Monday, March 17, 2008

Quotes From Around Yon Blogosphere

The exposure of Jeremiah Wright's worst moments of racial ugliness is, to my mind, overdue in the MSM. It's not something new to anyone who has closely followed the Obama candidacy or Obama's history. If you've read his books, it's very old news. It's also very hard to argue that Obama was somehow trying to hide this association. He titled his campaign book with a slightly different formulation of a Wright sermon. Mark Steyn believes that this means that Obama must be disconnected with reality. Actually, it means that a rising black politician in Chicago is disconnected with Mark Steyn's reality. But a rising black politician needs to have a little more exposure to the world of the black urban experience than a Conrad Black protege, paid to express prejudice with unerring humor and wit.

According to a well-placed Election Central source, Obama has personally told donors that losing Pennsylvania by less than 10 points will be a "victory."

-- DAVID KURTZ

Contrary to the gullible media's belief that "time" is a "powerful ally" on Clinton's side, in fact, Clinton's only ally is uncertainty. The minute it becomes clear what will happen with Michigan and Florida -- re-vote them, refuse to seat them, or split them 50-50 or with half-votes, as some have proposed -- is the minute that Clinton's last "path to the nomination" closes. The only way to keep spin alive is to keep uncertainty alive -- maybe there will be a revote, maybe they'll seat the illegal Michigan/Florida delegations, maybe, maybe, maybe. In the fog of uncertainty, Penn can claim that there is a path to the nomination, but under any possible actual resolution of the uncertainty, there is not.

-- MARK SCHMIDTT

Over all, the interviews with these influential Democrat [superdelegates] presents a portrait of a particularly exclusive political community in flux, looking for an exit strategy and hoping they will be relieved of making an excruciating decision that could lose them friends and supporters at home.

-- ADAM NAGOURNEY and JEFF ZELENY

In the midst of an unpopular military campaign, one senator took a firm stand for troop withdrawal, regardless of conditions on the ground. He insisted that waiting for democracy to "flourish" is folly, and America would be better served if locals were to "police themselves." Asking American military personnel to prevent violence between one group of local citizens and another is a mistake that would help no one. He highlighted the fact that "we were there once before," and he saw no reason to stay and allow "mission creep" to materialize.

The senator, of course, was John McCain. The conflict was in Haiti in 1994, when President Clinton was protecting a democratically elected government.

Cartoon by Pat Oliphant/Universal Press Syndicate

1 comment:

N. Hanks said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day -- let's keep moving forward.