Raging Right Wing Republican

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

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Scarborough to Obama supporter: Name one accomplishment

This never gets old.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Study: Networks still in the tank for Obama

Water is still wet...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

How Gallup chose its "undecided" voters

CLARK [an "undecided" voter at the townhall]: So the Sunday before last, I received a call from the Gallop Poll. They asked a few questions regarding my choice in the Presidential election. They asked who I would vote for. I said most likely I would be voting for Barack Obama. They followed with, “is there any chance that you would change your mind“? I said “Of course anything is possible.” They then asked me as an uncommitted voter would I like to participate in the Town hall debate. I said “Of course!”

MSNBC's First Read found this, but they didn't highlight the part where Clark said he was essentially supporting Obama and then was picked. They decided to flag this part where Mr.Clark speculates McCain is racist because McCain suggested the American public may not be familiar with how exactly Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac worked.
Well, I for one am shocked.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Not the man I know"

"That one"


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Debate first impressions

The only person who got housed in that debate was me for watching it. McCain won the debate on substance, but Obama is a smug lying charlatan and there were no game-breaking moments, so it was a wash. And since Obama is in the lead right now, that means its effectively an Obama win.

Also, what was with the internet questions? I thought the entire purpose of a "town hall" debate was to inject some spontanaeity into the process, but instead we got the same-old same-old, and boring, obscure questions at that. Not to mention that almost all of those "undecided" voters sure weren't asking "undecided" questions. Rush's rule is validated once again: there are no undecideds or moderates, just liberals.

What did you guys think?

60 seconds of pure truth

TMZ doing work of objective journalists

The reason she didn't answer was that she had been thrown a "gotcha" question. She didn't answer for the same reason President Bush never answered what he thought his "mistakes" were during the Presidential debate when it got posed to him to basically give John Kerry an opening he could drive an 18 wheeler through on a live debate. No matter what she said, the press would've descended like vultures on the publications and picked them apart, found a random article or line that would then be used to paint her as a racist, sexist, homophobe, whether or not she agreed with every single thing that was in what she read.

How does the LA Times cover McCain hitting Obama on the economy?

By cutting out his remarks on the economy, then suggesting he's afraid to talk about the economy. That's how afraid they are of Obama getting taken to task on this.

Mmm, that is some good bias.

My problems with the bailout

I was initially supportive of the bailout, with every expert forecasting Apocalypse if it didn't pass, but the more I read about it the less I saw to like.  It's already passed, but among the things I didn't like:
  • There is  no oversight.  The Treasury basically gets unlimited spending power with no ability for anybody to put a check on it, or question it.  The Treasurer could go to Vegas and spend it all gambling for all we know.
  • The bill was a liberal Christmas tree.  If it was really such a crisis, and the Democrats just wanted to pass something to fix it right away, then why didn't they just pass the actual fix that everybody could agree upon, without all the handouts to liberal interest groups? Practically half the bill is pork spending thrown to the liberal troughs.
  • The Democrats basically tried to ram the bill through without any deliberation on it.  Isn't that what they kept saying was the problem with the Patriot Act?  And if they couldn't support such drastic action in the event of a terrorist attack, which is surely more dire than the current crisis, then how could they have supported it now?  And of course, it was so important to pass it—there's no time to read it!—but they had time to go on vacation during the crisis.  Does that sound like Armageddon to you?
  • The people who made the bailout admit that they don't even know if it's going to help.  They don't even know how much money is needed to fix it, or if money is even something that can fix it.  They have no idea what the relationship of money spent to effect is.  Instead of standing back and trying to think of a better approach, they just decided, "Hey, we lost all this money already, let's throw another $700 billion down the hole since it might do something... maybe."  For all we know, it could make it worse.  The Great Depression was deepened by the government's activities, not lessened.
  • If it's so important to pass it, why couldn't the Democrats muster the votes themselves?  They're the majority.  They've managed to enforce party line votes on things of lesser importance.  Yet when it comes to this, they wouldn't do it.  They didn't want to have full responsibility for the disaster, so they needed Republicans to step on board.  Despite that they couldn't bother to make the bill appealing to them by stripping out the liberal provisions in the bill.  And yet it's the Republicans fault the bill didn't pass the first time.
Considering all of this, I doubt it's going to help us at all.  The markets kept right on tanking after the bill passed.  We're just burning another $700 billion, and creating more government overhead and bureaucracy while we're at it.  These aren't things that are going to go away, they're permanent institutional changes that are going to affect how government bungles up future activities for years.  If they wanted to fix it, they shouldn't have just thrown money at the problem; that is, at best, a band-aid.  The crisis came from the regulations the Democrats made, and so they should fix the regulations to prevent it from happening again.

Europeans psyched about US financial crisis

Take that, America!

They should be hoping that we don't tank, considering how much worse off they're going to be once it hits their shores. They already have twice the unemployment, half our standard of living, and higher taxes. Maybe they can use the fires from more Muslim riots to heat their homes at night.

Monday, October 06, 2008

"My career was not launched with the assistance of an unrepentant terrorist"

If Obama's not an extremist, then nobody is.

"He is one of them"

Mark Levin:
"Obama is not merely associated with domestic terrorists, Palestinian radicals, Marxists, and black liberation ideologues — he was their favorite candidate. . . . I am not among those who raise Obama's associations but add "of course, it doesn't mean Obama shares their views." Oh really? These miscreants include Obama's former pastor, political mentors and allies, and friends."
He's never truly repudiated his associations either, or if he has he only has done so when the political pressure started weighing down on him. He was fine with having Rev. Wright be one of his political advisers in his campaign until people noticed—then out the door he went. Why, he just woke up and suddenly he was surrounded by radicals!

McCain: Obama has "called me a liar"

Look at how the people are responding to simple challenges to Obama. Nobody has actually stood up and let Obama have it. There is a hunger out there. And McCain looks happy delivering.

"Rather than answer his critics, Sen. Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers serious and legitimate questions he's been asked... for a guy who's already authored two memoirs, he's not exactly an open book!”
This is the John McCain that can win.

Finally: McCain lowers the boom on Obama on Fannie and Freddie

More of this. We need more. It's about time. Did he finally take off the gloves? It's just absurd and ridiculous and a shame that a candidate like Obama has almost coasted to the highest office in the land without so much of his record and past being so much as glanced at. The only question is if McCain is too late.

Biden's fantasy world

Sarah Palin didn't just win the debate on style. She won it on substance.

Biden is the stupid person's idea of a smart guy. He doesn't actually say very intelligent things; he just makes things up as he goes along but with the confidence that he's absolutely correct. Yet half of what he says turns out to be boneheaded. If Palin said these things, she'd never hear the end of it. I mean, she's getting harangued for mispronouncing a name, of all things. Substance. But when Mr. Foreign Policy Expert goes off into the wild blue yonder, nobody bats an eye. Which should be surprising given that someone who's supposedly so experienced shouldn't be making these kinds of errors, but somebody who's new could be cut some slack.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

"I find Palin's God-and-guns fundamentalism terrifying"

The British media hates Palin too, of course.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Obama never said he'd meet Ahmadinejad unconditionally

That's what Biden said last night, like it was the most normal thing in the world. Except, you know, he did.

PALIN: "Those who would try to destroy what we stand for should not be met with just sitting down on a Presidential level, like Barack Obama has said he would do. That is beyond bad judgement, that is dangerous."

BIDEN: "Could I clarify this? That is simply not true, of Barack Obama. He did not say he'd sit down with Ahmadinejad."

Yet during the primaries:
QUESTIONER: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without pre-conditions, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea."

OBAMA: "I would. And the reason is this: the notion that somehow not talking to countries, is punishment to them, which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration, is ridiculous."
I love how Biden has this ability to just roll off with point after point in such matter-of-fact way when he's just making things up as he goes along. It's like a talent. Same with that whole "we spent more in three weeks in Iraq than all of Afghanistan" thing. Really? That made my antenna stand up. Seemed like a lot of money. Not true either.

New GOP ad destroys Democrats over subprime disaster

All I can say is that I felt nirvana through every second of this video.

Rescue us

I noticed the media and government officials have gone from calling the bailout a "bailout" to calling it a "rescue." Heh. Who will rescue us from our rescuers?

Biggest loser of the debate

The mainstream media. I watched Palin's performance last night, and it was great. Compared to her interviews, she was completely different. Edited to ribbons, her Couric interviews were painful; unedited and live she was magnificent. So what was the difference? The media's involvement and ability to snip and spin Palin.

Roger Simon: Palin "ended up dominating" the debate

Maybe she should debate Obama...

Patrick Ruffini: Palin "stronger than ever"

The barracuda is back.

Noonan: "She killed"

Thursday, October 02, 2008

CBS viewers: Biden won

Hmm... Guess we'll have to wait for the post-weekend polls.

"Down to earth, personable, and smart as hell"

Mark Levin on Palin at the debate.

Frank Luntz's focus group

From JohnnyDollar.

Great expectations

In a way, we have to thank the media, with Katie Couric and her butchered Palin interviews, for lowering expectations for Palin so much. If Palinmania was in full swing then everybody would be expecting her to hit it out of the park when she came into the debate hall tonight, and that would just be the expected event, nothing special. By so drastically lowering expectations of her and making everybody think she was a simpering idiot, she amazed the audience simply by arriving and showing that flesh-and-blood Palin was nothing like the cartoonish caricature that Tina Fey and others had portrayed her as.

34% of voters say VP debate key to their vote

If anyone can turn around this campaign, it's Palin.

More debate reax

From McCain's team.

"Those who have seen Palin debate in Alaska say she is very efficient, and you're seeing that now. She's taking Biden on directly, speaking at him and then turning to the camera to make her points." (Berger, MSNBC, 8:18 pm CT)

"She's sticking to her broader message, not getting caught up in a back-and-forth on policy that she can't win with Biden. It's all about energy, energy, energy." (Martin, Politico, 8:28 pm CT)

"In a bit of an upset, Biden so far is the less loquacious debater." (Alarkon, Hill, 8:31 pm CT)

"Nearly halfway in -- where has this Sarah Palin been? She's articulate, quick, detail-oriented tonight. Sometimes less is more." (Klein, ABC, 8:38 pm CT)

"We knew this was coming -- attacking Obama by using Biden's own words. And the rest of the answer – 'we're getting closer and closer to victory, and it would be a travesty’ to quit now -- was very well put. ‘Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq,' she said." (Klein, ABC, 8:40 pm CT)

"She knows all the wedges between Biden and Obama, including their votes on troop funding, and even drops in a reference to that Jon Stewart interview where the Delaware senator said he'd be honored to run with his colleague from Arizona." (Martin, Politico, 8:45 pm CT)

"Biden: 'We will end this war. That's a fundamental difference. We will end this war' Palin: 'Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq."...notes Biden said that BO 'was not ready to be commander in chief.'" (Ambinder, Atlantic, 8:47 pm CT)

"Palin is adept at keeping Biden on the offensive... she answers (or doesn't answer) the question asked of her in a sentence and then shifts to a talking point against Obama." (Ambinder, Atlantic, 8:48 pm CT)

"Palin says Obama's vow to meet with foreign enemies goes ‘beyond naivate, beyond poor judgment.’ 'Diplomacy is hard work by serious people’ with guidelines and sanctions ‘before any kind of presidential summit would take place.’" (Carpenter, Townhall, 8:49 pm CT)

"The Palin response to Biden's Bush-bashing: Too much looking backwards. But she acknowledges that there have been ‘huge blunders throughout this administration as there have in every adminnistartion [sic].’" (Martin, Politico, 8:55 pm CT)

"’It's so obvious that I'm a Washington outsider,' Palin says. Again, better done than said, but undeniable. This line of attack, driving a wedge between Biden and Obama, is legit, though it can seem forced at times." (Klein, ABC, 9:03 pm CT)

"One theme Palin keeps hitting tonight is the idea that Biden and Obama are looking backward. After a riff by Biden on how McCain's policies are the same as President Bush's, Palin pounces. ‘Say it ain't so, Joe,’ she said. ‘There you go again, pointing backwards. Now doggone it, let's look again and tell Americans what we plan to do for Americans in the future.’" (Alarkon, Hill, 9:13 pm CT)

Biden's 14 lies

McCain's team is already hitting Biden for his lapses of truth.

VP debate scorecard


Post debate spin

If you ever want to know how well a Republican did in a debate, just watch Chris Matthews. If he can pick even one thing wrong with the Democrat side then it was a blowout.

He just looked like he came out of a morgue.

What I'm hearing is a constant refrain of "she looked like she was just programmed to recite lines," she didn't answer questions, she was "mean," and even "inhuman." Expect to hear this en-masse as liberals pick it up.

Debate reactions

Palin dominated! This is just like her RNC speech all over again. People went into this debate expecting McCain's candidacy to die on stage, but she not only upset expectations, she blew them apart. She was charming, folksy, on message and unfaltering. She managed to jab Biden and Obama hard without appearing mean. She presented a story of herself and McCain.

Meanwhile Biden was just one-note and boring. All he talked about was how many times McCain voted against this, that and the other thing, minutiae nobody is going to remember. And what was with him and his creepy crocodile teeth grins every five seconds?

She was the best debater, not out of Biden and her, but out of everyone that's debated so far, Obama, Biden, McCain, and her. She was the most interesting and lively, and exuded comfort and an intimacy with the audience, even winking at times in a manner reminiscent of Reagan.

Frank Luntz, master pollster, just ran a focus group of undecided Democrats and Republicans, who overwhelmingly believe Palin won.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

VP debate

Geraghty is glum about Palin's chances... The fact that the moderator is—surprise!—in the tank for Obama going into it can't help.

On the other hand, Palin has a history of leaving her debate opponents on the cutting room floor. (Registration required.)

Treacher has a list of questions from the VP debate moderator.

CEO pay limits

Thomas Sowell weighs in.

Fred Thompson on Palin

Qualified, he says.