Monday, October 27, 2008

Gov. Palin rouses voters at Leesburg, Virginia rally

Palin rouses voters at Leesburg, Virginia rally on Monday, Oct. 27
Gov. Palin rouses voters at Leesburg, Va. rally on Monday, Oct. 27

Via The Washington Post:

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By Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 27, 2008; 12:51 PM

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin swept into Northern Virginia this morning to fire up GOP voters in the battleground state eight days before the presidential election, making the case that a Republican in the White House would lead to lower taxes and an economic comeback.

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"Our opponent is not being candid with you all about his tax plan," Palin said, adding: "Senator Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes. . . . "Barack Obama is on the side of bigger, more controlling government and higher taxes."

At that point, the crowd burst into a chant: "Use your brain, vote McCain!"

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Here's the video:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Same Platform: Democratic Party of Obama and Biden and the Communist Party USA

The Democratic Party of Obama and Biden has largely the same platform as the Communist Party USA
The Democratic Party of Obama and Biden has largely the same platform as the Communist Party USA.

Go see for your self.

Here's the platform of the Democratic Party of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

And here's the platform of the Communist Party USA.

They look like they came out of the same organization, don't they?

That's not surprising. Barack Obama sought the endorsement of the far Left New Party in Illinois:

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Obama began seeking the New Party endorsement in 1995. He had been running in a four way primary against his former boss, Senator Alice Palmer, herself a far left radical, and two other individuals. But an election law quirk gave Obama the upper hand. In order to get on the ballot, candidates had to collect signatures of voters. Printed names were not allowed. Obama challenged the petitions of his rivals and was able to get every one of them thrown off the ballot. By the time the ballot was drawn up for the 1996 election, Obama’s was the only name in the race.

Nonetheless, Obama still coveted the New Party endorsement. The New Party required candidates who received the endorsement sign a pledge of support for the party. Obama did not need to support a party that was, in effect, a front group for communists; yet he still chose to. The July issue of the New Ground noted that 15% of the New Party consisted of Democratic Socialists of America members and a good number of Committee of Correspondence members.

Barack Obama, not needing to, chose to affiliate himself with this band of quasi-communists. As the nation moves closer to the election, it is clear that Obama chose to affiliate with assorted anti-American radicals. Machiavelli once noted that we can know a leader by the people he surrounds himself with. What does that say about Barack Obama, who chose to surround himself with people committed to overthrowing the United States and capitalism?

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This reporter was right.

Joe Biden & his long, repeated history of plagiarism, dishonesty

Joe Biden & his long history of plagiarism, dishonesty
Joe Biden has had a long, repeated, and unapologetic history of plagiarism and dishonesty

In 1987, while Joe Biden was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - and while he was conducting hearings on Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court - Biden was also out on the campaign trail for President, plagiarizing others in speech after speech. From the New York Times, September 17, 1987:

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As generations of teachers keep saying, plagiarism is theft. Considering their content, the Biden speeches sound like grand larceny. For instance, in a California speech last February, Senator Biden adopted almost word for word what Robert Kennedy said in 1968 about the gross national product: ''It doesn't measure the beauty of our poetry, the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debates, the integrity of our public officials.'' ..... Lifting that language trashes the very values he was urging.

What makes Senator Biden's behavior mystifying is recklessness. It's one thing to misappropriate someone else's words. It's another to take passages so clearly someone else's that you're likely to get caught. That's true of the Kennedy quotes and even more so of the Senator's abundant lifts of highly personal thoughts about ancestry from Neil Kinnock, the British Labor Party leader. It's a bit like Gary Hart inviting reporters to follow him even as he was seeing women other than his wife - a bit like daring people to catch you.

The misappropriations are troubling for another reason. Hackneyed political oratory gives voters one measure. But Mr. Biden claims to be a candidate with something to say and asks to be measured by that standard. By passing off the words of Neil Kinnock or Robert Kennedy or Hubert Humphrey as his own he deprives voters of his thoughts and his words. His message, counterfeit, clanks.

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Apparently, Joe can't help himself. This is a lifelong habit - and apparently he can't kick it. In 1965, as a first year law student at Syracuse University, Biden narrowly avoided expulsion for plagiarism. Again, via the New York Times, September 17, 1987:

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Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic Presidential candidate, was accused of plagiarism while in his first year at Syracuse University Law School, academic officials familiar with Mr. Biden's record said today.

Mr. Biden, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is presiding over the hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork, has called a news conference for 9 A.M. Thursday to discuss this charge and reports that he has lifted material from speeches by other politicians to use in his public addresses.

A Biden aide, who asked not to be identified, declined to comment on the plagiarism charge, saying Mr. Biden wanted to discuss it himself. ''It's his life,'' the aide said.

According to the people familiar with the record of the 44-year-old Senator from Delaware, he was called before the disciplinary body at the law school during his first year because of charges that he had committed plagiarism on a paper. Mr. Biden entered the school in 1965 and graduated in 1968.

CBS News tonight quoted an aide to Mr. Biden as saying he had been exonerated. However, an academic official said Mr. Biden had been found guilty, ''threw himself on the mercy of the board'' and promised not to repeat the offense. This, according to the official, persuaded the board to drop the matter and allow Mr. Biden to remain in law school. Mr. Biden's office declined to clarify the circumstances surrounding the case, saying the Senator had insisted on handling the matter himself at the news conference.

One academic official said Mr. Biden asked for and obtained his law school records several weeks ago and requested then that the school not distribute them until he had had a chance to examine their contents.

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Biden has had a lifelong history of plagiarism and dishonesty - apparently with little to no consequences. Suppose Governor Sarah Palin had the above history? It would be on the front page of every newspaper - and lead every nightly newscast - for the duration of the election cycle. The mainstream press would have made it her middle name: "Governor Sarah Palin, who has admitted to plagiarism during law school and prior campaigns, tonight said that..." When the mainstream press have discussed Joe Biden this election cycle, have you ever heard them even mention his long history of plagiarism?

Examples of media bias are too many to keep track of these days. But the mainstream media's complete amnesia about Joe Biden's lifelong history of plagiarism and dishonesty has to be one of the more stunning examples of media bias this election cycle.

More here.

If the mainstream media were smart, they'd ask Democrats a lot more tough questions. Democrats - used to their cozy relationship with the press - can't handle tough questions.

Friday, October 24, 2008


"Team Sarah is a diverse coalition of women dedicated to advancing Sarah Palin's Vice Presidential candidacy. Men welcome too!"


"This Saturday, October 25 from 11AM - 1PM EST, Team Sarah will be calling one million women voters in battleground states and invite them to participate in a live, free tele-townhall over the phone. You will be able to ask questions and get answers from a panel of distinguished women leaders. This has never been done before! Imagine one million women voters on one phone call!"

And here's the interview of Sarah Palin by Laura Ingraham.

Sarah, Piper, Willow and Trig
Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin arrives for a rally with daughters Piper (7) and Willow (13), and son Trig, in Henderson, Nevada on October 21, 2008 REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA). Via Yahoo News.

Gov. Sarah Palin in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 21

Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, waves to supporters during a rally in Reno, Nevada, Tuesday, October 21, 2008 (AP Photo/Scott Sady). Via Yahoo News.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

demosthenes on palin

Sarah Palin on April 30, 2004, after her resignation in protest as Ethics Commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Sarah Palin on April 30, 2004, after her resignation in protest as Ethics Commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (photo credit Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Daily News).

Glenn Reynolds' post here started me thinking about the struggle - from many different quarters - to define Governor Sarah Palin. Often, when I've heard people talking about Palin, they leave out (or perhaps are unaware of) some fundamental facts.

Palin has the same foreign policy experience now that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton each had when they became President - i.e., not just Vice President.

Anyway, the whole "foreign policy experience" argument (if you can call it that) is a red-herring from the Left which, sadly, too many people fall for.

What, exactly is the "foreign policy experience" of Obama? Sitting in a room with a bunch of blowhards in the Senate - listening to speeches? Most of us have listened to foreign policy speeches over the years. Does that mean we have foreign policy experience to be President? To me, Obama's foreign policy experience (listening to Senate speech-making) is largely negative foreign policy experience. He's never had to make any foreign policy decision - or any decision as an executive - under pressure.

And Joe Biden's been wrong on every important foreign policy issue for the past 30 years. If Joe had had his we way: (1) we'd still be working on good relations with the USSR, (2) we'd have done none of our space technology research (i.e., "star wars") and China and other countries would be ahead of us in that field, (3) we would have broken up Iraq into 3 countries, (4) we would never have kicked Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, and (5) Saddam Hussein would still be murdering Kurds by the tens of thousands, torturing families, and running rape rooms.

Biden has a ton of foreign policy experience. All bad.

And Joe dropped out of the 1988 presidential race due to plagiarism. And he admitted he committed plagiarism during law school. Funny how we never hear about this from the press these days. (Suppose Governor Palin had ever committed plagiarism. Do you think the press would say something about it?)

The experience that matters is actual executive experience in an actual executive position - to have been tested, and excelled, under pressure as a leader.

Neither Obama nor Biden have any executive experience. Most of us would probably be reluctant to apply for a supervisory job if we had no prior supervisory experience on our resumes. Yet, Obama and Biden are applying to lead the 1.8 million-strong federal workforce ... and lead the world's sole superpower ... and neither has any executive experience. Isn't that ... crazy? Neither has ever run a business. Neither has ever met a payroll. Neither has been a governor. Neither has been a mayor. Neither has ever had a real job. (Working as a Constitutional law professor - i.e., like Obama - doesn't provide, shall we say, lots of "real world" employment experiences). In short, both of these guys are professional politicians. That's exactly the kind of candidate we shouldn't want running anything. They have pretty much zero gut-level experience with the day-to-day issues us working stiffs have to deal with.

Although ... Obama does have some executive experience - if you want to call it that - running the Chicago Annenberg Challenge fund into the ground (with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers). They dumped $110 million in grant money into that black hole to "improve education" in Chicago. Results? Zilch. (Neither test scores nor any other metric improved). So Obama's sole executive experience, if you can call it that, was a big negative. (He poured lots of others peoples' money down a black hole. Get ready for a lot more of that if he's elected.)

That may be why both Obama and the Annenberg Foundation are blocking access to the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Tellingly, Obama seems to have misplaced his Illinois State Senate papers too.

There seems to be a pattern here. Obama seems to be saying: just listen to what "The One" says he will do in the future - don't look at the records of what he's done in the past. Anyway - he won't let you look at his records. This is a problem that pervades his career and his life.

Besides, would you associate with, or run any kind of organization, with Bill Ayers? Would you launch your political career in the home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn - after you knew who they were and what they'd done? I wouldn't. That shows poor judgment on Obama's part - and the placing of political opportunism over principle.

At least McCain has military command experience which should count as executive and/or leadership experience.

Governor Palin is the only one in the race with actual executive experience. She's been both a governor AND a mayor. And when she had an executive position she (unlike Obama) produced positive results - cutting taxes in Alaska, fighting corruption, and increasing competition among the energy companies for the gas pipeline. Her job approval rating in Alaska has stayed at or above 80%! She's a true leader - with true executive experience.

And she's actually run - and worked in - a fishing business with her husband. She's had to help meet payroll. She's worked a blue-collar job and has had to worry about meeting the household's bills on a couple of blue-collar salaries. She's pulled herself up "by her bootstraps" - her parents worked at an elementary school.

As Governor of Alaska, and as Mayor of Wasilla, she's had to make actual decisions with actual consequences. (She could never vote "present" - as Obama frequently did in the Illinois state legislature). She actually fought corruption on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ("AOGCC") and as Governor. She's made tough calls - she didn't just "coast" as Governor - and still she has an 80%+ approval rating. That's remarkable. She's been the most popular governor in the whole country for some time - while fighting corruption and oil monopolies in Alaska. This is amazing stuff.

To become Governor of Alaska, Palin defeated the sitting Republican (!) Governor of Alaska in the primary. She then defeated a former Democratic Governor of Alaska in the general election. This is an amazing story. She did all this as the mother of 4 (now 5) kids, who'd been a small-town mayor and city councilwoman, who'd worked-in and helped run her family's fishing business. This is a true Horatio Alger story.

But taking on corruption in her own party was nothing new. She resigned as the Ethics Commissioner on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ("AOGCC") in protest over the "lack of ethics" of the other Republican members. After resigning, she filed a formal complaint against Republican AOGCC Commissioner Randy Ruedrich - who was also at that time the Chairman of the State Republican Party! She protested his use of his public office for party business - and his working too closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating.

(If only someone like Sarah had been in D.C. when Barack Obama, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank were taking campaign contributions from Fannie Mae - while endorsing its disastrous guarantees of high-risk mortgages. Palin would probably have exposed these corrupt politicians - like she did in Alaska - and saved our nation from having to undertake a $700 million bailout of the American financial system!)

Palin also joined with Democratic legislator Eric Croft to file a complaint against Gregg Renkes, a former Republican Alaska Attorney General, accusing him of having a conflict of interest while he was negotiating a state coal export agreement.

Due to Palin's efforts in the above two cases - against members of her own Party - both Ruedrich and Renkes resigned. Ruedrich had to pay a record $12,000 fine.

For more on these remarkable stories, see here and here.

Going back to foreign policy: who has been the best foreign policy President of the past generation? Ronald Reagan, I'd say. And Palin has exactly the same amount of foreign policy experience now that Ronald Reagan had when he became President - not Vice President - which is the office that Palin is seeking.

So, explain to me (and the mainstream press) again - why is Palin is a negative?

Explain to me (and the mainstream press) why does McCain's pick of Palin shows "poor judgment"?

The ability of the Left to "prepare the battlefield" is truly amazing. (Obsequious regurgitation of the Left's talking points by the mainstream press, of course, helps).

The Left says Palin is a negative because of "lack of foreign policy experience" and "inexperience" generally. Then the Left says McCain's pick of Palin shows "poor judgment." And people just parrot this silly stuff - despite all of the above. (When Bill Clinton was running for President, do you remember the Left - or the mainstream press - bemoaning his "lack of foreign policy experience"?)

Once you think about it, the double-standard in the mainstream press for Republican candidates (e.g., Sarah Palin - a Governor with no "foreign policy experience" per the mainstream press) and Democratic candidates (e.g., Bill Clinton, who had the same amount of "foreign policy experience" as Palin when he became President - not Vice President) is pretty stark isn't it?

The Left's spin tends to be pretty obvious and sophomoric - so I'm amazed that so many people fall for it.

From my point of view, Palin is a tested executive (and principled conservative) like Reagan. She's the only one in the race with actual executive experience.

Having been both a Governor AND a Mayor is a positive - not a negative! Don't fall for the spin!

There's a reason why so many of our Presidents have been former governors. That's the perfect executive experience to prepare someone for the Presidency. (Indeed, that's what Reagan said). (And, very importantly, having been a governor gives a candidate a true, gut-level sense of the primary, sovereign role of the States in our federal constitution; so they know one-size-fits-all solutions out of D.C. are often a very bad thing).

Based on the above, Palin has more positives than McCain, Obama and Biden combined.

Thank goodness Mccain had the good judgment to pick Palin. (Consider the first major decision these two Presidential candidates made: McCain picked Palin - with all the good attributes listed above - and Obama picked Biden: a two-time admitted plagiarist, with zero executive experience, who's been wrong on every major foreign policy matter for the past 30 years).

Obama showed extremely poor judgment in picking Biden - just like he showed extremely poor judgment in running the Chicago Annenberg Challenge into the ground, and just like he showed extremely poor judgment in associating with people like Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Jeremiah Wright. Obama has spent much of his adult life choosing political opportunism over principle.

Governor Palin's record, accomplishments, and history of good judgment in difficult situations, are far superior to Obama's and Biden's. And Palin is our Vice Presidential candidate. McCain-Palin is the superior ticket by far.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Emergency Food Kit. 275 Servings. Weather Proof Bucket.

Emergency Food Kit - 275 ServingsAvailable at COSTCO: Emergency Food Kit. 275 Servings. Weather Proof Bucket.

I've decided to simplify my grocery shopping - and just eat this.

Note how the ad says: "Due to overwhelming response, this item will be delivered in 10-15 business days."

Was there some end-times memo that I missed? If the rapture occurs, how will all of us people left in DC even find out? It's not like any of our friends will go missing.

The bucket might come-in handy too.

Via The Corner.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Barack Obama was born at Coast Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. He is not a natural born U.S. citizen as required by the Constitution.

Barack Obama and his extended familyBarack Obama and his extended family: back row, left to right: unidentified man, Barack Obama, Abongo (Roy) Obama (Barack's half-brother), unidentified woman, unidentifed man, unidentified man; front row (left to right): Auma Obama (Barack's half-sister), Kezia Obama (Auma's mother), Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama (the 3rd wife of Barack's paternal grandfather), unidentified woman. (Via

Via Barack Obama was born in Kenya - not the United States - his family admits. He was later naturalized as "Barack Soetoro" in Indonesia. He is not a “natural born” U.S. citizen as required for the Presidency by the U.S. Constitution.

Although Barack Obama claims he was born in Hawaii, he has never disclosed which hospital he was born in - and he has never produced a birth certificate.

Apparently, Barack Obama's real name is "Barry Soetoro," as it was listed on his school records in Indonesia - which records also listed his religion as "Islam."

Barack Obama's school record from Indonesia lists his name as 'Barry Soetoro,' his citizenship as 'Indonesian,' and his religion as 'Islam'Barack Obama's school record from Indonesia lists his name as 'Barry Soetoro,' his citizenship as 'Indonesian,' and his religion as 'Islam.' (Via IsraelInsider).

For more, see and

Here's a copy of the Certificate of Live Birth posted by the Obama campaign. They've refused to disclose the name of the hospital where Obama was born.

And see the relevant State of Hawaii regulations here:

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[§338-17.8] Certificates for children born out of State. (a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

(b) Proof of legal residency shall be submitted to the director of health in any manner that the director shall deem appropriate. The director of health may also adopt any rules pursuant to chapter 91 that he or she may deem necessary or proper to prevent fraudulent applications for birth certificates and to require any further information or proof of events necessary for completion of a birth certificate.

(c) The fee for each application for registration shall be established by rule adopted pursuant to chapter 91. [L 1982, c 182, §1]

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In other words, Barack's mother could have obtained the above "Certificate of Life Birth" even if Barack was born outside of the United States (e.g., in Kenya). Via PowerLine News Forum.

Indeed, it appears that Barack was born at Coast Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya - located in Coast Province.

Here's a copy of the lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be President of the United States. Here's an Adobe Acrobat copy of the First Amended Complaint in the matter of Philip J. Berg, Esquire v. Barack Hussein Obama, et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 08-CV-4083 (The Honorable R. Barclay Surrick, United States District Court Judge).

Here's information on The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and here's information on U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick.

Here are the Google search results for this subject.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Avast, me hearties! "Bile" from "Puntland" says we're to blame for the Somalis' "booty."

You've got to love any reporter who can combine "Bile," "Puntland" and "booty" in one action-packed article.

Apparently these, er, terms come together frequently in the wacky, pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia:

Somali gunman south of Mogadishu, September 2008, Sept. 2008A Somali gunman south of Mogadishu, September 29, 2008. (Via Yahoo News) (AFP/File/Ali Musa)

Via Yahoo News:

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"World powers have neglected Somalia for years on end, and now its problems are touching the world..." said Bile Mohamoud Qabowsade, adviser to the president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous Somali region that is the pirates' base.

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Somalia's pirates have become bolder, more heavily armed and more sophisticated as they have raked in millions in ransoms from shipping companies and possibly governments unwilling to risk fatalities.

The booty has paid for global positioning systems, satellite telephones and weapons, including 20 mm cannons, Brown said.

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In the meantime, the international momentum is being driven by the growing flotilla off Somalia.

India says it is sending warships, and South Korea is considering dispatching vessels. Russia has sent a missile frigate.

A NATO flotilla of seven ships — destroyers from the U.S. and Italy, frigates from Germany, Greece, Turkey and Britain — is also headed in. NATO says its priority will be escorting World Food Program ships that deliver basic rations for 3 million hungry Somalis.

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Trying to help "hungry Somalis." Isn't that how Bill Clinton and Les Aspin got a bunch of our soldiers killed during the Battle of Mogadishu - the subject of Black Hawk Down?

Anyway, why should we listen to a guy named "Bile" from "Puntland" who says we're to blame for the Somalis' "booty"?

Doesn't he know that Talk Like a Pirate Day has come and gone?

Monday, October 13, 2008

McCain and Palin energize voters in Virginia Beach

Palin in Va. BeachU.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin greets supporters at a rally in Virginia Beach on October 13, 2008. Via Yahoo News (Reuters/Carlos Barria).

From a reader at The Corner:

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Just returned from the McCain-Palin rally in Virginia Beach. It was packed full of folks who wanted to scream their heads off for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin. And by packed full, I mean that I sat in traffic for an hour and then stood in line for 45 minutes. Folks behind McCain were there at 3 am, I was told.

Palin made a few remarks about anger being turned to action, listing the things folks are angry with. Standard stuff, until the last one: Voter fraud! The crowd ate it up. Also, she pronounced Norfolk as Nor-fork which a lot of folks from other parts of the country tend to do.

McCain was on his message, though not everyone in the crowd was wild about his plan to buy up bad mortgages.

I came out of the rally feeling like it will be a close race here in VA, despite what's on the news.

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The reader may be right. The race appears to be tightening.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The History of Red States and Blue States

map of 1984 Presidential electionIn this map from the 1984 Presidential election, blue represented the incumbent (Ronald Reagan of the Republican Party) and red represented the challenger (Walter Mondale of the Democratic Party). This use of blue for the incumbent party and red for the challenging party was typical in electoral maps prior to the 2000 election. Via

A recent post by Professor David G. Post at The Volokh Conspiracy started me thinking of "red states" and "blue states."

This is my memory: prior to the 2000 election, in newscasts, newspapers and all other media that I saw, blue was the color of the incumbent Party for the Presidency and red was the color of the challenging Party.

My memory of the above standard usage: blue = incumbent Party for the Presidency, red = challenger Party for the Presidency ... goes back to the early 1970's.

Thus, in the 2000 election, the Democrats (and Al Gore) were signified by blue on maps (since Bill Clinton and the Democrats were the incumbent Party holding the Presidency). The Republicans and George W. Bush were signified by red because they were the challenging Party for the Presidency.

By contrast, in 1992 Bill Clinton and the Democrats were signified by red whereas George H.W. Bush and the Republicans were signified by blue.

Then, with all the tumult around that 2000 Presidential election - and the resulting debates about the series of red-blue maps (on both the state and county level) - many people began to associate red with Republican and blue with Democrat generally.

The Democratic Party wisely ran with this.

The Republican Party foolishly did not push back against this.

It is helpful to the Democratic Party to be signified as blue and not red because:

(1) blue is a relatively calming, safe color,

(2) red is easily associated with "reds" as in communists or socialists - which strikes a bit close to home for many Democratic policies (when you get a moment sometime read the positions of the Democratic Party and then go read the positions of the Communist Party USA - you will be surprised at the many similarities), and

(3) painting the Republicans with red makes them a kind of permanent insurgent, radical party - since red is a relatively radical, aggressive, angry color (i.e., one "sees red").

The Republican Party (and conservative commentators and media) should use the traditional standard of blue = incumbent Party for the Presidency, red = challenging Party for the Presidency - which existed prior to the 2000 election.

Why they haven't - and why there's never even been an intelligent discussion of this topic (thanks for your post - it's the first I've seen anywhere on this) is a real mystery to me.

If we must forever associate each party with a color, however, the Republican Party (and conservative writers and commentators) would be foolish not to always associate the Democratic Party with the color red.

"Reds" historically referred to communists. See, e.g., here.

And the official positions of the Democratic Party and the Communist Party USA are strikingly similar. See the agenda of the Democratic Party here. Now go look at the agenda of the Communist Party USA here.

Along these lines, the Communist Party USA's glowing praise of Barack Obama is telling.

I've looked around (just a little googling) for some evidence of my strong memory of the traditional color code for maps in American Presidential elections, i.e., challenging party = red, incumbent party = blue.

So far I've come up with:

1. here (see comment 17),

2. here, and

3. here.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

About the demosthenes weblog: from warblogger to Palin blogger

Governor Palin in Englwood, Colorado on Saturday, October 4, 2008On Saturday, Oct. 4 in Englewood, Colorado, Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin criticized Senator Barack Obama for 'palling around' with domestic terrorist Williams Ayers. Via Yahoo News (AP Photo/Pool, R. J. Sangosti).

On Saturday, October 4, 2008, Governor Sarah Palin rightly (and gently) criticized Senator Barack Obama for "palling around" with unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. Yet Associated Press writer Douglass K. Daniel quickly wrote an article saying such (accurate) criticism of Barack Obama "was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext" - neither of which is true.

It is by no means racist - or unsubstantiated - to to criticize Obama's long, close personal and working relationship with domestic terrorist William Ayers.

So - apparently - the mainstream press is again acting as the public affairs department of the Obama campaign. Certainly Douglass K. Daniel's article - which forthrightly seeks to chill any criticism of Obama's relationship with Ayers - does not represent the objective, independent, fair role of the mainstream media (or the Associated Press) which they purport to serve.

So I feel compelled to blog again.

I am the warblogger formerly known as nikita demosthenes.

Many of us warbloggers left the battlefield of the blogosphere after the Iraq war had begun. Now many of us are returning due to our admiration for Governor Sarah Palin. And many of us are returning due to our distaste for the mainstream media's negative bias in coverage of Governor Palin (and positive bias in coverage of Senator Obama). Douglass K. Daniel's article from October 5, 2008 is a textbook, and particularly egregious, example of this phenomenon.

So call me - and the many like me who have returned to the fray based on the above - Palin bloggers.

For more on Douglass K. Daniel's dishonest article on Palin see Investor's Business Daily and Instapundit. Apparently, Douglass K. Daniel - who supposedly does objective reporting for the Associated Press - has a history of this kind of bias.