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Peggy Noonan, always interesting had this to say about the narcissism of Barack Obama.  Considering that his programs are not working, Peggy said,

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron.  It’s another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

That’s our President.  The Democratic Party has gone far astray from the days when the Party’s President kept a sign right on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here” and he took that very seriously.  In case you are too young to remember who that was, here’s a clue or two.  His adult daughter played the piano and the President lived with his wife in a very modest home smack in the middle of that now disdainful fly-over country.  Mr. Barack H. Obama is the very antithesis of Harry S. Truman.

From Caroline Glick, denouncing the Dunham sex ad designed to appeal to young voters with the message that voting is like a woman giving up her virginity; it should be done with the right man and that man should be Barack Obama, Glick’s response is:

It is demeaning and contemptuous of women. It reduces us to sexual objects. When called on to vote, as far as Obama is concerned, as slaves to our passions, we make our decisions not based on our capacity for rational choice. Rather we choose our leaders solely on the basis of our sexual desires.

Beyond the ad’s bald attempt to impersonalize, generalize and cheapen the most personal act human beings engage in, the ad is repulsive because it takes for granted that what happens in our private lives is the government’s business.

That’s our President.  Here is one more snippet from elsewhere.

“Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge — for revenge,” Romney said. “Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”

That’s our next President.  How refreshing.  It is a breath of fresh air coming out of a world of pollution.



President Obama needed a clear win to stem the slide.  He didn’t get it.  As in the Biden-Ryan debate, the Republican came across as a gentleman, the Democrat as more articulate and assertive.  It is difficult to judge the net effect on the election without knowing how well informed the undecided are.  Polls show unwavering support for each candidate at around the 47% level.  It is the relatively small group of undecided voters who will determine who the next president will be.

Right out of the box Obama painted his administration as one that gave strong support to the increased use of coal, the pipeline to Canada and made expansion of exploration and drilling for domestic oil and gas a priority.  Every one of those assertions is exactly the opposite of the truth.  But how many of the undecided viewers know that?  Obama also said that what we need is efficient energy.  How many undecided voters know that wind and solar are the least efficient and that’s why they need government subsidies to exist?  How many know the Solyndra story, not just the headlines but the full story?

Two down, one to go.  If the third is anywhere close to a draw, Obama’s record on the economy will cost him the election as well it should.


The truth can become a political gaffe if it is politically incorrect or poorly phrased.  I would not say Romney’s remark was totally correct but he was on the right track.  Read our sidebar entitled Democracy’s Fate.

Romney was essentially correct when referring to the 47% and said “These are people who pay no income tax.”  The precise number is 46.4% that pay no Federal income tax.  And he was also close to the mark with the assertion that these people will vote for Obama no matter what.  After all, the primary impetus behind Obamacare was to increase the number of dependency/entitlement voters.  Reaching the 30 million uninsured was more rhetoric than reality.

In some ways Romney is reminiscent of Ross Perot.  Both men were successful in business yet each came with generous helping of naivety in matters politic.  Understandable for Perot, surprising for Romney.  Mitt felt too comfortable speaking off the cuff to a group of supporters who he presumed would understand his point.  But fund raisers are, for the most part, public events.  By now a candidate should realize that the opposition is likely to be among the crowd, recording every word and gesture, and fishing for something that could be used against you.  That’s what happened here.

Romney didn’t say he doesn’t care about the plight of the poor and disadvantaged.  He didn’t say that and he didn’t mean that, but his choice of words made it easy for the opposition to characterize as such.  His point was that to concern himself with the votes of people who pay no Federal income tax would be useless because the Democrats have that voting block locked up.  Again, I don’t wholly agree but he is on the right track.  Here is the Quote.

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement.  And the government should give it to them.  And they will vote for this president no matter what.  …  These are people who pay no income tax.  …  [M]y job is not to worry about those people.  I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

This election is a test of Tocqueville’s theory.  It seems Romney knows it; he just doesn’t have Reagan’s skills of explaining it.  This bit from the New York Times Opinion Page is typical of the drudge coming from the left.  It is scurrilous but Romney opened the door for it.

Those people? Those miserable peasants scrounging around the castle entrance? Those lay-abouts with mouths open for a spoonful of rich folks’ bounty? Those fate-forsaken unwashed with dirty hands outstretched for help unearned? Those ingrates who bring in a pittance but reap a premium?

Only a man who has never looked up from the pit of poverty could look down his nose with such scorn.

Politics is a dirty game.

“Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,”

Mitt Romney said that?  Yes, he did.

Over the last four years, this President has pushed Republicans and Democrats as far apart as they can go. And now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.

If an American president wins that way, we all lose. …

Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”


The libs get excited, rightly so.  Obama’s ratings get a blip up, but will they hold?  The House will vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare, but it won’t pass the Senate.  Karl Rove takes his wife out for a beer —  no champagne and caviar tonight.

Now the ball is in Romney’s court.  On the Tuesday before Thursday’s announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision Romney said “If it is deemed to stand, then I’ll tell you one thing: We’re going to have to have a president, and I’m that one, that’s going to get rid of Obamacare.  We’re going to stop it on Day 1.”  To accomplish that Republicans will need to win control of the Senate as well as the presidency.  If they do, then expect some form of repeal and replacement.

The Supreme Court’s decision that the law is constitutional is not an endorsement of its advisability, only a decision that it is legal.  Chief Justice Robert’s opinion was explicit about that.  Obamacare will rival jobs and the economy as the number one issue between now and November.  That is not a plus for Republicans.

On a brighter note a greater threat was averted.  During the debate prior to the Bill becoming law, the President emphatically denied the mandate was a tax.  Coming before the court, however, the administration’s attorneys argued the opposite; that the mandate is a tax.  The court agreed, more or less, more more than less.  The opinion read that the mandate ‘could be’ seen as a tax, in which case it ‘would be’ constitutional.  If the court had ruled that Obamacare could stand under Commerce Clause, such a decision would have gutted the Constitution setting a precedent that almost anything would be allowed under the clause.

Rumors are abounding that a deal was made or that Roberts bent to intimidation.  I don’t think we have sunk that low.


Just one month ago I wrote there is The Potential for a Landslide.  Since then the following events have occurred.

Artur Davis dropped his support for Obama and took the additional step of leaving the National Democratic Party.  Davis was an early and ardent supporter of Obama and gave a resounding speech in his behalf at the 2008 National Democratic Convention.  His defection is a highly significant one.

Another prominent black Democrat, Massachusetts Gov Deval Patrick came out in support of the work Romney did at Bain Capital.  Gov. Davis publicly criticized Obama for attacking Romney over his record at Bain.

Move On.org revealed that donations are not coming in as expected.  The financial aid going to Democratic candidates will be far less than in prior elections.

The National Coalition of Black Churches announced on May 21st that they are withdrawing their support for Obama’s re-election.

On May 30th Power Line blog reported that donations for Republican candidates are pouring in in record numbers.  Campaign spending may even exceed for Democrats which would be the first time in modern election history that that occurred.

Rasmussen announced the results of a poll showing that, for the first time in first time in five-and-a-half years, 50% of all likely voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on the economy.  And the economy is the number one issue in this election.

On June 1st.Bill Clinton registered disagreement with Obama’s campaign to convince the voters Romney’s business record at Bain Capital is reprehensible.  Clinton called Romney’s performance there “sterling”.

New unemployment figures were released.  The number rose significantly, back up to 8.2% and the stock market plunged – down 274.88 on the news.

Still, the Rasmussen favorability index hasn’t changed much.  It shows the two contenders in a very close race with no discernable recent trend.  Why is that?  Rasmussen polls the general public.  The disenchantment is among political insiders.  The average citizen who answers the phone when the pollster calls is not as up to date and well informed.  It’s the donors and politicians who are paying attention to the details who are backing away.  They sense a loser.

Nonetheless, 5 months is a lifetime in politics, anything can happen.  And that includes a Republican landslide.




CNN host Don Lemon wants to plant the idea in your mind that Mitt Romney’s belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is somehow equivalent to George Wallace’s stance that blacks should remain segregated forever.  Demonizing doesn’t get much more despicable than that.  Fortunately, it’s equally stupid.  When a black gay television host takes a religious belief held by 67% of the American people and calls it racist, the backlash will be far greater than any impact CNN or its host had hoped to make.

Few people today even know who George Wallace was.  No, he was not a news reporter.  He was elected Governor of Alabama in 1962 in a landslide on the promise to his constituents that he would fight to maintain segregation of blacks in America forever.  And he meant it.  He is also famous for standing in the doorway to an auditorium at the University of Alabama in a showdown with the federal government.  He stood in the doorway in order to block the entrance of two students because they were black.  George Wallace was, of course, a Democrat.

Now click this link and watch the CNN video.  It is very brief.

This is the type of journalism we are up against today.  One thing we have going for us is that the Left has not learned yet that they no longer have the only voice.  For years there was never a need to defend whatever they said.  As a result they set themselves up for easy ridicule and exposure of the nonsense and demagoguery they preach.

There is no KKK connection and the people know it.


Commencement – Beginning – The Start – Coming Out – Commencement is much more than a ceremony; it’s the day when graduates leave the confined world of learning for the open and uncertain world of application.  A good commencement speech clarifies, motivates, explains, congratulates and warns.  An excellent commencement speech gives the graduating class a sense of culture to bolster them when the going gets tough, and there will be times that it surely will.

Romney gave an excellent commencement speech when he addressed Liberty University’s Graduating Class of 2012 with these words:

“You enter a world with civilizations and economies that are far from equal.  Harvard historian David Landes devoted his lifelong study to understanding why some civilizations rise, and why others falter.  His conclusion:  Culture makes all the difference.  Not natural resources, not geography, but what people believe and value.  Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life.

The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of the family.

The power of these values is evidenced by a Brookings Institution study that Senator Rick Santorum brought to my attention.  For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child, the probability that they will be poor is 2%.  But, if those things are absent, 76% will be poor.  Culture matters.

As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate.  So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage.  Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”

It’s not Reaganesque in style, but it’s Reaganesque in essential substance.  Here is more.

“Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.

[Y]our values will not always be the object of public admiration.  In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world.  Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid.  It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham.  Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.  May that be your guide.”

This man Romney is looking better every day.


Rubio’s endorsement is the final blow ending any chance Santorum still had of securing the nomination.  Rubio is highly regarded by members of the Tea Party faction making his endorsement a very significant one.  In fact, Rubio would be the ideal choice for Vice Presidential running mate.

Imagine Rubio on the campaign trail – young, Spanish speaking, popular, experienced in government but not part of the Washington establishment, from the South to balance Romney’s northern Massachusetts handicap.  And Rubio has fire in his delivery that Romney does not.  But would he run if asked?


General Electric president Jeffry Immelt has privately switched his support from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.  According to Charles Gasperino writing for the New York Post, Immelt, a Republican, thought he could moderate Obama’s anti-business views but has become very disenchanted with the President. A GE spokesman said the idea is ludicrous.  Evidence would say otherwise.

In Immelt’s annual letter to stockholders he wrote:

“We live in a tough era in which the public discourse, in general, is negative . . . American companies, particularly big companies, are vilified,” when “we need to work together to find a better way.”

GE executives contributed more than 300% more to Obama than to McCain in the 2008 campaign.  This time around those GE executives have contributed twice as much to Romney than they have to Obama.

There are things about manufacturing that the guy on the production line knows better than the president of the company.  There are things a well informed voter knows about a presidential candidate that a man who shakes hands with him does not.  If Jeffrey Immelt is disappointed it’s because he was too busy managing GE to see what was obvious from the start to Joe the Plumber.

If Gasperino is correct, it bodes well for the 2012 election.  For if GE, of all companies, has had a change of heart, certainly others have as well.