SECOND Thoughts on Cain: Maddeningly Gray – UPDATE

Okay, so the other day I posted my First Thoughts on Herman Cain.Culled from Cain's recent remarks about abortion, gay marriage and Jesus-as-Conservative, here are some second thoughts:Cain's "I'm pro-life but pro-choice" is getting a lot of ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to t … [Read more...]

Herman Cain, First Thoughts UPDATES

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Reader Charles asked my take on Herman Cain?UPDATE: Read my SECOND thoughts on Cain, hereI have to see more. I am waiting to see someone I really want to vote for, and that hasn't happened yet, but Cain is certainly interesting and he deserves to be noticed. A pizza box may be flat and square, but Herman Cain does not appear to be.What I'm liking so far:Cain is undoubtedly a smart fellow; he seems to have a prodigious business sense, and I like the fact that he is up from … [Read more...]

Hillary Looking for a Way In

Byron York notes that Bill Clinton is looking to burnish his reputation in comparison to Obama (hey, he doesn't need to convince me!):While the political world obsesses over Chris Christie, Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential field, something is up with Bill Clinton. On Nov. 8, the former president will publish a new book entitled Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. Judging by pre-release publicity, the book resembles nothing so much as a … [Read more...]

Limbaugh, Christie and the "Real" Reagan – UPDATE

Running out to store, I heard Rush Limbaugh criticizing Chris Christie for using the word "compromise" too often in his speech last night.Said Rush -- who wants nothing of compromise in our governance: "Winners don't compromise with losers."Well, alright, I guess that's one point of view, but it seems to me the man wants to have his cake and eat it too. He (and I, and many others) criticized President Obama for saying at his first meeting with the GOP, "I won," and for later reminding them … [Read more...]

The Waning Trust in the Press — UPDATED

A while back, I asked my very frustrated mother-in-law why she voted for Barack Obama, and she shrugged, "I could only go by what I heard."She meant the nightly network news shows, which she and Pop watch or listen to while they bustle around the kitchen.It didn't matter that a sister-in-law and I had both warned her that Obama was inexperienced or that she might not like his policies. We were not the press. We were not the people who write headlines and speak with solemn surety before … [Read more...]

"Up-to-$800" My Precious!

I have to be honest, I don't really understand this:The president’s Labor Day speech in Detroit featured an assertion that contained a number of warning signs that it might be an errant fact: “biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” [. . .] We decided to put the president’s claim to the test.We took an informal survey in our office and asked people what they thought the president’s statement meant. Everyone agreed he was claiming the biggest tax cut in terms of dollars.Imagine our surpr … [Read more...]

Keller's shortsighted religious bigotry – UPDATED

My column at First Things today looks at Bill Keller's recent piece demanding "tougher questions" be asked about the religious views of presidential candidates -- or, at least, of Republican presidential candidates.It goes without saying, only Republican religious beliefs should be queried in Bill Keller's world:Others have ably pointed out that Keller’s own paper conveniently displayed minimal interest in the religious beliefs of the candidate Barack Obama or those of his rather fervid p … [Read more...]

Postcards from the Edge

So, the GOP has a clever idea -- or they've stolen an idea the Dems had during the Bush years, I am getting old and can't remember -- but you can send Obama Vacation Postcards to your pals.I chose this one because it's a twofer; it jeers at Obama, and the Boston Red Sox, so it's kind of irresistible.And before my friends on the left take umbrage and being wagging fickle fingers of righteousness and calling me out for being "mean" or making fun or whatever -- please spare me. You don't really … [Read more...]

Obama's Buses Ordered Last Year. Why?

Glenn Reynolds and Ed Morrissey are writing about the completely out-of-touch optics coming forth from a White House, that -- despite the president's much vaunted, 3-day "listening" tour of the heartland -- appears to be staffed with aliens from another galaxy, who really don't understand why these earthlings aren't loving their shtick.Reynold's notes that Matt Drudge is having enormous fun with these spaceman optics, where text and visuals make the messages clear to all but the … [Read more...]

Obama Complains a Lot

I've always said his instincts were more inclined toward ruling than leading. This is not the first time he's suggested that a dictatorship might be preferable to a presidency.But for a guy who campaigned for the job, he sure does complain a lot:"I'm sympathetic to your view that this would be easier if I could do this entirely on my own. It would mean all these conversations I've had over the last three weeks, I could have been spending time with Malia and Sasha instead," President Obama … [Read more...]