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A study reported by Reuters today reveals that the Obama presidential saga has received more news coverage than “Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the global financial meltdown in 2008, the Iraq War in 2003 and the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.”  

Yes, the same September 11th attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.  Those September 11th attacks, that took us to war, brought us together, and have torn us apart.  The worst moment of my generation of Americans was worth fewer column inches than the election of our 44th President.  That’s like the third election of FDR getting more ink than the attack on Pearl Harbor.

But let’s not forget that these same September 11th attacks were judged by some to be “overdone.” Thomas Friedman tells us that the events of 9/11 and the coverage thereof  “made us stupid,” and have “knocked America completely out of balance.”

Does that mean we’re a few months away from this guy bemoaning that our President, like 9/11, has become “a brand name, a [Democratic] campaign slogan, propaganda of the lowest form?”

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Hm.  Okay, maybe we’re already there.  People.  Let’s get some perspective.

P.S. – If an Obama fan says this President has attracted more public attention than any other, remind her that more people watched Reagan’s inauguration than Obama’s (41.8 million vs. 37.8 million).  And there were about 80 million fewer Americans in 1980.  A silent majority, indeed.

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I stand by my comments earlier regarding McCain’s problems on economic policy, and he must fix them before the next debate.  But McCain was a bulldog all night, aggressively laying out a broad vision for American foreign policy.  He looked like a natural, as if you could have the same discussion with him over coffee.  This stuff is in his blood, and he didn’t need any debate prep to be able to whip out foreign leaders and historical anecdotes with abandon.

Obama, by contrast, had few frames of reference to historical examples, and he often had to piggyback on McCain’s outline, saying he agreed or disagreed with what McCain had said.  The debate seemed to turn decisively at the moment Obama was forced to defend his position that he would talk with Ahmedinejad without preconditions.  It was one of his most indefensible positions in the primaries, and he’s no better at defending it now.  But McCain gave the best and most multifaceted explanations of how he’s wrong that I’ve heard.  He exploded the historical touchpoints Obama has used in the past (Reagan/Gorbachev; Nixon/China) to get away with the charade before Obama could even raise them.  He refused to allow Obama to get away with redefining his position yet again, attacking the Illinois Senator’s canard that “preconditions” just means you don’t have to solve all the issues before the meeting.  And by giving us a vision into the meeting between Obama and Ahmedinejad (“We sit down with Ahmedinejad and he says ‘we’re going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,’ and you say, ‘no, you’re not?'”) he mocked Obama in a way that he simply hasn’t been during the entire campaign.  That got Obama off his game – he became visibly irritated for the rest of the debate – and it went downhill from there.

Now I don’t think Obama looked foolish.  For the most part, he held his own, made cogent arguments, and looked poised.  If you’re among those who thinks all Obama has to do to win these debates (and the election) is to look minimally acceptable and presidential, you’re probably happy tonight.

But I’m not one of those people.  I think each time that McCain shows himself to be his own man, and a man who brings unique strengths to the office that neither Obama nor Bush can claim, he draws back some of those voters who are reluctant to pull the GOP lever again.  If McCain can remind those voters that this election isn’t just about “change,” but that it’s a choice between two very different visions of the future extolled by two very different men, he can draw this election back to its more natural Red/Blue bearings.  If he can do that, then it will be up to him to make the closing sale to voters in Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio.  That’s how he’ll win this election, and he moved closer to doing just that tonight.

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Listening to Huckabee’s speech tonight, I don’t regret that he isn’t our nominee — he said enough troubling things to disqualify him — but I’m glad he’s on our side. There’s something about his words that just draw you in. Good messengers, even when they aren’t good leaders, are invaluable to a party of big ideas. Give that man a desk.

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I’ve been a huge fan of McCain’s rapid response ads lately, despite my early skepticism of their tone. But tonight’s ad — an attempt at a classy recognition of Obama’s historic achievement — was poorly-executed.

John’s obviously reading and looking away from the camera, even while saying “Senator Obama” to start it off. The average guy sipping his beer has to wonder, “Why does the guy need to read a 15-second congratulations? Does he not mean it?”

The sincerity problem continues when he squints and nearly frowns as he says “congratulations.” We know what McCain looks like when he’s happy or generous, and this ain’t it. Rather, it’s what he looks like when he’s winding up with a right hook when you’re not looking.

And that’s why the next line sounds like a backhanded slam rather than the intended polite recognition:

How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day.

Still not smiling. You almost hear him roll his eyes, “how PERFECT it is for you that you get to invoke one of American history’s most iconic figures on your big night. Isn’t that nice for you.” But immediately smiles when he follows with “Tomorrow we’ll be back at it.”

If this was the final cut, how awful were the earlier ones?

Good night, Senator. Job…well, you’ll get him next time. I hope.

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Obama in his speech tonight:

If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and judgment to be the next Commander in Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.

Oh really, Senator? Because you weren’t ready to have it anytime in the last three months.

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The latest in an ongoing series of things I wish John McCain would say on the campaign trail.

No one is better at pointing out America’s problems than a Democrat. They’ve spent most of their convention doing just that. It’s a problem that mills are closing in North Carolina, leaving hard-working Americans unemployed. It’s a serious matter when middle-class families, without losing their jobs, are suddenly faced with foreclosure. When the great social equalizer of a college education is so expensive that it’s off-limits to many and shackles the rest with a lifetime of debt, we should take notice. Oil prices are canceling vacations, raising the cost of food, even making us think hard before driving to the store.

No doubt these are among America’s most pressing concerns. But what have Democrats proposed as the solution to these challenges? “Hope.” “Change.” “No More Bush.”

Democrats talk about punishing companies that send jobs overseas, but they stand against free trade that would open foreign markets to American-made products. Here’s some straight talk — if we can’t sell our products, we can’t keep our jobs. Anyone who tells you otherwise hasn’t owned a business or made a sale in his life.

Yes, we’ve heard the plan to slap windfall taxes on Big Oil. But taxes are always passed right along to the consumer, particularly when they’re imposed on an entire industry. Will we feel better once we’ve soaked ourselves with higher gas prices?

I know the Democrats want to increase Pell Grants and expand federally-subsidized loans for college. But college costs are rising precisely BECAUSE of these programs. The purchaser (your son/daughter) isn’t sensitive to the price because she either doesn’t care (mom/dad/Uncle Sam are paying) or can postpone the pain (subsidized loans).

Sounds like four more years of all the same problems and none of the right solutions.

Instead, how about some real change? Instead of imposing costly one-size fits all health care mandates on average Americans, let’s empower YOU with a tax break that will allow everyone to buy exactly as much insurance as they need. Right now, you’re stuck with whatever your company provides. As your President, I’ll make sure your family has the resources and the choices to care for all its health needs — because I trust you more than Hillary Clinton to know what’s best for your family.

And let’s change the way we look at government. For too long, Congress has considered your tax dollars to be its personal trust fund. And like a trust fund baby on a Hawaiian vacation, they never run out of crazy ways to spend it. I’ve been fighting wasteful spending since the day I first climbed those Capitol steps, and mark my ear — not one bridge to nowhere, not one cow fart study, not one post office named for my own grandmother will survive my veto while I’m President.

And how about some smart changes to our energy policy? Right now, the federal government is denying you, my fellow Americans, access to billions of gallons of oil, while you are asked to pay $70 to fuel up your car. Today, the federal government is ordering you to burn corn in your gas tanks, while food prices skyrocket. Now, the federal government is telling you what kind of lightbulbs you can own, even if they give you a headache. In the McCain Administration, I’ll say enough! The federal government didn’t discover electricity — Benjamin Franklin did. No government scientist invented the lightbulb — Thomas Edison did. No government grant supported Henry Ford as he made the automobile an American birthright. No, my friends, we must let American innovation and hard work do what it has always done — solve our nation’s problems the right way, the smart way. I’ll get the government out of the way, so that YOU can drill. YOU can use solar. YOU can build wind turbines. YOU can harvest biofuels. YOU can mine clean coal. YOU can build nuclear plants. YOU can drive hybrid cars. YOU can take mass transit. YOU – MY FRIENDS, MY FELLOW AMERICANS – you will be the ones transform energy for the next century. And as your President, I’ll defend your freedom to choose the path our nation will take together.

Change on food prices? I’ll end subsidies for big agricultural companies that use your tax dollars to prop up their profits. Change on the economy? I’ll make America a place to do business again by lowering taxes and costly regulations on small businesses. Change on the environment? I’ll take global warming seriously and clear the way for cleaner, safer technologies without costing Americans trillions in top-down mandates. Change on the dollar? The weak dollar is poison for your pocketbook, and I’ll cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit, and restore confidence in the American economy.

My friends, does any of this sound like the last eight years? This election isn’t about whether we have problems — we all know America faces challenges. This election isn’t about whether we will change America — it’s about HOW we change America. I’ve been fighting for American families for all of my life. I know what needs to be done. All I ask is that you let me get to work.

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We’ll never know how close Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was to being named the VP nominee, but he wasted no time this morning showing us why Obama made the right choice to leave him behind. Speaking this morning on Fox News Sunday about how the Biden pick will help Democrats in Virginia, Kaine has a curious answer:

Well, first, Joe comes from a state, Delaware, that borders Virginia. The eastern shore part of Delaware and Virginia are not only bordering but very very similar.

Um…not really.

In case you can’t tell, there’s about 50 miles of Maryland between Delaware and Virginia. Before becoming VP, Governor, you should try knowing the geography of your own state. Then again, he’s got this in common with Barack:

Democrats in 2008 – proving to America how badly we need school choice.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Allahpundit for the site traffic, and for converting this moment to YouTube for the ages:

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