June 7, 2008


Obama, Political Viagra: Now is when you get worried. (Mark Steyn, 6/07/08, National Review)

A few months back, just after the New Hampshire primary, a Canadian reader of mine — John Gross of Quebec — sent me an all-purpose stump speech for the 2008 campaign:

My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”

I thought this was so cute, I posted it on “The Corner.” Whereupon one of those Internetty-type things happened, and three links and a Google search later the line was being attributed not to my correspondent but to Senator Obama, and a few weeks after that I started getting emails from reporters from Florida to Oregon asking if I could recall at which campaign stop the senator in fact uttered these words. And I’d patiently write back and explain that they’re John Gross’s words, and that not even Barack would be dumb enough to say such a thing in public. Yet last week his demand in his victory speech that we “come together to remake this great nation” came awful close.

Speaking personally, I don’t want to remake America. I’m an immigrant and one reason I came here is because most of the rest of the western world remade itself along the lines Sen. Obama has in mind. This is pretty much the end of the line for me. If he remakes America, there’s nowhere for me to go — although presumably once he’s lowered sea levels around the planet there should be a few new atolls popping up here and there.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2008 8:21 AM

From now until November the rhetoric will become so nauseating, I plan to refrain from listening to any of it. We'll vote for McCain no matter what, holding our nose and/or our breath, whichever might be required.

Posted by: erp at June 7, 2008 9:25 AM

"holding our nose and/or our breath"

You forgot "holding down our lunch".

Personally, "change" for the sake of change has gotten more tiresome as I've gotten older, and I wonder if a lot of the so-called Baby Boomers might have that same attitude. (And it's funny how so much of the "change" P.T.Obama is selling is a Leftist status quo wrapped in a return to Camelot.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 7, 2008 11:25 AM

The Dems also like to offer something new - New Deal, New Frontier, New Covenant (that one never caught on) - trusting that young people especially won't recognize that it's the same old thing. And they favor "newer" candidates - since 1972 they have run an older man only once (Kerry).

Posted by: George at June 7, 2008 12:01 PM

Maybe we'll forgo eating on election day.

Posted by: erp at June 7, 2008 2:00 PM

What I get sick of is having people say we need "change" without the proposers seeming to care what the specifics are. It's like a friend of mine who said it's good for people to read The Da Vinci Code because it opens their minds to new ideas. I replied that I'm all in favor of that, provided that the ideas are good and reasonable. Sheesh, Hitler had lots and lots of ideas.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 8, 2008 12:17 PM