Monthly Archives: November 2008

Change? Believe it!

We have learned by now to take what Big O. says with our ever-handy grain of salt.  Here’s an item about his supposed small-donor explosion:

The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) study says that 26 percent of donors to Obama’s presidential campaign gave $200 or less, the definition of a small donation. That’s compared to 25 percent for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign.

I blame the tingle-in-leg mediums for their habits of ballyhoo.

Does she usually talk that way?

Rosemarie Andolino heads up O’Hare expansion for the city, to which airlines are objecting.  Rebutting them, she said this, per Chi Trib:

“We’ve got to really relish in the day tomorrow,” . . .  [T]he airlines should feel “comfort and appreciation for what we have done” to complete the early elements of the expansion within budget.

Maybe, but what’s this “relish in the day” and whom should we castigate for it, Trib reporter or editors or Ms. Andolino?

Ask Barney. He knows.

Barney Frank on soaking the rich:

“Yes, I believe later on there should be tax increases. Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of very rich people out there whom we can tax at a point down the road and recover some of this money.”

Ill-gotten gain?  Doesn’t matter.  It’s there and Barney wants it.  It’s why Yellow Kid Weil robbed banks: “Because that’s where the money is.”

Madame Secretary

If Hillary takes the state job, it will be a two-fer, Dick Morris argues — she as official, Bill as unofficial, a sort of roving ambassador for his museum in Arkansas and other ex-presidential causes.

Messianic pants on fire

It looks like the Big O. fooled us with his claim of being an infrequent attender at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s jeremiads vs. U.S. and all things middle class:

President-elect Barack Obama said in 2004 – while he was a state legislator running for a U.S. Senate seat – that he attended services at Trinity United Church of Christ every week.
This is in contrast to what Obama, as a presidential candidate, said this year after controversial anti-American remarks by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright surfaced. Obama then told news outlets that he did not attend the church frequently and was not aware of Wright’s comments.

Sun-Times religion writer, now columnist posted the full interview at, where she explains:

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2004, when I was the religion reporter (I am now its religion columnist) at the Chicago Sun-Times, I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at CafĂ© Baci, a small coffee joint at 330 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, to interview him exclusively about his spirituality. Our conversation took place a few days after he’d clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. He answered everything I asked without notes or hesitation. The profile of Obama that grew from the interview at Cafe Baci became the first in a series in the Sun-Times called “The God Factor,” that eventually became my first book, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People (FSG, March 2006.) Because of the staggering interest in now President-Elect Obama’s faith and spiritual predilections, I thought it might be helpful to share that interivew, uncut and in its entirety, here.
–Cathleen Falsani

In the course of the interview, Falsani asked if he still attended Trinity Church.

Yep. Every week. 11 oclock service.

Ever been there? Good service.

I actually wrote a book called Dreams from My Father, it’s kind of a meditation on race. There’s a whole chapter on the church in that, and my first visits to Trinity.

Which church he had to abandon, as we know.

Can’t win for losing

To go along with news that no higher percentage of voters voted this presidential election than four years ago, there’s this from Roeser about what the two obeisant Chi main dailies did while pushing the Messiah before and after his ascension:

“Advertising Age” has just come out with an exhilarating (for me) finding…that Barack Obama’s victory didn’t do a thing for sales on newsstands in Chicago-a well-deserved rebuke to the hustling editors of both “Sun-Times” and “Tribune” who sold much of their integrity to turn their papers into sales pamphlets and most of their columnists into flacks for the Democratic candidate-eschewing their once diverse stance.

There’s more more more . . .

The bold thing!

They (mostly) all booed when Michael Barone told a Hilton meeting room full of liberal Democrats, I mean academics, that mediums went after Sarah Palin because “she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.”

Later, he apologized, said he was joking.

But libs’ going ga-ga over Palin — not just mediums but your mine-run New York Times fan too — has to be explained as a cultural phenomenon.  And the culture is so pro-abortion that even if she were “pro-choice,” they would have been repelled by her decision not to abort this baby.

Thing is, she got in so many types’ faces with her self-assurance, good looks, and skill in communication that they had a visceral reaction.  How dare she?  That sort of thing.  The baby tore it, going so much against the grain of the basically eugenicist mentality of libs. 

My guess is some of them think there oughta be a law against doing something like that.  They go wild at the sight of someone doing it proudly.

Later: From Reader D:

Did you see Sarah with Greta Van Susteren on FOX Mon-Tues this week?  She never had to parse her answers, never had to equivocate, and she multi-tasked during the interview segments in her kitchen. (She was making cheese dogs for dinner!)

Hearing O’Reilly and Rove discuss her lack of “gravitas,” I came to the conclusion that they have “gravitas” mixed up with “sophisticated phony.” That’s the brand we’re used to seeing nightly on TV.
That is what she AIN’T.  She talks conversation — not script.  I wanna move to Alaska.
Oh my, that’s the point.  She’s real.

Temperamentally unsuited?

Emanuel is a bad choice for White House chief of staff, being “neither idealist nor dreamer,” which would disqualify him, but carrying

inside him all the qualifications to be a real screw-up-because he is known for applying an iron fist…flying into rages…throwing around the “f” word four times in every sentence…in being vindictive and argumentative and not to suffer fools gladly.

So argues Tom Roeser.

Furthermore, as White House political director, “he offended enough people — in particular Hillary Clinton — that he was demoted and almost fired,” says Time Mag.

This latter is hardly a damning criticism, but from Obama’s point of view it could be.

Friendly guy!

Rahmbo and friend making nice:

O and Rahm

Hat tip to American Thinker.

Incoming! Incoming!

Dilbert on Obama starting at new job


Hat tip to TheNextRight.

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