Barack Obama undoubtedly had a bad performance in last night’s debate, but I’ve been surprised to read how many people thought Hillary Clinton did well. John Podhoretz even went as far as to declare she was “frighteningly good.” But I don’t see how. As I noted in my column today, she utterly embarrassed herself on the Bosnia question and on Iraq. If some conservative commentators think she did well, it’s only because several of the criticisms Clinton lobbed at Obama — on Wright, on guns, on “cling gate,” etc. came from a conservative perspective. It’s kind of like in the wake of the YouTube debate last year in which pundits on the right praised Clinton for attacking Obama as being naïve for wanting to meet with foreign dictators. (Clinton was being the grown up, Obama wasn’t ready for primetime.) But to liberals, Obama’s stand reinforced the fact that he was the candidate who represented a true break with the Bush foreign policy. Obama may have been pummeled last night, but there’s a lot of liberal rage against ABC, and Clinton will be seen as a collaborator who spent the night doing John McCain’s dirty work. That may earn her kudos among conservative bloggers, but she needs the support of Democrats to win the nomination.
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?