Another good reason to vote for McCain-Palin

HuffPo reports: Tina Fey On Sarah Palin: “If She Wins…I’m Leaving Earth.”

Hmm. Any chance she could leave sooner? If this poll is any indication, Tina Fey is not helping the Gov. with her favorability ratings among independents.

In today’s “Did You Know Segment,” did you know that Gov. Palin is scheduled to appear on SNL on Oct. 25th? I guess we should thank our lucky stars that at least it’s not The View.

Just what do people know about Barack Obama?

There has been a lot of frustration felt by many of us over the course of the last few weeks, and one of the biggest sources of it has been the fact that so many people appear to be ignorant of just which party played a significant role in the ongoing economic crisis. Seeing as that the economy is the number one issue on voters minds right now, you’d think that they wouldn’t want to see the party in power who turned the other cheek when Republicans – including McCain – pushed for more oversight and strong regulation of Fannie Mae an Freddie Mac in an attempt to prevent what has happened the last several weeks from happening. Many Democrats, as readers of this blog know already, rejected those attempts. Others, like Barack Obama, did nothing. In fact, the two Democrats in the Senate who have gotten the most money from the FMs are … Christpher Dodd (D-CT) and Barack Obama. Yet here we stand, on the verge of seeing Barack Obama elected as president.

It’s mindboggling, because no one who knows about and understands this issue could possibly want that same party to try and “fix” the problem they helped create to a large extent. The conclusion many of us have come to is that many voters in this country who have moved towards Obama during this crisis simply don’t know enough to make an informed decision and are swinging towards Obama simply because he’s not a member of the incumbent president’s party.

With that in mind, let’s turn to an audio clip from the Howard Stern show. No, I don’t care for Stern at all, but he did a segment today in which a guy who works for the show went out and interviewed people in Harlem and asked them about Obama and McCain. What the interviewer did was apply McCain’s positions to Obama, and asked random people questions like “”Are you more for Obama’s policy because he’s pro-life? Or because he thinks should stay in Iraq and finish this war?” Click below to listen:

Now, what will probably attract the most attention from that audio clip as far as the left is concerned is the fact that Howard Stern had the guy interview only black people, in an attempt to prove that they were only voting for Obama because he is black. But the truth be told, how many people out there think that the average white voter out there would have answered any differently? I don’t think there would have been very many.

The audio clip made me feel a mixture of sadness and anger. Sadness because there are so many people in this country who (I feel) don’t know much about Barack Obama and are voting for him for no other reason than because he makes people “feel good” and because he’s “cool and hip” (shades of Bubba), and anger, because this type of lazy ignorance is very likely going to elect a man who sells Socialism with a smile on his face (“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” – video of comment here) and makes it look “appealing” to those who don’t know any better.

This is why most Republicans fear an Obama presidency, John McCain. Are you listening?


Where’s the outrage?

We all remember the controversy over former GOP Congressman Mark Foley (FL-16) who resigned in disgrace after it was reported that he had sent lewd instant messages to a 17 y/o page. The GOP ran Joe Negron in his place in an attempt to hold on to that seat, but West Palm Beach Democrat Tim Mahoney, who campaigned in part on a “family values” platform, defeated Negron (whose name was not on the ballot – Foley’s was) by 2 percentage points to go on and represent Florida’s 16th district.

Well, guess what? Looks like Mahoney’s got a sex scandal of his own going on … and it has been since 2006. Via ABC’s Brian Ross:

West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee.

Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000 a year job for two years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising, the staffers said.

A Mahoney spokesperson would not answer questions about the alleged affair or the settlement, but said Allen resigned of her own accord and “has not received any special payment from campaign funds.”

Senior Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), the chair of the Democratic Caucus, have been working with Mahoney to keep the matter from hurting his re-election campaign, the Mahoney staffers said.

A spokesperson for Emanuel denies that account, but said Emanuel did confront Mahoney “upon hearing a rumor” about an affair in 2007 and “told him he was in public life and had a responsibility to act accordingly.” The spokesperson added that it was a “private conversation” that had nothing to do with Mahoney’s re-election prospects.

Emanuel’s spokesperson said Emanual had not had any further contacts with Mahoney on the subject and did not know the woman involved worked on Mahoney’s Congressional staff until informed by ABC News.


The affair between Mahoney and Allen began, according to the current and former staffers, in 2006 when Mahoney was campaigning for Congress against Foley, promising “a world that is safer, more moral.”

At the time, Mahoney’s campaign ads featured a picture of him with his wife, Terry, with the line, “Restoring America’s Values Begins at Home.”

The staffers say Mahoney first met Allen at a campaign stop and later arranged for her to work as a volunteer on the campaign. Allen also appeared in a Mahoney campaign television commercial, criticizing his opponent.

It gets even more interesting:

Following his election in 2006, Allen was hired, at taxpayers expense, to work on Mahoney’s Congressional staff in Florida, at a yearly salary of $36,000.

After complaints about the affair circulated in Washington, Allen was moved to the campaign staff, the staffers say.

Friends of Allen told ABC News that Allen sought to break off the affair when she learned Mahoney was allegedly involved in other extra-marital relationships at the same time.

Her friends say she told them Mahoney threatened that ending the relationship could cost her the job.

“You work at my pleasure,” Congressman Mahoney told Allen on a January 20, 2008 telephone call that was recorded and played for Mahoney staffers. ABC News was provided a copy. Click here to hear the tape.

“If you do the job that I think you should do, you get to keep your job. Whenever I don’t feel like you’re doing your job, then you lose your job,” Mahoney can be heard telling Allen.

“And guess what? The only person that matters is guess who? Me. You understand that. That is how life really is. That is how it works,” Mahoney says on the call.

“You’re fired,” Mahoney tells her. “Do you hear me? Don’t tell me whether it’s correct or not.”

Sounds like a guy anyone would be happy to elect to represent their district, eh?

None of us have forgotten the rabid, foaming at the mouth “outrage” that came from The Usual Suspects for days as it related to Foley’s sexual shenanigans. Republicans were glad to see him go because they were disgusted by his behavior, and Democrats were glad to see him go because he was a Republican who was “hypocritical” on the issue of moral values. Well, here we have a Democrat who was not only hypocritical on the issue of moral values, but who also essentially “paid off” his former mistress allegedly using campaign money. Not only that, but Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Obama’s state) knew about the affair and tried to keep it hush hush for the party’s sake, just as was alleged of Hastert and Co. during the Foleygate scandal. (I should also note that it was alleged that Emanuel – who was DCCC chair at the time – knew about the Foley IMs/emails sooner than he had admitted he had and there was speculation during the Foley drama that Emanuel held off on saying anything about the issue until right before election so the Dems would gain politically from it).

Yet, do we see the same level of outrage expressed by the left on the issue of moral values hypocrisy? No. Why? Because it’s a Democrat who is the hypocrite. We all know the routine: If you’re a party that has few standards – like the Democratic party, it’s not like you can hold your candidates to standards you don’t espouse. But you’ll sure as hell do your best to hold the other side’s candidates to theirs. Same sh*t, different day and all that.

Mahoney’s Republican opponent is US Army veteran (JAG Corps) Tom Rooney. Read more about him here. It would sure be nice to get that seat back.

Update: Well, this is certainly interesting:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney called on the House ethics committee to investigate his own behavior after ABC News reported that he paid a former staffer who was also his mistress $121,000 to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Mahoney, who is married, did not directly address the ABC report, but said in a written statement, “I was notified this afternoon about a story that ran on ABC News’ web site reporting allegations about a former employee. While these allegations are based on hearsay, I believe that my constituents need a full accounting. As such, I have requested the House ethics committee to review these allegations. I am confident that when the facts are presented that I will be vindicated.”


After Mahoney called for the investigation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said, “I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney. These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recently confronted Mahoney about a report that he had been unfaithful to his wife. According to DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider, “After a rumor recently surfaced on a blog about Mr. Mahoney’s affair, the chairman spoke briefly once with Mr. Mahoney about his responsibility as an elected
official to act appropriately and urged him to come clean with his constituents if there was any truth to the rumor.”

In a sign of how politically devastating the allegations are for Mahoney’s chances of re-election, The Cook Political Report, a publication that rates congressional races, swiftly moved its rating on Monday for his Florida seat from “Lean Democratic” to “Lean Republican.”

The last polling numbers I could find for Mahoney vs. Rooney were from early September, where Mahoney was up by 7.

Stay tuned …

Sometimes they get it right

I often despair about what direction our country’s youth will take us once they are in positions to be movers and shakers. But this heartwarming story out of Aledo, TX about a high school there that voted as homecoming queen an 18-year-old senior who has Down syndrome tells me that sometimes our nation’s young people do get it right … probably more often then I give them credit for!

Hat tip: ST reader GWR

Anti-Obama rant of the day

Mark Levin expresses what many conservatives are feeling this morning, 3 and a half weeks before election day:

I’ve been out of pocket since Thursday, but turned on the Sunday shows and nearly hurled. John Lewis plays the race card like no one else. The idea that he would use George Wallace’s name to describe the McCain/Palin campaigning is sickening. John Lewis is not to be criticized given the abuse against him during the civil-right marches, but John McCain can be compared to Wallace despite his heroic service to this country and torture as a POW.

Barack Obama’s campaign has managed to paint Geraldine Ferraro, Bill Clinton, John McCain, and Sarah Palin as racists. Meanwhile, how dare anyone suggest that Obama’s voluntary association with a racist pastor for 20 years, and his lame defense of the association, raises character questions.

Will the lib media be upset if we quote Aristotle, whose insight seems useful in this context?

“Those, then, are friends to whom the same things are good and evil; and those who are, moreover, friendly or unfriendly to the same people; for in that case they must have the same wishes, and thus by wishing for each other what they wish for themselves, they show themselves each other’s friends.”
We choose our own friends and associates. And this is significant in Obama’s case in particular as we are trying to get a sense of who he is and what informs him. Obama is asking the nation to honor him with its highest office. Yet, during most of his adulthood, he has befriended some of the worst kind of people — many of whom detest the nation Obama seeks to lead. And when combined with Obama’s own extremism on issue after issue (is there a left-wing position he does not embrace?), there can be no doubt that an Obama administration working with a Democrat majority in Congress will fundamentally alter the nation’s character is was that will be very difficult to unravel.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

Read related thoughts via Michael Barone.

What a surprise

Obama’s “tax cut” plan? Well, instead of actually cutting taxes, his plan actually makes people more dependent on the government, not less.

Show of hands out there how many people this news surprises? I didn’t think so.

In semi-related news, further proving that the Nobel prize is completely worthless, the we learn this morning (via Memeo) that NYT columnist Paul Krugman has won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Krugman Truth Squad founder Donald Luskin quips:

The Nobel Prize is never posthumous — it is only awarded to living persons. So some great minds such as John Maynard Keynes and Fischer Black never received the prize in Economics. All that has changed. With today’s award to Paul Krugman, the Nobel as gone to an economist who died a decade ago. The person alive to receive the award is merely a public intellectual, a person operating in the same domain as Oprah Winfrey. And even as a public intellectual, the prize is inappropriate, because never before has a scientist operating in the capacity of a public intellectual so abused and debased the science he purports to represent. Krugman’s New York Times column drawing on economics is the equivalent of 2006’s Nobelists in Physics, astromers Mather and Smoot, doing a column on astrology — and then, in that column, telling lies about astronomy.

Kruggie is in good company, tho. Other distinguished Nobelists include Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, and the phoney Rigoberta Menchu