Congress finally gets oil drilling right, by doing nothing.

It took forever but Congress has finally caved and will not stop new drilling for off-shore oil.

Good news I’d say.

But, of course, as anybody who knows anything about government can tell you, there is still a mile of red tape to get through before anybody can actually go and actually drill for oil offshore. The biggest problem is in getting congress to pass a revenue sharing bill which cuts the states in on the money that drilling will enevitably bring in. Until then its doubtfull that the states will allow any drilling…

But I’m hopeful.

After all this is a winning issue for the Republicans and a loser for the Dems so the Republicans will push this as hard as they can until its settled and the Dems, as evidenced by the surrender on the drilling ban, simply can’t afford to fight back too hard.

So, as I said before, good news.

P.s. I can’t wait to see what this does to oil prices

Is Obama dumb or does he just play dumb when it suits him?

When I look at this latest Gaffe that’s the question I’m left with.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPd4yk0x-eg

The important line to note in the video is “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.”

Now, yes, that is a common saying in politics and, yes, even McCain has used it before (though he was calling a piece of legislation a pig and not people). So to someone who doesn’t follow politics in any way shape or form it might not seem like a big deal at all. But for everyone else in the world its obvious that this is intended to be an attack on Sarah Palin.

And its obvious because the most famous line Sarah Palin has ever uttered in her public life came just a week ago when she said “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick”.

But despite how obvious it is to anyone with half a brain and access to campaign coverage, Obama and his campaign insists on asserting that the pig comments had absolutely nothing to do with Sarah Palin. You know, he just happened to use that lipstick line about pigs the week after Palin made her own famous lipstick reference and now he is shocked and appalled that anybody could make the connection.

Now, honestly, if you take the campaign’s explanation at face value than what else can you conclude than the fact that Obama is just dumb. Seriously. I mean how can you not make the connection between the two lines? Even if you didn’t intend for the connection to be made how can you not see that it would be made?

(I mean come on… even his supporters in the audience made the connection. Are they smarter than he is?)

To me, whats far more likely than the Obama camps explination is that Obama planned on making the pig remark as a twist on Palin’s words, which happens all the time in politics (you know those clever politicians), and I’m guessing he didn’t completely realize that the twist ends up referring to Sarah Palin (and George Bush) as a pig. And I’m also guessing they probably figured even if it was borderline offensive that it would get a lot of attention since it was at a small rally in front of supporters.

And then when it did blow up in their faces Obama and his campaign decided to play the “I’m an idiot and completely oblivious to practically everything” card. A card that the Obama camp has played over and over again with great success.

Think back to the situations around Reverend Wright, Rashid Khalidi, or William Ayres. It seems, at least to me, that Obama always seems to have a piggate/lipstickgate/whatevergate you wanna call it kind of response. In other words he always seems to claim that he was completely unaware of what he or his friends and associates were doing or saying. You know, the old “I wasn’t there when my pastor of 20 years was saying these insane things” or the classic “my friends who either are terrorists or support terrorists are actually “mainstream” and “respected” professors”.

(But, inevitably, the dumbest people involved with the playing of the idiot card are the ones who immediately fold after its played… that would be the media of course)

So, whether you go with my best guess of what happened or if you go with what the Obama campaign says happened their are really only two conclusions to draw from this. And those conclusions are, either Obama really didn’t make the connection before he said the pig line and is thus and absolute idiot or he knew exactly what he was doing and is just pretending to be dumb in order to escape the backlash like he has done time and time again throughout this election cycle.

UPDATE: New idiotic Obama response to the controversy…

Biden vs Palin so far…

So the number 1s have chosen their number 2s. Lets take a minute to make a video comparison of the two latest video from Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

Here’s biden at a campaign event making a little gaffe and sounding just plain painful… (Bob Casey jr was negative 2 years old at the time)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN5khF2i2ek&eurl=http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/30/video-biden-sees-unborn-people/

And here’s Sarah Palin on CNBC sounding smooth and informed… plus she isn’t afraid to directly critique her own party.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GE11URmmnc&eurl=http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/29/video-palin-knocks-biden-on-drilling-ties-it-to-national-security/

McCain’s pick looks better and better every hour… can you say the same of Obama’s pick?

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Huckabee to supporters: Palin pick “pleasant surprise”

Contrary to what others in the conservative community might think it seems that Mike Huckabee isn’t trying to fracture the party or “stir up the same sense of grievance among the Huckheads that finding out Hillary wasn’t vetted stirred up in the PUMAs” it seems that Mike Huckabee is actually quite happy with the VP choice.

Here is the message he sent to supporters today:

Sarah Palin for Vice President!

Today at 12:48pm
by Mike Huckabee

Sarah Palin is a pleasant surprise for those of us who had hoped that Senator McCain would pick a principled and authentic conservative pro-life leader. Sarah Palin is both principled and authentic. As a Governor, she also brings an important balance of understanding of the critical domestic issues that is needed and that the Democrats have ignored with their ticket. Governor Palin is smart, authentic, tough, and a dynamic choice that will remind women that they are not welcome on the Democrat’s ticket, they have a place with Republicans.

Seems as though he, like pretty much all conservatives from Rush to Beck to Malkin (to me), is pretty taken by Palin and pretty pleased with McCain for picking her. Maybe this will make the “Romneyheads” back off Huckabee, then again probably not… But, hey, Huckabee probably won’t back off Romney anytime soon either.

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Sarah Palin, The most experienced?

So, now that the pick is in, its time for the Democratic attacks to start…

What about Sarah Palin (who went to the University of Idaho) will they attack you ask? Well, as Ironic as it is, her inexperience…

That’s right, Barack Obama and his surrogates will attack Sarah Palin because she doesn’t have enough experience to lead… boy oh boy. Now, any sane person will surely see right through this pathetic tactic (seriously, couldn’t they come up with anything better?) but I figure why not examine it anyway?

Well, it is true that Sarah Palin has only been Governor of Alaska for a year and a half. However, as Barack Obama pointed out himself once, Obama actually has less on the job experience that Palin since he basically started campaigning for president immediately after being elected to the Senate.

But beside that point, there is a whole nother aspect to this whole “experience” debate… an aspect that Palin wins hands down (even when compared to McCain).

And that is the experience of running a government. Palin is the only one who has any executive experience. She is the only one knows what its like to be the one and only person in charge of making the important decisions (from all accounts they’ve been good decisions) and accepting responsibility for their consequences. Being an executive is most certainly a whole different experience from being a legislator.

Palin’s executive experience adds a lot to McCain’s ticket… not to mention the many other advantages she brings.

Good job McCain, you have seriously made a winning pick. I am impressed.

UPDATE: Obama attacks but then backs off

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Obama intro video: less than a minute dedicated to his experience

I just rewound my Tivo after I was surprised at how little time they dedicated to trying to establish Barack Obama’s experience in his introduction video. And I’m not kidding on this… it was less than one minute, and that includes when they were talking about his “community organizer” and state senate days. According to my rough count they spent about 20-30 seconds (my exact count was 20 but I’ll throw in a buffer) on his national political experience.

And even more odd than the lack of time spent on his national experience, because lets face it there just isn’t much, was how they choose to highlight his time in the US Senate.

After quickly mentioning that fought for “energy independence”, “Nuclear Proliferation”, and “Ethics Reform” the video cuts to US Senator Claire McCaskill saying “I watched him stand in the middle where alot of the senior members of the Senate were saying “hey, go away and leave us alone”, he wouldn’t”.

I guess that was intended to make him sound determined… but it doesn’t give any context. I mean why were they telling him to go away? What were the senior Senators talking about? Why did Obama want to talk to them so badly? Honestly, without an explanation it just makes Obama sound annoying (or determined depending on your perspective I guess).

In stark contrast to the time allotted to talk about Obama’s experience about 5 minutes were dedicated to talking about his childhood…

Things can’t be good for your party when the 10 minute video introducing your candidate at his acceptance speech only spends 20 seconds talking about his experience in national politics…

UPDATE: Best line of the night for me was when Obama claimed that he wasn’t a celebrity… while delivering a speech to 85,000 adoring fans… in a converted football stadium… in front of a set that looks like a temple… with a massive fireworks display at the conclusion

UPDATE: Nomination acceptance speech or Super Bowl half time show? You Decide…

 

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Barack Obama: Messiah or Greek God?

By now I’m sure that we have all heard the Messianic claims of “The One”. You know, things like “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal” or “a light will shine down, from somewhere, it will light upon you, you will experience an epiphany and you will say to yourself, I have to vote for Barack” (outlined ever so subtly in this McCain ad). And its clear by the undying devotion of the Obamatrons that he is not the only one who believes that he has “become a symbol of America returning to our best traditions”.

But it seems that Obama is tired of being seen as a mere Messiah and wants to go for a somewhat more mythical appearance. Or atleast that’s what the stage at his inaugural spe… opps, I mean nomination acceptance speech would imply.

You see Obama has opted out of the traditional setting for an acceptance speech, (you know, big American flag, flashy American styled graphics on big screen tvs, American themed confetti and ballons falling from the ceiling) for a style more fitting of a Greek god (you know, big greek pilars, 80,000 cheering worshipe… opps, I mean supporters in a massive stadium, an epic finish with thousands of explosions that light up the sky and leave people in majestic awe… otherwise know as fireworks).

But hey the Messiah tag isn’t Obama’s fault, its McCain’s, right? So this Greek god talk must be McCain’s fault too! Right, OK wait… No. Actually, Obama’s Greek god status is apparently nothing compaired to McCain’s wealth. Yea, that one is gonna stick…

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And here I thought the Republicans were the racially divisive ones, silly me

Looks like the Democrats don’t mind throwing racial slurs at each other…

I mean we all know they don’t mind tossing extremely serious accusations of racism at the other side without a single example or shred of evidence but thrashing each other that’s new!

Oh wait…

No its not. (I could go on and on)

UPDATE: Union leaders calling their own white members racist just because they don’t support Obama…

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Obama’s attempt to be as cool as a 12 year old girl fails horribly…

So it seems that Barack Obama’s master plan to text all of his adoring obamatons with his vice presidential pick before anyone else was a complete and total failure (a lot like the pick itself). Yes, you heard it right, the plan heralded by “unbiased” reporters and preteens alike took a turn for the worst last night.

Yup apparently supporters who signed up for the special texts were not the first to be notified, despite the promise from the Obama campaign, and not by a long shot.

Some of the first reports in the media came around 11pm on the east coast and the conformations came to the media around 1am. So what time did the loyal supporters get their special notifications? 3am on the east coast… 3am, yea… great job picking a time to notify people who, at least for a while, liked you. (Even my little sister doesn’t text me at that time)

In case you didn’t take the time to do the math thats a full 2 hours after everyone else in the world already knew. Well, so much for that idea.

It’s too bad the wait is over though. It was getting awfully fun watching all the “professional” “journalists” fawning over their cell phones and waiting for what one can only imagine is their first text message (and one from their most favoritest bff ever none the less) as though they had discovered a sort of electronic botox or the 21 centuries fountain of youth.

UPDATE: Looks like the gaffe machine is up and running for Obama-Biden ’08…

UPDATE: Obama failure made even bigger in contrast to McCain’s VP roll out

UPDATE: 3am text… is it a possible Kennedy-like response to Hillary 3am ad? You know… ask not who can answer the phone for you at 3am – ask who you can answer the phone for at 3am.

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