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In case you were worried that Barack Obama and the Democrats were on the verge of waking up and getting on board with domestic energy exploration and development, you can rest easy for now. Although the New York Times eggs them on into political oblivion, I still think they can switch positions –it wouldn’t be as egregious as some of the other policy shifts and would be far more beneficial.

This strikes me as exactly right on Jesse Helms.

Do you think it’s life-size?

How many politicians does it take to crash a bank and cost the taxpayers billions? Justone,apparently.

The Left and the “blame the neo-con conspiracy” club is going to be mighty upset about this quote about Iran: “Israel bears the brunt of that threat . . . and the safety not only of Israel but of the entire world depends on forcing Iran to give up its nuclear capability.” And they’ll be even more upset to learn it wasn’t Joe Lieberman, but Nancy Pelosi. Another dupe of the Israel lobby?

On the list of things Barack Obama doesn’t know (or knows incorrectly), this doesn’t seem so large. I’m sure someone can explain the chain of command if he is elected.

If you start playing it safe you better make sure your lead can hold up. You don’t want to hide from the public, forget about an agenda, let the media dictate the narrative. lose your brand identity and take unpopular positions only to find your lead is slipping away.

The mainstream media is always surprised. How could the public not overwhelmingly favor Obama? Just a mystery. Perhaps if they hadn’t hated Hillary Clinton so they would have paid closer attention to her arguments on electability.

This heart-breaking series on Chandra Levy is transfixing — women who make bad choices, men who are cads, police who make errors — with every paragraph you want to shout “Stop! Be smarter!” But it is way too late, of course.

And this comment on Obama’s latest Iraq pronouncement is from a sympathetic blogger: “Left unanswered is what would happen if the ground commanders urged Obama to keep troops in volatile areas for longer than a year — or what would happen if Obama began to withdraw troops at one to two brigades per month, and his commanders asked him to keep a brigade in place for an extra two or three months — or what would happen if violence erupted in places the U.S. recently left — or whether Obama’s residual force would be supplemented with brigades transferred from other parts of the country.” (And this doesn’t even include questions about the size, location and mission of the “residual force.”)

A striking poll on the candidates’ commander-in-chief ratings. Hillary Clinton didn’t run that “3 a.m.” ad for nothing.

I really don’t get the “they agree on so much” analysis of McCain and Obama. On all the big stuff — national security, the courts, taxes, spending, and energy — the differences are really big. It strikes me as an argument from the Left seeking to hide the huge chasm between the two candidates and to minimize the riskiness of Obama’s left-leaning positions. Another homage to the right-of-center electorate?


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