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Friday, October 03, 2008

Something about Obama

"Some of his comments that he has made about the war that I think may — in my world– disqualifies someone from consideration as the next commander in chief....Some of his comments about Afghanistan and what we are doing there supposedly–-just air raiding villages and killing civilians. That’s reckless." --Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin

"If, God forbid, we live to see [Barack] Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way." --Actor Jon Voight

"So where are the colleagues? The buddies? The political or spiritual soul mates? His most important spiritual adviser and mentor was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But he’s out. Then there’s William Ayers, with whom he served on a board. He’s out. Where are the others? The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby...." --Columnist Charles Krauthammer

"Obama is a wholly untested Illinois state senator with less than 200 actual days on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Obama has never run anything or faced any significant political crisis in his life requiring the expert exercise of wisdom and judgment, much less this perfect storm of crises.
Obama's rise has been because of machine politics and hard-left coalitions, and his past is checkered with the most radical and the most corrupt sort of characters imaginable --Ayers, Rezko and Wright to name just the big three....Obama would be a huge risk in even placid times of peace, full employment, and robust growth, a radical break with America's political traditions even as measured against the McGovern candidacy of 1972. In a time of war and precarious economic unce[r]tainty, it would be near suicidal to turn the world's most important job over to him. --Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt

"This is not a man who sees America as you and I do - as the greatest force for good in the world. This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country." -- Sarah Palin

"...the worry is that Obama has had some kind of relationship with an unrepentant domestic terrorist, which even Shane must admit Obama has downplayed. And that Obama has promised, and continues to promise, to meet with would-be genocidal killers like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'without preconditions.' And that Obama has the most liberal voting record in the Senate. In short, we question his values and his honesty and his judgement — especially his judgement. --Blogger Stephen Green

"Obama was funding Ayers’ "small schools" project, built around this philosophy. Ayers’ radicalism isn’t something in the past. It’s something to which Obama gave moral and financial support as an adult. So when Shane says that Obama has never expressed sympathy for Ayers’ radicalism, he’s flat wrong. Obama’s funded it." --Journalist Stanley Kurtz

"Now, how about the question of whether Bill Ayers has a hard-left educational philosophy shared by Barack Obama? My guess is that soccer moms (and dads) would be interested to learn about that." --Blogger Tom Maguire

"In fact, there are dozens of voter groups which claim outright that Barack Obama’s nomination was garnered illegitimately and with decidedly undemocratic methods. These are the PUMA people, the NoBama folks, the caucus-fraud investigators, and a whole lot of others who fervently believe that Barack Obama is not the legitimate nominee of the Democratic Party electorate, but the nominee of the party elite and caucus strong-arm tactics." --Columnist Kyle-Ann Shiver

"What worries me is not that Palin could not do the job of Vice President, but that Obama may well be President, a man of dubious associations, a hyper-partisan voting record, a disturbing if not vicious campaign history in Illinois, with large lacunae in his past at Columbia, and before and during Harvard, and a record of very little accomplishment if not frequent failure as an ambitious community organizer, while a politicized professor at Chicago Law School without a trace of scholarly publication...." --Historian Victor Davis Hanson

"Obama's dividends and capital gains proposals appear to be a major attempt at redistribution of income rather than a serious attempt to pay for the spending that he has proposed." --Washington reporter Robert D. Novak

"So, can we fight global poverty? Of course, we can and already do. The question, then, is whether we want to be forcefully taxed to do it, or whether we wish to continue to do it our own way....As in many other Obama policy proposals, this man seems to believe that no matter what the issue, government does it better than individuals. Whether it’s a politician telling a general how to fight a war, or telling a mother and father how to educate their children, or telling doctors how to treat illness, or telling businesses how to hire, Barack Obama favors the old socialist do-gooder model of trusting government over individuals." --Kyle Ann Shiver

ADDENDUM/UPDATE: And don't forget Chicago-style politics writ large:

"Mr. Good Will - who lists his employer as "Loving" and his profession as "You" - has contributed 1,000 times to the Barack Obama campaign. All the contributions have been in amounts of $25 or less. But they add up to $17,375 - far more than the legal limit of $4,600. That's $2,300 each for the primary and general election campaigns....Mr. Obama has raised a whopping $223 million in contributions of less than $200. Candidates are not required to disclose the names of those who contribute less than $200, and Mr. Obama has not. John McCain has made his complete donor database available online...." --Colunnist Jack Kelly

"In July and August, the head of Nigeria's stock market held a series of pro-Obama fund-raisers in Lagos," Mr. Timmerman said. "At one event, a table for eight went for $16,800. Nigerian press reports claimed sponsors raked in an estimated $900,000....the fact is that U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign." --Journalist Kenneth Timmerman

UPDATE: "CNN Ayers Investigation - Obama Lied in Debate" (via Ace of Spades HQ)

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