If you watch the CBS Early Show, which I don't, you may have heard some nasty commentary from liberal political analyst Laura Schwartz. According to NewsBusters' reporter Lyndsi Thomas, Schwartz felt entitled to make the following statement: "You know, Cindy McCain, her outfit that she wore the opening night of the convention comes in, once you tally everything up, Oscar de la Renta dress for $3,000. The watch from Chanel $4500. $11000 to $25000 worth of pearls. $600 shoes. And the diamond earrings, $280,000. So she clocks in right around $300,000...That kinda puts her over the top. That's like 1 1/2 houses."
Wow. Political analyst turned fashion critic. First, of all, who cares about wardrobe except the shallow? Second, where did Schwartz get her designer names and prices? And, third, if Cindy McCain wants to spend her own money on her own clothes and jewelry, well, what's it to Schwartz? That whole train of commentary is just bizarre. Projection?
So, Wednesday, co-host Russ Mitchell had to apologize for Schwartz's leave of sanity. "Now, a correction. Last week, the Early Show aired a segment on an outfit Cindy McCain wore during the Republican National Convention. We estimated the total cost was more than $300,000. It turns out that dress is off-the-rack and the pearl necklace is not real. We regret the error."
Schwartz should have been on the show apologizing for herself. But, that would have demanded maturity. Here's a tip for Schwartz - Barbara Bush (the mom) wears fake pearls, too. And, she wore shoes from Payless to the inauguration, too. You know, like regular people.
The party of say anything until you get caught is getting a bit tiresome.
Where was Barack Obama Monday night? Working on the financial crisis, you answer? No. He was in Chicago with some wealthy Texans for a dinner. The price of a ticket? $50,000 per guest. Wow. More than the Streisand tickets. She'll be ticked. Some swell multi-millionaire trial lawyers from Houston were there and in today's society page is a recounting of the evening. There were 30 guests all total and they each got to have some private time with their guy. Then some went on to Washington, D.C. for a Tuesday dinner with Joe Biden. Well, it beats hurricane clean up. So the next time you hear Obama brag that his money comes from all the small donations from the little people...
Representative Alcee Hastings, D-FL, an impeached, corrupt federal judge and now in Democrat leadership in the House said of Sarah Palin at a rally in Florida :"anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks." "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention." That before a panel discussing the shared agenda of Jewish and black Democrats Wednesday. That is from a report on CNN.
Also, at the same rally, Rep. Stephen Cohen of TN spoke. "Cohen, who recently remarked that Jesus Christ was a community organizer, took his comments about the founder of the Christian faith further Wednesday. "A lot of what Jesus talks about is wonderful, " Cohen said. "Talks about helping people and lifting them up and caring about people who are sick and all those things. He's a great Democrat." Well, now. Cohen is Jewish. Maybe he doesn't know that besides not being in the Old Testament, there is no mention of 'community organizer' in the New Testament either. To pull out bold embellishment of the Bible for his own political agenda is disrespectful. And stupid. There's another reason that Obama is losing Florida.
Reported at NewsBusters today : "John McCain got involved in the bailout negotiations after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told Sen. Lindsey Graham yesterday that the bailout plan would fail unless McCain came in and brought balky Republicans aboard. That's what Bob Schieffer reported on this morning's Early Show."
So much for the likes of Barney Frank and his comrades calling the whole thing a stunt. Frank, of all people, should keep his criticisms of others to himself. He blocked reform for several years as McCain led the charge for reform of Fannie and Freddie. Frank flat out said everything was working just fine. Frank didn't want any reforms, didn't want to cause any scares. He just wanted people who couldn't afford homes to have them anyway. Then when his social engineering failed he was all about pointing fingers to everyone else. It's not McCain who is late to this party.
McCain acted, again, when called to serve his country's best interests.