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Is a freewheeling setting so daunting for Barack Obama that he would stiff six thousand of servicemen and their families? The McCain team no doubt is happy that Obama isn’t making much of an effort to earn the trust of the military and, to boot, has breathed new life into the story about him snubbing the townhall concept.

Here’s one way to get conservative pundits to defend Wall-E. Enough with the umbrage-taking, already.

Here is a good question: “Do Democrats only honor a military record when their nominee happens to be a veteran?”

David Broder lets on that Obama has left no footprints: “No one in recent decades has emerged as the party standard-bearer from so truncated a political career: four years in the U.S. Senate, during which he has yet to lead on any major domestic or foreign policy issue, preceded by largely anonymous service in the Illinois state Senate. ”

After chiding him (“everything he is and does is cultivated”) Maureen Dowd advises Obama to stop “whining.” It is a little scary when Times columnists sound like the Right blogosphere.

Helpful pundits give Obama plenty of encouragement to take on teachers’ unions. But what about the other unions? Does does he really need to oppose secret ballot elections and the rest of the Big Labor wish list?

Yeah, bullying disaffected Democrats sounds like a grand idea: tell them that their concerns about Obama’s flip-flopping are “childish” and suggest that if Hillary Clinton supporters “go off in a snit when their candidate loses the nomination, that will suggest that they aren’t really in this out of progressive passion–they just find politics an amusing hobby, like racehorses or yachts.” Who could resist such a charming entreaty?

The lesson of the surge from Michael Barone: “Stand fast. Put the right men in charge. And never doubt the capacity of the men and women of the American military, when given the right orders, to perform far better than the experts predict.” (And to do that, you need a President with an extraordinary ability to screen out media and Congressional wailing and even the short term political concerns of his own party.)

What better encapsulation of the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Left: “Calling every petty regional dictator ‘evil ‘ is ultimately counterproductive by coarsening our political discourse and dehumanizing our opponents.” Those on the Left are beyond redemption when they can’t agree even to this indictment of Iran: “The Iranian regime epitomizes evil on all social and political fronts. From its draconian punishment of women and homosexuals to its aggressive anti-Semitism (to highlight a few offenses), Iran must be stopped from having the political and military leverage that comes with the acquisition of a nuclear weapon program.”

If you can get by the inexplicable assertion that MSNBC is “an improvement over Fox” in maintaining journalistic credibility, this is an interesting read on why Tim Russert stood out as a “responsible adult” (largely, because he was “[s]urrounded by the new-style gang of smirking, eye-rolling, jabbering commentator-newsmen”). The Eddie Haskell reference alone makes it worth the read.


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