New York Times as gossip rag

Our nation’s newspaper of record is getting slammed by its own watchdog for publishing without a shred of evidencethat story about John McCain insinuating that he had an illicit affair : Read what the New York Times ombudsman had to say.

Trying to make a scandal?

This business with John McCain and a pretty lobbyist strikes me as low, low scandal mongering.  I haven’t read any direct allegations of a sexual relationship between them, but that is the insinuation with all the photos of the woman in her glamorous gown.  The concern of McCain’s aides seems to have been that she was one of those evil lobbyists that the Senator usually scorned.  But if association with a lobbyist is scandalous in itself, pretty much all legislators would be guilty, and McCain less than most of them.  

But, I don’t know, maybe there is more to the story than just two left-wing publications, “The New Republic” and “The New York Times,” trying to destroy a Republican. If so, more will come out. But, what do you think about all of this?

Here is the story so far: McCain Denies Aides’Statements About Lobbyist.

More hoisting, more petard

John McCain is getting tangled up in the campaign finance rules he himself devised: FEC Warns McCain on Campaign Spending.

Barack Obama, Messiah?

Several observers have noted that in both his rhetoric and in the zeal he inspires in his supporters, Barack Obama is being presented as a  Messiah. Consider these lines from his speeches:

“We are the hope of the future.” We can “remake this world as it should be.”      

We can become “a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest.”

  “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Similarly, people are putting their “hope” in him.  They are “inspired” by him.  He is “charismatic.”  Notice the religious terminology.I like Obama and far prefer him to Hillary Clinton.  But in a secularist culture–something rare and unnatural in the history of humanity–religious impulses, long suppressed, can lie just under the surface and, with the right catalyst can come roaring back into the void. The old pagan model–revived under Fascism– of a divinized ruler in a divinized state may be the default position in human governments.I guess people who think all religions are essentially the same and equally valid  might see this messianic outbreak as a good thing, but Christians cannot.  (Contemplate again the skull of Valentine, who refused to accept the Roman pantheon and Caesar as god at the cost of his life.)    

UPDATE:  And now people at Obama rallies are getting  slain in the spirit.

Don’t forget the other elections

Michelle Malkin  urges conservatives to get “fired up” for the election.  OK, there may not be a conservative-enough presidential candidate.  But she usefully reminds us that the presidency is not the only office at stake in this election.  In order to build up conservatism again, it will be necessary to elect a promising new generation of conservative congressmen, governors, and–perhaps most importantly in rebuilding the conservative infrastructure–local officials.She makes a good point.  We do tend to over-emphasize the presidency at the expense of all of the other offices.  The lesson is that conservatives should not retreat to our attics and not even vote on election day.  There will be plenty of other conservatives to vote for.

The Huckabee Alternative

The Washington Post early morning edition yesterday hardly said anything about Mike Huckabee’s victories in Kansas and Louisiana.  I can’t help but think that the press would hype victories like that for another candidate, talking about new momentum, surges, and the like.  But finally the paper  takes notice.These victories came right after Romney dropped out, McCain made nice with the conservatives at their big convention, and the press anointed him as the nominee. Certainly, he has three times the number of delegates as Mike Huckabee. But could it be that rank and file Republicans, no matter what their leaders say, ARE seeing him as the alternative to McCain?  After all, the first voters after the call for party unity do not seem to be obeying.  Now I know that purist conservatives don’t like Huckabee either. But, I ask those of that company who read this blog (you know who you are) if you consider Huckabee to be better than McCain. (I asked this before, under different circumstances, but I didn’t really get a clear answer.)

UPDATE:   Here is evidence of the phenomenon I’m referring to.