Just wanted to bring up some things I saw – so how about an open thread?
The San Francisco TEA Party (yes, there is such a thing – and its larger and more visible than you’d think) protested Obama’s recent fund raiser. The most telling thing about it? The gathered Obama-bots made a mess – strewing trash all over the place – and it was the TEA Party activists who cleaned it up. One does wonder – do liberals know what “citizenship” means?
There is a report that there is joint US-Israeli planning for a strike at Iran’s nuclear program. There are two things, in my view, which this can be:
1. Eye wash to the Israelis to keep them thinking we’ll do something until after the election – then if Obama is re-elected, Israel will be left in the lurch.
2. A desperate ploy by Team Obama to have a rally ’round the flag moment late in the game – we bomb Iran, Americans feel better about Obama, Obama wins re-election (it won’t work – but I don’t put making such an attempt past the Obama people).
No, there is no chance that clear eyed national security reasons would motivate anyone in the Obama Administration about this.
You know you’ve won the gun control debate when the argument is whether or not the cops have a right to assume that your concealed weapon is un-licensed. They don’t, in my view, but I do see the point: 95% of firearms are not licensed for concealed carry but, on the other hand, the chances of someone carrying a concealed weapon who is un-licensed to do so is also very small. Long way from demands that all handguns be banned or that the 2nd amendment only secured the right to bear arms to police and military personnel.
Iowahawk strikes again: White House scientists fight outbreak of the dread disease scrutonium.
Yes, there are bags of polls showing Romney surging. I won’t bother linking them – you can find them everywhere right now. My prediction of a Romney win was never based on polling, so I’m not about to start citing polls. It is the fundamental dynamics of the race asserting themselves – so much so that now, even with a lot of polls heavily over-sampling Democrats (some have stopped doing so in such an egregious manner), Romney is coming out in the lead. Remember: Obama never has had much chance of winning. He’s not this super-genious who felled our best in 2008 and whom we could only beat by a string of massive good luck. He’s a lousy President (meaning, on an executive, decision-making level) who’s policies have failed and who is running for re-election as America is on the cusp of renewed recession. If we can’t beat Obama in 2012 then it might be time to fold up the tents and go home – not since 1980 has a political party been handed to many advantages when trying to take out an incumbent. Obama can still win; it ain’t over until its over…but it was always an uphill climb for Obama, not for the GOP (I just wish we had had more guts and had worked out better plans to challenge Obama and the Democrats even in the bluest States).
Its been mostly out of the news lately, but Europe continues to melt down. I’m astounded they’ve managed to keep it together this long. I don’t know how much longer they’ll be able to keep it up. Once it goes, though, the world will go through a very sharp financial crisis.