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Flotsam and Jetsam

Katie Couric did her job yesterday. If Barack Obama can’t answer Katie Couric’s concerns, there may be hope for John McCain yet.

Not the Great Depression? Harumph!

Rooting for America isn’t the problem –it’s rooting for one candidate while masquerading as an impartial journalist that is the problem.

If it is to be believed this is just the thing to panic supporters of Israel: “A member of the king’s inner circle who attended the chicken-and-rice dinner with King Abdullah and Queen Rania said that Obama had gone a long way toward assuaging their fears that he would be so eager to run away from his paternal family’s Muslim roots and to woo skeptical American Jews that he would not be “the honest broker” they long for after W.’s crazed missionary work in the Middle East.” As I noted yesterday, the more Obama plays moral relativist and encourages such a perspective among Arab leaders the more worry sets in for those concerned about Israel’s fate.

Ya think there might be problems achieving universal health care coverage without a massive tax increase, limits on choice and suppressing medical innovation? Who’d have thought?

Funny how we didn’t hear much about this on the evening news. You mean Sunnis took up arms against Al Qaeda once they understood America’s troops would defend them? Obama seems to think they just “awoke” on their own.

My only comment on this: if true, Elizabeth should get every square inch of the 28,200 feet. Too bad she can’t get back the months of such precious time she sacrificed on the campaign trail.

So many reasons to explain Obama-mania among the media, but odd how Dee Dee Myers doesn’t raise ideology. Was there a Democratic presidential candidate whom the MSM didn’t favor? Ever? (Yeah, not this badly but I’m not sure they ever had such a perfect embodiment of their elite, internationalist, post-modernist mindset.)

Worry in the left blogoshphere –the homefront might not be impressed with Great Man’s overseas trip. Warning to all McCaniacs: individual state polls have the steadiness of a ping-pong ball in a hurricane. It does raise the possibility, however, that Americans in the heartland paying $4 for gas don’t care if Obama met with King Abdullah. (I really am waiting for the enterprising reporter who interviews some blue collar worker in Youngstown after Obama speaks to a million screaming Germans in front of the Prussian victory column and asks what he thinks. Will he be impressed or horrified?)

Dead right: “Poor John McCain. He’s so last-century. Still living in a world in which deeds matter, policies matter, what you would actually do with the power entrusted to you matters. . .McCain’s approach is all so, well, cognitive. McCain thinks that reality is something that really exists, that has to be dealt with, instead of recognizing that we live in a Brave New World where highly paid symbolic analysts construct reality by manipulating symbols.”

“War is a contest of character,” as Steve Koehl eloquently explains. But do Americans think of themselves as being at war? And do they value character or only celebrity? I’d like to think “yes” to both but I’m not confident of either.

The Washington Post editors are at it again — being smart and sober. Are they going to endorse Obama anyway in the fall? It would seem hard to do after so many smart op-eds.