Candidate Vows To Slay Jewish Porn Dragon

I haven’t bothered to post yet on the spectacle of Tony Zirkle, a congressional candidate from Indiana, speaking to a Nazi group in front of a portriat of Hilter, but that was before I came accross his campaign website, and now I can’t resist. Some highlights, and the video of his speech, below:

Last week, MSNBC’s Keith Olberman on his Countdown show called me the world’s 2nd worst person after Bill O’Reilly and ahead of John McCain. What cracks me up is that he showed the picture of me presenting the Gospel book, “The Desire of Ages” to the National Socialists. You know that America and its liberal dominated media have become morally bankrupt when you are called the second worst person in the world for trying to present Jesus to a group the media claims is filled with hate. So, let me get this straight. The liberal media believes that evangelizing Nazis is more evil than suicide bombers, child rapists, drug dealers, murders, torturers and yes even porn-pimps. Maybe those national socialists have a point that WWII was really about liberalism and communism dominating the world and that it was an assault on Christian civilization. Was the bipolar Churchhill possibly deceived? Was America? Didn’t General Patton say that we should have been fighting the Russian communists instead? How many people died after WWII because of the new communist threat that Patton said we should not have tolerated. On the other hand, communism gave us Russian brides and capitalism gave us porn stars…

I’ve been getting a flood of e-mails and phone calls, some of which include death threats, about my attempt to raise awareness of how the great porn dragon inspires Jews into pornography and prostitution and then, like the snake he is, turns the public against the Jews. Some have questioned whether there is any link to Jews and porn-prostitution. I guess I’ll have to start showing the evidence:

[A list of links follows]

Unfortunately, those Web sites are just a small fraction of evidence you can find on a Google search of combinations of “Jews” “pornography” “sex slavery” “Israel” and “prostitution.” Let’s save our Jewish brothers and sisters from this tyrant king porn dragon before we get to another world-wide pogrom after a war with Iran or some other conflict and after the Jews get blamed again. Did I hear it right that Hamas, in their Constitution or in another statment, had the gall to blame the Jews for inciting the revolutions in France and Russia and WWI and WWII?

Bobby J on Leno

Gov. Bobby Jindal sat down with Jay Leno last night and did quite well. While not explicitly ruling out the idea of becoming John McCain’s runningmate, he said, “I’ve got the job I want” and stressed the historic oppourtunity to reform Lousiana. The Republican Party could really use a modern real life example of successful conservative governance, so it would certianly be best for him to spend the next eight years getting Louisiana in shape before running for higher office.

Should Obama Fight For FL and MI To Be Seated?

Up until now, the Obama campaign has understandably resisted efforts to seat Florida and Michigan, but looking at the rough delegate count, I’m starting to wonder if that’s a mistake. For months, there has been a logjam in the Democratic race because Clinton cannot realistically catch Obama among pledged delegates, but Obama still needs superdelegates to put him over the top. This reality has allowed Clinton to stay in the race in the hope that she can convince the superdelegates that Obama is unelectable. But seating Florida and Michigan, while eating into Obama’s delegate lead, would change these dynamics, and put Obama in the driver’s seat to clinch the nomination without having to worry about the quirky superdelegates.

(To be clear, all of the following tabulations are sort of back of the envelope meant to test this theory, and shouldn’t be taken precisely.)

If you look at the the RealClearPolitics count, Obama is about 300 delegates away from winning the nomination. If he and Clinton roughly split the delegates in the remaining primaries (this is being charitable to Clinton), he’ll end the primary season about 100 delegates short of victory, thus requiring superdelegates.

But Florida would have had 210 delegates were it not penalized. Let’s say for the sake of discussion, those were allocated based on the popular vote. Clinton, who won 50 percent of the vote, would get 110 delegates, and Obama, with his 33 percent, would gain 70. (Give Edwards the remaining delegates.)

If you proceed to Michigan, the most favorable settlement for Clinton, Marc Ambinder notes, would be “the 73-to-55 delegate split that the Clinton campaign would obtain from the results of the primary, with almost all of the uncommitted delegates being pledged to Obama.”

While both of these actions would cut into Obama’s delegate lead, he’d still have a cushion of about 70 delegates over Clinton going into the remaining primaries. But more importantly, he would gain around 120 delegates, putting himself in the position to win the nomination without having to worry about superdelegates (by my rough calculations he can do so by winning around 43 percent of the delegates in the remaining contests).

Not only would taking such action allow Obama to get a clean win, it would enable the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated, allow him to take the high road, and take away a major argument from Clinton. Of course, once she realizes this, Clinton may do a total about face, and suddenly protest counting Florida and Michigan, but then that would just be great theater.

UPDATE: Quin notes that if the Florida and Michigan were seated, by expanding the overall universe of delegates, it would raise the threshhold Obama would have to meet to gain the nomination, thus changing the calculations above.

Hillary Gains In North Carolina

A SurveyUSA poll released today shows Obama’s lead in North Carolina shrinking to 5 points. The same poll had him up by 9 a week earlier. This comes on the heels of a PPP poll that showed Obama’s lead cut in half to 12 percent, down from the 25 point lead he had the weekend before the Pennsylvania primary. Neither of these polls reflect any damage that may have come from Jeremiah Wright’s media tour, or boost that Hillary Clinton may have gotten from Gov. Easley’s endorsement. A longshot win for Clinton in North Carolina, which remains a remote possibility, would seriously damage Obama’s prospects. But even if she is able to cut his victory margin into the single digits in North Carolina, while pulling off a win in Indiana, it will help her claim a legitimate momentum shift in the race.

Obama Is Finally ‘Outraged’ About Wright

Barack Obama just held a press conference in which he finally strongly condemned Jeremiah Wright. At various points in his opening remarks, he described himself as “saddened,” “outraged,” and “offended” by Wright’s performance yesterday. He said that Wright’s “divisive and destructive” comments contradict everything his campaign stands for, in fact, everything he has stood for his entire adult life. He also got specific, saying Wright’s statements praising Farrakhan, equating U.S. military actions with terrorism, and linking the government to AIDS, were “ridiculous.”

Obama previously gave Wright the benefit of the doubt, he said, but now there are “no excuses” for him. He insisted that the Jeremiah Wright who spoke yesterday was not the same as the man he met 20 years ago, and that in hindsight, perhaps he didn’t know Wright as well as he thought he did.

This is exactly the way Obama should have addressed the issue to begin with instead of letting it linger. This is about as good as he could have done under the circumstances, but I still think Obama has major credibility problems on how he could have been so blind for so long about Wright.

Video here.

Re: No Wright Answers

The reason why yesterday’s fiasco at the National Press Club is so problematic for Obama is that it completely blows a hole in his insistence that he somehow wasn’t aware of Jeremiah Wright’s most incendiary statements until he saw the snippets on YouTube last month. If Wright, given the opportunity to explain himself to hundreds of reporters and a national television audience, could be so hateful and utterly bizarre, can we really believe that in the 20 years worth of sermons Obama sat in on, Wright didn’t go off the rails even once? The problem for Obama is now one of credibility.

Doctor McCain

John McCain is talking health care today. He launched a new ad, and delivered a speech on the subject earlier this morning. I intend to have more later, but it strikes me as the typical mixed bag for conservatives. Reforming the tax code to extend tax benefits to individuals who purchase insurance on their own rather than merely through there employers and allowing for the purchase of healthcare across state lines are all positive developments. But I thought the speech lacked a clear unifying theme, and came off at times as a laundry list of proposals. I’d like to learn more about his plans to combat chronic disease through improved health and fitness, because such ventures can easily devolve into creeping nanny-statism. It was also very frustrating to sit through a conference call following the speech in which McCain adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin tried to make a free market case for the re-importation of Canadian price controls on prescription drugs. McCain simply doesn’t seem to understand that by effectively putting price controls on drugs in the U.S. market, it will stifle innovation. The big picture question is whether McCain plans to engage Democrats on health care throughout the campaign, or whether it will it be like last fall, when he gave a big speech on health care, then stopped talking about it.

NC Gov. Endorses Hillary

The Hillary Clinton campaign just announced that North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, a superdelegate, has endorsed Hillay Clinton. More here. This is an interesting development on several levels. Having the governor on board could help Clinton eat into some of Obama’s lead in North Carolina. While she’s still unlikely to win in the state a week from today, if she could cut Obama’s margin into the single digits, while edging him out in Indiana, it would bolster her argument that the tide is turning in the race. Also, the fact that a superdelegate is moving into the Clinton camp at this late date — even in a state that Obama is expected to win handily — shows that Clinton has been able to effectively raise doubts about Obama. With that said, keep in mind that to capture the nomination, Clinton will have to win over super delegates at a roughly two to one margin over Obama.

Iraq and the General Election

When I was in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago covering the primary there, I spoke to a man who could be described as a classic swing voter. While he was leaning toward Hillary Clinton in the primary, he said he’d reevaluate his choices in a general election. When I asked him what the most important issues were to him, he mentioned bringing troops home from Iraq, which you’d think would put him firmly in the Democratic camp. But he said he’d be perfectly willing to vote for John McCain in November. He described how, no matter what the candidates say, they aren’t going to be able to just pull out right away, it may take a long time. And he noted that McCain was quoted out of context with his “100 years” comment, and said perhaps McCain’s right that we’ll have troops there for decades like in Korea.

A lot of pundits look at the polls showing a significant majority of Americans think the war was a mistake and want to bring the troops home, and assume that McCain’s strong support for the Iraq War will be a drag on his candidacy. Obviously this is just one voter, but what struck me at the time, was that things are a lot more complicated than that. In any poll on Iraq, this man would have been recorded as supporting pulling out of Iraq and thus seen as more sympathetic to Democrats, yet at the same time, he appreciates the complexity of the situation and is perfectly open to voting for McCain. I wondered, how many others like him are out there?

Rasmussen is out with a report showing McCain outperforming the generic Republican label on and beating Obama and Clinton on a number of issues.

I found this particularly interesting:

Tracking polls have shown that roughly 6-out-of-ten Americans want troops home from Iraq within a year. However, only about one-in-four want the troops brought home immediately. The gap between those numbers is filled by Americans who both parties have a chance to persuade during Election 2008. Overall, when it comes to Iraq, Democrats are currently trusted more by 45% of voters and the GOP is trusted more by 43%. However, when it comes to the War in Iraq, McCain is trusted by more than either Democrat. Fifty percent (50%) trust McCain over Clinton while 40% hold the opposite view. Forty-eight percent (48%) trust McCain over Obama while 39% prefer Obama.

If the electorate is focused on pulling troops out, McCain is in a tough spot. But if voters believe that the reality is a lot more complicated, and the issue becomes a matter of who they think would do a better job handling the sitiation, I think McCain has more than a fighting chance to make this into a winning issue.

Via Dave Freddoso.