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Can Obama Stand the Heat? Sarah Palin Can!

As I reading yesterday about Barack Obama’s interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulus, it seemed the Democratic presidential nominee was whining (yet again) about non-existent attacks from the McCain campaign.

To be sure, some people on the right have leveled some pretty disgusting attacks on Senator Obama just as some on the left have leveled some pretty disgusting attacks on John McCain and Sarah Palin, but you don’t see the Republican nominee nor his running mate whining about their treatment. They leave it to the campaign staffs–and supporters on the editorial pages and in the blogosphere–to counter such nonsense.

The more Obama whines, the more voters will question whether he has the temperament to be president. Defending his hard-hitting campaign style in 1948, then-President Harry S Truman opined, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”

This leads me to wonder what is somebody who can’t stand the rough and tumble of politics is doing in the presidential race.

The charges against Sarah Palin have been just as vicious as (if not more so than) those leveled against Barack Obama.  And they’ve have gained more currency in the mainstream media where those against Obama (like the charge that he’s a Muslim) have been quickly shot down — as well they should.

But, it ill behooves a candidate to whine about the attacks against him. It makes him look weak, as if he winces whenever someone challenges him.

He should take a page from Sarah Palin and not whine about her treatment. Like her, he should let his supporters handle the rebuttals.  (Sometimes even his adversaries have taken up the slack.)


Is Joe Biden Smarter than a College Freshman?

Not if that freshman is my blogging nephew Mitchell.

Seems that even as the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee is ever eager to attack his Republican counterpart he admits he has “no idea what her policies [are].”  All he does is “assume” she has the same policies as George W. Bush and John McCain.  Shows how blinded by his campaign strategy the Delaware Democrat has become — to assume (his word) that McCain and Bush have the same policies.

Um, Senator, isn’t that your job to know her policies?

My nephew isn’t running for the second highest office in the land (well, he won’t be eligible until 2024) and offers:  “Just a little tip to Joe Biden, a career politician, coming from Mitchell Blatt, an 18-year-old blogger who actually does know what Palin stands for.”  Now just read the whole thing!

Some New Kind of Politics

You know how the Democrats keep trying to tie Republican Presidential nominee John McCain to George W. Bush, calling him “McSame” and noting that his election would mean a third term for W.  

Michael Barone doesn’t think this will resonate with voters, noting particularly how the incumbent president distinguished himself from his likely successor when he addressed the Republican Convention last week, saying of McCain, “He is not afraid to tell you when he disagrees with you and, believe me, I know.

Still, Democrats love to repeat the refrain that John McCain voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time.

At the same time, they tout their own nominee as representing some new kind of postpartisan politics.  Postpartisan, indeed.  In today’s Los Angeles Times, Jonah Goldberg writes, “Obama voted the Democratic Party line more often (97%) than McCain voted in accord with President Bush (90%).

Getting My Wish on Gay Issues at GOP Convention

The day before I left for the Republican National Convention, I advised the GOP to avoid gay issues in St. Paul. Once there, my impression was that they heeded my advice. (Maybe folks at the RNC read this blog.  🙂 ) Or merely that I had a similar notion to that of some sage political strategist advising the RNC.

Seems I’m not the only one who noticed this. In a column today in the Wall Street Journal, Jamie Kirchick writes that gay-bashing was “absent from last week’s Republican gabfest.” Kudos to Jamie for taking the time to do the research to confirm my observation that “that gays were not part of the agenda this year:”

Indeed, the only speaker to make mention of them was the former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee, and he did so only tangentially, stating that Mr. McCain “doesn’t want to change the very definition of marriage from what it has always meant throughout recorded human history.” (The same, of course, could be said of the supposedly gay-friendly Barack Obama, who also opposes marriage equality for gay couples).

I’m delighted that at least four readers e-mailed me alerting me to this excellent article, with one commenting, “Looks like you got your wish…”

I did indeed. 🙂

Peg Kaplan linked the article on her own blog, saying, “About time.

My friend Rick Sincere, linking the post on his own blog, attributes the Republican silence to a generational shift:

One would hope, given the polling data cited above and other public opinion surveys of recent years — as well as considerable anecdotal evidence — that as a younger generation of Republicans, who grew up with gay friends and who look toward Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan as the historical figures who best exemplify Republican principles, begin to gain control of the party’s resources and its future platforms, this live-and-let-live philosophy will reassert itself in the Grand Old Party.

Live and let live, exactly. That means Christians should be free to practice their faith and gay people should be free to define our own relationships free of state interference.

I have long believed that the Republican Party is better for gay people than the Democratic provided it stay true to its principles. The Democrats (and others on the left) would have us believe we need the state to promote social change. We believe that the state should just get out of the way so as not to prevent social change from happening organically.

Commenters Not Reading Posts to Which They “Respond”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:00 pm - September 9, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Civil Discourse,Republican-hatred

Like us, Roger L. Simon has observed that as the election seasons heats up, so does the volume of comments to his blog.  Some of those who chime in over there sound a lot like those who chime in here:

Still, it interests me whether these are operations planned in some campaign boiler room or if they are indeed volunteers. As an example, one man (I assume it’s a man) calling himself Jay has popped up here in recent weeks, attacking me in a rather non-stop, scurrilous manner but without very much attention to what I have written.

They don’t really seem interested in the things we’ve written nor in the ideas expressed in the posts to which they attach their rants. Seems they’re more interested in venting and attacking than they are in engaging us.  But, I’ve said this before . . .

And while we’re on the subject of comments, it seems our spam filter is trying to take over the blog. If you don’t see your comment posted after you’ve written and submitted it, e-mail me and I’ll search for it in our spam file, approving it when appropriate.

MSM & Left-Wing Blog Obsession with Palin Rumors

It seems I can’t open my e-mail box or check the blogs without discovering some new allegation about Sarah Palin.  It’s gotten to the point now where I now almost immediately discount any criticism leveled against the Alaska Governor.  The left-wing blogs (and their echo chambers in the MSM) should learn that they lose credibility when they put forward allegations which can be readily debunked.  

Pajamas Media has been doing a great job taking on those who would smear the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.  Just yesterday, they posted Charlie Martin’s “Separating Palin Fact from Palin Fiction” when, often in a humorous vein, he debunks many of the rumors floating around the net about that good and strong woman.

Finding that Palin “drives journalists nuts,” Jim Treacher observes:

If they dug into Obama’s connections to black separatists and domestic terrorists and other hope-and-change advocates as thoroughly as they’re digging into Palin’s PTA records and pizza delivery receipts, we might have a whole different election. But that would only happen in some sort of mirror universe where Obama had joined a different party. They’ve come up empty again and again, but they still can’t stop. The more they realize that this woman actually might be as squeaky-clean as advertised, the harder they try to find something. Anything. And the dumber they look, the angrier and sloppier they get. Every “Gotcha!” becomes a “D’oh!”

Seems we’ve heard more about the pastor at a church Palin left six years ago because his church was too extreme than about William Ayers, an American terrorist with whom Obama had a regular association throughout the 1990s (even as the Democratic nominee claimed he was just a guy in his neighborhood). has also set the record straight on a number of “claims and rumors” about John McCain’s running mate.

Now, I’m beginning to wonder if maybe Hillary Clinton was right and there is sexism in the media. I had just thought it was a readiness and resolve to repudiate any Republican who ressembles Reagan

Gallup: McCain Crushing Obama Among Independents

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:46 am - September 9, 2008.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Wow. Just wow.

John McCain’s 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.

The surge in political independents who favor McCain for president marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters’ general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates. Prior to now, McCain had received no better than 48% of the independent vote and Obama no better than 46%, making the race for the political middle highly competitive.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)