Responding seems to be required.

I’ve been reading an article in the Asia Times and while it is interesting, and referenced by American Daughter, it is off on several points.

he is a nasty old sailor who knows when to come about for a broadside

This is about McCain. Let me just say that he is a brilliant politician. I don’t agree with him on many issues (embryonic stem cell research, abortion, free speech), but the fact that he was the Republican candidate showed that he was brilliant. Picking Palin as VP just reinforced that image.

The young Alaskan governor, to be sure, hasn’t any business running for vice president of the United States with her thin resume. McCain and his people know this perfectly well, and that is precisely why they put her on the ticket. If Palin is unqualified to be vice president, all the less so is Obama qualified to be president.

He seems to be using this against Palin. Personally I think it IS a slap against Obama. Palin isn’t running for president. Yes, she may end up being president, but if Obama won, it would guarantee he would be president.

Obama, in short, is long on brains and short on guts.

I don’t think Obama is short on guts. (Nor do I think Spengler should have used short twice in that sentence.) I think Obama is short on wisdom. He should have chosen Hillary Clinton as his running mate. I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when I heard he wasn’t vetting her, because at least there was still a chance for a Republican win.

This phrase implies that Obama, unlike others in the race, is long on brains. I don’t think anyone would agree with that characterization. Everyone in the race is long on brains. Obama is NOT longer on brains, because he attended an Ivy League school. So what?

And the limits of his brain shows in his 1. not choosing Clinton and 2. his deciding to run for PRESIDENT as a junior senator with no other experience in the national limelight.

I called Obama “the political equivalent of a sociopath”, without any derogatory intent. A sociopath seeks the empathy of all around him while empathizing with no one.

How could anyone suggest that a sociopath isn’t a derogatory statement? Do we want a sociopath as president? I don’t.

He is a Third World anthropologist profiling Americans

I understand why he said it, but Obama is not Third World. He’s part of the American establishment.

No country’s politics depends more openly on friendships than America’s, yet Obama has not a single real friend, for he rose so fast that all his acquaintances become rungs on the ladder of his ascent.

I think Spengler doesn’t know the meaning of friendship. Obama has friends. Wright, who has been his mentor and encourager for 20+ years. Ayers, who hired him and launched his political campaign. Those are his friends. He just turned away from them in light of the negative reaction of Americans to him. It says something about him that his friends are people he couldn’t have on stage with him at the DNC. I don’t think it says he has no friends.

By all rights, the Democrats should win this election.

By what rights? The fact that we’re in a war? The fact that we have unemployment? The fact that oil is expensive and the producers are meeting to decide to produce less?

By what rights? The right that the Democrats have been ruling Congress? The fact that it’s now the Democrats’ turn at eight years in the White House again? The fact that Bush isn’t popular with the press?

This is an interesting article in one way. But it is full of baloney, too. Don’t put lipstick on the pig. (And I’m not referencing Palin, not even unintentionally.)