September 19, 2005


Democrats stray: Vulture who resembles a sparrow leads party to the extreme fringe (Paul Jackson, 9/18/05, Calgary Sun)

It would be hard to find a nastier piece of political work than Nancy Pelosi, the shrieking Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Which is saying something considering failed Chappaquiddick lifeguard Teddy Kennedy is still haunting the halls of Washington preaching high morality to one and all. [...]

Surely a lot of Democrats are bitter because they have lost seven of the past 10 presidential elections.

Yet, for that, they do not blame their own policies or off-the-wall personalities. No, they just think the mass of rank-and-file voters who cast ballots for the Republicans are dumb. They need to be educated. How's that for arrogance?

Pelosi claims Bush is "in denial" about what his policies are doing to the United States.

That, economically the U.S. under Bush has created a staggering two-million new jobs over the past 12 months alone escapes the likes of Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy and others of their raucous ilk who see nothing but despair and depression coming out of the Bush White House.

Real Estate Moms: Are they the new swing voters? (MICHAEL BARONE, September 18, 2005, Opinion Journal)
Last weekend I, like so many of my neighbors, went into the house two doors down from me and looked around. It was the first weekend the property was on the market, and we were curious about how much the sellers were asking--and whether they'd get it. I won't tell you the number, but it was higher than what similar houses had gone for in the neighborhood just last year, and much higher than any of us would have imagined five years ago. Many readers will have had similar experiences. I started thinking . . . what might this mean politically?

In the 1990s, we in the political commentariat talked a lot about Soccer Moms, the group targeted so successfully by Bill Clinton in 1996--women who wanted their children protected and nurtured, who favored Mr. Clinton's education and V-chip and family-leave programs. And in the past few years we've talked a lot about Security Moms, who seem to have voted for George W. Bush in 2004--women who want their families protected against terrorists. I now have another group we should talk about, and probably should have been talking about all along--Real Estate Moms, women who have seen their families' net worth climb thanks to rising home prices.

We were forced to violate all kinds of rules this weekend take the youngest to A Day Out With Thomas at Edaville Railroad--speaking purely anecdotally; if this is what the Depression looked like it's no wonder they were all singing "Happy Days are Here Again."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2005 12:17 PM

Ah, A Day out with Thomas, I took the twins to one in Williams, AZ a few years ago. It takes at least a week to get that song out of your head.

Posted by: Brandon at September 19, 2005 7:51 PM

Why would you?

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 7:53 PM

Because I hate that theme song.

Posted by: Brandon at September 19, 2005 7:54 PM


Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 7:59 PM

At Tweetsie Railroad in the NC mountains, Thomas helps rescue the train (and some settlers) from an Indian attack. Quite incongruous and very un-PC. My three-year old didn't know why I was laughing so much.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 19, 2005 9:19 PM

Too bad Thomas & Friends isn't coming near us, our twins would love it!

Posted by: Dave W. at September 19, 2005 9:55 PM

The Day Out with Thomas is like Lollapalooza for the very young. Definitely good times. Britt Allcroft truly is the multi-media impresario.

Posted by: John Sterling at September 20, 2005 8:30 AM

Edaville Railroad! There's a flashback from the past. I've never been there, just remember the commercials from the 60s and 70s.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at September 20, 2005 11:06 AM