Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cruising the Web

Could Clint Eastwood be Thursday's surprise speaker? Word has it that he's flying into Tampa this week. He would be a speaker worthy of the hype about who the surprise might be.

The MSM never seems to avoid underwhelming us with their bias. They wonder if Mitt Romney can hit the right tone of carrying on the convention as Isaac pounds the Gulf Coast. But they neglect to point out that the actual guy who controls FEMA was out campaigning himself with hard-hitting attacks on Romney. Apparently, only one candidate has to worry about hitting the right tone.

And how very typical of MSNBC which spends every night bashing the Republicans as racists and a lily white party, but cut away from the convention every single time that a minority speaker took the stage. They don't want to let what is actually happening on the podium interfere with their favorite attacks on the GOP.

We know that the networks won't cover much of the convention, but what are all-news networks for if not to cover that which the networks won't do? But they just talked over some of the main speakers in the 9:00 hour as the GOP highlighted their rising stars. And they waited a long time into Artur Davis's speech explaining why he left the Democratic Party and no longer believed in Barack Obama, a man he supported four years ago. They just didn't want to give a black former Democrat the megaphone to explain his change of beliefs. It just wouldn't fit their chosen narrative.

There aren't that many people who have addressed both conventions: Zell Miller, Joe Lieberman, Cardinal Dolan, and now Artur Davis.

Mickey Kaus makes the argument that likability isn't as important as it used to be. I'm not really convinced.

Mickey Kaus ponders the success of the Republicans' attack on Obama loosening up the work requirements for welfare. As Kaus writes,
I didn’t think Obama supporters would resort to crudely arguing that talking about welfare is really talking about race–a historic loser complaint for them. I was wrong. Maybe voters suddenly love being told that their concern for a work ethic makes them racist, and that legitimate misgivings about the dole–voiced, in the past, by Bill Moyers and Piven and Cloward, not to mention Bill Clinton–are really a “dog whistle” to bigots.
Who is the real bigot when it's automatically assumed that any talk about welfare is a racist attack?

IBD highlights the lamest defense of Obama's failures on the economy - that the Republicans blocked his agenda. Please. The President had a 60 seat majority in the Senate. He could have passed whatever he wanted to stimulate the economy in 2009. It's not the Republicans' fault that the Democrats passed such a fizzle of a bill.

Ross Douthat doesn't buy the idea that Mitt Romney would be another James K. I never thought that Polk was a role model that Republicans should be mentioning. Polk who would govern for one term, achieve his goals, and then step down. First of all, Polk could be an ugly partisan who shortchanged his generals in the field in Mexico because he feared that Whig generals such as Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott would rise to prominence after victories in the Mexican-American War. He maneuvered us into a controversial war for imperialistic motives and then interfered with the fighting of that war for partisan motives. He's no role model.