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The Hoax and the Hate

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:18 pm - October 24, 2008.
Filed under: Mean-spirited leftists

Shortly after learning of the woman in Pennsylvania claiming an Obama-supporter had carved a B into her face because of her support for John McCain, I wondered if the story were blog-worthy.  Before I could make up my mind, Bruce had posted on it.

I had little reason to doubt the story, given that a local news network was reporting the story.  But, when scanning the comments, I read one noting that the alleged “victim” had refused medical attention.  I became skeptical, updated the blog and started searching the Internet, finding that a lot of conservative bloggers, notably Michelle Malkin, were not convinced that this young woman was telling the truth.

Finally, when it was confirmed the story was a hoax, I blogged as much.

The response from our critics was instant and intense, full of bile against McCain supporters, with one even suggesting the Arizona Senator had encouraged this.  It was amazing how quick so many leftists used this to condemn conservatives when they would have jumped on a similar story had it been about an Obama supporter cut up by a McCain backer.

There are kooks on both sides of this.  It’s important to note how many conservative blogs which reported it expressed skepticism and thought it deserved looking into.

But, alas, all too many of our crttics give us no respect.   And most show no respect to this blogger who started looking into it as soon as a reader raised a serious question.  They see this as some kind of conspiracy rather than any attention-starved young woman eager to make a name for herself.

Why do you guys hate us so much?  The “thugocracy” we fear should Obama win comes not just from angry actions, but from angry words as well.

The Hoax

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:06 pm - October 24, 2008.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Via the Corner, I learn that the woman who claimed she was assaulted by an Obama supporter in Pittsburgh made it all up.

She is facing charges for filing a false report with the police.  Michelle Malkin was skeptical of this as were a number of conservatives, including readers of this blog as well as yours truly.

It’s sad the lengths to which some people go to draw attention to theirselves.

John McCain’s Greatness & His Campaign’s Biggest Flaw

In the course of this campaign, I’ve really come to admire John McCain.  This is not to say I’ve found him perfect, but that I’ve overcome my doubts about the Arizona Senator and become convinced he could be an excellent chief executive.

In recent months, I’ve read two of his books, Why Courage Matters and Worth the Fighting For, and am currently reading a third, Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions, having read Faith of my Fathers during the 2000 campaign.  The former POW is clearly cut from presidential timber, understanding American history, policy issues, particularly effecting our nation’s standing in the world.  Not just that, he has shown an appreciation for human greatness and sympathy for human frailty.

McCain’s books show a great deal of appreciation and affection for men and women from all walks of life, including Georgia Congressman John Lewis who recently badmouthed the Arizona Senator.  By contrast, Obama’s books dwell on his own struggles and feelings, helping define him as a thoughtful and introspective individual, but not a chief executive.  A smart, indeed thoughtful, man Obama clearly is, but a leader he is not.

Yet, where the Illinois Senator has excelled has been on the stump.  When Obama has a well-crafted speech in front of him, few can compete with him, particularly when the media magnifies his remarks, highlighting his most powerful passages.  And ignores his bumbling responses when speaking without notes.

McCain, however, seems his best in such unscripted situations, speaking sincerely from the heart, addressing the audience in front of him.  How often we hear of Joe Biden’s silly statements in such situations.  How frequently Obama’s such statements make the news, at least on the right.

Alas that such candor in front of crowds, large or small, when not clownish, rarely makes the national news.  And that has hurt John McCain.  His rhetorical strength does not lend itself well to the current media age.  It’s why, I believe, Peggy Noonan was on to something when, in her column today, she faulted the Republican for not going around the media and gently seizing “the country by its lapels.

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If the New York Times were the paper it once was . . .

. . . it would be running a story on Obama’s campaign finance irregularities on the front page* and relegate stories on Sarah Palin’s clothing to the middle of the paper.

Yep, the story about the Republican National Committee buying clothes for the Vice Presidential nominee made the front-page of the New York Times. A story on fraudulent donations to the Obama campaign last made the dead-tree edition of the paper on October 10 on page A24 of the New York edition.

There, the Old Gray Lady reports:

An analysis of campaign finance records by The New York Times this week found nearly 3,000 donations to Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee, from more than a dozen people with apparently fictitious donor information. The contributions represent a tiny fraction of the record $450 million Mr. Obama has raised. But the questionable donations — some donors were listed simply with gibberish for their names — raise concerns about whether the Obama campaign is adequately vetting its unprecedented flood of donors.

Since the questionable donations raised such concerns, you’d think the paper would investigate. Yet, a search of the Times web-site (terms: “obama campaign fraudulent” or “obama donations fraudulent”) found that only its Caucus blog has covered the story since October 10.

As several readers of conservative blogs have found out recently (e.g. here, here and here), it’s easy to donate the Obama campaign using a fake name. Yet, when they try to give to McCain with a made-up moniker, they fail.

Apparently the Obama campaign has disabled the AVS [Address Verification Service] security system for online donations:

the AVS security checks most merchant processors use to screen out fraudulent transactions (and, incidentally, overseas customers) were intentionally disabled by the Obama campaign – and thus their web donation page enables fraudulent (and/or foreign) donations. The McCain campaign retains the AVS system used by other online retailers and thus rejects fake names and fake addresses.

Emphasis added. Even after the news broke about Doodad Pro and Good Will giving thousands of dollars to the Obama, his campaign still has not reenabled those security checks.

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Sarah Palin’s Reaganite Potential

Russ Douthat alerts us to a great exchange between Jon Henke and Patrick Ruffini on Sarah Palin’s future.  (Both posts merit your attention.)

Jon believes Palin needs “three things” to be “substantive leader of a political movement:”

  1. A clear, but sophisticated, political philosophy
  2. A serious governing strategy to move the ball forward on her political philosophy
  3. A support base, including grassroots and elite infrastructure, that can mobilize to defend her and advance her agenda

My sense is that she could easily assemble the third, but needs work to develop the first two.

While I beileve she has many of the qualities (i.e., natural gifts) of Ronald Reagan, she has, as I’ve noted before, not yet come close to realizing her potential. Jon seems to agree:

At least, not right now. Remember, Ronald Reagan spent decades writing, speaking and working on difficult political issues, thinking deeply about what he believed and why, before he was taken seriously as a major movement leader.

That can be remedied.  In commenting on Palin’s RNC-financed campaign wardrobe, Lisa Schiffren suggests she buy some books:

I would be really happy to know that, should she find herself back in Alaska for the next four years, (or, for that matter, in D.C.) she chose to spend a little of the money that would otherwise go to her clothing budget on a personal library of conservative classics. Going upmarket intellectually will complete the transformation, and make her truly prime-time ready.

Gifts similar to the Gipper have served her well in this campaign. And she has become a better candidate, handling recently a tough CNN interview without the awkward moments of her exchange with Katie Couric.

She needs, however, a stronger command of political philosophy and public policy. The good news for her is that Ronald Reagan once lacked those things.  He gained them, not through a university curriculum, but through years of intense reading and intelligent conversation.  The Gipper was largely self-taught.

Now that the conservative movement has come to embrace her, she can more readily reach out to leading luminaries of the right to help her identify the right books to read and to serve as sounding boards as she develops her ideas.

Here’s hoping she continues her education in Washington rather than Juneau.

Peggy: Obama Passes the Buck on Important Issues

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:44 am - October 24, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

In her column today, Peggy Noonan displays some of that feminine wisdom which once made me love her.  She doesn’t think the race is over and acknowledges the media bias:  “The press knows who the press is for, and it isn’t generally the one to the right.

She faults McCain for not understanding that challenge:

What has also been true is that the Republican had to get around it with the truth of his stands, the force of his arguments, the un-ignorability of his words, the power of his presence. You have to go over the head of the interpreters and gently seize the country by its lapels.

She’s amazed at how well McCain is doing given all that he’s up against: “this is the worst Republican year in generations. Amid two wars, a deep economic crisis, a fractured base, too much cynicism, and a campaign with the wind not at its back but head on in its face.”

And while she finds Barack Obama decisive when it come to advancing own career:

But when it comes to decisions that have to do with larger issues, with great questions and not with him, things get murkier. There is the long trail of the missed and “present” votes, the hesitance on big questions. One wonders if in the presidency he’ll be like the dog that chased the car and caught it: What’s he supposed to do now?

That goes to the heart of my problem with Obama. We just don’t know how he’ll react when he has to be the final decision maker. As Peggy notes, he’s not a “buck stops here” kind of guy. His career suggest that on important matters, he’d rather just pass the buck.

But, as president, you can’t do that.