Just a few random thoughts…
Today, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed on a “general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals”; in other words, a timetable for withdrawal. Predictably, the Left is cackling that it has been vindicated, that Bush has come around to their way of thinking on timetables. Of course, they are absolutely wrong—Bush’s timetables are being implemented because we are winning and will presumably be able to leave with honor, the Left supported timetables no matter what the conditions on the ground were. There is a massive difference between the two attitudes.
Also, Phil Gramm has resigned as the McCain campaign co-chair. Apparently, McCain really wasn’t happy with his remarks about a “mental recession.” Still, forcing him out seems a bit excessive to me.
RealClearPolitics has an interesting electoral map that features state-by-state polling. If the polls are accurate, Obama would win in an electoral vote landslide—he is ahead in most of the toss-up states, and is close in many traditionally Republican strongholds. Interestingly, though, nether candidate can get much above fifty percent support in any state, even states they will win in a landslide. (For example, Obama leads by 17.6 in California, but only gets 53.2 percent of the vote, to McCain’s 35.5, leaving 12 percent of Californians unaccounted for). Where are the rest of the voters? Are they undecided? Third party supporters? Maybe there is a perfectly reasonable explanation, but it seemed strange to me.
I won’t deny that there is a pretty large lunatic fringe in the conservative blogosphere—even some well respected conservative bloggers are a little nuts. But it seems that the whole liberal blogosphere is belongs in the lunatic fringe—take this post from a Daily Kos blogger. It’s a recommended diary, and got over 500 comments, yet it is absolutely insane—full of stuff about how the Republican party relies on racial tension to win elections and how Barack Obama would negate all that. (Actually, if that was true, I would expect Obama to be a good thing for Republicans—it would get out the base). All total nonsense, but taken seriously by the nitwits at Daily Kos.
Nancy Pelosi has called Bush a “total failure.” Maybe he is, but look who’s talking. It’s not like Pelosi’s Congress is grabbing record approval ratings either.
Republicans have tried sticking a variety of labels on Obama. First they tried “liberal”, then “flip-flopper.” Neither really seemed to catch on. However, perhaps “arrogant” will. I really don’t have problem with a healthy ego, but Obama is far too self-satisfied with way too little to be satisfied about. He designs his own presidential Great Seal, he says that he is embarrassed that more Americans don’t speak foreign languages (even though he doesn’t), and he goes off make a speech in front of Berlin’s Victory Column—all before becoming president. Self-confidence is one thing, smugness is another, and Obama often seems annoyingly smug.
Obama might have lead in individual states, but McCain is tied nationally. The Gallup and Rassmussen tracking polls put him one point down, and he is just four points behind in the RCP average. Good news for McCain.
Starbucks has had to close over 600 stores. That’s amazing—who would have thought that four dollars for a cup of coffee would drive people away?
If this post seemed a little boring, well, there just isn’t a lot going on. It isn’t like the primaries where there was a debate about once a week and candidates were always saying crazy things. Nothing is happening. Maybe I’ll try to start blogging about celebrities or something.
Anyway, have a nice weekend.