Cleverest Remark on DNC and Clinton

Yesterday, the DNC had to pretend it had a 2/3 vote to assert that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and for the inclusion of the phrase, "God-given gifts" into their national platform, because three attempts to vote couldn't bring it. Whether it was the "God" language or the "Jerusalem" language they resisted more is hard to say. But the nays seem to have it it.And then, of course, the mob boo'ed, jeered and hissed.Later, Bill Clinton came out and did what Bill Clinton does better than … [Read more...]

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Obama meets with Biden, Clinton _ UPDATED

Apparently today President Obama met with his gaffe-stricken veep and his Secretary of State. A few wags have suggested recently that a put-upon Obama may "switch" these two -- putting Biden at State (John Kerry will be crushed, and our diplomatic relations may never be the same, anywhere) and Hillary Clinton on his ticket.Mrs. Clinton would certainly be a better debater against Paul Ryan than Biden.Lots of opinion out there. Some think Hillary won't do it -- that she and Bill Clinton … [Read more...]

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Obama, Planned Parenthood and his Daughters, Again

I don't mean to be a nudge, I really don't. But it's starting to creep me out, how much Obama loves Planned Parenthood, and how he clearly lives with the expectation that his daughters are going to kill his grandchildren, and negate the coming of love.“Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that is a bad idea,” Obama said. “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards.”Obama’s … [Read more...]

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Pity the President – UPDATE

He is such a small and insecure man:The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president sin … [Read more...]

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Sarah Palin in Wisconsin: Wit, Clarity, Coherence

I finally got to watch the video of Sarah Palin's speech, which is up in two parts at Hillbuzz.Gotta say it -- Sarah Palin doesn't use teleprompters, she doesn't use Orwellian double-speak that is so preposterous even Jon Stewart has to call it out; she is not contemptuous of her audience, as the president increasingly appears to be, she has enough wit to grab a phrase and have fun with it, ("so yeah, we're here, we're clear, get used to it!") and, most importantly, the former Governor of … [Read more...]

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The Toxicity of Idolatry – UPDATED

My Tuesday column at First Things is up, and today we're talking about the strange gods we put before us and the toxic effect it has had on our politics:[In Barack Obama] . . . chattering classes, largely indifferent-to-agnostic-to-hostile toward religion, had suddenly found themselves a god, and to speak his name in vain could not be countenanced. Heretics sinning against the speak-not commandment were speedily feathered with the gooiest tar available and then ostracized from polite … [Read more...]

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Ride on, King Obama! – UPDATED

Instapundit links to an interesting piece at Powerline, where it is suggested that President Obama might prefer to be a King:Obama enjoys being president, and he especially treasures the symbolic significance of being the first African-American president. That's how his supporters feel, too. I haven't heard anyone defend his actual performance in a long time, but there is still widespread satisfaction with the symbolic value of his presidency. So why don't we make him king? If being the first … [Read more...]

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The Idea of Praying Through Time

Pondering prayer, and the notion of praying through time, thanks to our Holy Father:We can love ourselves only if we have first been loved by someone else. The life a mother gives to her child is not just physical life; she gives total life when she takes the child's tears and turns them into smiles. It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is … [Read more...]

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Apparently National Buildings Are Warm

I was grousing below about--among other things--being cold in my house as we try to keep the energy bills down.Then I saw this picture of our First Lady, Michelle Obama, wearing a killer vintage dress she got at a thrift shop for a couple grand:Now, I don't begrudge anyone who wants to wear one of those classic, elegant, full-skirted, Grace Kellyesque creations from the 1950's, and it looks wonderful on Mrs. O. But as I sit here wearing heavy socks, long sleeves and a shawl, I can't help … [Read more...]

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"The Big Cover" of Government Solutions UPDATED

Winter is promising to be a home-heating oil budget-buster and so my husband and I have taken to turning down the thermostat and wearing bulky sweaters all day. I never feel completely warm, though, and last night, as we tried to watch a movie, he had to listen to the Greek Chorus of the Winter of my Discontent:"Brrr; I'm cold," I said.He tossed an afghan my way.A little later: "Why is it so cold in here?"Another afghan."Brrr..."Finally, feeling chilled to the bone, I announced that … [Read more...]

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