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Gwen Ifill Oughtta be Fired!

Gwen Ifill’s profile at PBS begins:

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, including the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election and the upcoming Vice Presidential debate scheduled for October. Ifill is also the author of the forthcoming book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Notice that she is both the moderator for the Oct 2 VP debate and the author of an upcoming hagiography of Barack Obama. I choose the word hagiography with care. She argues that Obama is imbued with such numinous power, importance, and charisma that he is the Hero-Saint of the Age who lends the Age his name. This book is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2009. This is Inauguration Day. If Obama is elected president she stands to earn a lot of money. If he loses, not so much. This is like the person who shoes all the horses at the racetrack placing big-money, long-shot bets and hitting winners. In other words, it is fundamentally dishonest.

I have no idea whether Ifill intends to be unfair, but she certainly was perceived as unfair to Dick Cheney when he debated the adulterous John Edwards in the 2004 VP Debate. Even Democrats thought so, and they cheered for her because of it.

Ifill drew some criticism when Edwards attacked Cheney’s former employer, Halliburton, and the vice president said: “I can respond, Gwen, but it’s going to take more than 30 seconds.”

“Well, that’s all you’ve got,” she replied.

Ifill says now that Democratic partisans were delighted because they “thought I was being snippy to Cheney.” That, she says, was not her intent. Still, the consensus was that she acquitted herself well. [Wash Post]

Ifill was partisan once previously, when she moderated the 2004 VP debate. Democrats and Republicans both thought so. It’s not a party line opinion, but a considered judgment. Now she is publishing a book that will make her more money if one of the debaters she moderates wins than if the other prevails. This is a conflict of interest that should disqualify her from moderating the debate. Yet she carries on.

Both Gwen Ifill and the Debate Commission are responsible for this embarrassment. This will be a black mark on their reputations forever.

At the debate, Sarah Palin should hold up a copy of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama and ask Ifill to sign it, and then ask her if she can put her obvious political predilection aside and treat both debaters without partiality.

And then Ifill ought to be fired!

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Related: Gwen Ifill and the Vice Presidential Debate; VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book; VP debate moderator’s impartiality questioned; The Obamas: Portrait of an American Family, by Gwen Ifill; Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book; Controversy brews up around VP moderator

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Bully Obama?

Nedra Pickler reports for the AP on Obama’s new disco ball and leisure suit ad against McCain that includes this text:

“He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail…”

She goes on to cheerlead for the Obama campaign in the rest of the article because, like most of the media and the AP drones in particular, she is a cheerleader for Barry and operation “hopechange.” [Breitbart]

But she left out something. Jonah Goldberg writes in NRO:

The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car.

Not only that, but as Goldberg also notes, McCain is surprisingly web-savvy. So the ad is false on its face, making Obama a flat-out liar. Again.

Hey Obama. Kick the cripple and tell lies about him.

That part came out of my imagination plus expecting what we’re going to read at DKOS and DU.

If it doesn’t make your blood boil you don’t have a heart.

Maybe next he will mock Trig Palin for having an extra chromosome. That’d be about the speed of this ad.

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Obama runs for President of the World

McCain hits Obama pretty hard with the Celeb ad. What was Obama thinking when he went to Germany and held a campaign rally in the middle of Berlin in front of a triumphal pillar that celebrates three historic victories of Germany plus the Nazi victory over Europe that didn’t pan out?

Obviously I think this commercial should have Fabio in it somewhere. To underline the point, check out this American Presidential campaign poster in Berlin.

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Ludacris B-rocks the Obama campaign

I don’t think this helps Obama’s kids.

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Le Rangel: J’accuse Moi!

Charlie Rangel has been accused of misusing his congressional office by himself. Well, that’s a first, a Dem being investigated by a Dem congress. I believe this came out right after John Edwards was caught in the Beverly Hills Hilton with Rielle Hunter. I’m still waiting for pictures from that mess.

Am I saying it’s an intentional distraction?

Oui!

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Happy 80th Birthday Hosni! April 6 Strikes on May 4

Happy 80th Birthday Hosni!

The first strike was suppressed on April 6 in Egypt. Almost immediately after the first strike, protesters formed as the April 6 group and began to make arrangements on Facebook for a follow-up strike on Hosni Mubarak’s birthday, May 4. Plans are to wear black in mourning for freedom and democracy in Egypt. Amira al Hussaini reports on Global Voices that “human rights” and other leftist organizations are leading the strike organization. Some defiant members of the Muslim Brotherhood (which is not participating as an organization) are striking. Kifaya, which was formed in solidarity with the Palestinean Intifada, is playing a will she or won’t she game. The most surprising aspect is that Muslim groups are joining with the cruelly oppressed Copts in the planned strike.

It could turn out badly so easily. Say a prayer that it turns out all right for the Egyptians, and especially for the Copts.

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Paglia on Hillary’s Girly Men

Hillarious

April 9, 2008 | I would like to get your feedback on the subject of those who end up in Hillary’s orbit. Can you conceive of a strong, leader-type male ever working under her? An alpha, if you will. And if the answer is no, then why do you think that is?

The men you always see under her are to a person passive-aggressive, sadistic, mean, little, petty beta-male pieces of work who would not naturally succeed in a common male-type hierarchy. By that I mean an environment that values straightforward achievement rather than the darker political arts.

That statement is in no way meant to exclude women. In fact, I work with many women who succeed just as well in this environment. It is just a shorthand for an environment that values achievement and straight talk. Hillary’s persona is simply not compatible with another strong will, male or female — but definitely male, and that itself is a big red flag.

What kind of person would go to work for a Clinton in the first place? A naive true-believer? Everyone knows what they would be getting into: constant war rooms, personal attacks, spin, daily damage control, a boss prone to temper tantrums, placing your own integrity out on the ledge as a shill for a fundamentally dishonest person. I would argue that nobody who hasn’t already sold their soul years ago would ever want to be a part of that mess.

Your thoughts?

Chris Richard
Agoura Hills, Calif.

You have succinctly expressed one of the most unsettling aspects of Hillary Clinton‘s character and modus operandi.

I would have answered that, “Could you repeat the question?”

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