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Under the Fedora: Bright Sides, Romney and Blogcon



The are several bright sides to the Sox blowing a 9-0 lead to the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway:

  1. It provides conclusive proof that Baseball is the greatest sport in the world. It doesn’t matter how many runs you score, you’ve got to get those 27 outs.
  2. Terry Francona was part of the ceremonies and got a rousing cheer. With this collapse he could take some satisfaction. (He wouldn’t of course he has too much class for that.)
  3. It highlights the Obama booed at Fenway story, personally I think it is in bad taste to boo a sitting president but if he is drawing boos at Fenway than no democrat in Massachusetts is safe.

It would have been cool if Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) had been at Fenway, after reading his unwillingness to commit to voting Obama in November I wonder if he would have cheered or Booed?


In my last under the Fedora Column I mentioned Don Surber who has predicted a 40 state win for Mitt Romney. I haven’t predicted anything that spectacular but it seems not a day goes by without more evidence supporting Surber’s prediction coming to light.

Now almost all of this evidence comes not from the brilliance of Romney but from the realization of the hollowness of Obama but I do want to say the Romney campaign has been a pleasant surprise.

Back in the start of the campaign I outlined the strategy Romney would use to win the nomination, he followed it to the letter, refused to panic over the occasional unenforced error (Etch a sketch anyone?) and has been relentless in sticking on message hitting the president on the economy every chance he gets.

And after a bunch of primary wins on Tuesday his speech in New Hampshire sounds like It’s been pulled from my blog or twitter feed:

…what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.

This has been a theme I’ve been punching forever, Romney has weaknesses, I’ve detailed them and argued them over and over for the past several months, but these weaknesses pale before Obama’s actual record that people have been living through for years and Chuck Todd not withstanding no amount of questions about Romney’s tax return is going to change it.

This type of thing is not a coincidence, it is a result of careful planning and strategic thinking. Mitt Romney has a history as a problem solver and it appears he has looked at both the primary election and the general election as problems to be solved.

I have to say I’ve been impressed. I’m also pleased that he hasn’t mistaken the media’s support for him in the primaries for actual MSM support vs Obama. You can’t win a battle if you refuse to acknowledge who your enemies are.

I just wish I was more sure about his core values…


I haven’t written much about the President bites dog story but there are three things worth mentioning briefly

1. The MSM which jumped full tilt into the Romney dog story did an abrupt 180 as soon as the Obma angle came out. Jim Treacher of the daily caller…who is apparently the only person who actually read Dreams of my Father noted the change:

See, when Romney puts a dog on a car roof, it’s a job for Diane Sawyer. When Obama eats one*, it’s a goofy Jeanne Moos story. And isn’t it interesting that an incident from 1983 couldn’t be more current, but quoting one of Obama’s books is “dredging” it up? Guess it all depends on which party is embarrassed about it

2. Even days later the “Obama eats dog” story is still inspiring photoshops and laughter. Apparently like the Whip App in Big bang theory it still remains funny

I’m waiting for someone to do a You Tube parody: “I ate a dog and I like it.”

3. There is actually something significant concerning all this dog stuff. It should end the debate about Obama being brought up Muslim since dogs are considered unclean in Islam. The president’s admission that he was served and ate dog as a child would indicates that his step-father was either not Muslim or at least not a very good one. I’m really surprised nobody has brought up this point.


Of course while the president religion is not being discussed it’s practically the all Mormon review on MSNBC. The whole “Look it’s a Mormon” bit is already reaching the point of absurdity but I expect to become a lot worse as the left becomes increasingly desperate when November gets closer. After all it’s not like they are going to be talking the president’s record.

One Mormon who isn’t getting beat up by the press is Jon Huntsman, why because he threw a jab at the GOP comparing them to Red China after he was disinvited to a fundraising event. He was on Morning Joe commenting on the subject. Take a look at how the interview is framed

Unlike Mitt he still hasn’t figured out the whole MSM “useful idiot” meme

This Wednesday I made an appearance at the Five & Diner in Worcester Mass for my diner review segment, in addition to the reviews of the food there was a large collection of Hot Rods there including one that had special meaning to the fellow who restored it

It never ceases to amaze me how people can take disaster and grief and create something positive with it.


Insty was commenting on troubles at law schools and a quote he used hit me:

You’d think people would know about the seven fat years and seven lean years. . . .

Actually Glenn you wouldn’t, in our highly secularized society the wisdom of the Bible and the Torah are no longer common cultural knowledge. That’s how film makers get away with turning Noah into the world’s first environmentalist.


Blogcon Charlotte took place last weekend where over 150 bloggers from all across the nation gathered to learn techniques to increase traffic and to make the left howl, but the real advantage of an event like blogcon is the networking. You make connections all over the country with intelligent people. You might share a good idea and within minutes there are a dozen improvement s suggested that you never thought of.

There were many happy reunions.

Thoughtful debates

Meals shared

And of course several new entries

to my field guide to bloggers

Andrew Breitbart was scheduled as a keynote speaker he was remembered by a rather spectacular portrait made of his own words.

And a presentation of the first couple of acts of his movie Occupy Unmasked it drew a standing ovation.

There were even some faces from my neck of the wood there like Sean Bielat

I can’t wait to see one of these take place closer to my back yard so I can bring da Wife, I suspect she would have been interested in Right Online in Vegas but it’s the week of my youngest’s graduation party.


A final thought, I starting typing this column while sitting on the floor at the Jet Blue terminal in Charlotte NC, I continued it on a train taking me home from Boston and did a little more sitting on my bed at home, added to it at the Registry of Motor vehicles, tweaked it a Tang Dynasty while trying to sell an ad and finished it at my pal Dave’s house in the middle of a game of B & O.


All this is made possible by the invention of the internet and the laptop, people take this for granted every day but as someone who was born at a time when we had manual typewriters, slide rules and rotary phones were the rule and whose parents were born before the first commercial radio station was started. I’m still impressed.

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