Obama thoughts, links and reactions…UPDATED

Some must reads for today – Updated, scroll down for new:

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H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers “nuance” in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn’t take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!

The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: “There’s lots to make fun of other than the White House”. You don’t say! A President Obama will be treated very differently, then, I guess, than Bush?

A particularly good podcast: from PJM – quite fun, and insightful

Chrenkoff: America will continue to be a terrorist target. The left doesn’t believe it, yet. And if it’s true, it’s Bush’s fault for making them mad because – you know – terrorists didn’t hate us before then.

An oldie from Vanderleun (H/T Larwyn) that you may have missed and shouldn’t: How Beautiful We Were

Pope Benedict XVI: Congratulates Obama. The text remains private, but let us remember what Benedict said last spring (and what is currently on my header: “Those who hope live differently.” If I can make any suggestion to my Catholic and non-Catholic friends on this day, I say pick up a copy of Benedict’s God and the World and Mother Angelica’s Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures. Both are more “superChristian” than “superCatholic” and both are “suerInsightful.” If you found this post from yesterday to be helpful, you’ll like those books, as both inspired it.

The First Obama Joke: H/T Dan “Barack Obama won the election because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.” — New York Times, The Next President. The New York Times is purely bananas.

AJ: Nattering Negativity, looks at the fissures in the GOP and ponders.

Harry Reid: Crowing and unclassy. As ever.

Sorry, Mr. Reid: Yer man has no mandate; he ran on tax-cuts and other “centrist” ideas. But then, so did Bill Clinton. We know. We know.

EJ Dionne: Don’t play to the center-right, Obama! Keep away from the center-right! We’re not a center-right nation!

California: Votes to ban gay marriage. Center-right.

Ruth Marcus: Will the Dems be able to resist overplaying their hand? See Dionne, Ms. Marcus. (Note: Ms. Marcus suggests Obama begin by “reversing President Bush’s order prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, signing the Bush-vetoed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and enacting an equal pay law overturning the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Lilly Ledbetter.”). Yeah…don’t overplay.

It is remarkable to note, however, that – finally – someone in the press managed to correctly identify President Bush’s position as “prohibiting FEDERAL FUNDING of EMBRYONIC stem cell research” as opposed to their usual, “he’s against all science! He’s against all stem cell research! He’s a Neanderthal” dishonesty. That only took 8 years.

Washington State: goes Euthanasiac. They apparently believe that A Tsunami Can be Drawn With Pastels. They are mistaken.

From the email: An interesting quote I’d never seen before: “We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.” – Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959 Actually…I don’t think that really IS a Khrushchev quote. I know THIS one is, though: “If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.”

Tom Shales: The Press Behaved Badly last night. Well…they’ve been behaving badly for over a decade, but last night, even my husband – who does not care about this sort of stuff – had to turn them off for all their self-congratulating glee. He found it “infantile.”

Ed Morrissey: Good Analysis.

Wizbang: First 100 Days: Congrats and See you on the battlefield of ideas!

Instapundit: Showcases the diff between lefties and righties rather succinctly. More distinctions here. Note: Also, no one ever thought for even a second that an Obama win would cause the right to “riot.” The same cannot be said for the left. I hope they’ll grow up, now.

The People’s Cube: A fella who survived the Soviet Union dusts off the slogans and says “Comrade” again.

Neo-neocon: Time always tells

Steven Den Beste: Good news and bad news. Read.

Hamid Karzai: Expects Miracles from Messiahs

A post-election break from hype: it won’t last, though

Boundless energy: Confederate Yankee is already looking at 2010. Not yer girl, here. She’s taking a break. Bumperstickers, even! Capitalism goes on…

Survival Guide: if you feel you need one

Sincere & cautious congrats: I pray that you may acquire wisdom

“… — wisdom beyond your tender years, your thin experience, and your inconsequential legislative achievements — wisdom as a public servant in office, rather, that is at least commensurate with the skill you’ve shown as a campaigner, which has been a genuine marvel.

George Washington’s: Advice to us

I pray for your health, because, with due respect, I regard the prospect of your Vice President-elect having to step into your shoes with genuine panic. “

Hope and pray you’re wrong: From an email: “I did not vote for Obama but I am afraid for him. I feel like whoever put him in place is going to try to make a martyr of him to create chaos in the nation.”

The Racial Angle: Still not gone, but reading that makes me think that now perhaps some racial issues will be addressed from “within” the African American community, itself, which might be a healthy thing. Introspection is always a good thing.

The Wheels on the Bus: Go round and round

Today’s Eyeroll: LA Times writer: “The nation is in dire economic straits.”

Yes, yes, yes. I see. Unemployment is 6%. Gasoline prices are a whopping $2 a gallon. The Dow is 9,000. People are actually paying cash for things. Run for your lives.

The 60′s: They’re finally ending About damn time.

Curt: Offers curt congrats

Geraghty: Ball’s in his court

Fears: For the churches

And hope: for life

Meanwhile: Stocks are tumbling

Amazon.com Widgets

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  • Richard

    In Colorado, South Dakota, Washington state, and California, I’m afraid the Culture of Life took a beating yesterday.

  • http://plls.blogspot.com s1c

    Spent a little time in the office this morning and I found posting by Den Beste. Was the first thing I printed out for those who were feeling down. The second was to change my screensaver to saying “the people have spoken the – Dick Tuck

    This country survived the Carter years, it will survive the Obama years. My only worry is the war crime trials.

    [I'm not worried about those - not in America, at least - the Democrats KNOW Bush did not lie, and they KNOW that they were not "misled" into war. A trial or impeachment exposes them, as well. However, if Obama signs us into the ICC, then we may have to deal with "the world" and trials. But let's not get ahead of ourselves - admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    The State of Washington voted for a ballot measure for physician-assisted suicide. Meanwhile, America has voted for politician-assisted suicide.

    Wow, dude — you really think it that dire?

    Yeah, I do. The storm clouds are nearly upon us. The tsunami tidal wave is just over the horizon. We’ve been talking about the slippery slope for many years now — well, eventually you’ve gone so far as to slip off the slope and into the abyss. When things as fundamental as truth have been, not only relativized, but turned into something that can be applied or not applied, or wholly manufactured out of whole cloth, at the will of those having power — government, politicians, media, academia — when truth no longer exists as truth, then we are past even a dictatorship.

    Perhaps the problem is that we have been guilty of the same error as the “progressives,” who think that we can and should create a utopian paradise here on earth. We conservatives have long held to the idea that America is a “shining city on a hill,” that we are a beacon of hope and liberty to the world. If that was ever true, then it surely has been the rarest of exceptions in the history of mankind. We have had it really good in this “land of liberty” for a long time, and we perhaps have allowed ourselves to falsely believe that this is the way it has always been and always will be, here and everywhere. In our zeal for natural rights, we have perhaps failed to see the world as it really is in practice. If we take a truthful look, we must see that freedom has been the exception in the world, and that, more often than not, the bad beats the good. (That will not be the case in the end, but it has been the case in the meantime.)

    In short, perhaps we must come out of our dream and realize that being in the oppressed minority is the (worldly) usual state of things. And that our trying to create a conservative utopia, a conservative Kingdom of God on earth, is as much a folly as is a progressive utopia and Kingdom.

    Perhaps we must realize that, although we may be in the world, we are not of the world. We are strangers in a foreign land. We are merely sojourners passing through the shadow of the valley of death. We pass our days on earth, but are citizens of heaven. Perhaps it is time to remember that. All of this — America included — will inevitably turn to dust. So we should place our trust and hope in those persons and things which do not decay or decline, we should place our trust and hope in those persons and things which are eternal and incorruptible. Trust Him and only Him.

  • oddball

    My Dear Anchoress,

    They still screwed up with “prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research”; President Bush actually PERMITTED it for the first time, albeit only with the then existing designated stem-cell lines.

    Have a Blessed day! oddball

  • http://ejhill1925.wordpress.com/ EJHill

    A couple of observations:

    With John McCain’s defeat we have skipped over an entire generation of Americans who did their duty. From Dwight Eisenhower to G.H.W. Bush we found a WWII veteran in the White House. No Korean War vets and all the Viet Nam era guys who saw combat lost.

    My biggest fear is that we will be too gracious and take the high road. Oh yes, he’s the president of us all and respect the office, yada-yada-ya… But so was George W. Bush. The fought him tooth and nail and hammered away incessantly for eight years.

    I for one plan to return the favor.

  • tim maguire

    EJ, there is a wonderful scene in Lion of the Desert about the Ethiopian resistance to the Italian invasionon the 1930′s. The Italians tortured and killed Ethiopian prisoners. When the Ethiopians took Italian prisoners, a fighter went to the Imam for permission to return the favor, citing the Italian example, and the Imam replied, “they are not our teachers.”

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  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    May Blessed Clemens August von Galen, Bishop of Münster, pray for us.

    Time to bring out the white rose.

  • http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/833678/posts backhoe

    For whatever it’s worth, in my small redoubts in the forum worlds of Free Republic and Free Dominion, I make a point of referring people to you, both for sound writing and excellent links.

    I found these to be particularly useful:

    Steven Den Beste: Good news and bad news. Read.

    Survival Guide: if you feel you need one

    Regardless of what befalls us ( I spent most of last night comforting my wife, the former Democrat turned Sarahbot, who threw up all night over the news… ) I’m going to keep linking and quipping and writing- I hope you’ll keep up the good work here.

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  • Joseph Marshall

    No mandate? I don’t know what the heck else either you or Robert Novak would call it. The possibility of a 60 seat majority was always a low percentage option, and the races in Minnesota, Georgia, and Alaska are still unresolved.

    Moreover, Obama’s basic message has not significantly changed throughout his candidacy. It has been a message of consensus and cooperation: “we may disagree about this, but we can fix that”. Granted that this is so [and I see no reason to doubt it, despite the episodes of the vapors among conservatives] the essential agenda will end up no more than center-left, if that. There are still many Democrats in Congress much less liberal than either my personal views or Obama’s Senate votes, and nothing will get done without their cooperation.

    But the mandate is for “change”, and, by implication, a serious modification of the economic deregulation orgy of the past 30 years. There are three purposes for regulation: a level playing field, averting economic disasters like the one we are still in the middle of, and furthering “the public interest”, but they always limited by that counterweight of centrist Democrats and by the fact that now neither fillibuster nor cloture is guaranteed to eiter force or to prevent legislation. Only horsetrading with at least some Republicans is left as a viable option.

    The mandate is also for “change” in the way we do our politics. If there is one lesson for all to take from this victory it is that trying to attack Obama’s character simply didn’t work. After all the ads, after all the robocalls, after all the name calling by his opponents, not only did Obama win, but his personal approval rating did not budge from around 60%. This tactic is no longer a free ride to electoral success. The users of it have simply gone to the well once too often.

    My personal hope is that Obama’s clear understanding that so many of our problems are caused by our loss of energy independence can translate into a committed bipartisan effort to fix this problem once and for all.

    If Obama pulls that off, his administration will be “progressive” enough for me, whatever else does or dosent get done.

  • Poohbah

    Moreover, Obama’s basic message has not significantly changed throughout his candidacy. It has been a message of consensus and cooperation: “we may disagree about this, but we can fix that”.

    The bolded is precisely what worries me.

    How does he intend to “fix” my disagreement with him?

  • http://www.acreofindependence.com Bob W

    Some thoughts now that the election is over at acre of independence.com.

  • Scott H

    Joseph: I might point out that the ‘attacks’ on Obama did not work because the media did not cover them. Would you care to comment on what happened to Palin, or do you think that was just ‘polite discussion’?

  • Jim C.

    “Barack Obama won the election because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.”

    Of course he knows this personally from the current murder rate in Chicago, a city with gun control.

  • Joseph

    “How does he intend to “fix” my disagreement with him?”

    Insofar as anyone will not meet someone else halfway on an issue there is nothing to be “fixed”. Consider the current economic meltdown. What needs to be done about it is not all that obvious, but some serious choices are looming–even if one the choices is to let the market do what it will, whatever the consequences.

    Obama clearly is not going to be able to make such choices unilaterally. Despite the consistent efforts of George Bush to turn the Presidency into a Kingship, Obama will still remain a President with limits to his power. The only way these decisions will get made is by some degree or other of political consensus and just plain old horsetrading.

    “Non-negotiable” stands on issues simply impede public business. The effect of a larger [but not overwhelming] Democratic majority will favor more compromise and less grandstanding because of the erosion of the effectiveness of the fillibuster as a tactic for stopping anything you are treating as “non-negotiable”.

    [It occurs to me that I failed to notice an ambiguity in my pronouns. What I should have written to make myself clear is "We may disagree about X but we can fix Y". I did not mean "fix the disagreement between us"]

    “I might point out that the ‘attacks’ on Obama did not work because the media did not cover them.”

    We must not be reading the same news reports or watching the same cable channels. If Palin called Obama a “socialist” or accused him of “palling around with terrorists”, it dutifully appeared in the news cycle. If it didn’t, how did you find out about it? That’s how I found out about it.

    If all sorts of commotion was raised about ACORN, that also got covered. If Obama made some foolish comment about lipstick it was a one week sensation. If McCain fielded ads using footage of Hillary Clinton saying Obama was “not ready to lead”, did you personally see the ads? I didn’t. What I saw were clips from them reported in the news.

    The entire RNC was basically one long attack Obama fest. It was covered live on national television through multiple outlets and seen by millions. Not only that, verbatim transcripts of the major speeches also were published by multiple news outlets. I know. That’s where I read them. Did you read them?

    This does not even address the fact that the ads themselves had plenty of paid airtime, and the robocalls went to tens of thousands of people, without any serious interference from anyone. Do you know of any media outlet that refused McCain’s ads? I don’t. Nor does it address the quite direct, and unmediated, attacks of Obama by McCain in the Presidential debates.

    Can you honestly point to anything of consequence that the McCain campaign said or did–or any major charge that their campaign made against Obama–that was not examined in close detail through constant commentary by guest pundits of all stripes from Patrick Buchanan to Donna Brazile, particularly in the coverage by CNN. If you can, how did you find out about it? And where can I get the lowdown on it?

    It never ceases to amaze me how little those who are constantly excoriating the MSM actually appear to read or view real news coverage, particularly by those outlets that do more than present a mere 30 minute summary of the day’s news in prime time.

    Who they do appear to read are like-minded bloggers who are also excoriating the MSM, as well as op ed columnists, anonymous “news analysts”, or writers in opinion journals. And for every E.J. Dione there is a Robert Novak, for every Keith Oberman there is a Glenn Beck, for every Jack Cafferty there is a Bill O’Reilly, and for every Rush Limbaugh there is a Rachel Maddow. You can get your opinion in all shapes, sizes, and shades anytime you want.

    But these are not “news coverage”.

    Would you care to comment on what happened to Palin?

    Sure. She made a fool of herself on national television. Once you do this you render the need to “attack” you superfluous. Just like Howard Dean and his famous “scream” four years ago. The McCain campaign did not seriously address the obvious gaps in her knowledge [not her intelligence, her knowledge--the stuff you get from reading news coverage] before allowing her to interview. This is not surprising. If there was any possible way to drop the ball, sooner or later, the McCain campaign found it.

    [Joseph - he had no coattails on social issues; I'd say it's not much of a mandate. And the double-standards continue to fly. When Bush soundly defeated Kerry with what was at the time the greatest popular vote ever, you guys said he had "no mandate." Oh, right...he he stole that election too. When Bush wins, it's always a theft. We can't expect consistency, then? -admin]

  • Poohbah

    Of course he knows this personally from the current murder rate in Chicago, a city with gun control.

    More Americans are being murdered in Chicago than they are in all of Iraq. When do we end our unjust involvement in that quagmire on the shore of Lake Michigan and withdraw to Wisconsin?

  • rcareaga

    EJHill laments “No Korean War vets and all the Viet Nam era guys who saw combat lost.”

    You were, I presume, bereft four years ago when Kerry lost?

    Scott H alludes to “what happened to Palin.” Fox News, that notorious bastion of left media bias, reveals that Palin could not name the signatories to NAFTA (Canada, USA, Mexico) and was apparently under the impression that “Africa” was a country. Footage here. C’mon, folks, did you really want someone as clueless as that backstopping a sick old man? O’Reilly (in the referenced footage) suggests that Palin could be brought up to speed, but can anyone take seriously as a candidate for the second-highest office in the land a 44 year-old individual who needs instruction on points we would fault an eighth-grader for missing?

    “Polite discussion” indeed. Sheesh.

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  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    It really isn’t necessary to know who exactly is spreading this sh*t — anyone and everyone having anything to do with the McCain camp is dead meat. F them all.

    Anti-Palin McCain Staffers Begin Full-Scale Kneecapping of Sarah Palin

    [Which brings our 24-hours of permitting vulgarity to a close -admin]

  • JeannineK

    I’m just concerned that America has elected a man who voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in his state. Even pro-abortion extremists like Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer voted FOR such an act at the federal level. Sorry–a person who could vote against protecting babies born alive is a frightening man. I will fight his pro-death ideas tooth and nail, from day one.

  • Joseph

    Anchoress, Bush did not “soundly defeat” Kerry. Bush’s PV totals were 50.7%, Obama’s 52.4%. The Bush EV total of 286 to 252 could have easily been reversed by a Kerry victory in a single state, Ohio, or a combination of about 3 other states.

    There is no way on earth to compare this to the lopsided 364-174 Obama victory. John McCain simply had no chance whatsoever after the first debate on September 29. After that point Obama’s projected EV totals never fell lower than 338. The Kerry-Bush EV totals bounced back and forth between the candidates throughout the entire run of 2004. There was only one time throughout the entire year that the projected EV totals drew even in this election, and that was through the first 3 weeks of September after Palin’s selection and before the Couric interview. And, no, Bush did not “steal” the 2004 election. The only time such an issue can even be raised sensibly in a countrywide election is when popular vote totals are as close as they were in the Gore/Bush Florida counts, and are so in a state that will make an EV difference.

    Even then, had GWB not tried to address Social Security first [when he did not have a majority of popular support on this particular issue], he might well have transformed this country. All he would have needed to do was push making his tax cuts permanent, first. No Democratic [or MSM] opposition would have prevailed against this. And if he had continued to propose the changes in the order of the actual support for them among the voters, in the end he probably would have changed Social Security, too. It’s not just enough to win elections. You have to make intelligent use of the advantage it gives you.

    Such an approach is a routine legislative strategy among Democrats, [particularly after the health care debacle of the first year of Bill Clinton's Administration] so you are likely to see no proposal that is more than Centrist or, at the most, Center-Left for at least the next two years. If these pass, the more liberal pieces of legislation will then come forward.

    No “mandate” is permanent and unequivocal in American politics. You may not like or agree with Obama, Reid, or Pelosi, but I’m perfectly certain that they are intelligent enough to understand this. George “I’m the decider.” Bush was not.

    [Again, Joseph, Bush did indeed "soundly" defeat Kerry, and as to why he did not push to immediately make his cuts permanent when they clearly worked, he did try, much of that blame can be laid at the door of the spineless GOP and the fact that - if you've forgotten - the Democrat by-word was "obstruction" and "filibuster" for years. You're dreaming if "no Dem or MSM would have prevailed against that" of course they did. I see absolutely NOTHING in Reid or Pelosi's management of congress that supports your idea that they will run things more intelligently than Bush...they want to raise taxes in a recession. Are they more CUNNING than Bush? I'll give you that. Are they more IDEOLOGICALLY LOCKSTEP? Yeah, I'll give you that. Were they devoutly unwilling to work with him? Absolutely. Bush made his mistakes, but I am disappointed in you that you're falling back on "Bush is stupid" - he clearly is not - and we're about to see how "intelligent" your gang is. So let's keep the powder dry, shall we? I am still just flabbergasted at your lack of generosity. I know it's there in you...but you're sitting on it! ;-) - admin]

  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    Anchoress,

    I live in Washington State and I voted for the physician assisted suicide measure. I did this despite that fact that I happen to agree that their is a whole lot of value in embracing life and indeed that you can’t ‘paint a tsunami in pastels.’

    I don’t think though that what I was asked to vote on was whether or not physician assisted suicide was a sin, or even if it was a good idea. The question I was asked to vote on was whether or not the coercive power of the state should be yoked to force physicians and family members to behave in a certain way. I voted against that.

    I strongly believe that a ‘culture of life’ can exist in an environment where the choosing life is indeed a choice, not something that the state compels. Indeed, I believe that that is the only way a culture of life can exist. There is no virtue in either not sinning because of criminal consequences or in using political power to force people not to sin.

    I applaud people like Bristol Palin who choose not to get an abortion, I applaud women like Sarah Palin who make the choice to carry a down syndrome baby to full term, and I applaud those who struggle on through terminal illness in the face of pain. These acts of virtue thouse are only laudable when their is a choice to do otherwise.

    I believe that those who are appalled with abortion and euthanasia would be better served directing their considerable energy to encouraging people to make the right choice on their own, rather then focusing on finding just enough people to agree with them to allow them to mandate behavior. That would be a culture of life, and that seems to me to be a lot more consistent with the bahavior and teachings of Christ.

  • http://www.davelafferty.com Dante Explorer

    I appreciate Dave Justus’ thoughtful and charitable comment. My only take is that if one considers abortion murder, then the state has an obligation to coerce Doctors not to engage in it. I personally have lived through the hell of suffering of a loved one, and also encourage everyone to make the right choices in the first place. However right choices and government coercion when dealing with life issues do not have to be mutually exclusive.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    [Which brings our 24-hours of permitting vulgarity to a close -admin]

    Ha! Any discussion of Obama or McCain is per se vulgar.

    Look folks, it was clear from the first days after the convention that the McCain insiders had contempt for Palin. They are ALL suspect.

    Forget Tony Soprano or Michael Corleone — it’s time for putting heads on spikes.

  • Joseph

    The form of our government is adversarial for a reason–they call it separation of powers–and it is to force all to recognize the sovereignty of the people and not the members of the government, even when that government is democratically elected. As a people we do not often agree and on some “non-negotiable” issues compromise is impossible.

    In a Parliamentary democracy, the process of “coalition government” is an essential detachment of the actions of the government from a close reflection of the popular will, where everything is subject to compromise in the public’s “best interest”, whether they want it or no.

    Under these conditions, it is truly possible to have a “leftist” or a “rightist” government in a way not possible here. Whether you regard the American public’s views as “center-right” or “center-left”, the operative word in our politics is “center”, and any politician who forgets that does so at peril.

    Whatever you may think of the “bailout” bill, most of the people who voted for it have to answer to the popular will [which still remains largely opposed to it] in no less than two years time, and it is only the contentiousness of our politics that makes such close popular control possible.

    The “cleverness” of Reid and Pelosi is a direct reflection that they too, no matter how strong their majority, must tread carefully and not get to the bad side of popular opinion very often, or for very long. The drawback is that most things don’t get “fixed” to the liking of the more partisan of us, including me.

    But I wouldn’t trade separation of powers and Congressional contentiousness for even the most orthodox of leftist parliaments. Not now, not ever, for it should be our perogative to retain sovereignty even when the disagreements are non-negotiable among us. After that, but only after that, can we look at what compromises are possible.

  • http://plls.blogspot.com s1c

    [I'm not worried about those - not in America, at least - the Democrats KNOW Bush did not lie, and they KNOW that they were not "misled" into war. A trial or impeachment exposes them, as well. However, if Obama signs us into the ICC, then we may have to deal with "the world" and trials. But let's not get ahead of ourselves - admin]

    Joseph is an example why I think that there will be congressional hearings on the bush (cheney) conspiracy. When the one is unable to get the fairness doctrine, the free gas, and other things through because of the senate (assuming that McCain doesn’t continue backstabbing the conservative base) and assuming they have backbones, then you will see the Kos kids etc start screaming.

    Does wag the dog ring a bell? Facts don’t matter, bipartisanship does not matter, all that matters is keeping the base engaged. It will be a long four years, especially if the McCain camp continues to act like losers.

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