American Elephants


Can’t say we blame you, Joe! by American Elephant
November 2, 2012, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Election 2012, News, Politics | Tags: , ,

The same Gaffe-Master J who also insisted, “I say what I mean and I mean what I say!”



Peggy Noonan on the debate last night. by The Elephant's Child

Democrats, I understand, are incensed because she winked.



After the Debate. by The Elephant's Child

Good Debate.  Sarah Palin was brilliant.  The nastiness will undoubtedly ramp up almost immediately. One of the talking heads on Fox said “She said ‘doggone it’ more than once.  I suppose that plays well in flyover country.”  And he immediately began getting angry e-mails.  What is it about these people who believe themselves to be part of a lofty elite because they appear on television?

Joe Biden was better than usual.  He has been tasked with an awful job — denying that Obama ever said any of the things that Obama previously said.  Giving Obama credit for things he didn’t do, blaming everything on Bush and claiming that McCain is just like Bush in spite of McCain’s actual positions. That is a lot of whoppers to remember.  You had to pity the man.

Yoo Hoo, Joe.  The financial meltdown is directly traceable to Democrat’s legislative demand that loans be made to people who could not qualify for loans. There is clear evidence in the legislation, and in the votes in Congress. It’s silly to try to pretend that Obama saw this financial mess coming and worked to prevent it. Good grief! Senator Barack ACORN was working hard to increase the problem and had been for years.  He trained activists, supported them with other people’s money, acted as their counsel in court, and as a senator, funneled tax money — lots of it — to ACORN.

The Obama campaign is heavily invested in making Americans believe that everything is terrible, and that everyone in the middle class is desperate.  I suppose if you tell people often enough that they are suffering, at some point they will start to believe it. Then the Messiah can arrive to rescue you.  Don’t be disappointed when it doesn’t work.  Obama’s economic plans are, perhaps, even scarier than his foreign policy plans.

Past history says that the vice presidential debate has little effect on the election.  But this is a strange year.  Polls show that only about 13% of Americans can distinguish between the two parties or explain their differences.  That is fairly scary too.



Before the Vice-Presidential Debate Tonight. by The Elephant's Child

Tonight we have the vice-presidential debate.  I have never seen anything like the Democrat attack on Sarah Palin.  She really terrifies them.  Imagine sending a crowd of 30 lawyers to Alaska to investigate every aspect of her life, pockets full of cash, to find something, anything to discredit her.  They obviously didn’t find much of anything since they have stretched credulity so far in their attacks. And one of the leading media outlets — Washington Post? Newsweek? — has 4 people in Alaska going through dumpsters, and another 4 in Arizona doing the same thing.

The hard, lacquered women with their designer shoes and their foul mouths hate Sarah Palin. Mary Graber, writing at Pajamas Media claims that what the feminists hate is:

That Palin thinks like a man, or logically, is what has made the left livid.  As appropriate to their modes, they respond emotionally….

While anti-reason theories circulate and were repeated in academic discourse, in politics the new ethic of “caring” was promoted by Bill Clinton and in the media by women’s talk shows like Oprah, Ellen, and The View, where politics was wedged into teary discussions about makeovers in fashion and self-esteem.  Barack Obama, with his “community organizer” experience, recalls the efforts of women with settlement houses, as proto-social workers.

Women — and men who think like women — rule the liberal media and grant such emotion-based politics legitimacy.  But the other side of the “caring” coin is the personality-based “critical” side — a nasty, catty one, indeed.

The confusion of the two spheres, the application of “caring” that is appropriately reserved for the domestic sphere where all fetuses are allowed to be birthed and nurtured, is illustrated by Palin, who does not make such confusions.  She does not infuse public policy with those notions suited for the home by promoting increased welfare, negotiation with terrorists, and efforts to “understand’ the root causes of terrorism, as Obama said we should do in his post-9/11 speech.

It’s an interesting discussion, and food for thought.  Do read the whole thing, linked above.

We’ll see how Sarah Palin does tonight.  In the flood of media attacks belittling her family, her hometown, her moose-hunting, do remember that she has governed the largest state in the union so  successfully that she has approval ratings beyond the wildest dreams of most politicians. And those approval ratings came from executive accomplishments in a state where more responsibility falls on the governors shoulders than any other except New York and Massachusetts.



Meanwhile, Victory in Iraq Continues… by American Elephant

While we are all watching the conventions, while the media is busing beating up on 17 year old girls, America’s finest men and women are wrapping up victory in Iraq…

Victory in Anbar… Memo to Barack Obama: Soon you will have nothing left to surrender

On Monday, while Democrats waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina and the GOP juggled its convention schedule, U.S. commanders formally returned responsibility for security in Iraq’s Anbar province to the Iraqi Army and police.

Maybe you missed it. The New York Times Web page had three stories on Bristol Palin. The Washington Post’s online magazine, Slate, is running a “Name Bristol Palin’s Baby” contest. And Us Weekly has “Babies, Lies and Scandal” on its cover.

Victory in Iraq can’t compete in an environment where Bristol’s boyfriend is more thoroughly investigated than Obama’s lifelong association with Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers.  [read more]

General Petraeus: Troops Could Leave Baghdad Soon

General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said declining violence in Baghdad raised the possibility that American combat troops could leave the capital by next summer.

Asked in an interview with the Financial Times whether it was feasible that US combat forces could leave Baghdad by July, he said: “Conditions permitting, yeah.” [read more]

Despite Barack Obama and the Democrats most vigorous efforts to ensure the war and the surge became, in Harry Reid’s and Nancy Pelosi’s words, “a failure” and “lost”, America’s men and women in uniform are returning and will be increasingly returning in victory and with the great honor they so deserve.

And yes, that credit must be shared by John McCain and President George W. Bush. And not one iota of credit will ever go to Barack Obama and the Democrats who would have had us pull out long ago, leaving Iraq and indeed the region embroiled in war and genocide.

And yet they want you to believe they have the “judgment” to lead us in the next unknown crisis.

The success they opposed in Iraq proves they absolutely do not.



Palin inexperienced? I triple-dog-dare you! by American Elephant
August 29, 2008, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Like millions of Americans, I know little about Alaskan Governor and sudden Republican vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Like many, I have embarked on a crash course. I reserve the right to change my mind, but my first impression is that this was a brilliant pick.

My observations:

The choice of a vice-presidential nominee has always been one of the strongest indications of how a candidate intends to lead. It is striking to me, then,  that in an election that is “all about change” it is the Republican ticket that looked to the future for the vice-presidential nod — a position that by definition is about the future — and it was the Democrat ticket that looked deep into the past, decades old recycled liberalism and the Washington establishment.

Perhaps I am the only one, but, ironically, the McCain ticket now seems the younger and more forward looking.

Obama who? What Democrat convention? Is anyone talking about his speech last night? If they are, I certainly haven’t seen it. McCain has cut off that discussion entirely and stolen the spotlight completely with his unexpected and perfectly executed VP announcement.

The press is already working feverishly to undermine her. They have already determined the information most important for Americans to know is that she was a beauty contestant, a hockey mom, mayor of a tiny town, that NARAL calls her “extreme” on abortion (irony anyone?), and that a late night talk show host said she has a “naughty librarian” look to her.

As governor of the Land of the Midnight Sun, one of America’s most beautiful states and home of ANWR, Palin not only locks up the energy issue for Republicans, but could very well take back environmental issues from the insane leftist fringe for rational Americans.

She is a conservative who shows that McCain, despite his deeply misguided populist stances on some issues, wants to lead America in a conservative direction.

The Republican ticket has two proven reformers (granted, McCain has reformed for the worse in some instances). The Democrat ticket features two of the most partisan old-school liberals in Washington with zero record of reform. She has taken on corruption in her own state, including corrupt Republicans, and shown she is more than willing to confront “big” oil if need be.

However, she is under investigation for allegedly trying to get her sisters ex-husband, a state-trooper fired. I find it hard to believe McCain would pick her if there were anything to this whatsoever.

And on the charges, launched almost before she finished her speech, that she lacks the experience to govern — it is to laugh! I think there is nothing the McCain camp would love more than for Democrats to claim that as the Governor of a state with real executive experience she lacks the experience to be Vice-President. They would be making McCain’s commercials undermining Obama for him!

Sure, she may be light on foreign policy experience, although her state is separated from the lower 48 by another country, rests just miles across the Bering straight from another and has a vibrant international trade. But she has more executive experience, and more importantly, more accomplishments, than both the men on the Democrat ticket combined.

And unlike Obama/Biden, our nominee put the less-experienced person at the bottom of the ticket, not the top. Which one would think is the way it should be.

What do you think?



Exclusive: First Look at Obama/Biden Campaign Signs by American Elephant
August 23, 2008, 8:33 am
Filed under: Election 2008, Humor, Liberalism, News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Barack Obama Biden Campaign Sign

The wait is over at long last! (For those of you who were waiting, at least.) If you’re like me, you weren’t waiting for the announcement so much as you were waiting for sweet relief from the 24-7 speculative hyperventilation. The operating assumption behind which seemed to be, if pundits could successfully name every known living Democrat as a possible running mate, eventually someone would end up being right.

But man! were they waiting! We posted this little joke, and were inundated with hundreds of hits within the first few minutes. You think they’ll fall for this one too? Heh heh.

According to Ed Morrisey, the much ballyhooed text message didn’t arrive until 4 am EST, hours after the pick was confirmed. So much for telling the Obamaniacs first. He can’t send out a text message on time, but he’s ready to lead the country? Oi! Another promise down the “O” hole and he hasn’t even gotten the nomination yet. How many is that? I’ve lost count. Turns out it was just a ploy to get cell #’s for the get out the vote efforts. Smart politics, bad PR.

I am very pleased, though,  to see that the McCain camp was ready to go with commercials no matter who the nominee ended up being — I’ll give McCain this, he’s been running a shrewd campaign of late.

Whaddya wanna bet McCain’s choice doesn’t get a quarter of the attention? Still, it will be interesting to see how the Obamessiah and Hairplugs respond to the ad:

(ht: Michelle Malkin)




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