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Water, water everywhere, and may it go down soon by The Elephant's Child
June 17, 2008, 7:56 pm
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Midwest floods

The folks in the Midwest are suffering from a vast excess of water and mud, with characteristic stoicism and good humor. When the water is high, you can only wait for it to go down, to see what the damage really is. It is a hard time.

These are terrible floods. People have been evacuated from their homes and face a long and difficult recovery. They are in our thoughts and prayers.



More Noxious Gore Emissions by Emerald City Elephant

Inconvienient Truth to be made into opera.



Do as Democrats Say, Not as They Do by Emerald City Elephant

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Consumption Up 10%. But Democrats want to force you to reduce yours. Energy, the new luxury.



Winnie the Pooh and Ahmadinejad Too! by American Elephant

Welcome Michelle Malkin readers and People’s Cube comrades! We hope while you’re here you’ll stop and have a look around our humble little grass-roots conservative, capitalist pig blog and tell us what you think!

I can’t think of a better metaphor for Barack Obama’s childish foreign policy than the one proffered by his own “key foreign policy adviser” and presumptive National Security Adviser, Richard Danzig:

Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.

Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.” [read more]

Obama’s foreign policy? Big soft cuddly America gets the stuffing knocked out of it. As Jim Geraghty at The Campaign Spot observes:

It’s good that Obama is going to Iraq and Afghanistan. And he would be wise to articulate a national security policy that relied more on personal meetings with Gen. David Petraeus and less on reading Winnie the Pooh.



Why Iraqis Back McCain by American Elephant

It’s clear that liberal effetes, appeasers and pacifists the world over think Obama would do a better job with Iraq. So do Iraq’s enemies. But Bret Stephens points out in The Wall Street Journal what I think is obvious: if you ask the people who are most invested in success in Iraq, who have the most to lose – the Iraqis themselves — they overhwhelmingly support John McCain:

Today, the governor speaks with a mixture of confidence and foreboding. He insists al Qaeda has been vanquished. But, he adds, “Iraq is in a strategic location and has huge resources. There are a lot of eyes on Iraq.” Later in the conversation, he makes his point more precisely. “Liberating Iraq is a very good dish. And now you are going to hand it over to Iran?”

…The Iraqis are even more incredulous about Mr. Obama’s willingness to negotiate with Iran, which they see as a predatory regime. “Do you Americans forget what the Iranians did to your embassy?” asks the governor. “Don’t you know that Ahmadinejad was one of [the hostage takers]?” 

…Throughout our interview, the men did not stop fingering their prayer beads, as if their future hinges on their ability to make their case to the American public. They’re right: It does. Which is why Iraq, all but alone among the nations, will be praying for a McCain victory on the first Tuesday in November.[read more]

It’s an important point. I encourage you to read the entire column.



Obama’s “Bump” Already Gone by American Elephant

From Gallup:

Obama-McCain Race Reverts to Virtual Tie

Voters are closely divided between Barack Obama and John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted June 12-14, with 44% of national registered voters favoring Obama for president and 42% backing McCain.

Obama had led by as many as seven percentage points in the first few days following Hillary Clinton’s departure from the race…Although the margin between Obama and McCain is now similar to what it was in the last few weeks of the Democratic primary race, the structure of the race looks slightly different than at any other time this year as a result of the relatively high percentage of voters — 15% — not favoring either major-party candidate.

This election will be decided by those “none of the above” voters, and that is good news for John McCain. There is no question the left is very happy with their candidate. Why shouldn’t they be? He is easily the most radical liberal to win the Democrat nomination since at least George McGovern.

So who, then, are these “none of the above” voters? Easy. Moderates of both parties, and conservative Republicans. And while McCain and Obama will split the former — Obama will get none of the latter, they will either vote for McCain, a third party, or no one.

And it looks as though McCain may finally be learning that the way to win is to move right and distinguish himself from Obama rather than trying to move towards the center and out-liberal him. In just one week McCain has done just that on two important issues, first condemning the deplorable Boumediene decision in no uncertain terms, and calling for an end to the moratorium on coastal drilling. Both issues that will go over very well with everyone but the far left.

I wouldn’t be surprised if McCain overtakes Obama in the next round of polling.




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