We Hardly Knew Ye
As I was struggling with my latest musical composition,
"Variations on a Phrase From Joe Walsh's Guitar Solo in 'Hotel California,'"
it occurred to me that, just as they don't make guitar players like Joe
Walsh any more, they don't make politicians like Bill Clinton any more.
The Unconscious Message
Sent By the Left
Democratic spokespeople might have gotten the Democratic
"message" out, they also sent subliminal messages which arguably
negated the conscious messages they intended to convey.
Teddy the K
Teddy ("Are there two p's in Chappaquiddick?")
Kennedy recently uttered the mother of all liberal moral equivalencies
when, at the height of the media-driven Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse brouhaha,
he declared "Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management:
Strategy, and Tactics
Potentially juiced exit polls and other as-yet undiscovered
election chicanery notwithstanding, what really won the election for President
Bush was the fact that the Republican National Committee and the Republicans'
chief political strategist, Karl Rove, simply out-politicked the Democrats.
Death of a Jackal
Yasser Arafat is dead. Long may he stay dead, and
long may the murderous ideology for which he became an international spokesperson
suffer in the wake of his passing.
Were the Exit Polls Juiced?
It occurred to me very early on election night —
as Brit Hume and the Fox News Channel analytical team expressed befuddlement
at the fact that afternoon exit polls seemed to point to a stunning Kerry
victory, while actual election returns made it clear that Bush was at
least holding his own and very probably doing quite well, thank you —
that those exit polls might have been "juiced," to use the term
that has become current to describe athletes who cheat by using substances
such as steroids to enhance their performance.
Some Notes On Liberal "Values"
It's hardly a secret that the political left, which
includes most American Democrats, shies away from the term "liberal"
The Business of State
The air has been let out of the balloon of the election-fraud-conspiracy
retribution threatened by Democrats, except, of course, for the continued
embarrassing railing of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and the Air America retro-"movement"
Concerning What's Left of Kerry's
This August 2, 2004, USA Today news item reflected
the head-scratching that Democrat operatives have almost certainly been
doing over the passing strange poll results in the month following the
Democratic National Convention: "Pollsters and strategists are puzzling
over Kerry's failure to get a boost from a convention that even critics
acknowledge went almost precisely as planned."
the Conflict in Iraq
It is becoming more and more evident — and
this is something we could not have known until we had deposed Saddam
Hussein and begun to deal with the forces which reorganized and redeployed
themselves after his fall — that those committed to realizing power
through inflicting death and destruction will likely persist in the form
of Iraqi "insurgents" for the foreseeable future.
Are DemsFinally Starting to Get It?
While Republican initiative and bold strategizing
certainly played a significant role in their winning the election decisively,
other factors, including what can be described as the cast of the liberal
mind, certainly also weighed heavily in determining the election's outcome.
Why Conservatives Need Carville,
Moore, and Rather
I can't recall a more blatant instance of someone
who aspired to a position of significant political power allowing himself
to be misled by operatives who so clearly do not have his interests at
Those Democrat Mistakes Just Keep
One of the mistakes Democrats made during the 2004
election was to categorize people who voted for George W. Bush in very
broad-brush, single-issue terms.
Core Beliefs? Try Core Fears
By late Monday evening, the approximately 120,000
participants in some 1,900 Democratic caucus meetings throughout the state
of Iowa's 99 counties had expressed their preferences, and we now have
a better idea of which set of Democrat core fears prevailed.
The New Imperialism
Leftists everywhere decry America's "imperialism,"
seeing our liberation of Iraq, for example, as a disguised attempt to
gain control over one of the middle east's most important sources of oil
rather than as an attempt to give democracy a foothold there.
Debunking the Myth of Global Warming
One of the reasons it's so hard
to take environmental scientists seriously is because they sometimes,
in unguarded moments, reveal their true agendas.
Merry Christmas? You Bet!
I sense that the tide is beginning to turn against
the values (or lack thereof) which left-leaning liberals have relentlessly
promoted to, not to say forced down the throats of, a majority of Americans
for the past half-century or so.
Quarter Century of Disinformation
One thing John Kerry's insistence on focusing attention
on his and George W. Bush's military records has done is to bring to light
the perpetuation of a campaign of lies and disinformation that has been
waged in and by print and broadcast media.
Thoughts on the Memogate Scandal
On March 4, the report based on the results of Senate
Sergeant-at-Arms William H. Pickle's investigation into the "theft"
of Democratic documents from a computer hard drive by Republican Senate
Judiciary Committee staff members was released.
Lessons of 'The 'Lion King'
One of the things that has struck me, in the wake
of events since the 9/11 atrocities, is that there are lessons to be learned
from "The Lion King" that apply to the United States' approach
to international policy and to protecting its citizens.
The AIDS Conundrum
While many political activists hold drug companies
responsible for the suffering of AIDS victims worldwide because of alleged
profiteering, in fact, activists themselves bear a significant portion
of the responsibility for the very suffering they work to alleviate.
Fellow Travelers, Useful Idiots,
and Other Innocents
Since as far back as the 1920s, Americans, engaging
in what they think is idealistic protest against American "imperialism,"
are in fact reaching out to the enemy.
New Fiction From Bill Clinton and
the New York Times
A couple of candidates for the Ignobel Prize for
Fiction have surfaced in the past week or so, just in time for the summer
beach reading crowd: Bill Clinton's My Life and the New
York Times' reporting on the 9/11 commission findings.
George W. Bush
Recent polls indicate that John Kerry holds
a slight lead in more than half of the so-called "battleground"
or swing states, where the dizzyingly sophisticated political strategists
are concentrating both their polling and advertising resources.
Henry Kissinger and War Crimes Trials
In a recent article ("Let Libs Try Saddam Hussein"),
I suggested, only half in jest, that a group of conservatives was being
considered to question Saddam Hussein in a trial setting as part of a
"reality TV" program concept being considered by two major networks.
The Reign in Spain Goes Mainly Down
A recently revealed Al Qaeda internet posting from
December indicates that the terrorist organization fully intended to use
one or more bombings in Spain to influence that country's election.
Through the Political Looking Glass
You've heard of strange bedfellows, but have you
noticed just how strange the bedfellow situation is becoming in the 2004