Neck-and-neck phoniness continues this week:
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To paraphrase John 21:25: "And there are also many other phony things which the candidates did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the blogs that should be written. Amen."
In other words: it's been a target-rich environment for taking potshots at the phony this week, and we want to keep this to a reasonable length; we're only hitting the high points. With that understanding:
On Sunday last, Gateway
Pundit noticed the Obama campaign's "Fight the Smears" website
had to drop one of its smear-fighting points into the memory
when the particular fought-against "smear" turned out to be, oops, true.
(Is it time for a "Fight the 'Fight the Smears Website' Website"? Maybe!)
On Monday, James Taranto
noted a Chicago Tribune column by John
Kass, who made the point about Obama's buddy Bill Ayers:
Ayers is a terrorist—the narcissistic son of privilege and clout—whose father, Thomas, was the boss of Commonwealth Edison and a friend of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. As a leader of the ultraviolent Weather Underground, Ayers admitted to helping bomb the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s. He should have been sent to prison. Instead, Chicago political clout allowed him and his wife, fellow radical Bernardine Dohrn, to magically join the payrolls of universities here.
[Kass's article is on the general topic of the mainstreaming of yesteryear's violent radicals into business-as-usual functionaries of the Democratic Party. A less-heralded example is Obama fundraiser Marilyn Katz: she "once advocated throwing studded nails in front of police cars", now her firm does PR for the Chicago Police Department. Kass comments: "Apparently, irony was not a '60s thing."]
Taranto comments further:Ayers, in Kass's telling, was rehabilitated socially without being rehabilitated morally for no reason other than that he was a son of privilege. This makes his "radicalism"--the justification in his own mind for his violent acts--look rather phony.
Unfortunately, the bombs weren't phony.
On Tuesday, Power
Line pointed out the continued dishonesty of Obama's scary TV ads
attacking the McCain health care plan. And made the further points that
those attacks have gone largely unanswered, thanks to the difficulty of
describing McCain's actual plan in a 30-second spot, and Obama's massive
If you can stand one more Ayers link: on Wednesday, Tom
Maguire brought us up to speed:
What is the history and extent of the relationship between unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Barack Obama? Good question, and one that has stumped the Obama campaign since they delivered their first misinformation about it last February. In a different political environment this level of deceit and evasiveness would spark press coverage of an obvious cover-up, but you go to elections with the media you have.
Nice understatement by Tom! The media we have is otherwise occupied trolling Facebook to find kids who went to school with McCain's kids who might have something nasty to say about Cindy McCain.
On Thursday, Ed
Morrissey followed up Obama's debate statements about ACORN,
Illinois infanticide, and (sorry, again) Ayers and found them low in
factitude, but high in
On Friday, Harvard econ prof Greg
Mankiw looked at the Obama Social Security reform plan.
Shorn of all the obfuscatory rhetoric:
… it sounds like Senator Obama wants to close the projected gap between taxes and spending entirely by raising taxes.
Via a commmenter, Prof Mankiw notes the special phoniness of an Obamanian adviser's description of the plan:Obama is confident that we can come together to find a workable solution. He believes that one strong option to improve Social Security's long-term solvency is asking people who earn more than $250,000 to pay a little more into the system.
Describing a tax increase as "asking" people to "pay a little more"… I devoutly wish for some mechanism by which people who utter such bullshit would automatically be hooted off the public stage.
Another commenter notes that Obama's plan won't actually, y'know, work. But that's the normal phoniness we can believe in.
And (finally) on Saturday, the real Sarah Palin met the phony
Not the funniest thing I've ever seen on SNL, but not bad.