A November surprise?
Reading through the last 20 or so entries by Jim Geraghty at NRO puts the lie to the idea that Obama has it wrapped up. The early voting patterns, the momentum, etc. are all surprisingly strong for McCain. I think a big surprise is coming on election day.
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Also, Ann Coulter’s column two weeks ago contains some serious research into what the poll numbers were as prior elections approached. NEVER have the polls been kinder to the GOP candidate than the final vote tally, and most of the time the final vote tally was much better for the GOP candidate than the polls of 10-14 days before the vote.
If McCain won, I would feel immense relief at America’s being spared a leftist president, and unutterable depression at the continuation of Bush-McCain-neocon rule.
I also would prefer that the country be spared the even greater insanity and hatred on the left that will be triggered by an Obama loss. This may sound perverse, but it would be a nice change to see the left happy and satisfied for a while, so that they will stop injecting so much poison into the system.
I occasionally eat at a restaurant called Dallas Barbecue on West 72nd Street in Manhattan, and one reason I like going there is that it has a lot of black customers and they are enjoying themselves. This is so different from the political blacks, professional blacks, academic blacks, the blacks in the media who are constantly aggrieved at America. It’s pleasant being around black people who are having a good time and seem to like their lives, in contrast to the Michelle Obama types.
For the same reason, it would be nice, just for a change, to see the left not in a state of insane hatred, but satisfied and happy with their world.
To avoid the predictable misunderstanding, of course I’m not seriously saying that this is a reason to prefer the election of Obama. But the end of the Bush-McCain-neocon era, and the lessening of the corresponding leftist fury, would be one of the advantages of it.
Andrew W. writes:
Leftist fury is a good thing. They can more easily con normal Americans into supporting (or least not strongly opposing) their program when they give the outward appearance of being sane. Let the mask fall off. The policies won’t change if the left is satisfied, but their approach might. As I believe they’re likely to achieve more with honey than with vinegar, I say let them seethe.
Have you no compassion for your fellow man?
Keith H. writes:
You write: “To avoid the predictable misunderstanding, of course I’m not seriously saying that this is a reason to prefer the election of Obama. But the end of the Bush-McCain-neocon era, and the lessening of the corresponding leftist fury, would be one of the advantages of it.”
No that is not an advantage, but a disadvantage: leftist fury is the only thing that will wake the sleeping majority of whites up as they are directly exposed to it.
“Compassion for your fellow man?” you ask (this must be tongue-in-cheek). Compassion for destroyers, murderers, liars and promoters of evil and anti-good? No—never. They preen themselves on being morally superior (we are the Nazis!) and think that they know everything. They won’t even listen to the other point of view. THEY ARE their caricature of “intolerant medieval Christianity”. Whatever you think of Sarah Palin, just look at their despicable treatment of her, of anyone who won’t think their way. No Andrew W. has it exactly right, “…let them seethe”, and be seen for the mean spirited, selfish, childish, evil adolescents that they are.
M. Mason writes:
LA wrote to another poster:
“Have you no compassion for your fellow man?”
Well, I’ll answer that. Yes, I do. But if the atheistic, anti-Christian left is deprived of their rage, it actually takes away from them the one thing that gives their empty, nihilistic, utterly meaningless lives a sense of focus and purpose ;)
On the other hand, though, if there’s one thing that many church-going black folks can teach all of us it’s how to celebrate in a thoroughly natural and uninhibited way when we’re happy.
Harry the Horse writes:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 31, 2008 12:33 AM | Send
“I occasionally eat at a restaurant called Dallas Barbecue on West 72nd Street in Manhattan, and one reason I like going there is that it has a lot of black customers and they are enjoying themselves.”
I attended Columbia P&S [Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center?] for medical school (1991-95), and though I lived up in Washington Heights, two fantastic friends (eventual Groomsmen in my wedding) from undergraduate days (U. of Chicago) started Business School at Columbia at the same time. One of them lived at 72nd and B’way (the other, on Morningside Heights), which after taking the 1/9, was always our starting place as we hung out at Dallas all of the time, and I entirely forgot about it! Thank you so much for mentioning this place.
I agree, and this was one of the reasons we went there—a huge place where everybody was happy! There was always a birthday party amongst the rest of patrons, singing, etc. Out of towners, this is where we always took them upon there arrival. In fact, the night before my interview, I flew into LaGuardia from Eugene, Oregon, my first time in NY. One of these buddies picked me up and we sat in the parking lot, listening to GWHB/Cheney announce that the “liberation of Kuwait has begun.” We dumped my luggage at his place, and walked to Dallas BBQ that night. Great French Fries, too. The rest is history…
Thank you, and warm regards.