October 21, 2008
NEW RULE: Whenever someone criticizes Sarah Palin for her supposed unfitness for the job -- or, in Peggy Noonan's words, her lack of a "philosophical grounding" -- they must follow up with an explanation of how Joe Biden is somehow better. Yesterday Biden said Obama's lack of experience gaurantees America will face a renewed threat from our enemies "within the first six months of our presidency." This, of course, is only the latest; he seems to be averaging about one gaffe/day. While Sarah Palin offered a less-than-brilliant response to Couric's question about her reading materials, at least she isn't batting 0-for-every-major-issue-over-the-last-30-years.
PREDICTION: As Obama heads to Hawaii to be with his ailing grandma, expect to see any and all McCain criticisms of Obama's policies objected to as poorly timed and in bad taste. But the media doesn't really care about good taste, and McCain doesn't need to continue tying one arm behind his back. He needs to keep making the case that he's the safer pick for America. Unless he's criticizing the Obama grandma herself, he's acting perfectly appropriately.
THE "OBAMA RULES": According to That One, noting that his tax policies are based on socialist tenets is below the belt and utterly inappropriate. Meanwhile, it's apparently totally acceptable for Rep. John Lewis to call McCain and his supporters George Wallace-styled segregationists, for the New York Times to slime Cindy McCain as a pill-popping junky, and for his friend John Kerry to make jokes about Sen. McCain wearing adult diapers. Thou shalt not worship false idols and all.
STIMULUS STUPIDITY: Pelosi & Co., are now planning another round of "stimulus," this time rumored to be as high as $300 billion. And why not? Last June's $152 billion stimulus package worked so well! What's another $300 billion? Are we even monitoring the federal deficit anymore? Why not just print an infinite amount of money until everyone has $1 million? Who cares if we have Zimbabwe-style inflation. Even President Bush and Ben Bernanke say another round of stimulus is worth considering!