Palin Denounces Anonymous Critics as “Cowardly”
(FROM: Associated Press) Good … enough said.
Obama’s Pick for Chief of Staff Tops Recipients of Wall Street Money
(FROM: OpenSecrets) So, we already learned on Friday from ABC News that Rahm Emanuel sat on the board of directors of Freddie Mac during the beginnings of the scandal, and was complicit in the board’s failure to recognize “red flags” in accounting and lending practices, and that he accepted more than $50,000 in contributions from the organization. Now, we’re learning that Emanuel was, just this year, the top House recipient of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry, and that he has received more money from individuals and political action committees in the securities and investment business than from any other industry since being elected to Congress in 2002 after a previous job as an investment banker. Barack Obama tapping this gentleman to assist him in fixing the American economy is kind of like asking me to teach a class on writing concisely, or Rosie O’Donnell to manage a Weight Watchers franchise.
Historical Perspective on Obama’s Victory
(FROM: Kiriath-Arba) In the wake of last week’s decisive electoral victory, President-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats will inevitably claim that they have a strong-as-steel mandate. He does not. They do not. While he does indeed have a mandate in the sense that he has been elected as our president-elect, Obama will likely be forced to govern from a little more center-left than he would otherwise prefer–though the venomous and tough-as-nails Rahm Emanuel was probably not the best choice for a man to insulate him from the demands for action from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi–but the Democrats will regardless certainly tout the electoral vote margin as something bigger and more significant than it actually is. This well-written and well-researched piece from Kiriath-Arba provides, as the title suggests, an excellent overview of and historical perspective on Obama’s victory. Excellent, excellent work — precisely the kind of thing I’ve been writing about since the resounding defeat last week, precisely the kind of materials we should be sharing with our friends and neighbors in an effort to downplay the eventual glorification of the Obama administration and, in turn, promote the merits of conservatism.
An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage
(FROM: The Washington Post) Funny how, since the election is now over, we’re not hearing quite as many stories about the downturn in the economy, yet we’re actually starting to hear Tom Brokaw and others from the mainstream press questioning Obama’s “slightly creepy cult of personality,” Now, the Washington Post is actually admitting that it was biased toward Obama and unfair toward McCain. No kidding?!? Ohmigosh! I can’t believe it! Next thing they’ll tell us is that Barney Frank is gay.
Obama Announces Gun Ban Agenda Before the Final Vote Count is In
(FROM: NRA-ILA News) Even aside from the particulars surrounding the Tiahrt Amendment, the Assault Weapons Ban and more, the sentiments shown on Barack Obama’s transition Web site–specifically his “urban policy” agenda–as they relate to firearms are little more than the typical blame-shifting mentality shown by anti-gun folks for years. It’s the same mentality that paves the way for lawsuits against fast food restaurants for making customers fat, the same mentality which fuels the political left’s penchant for punishing those who work hard in the name of “social justice.” If there is a good thing to see in all of this, it comes from the recollection that Obama ran as a candidate who claimed to understand and respect the Second Amendment — and while it is no surprise that he plans to trample all over the U.S. Constitution here, too, the way to look at this is that Obama felt it necessary to run to the right while seeking the presidency … a sure sign that conservative principles, despite what the mainstream media says, have not lost their appeal.
- UPDATE: Since first reading this yesterday afternoon, the “Urban Policy” agenda has been taken down, so HERE is the cached version (I hope it works). WorldNetDaily has caught on to the now-eliminated page as well, which also detailed Obama’s plan for a “civilian security force” in which students would be required to serve. Already, it seems, President-elect Obama is going back on campaign promises. Call the folks at Guinness — that’s got to be a record. Furthermore, as it turns out, Examiner.com is reporting that Rahm Emanuel co-authored a book which called for, among other things, compulsory service for all Americans aged 18 to 25. Funny how all the hippie kids were worried that Donald Rumsfeld would draft them…
Iranian President Advises Obama on Domestic and Foreign Affairs
(FROM: CNS News) Now, I’ll be the very first one to tell you that Barack Obama cannot control who sends him letters of encouragement and support, but it never ceases to amaze me just how similar the talking points of our enemies abroad are to those parroted by Democratic Party operatives and their various spokesmouths. Yet, the American voting public never seems to catch on to this trend, that people like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and Mahmoud Aquavelvajaad could very well be taking their talking points directly from Howard Dean and the DNC.
Why I’ll Miss President Bush
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) I’ve never been an apologist for President George W. Bush. His tendency to turn his back on conservative values when it came to illegal immigration, to spending and to other issues couldn’t allow it. Still, he strikes me as a man who does indeed care intensely, a man who is not afraid to show his faith, his heart, and his humanity. I read about his low-key trips, sans media, to see injured soldiers at Walter Reed and about the tears he has shed while awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously, and I see a man who loves America dearly — a presidential quality I fear we’ll be sorely lacking in the near future. Regardless, President Bush hasn’t had an easy presidency by any means and has inspired more venom and vitriol than anyone else I can think of, but I do believe that, 20 or 30 years down the road, history will look kindly upon him.
Ryan for the Republicans
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) In mentioning promising conservatives like Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Eric Cantor and more, I often forget about Paul Ryan. It’s not intentional. I’ve said, over and over again over the past few days, that the conservative transmogrification of the GOP must begin with the tenets of fiscal conservatism, and there is no better man to effectively articulate the merits of fiscal conservative values than Paul Ryan. I sincerely hope that, when the dust settles in the fight for the future of the Republican Party, Ryan and other Barry Goldwater conservatives are the ones left standing.
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