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Saturday, November 15, 2008
 
Groomed to be "the chosen one" from his Columbia University days

Oddly enough my time at Columbia University may overlap with the time the president-elect attended, or rather claims to have attended. I attended and graduated with a Master of Science degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science there. Obama never released Columbia to allow it to provide his official transcript to the press. Some web sites have tracked down hundreds of political science students of that time and none have a memory or any documentation of his attendance there. The more conspiracy-minded also note that this period between Occidental and Harvard is a huge gap with no details in his two autobiographies. Since it no longer impacts the election, reporters and biographers might want to shed light on it.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008
 
Victor Davis Hanson writing in Pajamas Media gives advice to the right:

It seems to me that conservatives have a golden opportunity to offer criticism and advice in a manner that many liberals did not during the last eight years. By that I mean I hope there are no conservative versions of the Nicholson Baker Knopf-published ‘novel’ Checkpoint, the creepy documentary by Gerald Range, the attempt to name a sewer plant after an American President, or the celebrity outbursts that we have witnessed with the tired refrain of Hitler/Nazi Bush—that all have cheapened political discourse. When I hear a partisan insider like Paul Begala urging at the 11th hour that we now rally around lame-duck Bush in his last few days, I detect a sense of apprehension that no Democrats would wish conservatives to treat Obama as they did Bush for eight years.

In the future, criticism should be offered in unified pro-American tones, rather than anti-Obama screeds. When disagreements arise, they should be couched in a sense of regret rather than ebullition. There should be no conservative counterparts of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, or Al Franken.

It seems to me that if being "nice" would win elections, we would be congratulating McCain as McCain was constantly scolding the critics of Obama and promising to run a "respectful" campaign.

The right won't see much in what Obama proposes to do as "pro-American", so it will often be "anti-Obama". This will be seen as "anti-American" by the intolerant left. VDH presumes too much good will on the part of Left.

There's something oddly preemptive in the advice to avoid screeds. There isn't even a good bumper sticker yet and I can recall the anti-Bush venom was flowing through the MSM in November 2000. I'm waiting to hear Ann Coulter's reaction to not be a conservative counterpart of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, or Al Franken.

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President-elect Obama

I congratulate Barack Obama on his election to become the 44th president of the United States. I was born during Eisenhower's term, had my first political awareness during Kennedy's term, voted in 1972 (the 26th amendment setting the minimum voting age at 18 was passed the previous year) and voted in each election since. I wish for success for the United States in the next four years, not for the success of many of the proposals that Obama made during his campaign. Getting elected president is an accomplishment.

To the extent that Obama calls for "unity" around the elimination of any state law restricting abortion, I call for division.

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