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Introducing Case & Point

Friday, September 19, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A former law student of mine has enlisted to review the comments on this site in a seacrh for the best comment of each week. Thanks, Darren.

Case & Point: Week of 9/14/2008

Posted by: Darren Case

As an act of appreciation to Hugh Hewitt’s readers, I have been brought on to nominate and analyze the best, and sometimes the worst, comments of the week. Throughout the week I will be reading your comments and will blog about the ones that bring an interesting perspective, quality analysis, or just standout in a positive way.

Before the inaugural edition of what I like to call “Case & Point,” I believe a brief introduction about who I am is warranted. I am from the great State of Arizona, where I received my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and met my wonderful wife. Shortly thereafter, I attended and graduated from Chapman University School of Law, with an emphasis in taxation. Currently, I am in the epicenter of American politics, residing in Washington, DC, where I am pursuing a Masters in the Laws of Taxation (LL.M.) at Georgetown University Law Center.

Now that the brief introduction is out of the way, it is time for Case & Point for the week of 9/14/2008.

Best Comment of the Week

The best comment of the week comes to us from ColoradoConservative, who posted in response to McCain Blasts Obama For Fear-Mongering and Indecisiveness, posted on September 18:

This is EXACTLY what McCain needs to say. Show strong and resolute leadership and don’t get everyone panicky which is Obama’s response. As a money manager, the problem right now for mainstream is to overcome the crisis of confidence and stay the course… Obama’s fear-mongering for short-term political gain (such as seizing upon half of McCain’s sentence the other day that the fundamentals are strong while ignoring the “but” conditional phrases) is the worst kind of politics. He would be ashamed and people should realize that Obama is not a leader; he is an exploiter.

McCain certainly has the “strong and resolute leadership” necessary to revive this economy. McCain’s comprehensive economic plan will “create millions of good American jobs, ensure our nation’s energy security, get the government’s budget and spending practices in order, and bring relief to American consumers.” I hope that ColoradoConservative can rally up the support of his friends and family to ensure Colorado remains a red state in this critical election.

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Blogworld Expo: The Executive and Entrepreneur Conference

Friday, September 19, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Blogworld runs through Sunday, and has kicked off with new media consultant Dave Taylor and features a strong line-up of the corporate new media professionals, including innovators like Southwest’s Paula Berg, LinkedIn’s Mario Sundar and Compendium’s Chris Baggott.

Politics of course overwhelms this blog and many others every four years, but the explosive growth in new media is on the corporate marketing and customer service sides. This is the second year of Blogworld, and the growth in this sector is astonishing.

InvestorVillage is the “platinum sponsor” of Friday’s business-oriented sessions, and whoever made that decision has got to be happy to have pushed its profile so far forward with this particular group of entrepreneurs.

As Wall Street clears away the wreckage of the past week, month and year, how many of the casualties ought to have seen the storm coming, and how many had new media strategies in place to sweep the online world for clues of incipient upheaval? Rob Neppell at Kithbridge is an evangelist of the web as an early warning system for corporate America –one of the reasons I invested with him– and there are clearly a growing number of converts to that view.

UPDATE: Deborah Micek of TribalSeduction explains Twitter for business better than anyone I have spoken with since it began.

The Necessary Bookshelf: Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War”

Friday, September 19, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My new Townhall.com column highlights Dexter Filkins’ new book and the other books from the past seven years that are crucial to understanding the war in which we are engaged.

Obama in the Headlights

Friday, September 19, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Off to BlogWorldExpo in Las Vegas, but still waiting for Barack Obama’s verdict on the AIG bailout, and then his reaction to the financial crisis.

Imagine if the blinking Barack had been in charge this week.

The transcript of yesterday’s interview with Dexter Filkins will be posted here later today. When you read his disquieting account of the growing radicalism of the Pakistan border areas, keep the prospect of Obama as Commander-in-Chief in mind. This is no time to send in a wholly unprepared media-created legend-in-his-own mind.

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