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Winny wins big — Demos cry foul.
The debate you are about to witness will not be televised, but it is indeed historic and it will provide some of the fireworks that were missing in the three presidential debates.
This is not said to disparage Mitt Romney’s achievement as the clear winner of those debates.
In taking total command of the first debate, he connected with the American people for the first time. He showed that he was not the cold, heartless plutocrat pictured in the Obama ads and the mainstream media. He demonstrated that he could outthink and outtalk the president in any discussion of economic and foreign policy issues. And he looked and acted presidential. Barack Obama went from dopey and disengaged in the first debate to snarling and aggressive in the next two. But he didn’t make up an inch of ground. More and more, over the course of the debates, men and women came to like and respect the challenger… and see the incumbent as the real impostor.
As good as that was, many Romney supporters were hoping for more. What Romney did not do during the three debates was to treat the thick-headed liberal/progressive mindset with the derision that it so richly deserves. The Obama administration has learned nothing from — and cares nothing about — its habitual mistakes and misjudgments, regardless of how costly they turn out to be. Why — Bill Clinton pointedly asked — is this election even close?
The president and his minions do not apologize for high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, or the sacking of a U.S. consulate and the murder of an ambassador and three of his co-workers. They do not apologize for the most anemic recovery in more than 60 years, or for wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer money on bankrupt “green” energy projects. Instead they run around saying how much worse this country would be without them and their high-minded ideas about “fairness” and “social justice.”
How galling is that?
It’s time for a further debate — one that does more than establish Mitt’s bona fides; one that really takes it to the opposition.
For that purpose, I have coaxed Winston Churchill’s shade out of the Elysian Fields.
Barack Obama called upon Bill Clinton to serve as his “Explainer in Chief” at the Democratic National Convention. Sir Winston agreed to play something of the same role for Mitt Romney.
As it happens, there is a history of enmity between Obama and Churchill. One of Obama’s first acts as president was to knock the Churchill bust off the pedestal in the Oval Office where it had stood since shortly after the September 11 attacks — on loan from the British government.
When the Brits offered to let Obama keep the Churchill bronze for another four years, the White House said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” which is diplomatic patois between long-standing allies for “Get stuffed.”
Speaking as a long-dead white man, Churchill possesses certain advantages denied to Mitt Romney and other current political figures on the right. He can say whatever he pleases — without having to worry about the easily excited and ever-vigilant PC police who patrol the public airways and print medium.
For his part, the president has always seemed to welcome the challenge of correcting the mistakes of long-dead white men.
Here, then, are Obama and Churchill squaring off on topics of the day. As the moderator, I will pose the questions and otherwise stay out of way.
Moderator: Does Islamism, or Muslim extremism, pose a real danger to U.S. security and world peace? Mr. Churchill has won the coin toss and he has elected to go first in fielding my question.
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?