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Around the Horn…

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The Pew Research survey was released on July 18.  Despite Obama’s push for evangelical votes and the support he has gained evangelicals like Tony Campolo, he is polling in line with Sen. John Kerry and below Vice President Al Gore.  Any theories on why?  For the full report, click here.

Pew Research on Evangelical Votes

I’ve found a lot of arguments over the years actually boil down to economics.  Unfortunately, people are willing to say so much about it when they understand so little.  Dr. Walter Williams offers a great primer via his weekly column.  Learn and enjoy…  Actually, you can print these all out, staple them together, read them and get a better economics education than 95% of the living world. 

Rasmussen reports that 49% of voters believe reporters will try to help Barack Obama win the presidency.  Odd, who would have ever guessed? 

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David Freddoso on Democratic Position on Gas Prices

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At NRO, David Freddoso tidily sums up the current Liberal Democrat position on gas prices:

Idea Number One: High gasoline prices are good. A high price, imposed through federal carbon taxes or carbon caps, is precisely the mechanism by which Democrats hope to curb carbon emissions. We know that this mechanism works because it is already working: As gas prices rise, American consumption is down right now, year over year (a historical rarity). CO2 emissions from gasoline are down from 2007 by a modest 84,000 tons, or roughly 2 percent.

Idea Number Two: High gasoline prices are bad. With constituents irate over gasoline prices that are pushing $5 a gallon, Democrats complain that high prices are a bad thing. They have dreamed up a number of boogie men responsible for high prices and drafted silver-bullet bills to kill them off.

This is more a case of cynicism than irrationality, however. Democrats only pretend to believe in Idea Number Two. Their presidential nominee, Barack Obama, lamented in mid-June that high gasoline prices have hurt Americans, but he later gave a much more accurate representation of the party line: “I think that I would have preferred a more gradual adjustment,” he said in an MSNBC interview.

Have fun sorting that out with the voters…

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July 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Obama: The Anti-Iraq War Candidate?

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The Washington Post (hardly a tool of the GOP) ran an editorial piece on a conversation that occurred between Sen. Obama and Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari. 

While Sen. Obama ran his campaign to the left of Hillary on the Iraq War, making strong comments on troop withdrawls and such, he is ready to start campaigning a little different now.  Now it’s time for all of the neat ideals of the primary season to be adjusted.

According to the Post, Zebari was very clear on the high cost of a rapid withdrawl of American troops:

We have a deadly enemy, when he sees you commit yourself to a certain timetable, he will use it to increase pressure and attacks, to make it look as though he is forcing you out.  We have many actors who would love to take advantage of that opportunity.

But it sounds like Sen. Obama is revisiting reality on the issue.  Rather than committinig to forfeiting the Iraq War, Sen. Obama’s response was:

If there would be a Democratic administration, it will not take any irresponsible, reckless, sudden decisions or actions to endanger your gains, your achievements, your stability or security.  Whatever decision he will reach will be made through close consultation with the Iraqi government and U.S. military commanders in the field.

Zebaris’ conclusion was “[he] might not differ all that much from Mr. McCain.” 

Ouch! Not quite what The Left was looking for. 

 

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June 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Electoral College Outlook: McCain 270, Obama 268

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An UPDATE of the Electoral College Outlook Can Be Found In This Link.

The country can argue about politics and theory all it wants, but eventually it comes down to solid, old fashioned arithmetic.  The problem that the Democratic Party is facing – and would have also faced with Hillary as the nominee – is, what States can they win that Gore and Kerry could not carry in 2000 and 2004?

Tim Carney is a long time friend of mine and one of the best political forecasters in Washington D.C. – he’s nailed all of the recent elections to the wall.  In a recent Evans-Novak Political Report Tim predicts the Electoral College going to McCain over Obama by 270 to 268.  Granted, that is a razor thin margin, but it seems to represent the current political climate. 

Carney sums up the Presidential race:

The electoral map looks nearly identical to 2004, with Iowa and Colorado swinging into the Democratic camp. Beneath the surface, however, we see Michigan and Pennsylvania becoming more competitive for Republicans.

The election will hinge on two regions: Lake Erie and the Mountain West. An Obama win in New Mexico or Nevada would be enough to tip the scales, but a McCain win in Pennsylvania could put the race out of reach. In the end, as always, it comes down to Ohio, where Obama’s weakness among rural whites could send McCain to the White House.

 

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June 14, 2008 at 7:27 pm