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Friday, May 9, 2008

No bounce for you!

by George Dienhart

A bounce is an increase in your poll numbers after major event- things like a primary, or locking up a nomination. It is something young Barry should have received after winning NC and, more or less, sewing up the nomination. It is not something that happened. As I said before, elections are for closers, and Barry is no closer. Gallup pegs him with a two percent lead. He had the same two percent lead before Tuesday’s primaries.

You may ask how can he only have a two percent lead on McCain? You would be asking the wrong question. He has a two percent lead on Hillary- you know the vanquished one. Some polls show young Barry trailing McCain. This is not only proof that Obama cannot close, its proof that the Democrats are in serious trouble.

This year each of the two Democrats candidates supporters have been polled saying up to 30 percent will not support the other candidate. That is more than enough to guarantee victory for McCain. It is more than enough to have ripples in the congressional election- it would amount to near record low turnout for the Democrats (as a percentage of registered voters). It is enough to possibly through the house back into Republican hands. Thirty percent is a lot of voters.

This poll is exactly what Hillary needs for people to start a new round of fundraising. It is virtually guaranteed that neither candidate will have enough delegates for nomination if Florida and Michigan are seated. To add to Barry's woes, it should be all Hillary in the remaining primaries. This is a big problem for Obama. He is perceived by everyone that is mot a member of the mainstream media as not being able to close this out. Most importantly, voters seem to be turning away from him as the campaign drags on. He is dying a death of 100 cuts- most of which were inflicted by former mentor Jeremiah Wright. Voters that used to associate him with hope and change now associate him with suspicion and indifference. Had Wright gone on his book tour in January, Hillary would have already locked up the nomination. You see, Hillary is a closer.  Obama better hope a miracle- or he will be marginalized by McCain in the general election.

Someone owes Real Clear Politics...

by George Dienhart

Look at what I circled- this was a real ad served up by google. Just the thought of this made me go temporarily blind…

Click to enlarge, and no I didn't click on the link...

CIA: China and India adverserial?

This World Tribune report states what I and other conservatives have thought for quite a while- it’s a tough world out there. The report states that China and India will both need to be accounted for in strategic planning, but mostly focuses on China. With a massive arms build up, it’s no wonder that they chose to focus on China. The report states:

“It sees an advanced military force as an essential element of great power status, and it is the intelligence community's view that any Chinese government, even a democratic one, would have similar nationalist goals.”

Something to keep an eye on.

Berkeley Protest against Marine recruiters becomes bizarre footnote in a failed antiwar movement.

by George Dienhart

Code Pink is an antiwar group that has launched a string of odd, if not spectacular failures, of war protests. The latest protests have been staged outside the Marine Corps recruiting station in Berkeley California. The lightly attended “events” are fully supported by the Berkeley city council, which has even gone so far as to issue the group parking permits. The group has also taken a bizarre stance against Hillary Clinton, who, I believe, is the only presidential candidate to meet with them (Votes is votes, I guess…).

As a former Marine, I am amused by the protests in Berkeley. I also feel for the recruiters who are growing tired of having 90-year-old wheel chair bound women block their door. I believe this may have been a violation of the fire code. Maybe someone at the Department of Defense can check in to this, though I doubt that having the elderly cited for the violation will help much. Comically, code pink said the Marines were afraid of the brittle bone s brigade because they would not open the door. I think that the Marines may have been laughing too hard at the spectacle to get to the door.

I realize that the poor elderly women that were being used by code pink may not have qualified as a spectacle, but this did. Have a look and then come on back.

Yep- Witches. Or the clinically insane, I have not decided yet.

Marines have faced, fascists, communists, terrorists and now witches. Who will win? So far, according to Capt. John Paul Wheatcroft, the Marines are ahead

"Ironically, it's actually helped us by putting our name out. We're now well known. And people know who we are, and where we are, and they come in to talk to us about enlisting. They've gotten us the publicity that we could've never afforded to pay for ourselves.” This is probably not the result that the Code Pink whack jobs were going for, but it is what any sane and rational human being would expect.

I am sure that Code Pink will continue to protest, even as their numbers dwindle. No one like hearing about caskets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, but most of us understand that it is necessary to confront evil, and wrong to confront those who protect us from it. That is something the hardcore left (the core Obama supporters) cannot seem to comprehend. The simple precept that it takes brave men and women to confront evil seems to be an alien concept to the code pink protesters, who hide behind the Berkeley city council and try to belittle our brave Marines. They have failed and now seem to have turned to the occult. Good luck with that. You can pray to a false mother goddess all day, and still be an ass. Cast all the spells you like- it’s a waste of snails, wolf bane and bad intentions- all it takes is common sense to realize that the Marines are the good guys here.


Quote of th day- Jay Leno

"President Bush blasted Congress for not allowing oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Democrats said it wouldn't do any good, because it wouldn't produce oil for 10 years. You know, the same thing they said 10 years ago."

This wacky liberals and their economics policy

by George Dienhart

The House Financial Services Committee voted 38-26 in favor of $15 billion in loans and grants to local governments to facilitate buying foreclosed homes. The $15 billion is to be dispensed to states according to their percentage of national foreclosures.

So, the Democratic plan is to reduce the foreclosure rate, by giving banks an incentive to foreclose on property? This is from the party of the little guy?

Seems like he has his bearings

by George Dienhart

Sen. McCain’s remarks from the TIME 100 'most influential people in the world' Gala.

'I'm informed that it is the custom to toast someone who has influenced our lives. In that case, please raise your glass to the discernment and probity of the people of New Hampshire. Running for President of the United States is an unusual experience: invigorating, fatiguing, flattering and humbling in equal measure. This long and surprising campaign seems to have exhausted reporters as well as your expense accounts. Imagine the effect it has had on the candidates: the strain of constant travel; the stress of never knowing what one of your supporters might say that at least temporarily puts your campaign on defense - or in my campaign, what I might say- and the terror of knowing that only one of us will be invited to this dinner next year.  

'It's a tough business. And though we are rivals, we should respect each other's willingness to hazard it. Senator Obama is a man of unusual eloquence, who has performed the very worthy service of summoning to the political arena Americans who once wrongly thought it of little benefit to them. Senator Clinton has demonstrated great tenacity and courage; two qualities I have always esteemed. I count myself among their many admirers. Please join me, then, in a toast to my opponents and compatriots, Senators Clinton and Obama, and to the noisy, contentious, striving, beautiful country we hope to lead.'

First Obama attack on Mccain

by George Dienhart

For such a skilled orator, this had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer upside the head. From the WSJ:

'A preview erupted yesterday when, in an interview on cable news, Sen. Obama suggested Sen. McCain was 'losing his bearings.'

So-the first attack is based on age. How predictable. Maybe Sen. Obama would like to talk of experience.

Who's running Camp Clinton?

by George Dienhart

The LA Times knows- 'Ultimately, an aide said, Clinton will decide with her husband what to do; staff won't be consulted on so momentous a decision. ... Some members of Clinton's circle are thinking through the conditions under which she might concede the race. One supporter familiar with the campaign's operations said that Clinton wanted to go out on a positive note - say, after winning in West Virginia and Kentucky, whose primaries are May 13 and 20, respectively.'

I say in for penny in for a pound. If you’re going to hand in there through the 20th, you may as well stick around to the end….

GOP "Can We ask?" website goes live.

by George Dienhart

Here is your chance to ask Obama the questions that the MSM will not. The GOP has made it easy, you can ask via text or video. My submission- “Did you ever get to finish your waffles?”

The difference between McCain and Obama

by George Dienhart

John McCain has said repeatedly that he wants a clean fight. That might make one wonder how Se. Obama feels on the subject. From the Wall Street Journal:

'Soon, [Obama] is likely to unleash attack ads aimed at defining Sen. McCain. With vastly more money, Sen. Obama will be able to flood the airwaves as voters are forming impressions.'

As you can see, regardless of whom the Democrats nominate, it’s the same old song and dance.

Mothers Day Message from John McCain and his mother.

by George Dienhart

You can watch it here.