter, Arlen (R-PA)
Thune, John (R-SD)
Vitter, David (R-LA)
Voinovich, George V. (R-OH)

So what?  So get going to defeat or get elected these people.  Better to elect one good guy and defeat one bozo than to curse the darkness!

* Finally, finally, 70% of unmarried women voted for Obama!  He touched the right buttons, did he not?  Did he tap their need for unity through self-congratulatory, cathartic membership in a broad, transformative political movement?


Dem damn Dems and dere damn plans

Rep. Barney Frank, who heads the financial services meddlers — sorry, committee — has his plans.

[He said] a central point . . . would be the creation of a “systemic-risk regulator.” It could have unprecedented powers over a wide range of financial institutions, from insurance firms to hedge funds, with responsibility for protecting the soundness of the whole financial system, not just one sector. [italics added]

This be the Barney Frank who let prostitutes use his house as headquarters and took for his lover Fannie Mae executive Herb Moses and, what’s more important, denied problems with Fannie M. and Freddie Mac five years ago, when Bushies were pressing for more oversight, objecting to constraints as thwarting the goal of “affordable housing”?  The same.

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