• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Total Solar Eclipse Hit Twin Cities, June 1954…..It was Spectacular!!!

Crowds cheer as total solar eclipse

of 2012 begins

The rare three-hour trek across Earth’s surface starts in northern Australia

from MSN

The last total solar eclipse until 2015 has begun, with the moon crossing in front of the sun in a celestial event that will ultimately send the moon’s shadow on a three-hour trek across Earth’s surface, starting in northern Australia.

Despite some clouds, the beginning of today’s total solar eclipse was clearly visible as the moon edged between the sun and Earth, appearing to take a bite out of our star as seen by thousands of observers in Cairns, Australia, where several webcasts were broadcasting the event.

The eclipse will reach totality at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT) today — shortly after dawn Wednesday local time in Australia — over the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land region. The moon’s shadow sweeps southeast from there, crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria into the state of Queensland before heading out into the vast Pacific Ocean, where few will see it.

Greg Wood  /  AFP – Getty Images

The Diamond Ring effect is shown following totality of the solar eclipse at Palm Cove in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland on Tuesday. Eclipse-hunters flocked to Queensland’s tropical northeast to watch the region’s total solar eclipse.

More than 50,000 spectactors, along with teams of scientists, flocked to Cairns on Queensland’s northeast coast to witness the solar spectacle. NASA spokesman Josh Byerly told Space.com that there was a tiny window in which the moon’s shadow on Earth might be visible from the International Space Station today, but the outpost’s six-person crew is scheduled to be sleeping at that time. [ Photos: Total Solar Eclipse of 2012 ]

If you’re not among the lucky few along the path

If you’re not among the lucky few along the path of totality, you can still watch the eclipse online. Several organizations, including the Slooh Space Camera and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, are webcasting live views from Cairns (where cloudy conditions remain a threat).

You can watch several live webcasts of the solar eclipse at Space.com.

The total eclipse comes to an end at 6:48 p.m. EST (2348 GMT) today, with the moon’s shadow petering out 610 miles (980 kilometers) west-northwest of Santiago, Chile — about 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) from its starting point Down Under.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon lines up with the sun in the sky, blotting out the solar disk from a viewer’s perspective on Earth. There are three main categories: total, partial and annular (in which the outer edge of the sun shines like a ring around the moon in the sky).

The last total solar eclipse took place in July 2010, and the next one won’t occur until March 2015. However, a so-called “hybrid” eclipse — which shifts between total and annular at different points on the globe — will come to parts of the Atlantic and central Africa in November 2013.

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson generated a series of detailed eclipse maps for the solar eclipse of Tuesday.

Today’s eclipse isn’t just a boon for skywatchers. Scientists view it as a rare chance to study the sun’s thin outer atmosphere while the solar disk is blocked. Amateurs and professionals are both in for an unforgettable experience today, as long as the weather holds, experts say.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, total eclipses are a million,” NASA researcher Fred Espenak said in a statement.

Warning: If you are watching the total solar eclipse in person, be extremely careful. Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through telescopes or binoculars without the proper filters. To safely view solar eclipses, you can purchase special solar filters or No. 14 welder’s glass to wear over your eyes. Standard sunglasses will NOT provide sufficient protection.

The eclipse isn’t the only celestial treat skywatchers can look forward to this week. The annual Leonid meteor shower, which has produced some spectacular shows over the years, peaks overnight Saturday.

Slooh Space Camera

A view of the partially eclipsed sun from the Slooh Space Camera’s feed based in Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, in Northern Australia on Tuesday.

Editor’s note: If you are along the eclipse path in Australia or elsewhere and snap an amazing photo of Tuesday’s total solar eclipse that you’d like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please send images, comments and location information to Managing Editor Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com.

Follow Space.com senior writer Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall   or  Space.com @Spacedotcom. We’re also on Facebook   and Google+.

*  *  *  *  *   Total Solar Eclipse Hit the Twin Cities, June, 1954…..It was Spectacular!

Comment:   And I would add, viewing the total eclipse of the sun that June, the morning of that  day I graduated with my B/A degree in Georgraphy from the University of Minnesota, was far more overwhelming a sight  than the unbelieveable beauty of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

There was more to the show than viewing indescribable beauty.   Every minute from start to finish,  the eclipse was a scene and act unto itself.

The entire horizon with downtown St. Paul far in the distance was the stage.   Lighting was that of the most beautiful June morning  anywhere in temperate climes.

As the moon approached its mark, the wondrous magnificent drama began.

Light began a change……..winds  began…..weather stirred the silent……..sounds were changing in tune and volume…….all the earth in view came  to shake visually and become  overwhelmed by  shadows  and stirrings,  inspiring , yet frightening as the wave of darkness began its victory over light.    Howling dogs, whistling winds pushing past trees,  chirping birds suddenly were silenced and sound  disappeared.

All six of us bearing witness together on a this barren Twin Cities suburban hill, were totally absorbed and struck numb and dumb by the choreographer’s power and talents.

Trust me, an honest and devoted conservative raised by a  God-fearing mother and  a greatest-guy-in-the-world  dad ………I have never seen a show or scenes anywhere  in my life  so  compelling, so thrilling, and ‘uplifting’ to the  almost overwhelming,  as that show  the moment the moon appeared to touch the Sun at first reach that  most exquisite June morning..

Mpls. StarTribune’s Ditzy Queen, C.J. Decries, “Five Racists, from Right Here in Minnesota”.

This morning I had an appointment to get a flu shot at my local health factory, Health partners.   While sitting in a cold, nearly vacant ‘corridor’ for adult waiting, I spied a two  page spread of Minneapolis Obamanews which used to be called The Minneapolis Star-Tribune in healthier times of its  news reporting.

“10 electoral votes, five racist tweets”  one side of the newspaper spread headlined  in large print.   I pulled the sheet toward my lap.    The odds were 99-1  that the racist headline had something to do with Obama’s squeaking out his majority vote for president a week ago.

On closer look I  a saw picture and name of one  ‘C.J. the dish’   the  local gossip  page artist.  Please read what I read.

C.J.: 10 electoral votes, five racist tweets

“The re-election of President Obama prompted the usage of certain racist terms on Twitter, according to the research by the website FloatingSheep.org.

Five of those tweets came from right here in Minnesota, from five separate people.

On the day after the election, FloatingSheep.org searched for tweets containing the words “monkey” or the N-word and “Obama” or “reelected” or “won,” wrote Barry Petchesky on Gawker.com. He was depressed by the result of the research.

“Some Americans are racist,” wrote Petchesky in a post that can be read at startribune.com/a1882. “We know this, though there’s nothing quite like a black guy winning a national election to bring them out of the woodwork. The sheer volume of racist Tweets is disheartening, but can we learn anything from them? Because this stuff is now nationally broadcast rather than confined to poorly Xeroxed newsletters, there’s data waiting to be mined. Floating Sheep, a group of technologically minded geographers, has attempted to determine just where the racism is coming from.

“Sorry, Southern states. Once again, objective data throws shade your way,” wrote Petchesky.

He also specifically chided two non-Southern states: “Seriously, Minnesota, Oregon, I’m very disappointed in you.”

Reached Monday, Petchesky told me via e-mail: “The stereotype of MN and Oregon is that they are both quite liberal open-minded places.”

Minnesota hasn’t always been as liberal as its image. We were a hotbed of anti-Semitism, dating to the 1930s. Until the late 1970s Anoka County had a N-word Lake (spelled with all six letters) that finally underwent a name change, to Burns Lake, over the objections of some residents. While many Minnesotans remain fairly open-minded, from where I sit, there seems to have been an influx of intolerants who came to here to escape other states with larger, more colorful populations. As a result, it seems Minnesota is growing less liberal the more people of color move here.

But to our credit, on Election Day a majority of Minnesotans were not so revolted or threatened by the idea of an elegant, well-educated, cerebral black man being our leader as to vote against him for re-election to the presidency.

In other great news, FloatingSheep. org’s Matt Zook, an associate professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, said the group’s study confirmed only five racist tweets from Minnesota.

That’s because the study only included “395 geo-coded tweets,” said Zook. “Geo-coded tweets probably [are] between 1 and 5 percent of all tweets. So there were more tweets with those terms but we couldn’t put them on a map.”

Translation: There were probably more than five racist tweets from Minnesota. Zook just couldn’t connect them to our state.

“The study was focused on the geographic distribution of the hate tweets rather than the overall size of the phenomenon,” said Zook. “Obviously, one hate tweet is too large.”

She’ll be back.”

Further comment:  I am quite sure that Dennis Prager might wince at my use of the word, “ditzy”  in any thought  I might put into print.

I wince at words I write  once in a while as well…..and sometimes I chicken-up and erase them.     Being a Christian raised American,  I hate,  always have hated  lying, swearing and vulgarity.

I think the word nigger must be used again and again in prose until the word no longer has its sacred protections insisted by anti white Liberals.   But I do not practice this message I sometimes preach.

Countless black males tend to add pepper with  the word nigger during street life on a daily basis.   One would have to be deaf or a lefty not to hear it in the inner city.

Although CJ is black, she appears  white-like in her gossip column photo.

I am wondering if she has ever written or even put into conversation her experiences  overhearing her protected race repeating any derogatory curse/comments about whites ….especially the learned  ones motored by habit….such as:

“”Goddam yuh muddufukkinwite” after this white male, politely turned down a pan handler’s  assault on my public walk space by saying, “No, thankyou”,  when being spacially assaulted by black males sweet talking.

The most racist group of significant cultural identity in our America in  AD2012, is the inner city BLACK  racist most often  of the male variety.

CJ also wrote, charging in a quote, that Minnesotans:      “were a hotbed of anti-Semitism, dating to the 1930s. Until the late 1970s Anoka County had a N-word Lake (spelled with all six letters) that finally underwent a name change, to Burns Lake, over the objections of some residents.)

I lived among Jews in St. Paul’s Highland Park area from 1936 to 1956.   A neighbor and then a second one both located directly across the street from my upbringing  were Jewish.    There was no “hotbed of anti-Semitism around where I lived or went to school.   Even in high school where the only groups organized close to gang level were AZA  clubs for Jewish boys only, there was no “hotbed” of any anti-anybody except………

…..Nearly all….probably all…..story telling about Minnesota racism this or that, came and comes from Lefty propagandists, the ditzy many who reek evil with mouth rather than sword to advance some kind of political agenda besides their personal  craving to feel good about themselves.

Another story I remember, this one from the Sunday St. Paul Pioneer Press, some Negro gal who had moved up from Dixie to St. Paul, was pining about the days of segregation on Twin Cities public transportation.    It was a major article the Pioneer Press feminist ditzies, male and female, were gathering about feminist  female suffering in the Twin Cities.

There never was any kind of segregation of races de jure or de facto practiced in TwinCity  public transportation services.     The cities were Christian cities then, folks.  As a thirteen, fourteen and fifteen  year old boy, I traveled by public transportation all over St. Paul, mostly via trolley, and hiked  through all kinds of racial and national neighborhoods and never was accosted or even cursed by anyone.    I was exploring the world around me for ten cents a tour.

The greatest adventures came from crossing the Mississippi River over dangerous, but thrilling bridges into a world beyond each visit for another ten cents.

Even then I always travelled alone.   I followed my curiosity which also took me through occasional slums,  both black  and white, almost Haiti like in smell and look.

P.S.   How does Lefty ditzy or ditzy of any kind conclude that Nigger Lake in Anoka County was named as a put down to Negroes?    Lefty racist  with a political agenda in the 1950s stole  the meaning of these words for political purposes.

Have you forgotten that lefties  in St. Louis Park including its large Jewish community,  championed the banning of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry, from the 1950s on, because Huck’s close friend, a Negro, was named Nigger Jim.

The Lefty crowd in Minnesota, like lefty crowds  everywhere,  ruin everything they touch.

Lefty Hysterics: Man Caused Global Warming is ‘Falling’ on Jersey Shores….

Actions Speak Louder than Words

November 13, 2012   from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Since New York was besieged by Hurricane Sandy recently, the focus once more is back on global warming and how humanity should overcome this environmental challenge, says Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, aresearch fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

Global warming has become part of the mainstream policy dialogue since Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Despite this constant talk, urbanization continues to stream into the coastal areas. Indeed, people’s words underscore fear of global warming, yet their wallets hint no fear. 

  • Population is booming and property prices are rising in all old coastal cities around the world, including Mumbai and Chennai.
  • Beachfront properties are affordable only to the millionaires.
  • Residents are aware of the danger; nonetheless, cities within the hurricane belt are booming.
  • U.S. population is shifting from north-central states to coastal states, especially in the hurricane-prone south.
  • These trends undercut the concerns surrounding global warming.

An important part of the answer as to why people’s actions belie their belief in natural disaster increases due to global warming is that their belief in global warming is shallow — more political correctness than deep conviction. Yes, they see some danger. But they do not see it as dangerous enough to change their lifestyle and investment style.

  • It is the belief in human adaptation to overcome these challenges.
  • Hundreds of problems have been mitigated through new technology and other forms of adaptation without necessarily going on a carbon-free diet.
  • Much of Holland, for example, is below sea level, but it has adapted accordingly.
  • The sea level at Atlantic City has risen 16 inches over the last 100 years, yet the city has evolved to overcome.
  • Other cities will also emulate this trend.

Source: Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, “Adapting to Climate Change is Less Costly than Spending Trillions on Emission Targets,” Cato Institute, November 7, 2012.

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NY Times Angered at Big Ads for Conservatives…..Ignore Free Ads Media Provide Fellow Marxists

James Tarranto at the Wall Street Journal:

Double Denial
“The millionaires and billionaires who gave nearly $500 million to independent groups in the race to elect Mitt Romney and other Republicans not only bet on the wrong party, they bet on the wrong tactic,” the New York Times declared yesterday in a triumphant editorial:

There is something supremely cynical about the notion among Republican conservatives that they could use their ability to make unlimited contributions to “super PACs” and shadowy social-welfare groups to buy an election. It views voters as a flock of sheep, easily hypnotized by misleading ads, willing to believe whatever wealthy industrialists tell them about taxes, jobs and health care.

So it turns out the Times’s alarms about Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to engage in such speech, was unwarranted. As the paper put it in a Wednesday editorial, it didn’t require censorship of political speech for voters to deliver “a repudiation . . . of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation.”

Or so you’d think. But of course the Times continues to insist that “the corrupt flood of cash needs to be stopped.” The Sunday editorial also asserts:

Granted, television ads have long played an excessive role in American politics, substituting cheap accusations for discourse, but this was the year they went too far. In state after swing state, voters said they were overwhelmed by the din of ads and tuned it all out.

Aren’t playing “an excessive role” and going “too far” one and the same? Oh well, never mind. As Michael Barone has observed, “all procedural arguments are insincere, including this one.”

The Times’s claim that Obama’s re-election is “a repudiation . . . of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation,” however, is also laughable for substantive reasons. It was Obama’s campaign, after all, that released an ad declaring its opponent “not one of us.”

As Michael Medved notes at the Daily Beast:

The sad reality is the lavishly funded ad campaigns worked as intended. A report from a monitoring agency at Wesleyan University suggests that an astonishing 85 percent of all campaign commercials by the Obama campaign and allied groups featured negative messages about Romney. These attack ads aren’t supposed to inspire your people to go to the polls; they’re meant to dissuade the other guy’s supporters from going to the polls. The purpose of negative advertising is to discourage, not encourage, voting.

The advertising avalanche by the Democrats highlighted Romney’s wealth, offshore bank accounts, job-exporting background at Bain Capital, expensive Olympics horse, bad singing voice, mistreatment of his dog, unpublished tax returns, murder-by-cancer of a steelworker’s wife, and general heartlessness and cluelessness. The Obama team knew full well that such messages would never persuade committed partisans to switch support from the Republicans to the Democrats and could even alienate a few of their own backers, particularly women, with their overall nastiness. But if the ugly tone of the campaign kept right-leaning independents or even undecided voters away from the polls then it would be worth it, shrinking the field of potential recruits Romney needed to close the gap and win the election.

In short, the impact of such an unpleasant campaign almost always will prove more damaging to a challenger trying to attract new votes than to an incumbent who needs only to hold on to the bulk of his old base.

Which leads to a procedural argument opposite from the Times’s. Obama’s nasty campaign got a boost from federal campaign regulations that were unaffected by Citizens United.

Candidates for president each raise two separate pots of money: one for the primary campaign, and one for the general-election campaign. Obama had no serious primary challenger, so he was able to begin his attacks on Romney in the spring using primary-campaign money, while Romney’s primary funds were depleted and he was not permitted to spend his general-election money.

That’s a feature of the current regulatory structure that benefits incumbents regardless of party. If you think, as the Times professes to, that “substituting cheap accusations for discourse” is a problem, it’s not at all clear that the solution is less rather than more freedom of speech.

American Man from South St. Paul, Liberal MN, Revises His Obama Future

With the Dems in control …

I am a happy Republican. After putting my two children through college, paying off my house, contributing to charities, I can begin to live it up. I am going to get a reverse mortgage on my home, deplete my savings, cancel my long-term care insurance and start spending. After all, every care I have is now taken care of with the Dems in full control of the state. I don’t have to worry about my kids or their husbands getting a job because 30 million are going to be created, if not in the private sector, then in the government. My grandchildren can just get student loans and then have the government forgive them, no problem. I can refuse to have my picture taken for a driver’s license because after all, if an ID is not needed for voting, why for driving? It’s my right. Besides, the state could save millions of dollars in the process if the picture is removed. Arne and Mark would love that. Or maybe I’ll just drive without a license. I am beginning to look at travel brochures for countries in Europe that we seem to idolize like Greece, Spain, etc., to get a firsthand look at what we are going to become. Excuse me, my plane is now boarding.

John Winslow, South St. Paul

Mark Waldeland sent in this letter sent to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Obama-Petraeus Scandal-Benghazi Timeline equals Stench

There is an old Russian saying…..”Never kick a rotting turd”!

Despite the tall grasses of the un-mowed lawn…..Obama not only stepped on that morsel, he has carried its stench  along with hims ever since.   

Read further for the time line of  others the smell others now wear and share:

FBI Timeline Of Petraeus Scandal


Thomas Sowell: Candidate Romney Another Good Soul Republican Thrown to the Trash Bin


Nice Losers

By Thomas Sowell –       at realclearpoliics: 

Mitt Romney now joins the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment– nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have.

The list of Republican presidential candidates like this goes back at least as far as 1948, when Thomas E. Dewey ran against President Harry Truman. Dewey spoke in lofty generalities while Truman spoke in hard-hitting specifics. Since then, there have been many re-runs of this same scenario, featuring losing Republican presidential candidates John McCain, Bob Dole, Gerald Ford and, when he ran for reelection, George H.W. Bush.

Bush 41 first succeeded when he ran for election as if he were another Ronald Reagan (“Read my lips, no new taxes”), but then lost when he ran for reelection as himself– “kinder and gentler,” disdainful of “the vision thing” and looking at his watch during a debate, when he should have been counter-attacking against the foolish things being said.

This year, Barack Obama had the hard-hitting specifics– such as ending “tax cuts for the rich” who should pay “their fair share,” government “investing” in “the industries of the future” and the like. He had a coherent vision, however warped.

Most of Obama’s arguments were rotten, if you bothered to put them under scrutiny. But someone once said that it is amazing how long the rotten can hold together, if you don’t handle it roughly.

Any number of conservative commentators, both in the print media and on talk radio, examined and exposed the fraudulence of Obama’s “tax cuts for the rich” argument. But did you ever hear Mitt Romney bother to explain the specifics which exposed the flaws in Obama’s argument?

On election night, the rotten held together because Mitt Romney had not handled it roughly with specifics. Romney was too nice to handle Obama’s absurdities roughly. He definitely out-niced Obama– as John McCain had out-niced Obama in 2008, and as Dewey out-niced Truman back in 1948. And these Republicans all lost.

In this year’s first presidential debate, Obama out-niced Romney. But, when he lost out doing that, he then reversed himself, became the attacker, and ultimately the winner on election night, despite a track record that should have buried him in a landslide.

When you look at this as a horse race, there is no question that the Republicans deserved to lose. But the stakes for this great nation, at this crucial juncture in its history and in the history of the world, are far too momentous to look at this election as just a contest between two candidates or two political parties.

Quite aside from the immediate effects of particular policies, Barack Obama has repeatedly circumvented the laws, including the Constitution of the United States, in ways and on a scale that pushes this nation in the direction of arbitrary one-man rule.

Now that Obama will be in a position to appoint Supreme Court justices who can rubber stamp his evasions of the law and usurpations of power, this country may be unrecognizable in a few years as the America that once led the world in freedom, as well as in many other things.

Barack Obama’s boast, on the eve of the election of 2008– “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”– can now be carried out, without fear of ever having to face the voters again.

This “transforming” project extends far beyond fundamental internal institutions, or even the polarization and corruption of the people themselves, with goodies handed out in exchange for their surrendering their birthright of freedom.

Obama will now also have more “flexibility,” as he told Russian President Medvedev, to transform the international order, where he has long shown that he thinks America has too much power and influence. A nuclear Iran can change that. Forever.

Have you noticed how many of our enemies in other countries have been rooting for Obama? You or your children may yet have reason to recall that as a bitter memory of a warning sign ignored on election day in 2012. 

Copyright 2012, Creators Syndicate Inc.


Conservative, Rick Moran Blames Romney for November Catastrophe

Romney is to blame for his own defeat

Rick Moran      at   the American Thinker:

We’ve read a lot of post election analysis suggesting it was superstorm Sandy, or Hispanics, or Obama’s superior ground game that led to Romney’s defeat.

There have even been several articles hinting that Romney himself is to blame, largely because he listened to consultants, or his GOTV operation was screwed up, or he wasn’t conservative enough.

But I think this piece by Michael Hirsh in National Journal distills the essence of Romney’s problem:

But in the end, Obama secured a second historic election victory-in the face of staggering unemployment-largely because the alternative portrait that Romney presented to the country was far too incomplete. By failing to fill in critical details that would have fleshed out both his personality and his policies, the Republican challenger gave the American people a mere pencil sketch of a candidate. It wasn’t enough, and it was much too abstract. Too many voters couldn’t figure out which Romney would show up in the Oval Office. Would it be the Massachusetts-moderate redux they saw in the last six weeks of the campaign, or the right-wing ideologue from the Republican primaries who embraced a small-government zealot, Rep. Paul Ryan, as his running mate?

That’s not to underrate the savvy, and very savage, campaign that the Obama team ran, one that ruthlessly exploited all of these Romney weaknesses and cost the GOP candidate critical blocs of female and Hispanic voters who didn’t buy the reality of Moderate Mitt. For all of the fretting about how $5 billion in campaign spending left the nation with something close to the status quo ante-a Democratic president and Senate, a GOP House-perhaps the most successful chunk of advertising money ever spent in modern American political history was the initial $50 million or so the Obama team devoted last spring to defining Romney as an exploitative, job-exporting Wall Street plutocrat.

In a dynamic that played out much like 2004, when Democratic challenger John Kerry failed to respond to the Republicans’ “Swift Boat” attacks, Romney never responded effectively to the fat-cat charges. And he never overcame that image, as a blanket of Obama ads kept up the attack through Nov. 6 in the battleground states. “I think they were very smart in defining him early. The early ads paid off,” says GOP strategist Rick Tyler, who helped Newt Gingrich defeat Romney in the South Carolina primary by portraying him similarly. “I don’t think he ever really recovered.”

The Obama attack successfully neutralized Romney’s main argument that as a businessman and numbers whiz, he was best suited to fix the economy. Postelection polling suggests that even though Romney had slightly higher numbers on economic performance than Obama in some polls, his advantage there was eclipsed by doubts about the soundness of his policies and his evenhandedness. According to pollster John Zogby, while most voters on Tuesday cited the economy as their top issue, as expected, 52 percent said that Romney’s policies would favor the wealthy, while a plurality of 43 percent said that Obama’s policies more greatly benefit the middle class.

Part of Romney’s problem was that the primaries drained his war chest and he couldn’t spend any money he raised for the general election until after the convention.

But Hirsh is right; Romney let the Obama campaign define him and he never effectively countered their image of him as a rapacious, evil capitalist even after he was able to advertise in response to those charges. The flip flopping certainly didn’t help and while the voter gave Romney high marks in his ability to better handle the economy and deficit than Obama, the issue of trust dogged him throughout the campaign.

It might be seen in retrospect that the video that emerged of Romney talking about the “47%” did more damage than was realized at the time. It played directly into the tens of millions of dollars in advertising by the Obama campaign that defined Romney as a heartless businessman.

In the end, Romney couldn’t overcome his own shortcomings.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/11/romneys_

Comment:   I felt the Romney strategy during the campaign was weak, overly cautious, apologetic of his Mormon devotion, his wealth and successful background.      It was particularly weak outlining the nature of the cultural, religious, educational  and economic  damage the Marxists,  especially the  Obama variety have already perpetrated upon the country.
He never once mentioned the vast corruption of nearly everything emanating from the United Nations,    another Obama  pet endlessly  soothed by ignorant single and lonely women.
Unfortunately, not many of today’s Democrats are interested in Truth……Most  hate traditional Christians and Rush Limbaugh too much.
Observors of that elections must give credit to where credit is due.    Intlellectual criminal, Barack Hussein Obama is a hating campaigner not restricted by normal bounds of  civil restraints.   He hasd been campaigning for re-election for two years and can relie on millions of the modern American mindless, single women,  the urban black,  the gays, the herds of bought-by-Democrats government union members, and the world of university social science  Marxist evangelists of all sexes.
Normal folks, fewer and fewer in each American generation there may be,  must repair the damage done by these Obamalings and their predecessors by increasing their labors which begins with….KNOW THY MARXIST  OPPONENT WELL.
Mitt is a good American, but not a skilled,  after-your-throat politician.