May 9, 2008


Broken eggheads make no omelets (Wesley Pruden, May 9, 2008, Washington Times)

Hillary Clinton, who suddenly couldn't push a crippled child's wheelchair across a busy street without taking severe criticism for how she did it, learned yesterday that she broke the brass rule of American politics, that "race," except for meaningless and insincere platitudes, is the great unmentionable.

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she told USA Today. "The Associated Press found how Obama's support among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. There's a pattern here." Note how careful the lady was in even saying that much, all but tripping over the word "white."

Paul Begala, one of her trusted spinmeisters, was a shade blunter: "Obama can't win with just the eggheads and African-Americans. That's the Dukakis coalition. He carried 10 states." His opposite in the CNN spin room, Donna Brazile, retorted that it was such notions that divide Democrats. "Go sit with Bill Bennett," she told him (presumably in the back of a bus).

What Hillary is talking about is what every thoughtful Democrat in Washington, including Mzz Brazile, is talking about, that the slash and burn primary campaign has set up the kind of presidential campaign that everyone thought impossible only weeks ago. The exit polls from Tuesday night had to sober Mr. Obama's wise men. Hillary won about 6 of every 10 white voters in both Indiana and North Carolina, and Paul Begala's remark that nobody can win a national election in America with "only eggheads and African-Americans" is merely to state the obvious. how many of the eggheads ideas either intentionally (abortion) or accidentally (high rise housing, welfare, divorce) tended towards the destruction of black America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2008 6:48 AM

And those darned chickens just keep coming home, every one of them.

I heard the Begala/Brazile exchange, and she came off pretty bad - she knew Paul was right. After all, their "coalition" wasn't enough to get Gore into the White House, and he didn't have the fissure problems (and the radical roots) that Obama has.

Ditto for what Geraldine Ferraro said a couple of months ago.

Obama's issue is not that he is black, but that he (and Michelle) virtually demand that America vote for him out of obligation, out of a sense of righteousness (or apology). His reaction yesterday to McCain's re-statement of the Hamas endorsement is proof - apparently he believes that any political question or comment directed his way is beneath him, and those asking are "smearing" him.

He is a child, who has not done any heavy lifting to get where he is. Ferraro was right. And the party pros know it. Just wait until the 'egg heads' and the media attack the WV and KY voters for giving Hillary wins by 15-20 points. But will they attack the voters of Puerto Rico, too?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 9, 2008 7:40 AM

My prediction is that WV ad KY margins will be in the 30-40 percent range. These states just don't have Obama voters.

Posted by: sam at May 9, 2008 7:51 AM

Nice to see PC strangling the Dems to death. Privately I'm sure they see what's coming, but in public it's a different matter. Like Voldermort is waiting for them in November.

She knows what needs to be said, but just can't bring herself to do it. A well deserved mess.

Posted by: pjbbuzz [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2008 8:37 AM

What's the use, folks? Not only will Obama win the Dem nomination (more or less a foregone conclusion), but will WIN THE PRESIDENCY. You have to, you MUST, realize that it's been awhile since the Left has shown everyone their failures. We on the Right, however, are showing our failures in rather vivid living color, right now. Combine that with the rather obvious history that can be made by electing Obama President, and the GOP will be rather lucky to keep the losses under 3 in the Senate, and under 20 in the House.

It will take a couple of years before the GOP can regain the trust of the people, and THAT will only happen because Obama will eventually need a strong check applied to him.

If there is some good news coming from this, it's that Clinton's defeat will also end any chance that Jeb Bush ever had of getting into the Presidency. Free from that threat, GW Bush (and Bill Clinton, for that matter) will get a fairer historical analysis of his presidency than he'd otherwise have a right to expect.

Posted by: Brad S at May 9, 2008 8:37 AM

I don’t know how to get this through to you. We MUST realize that, in the modern political era, the Republican Party is not meant to be a global leader of our nation’s historic role. Look, Bush arguably became the first Republican since Theodore Roosevelt to be a global leader on the scale that leaders like Wilson, FDR, Truman, and Kennedy were able to project. And during the time of those leaders, Republicans were allowed to have loser “America First” sentiments, but at the end of the day were EXPECTED to salute everything those leaders ran up the flagpole while saying “Politics stops at the water’s edge.” Not only could Democrats never say “Politics stops at the water’s edge,” but also actively engaged in enough sedition to wear the GOP down and throw it off the global leader role these last four years.

It’s very simple: Republicans and conservatives are better suited to say “Me, too” to leadership by the Dems. The Democrats will NEVER, EVER, say “Me, too!”

So, Republicans, when Obama runs something up the flagpole, will you salute? Or will you be MEN for once in your lives and actively RESIST?!

Posted by: Brad S at May 9, 2008 10:28 AM

The Left is 0 for the last 10--the JFK dead fluke--and 0 for the three before that. Absent the Great Depression they're a non-starter.

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2008 11:23 AM

JFK's heroism was a media creation. He approved the assaaainations of the Ngo brothers, and Americanized the Vietnam war. Yet the press blamed Nixon for not ending the war. He did not follow thru with American air support for anti-communist fighters in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which convinced Kruschev to stage his Missile Crisis. His "don't ask what your country can do for you..." speech plagiarized Warren Hardings' campagin speech. His Pulitzer prize winning Profiles in Courage was ghost-written.

Frankly, what had JFK done to deserve his pedestal?

Posted by: ic at May 9, 2008 1:10 PM

Obama's issue is not that he is black

Correction: He's half black, and that half, at best, has distain for his white half, when it's not loathing and hating whitey. That's why he moved to a place like Hyde Park. Like him, it's half-black neighborhood that wishes to forget or ignore its elite white half. (I know, I went to the U.of C.) And that's why he sought out every opportunity to prove his "blackness" while benefiting from his white half's previous successes at Columbia and Harvard (lecturer at law school). If the Blackstone Rangers had still been taking federal money, he'd have found a way to be a "community organizer" for them, I'm sure.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 9, 2008 5:49 PM