Saturday, November 20, 2010

Racism and the Democrat Party

Are white voters racists?


Thus pronounced Michael Moore in an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher." And Maher agreed, "That is the truth."

"The statistics don't lie," Moore plowed ahead. "I'm not talking about polls. I'm talking about that the YOUNG PEOPLE IN '08 WAS THE ONLY -- DO YOU KNOW THIS? -- IT'S THE ONLY DEMOGRAPHIC -- WHITE DEMOGRAPHIC -- THAT OBAMA WON, 18- TO 29-YEAR-OLDS. Every other demographic, over 29, Obama lost the white vote. Every single one."

Crime solved. Case closed. Book 'em, Danno. Except for one minor detail: NO DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS WON THE "WHITE VOTE" SINCE 1964.

Add Obama's name to a long list of white Democrats who lost that demographic: Humphrey in 1968; McGovern in 1972; Carter in 1976 and 1980; Mondale in 1984; Dukakis in 1988; Clinton in 1992 and 1996; Gore in 2000.

In fact, white voters preferred Obama to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. -- who lost the white vote by 17 points in 2004, while Obama lost it in 2008 by "only" 12 points. Obama improved on Kerry's share of the white vote in every age demographic, including the 18- to 29-year-olds (which Kerry lost)

It appears the racism is the Democratsmeme, but like so much else, simply isn't true.  So it appears the white voters aren’t racists at all, but simply they are anti-democrats.

Staffing up for congressional investigations

If you feel the Obama Administration and the Democrat congress has run roughshod over the Constitution, good news.

In a sign that DEMOCRATS ARE GIRDING FOR A WAVE OF CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS, a leading liberal ethics watchdog is joining a legal crisis management firm to help Democrats on defense.

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), will join the firm Lanny J. Davis & Associates, she told attendees at the Democracy Alliance summit of liberal donors in Washington D.C. and confirmed in an emailed statement.

“Given the new political climate in Washington, this seems an ideal time to make a transition to private practice," Sloan said the statement.

Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You

Here’s a timely and funny look at the TSA and the Airlines.

But don't feel too bad. IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME. OR RATHER, IT'S THE TSA.

I'm not going to lie. It's come between us. IF I HAVE TO LET SOMEONE ELSE SEE ME NAKED IN ORDER TO BE WITH YOU--WELL, I'M JUST NOT THAT KINKY. And deep down, I don't think you are either. I think it's the TSA making you act like this. Frankly, you haven't been the same since you started running around together.

But I can't put all the blame on them. I think you went along because YOU THOUGHT I HAD TO HAVE YOU--THAT I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU. That no matter what you did, I'd stay. And it's true, you had a pretty strong hold on me. TOOK AWAY THE FOOD, AND I STILL LOVED YOU--who wanted to eat a terrible, fattening meal anyway? NARROWED THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE SEATS, AND STILL I STAYED, using my airline miles to upgrade to first class. CHARGE ME FOR BAGGAGE? I'm an economics writer--I love unbundled products. So I can see where you got the idea that I'd stick by you no matter what.

BUT THE KINKY STUFF IS JUST A BRIDGE TOO FAR. I'm not saying I'll never see you again: we can still meet up for a drink, or even a quick weekend trip to California. But our days are a regular item are through. I'm writing this letter because one of my commenters pointed out that it was only fair to let you know what was going on:

Especially if you've got frequent flyer status, don't forget to mail the airline and tell then you're flying amtrak...optouting is fine, but it's really only the airlines that have the clout to push back.

It wouldn't be fair to just drop out of sight and not return your calls without letting you know why I was leaving. As it happens, I'm a frequent flier on American, and a pretty reliable customer of Delta and United. Or rather I was. Because like I said, I'm leaving you.

Krauthammer on the stupidity of what passes for security at our airports

Charles says it well. Most of what the TSA does isn’t to make us safer, but to make us politically correct.

That riff is a crowd-pleaser because everyone knows that the entire apparatus of the security line is a NATIONAL HOMAGE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Nowhere do more people meekly acquiesce to more useless inconvenience and needless indignity for less purpose. WIZENED SENIORS STRAIN TO UNTIE THEIR SHOES; BELTLESS SALESMEN STRUGGLE COMICALLY TO HOLD UP THEIR PANTS; 3-YEAR-OLDS SCREAM WHILE BEING SEARCHED INSANELY FOR EXPLOSIVES - when everyone, everyone, knows that none of these people is a threat to anyone.

THE ULTIMATE IDIOCY IS THE FULL-BODY SCREENING OF THE PILOT. The pilot doesn't need a bomb or box cutter to bring down a plane. All he has to do is drive it into the water, like the EgyptAir pilot who crashed his plane off Nantucket while intoning "I rely on God," killing all on board.

But we must not bring that up. We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to ensure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SAFETY - 95 PERCENT OF THESE INSPECTIONS, SEARCHES, SHOE REMOVALS AND PAT-DOWNS ARE RIDICULOUSLY UNNECESSARY. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling - when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.

Time for Holder to go

The great experiment that is the Obama Administration is just about over and has shown itself to be a total failure. From economic policies that have rung up $3 Trillion in debt in less than two years, to a stimulus package that has unemployment stuck near 10% to a Justice Department that moved war trials to civilian courts and had 222 of 223 charges dismissed in its first case, we can SEE HOPE AND CHANGE has morphed into FAILURE AND INCOMPETENCE.

Let’s face it. Barack Obama and Eric Holder gambled their entire national-security credibility on the Ahmed “Foopie” Ghailani trial, arguing that they could get convictions of detainees captured abroad by military and intelligence assets while using federal courts as a venue rather than the military commissions that Congress repeatedly authorized for that purpose. HOLDER SCOLDED CRITICS who pointed out all of the reasons that such a strategy was much more likely to fail for “politicizing” the process, especially in regard to the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose case is more problematic than Ghailani’s, where the FBI did a large part of the investigation before intelligence assets were used to seize and interrogate Ghailani.

The failure of Holder’s DoJ to win anything more than a single conspiracy count against Ghailani as a result of using a process designed for domestic criminals than wartime enemies shows that the critics had it right all along. It also shows that BOTH OBAMA AND HOLDER HAVE BEEN PROVEN SPECTACULARLY WRONG, since a man who CONFESSED TO THE MURDER OF OVER TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE will now face as little as 20 years, with a big chunk of whatever sentence Foopie receives being reduced by time already served.

What’s the future for the Democrats?

But what’s at stake is more than just the map. THE PARTY RISKS LOSING THE VERY IDEA OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEMOCRAT. If voters continue to punch ballots for the Republican Party in 2012 as they did in 2010—and that’s a big if with President Obama on the ticket next time around—the Democrats are in danger of losing some of their most iconoclastic members.

“IF WE ARE MONOLITHIC AND LIBERAL, THEN WE WON’T BE THE MAJORITY PARTY,” says former Rep. Dan Glickman, who served as Bill Clinton’s agriculture secretary, and knows from experience what it’s like to serve as a Democrat from the red state of Kansas. And if Webb, Tester, and Casey are ousted, then the Democrats may be guilty of the same sort of ideological purification they tend to mock when Republicans are the ones doing it.

I’d shy away from making predictions. Only two years ago, the Democrats were pronouncing the Republicans dead—nothing more than a regional party of the South and some Mountain states. Today, the Republicans have their largest majority in the House in over 50 years. But this is something to think about.

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