The pundits already have. Bipartisan equivocation. Steelering the election. Will the real Ed Morrow please stand up? Plus more.
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The ESPN announcers mentioned the curse during the game. McCain
blew his chance again. When interviewed, he should have
put in a strong plug for the Steelers, while pointing out that a
Steeler victory against the Skins would give the Philadelphia
Eagles a bit of a boost. God only knows how many votes he
would have picked up in Allegheny County, and the counties
surrounding Philadelphia. Of course, he would have risked
losing the half-dozen supporters he had in D.C.
— Dan Martin
Jeremy Lott was right on the money in his comparison of the
Redskins defeat with that of the McCain presidential bid. But he
left one important aspect out. Were the referees, writers and
commentators covering the game openly cheering for the
— Peter F. Killie
Re: Quin Hillyer’s Saul Alinsky Takes the White House:
Wow. Quin Hillyer’s “Saul Alinsky Takes the White House”
reminds me of a man I once knew who thought everyone he met was
out to get him and distrustful simply because he was out to get
everyone else and was distrustful. He was projecting his beliefs
on others. It seems that Hillyer believes the Democrats
will act in the manner he outlines precisely because this is how
the Republicans would act if they were in this position. But
there are moderates in both parties and hopefully, they and their
level-headed thinking will prevail.
— Sharyn Taymor
Quin Hillyer replies: I hope Ms. Taymor’s last line is correct. For anyone who is familiar with my work, the rest of her letter is laughable.
PROOF’S IN THE PUDDING
While a guest on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, (10-21-08) Paul Krugman, the recipient of the Nobel prize for Economic Sciences, stated that McCain who pushed for deregulation, wants to frame the financial crisis as excessive government and places “Fannie and Freddie,” government sponsored lenders, at the core of the crisis when five minutes with the numbers tells that they were not major players.”
Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years during which time they created this colossal financial crisis. Republicans controlled all branches of government in 1929 during the stock market crash, followed by the depression. The Savings & Loan debacle happened during Ronald Reagan’s administration. This crisis could have been avoided if regulators had enforced rules and officials had dared to question risky lending and other dubious practices. America is experiencing a crisis in banking/housing because of deregulation during the Reagan administration and because Alan Greenspan kept interest rates too low.
The regulatory failure is grounded in the Bush administration’s magical belief that the market, with its invisible hand, works best when it is left alone to self regulate and self correct. The country is now paying the price for that delusion. (editorial — NY Times)
The surplus left by President Clinton has been squandered by giving the richest Americans a tax cut during war time for the first time in our history and we now have the largest debt in history! When Mr. Bush took the oath of office in 200l, the nonpartisan CBO projected $5.6 trillion in federal budget surpluses through 2011. Bush will leave behind a trail of deficits and debt that will sharply constrain his successor, President Obama.
Democrats are compelled to follow Republicans with
pooper-scoopers. Hopefully, President
Obama can emulate Roosevelt and clean up the mess
Republicans have made and restore America’s credibility and
standing in the world and provide the American people with jobs,
health care, security, education and HOPE!
— M. Delphia Block
Re: Ed Morrow’s letter (under “How Does It Feel?”) in Reader Mail’s The Worst Is Yet to Come:
I was just contacted by a friend who asked me about a post by “Ed Morrow” on this site. Since I am also an “Ed Morrow,” who has advocated conservatism elsewhere online, he was surprised at its contention that conservatives don’t know the value of “inclusiveness, diversity and empathy.” He feared I might have contracted Christopher Buckley-itis or Peggy Noonan Syndrome. The post remarked negatively on the “sea of white faces” at the Republican convention. This oblique insistence that anyone who didn’t vote for Obama is a racist is itself a glaring example of racial divisiveness. While there are kooks in every corner of politics, legitimate conservatives base their acceptance on ideology, not skin color. Any ethnic group is welcome if they share conservative views. If you believe otherwise, please identify a conservative non-white who has been barred from conservative circles because of their race.
On the other side, liberals love identifying themselves with
virtue while demonizing anyone who diverges from their way of
thinking, using race- or sex-based tactics they would bitterly
decry if used by conservatives. Ask Michelle Malkin how vile
Asian stereotypes have been used to attack her. Ask Walter
Williams or Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas how many times
they’ve been called “Uncle Tom.” In addition to race-based
attacks there was plenty of sexism in the attacks on Sarah
Palin’s appearance, “Caribou Barbie” intellect, and wardrobe
(Obama spent twice as much in a single hour on TV ads and no one
asked how much his suits cost) or the criticism of her daughter’s
pregnancy or Palin’s decision to keep Trig or even her choice to
have a career outside the home. For that matter, ask Hillary
Clinton if she thinks sexism was used by the Obamaites to attack
her. There was precious little “inclusiveness, diversity and
empathy” in any of this — just a lot of sanctimonious
— A different, conservative Ed Morrow
OFF THE BANDWAGON!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?