So which one should I vote for?

The Virginia primary is on February 12. Someone asked me who I was for and I didn’t know what to say. Some of the candidates have good qualities, but all of them–in my humble opinion–have flaws. The question now is how to balance all of this out. I’ve got two weeks to decide. I am totally open to persuasion. You readers always help me think through things, so I’m appealing to you now. Whom should I vote for and why?

Terrorism as “Anti-Islamic Activity”

The Politically-Correct contortionist award goes to the British government for its Orwellian scheme of relabling Islamic terrorism “anti-Islamic activity.” Let’s let Canadian hate-speech defendant Mark Steyn tell about it:

My favorite headline of the year so far comes from The Daily Mail in Britain: “Government Renames Islamic Terrorism As ‘Anti-Islamic Activity’ To Woo Muslims.”

Her Majesty’s government is not alone in feeling it’s not always helpful to link Islam and the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and whatnot. Even in his cowboy Crusader heyday, President Bush liked to cool down the crowd with a lot of religion-of-peace stuff. But the British have now decided that kind of mealy-mouthed “respect” is no longer sufficient. So, henceforth, any terrorism perpetrated by persons of an Islamic persuasion will be designated “anti-Islamic activity” Britain’s home secretary, Jacqui Smith, unveiled the new brand name in a speech a few days ago. “There is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorize, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief,” she told her audience. “Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic.”

Steyn observes that during the Blitz no one called the Luftwaffe airstrikes “anti-German activity.” So will England label the surge in Iraq “pro-Islamic activity” or “anti-American activity”?

Obama’s Church

Barack Obama, in my opinion, has a credible profession of faith. (See the post on that interview with Christianity Today a few days ago.) This is confirmed by the Christian network on Capitol Hill. But the church he goes to is off the wall with its liberation theology. See this account of the congregation.

Obama Republicans?

Remember Reagan Democrats? Now we may be seeing the rise of Obama Republicans. (See also this.)

These would be Republicans disenchanted with the current GOP candidates and attracted by Obama’s promises of racial reconciliation and national unity. What do you think? Are there any Obama Republicans reading this blog? If so, please make your case.

Candidates as Cartoon Characters

Politico.com features drawings from M. Wuerker that depict the GOP candidates as cartoon characters: McCain is Popeye; Romney is Richie Rich; Huckabee is Huckleberry Hound; Giuliani is Bat Man; Ron Paul is a character whom I can’t identify (is it Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes? does anyone know?) in a flying saucer; and Thompson is Foghorn Leghorn:

Republican Toons

There isn’t a Democratic version. Could anyone propose cartoon alter egos for Clinton, Obama, and Edwards?

Juno as cultural watershed?

According to movie critic John Podheretz, the academy-award nominee “Juno” is a profoundly culturally-conservative-in-the-best-sense movie, being against both abortion and, even more subversively to today’s pop culture, against the very concept of “cool.” Now I want to see it.


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