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In Obama-speak, Post-partisan means purely partisan

It’s not just Senator Obama. Even the woman he defeated for the Democratic presidential nomination has also shown a partisan streak that makes Obama’s voting record seem bi-partisan.

There was to be a public rally today at “Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, across from the UN, to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming speech to the General Assembly and unite in opposition to his nuke program and his vow to wipe the US and Israel ‘off the map.’

The GOP had tapped vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to speak for our party. Hillary Clinton would speak for the Democrats. That latter backed out, claiming via a spokesman that Palin’s presence was news to them: “Clearly there was some miscommunication because this was never billed to us as a partisan political event. Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending this event” (Via Roger L. Simon).

So, the presence of a Republican at an event makes an event partisan?

When Hillary said, “No,” the organizers, the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organization “trying to salvage the situation, then invited Palin’s counterpart on the Democratic ticket, Sen. Joe Biden. But his campaign turned thumbs down, reportedly citing a ‘longstanding commitment’ to speak at a National Guard convention in Maryland.

At this point, Democratic operatives strong-armed the organizers into dis-inviting Palin (via Instapundit).  (The Jewish Athena has more.)

The editors at the New York Post opine:

As Sen. John McCain rightly noted in a statement, the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose, to Israel and to America, is too great for the issue to be used as a political football.
Hillary Clinton and the Obama campaign could have driven that point home by her appearance at Monday’s rally.
But they chose instead to play politics.

No wonder Obama attributes his toughness to his Chicago ties. He’s learned well the art of machine politics.

This guy may talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, he’s no different from any other ambitious pol, albeit with a more ruthless partisanship.

And claiming to be a new kind of post-partisan makes his hypocrisy all the more manifest.

The New York Sun reprinted the remarks Governor Palin would have delivered had she been allowed to speak. I include them below the jump: (more…)

Good First Ad Against Proposition 8

Normally, when I see the stuff from No on 8 campaign, I feel I’m reading material designed to appeal to people in West Hollywood, San Francisco and the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.  When I learned they were at the helm of effort to defeat Proposition 8, which would ban state recognition of gay marriage in the Golden State, I thought it was certain to pass.

But, now that I’ve seen their first ad, I am becoming a bit more optimistic.  Interesting they’re using a tack similar to one I described in a past post.  

While I might have tweaked a word or two in the text of the ad, it’s a solid effort and likely to be quite effective:

As Goes North Dakota . . .

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:30 pm - September 22, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

Ever since I was in college, I’ve had a “thing” for the state of North Dakota.  Perhaps it was just the state’s obscurity and isolation.  More likely, it was reading a brochure as an undergraduate on the make-up of the student body at my alma mater (America’s finest liberal arts college, now tied with a, well, a, um, er, our archrival) and learning that every state was represented save North Dakota.

Friends and I joked that perhaps North Dakota didn’t exist.  Just after the youngest PatriotBrotherWest’s 2004 nuptials when I drove to Cincinnati to celebrate with the family, I decided to return via the Peace Garden State and found it quite beautiful.  Given how crowded is the city where I live (and how cluttered my apartment), the open spaces of the Great Plains had great appeal.  And downtown Fargo had a certain charm.

Fascinated by this state which hasn’t voted Democratic since, well, since before Barack Obama could read, I took special note of the news that the Democratic nominee was pulling his campaign staff out of the state.  He once had as many as 50 staffers in eleven offices there.  The McCain campaign had no paid staff and no offices.

As of July 30, the Democrat had spent $160,000 on advertising in North Dakota.  McCain far less.  (H/t Jim Geraghty.)

And despite the Democrat’s expenditures, polls show McCain maintaining a double-digit lead.

Maybe Obama’s money won’t buy him electoral success afterall.  We should also wonder why his campaign felt it necessary to dispatch North Dakota staffers to Minnesota and Wisconsin, two states which haven’t voted Republican since 1972 and 1984 respectively.

USA Today finds McCain Better Uniter than Obama

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:37 am - September 22, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

While Obama touts the “new” politics he’d bring to Washington if elected president, the record shows that he hasn’t brought it to Washington as a U.S. Senator.  He toes the Democratic Party line in the Senate more regularly than his party’s own Senate leader.

Even the editors at USA Today, hardly a bastion of conservative thought have taken notice.  With one exception, the Illinois Democrat “has rarely challenged party dogma on the sort of big, contentious issues he’d face as president.”  

The editors observe that when Obama diverges from the party line,  “it has often been rhetorical and reactive.”  Kind of like his record on financial reform.  Just rhetoric and reaction.  You know, the guy who warned about a coming danger, called for change, yet didn’t offer any suggests on how to effect that change.  But, he does remind us busy he was warning of the danger when it comes to pass.

Meanwhile, John McCain has proposed numerous reforms, often bucking his party to do so while his opponent “lacks is a record of challenging his own party on divisive, difficult issues — the deficit, immigration, energy.”

No wonder the USA Today editors find John McCain a better uniter than Barack Obama.  Even more evidence that Obama’s talk of a new kind of politics is little more then empty rhetoric.