"Given the state of the country and the world today, her opinions are candid, thoughtful and are bound to provoke debate," says the blurb of our "TypePad Featured Blogs" post, published today. "SISU is a blog that sneaks up on you with little cat feet, settles in, and doesn’t let go." Prrr. JoAnn Peach is a peach.
"Obama has clearly been an opportunist in his political career. All good politicians are," writes Rick Moran at Pajamas Media in a totally awesome analysis of the unraveling of Barack Obama's tapestry of deceit:
And the best ones seize their opportunities without hesitation and run as far as luck and brains can take them. Obama has been lucky. He has also been as calculating a politician as we have seen since Lyndon Johnson ruled the senate. Both men proved to have towering ambition and enormous political gifts.
In the end, the answer to the riddle is that both men set a goal early in their careers and never let anything get in the way of achieving it. This includes principles espoused in their public speeches which for both men had a nasty habit of contradicting what they were doing in the political trenches. We are just finding this out about Obama -- as we are discovering that the candidate is also an elitist of the first order . . .
By trying to diagnose what is wrong with the Rust Belt middle class, Obama reveals a shockingly cartoonish understanding of white people -- in its own way as ignorant as Reverend Wright’s clownish demonizations of whites. This is an Obama out of touch with regular folks, speaking in disparaging tones about people who take their religion seriously or have an abiding love of the outdoors represented by their owning a firearm (hunting being a second religion in Pennsylvania). It was a dumbfounding moment, showing a candidate who views about half of America as victims of their own bitter frustrations.
As we said in our previous post, we had his number way back in December of 2006, but as for the lately smitten amongst our fellow Americans, better late than never. For us the shock of it all was that Hillary said something wonderful and heartfelt -- morally and politically credible and oh, such sweet music to our ears -- in response to her Democratic opponent's gaffe:
I grew up in a church-going family, a family that believed in the importance of living out and expressing our faith. The people of faith I know don't 'cling' to religion because they're bitter. People embrace faith not because they are materially poor, but because they are spiritually rich.
Our faith is the faith of our parents and our grandparents. It is a fundamental expression of who we are and what we believe.
We noticed in our Site Meter stats over 100 hits in one hour a little while ago and thrilled at the thought that an Instalanche was in progress, but no. Dozens and dozens of google.co.uk image searchers had typed in "pompeii" and arrived at the above page, where an image of Pompeii victims -- inset -- from our three-year-old post "Then a gradual return to forgetfulness" was sixth in line.
The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on [with thanks to our imail correspondent, who writes "Is it Sandberg? You know how I, the English major, can't keep my poets straight."]. More from Rick Moran's Obamanalysis:
The more we learn about Obama, the wider the gap grows between the messianic character on the stump whose golden voice and pitch perfect rhetoric has inspired millions of people and the coldly calculating careerist politician whose elitism has blinded him to the struggles and hopes of ordinary people.
The two Obamas are irreconcilable. And the confusion felt by many will almost certainly translate into a loss of support for the candidate in these final primaries that will determine the Democratic nominee for president.
The Lord truly does move in mysterious ways, and Obama is toast.