Upright Considerations

“Non-presidential contests often go badly for the party in power, and there are indications that 2010 may be even more painful than most. The extremely high turnout among African-Americans that marked the 2008 race is unlikely to be repeated without Obama on the ballot. Democrats in general seem less enthusiastic this time than Republicans. … Election maven Charlie Cook envisions 2010 as the year of the ‘angry white seniors’ as older voters turn out in force to oppose health care reform. Much can change in a year of course. But for now, the tide is running very much against the Democrats.” –columnist Mona Charen

“The Administration has decided to start a fight to re-energize the base. It doesn’t do any good to fight with someone who is not worthy, if you want to make this strategy work you have to have the fight with someone your base already knows — and already hates. Fox News Channel fits that bill. If Obama can make the point stick, that Fox News is not ‘news’, and gets his base to buy into the theory that Obama is the victim of unfair coverage, it gives the White House a rallying point. I don’t think it’s having the desired effect.” –political analyst Rich Galen

“The problem with Iran is its regime; its nuclear program is merely a symptom of that problem. Do you lay awake at night worrying about Britain’s nuclear weapons? France’s? Israel’s? Of course not, because stable democracies in general, and stable democratic allies in particular, aren’t a threat. If your neighbor is an upright and responsible citizen, who cares if he has a gun? If your neighbor is a complete whackjob and criminal, you sure as Shinola care if he has a gun. Armed neighbors aren’t a problem, dangerous ones are. The same logic applies to nations.” –columnist Jonah Goldberg

“Twenty years ago this fall, the Iron Curtain was coming down in Europe. Across the Warsaw Pact, the jailers of the Communist prison states lost their nerve, and the cell walls crumbled. Matt Welch, the editor of Reason magazine, wonders why the anniversary is going all but unobserved: Why aren’t we making more of the biggest mass liberation in history? Well, because to celebrate it would involve recognizing it as a victory over Communism. And, after the left’s long march through the institutions of the west, most are not willing to do that. There’s the bad totalitarianism (Nazism) and the good totalitarianism (Communism), whose apologists and, indeed, fetishists can still be found everywhere, even unto the White House.” –columnist Mark Steyn

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