I'm having a bit of adult attention deficit syndrome on this humid, dreary looking Saturday morning here in Space City. It's to be 83 degrees today and that is not helping me ease into the Christmas spirit. Just sayin'. So, come along for the ride as I break down some articles lately in the news.
From Real Clear Politics: The latest Rasmussen Democrat Poll shows that in South Carolina almost a dead tie for Clinton and Obama. The percentages are 36% to 34% respectively. Here's the really interesting part - Obama is leading with black voters now, 51% to 27% , where previous polling showed them roughly evenly divided. "The conventional wisdom about the Democrat race has been that Obama has to win early in Iowa and New Hampshire to derail Clinton. Maybe. But if he can survive and hold his support in the black community, he could stage a revival as the primaries go along, much like Ronald Reagan did in 1976 when he lost early primaries to Gerald Ford but came back strongly in the end."
Hillary better step up that fake southern accent and talk down to those ignorant southern folks a bit more enthusiastically. I hear it was her husband who was the first black president.
Speaking of the first black president, the one who was impeached but able to stay in office thanks to his wife's efforts on his behalf with the Dem politicians, there is the story of Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA, who is holding up the nomination of James Rogan, a former Congressman from California, as a district court judge in California. Why would Senator Boxer do that? Well, you may remember Rogan was a congressman in the 1990's and one of the 13 managers in the House for the impeachment hearings. Boxer is using her prerogative to blue-slip him, even before he gets a hearing from the Judiciary Committee, as revenge for his aforementioned participation.
Rogan is certainly qualified for the federal judgeship. He has served as "a prosecutor, a municipal judge, head of the u.S. Patent & Trademark Office and, since last year, a Superior Court Judge in California", according to the Wall Street Journal online. Boxer's justification for petty political revenge, according to her office,is that Rogan "was one of the most enthusiastic backers of impeachment - he thought Presient Clinton had committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The Senate certainly disagreed with that conclusion, as did Sen. Boxer." OK, then. What happened to the Dems and their insistence that we all just move on? That is where the George Soros backed organization sprouted from, after all.
Rogan has bi-partisan support from such liberals as Lanny Davis, former Clinton Chief Counsel and from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, as well as Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevic and many in the California delegation in the House, including Jane Harman, Anna Eshoo and Grace Napolitano. None known to be Bush cheerleaders. He has even received pleasant, friendly correspondence from the former President Clinton. While recovering from his open heart surgery, Rogan sent flowers and a note as well as donated impeachment memorabilia to the Clinton Presidential Library.
Let's remember, impeachment wasn't about sex. It was about Clinton lying under oath in a civil case. He was disbarred for 5 years from practicing law.
Oh yeah, remember, too, that Boxer's daughter Nicole married Hillary's brother, Tony Rodham in the Rose Garden in 1994. Bar and Hill are still steadfast friends despite the fact that the marriage lasted about a year, Rodham being about 25 years older than Nicole, so Hillary is no doubt enjoying this little bit of revenge.
The old Clinton team of revenge seekers is back in full force: Harold Ickes, Sidney Blumenthal, James Carville, Paul Begala, Ann Lewis (sister of Barney Frank), etc. They are all chomping at the bit to slither back into the White House.
Barbara Boxer, short in physical stature, short in personal integrity.
Moving on. Barack Obama is holding a big rally in Columbia, South Carolina with Oprah. The event is so hugely popular that it had to move from an 18,000 seat facility to the 80,000 seat University of South Carolina football stadium. This goes along with Obama's recent surge in the polling data. He's ahead in Iowa, just 6 points behind of Hillary in N.H. and this left the WSJ to ponder : "What size stadium could Streisand fill for Hillary in any early primary state?"
In Manchester, N.H. the Union Leader newspaper had an article about Obama's upcoming rally there with Oprah. It had to be moved to the Verizon Wireless Arena, which is not a unionized facility. Since Obama is on record as a boycotter of anywhere not unionized, well, that was a bit of a problem. They were able to work out a deal with the local members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - Local 195 - though (it's magic!) and they won't picket the rally.
You may remember the Wal-Mart bashing the Dems have enjoyed lately. Obama said he wouldn't shop at Wal-Mart (as if) since it was unionized. Well, according to the Chicago Tribune, Michelle Obama has resigned from her plum Board of Directors position on the board of Tree House Foods. Tree House Foods relies on Wal-Mart for business. Michelle was paid $100,000 per year for her seat on the board. Not bad for a little moonlighting from her regular job.
You may also remember Hillary was a board member of Wal-Mart before she ran for the Senate. Then she decided it was popular to bash the chain and did so. What a gal.
More from the female side of hypocrisy: Barbara Walters claims she is tired of the celebrity of the month interviews. "I am not going after the tabloid stuff, I don't do it," she said in an interview, according to Yahoo! News. Ok.
Walters put Hugo Chavez on her 10 most fascinating people list this year. What is it with liberals and their fascination with socialist/communist dictators?
Helen Thomas, formerly a journalist and now just a columnist yet still has White House press pass benefits, thinks blogs are dangerous. She said everyone with a laptop now thinks he/she is a journalist. Poor Helen. She doesn't appreciate being exposed for what she is, I guess. We wouldn't want anyone to hold the press accountable.
And, last, do you remember Germaine Greer? She was one of the leaders in the feminist movement of the 1960's. She's Australian. While in Melbourne last week, giving a speech, a questioner asked her why Western feminists didn't speak out about such things as honor killings? Greer replied that it's very "tricky". She said she has been asked to go to Darfur and talk to rape victims. She declines to do so because, well, why should she? The questioner said because it is really horrible for women to live there. Greer said, "Who says it is?" The questioner replied, "I do, because I've been there."
Greer's reply: "Well, it is just very tricky to try to change another culture. We let down the victims of rape here. We haven't got it right in our own courts. What good would it do for me to go over there and try to tell them what to do? I am just part of decadent Western culture and they think we're all going to hell fast and maybe we are all going to hell fast." OK. So, she's just a victim of Western culture.
That's why the feminist movement is dead. The old leaders of the movement have never understood that it is not just all about them and their personal glory. It is to raise up women everywhere and yes, she can speak up if she chooses. It's the bigotry of her ilk that thinks only Western women are worthy of personal freedom. She could chose to speak up for the oppressed, the truly oppressed women, in the Middle East from the comfort of her 5 star hotel suite. But, you know, what's in it for her?
Greer is part of the crowd of anti-war demonstrators that doesn't understand that in the countries we have gone to war with - Afghanistan and Iraq - they would be the first to be beheaded. For such intellectuals, they sure are uneducated.