Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Partisanship

McCain's response to the failure of the bailout is that "bipartisanship is tough." He's back to ringing that old bell. What's so good about bipartisanship? Partisanship is good. Bipartisanship is bad.

Partisanship is the adhering to the values and ideas our party represents. It highlights the differences between our parties and our beliefs. Partisanship clarifies; you can't straddle the fence, but choose a side. Instead of hemming and hawing, you show where you stand. Partisanship is about having beliefs and standing up for them when they are contested. If the other party stands diametrically opposed to your beliefs, why would helping them be high-minded? It's selling out your values for the sake of congeniality. Of course people aren't going to like you if you disagree with them. So what?

People don't like partisanship because they don't like the conflict. But the fact of the matter is that any time there are people with different beliefs, there will also be conflict. What they really don't like is that there are people arguing with them, instead of just accepting their positions. But that is democracy. Partisanship is democracy.

Hugh Hewitt interviews Palin

This is what they should have done from the beginning. Let her run the track around the conservative media outlets, where she can get her bearings and speak as herself, before throwing her into the liberal den of wolves.

Unleash the Palin within

Palin energized McCain's campaign when she was picked and sent the media into a firestorm all the way until the Republican convention when she delivered her outstanding speech before the delegates. But ever since then she's faltered, tripping in interviews and not performing as well as she had. I think it's because of how the McCain campaign has been handling her. Instead of just letting Palin be herself, like she was when she was initially chosen, they've stuffed her with their script and tried to turn her into a robot spitting talking points for McCain.

When I watch her in interviews, I can see her trying to remember what she's supposed to say, and the hesitant, halting tone of somebody who's not expressing themselves naturally. After all, she can't speak for herself; she has to speak for McCain's positions, which she herself may not agree with, and at the same time watch out for not attributing to McCain things that he wouldn't say. If McCain would just step back and let her do her own thing then she would perform much better. People like Palin; he should let them have her.

Bill Kristol says that apparently McCain is not pleased with how Palin has been handled by his campaign either. She's being coached by the same people who coached Bush's speaking talents, which may not have been the best move...

"Thank you, House Republicans"

Mark Levin on the bailout.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Democrats in 2004: No problems at Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac

Caught on tape: Republicans warning about the dangers of throwing out loans and mortgages all over the place like its Halloween and Democrats claiming those concerns were just a fig leaf for preventing poor people from getting a home. Because Republicans hate poor people.


The Democrats hung the noose that's tied around our economy. Listening to Barney Frank say those two are "fundamentally sound" is painful. Even the NYT saw it coming.

History of the economic meltdown

If you're not sure what's going on or how it happened, take ten minutes and watch this video:

Yanked: YouTube conveniently got to it right after I posted it. LiveLeak still has it. Updated.


As far as I know, there is nothing incorrect in this video. If you see anything specifically wrong then bring it up. We want the truth.

Did Republicans anticipate this crisis, try to prevent it and get blocked by Democrats? They did. How do I know that? Because no less of an authority than Bill Clinton says so.

Palin derangement syndrome

Palin is the new Bush. The very mention of her name reduces once rational liberals to glaze-eyed maniacs. They just can't stand her. That hair, that accent, her "working class" roots, and she's from Alaska. Alaska! Alaska. It's come to seeking counseling.

What this means is that we must hold onto Palin like a life raft. It's when you're lauded and congratulated that you have to worry; you know you're not a threat anymore. When you drive liberals this crazy then you have a gift.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A tale of two sickbeds

A woman who compares her hospital stays, between New York and London. It clearly demonstrates why national healthcare is not the way to go.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Vatican unapologetic

They're not going to apologize to Charles Darwin, for what, I'm not sure, but it's got liberals frothing. I'm not sure when the Church became the archdemon of anti-science but the Church doesn't even oppose evolution. It merely opposes atheism wrapped under the guise of evolution, trying to mask philosophy with the veneer of scientific objectivity. It even says it in the article: "It objects to using evolution as the basis for an atheist philosophy that denies God's existence or any divine role in creation."

It seems that the only time we hear about the Catholic Church is when its being called upon to account for its many crimes against humanity. Apologize for its pro-life stance; apologize for its abstinence policy in Africa; apologize for its stance on chastity, and on and on. Don't these people realize that their criticisms don't make any sense? On one hand, we hear that the Church advocates outdated teachings that nobody cares about anymore. Why are they wasting time promoting abstinence? Don't they know that never works? On the other hand, they get raked over the coals for not endorsing those things, as if what they said mattered! But if what they said does indeed carry weight, then the fact that they do tell people to do certain things, like practice abstinence and not have reckless sex, should have some import.

A scene from Obama's first term

This actually made me laugh.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Canadian doctor fears Palin's example could reduce women's reproductive choices, by encouraging them to choose against abortion

Their "choices" will be reduced by their choice of a choice you obviously wish them not to choose.
O]hers fear Ms. Palin's emergence as a parental role model sends a different message. As a vocal opponent of abortion, Ms. Palin's widely discussed decision to keep her baby, knowing he would be born with the condition, may inadvertently influence other women who may lack the necessary emotional and financial support to do the same, according to André Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Dr. Lalonde said that above all else, women must be free to choose, and that popular messages to the contrary could have detrimental effects on women and their families.
Are you sure that's pro-choice? Because it just sounds like pro-abortion to me.

"Don't Obamaize Palin"

Let's not be like them.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Obama identifies one of the 57 states


Maybe we could ship off Bob Casey and Arlen Specter to this "New Pennsylvania" and spare the old one.

Friday, September 05, 2008

CBS shock poll: Obama opens huge zero point lead over McCain

42-42. But pollsters caution that zero points is "within the margin of error."

Obama on the No Spin Zone

So, Obama went on O'Reilly's show.

O'Reilly pressed him on the surge, and why he was incapable of admitting a mistake. Obama finally surrendered to reality and admit that the surge was a total success. Then he gave John McCain a gift and claimed that his vote against it was still correct, because nobody could have seen the success coming. Nobody thought it would succeed! Yeah, I guess our generals, and a certain cowboy boot wearing man from Texas, and a certain Presidential candidate sent off more troops to Iraq for no reason. They knew it wouldn't work, that it would cost a lot of money, and the war was lost anyway, but hell, might as well do something.

The fight for life

Here is Nat Hentoff, an atheist liberal Jew, on how he became pro-life. There is nothing about being pro-life that requires being religious, or "pushing religion" on other people.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Speech reactions

It was magnificent. Post your reactions.

MSM reaction: What I keep hearing, especially on MSNBC, is that she gave a good speech but it was written for her. Everyone has their speech written, genius. Nobody pointed it out with Obama.

Surprise: Obama's campaign sent out a response that basically said, "Good speech, but it was written by BUSH's scriptwriters!" Funny how that's been the same general response reverberating throughout MSNBC and the rest of the reactions, eh?

PANIC! TNR editor: My liberal friends who watched the speech are panicking.
Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing--few if any would ever vote for McCain--but all agree that Palin was very strong. The more liberal among them are a little panicked.

I completely misjudged how negative she would be. Her lines about Obama were brutally cutting and possibly over the top in places. But she's a far better messenger than an angry white man.

Ann Coulter: The best man is a woman

Here's Ann Coulter on Palin. She's right on the mark.

Palin's approval rating: 86%

From Race 4 2008. That's 97% approval from Republicans, and 75% from Democrats. Yup, she's just an incompetent buffoon, that has an 86% approval rating from those who know her best.

Video: Megyn Kelly destroys Us Weekly bottom-feeder over Palin story

I love how this guy knows he's lying, knows he's caught lying, knows we know that, yet continues to grin ear to ear as if to say, "Yeah, we did it already, what can you do about it?"


To quote AllahPundit: "Not really an interview so much as a cross-examination. Awesome."

The media coverage of Palin is just absolutely ridiculous... they should be ashamed.

Enquirer story on Palin

They've got nothing on her. It's all garbage.

They can't prove it. Just... asking questions, you know? But they got it out there. That's all that matters.

Gingrich tears media to shreds over Palin coverage


This is glorious to behold.

Compare and contrast

Palin's speech

Her speech at the RNC is tonight. This is going to make or break her, and McCain's candidacy. She has the potential to shoot him completely over the top, or absolutely destroy what chances he had. The country will be watching, and this is her chance to imprint on them a good impression, in the face of all the liberal accusations.

I really want her to succeed. If she doesn't she'll become another Dan Quayle and it's going to be open season. The media will be watching... one slip up, and the blood will be in the water and the sharks will be upon her. It would be the biggest buzz kill ever, and McCain might as well just pack it up after that.

Bristol Palin's pregnancy

Is Bristol Palin the only daughter of a Presidential candidate to become pregnant out of wedlock? It's highly doubtful. The reason we don't hear about the others isn't because nothing happened, but because like most normal people, the press stays out of their family's business because it has nothing to do with the job. It's just human decency.

It only becomes suspended when the candidate has an "R" next to their name.

Michael Moore achieving new levels of nuance

I love how these people always blame Karl Rove for their own conspiratorial ravings.

Peggy Noonan on Palin: "It's over"

Caught on open mic, after she praised Palin to the high heavens in her column. What's over is her credibility.

I stopped reading her a long time ago, when she fired the opening salvo against Bush, as if the liberal press needed any help tearing him down, and when she bought into the defeatist Iraq war narrative. Looks like I made the right decision. She's just another member of the Washington establishment. They are a class unto themselves, liberal or so-called conservative. Their life is centered around Washington. Washington is America.

Now some hick from the hinterlands is running solely to bring them back down to Earth. What gall! They just can't believe some rube from the middle of nowhere who hasn't been properly "vetted" — who hasn't gone on the Sunday talk show circuit and talked to all the "right people" — is now possibly going to be Vice President. That's what "experience" means to them, which is how Obama, who's done nothing but gab on the Senate floor can pretend at being wise while a woman who has spent her life jumping hurdle after hurdle is considered a nobody.

The Right pick

Liberals seem to be under the misconception that McCain picked Palin as a sop thrown to the Left; a way to try and beguile unsuspecting Hillary voters to wait under his wing. "Why," they'd exclaim, "could he think we'd be so stupid?" After all, everybody knows they'd never vote for a Republican. This is where they are wrong. Palin was not a liberal pick. She was a conservative one.

During the primaries, every candidate had his share of vices and virtues; for every Republican he'd rein in, his policies or beliefs would repel another. Huckabee was the social Right's champion, but anathema to the rest of the fiscally conservative, libertarian leaning base. Romney was a solid business conservative, but his light dulled compared to McCain and Guiliani's national security credentials, and Huckabee's appeal to social issues. McCain and Guiliani had their wartime bonafides, but not much else. Only Fred Thompson bridged the gap, and his star burned out quickly.

Enter Palin.

She's pro-life, and a staunch social conservative. Evangelicals love her. She's a fiscally conservative pro-clean and good government corruption buster. She's a tough, no-nonsense working class mom with a family. She's a lifetime NRA member and hunts moose. What she does is what McCain could never do, and that's unify the base again. Now, finally, conservatives have a champion on the ticket.

She's completely re-energized the base. We can now enthusiastically get behind this campaign, putting our energy, time, and money into it, instead of just our obligatory but half-hearted votes. McCain raised $4 million within the first day of his Palin announcement. With the Right side of the electorate secured, that leaves McCain to do what he does best, and that's appeal to the moderates that will decide the election.

And not just conservatives. She exudes authenticity, and her removal from Washington is actually a plus, considering how tired people have become of the "same old" business that continues on there. Instead of a professional politician who makes a living making empty promises and milking the taxpayer for all we're worth, she seems to be a regular person, an everyman and woman, going into Washington to clean up shop. This will make her extremely likeable, and the attacks that the Democrats will make on her will backfire as they'll be attacking many of the same traits people find in themselves. Every time they accuse her of being unable to do her job and raise a family, they'll be accusing the same of the millions of women who juggle rearing their children alongside their career.

It also allows McCain to steal some of the wind out from under Obama's "change" sails, presenting an alternative history making ticket, not to mention that, more importantly, McCain and Palin both have a "Maverick" streak in taking on their own party and fighting corruption, something that the electorate has been thirsting for.

She's not too inexperienced; she could use more experience, but she has more Executive experience than Obama and Biden and McCain combined. She also has more actual accomplishments under her belt. Moreover, she presents an alternative feminist icon to the traditional shrill angry feminism that the Democrats and the Left try and conflate with authentic feminism. It has them so angry that there is a woman who is living up to all the standards and goals feminists have set, "having it all," yet clinging to those quaint traditional ideals.

If some disaffected Hillary voters also peel off and vote for McCain, that's just icing on the cake.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A message from THE ONE

Dear Friends and supporters:

We here in Obamalot encourage that you kindly refrain from attacks on Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin, specifically when it comes to issues relating to their families. We've done some asking around, you see, and such a strategy is unlikely to hurt Senator McCain with his base — and may actually help him with both undecideds and people with, like, souls.

So we ask that you please use the following approved anti-Palin/McCain talking points — to be released officially at a later date.

Thank you for your prompt consideration to this pressing matter,

The One

ps. YOU'RE KILLING ME! PLEASE, PLEASE JUST SHUT THE HELL UP!

Red State Update on Palin


These guys are great. It's comedic, but they managed to capture the conservative response perfectly: "there's always a catch." They're kind of like Colbert.

And that reminds me, the timing of the pick was great too. Usually you spend all week talking about the candidate's speech at the convention, but now nobody even remembers that.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Compare and contrast

Sarah Palin:
"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.

Barack Obama:
"Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old," he said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information."

"Going to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency"

If I have to read or hear that phrase one more time, I'm going to strangle someone.