Huma-nizing Weiner (Also not a Natural Born Citizen)


I don’t disagree with my friend Thomas Lifson, publisher of The American Thinker, about Huma Abedin’s performance yesterday, after the cringe-inducing revelations about her husband Anthony Weiner aka “Carlos Danger,” at least not about the positive PR she gained by standing by her man, and speaking up Hillary-style (Seriously.) Thomas wrote:

Money can’t buy the kind of political boost Huma Abedin is receiving. Like her mentor Hillary Clinton, the stand-by-your-man strategy will be her gateway to widespread popularity and respect.Don’t feel sorry for the Democrats over losing a former rising star politician like Anthony Weiner, whose future is so hopeless that even the New York Times says it’s time to go. They have gained an even more promising candidate for high office. Huma Abedin is better-looking, better spoken, and more appealing than her role model. Yesterday’s performance (“whole lotta therapy”) was superb, establishing Ms. Abedin as dignified, strong, and starting to look as American as apple pie.

It’s great to be a liberal woman, and not only get a pass for enabling your sociopathic, sexual reprobate husband in treating other women like disposable toys, but getting praise for your “dignity,” and automatically being vaulted into the lead for high office.

Thomas is also right about her ability to do some serious fund raising, although one has to wonder how revelations about her family’s Muslim Brotherhood ties might cut into contributions from the Jewish community.

Here’s where I disagree with Thomas. Huma’s parents weren’t American citizens at the time of her birth, and therefore, like Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindahl, and, yes, Barack Obama, she is not an Article II “natural born citizen.”

Although raised in Saudi Arabia, Ms. Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a natural born American.

In any case, it’s hilarious to watch New York liberals scrambling to pretend that they are offended by Weiner’s behavior, including the Liberal Death Star aka the New York Times, now whining that he should withdraw from the race. It was just last year that they wrote a slobbering profile of Huma and Anthony, all about how repetent the former congressman is, and how he and Huma repaired their marriage.

Some things never change.

Why We Lost: In a Word, Timidity

I was right about one thing. It was over by 11 p.m. Central. Unfortunately, I was wrong about Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado. I was really, really wrong, and I was very surprised. It was more 2004 than 1980. Like you, I am disappointed, however, I am not one to dwell on disappointments. After all, life is full of disappointments, and given that the human mind can focus on only on thing at a time, if we ruminate about events that have happened, and that we have no power to change, we waste time and mental energy that we could use to do something constructive. What is constructive in the face of bad outcomes is to learn from them. So what have we learned? Why did Mitt Romney lose? In a word, timidity.

Mitt Romney is not, and never was, a conservative. Be honest. We all knew that. That’s why he wasn’t our first choice during the primaries. Up until that first debate, our support was anti-Obama, not pro-Romney. We all figured he was a much better choice than the current occupant of the Oval Office, and that once he was ensconced in office, we’d ride herd on him to make sure that he wouldn’t backslide into “moderation.” Mitt tried to play the role, but we should have known when he told that CPAC audience that he was a “severely conservative” governor, that, for him,  conservatism was a second language. No true believer would have ever said that. Mitt Romney is a pragmatic, businessman, a problem solver, but not an ideological conservative. He is that dreaded “Massachusetts moderate” that we feared. He had a genuine conservative on the team, Paul Ryan, but the Romney campaign muzzled him because they feared opening a can of worms on the issue of Medicare.

I think that their lack of ideological commitment is one reason that the Romney campaign allowed the demagogic attacks about Bain Capital over the summer to go on. Mitt underestimated the effectiveness of the class-envy card because he doesn’t understand the Left the way authentic conservatives do. It’s also why they didn’t paint a picture for the voters. The average voter, and not just the typical Obama low-information type, doesn’t understand what Bain Capital does, and how what it does creates jobs. It was incumbent on Gov. Romney to explain that. He didn’t.

Perhaps we can trace the loss to that third debate. Remember how we all were waiting for Mitt to take it to the One on his Benghazi coverup? It never happened. Why? I believe because he feared the inevitable bleating from the Lame Stream Media, accusing him of “politicizing” the murders that Obama’s failed policies caused. It’s easy to blame the Jurassic media. Yes, CBS facilitated the coverup by withholding part of the interview that Barack Obama did the day after the attack on the consulate, and yes, Candy Crowley gave her guy cover behind her ample skirts in the second debate, but those things were to be expected. Like those hard-working illegal aliens that many moderate Republicans want to give amnesty, it’s up to the GOP to do the work that the LSM won’t do; specifically, to make sure the people have the truth. His failure to do so on Libya, no doubt fearing antagonizing those precious “independents” and “suburban women” was fatal.

In his concession speech early this morning, Mitt said he put it all on the field. I’m sure he believes that, but in retrospect, it’s clear that that isn’t true. When Republicans are timid, they lose every time. When they articulate a clear conservative vision, they win. Ted Cruz won. Michele Bachman won. It can be done, but you can’t steal home with one foot on third base. Better to lose being bold than to lose with a craven campaign, walking on eggs and hoping people will figure out the reason they should vote for you.

I hope that we’ve learned once and for all that we shouldn’t nominate any more moderates, especially those from Massachusetts. Timidity is a non-starter, and always will be, in politics and in life in general.

More taxes, more debt, means more of the same. So it’s a sad day for our country, and a great day for Putin, the Iranians, those who want something from Obama’s stash, and fans of big government, but it is only one day.  Still, as we always have, we will persevere.


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Last Night’s Convention Speeches

Overall, the speeches were very good. Chris Christie, coming after Ann Romney, presented a nice contrast, Mom talking about love and Dad talking about respect.

Chris Christie was very good, but he has been criticized a lot for talking about himself too much, which he did. He’s a politician. They can’t help themselves, right? I like him. He reminds me of Jackie Gleason.

Gold: Ann Romney, who was magnificent in accomplishing exactly what she wanted to do; that is, tell the heart-warming story of falling in love with a “boy she met at a dance,” and sticking with him through thick and thin for 43 years, addressing the concerns of women. I found myself nodding my head as she said “It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right …You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.” . As I watched her speak, I couldn’t help but rub my hands together with glee thinking about how the Romneys and their marvelous traditional American family enrage and disgust liberals. My two favorite excerpts of her speech:

We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers. But we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.

And later:

Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.

Silver: Artur Davis’ barn burner (watch some here), which was not only a terrific speech, but with extra credibility since he made a nominating speech for Barack Obama in 2008. I loved it when he mocked Obama’s styrofoam columns on the four-year anniversary of that ridiculous display of narcissism and cult of personality.

Bronze: Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz.  I especially enjoyed his tribute to his  immigrant father, a man who fled Cuba

And, drawing on the inspiring story of his father’s journey from Cuba, he told how Rafael Cruz had been beaten and tortured in his homeland and came to his country with $100 sewn into his underwear.

“My father is here tonight,’’ Cruz said. “When he came to America, él no tenía nada, pero tenía corazón. He had nothing, but he had heart, a heart for freedom. Thank you, Dad.”

He also expressed gratitude that there weren’t any “helpful” federal bureaucrats around to cripple his father with a handout. He ended by rousing the crowd with a line borrowed from the One himself: “yes we can.”

Not that you would have seen Mr. Davis, Mr. Cruz or rising GOP star Mia Love if you were watching the 24/7 televised nuthouse, MS-NBC. After all, how is Chris Matthews going to keep accusing the GOP of racism if they show those speeches?