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House and Senate Dems Block Votes On Drilling; Obama Lays Out His Energy Policy: Inflate Your Tires

Wednesday, July 30, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Really. Here’s what the Dalibama said today:

There’s things that you can do individually though to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated. Simple thing. But we could save all the oil they are talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires. And getting regular tune-ups. You could actually save just as much.

Fact-free campaigning, but don’t expect MSM to actually do much to call attention to this prat-fall, just as Obama’s demand for “deeds” on reparations vanished without comment.

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Governing From Guilt, Not Greatness, And MSM’s Fatal Attraction For Obama

Wednesday, July 30, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This article from Monday’s Honolulu Star Bulletin is a keeper in that it reports Obama’s commitment to reparations in the course of a general display of a leftist’s understanding of history:

“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations….

“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

The other noteworthy aspect of the report is its candid coverage of MSM’s embrace of the Dalibama:

When Obama walked on stage at the McCormick Center, many journalists in the audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event, which was broadcast live on CNN, journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of Obama.

Bravo to the honest journalists willing to display their Obama-love openly. “Being told not to do so” is the great give-away. The grey beards know they aren’t supposed to be cheering the hardest left major party presidential candidate in history, but, hey, reporters and editors have been waiting a long time for someone as far left as they are to run for the presidency.

Obama’s understanding of American history –his need to deplore trumps any instinct to elevate and celebrate every time– frames the choice between McCain and Obama.

A McCain presidency would be grounded on the firm conviction of American greatness and exceptionalism, as well as the uniqueness of the American mission in the world.

Obama’s would be built on the “mature” understanding of America’s many past sins, its enormous greed and grasping, its unfair use of vast quantities of resources and its need to respect world opinion and world institutions even when those opinions and institutions are at cross-purposes with American national interests.

Is American greatness the engine of the world, or American guilt an explanation for it?

Obama is rightly getting hammered for skipping a meeting with wounded American warriors in German –the WaPo tries to give Obama some cover, but the only fact that matters is that Obama committed to going and then he didn’t go– but the real story of the past ten days is his full unveiling as Europe’s candidate for the presidency, with an attitude and a platform indistinguishable from the standard critique America has been receiving for fifty years from the people it rescued sixty years ago.

The rapidly spreading understanding of Obama as an arrogant elitist with an enormous sense of entitlement combined with an awesome contempt for America as it has been in the post World War II era accounts for the air escaping from the Obama boomlet. Tromping through Europe to the wild applause of the anti-America left is a big flare for most voters. “Who is this guy, and why isn’t he lecturing Europe on its gratitude gap?”

The risky nature of a vote for Obama became more palpable last week, and Monday’s pda for him from the MSM, minority journalists division, reminds us that we haven’t been given the whole story on Obama, that the Manhattan-Beltway media elite is blocking for him in extraordinary ways.

Dan Silva, Sally Spector, and “Letter to a Young Obama Supporter”

Monday, July 28, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My vacation ends tomorrow with a long travel day, and I will be back on air live on Wednesday. Thanks to Dean Barnett and Carol Platt Liebau for filling in so ably.

Thanks as well to the many e-mailers with kind comments on “Letter to a Young Obama Supporter.” Requests for multiple copies have been sufficiently numerous for Townhall to offer a special premium: Three copies of the letter with every subscription to Townhall Magazine. I think the Obama bubble has begun to burst, and pratfalls like skipping out on a meeting with the troops may open the young Obama supporters in your circle to some new arguments for voting for Senator McCain.

Before I left for Italy, I taped a special show with novelist Daniel Silva, whose latest is Moscow Rules. The show airs Monday, and the transcript will be here and the podcast here Monday night. If you have read even one of Silva’s series that features the secret servants of Israeli intelligence, I know you won’t miss the program. If you haven’t yet tried Silva, he is the successor to le Carre and others from the very best of the espionage genre. Our conversation covers the many contemporary conflicts his novels explore as well as the craft of the spy novel.

Moscow Rules

And if you are planning on coming to Venice or have loved a past trip here, be sure to sample the writing of our guide here, Sally Spector. There are dozens of books about Venice, but Sally has lived in Venice for the past quarter century, and she provides the perfect welcome to the city. (If possible, see if she is available to guide you on your travels here: The new edition of her much loved Venice and Food has just been issued in a new edition, and it is the perfect way for a new or return visitor to prep for the trip.

Venice and Food

Obama In Berlin

Friday, July 25, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Is it possible that many Americans will not warm to the idea of a candidate presuming to speak as an incumbent, and to do so to the world from Berlin?

I have read a few dozen reactions this morning, and find Scott Johnson’s the most nearly like mine:

In his sermon to the Germans, Barack Obama presents himself both as Barack the Baptist and the Obamessiah. Nevertheless, Americans naturally root for for the underdog to prevail. For pride to take a fall. Don’t we instinctively seek to puncture the grandiose pretensions of a blowhard? It seems to me that this is the question that Obama’s speech elicits.

And one more question. I wonder if Americans will appreciate Obama’s deprecation of the United States on foreign soil for his own self-aggrandizing purposes. Surely one does not need to be a conservative Republican to recoil from this display.

Many conservative analysts praised the speech, but opinion elites should check with the independent voters of the industrial midwest where this election will be decided. Their dads fought and won W.W.II and they may not find enough pride in American greatness in Obama’s speech.

Six weeks from now, the European trip will matter not at all in the settling of the vote –except that it deepens the conviction on the part of many that Obama really does believe that he is a uniquely gifted figure on the world stage. Given how very little he has acccomplished in his public life, this pride bordering on arrogance could become a story line in the fall.

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