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If Barack Obama had done this. . .

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:14 pm - September 17, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

. . .it would be front-page news.

On May 25, 2006, John McCain spoke out “on behalf of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005,” a bill designed to fix FannieMae and FreddieMac).

The Arizona Senator and current Republican presidential nominee seems to have foreseen the current crisis:

If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

Once again, the Republican candidate in the presidential race has proven himself to be the real reformer in this race. The Democrat? Out making speeches about change while voting in lock-step with his party on nearly every issue and steering clear of articulating the specific changes he advocates.

Hope the McCain folks (or the RNC) are making an ad about his efforts in ’06. Maybe he succeeded in pushing this legislation through, we might not face the problems we face today.

UPDATE:  “Meanwhile, Obama in just four years in the Senate raked more contributions from Fannie and Freddie than any other Senator in the last 19 years — save [Banking Committee Chairman Christopher] Dodd, who’s pretty demonstrably in the pocket of Big Mortgage.

So, given his rhetoric for change and challenging special interests, was Barack Obama swayed by these donations?  Or did he join McCain in pushing reform of these institutions?  GayPatriot critics, now’s your chance to google away!  Rhetoric doesn’t count.  Must be concrete legislation advocated (as in co-sponsored and/or spoke out in favor).

UP-UPDATE (on 09/18):  McCain addressed this very issue in a speech today in Iowa: “When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent.

“Astroturfing” Found On Gay Patriot?

Yesterday I noticed that a post by Dan about Sarah Palin had been visited by what appears to be an “astroturfer”. For those who do not know what “astroturfing” is, Ace of Spades posted about this curious ‘phenomenon’ which has recently been found on conservative blogs and elsewhere on the Net:

Astroturfing is the dishonest PR technique of inserting PR messages straight from the PR shop out into the public, but in the guise of “concerns” of “real citizens” who are “independent” and have “no relationship” whatsoever to the PR campaign. It tries to disguise itself as a “grassroots” phenomenon — but it’s artificial and inorganic. Hence, “Astroturf.”

The particular “astroturfer” who commented on Dan’s post calls themself “Rebecca Burt” and claims to be someone who “was not completely decided on my vote until I really started to look into what [Palin] has done and what she stands for”. For an a self-proclaimed “Christian and pastor’s wife” I must say that “Burt” is certainly lacking in the fundamental virtue of charity, something Vince P also noticed. What did “Burt” use as the basis for her objections to Palin? Why, every scurrilous lie and rumor floated about by Obama supporters since John McCain announced his Veep pick a couple of weeks ago. I took the time yesterday to rebut most of the inane charges “Burt” raised to slander Palin, but alas thus far ‘she’ has chosen to remain silent in response. Perhaps this post will elicit further comment from this troll visitor. Somehow I doubt it though, given that she apparently doesn’t stray far from the exact same script of talking points, as can be seen on quite a number of blogs.

I would like to make one more point to “Burt” and other astroturfers: we welcome an open and honest debate at Gay Patriot so there is no need to lie about who you are and why you oppose McCain-Palin or the GOP in general. True “concerned conservative Christians” (especially “pastor’s wives”) have no need for such deception. The use of such tactics betrays an inherent weakness in character and that the user lacks the courage of their convictions. As Jim Malone via Sean Connery warned, “the Lord hates a coward”.

— John (Average Gay Joe)

Gays & Lesbians for Sarah Palin

Pajamas Media just posted my piece on how some gays are reacting to Sarah Palin. Please note, given how the gay media has reacted to her, I chose to focus on the support she enjoys in the gay community:

Republicans and even a good number of gay Democrats.
For a moment those who sat with me at the Pajamas TV booth last Thursday afternoon at the Republican convention must have thought I was crazy. Soon after reading an e-mail from a left-leaning lesbian friend with whom I almost always lock horns on matters politcal, I had to share the news–with anyone who would listen. This outspoken woman had informed me that for the first time in “30 years,” she’d be voting Republican in large measure because of her enthusiams for Sarah Palin.

She has a brother in Alaska where they’re impressed with their Republican Governor. “Love that woman,” my friend gushed.

My friend is not the only gay person enthusiastic about John McCain’s running mate. Nearly all my readers are excited about her nomination, some have even been pushing her as potential vice-presidential pick as since the summer of 2007.

You can read the rest here.

Palin, “Banning” Books, Rookie Mistakes & the MSM

When I first blogged about the media interest in Sarah Palin’s 12-year-old inquiry into banning books at the Wasilla Public Library, I wrote, that this issue “so concerned her that an overzealous media [could] find no evidence that she ever pursued the matter after her initial inquiries.

Something else occurred to me as I pondered the matter. Recall that her predecessor as Mayor (whom she defeated in 1996) had appointed the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, with whom Palin spoke about the matter. Emmons stayed on until August 1999 when she resigned, “two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term.

Okay, so this recalcitrant librarian removed, did then Palin, with apparently a more docile person in charge, act to remove any books? Um, um, well, um (as Obama might say), no. From 1999 until 2002 when Palin left office, there is no evidence of even a single challenge to any books in the Wasilla Public Library.

So, basically, we’ve got the media, left-wing blogs and various assorted Palin-haters dwelling on a rookie mistake by Palin. Let me repeat, if this issue were of such concern to her, why didn’t she try to remove any books from the local library once she had consolidated her power in her home town?

I wonder if the MSM has paid similar attention to Obama’s record.

AFTERTHOUGHT:  Palin-haters seem more interested in the Alaska Governor’s 12-year-old inquiry than Palin herself ever seemed in “banning” books.

This is the Voice of a Unifier?

In the same video where Barack Obama agrees that age-appropriate kindgergarten sex education is the “right thing to do,” he makes fun of those who choose to get their news from sources he doesn’t like:

As I travel around the country, the American people are a decent people. And they get confused sometimes. And they listen to the wrong talk radio shows and watch the wrong TV networks, um, but they’re, they’re basically decent, they’re basically sound.

(Via Yuval Levin.)

Has John McCain ever said his fellow Americans listen to the wrong radio networks or read the wrong newspapers and wrong blogs?

Can you imagine how the MSM would react if he did?

I guess Barack Obama’s new kind of politics extends beyond voting the party line, it also includes mocking the media some Americans choose to read, hear and watch.

UPDATE: I initially put this update on this post, but realized it also belongs here. No wonder Clinton fundraiser Democratic National Committee Platform Committee member “Lynn Forester de Rothschild has said she thinks Democratic nominee Barack Obama is arrogant and has a problem connecting with average Americans.” After “bringing in more than $100,000 for” Hillary, Ms. de Rothschild is backing John McCain.

How Much Impact will Obama’s Money Have?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:12 am - September 17, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

In the final primaries of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, while Obama was raking in the cash, he wasn’t raking in the votes.  According to one source, he outspent his spring rival, Hillary Clinton, by a margin of 4-1 (other sources peg the ratio at 3-1 or 2.3-1 on ad buys alone) in the Pennsylvania primary.

Hillary won the Keystone State by nearly 10 points.  And this at time when her campaign was riven by factional infighting.   Late-deciders broke for her by a margin of 3-2.

Because he has bypassed federal funding, Obama may well have a bigger war chest for this fall’s campaign than John McCain.  So, will it help make the difference in November or will it have the same impact as his Pennsylvania profligacy?

Jim Geraghty may have found the answer.  In Florida, the state with the closest margin in 2000, Obama has so far sunk $8,000,000 into television advertising.  Although spending $8,000,000 less than Obama, McCain still manages to lead by 6.3 points in the Real Clear Average of Polls for the Sunshine State.