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How Quickly the Media Forget Biden’s Gaffes

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:00 pm - October 22, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

In a comment to a recent post, a critic wrote that I’d “written a myriad of posts on supposed media bias in just the past 48 hours.”  And he’s right, except for that adjective.

According to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, a new study finds that “Media coverage of John McCain has been . . . more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama.” The study also found that Sarah Palin drew “three times as much coverage as the Democrats’ VP nominee, Joe Biden [whose] coverage was far more negative than Palin’s. That may be because Biden tends to make news primarily when he commits gaffes.”

The Delaware Democrat’s gaffes are so commonplace, we tend to forget them as soon as we read about them.

Nearly every Obama supporter I talk to can tell me of the questions Sarah Palin failed to answer in her interivew with Katie Couric.  Heck, even I can rattle them off without googling, she didn’t name the papers she read, she couldn’t identify (besides Roe v. Wade) a Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed, nor cite regulatory legislation her running mate had backed in Congress.

But, I’d forgotten about one of Biden’s biggest goofs when talking to that very CBS anchor:

Nightly news shows still haven’t tired of replaying Sarah Palin’s infamous interview with Katie Couric. But how many times have they replayed Joe Biden’s botched interview with Couric last month — in which he cluelessly claimed: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

Can you imagine how the media would react if Palin had recalled Ronald Reagan’s web-cast when Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran?

Just as “the media world would be exploding” (as Kirsten Powers put it) if the Alaska Governor had said McCain’s election would prompt an international crisis, with the Administration reaction causing Americans to lose confidence in his government.

UPDATE:  Michael Ledeen: “But imagine if Palin had said such a thing [Biden’s Seattle gaffe].  We’d have a million column inches explaining why she doesn’t belong on a national ticket“  (Via Instapundit).

Gay Marriage: Good for your Health?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:41 pm - October 22, 2008.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Gay Marriage

A longtime reader of the conservative press (and now the web), I have long been familiar with research showing that married people are healthier and live longer.  I’d always wondered if that held true for same-sex couples–and if there were any research to that effect.

Well, it turns out it does and there is.  At his blog Queertown, Patrick Range McDonald alerts us to just such a study, a recent report by the “the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association . . . that didn’t get much play in the press.” Wonder why that is, given that its results show that gay marriage promotes physical and mental wellbeing.

I’m delighted this report cites some social conservative defenders of traditional marriage, including Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher’s The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially. Looks like I’m not the only one who thinks gay marriage advocates can learn from social conservatives.

According to the report:

Married individuals report more emotional support and are more likely to have a close confidant than the unmarried. Emotional support is directly associated with health and wellbeing and provides protection against the negative health consequences of stress.

Finally, someone making a positive case for gay marriage during this political season. I wonder why this hasn’t much play in the press. It’s particularly relevant to an issue on the fall ballot; it helps us understand why marriage is a defining institution of society.

More advocates of gay marriage should do as the authors of this report have done–and consider the social conservative defense of traditional marriage.  Kudos to them for treating gay marriage as more than a gimmick in the campaign for “equality,” but instead as an meaningful institution which benefits those who undertake its obligations.

Now if only more people would pay attention.

The Gay Vanguard of the Conservative Renaissance

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:06 pm - October 22, 2008.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Conservative Positivity

From the ashes a fire shall be woken
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renenwed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Seems Tony Blankley agrees with me about a coming conservative renaissance.  In his latest essay, he writes:

I think that Miss Noonan may have unconsciously touched on what is really going on here when she accuses Mrs. Palin – who is attracting crowds as big if not bigger than any Reagan ever drew – of being a “follower … not a leader.” Miss Noonan’s unconscious fear may be that it will be precisely Mrs. Palin (and others like her) who will be among the leaders of the about to be re-born conservative movement. I suspect that the conservative movement we start re-building on the ashes of November 4th (even if Mr. McCain wins) will have little use for over-written, over-delicate commentary.

The new movement will be plain spoken and social networked up from the internetted streets, suburbs and small towns of America. It certainly will not listen very attentively to those conservatives who idolatrize Mr. Obama and collaborate in heralding his arrival. They may call their commentary “honesty.” I would call it – at the minimum – blindness.

(Emphasis added.)

Reading the blogs, I have a sense of intellectual ferment on the right. It’s even reached the halls of Congress, conservatives looking back to the ideas and inspiration of Ronald Reagan, but forward to the problems of today.

Read the whole thing. And I mean that.

There is something happening on the right. It may not lead to victory in November, but like the goddess Athena, we focus on the long-term. An electoral setback is just that, a setback. Our ideas are on the march and won’t be diminished by the temporary triumph of our ideological adversaries.

And we at GayPatriot intend to lead the gay vanguard in this renewed push for American ideals, for freedom and personal responsibility, for love of country, a strong national defense and above all, an appreciation for the greatness of this nation and its exceptional role on the world stage.

Needed: A Serious Debate on Gay Marriage

Just over two years ago, when Congress was yet again considering amending the federal constitution to define marriage, I faulted gay groups upset that we were even debating this amendment (e.g. here).  It’s not that I supported the amendment, it’s that I welcomed the debate.

I think it serves us well to have a serious conversation on the meaning of marriage and whether we should extend its benefits and responsibilities to same-sex couples.  Given the record of debates over past such initiatives, I had (alas) no illusions that the current campaign in on Proposition 8 would allow for such a conversation, a serious debate on the merits of gay marriage.

Proponents of the initiative (i.,e opponents of gay marriage) warn of a parade of horribles should it fail.  Opponents have failed to make the case why gay marriage is a good thing for society.  At best, they’ve succeeded in making the case for treating same-sex couples the same as we treat different-sex couples.

And now, some of those opponents have, instead of challenging the arguments of their adversaries on the initiative, taken to intimidating them.  The DailyKos has encouraged readers to scrutinize those who have donated to the “Yes” campaign in order to smear them publicly.  Yeah, that’s a good way to make a positive case for gay marriage.

As one proponent of 8 put it, “It is more than a little frightening how much the Left is so much enamored with the tactic of attacking the messenger rather than engaging the substantive issues” (via Hugh Hewitt).

This is not to say that all opponents of Prop 8 are engaged in smearing its supporters, but their tactics are redolent of the rhetoric I hear all around me, how initiative proponents are mean-spirited, hateful and bigotted.  It would be nice if some prominent opponent of 8 would denounce the angry rhetoric on our side, calling it counterproductive and demand instead a serious debate on the issue.

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Needed: a Conservative Communicator

One of the reasons we conservatives so often invoke Reagan’s name and wonder if this or that candidate is another Gipper is that Ronald Reagan, unlike so many Republicans today, was not only committed to certain principles, but could articulate them in a way the average American could understand.

Not just that.  He appealed to the best in us.

That’s why we’ve so readily embraced Sarah Palin.  She has the Gipper’s gift of communication.  Even Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, while not sharing her politics, agrees, attributing her “huge impact” to “the way she connected with people.”

John McCain, despite his record of leadership, his courage, his fighting spirit, his deep and abiding love for this country and the sacrifices he has made because of that love, lacks the Gipper’s ability to communicate the conservative economic message in terms that resonate.  He’s much better on foreign policy and defense.

If this election turned on national security, he’d be well ahead.  In the current campaign, he’s been hurt  by the economic downturn.  It’s not that Obama’s any better.  It’s that the Illinois Democrat finds himself in the fortunate position of being the candidate of the “out” party in a year when all too many blame that downturn on the party in power.

Over the course of this campaign, I’ve grown to admire John McCain.  I do believe he will, should he win, put country first and apply himself to promoting policies essential to ensuring growth and reducing regulation which thwarts recovery while retaining essential safeguards.

But, in a year, where it appears conservative policies are responsible for the downturn merely because there is a Republican in the White House, we need a good communicator able to demonstrate how the incumbent’s record, at least on fiscal issues, has been far from conservative.

He need show, in terms the average citizen can understand, how government intervention helped cause the current crisis.  And how free market ideas can help solve our problems and improve the financial situation.

Ronald Reagan did this.  Sarah Palin has shown a similar capacity to so communicate.  We need more such Republicans.  And not just running for national office.

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[RELATED:  The coming liberal thugocracy – Michael Barone]

Other Obama supporters have threatened critics with criminal prosecution. In September, St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce warned citizens that they would bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Mr. Obama that were “false.” I had been under the impression that the Alien and Sedition Acts had gone out of existence in 1801-’02. Not so, apparently, in metropolitan St. Louis. Similarly, the Obama campaign called for a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project when it ran ads highlighting Mr. Obama’s ties to Mr. Ayers.

These attempts to shut down political speech have become routine for liberals. Congressional Democrats sought to reimpose the “fairness doctrine” on broadcasters, which until it was repealed in the 1980s required equal time for different points of view. The motive was plain: to shut down the one conservative-leaning communications medium, talk radio. Liberal talk-show hosts have mostly failed to draw audiences, and many liberals can’t abide having citizens hear contrary views.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)