The Vice-Presidential Debate

Sarah Palin and Joe Biden both did well last night, in my view—if you ignore the truth values of their assertions. The McCain campaign has compiled a list of Biden’s fourteen lies (quite a slide from Wilson’s fourteen points!) and that doesn’t include the howlers about the role of the Vice-President (this man is on the Judiciary Committee?) and the U.S. and France kicking Hezbollah … Continue reading The Vice-Presidential Debate

The Panic of ’08

I’ve been resisting commenting on the financial crisis, wanting to have a better understanding before saying anything. But last night’s debate frustrated me; John McCain let Obama get away with alleging that the problem was a lack of regulation, when in fact it was a combination of government directives and cronyism on the part of Congressional Democrats. Power Line offers a video that does an … Continue reading The Panic of ’08

Debate Before the Debate

Twenty-four hours before McCain and Obama faced off, Daniel Bonevac and James Galbraith debated before a crowd of about 4,000 at the University of Texas at Austin (video streaming here, though I can’t seem to make it work on this computer). Stephen Green drunkblogged the actual McCain-Obama debate.  He sums up Obama’s strategy for dealing with Iran: I wave papers in your general direction, you … Continue reading Debate Before the Debate

Friendly Fire

The Obama campaign appears to have been wounded by friendly fire—the obviousness of media bias, the unhinged attacks on Sarah Palin, the pathetic attempts at humor, and now, perhaps worst of all, the campaign’s attack on John McCain for not using email. He can’t use email himself because, due to torture in Hanoi, he has only limited use of his arms. Jonah Goldberg: The reason … Continue reading Friendly Fire

Obama Tries Humor

Obama reportedly decided to use humor on the campaign trail. I say “reportedly,” because I don’t see why any of it is funny. See for yourself: “I mean think about it, you guys remember this, it was just like a month ago they were all saying ‘experience, experience, experience’,” Obama said as the crowd snickered, “Then they chose Palin and started talking about ‘change, change, … Continue reading Obama Tries Humor

The Republican Convention

Finally, the Republican National Convention is underway. Leftists protesters have attacked buses carrying Cub Scouts and dropped sand bags on buses carrying delegates. Fred Thompson gave a fine speech in support of John McCain, as did Joe Lieberman. Meanwhile, liberals find new ways to embarrass themselves in attacking Sarah Palin. The Wall Street Journal today editorializes that it’s because she’s exactly what Barack Obama falsely … Continue reading The Republican Convention

The Defections Begin

Tammy Haddad reports that a top Clinton supporter has defected, throwing his support to John McCain: John Coale, a prominent Washington lawyer, husband of Fox TV host Greta Van Susteren and a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, announced today that he was supporting John McCain for president. Coale, who traveled with Sen. Clinton, President Clinton and her family through out the primary season, complained of … Continue reading The Defections Begin