“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hats off to Obama

It is election day in South Carolina. The process continues and the way it looks from here is that in the general election, Barack Obama would be the strongest Democratic candidate. Doug on the previous thread posted this:

doug said...
Obama running against two phoniest Democrat losers on the Planet.
Weak End Update [Mark Steyn]
This is pretty good knockabout:

Obama began by recalling a moment in Tuesday night's debate when he and his rivals were asked to name their biggest weakness. Obama answered first, saying he has a messy desk and needs help managing paperwork - something his opponents have since used to suggest he's not up to managing the country.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said his biggest weakness is that he has a powerful response to seeing pain in others, and
Clinton said she gets impatient to bring change to America.

"Because I'm an ordinary person, I thought that they meant,
'What's your biggest weakness?'"

Obama said to laughter from a packed house at Rancho High School.
"If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. And then I could have said, 'Well, ya know, I like to help old ladies across the street.
Sometimes they don't want to be helped.
It's terrible.'"

Game, set, match, Obama!

Sat Jan 19, 03:22:00 AM EST


  1. Obama is a fraud...

    another slick speaker...

    His church? a racist anti-white, anti-jewish group of "christian" nation of islam wannabees

    His ads are trash

    His vision plays well to the left spectrum retards...

    (not that billary or edwards are any better)

    sorry, I see lots of older dems voting for the lesser of 2 evils if obama wins and voting for whichever snake oil salesmen the gop nominate

  2. Obama has been good at calling out Hillary and that knucklehead Edwards though.

    Both of them have messiah complexes and are cocksure of their intellectual superiority over us all.

    Obama doesn't come off as the tyrant-in-waiting that the other two do.

    Hillary wants to avenge all the wrongs of all men and Edwards wants to punish everyone in this country he disagrees with.

    Obama is shucking the jive about "unity" but will bring about marxist policies with the same fervor of his opponents. He just hides it better.

  3. Rat @ Fri Jan 18, 02:32:00 PM EST

    WTF, are you exchanging emails with Wolfowitz or taking up parody as a hobby?

  4. "His church? a racist anti-white, anti-jewish group of "christian" nation of islam wannabees"

    As soon as you see someone injecting Obama's church into the discussion, you know that they are desperately pulling things out of the dark recesses of their buttcrack.

  5. the humanity critic,


    I just have no tolerance to nation of islam supporters and bowtie louie...

    Why google what i speak of before commenting?

    The Trumpeter named Louis Farrakhan man of the year...

    You comments about my comments are crap...

    Come back and comment when you have something to be said based on facts, not your "feelings"

  6. The Humanity Critic

    Age: 34
    Gender: Male

    My mission in life is to save Hip Hop one throatchop to a Lil Wayne fan at a time, make sweet love to Rosario Dawson(thats if she digs chubby pre-ejaculators), continue to write Sade passionate "I promise that I won't joke your forehead" love letters, and to bitchslap any person who can't recognize that Rakim is the best rapper ever. But right now I have to deal with being a single 34 year old with no kids, living in Virginia Beach Va..

    Real Hip Hop wiping my ejaculate on some woman's curtians making love to "Welcome to the Terrordome politics trolling for ass on myspace punching people dead in their motherfucking faces for the most minor indiscretions. Did I mention movies?
    Favorite Movies
    Clerks High Fidelity Hollywood Shuffle Dogma Bamboozled Rounders Fight Club Snatch Steal This Movie
    Favorite Music
    The Roots Saigon A Tribe Called Quest De la Soul Maroon 5 MF DOOM Nas Pharoahe Monch Rakim Sade MURS The White Stripes M.O.P Slick Rick Common Public Enemy Mos Def De la Soul Hip Hop Boogie Down Productions Gangstarr BlackStar
    Favorite Books
    Lies(And the Lying Liars Who

    And why should we listen to anything you have to say?

  7. Was anyone hurt in that drive-by?

  8. Obama is shucking the jive about "unity" but will bring about marxist policies with the same fervor of his opponents.

    - d-day

    Kudos for risibility.

    The absolute growth of the nation-state knows no party nor politician. And it takes a nominal "conservative" to truly move forward in disarming fashion along the well-trod path of the welfare-warfare state.

    Republican, heal thyself.

  9. Obama has, hands down, the best ad I've seen the cycle. Airing here in AZ.

    His mother, terminal cancer, she was more worried about the bills then getting well.

    It shouldn't be that way
    We have to fix Washington.

    It is an effective message, whether one agrees with his "Plan" or not. With Governor Napalitno supporting him, he'll carry AZ come Super Duper Tuesday.

    Wife was at the gym, the white, middle-aged business owner says this is the time in ages he is voting for someone, not against. He is really excited by the opportunity.

    Wife replies, ya, wish I could vote "for" and not against.
    White business owner says who are you voting for this time? Wife is "undecided". Business owner says he's entthusiastic for Obama.
    His main concerns, health care and immigration. Obama is the solution to his concerns, he is sure of it.

    His idea on immigration, if he is good enough for Napalitano, an "Immigration Hawk" per our new labor law, Obama must be a "Hawk", too.

    It'll be an intersting election season, no doubt of that.

  10. How the White House may be won -- in the West

    ... Democrats have a strong shot at winning most of the West. If that should happen, the solid Republican base in the old Confederacy will not be enough to save the Republican candidate from defeat. Democrats could string together a new winning coalition from the states of the Northeast, the northern tier and the Far West.

    Florida has 27 electoral votes; Ohio has 20. They were the pivotal states in the two narrow victories of George W. Bush. If Al Gore in 2000 or John Kerry in 2004 had been able to steal Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Montana from the GOP column, Florida and Ohio wouldn't have mattered and Bush would be cutting brush in Crawford instead of running the country.

    This year, those four states and their 27 electoral votes could go to the Democratic nominee. Why? Because Democrats are now winning in the West. Of the 11 governors in the Pacific Coast and mountain states, seven are Democrats and the most prominent of the Republicans, California's Arnold Schwarzenegger, solidified his popularity only after defying the Republican president on global warming.

  11. His mother, terminal cancer, she was more worried about the bills then getting well.

    It shouldn't be that way
    We have to fix Washington.

    If she has terminal cancer, she is not 'getting well' Worrying about the bills sounds like 'getting her affairs in order', which seems reasonable for a person with terminal cancer to do.

    But of course all will be made better by 'fixing' Washington. How does this sound any different than John Edwards making Chris Reeves walk again?

  12. How will we pay for an expanded welfare state?

    Obama is offering a false hope.

  13. It doesn't raymond, but that rationality does not make it an ineffective advertisement.

    Indeed, effective advertsing hardly ever appeals to rational thought.

    Whether we travel Obama's road or Romney's trillion dollar mandates, the question remains the same.

    How much will the "solution" cost?
    How is it paid for?
    Who does the paying?

    None of those questions are addressed in thirty seconds. Whether it is Obama's "Healthcare" or Rudy's ready to lead in the "War on Terror" advertsiements.

    No specifics in either.

  14. For the record:
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has been projected the winner of the Nevada caucus.