Thursday, October 21, 2004

Thursday 10/21 links

Appearing in The Daily Standard, radio host/blogger Hugh Hewitt watches in amused awe as "Teresa Heinz Kerry pulls off the rare and amusing triple gaffe."

From Helen Dewar's and Thomas E. Ricks's piece in Wednesday's Washington Post is getting a lot of attention, and likely will receive more: "In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, [Kerry] said, 'If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no.'" Belmont Club blogger "Wretchard": The "article which may have been intended as hagiographic but whose effect will probably vary with the eye of the beholder."

US News & World Report political columnist
Michael Barone explains "What the Polls Are Telling Us."

It needed to be said, and National Review Online guest columnist
Anne Bayefsky says it--Pres. Bush deserves the Jewish vote: "So the question for American Jews deciding whether to vote for a Republican president, in Hillel's words, is, 'If not now when?' If the answer for most American Jews is never, then make no mistake about it: No Democratic president will ever feel that protecting the state of Israel is necessary to win Jewish votes — and no future Republican president will ever take the heat as President Bush has done." Damn right.

The Associated Press reports that if on Election Night the count appears to be close, John Kerry intends to declare victory and name a national security team before a winner is declared.

Syndicated columnist
Thomas Sowell warns that Kerry-Edwards "talk a great game. And they have 'plans.' What they also have is utter irresponsibility."

Chicago Sun-Times political columnist
Robert Novak predicts that Kerry will lose Catholic votes by imposing a pro-choice litmus test on prospective judges.

Chris Suellentrop asks a Big Question: "Kerry vs. His Script: Why can't the man read a simple speech?" (Hat tip to MK)

Syndicated columnist
Ann Coulter reveals that "the Democrats are pretty sure the real reason we went to Iraq was one of the following: Bush family's connections to the Saudis, Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, something about the Texas Rangers needing more left-handed pitching, the neoconservatives, the Straussians, oil, the Jews, oily Jews."

Writing in the Washington Times, Munich historian Heinrich Maetzke argues that "if my Michael Moore-obsessed fellow German countrymen were honest, they would admit that what really frightens them is this dangerous new century we have just entered and the scary glimpses we have had of it so far." His solution: "An end to nonsense."

A New York Daily News editorial blasts Columbia University, where hard left elements have taken control and designated the Jews to be their scapegoats (all in the guise of "anti-Zionism," of course).

Satirical blogger "ScrappleFace"
Scott Ott supplies his latest scoop: "If George Bush is reelected to a second term, he will not only reinstitute the military draft, but newly-released internet rumors indicate he'll make it illegal for women and Blacks to vote, ban hip-hop and rap music and reinstitute Prohibition."

David Usborne of the rabidly anti-American London Independent visited Minnesota, a state that has voted Democratic in every election since 1972, and spoke with Professor Lawrence Jacobs, a political scientist, who said: "It's certainly going to be a real challenge for [Kerry] to pull it off in Minnesota. But I tell you this: if he doesn't win here, he won't win the White House."

London Daily Telegraph Middle East correpondent
Anton La Guardia is not viscerally and violently anti-Israel, which is refreshing, and he offers some interesting stuff under the deceptively silly headline "Is Arafat big enough to stop being a roadblock to peace?"

Trendoid New York blog The Black Table actually supplies some interesting and useful stuff today:
Heather Maidat describes just how difficult it is to keep personal financial information secret.

Uh, oh. Satirical blogger Iowahawk
David Burge reports: "Curse Continues as NY State Supremes Overturn Red Sox v. Yankees."