Quote of the day

November 2, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson on the end of journalism:

The media has succeeded in shielding Barack Obama from journalistic scrutiny. It thereby irrevocably destroyed its own reputation and forfeited the trust that generations of others had so carefully acquired. And it will never again be trusted to offer candid and nonpartisan coverage of presidential candidates.

Don’t tease me like this

November 2, 2008

Via AJ Strata: a blogger posted an audio file from a Pennsylvania radio station that claims it has internal GOP polling data indicating a possible McCain landslide. Check out these numbers:

  • New Jersey: McCain leads 48 to 43, with 7% undecided.
  • Michigan: McCain leads 44 to 42, with 10% undecided.
  • California: Obama leads 44 to 43, with 9/% undecided, 3% for Barr.
  • Pennsylvania: McCain leads 55 to 33, with 10% undecided. In Pennsylvania Obama only leads among Democrats by 47 to 37, with 14% undecided.

Back in July, I speculated on the possibility of a McCain landslide. I had since decided that was very unlikely, given that Obama had a massive (and possibly illegal) fundraising edge and that the McCain campaign seemed determined to fight with one hand behind its back.

But now… I suppose the radio station could be fibbing, the GOP fooling itself, or its pollster incompetent. I could just be clinging bitterly to an audacious hope. I don’t expect it to happen.

But a guy can dream, can’t he?

If McCain does win Michigan, that will prove his advisors were wrong and Palin was right.

But if he wins California, you’ll hear me laughing all the way in Maine. Rolling on the floor


King Coal

November 2, 2008

Once it was a crime to offend the king — lese majeste. While we don’t imprison, fine, or execute anyone for it these days, it can still cost you in other ways. In Barack Obama’s case, offending King Coal may cost him the election:


Ignore for a moment the idiocy of threatening the source of nearly half of the nation’s electrical power. Promising to bankrupt investors in coal plants should go over really well in states where coal production is important. As this 2000 map of coal producing states shows, Obama in that January interview threatened the livelihoods of thousands of voters in battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Not just in mining, itself, but also in all the industries that rely on mining: power generation, transportation, equipment manufacturing, and retail businesses that depend on the money spent by coal-mining families.

Do you think voters there will be hearing about this from Team McCain over the next 48 hours?

You betcha. Devil

(hat tip: Ed Morrissey)

LINKS: Gateway Pundit, who also reminds us of Obama’s position on nuclear power. Fausta’s blog, at which we get a replay of Joe Biden famous anti-coal gaffe. Blue Crab Boulevard and Sister Toldjah.

UPDATE: And, after the Prophet Barack (Hope! Change! Waffles!) bankrupts the coal industry, he promises to bankrupt us, too, by making energy prices go through the roof! Yay! Party


Here’s a quote:

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know ā€” Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because Iā€™m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it ā€” whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

I can’t wait to see California’s rolling blackouts of 2002-2003 taken nationwide!

(via Ed Morrissey)