CLOSING THE DEAL: A Roadmap for Campaign 2008’s Homestretch

Must Read: H/T Hot Air

By Guy Benson (www.guybensonshow.com) and Mary Katharine Ham (www.weeklystandard.com), Editor and Contributor, Ed Morrissey

THE CONTEXT

If recent polls are to believed, freshman Senator Barack Obama has a better than average chance of becoming America’s 44th President, the Commander-in-Chief of the planet’s most powerful military, and the proverbial leader of the free world. It’s worth mentioning that just four years ago as President Bush and Senator John Kerry were vying for the White House, Obama was still a part-time State Senator representing a liberal district in Chicago. Before that he was an attorney and, famously, a community organizer. In 2008, Obama has positioned himself as a post-partisan, thoughtful moderate with the superior judgment required to lead the country. These are lofty promises from a man with precious little executive experience, and a Senate career that lasted exactly 143 legislative days before he launched yet another campaign for higher office. No one can deny his ambition. In fact, if Obama wins on November 4th—and serves one full term in the Oval Office—the Presidency of the United States would be the longest consecutively held full-time job he has ever held without seeking another.

Barack Obama promises “change,” which is an appealing concept to an American public weary of a beleaguered administration and worried about the future. They are faced with a candidate who promises them everything: Tax cuts for 95% of Americans, universal healthcare, peace, saving the planet, and—according to his wife—the “healing” of Americans’ souls. As the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Questions abound: Is this man prepared to be president? Does he hold mainstream values and policy preferences? Who has influenced his thinking, and where does he want to take the country? Has he been honest with the people from whom he seeks votes?

FILE: ABORTION

Barack Obama is out of the political mainstream on abortion. Don’t take our word for it, just listen to Sen. Obama’s own statements. In his final debate with John McCain, Obama asserted that “nobody is pro-abortion.” If you don’t have the time to read Princeton University professor Robert P. George’s detailed argument that Obama may actually fit that description, consider the candidate’s own record. In the clips below, you will hear Obama say three things.

First, he tells an audience that if his own daughters experienced an unexpected teen pregnancy, he wouldn’t want them “punished with a baby.”

Second, he pledges to a Planned Parenthood gathering that the very first thing he’d do as president is sign the Freedom Of Choice Act, which—according to the bill’s own supporters — would abolish bans on partial-birth abortion and parental notification laws nationwide while implementing tax-payer funded abortions. All three positions are wildly unpopular with the vast majority of Americans, yet they are Obama’s top priorities—just ask him:

Finally, Obama argues against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as an Illinois Senator in 2002. Despite Obama’s protestations otherwise, he voted three separate times against this legislation, which was designed to require life-saving care for infants who survive botched abortions. This is a matter of record. Not only did an identical bill pass Congress without a single dissenting vote, the explanation Obama has offered for years to defend these votes has been exposed as a lie. Furthermore, Hot Air has a long list of supporting posts on this very subject:

Listen to Obama complain that providing care to these accidentally-born infants would place an undue burden on the woman and her abortionist:

Americans of good faith are divided on this issue. Many are pro-life, and many are pro-choice. Obama’s extreme record should horrify the former group, and should even give significant pause to the latter. Ask yourself, are babies “punishment”? Would you vote for the Freedom of Choice Act and against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act…three times?

FILE: TAXES

As a skilled rhetorical magician, Obama presents himself as a tax-cutter. Even though he’s voted dozens of times to raise taxes, he assures Americans that 95% of us will have our taxes slashed under his plan. The Wall Street Journal isn’t buying it. Once again, though, the best way to assess someone’s positions is to listen to his own language. Note the two telling exchanges that follow:

First, Obama tells newly-minted national celebrity “Joe the Plumber” that his tax hikes on the so-called rich are designed to “spread the wealth around,” which Obama explains is “good for everybody.” Does that sound like a genuine tax-cutter to you?

Second, Obama is challenged by ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson at a primary debate in Pennsylvania. Gibson asks Obama why he insists on raising capital gains taxes (which affect millions of American investors) even after history has proven that raising said taxes actually decreases government revenues from the taxes, and cutting capital gains taxes actually brings more revenue into federal coffers. Obama has no answer, other than to blow off all the evidence, and say that raising taxes is the fair thing to do—practical consequences be damned.

Someone so obsessed with the concept of “fairness” is unlikely to be a friend to taxpayers. Obama’s record over his brief legislative career confirms his tax-and-spend impulses.

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Clinton on David Duke and Jeremiah Wright

Hmmm….. Very Interesting video….

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Gwen Ifill: Obama Supporter, Unbiased Moderator

Michelle is all over it

Gwen Ifill Questioned Whether Palin Could Be Good Mom & VP– Asked If She Was Vetted

Is Veep debate moderator Gwen Ifill biased?

McCain camp didn’t know?

Obama on Bipartisanship: Uh, Not That Interested…

“I don’t think me calling House Republican members would have been that helpful. I tend not to be that persuasive on that side of the aisle.”

– Barack Obama, acknowledging he doesn’t know how to do bipartisanship and that his whole post-partisan gestalt is about as fact-based as the Easter Bunny.   H/T Dean Barnett

Hot Air

SO, SO, SO CREEPY! KIDS FOR OBAMA…

Showing their love for the Dear Leader….

Singing the new Gospel of the New Messiah

IT’S NOW OFFICIAL… IT’S A FREAKING CULT!

Dem’s Pimp Children For Propaganda Video

Malkin: The Obama Children’s Chorus

H/T Founding Bloggers

VIDEO: “ESWINNER’S” DEMOCRATIC SMEAR AGAINST PALIN

Ace, Michelle and Jawa, among others are all over this story. Check it out:

Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them

Winner and Associates?

Corporate sockpuppetry for Team Obama?

Did Obama Fund Web-based Smear Campaign Targeting Palin?

Hiding the evidence?

Slime

Evidence from Jawa:

While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

* Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.

* The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.

* Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.

* Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.

* The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.

* This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod’s firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as “astroturfing.”

* David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.

* The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe.

Michael Jackson on the Obama Ads: It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White

It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White:

John Murtha: Still a Disgrace…

Anti-Murtha ad getting play in PA: (H/T HotAir)

Do the Right thing: Bill Russel for Congress

The Dude on Murtha:

Haditha Marine May Sue…

Murtha Refuses to Apologize to Exonerated Marines: Does Anyone Care?

This guy just makes me cringe…

This is the way Murtha’s original comments were reported Internationally. Sad.

This is Murtha refusing to apologize to acquitted soldiers…

Other news:

Help send Murtha packing

Boot Murtha

Crook and Liar

More on the Pennsylvania Conman:

Boot Murtha

Uh-Oh, Murtha Caught On Tape Red-handed

Murtha the Betrayer?

Porker of the Year

House Reprimand for Murtha?

Boot Murtha: Support Bill Russell

So much for trimming the pork

Shameful Reuters Story

The One is Watching….

Alpha and Obama…

Why the Hopemonger has faded

ACORN Watch: The community organizing fraud continues

That famous Biden Generosity…

Ready to be President?

Obama – Ayers Connection A Little More than Community Organizing

$126,000 From Fannie and Freddie? In Four Years?

Memo to Survey USA: Stop polling on Sunday

Reid Doesn’t Know Which Bank Failed

How Dare McCain Utter Half of This Sentence!

Obama Calling in the Cavalry?

For months now, Barack Obama has been backtracking on his Primary Promises to Americans. The “post-partisan”, can’t we all just get along community organizer with a heart of gold, has been replaced by the petty old-style politician, clamoring for attention and demeaning and demonizing his political opponents.

So much for “A new kind of politics”

Obama Campaign Calls in the Calvary

That’s because, after a year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not to form them and of suggesting that outside messaging efforts would not be welcome in Obama’s Democratic Party, Obama’s strategists have changed their approach….

The upshot: Obama’s campaign will no longer object to independent efforts that hammer John McCain, just as, in their mind, the McCain campaign has not objected to those efforts targeted at Obama. “I assume with their 527s stirring, some [Democratic] ones will as well,” another senior campaign official said…

The money is there. The top two 527s — the Service Employees International Union and America Votes — are liberal in orientation.

WP: Top Obama Flip Flops

Flip Flop Collection

Democrats Drill for Dirt

Obama flip-flops on almost everything…

Obama Surge Flip Flop

Standing up to the Truth-Squad

Biden: If “Republicans” care so much about kids with birth defects, why not support stem-cell research?

The Hunt for Sarah October

Obama’s Wasilla Airborne

Olbermann vs O’Reilly: Who Won?

H/T Political Demotivation

For your entertainment: A LIST OF SOME OF OBAMA’S (BROKEN?) PROMISES:

  • He pledged to use public financing if the Republican candidate did the same
  • Ending the Cuban Embargo
  • Illegal Immigration
  • The War in Iraq
  • The FISA Bill
  • Marijuana decriminalization
  • NAFTA
  • Pastor Jeremiah Wright [“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.]
  • A divided Jerusalem
  • The Iranian Threat
  • Missile defense
  • School vouchers
  • Drilling
  • And, so on…