Where is Scranton Joe?

November 28, 2008


There’s been lots of talk lately about the virtual disappearance of Joe Biden. I’m not complaining – the less Biden is involved in policy decisions – or anything else, for that matter – the better.

But one question the press has not been asking is, Is Joe Biden qualified to be vice president? They continue to ask that question about Sarah Palin, even though she is safely away from power back in Alaska.

Does anyone believe that McCain would have hidden Palin the way Obama is hiding Biden?


Help is on the way.

November 28, 2008

The Washington Post today praises President-Elect Obama’s selection of Larry Summers to be head of the National Economic Council based on Summers’ criticisms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Summers accurately noted that the gains of these “government-sponsored enterprises” were privatized while their losses were socialized. The Post goes on to say, “Mr. Summers is clearly right that the hybrid public-private model no longer makes sense – a point that his future boss, President-elect Barack Obama has also embraced.

Ummm, “no longer” makes sense? When did that model make sense – right up to the second before it inevitably put the taxpayers on the hook for $5,000,000,000,000?

I’m happy that the “public-private model” of Fannie and Freddie is coming under attack. I hope that all such public-private models get the same scrutiny – before we find out that they, too, “no longer” make sense.

The Great Communicator.

November 11, 2008

I’ve been reading lots of comparisons between Obama and Reagan lately. One of the obvious comparisons is their ability to communicate. But President Reagan was called the Great Communicator often in a pejorative sense – in that, he was only a communicator. People forgot, or more likely ignored, Reagan’s many accomplishments – former head of the Screen Actors Guild, governor of California, etc. In fact, it is Mr. Obama who accomplished little more than communicating before being elected president.

Anyone surprised?

November 11, 2008

James Pethokoukis thinks Obama may be increasing taxes even higher than he promised.

h/t – Glenn Reynolds

Only ourselves to blame.

November 11, 2008

P.J. O’Rourke on how the Right blew it:

The South Side of Chicago is what everyplace in America will be once the Democratic administration and filibuster-resistant Democratic Congress have tackled global warming, sustainability, green alternatives to coal and oil, subprime mortgage foreclosures, consumer protection, business oversight, financial regulation, health care reform, taxes on the “rich,” and urban sprawl. The Democrats will have plenty of time to do all this because conservatism, if it is ever reborn, will not come again in the lifetime of anyone old enough to be rounded up by ACORN and shipped to the polling booths.

None of this is the fault of the left. After the events of the 20th century – national socialism, international socialism, inter-species socialism from Earth First – anyone who is still on the left is obviously insane and not responsible for his or her actions. No, we on the right did it. The financial crisis that is hoisting us on our own petard is only the latest (if the last) of the petard hoistings that have issued from the hindquarters of our movement. We’ve had nearly three decades to educate the electorate about freedom, responsibility, and the evils of collectivism, and we responded by creating a big-city-public-school-system of a learning environment.

h/tp – Iain Murray

Well, this is cheery.

November 11, 2008


Victor Davis Hanson on what Obama might do.

Change we can believe in.

November 9, 2008

With the election of Barack Obama, we’re finally going to see the end of the influence of money in politics. Oh wait, never mind.

h/t – Glenn Reynolds