IBD: Bashers Beware

Investor’s Business Daily has a good oped out today about this year’s favorite political past-time; Bush-bashing. It’s definitely worth a read. Especially for McCain:

In the eyes of members of both parties, George W. Bush seems to be the cause of everything from the recent GOP special election losses to a flagging economy to today’s bad weather.

Barack Obama plans to reach the White House by claiming the presidency of Sen. John McCain would amount to a third Bush term. McCain, meanwhile, seems to think it a wise campaign strategy to highlight his differences with the president, such as outgreening the greens on global warming.

Rep. Tom Davis, former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, reflected the panic engulfing many Republicans in Congress last week when he called President Bush “absolutely radioactive” and warned, “They’ve got to get some separation from the president” if they want to win this November.

How about a dose of reality?

Please read on as IBD lists the accomplishments of the Bush administration.

I certainly hope Republicans don’t take the dishonorable and cowardly route, this election season. Bush doesn’t deserve it. He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s managed this country well through trying times, and I believe history will judge him more fairly than the current crop of Chicken Littles that populate Washington DC are.

When faced with the entire Washington establishment demanding an end to the war — including his own father’s secretary of state, James Baker — President Bush stuck to his guns, placed a new general in charge and employed a surge strategy that is now winning the war in Iraq in resounding fashion.

This is the supposed albatross Republicans are so intent on distancing themselves from and which Democrats believe to be the key to victory in November. The facts of the last seven years tell a different story.

If Republicans stick to conservative principles, they should do fine, without distancing themselves from Bush. This is a good start.


Geoff pointed me to a recent Rasmussen report that backs up the assertion I made, above:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 62% of voters would prefer fewer government services with lower taxes. Nearly a third (29%) disagrees and would rather have a bigger government with higher taxes. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters think American society is generally fair and decent. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think it is unfair and discriminatory. Those numbers have become slightly more positive over the past month.


Three quarters of voters (75%) think people who move to America from other countries should adopt the nation’s culture. Just 13% think they should maintain their home country’s culture (see video report).

Geoff says: “Let’s see…Lower taxes, smaller government, strong belief in America and American culture…If only there were a political party that had those values in its platform”.

Please get a clue, Republicans…and fast. The more you sound like Democrat lites, the more your base gets dispirited. And that can lead to disastrous results on election night.

This next poll is what happens when people are exposed to anti-war propaganda day in and day out courtesy of the MSM:

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think the nation’s allies should do what the United States wants more often. Last month, 47% held that view. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the U.S. should do what the allies want more often. A related survey found that most voters say bringing the troops home from Iraq should be a higher priority than winning the war.

People need to hear more of what’s going right in Iraq, and the consequences of leaving too early. The RNC had better get on it, because as Ralph Peters at The new York Post says:

The basic mission of the American media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq’s still a hopeless mess.

That can be easily countered with the truth.

Cotillion Blogger Jane Novak Hits The Big Time

Cotillion sister, Jane Novak of Armies of Liberation has been blogging about Yemani affairs for years, lately taking up the cause of Yemani journalist, Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani.

His story gained widespread attention in the blogosphere, recently, as more and more bloggers took up the cause. Now, finally, the New York Times has taken notice, and Jane is featured in an article, today: A Living Room Crusade Via Blogging:

Jane Novak, a 46-year-old stay-at-home mother of two in New Jersey, has never been to Yemen. She speaks no Arabic, and freely admits that until a few years ago, she knew nothing about that strife-torn south Arabian country.

And yet Ms. Novak has become so well known in Yemen that newspaper editors say they sell more copies if her photograph — blond and smiling — is on the cover. Her blog, an outspoken news bulletin on Yemeni affairs, is banned there. The government’s allies routinely vilify her in print as an American agent, a Shiite monarchist, a member of Al Qaeda, or “the Zionist Novak.”

The worst of her many offenses is her dogged campaign on behalf of a Yemeni journalist, Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani, who incurred his government’s wrath by writing about a bloody rebellion in the far north of the country. He is on trial on sedition charges that could bring the death penalty, with a verdict expected Wednesday.

Go read the entire thing. Register if you have to. It will be worth the effort. And sign the petition to help free al-Khaiwani, if you haven’t already.

Also, she’s going to be on CNN at 2:30, pm (est?), and will be doing a radio interview with the BBC at 6:30 pm (est?). I’m guessing eastern standard time on both of those.

Well done, Jane!


More biggies covering this story:

K-Lo at the Corner

Jihad Watch

The Jawa Report

Not to mention:



Michelle Malkin (Thanks, See-Duya!)