Friday, June 13, 2008

Quick Takes 6-13-08

A roundup of random links for your weekend enjoyment......

A look at the 2008 election by the numbers.

According to Marvin Olasky, if Obama wins and the Democrats make big gains in Congress it could be 1933 all over again. That's a very scary prospect.

Jim Geraghty on the character of Barack Obama:

But there’s a pattern emerging here: The Iowa ABC reporter was wrong in presuming Obama had forgotten his flag pin. Voters were at first wrong to think
Obama had seen Wright’s controversial sermons, and then they wrongly and
unfairly judged Wright. Then even if they were proven correct in their assessment of Wright, the press was wrong in “caricaturing” the tone of services at Trinity United. Stephanopoulos was wrong to presume that Obama’s relationship with Ayers was of concern to the voters. Vieira was wrong to accuse Obama of mischaracterizing McCain’s remarks.

No candidate enjoys admitting when he or she is wrong. But one of the ways Obama stood out as more than just a freshman senator when he came to Washington
was his warm humanity, his humility, his willingness to express that “pang of

The pang, it seems, is long gone.

If Obama fails to win this election it will not be because of one major issue but all of these minor things added together will be enough for voters to decide that he does not represent the change that they really want.

Meanwhile, LaShawn Barber takes a rare break from her self-imposed moratorium on political blogging to weigh in on the Obama nomination:

I feel no “racial pride” that he’s the first black major party nominee or that he’ll be the first black president of the United States, because values trump race in my world. Anyone who believes it’s OK for “doctors” to crush the heads of infants in the birth canal isn’t getting my vote. If you’re black and pro-life but feel “torn” between racial pride about his nomination and disgust for his pro-death stance, shame on you. Get your priorities straight. (Emphasis original)
I couldn't agree more.

A lot of noise has been made about Senator Jim Webb as a possible running mate for Obama but here are some reasons why that would be an awful pick. Personally, I think former Virginia governor Mark Warner would have been a much better pick. However, since he's almost certain to win the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Republican John Warner it's not likely he would take the VP nod.

How to combine homeschooling and business travel. We're fortunate that we've been able to do a lot of this as a family. As a result, we have lots of great memories to treasure.

This is long overdue but at the same time it saddens me that it's necessary.

Congratulations to friend of this blog, Tim Ellsworth, whose book God In The Whirlwind about the tornadoes that ripped through the Union University campus has just been published.

Mike Huckabee didn't make the cut as a presidential candidate in 2008 but he does have a new job: political commentator for Fox News.

A plea to save fatherhood.

Hope everyone (especially my fellow Dads) has a terrific Father's Day Weekend.

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