- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2008

Honest John

Mitt Romney’s victory in Michigan is a testament to his remarkable elasticity,” John Podhoretz writes in a blog at www.commentarymagazine. com.

“Having spent two years running as a social conservative, which he is not, he decided a week ago to run as a businessman reformer. It didn’t carry him over the threshold there, but it evidently has in Michigan — where, among other things, the Republican candidate seems to have made wildly un-Republican promises to use the powers of the federal government to restore, through some mystical spell, automotive-industry jobs to the suffering state.” Mr. Podhoretz said.

“Romney may not have won in Michigan so much as McCain lost it. And he lost it because of a characteristic tendency that makes him Romney’s opposite — political rigidity based on a sense of his own personal rectitude.

“Having said jobs in Michigan were not coming back, he went to Michigan and praised efforts to mandate an increase in fuel-mileage standards, which auto executives claim will raise the price of a car fully $6,000 — a job killer, in other words. And he spoke against drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, which is the only realistic way for the United States to increase its own domestic oil supply.

McCain’s line is that he is a straight talker. But there are moments he seems to make a fetish of his own honesty, and asks others to support him solely because of it.”

Obama’s faith

“Since we first drew attention to Barack Obama’s Afrocentric church a full 12 months ago, other media have weighed in. And additional disturbing information has come to light,” Investor’s Business Daily said Tuesday in an editorial.

“At the core of the Democratic front-runner’s faith … is African nativism, which raises political issues of its own,” the newspaper said.

“In 1991, when Obama joined the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, he pledged allegiance to something called the Black Value System, which is a code of non-Biblical ethics written by blacks, for blacks.

“It encourages blacks to group together and separate from the larger American society by pooling their money, patronizing black-only businesses and backing black leaders. Such racial separatism is strangely at odds with the media’s portrayal of Obama as a uniter who reaches across races.

“The code also warns blacks to avoid the white ’entrapment of black middle-classness,’ suggesting that settling for that kind of ‘competitive’ success will rob blacks of their African identity and keep them ‘captive’ to white culture.

“In short, Obama’s ‘unashamedly black’ church preaches the politics of black nationalism. And its dashiki-wearing preacher — who married Obama and his wife and now acts as his personal spiritual adviser — is militantly Afrocentric.”

No to Huck

Fiscal conservatives are stepping up their efforts to deny Mike Huckabee the Republican presidential nomination, reports Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times.

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