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  • And one more thing (Last conservative leaves The Oregonian)

    11/09/2008 8:19:46 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 14 replies · 155+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 09, 2008 | David Reinhard
    A couple of Sundays back I mentioned in a column on our uncivil political discourse that I would be leaving The Oregonian after the election. Some readers believed it was my final column and probably have wondered how they can miss me if I never leave. Today's column is my last. I'm leaving. I promise. It is an odd thing to walk away from a job you once so longed to have. I wanted to a follow in the line of H.L. Mencken, Red Smith, Murray Kempton, G.K. Chesterton and Malcolm Muggeridge. I wanted to be what St. Augustine once...
  • Days of rage: There's something happening here (David Reinhard)

    10/26/2008 9:05:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 153 replies · 4,133+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 25, 2008 | David Reinhard
    There's battle lines being drawn Nobody's right if everybody's wrong -- Buffalo Springfield What is happening to us? What explains the boorishness, hate and even violence that increasingly mark our politics? No, this isn't another prissy commentary on "negative" ads -- another high-sounding homily on how we ought to focus on "the issues," by which the writer means "the issues that I think voters should focus on." Nor is this a screed against demonstrations, however boisterous, or some young fools' lawn-sign stealing. There's no interest here in trampling on free-speech rights or spitting into the wind of what must be...
  • Gird your loins, folks, an international crisis looms (Biden gaffe)

    10/23/2008 1:01:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 731+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 22, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Ed Andrieski Forget "Joe the Plumber." That Joe, after all, isn't running for office, and his only claim to fame is managing, when approached by Barack Obama, to get the Democrat to reveal his philosophy of taxation ("spread the wealth around"). For having the audacity to actually elicit information that told us something about Obama, poor Joe was promptly vetted by a media claque that hasn't been keen on vetting the first-term senator from Illinois. No, it's "Joe the Senator" who should concern us. Our text today is what the ever-voluble vice presidential candidate said about Obama at a...
  • An attack on the secret ballot (labor unions)

    09/25/2008 11:27:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 420+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 24, 2008 | David Reinhard
    The issue nobody's talking about, and it's not raceOK, you want to talk issues. You're tired of talking personalities, character, experience and Sarah Palin's eyewear. You've had it contemplating whether Barack Obama's or John McCain's campaign ads are more full of lies and distortions. You're above all this bunkum. You want to talk about some substantive difference between the two presidential candidates that could shape the way we live -- that could alter some basic American value -- in the decades to come. So here's the issue. It's a big one that's below the surface and not getting a lot...
  • Nancy Pelosi's 'Drilling' Charade: SHAM, BABY, SHAM Pelosi's alternative-energy choice? snake oil

    09/18/2008 11:22:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 239+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 17, 2008 | David Reinhard
    How lame is the energy bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her House Democrats pass through the House on Tuesday? Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said before the vote that Pelosi's handiwork would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate. This from a Democrat who's up for re-election in an oil-and-gas state that would seem to gain from the bill's much-ballyhooed expansion of offshore drilling? What gives? For starters, Landrieu knows that the limited drilling the House leadership allows in principle -- it opens up waters 50 miles from shore with state approval -- is made next to impossible in practice....
  • The Sarah Palin Chronicles (Reinhard)

    09/11/2008 8:59:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 214+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 10, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden made me do this: I wasn't going to write about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today. My last three columns focused on John McCain's running mate, and I was getting tired of writing about Palin. I mean, she's a vice presidential candidate. But Obama and Biden don't seem to agree. They seem to think they're running against Palin. It's a strange way to run a presidential campaign. You don't see McCain and Palin zeroing in on Biden. It's especially strange since the Palin pick has proved popular, especially among women. Obama and Biden seem preoccupied with...
  • WHAT I LIKE ABOUT SARAH PALIN (Well said by Reinhard)

    09/04/2008 11:08:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 169+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 4, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I like the fact that a Vice President Sarah Palin would make history. I like all the loaded "Does she have (lack) the experience?" questions from people who wouldn't favor her if she had John Adams' resume . . . who've spent the last eight months concerned not at all with a Democratic presidential candidate's lack of experience or concrete accomplishments. I like the comparisons with Barack Obama -- a dozen years of executive experience next to his none, more executive experience than Obama and Joe Biden combined, a record of actual bipartisan achievement that's in line with her rhetoric...

    08/31/2008 11:09:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 93+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 31, 2008 | David Reinhard
    My pet theory these days is that, as swiftly as the news cycle now moves, it's hard to fathom the real impact of an event until days, weeks or months later. The instant analysis of a speech, debate or convention so often looks wrong, even silly, a short while later. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier and speaking before a "Mission Accomplished" banner didn't seem so nifty a few years and a few thousand dead U.S. soldiers later. The military hero theme and John Kerry's "reporting for duty" shtick at the 2004 Democratic Convention looked like a big mistake --...

    08/28/2008 12:48:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies · 121+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 28, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Amid the cascade of words pouring out of Denver this week, none may have more long-term punch than the bubbly Mile High musings of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday's "Meet the Press." Tom Brokaw had asked about Barack Obama saying that deciding when life begins was "above my pay grade." Pelosi showcased the Peter Principle in action. It says that people rise to the level of their incompetence. Her answer showed that the principle has nothing to do with Saint Peter. "I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for...

    08/21/2008 10:03:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 627+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 21, 2008 | David Reinhard
    E ver wonder how Barack Obama, the great healer, ended up with a more radical record on abortion than Sen. Hillary Clinton or even the zealots at NARAL Pro-Choice America? It comes down to the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act." The bill was designed to provide legal protection for babies born alive during an abortion. Babies like the ones ex-nurse Jill Stanek saw discarded and left for dead at her hospital. The experience moved her to push for "Born Alive" legislation in Illinois, but Obama voted against the legislation -- three times. Congress passed the federal "Born Alive" bill in 2002...

    07/31/2008 8:43:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 605+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 31, 2008 | David Reinhard
    A few weeks back I spoke with U.S. Rep. John Peterson, and the Pennsylvania Republican told me about one House Democrat he almost persuaded to vote to expand oil and natural gas drilling in the nation's outer continental shelf. This Democrat would vote for the bill, he told Peterson, if Peterson could assure him that lifting the decades-old ban on offshore drilling would not lower U.S. gasoline prices. That's right, Peterson's Democratic colleague wanted to keep gasoline prices high to encourage conservation. I didn't pass this along in a June 26 column on Peterson's legislative efforts, in part because he...

    07/24/2008 10:22:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 116+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 24, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Maybe you've noticed this, too. The less sure people are of their views, the more inclined they are to name-call, yell and bully. I've noticed this when it comes to religion and politics and life in general, but I've had trouble getting used to it when it comes to science. Science is supposed to be about irreducible facts, the discipline of the scientific method, repeatable experiments, rigorous analysis and solid conclusions rather than sound bites, insults, threats and public relations campaigns. But look at global warming and climate change. The Weather Channel's top climatologist says broadcast meteorologists who voice skepticism...

    07/17/2008 11:09:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 17, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Not funny. There's Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumpin' in the Oval Office. He's in Islamic garb -- a turban, tunic and sandals. She's a study in radical chic -- Afro, combat fatigues and boots, AK-47 strapped to her back. A portrait of Osama bin Laden gazes down on the first couple. An American flag burns in the Oval Office fireplace. Not funny. Obama's team was spot on in calling The New Yorker cover "tasteless and offensive." John McCain was right to call it "inappropriate" and "offensive." I'm a big fan of cartoon kicks and giggles and no fan of either...
  • GUNS AND JUDGES (Reinhard)

    07/03/2008 9:16:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies · 105+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 3, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Judicial activism. Legislating from the bench. Ideological decision-making by judges. No sooner had the Supreme Court announced its decision in District of Columbia v. Heller than critics of the 5-4 majority decision and the court's sometimes-conservative majority cried all the above. In holding that the Second Amendment granted individuals the right to keep and bear arms, the court's conservatives -- those champions of judicial modesty and originalism -- were now engaging in judicial activism of their own. Yes, everybody does it, and conservatives are just hypocrites for pretending otherwise. The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne Jr. was at the head of...
  • U.S. ENERGY POLICY (Reinhard)

    06/26/2008 9:52:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 95+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 26, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Does Congress like $4-a-gallon gasoline? Or natural gas selling at double what it was a year ago? We know $4 a gallon has motorists in the mood to step up domestic oil production, and skyrocketing heating costs will likely do the same for homeowners, come winter. But is Congress willing to do something to drive down prices? We'll soon see, thanks to Rep. John Peterson. After its July 4 recess, the House will have a chance to vote on his measure to allow drilling off our coastline. The Pennsylvania Republican has made a distinguished career of trying to end the...
  • OBAMA AND McCAIN (Reinhard)

    06/12/2008 12:05:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 241+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 12, 2008 | David Reinhard
    A week later it's still baffling. In fact, it's one of the more baffling lines ever uttered by a candidate laying claim to his party's presidential nomination. It came last week on the night Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton. "In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda," he told the multitude before him. "They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny...
  • OBAMA AND CLINTON [and shrink](Reinhard)

    06/05/2008 11:16:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 108+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 5, 2008 | David Reinhard
    W–ell, I was wondering when I was going to hear from you two. I can't say a conference call is the best way to do relationship counseling, and calling in from two different locations tells me we've got some work to do here at Happy Days Are Here Again Counseling. Hillary, I have to say that if you were really committed to this relationship, you could have at least been in St. Paul for Barack's big night. I mean, an African American won the nomination of a major political party. This is a moment that all Americans, white and black,...

    05/22/2008 9:39:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 180+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 22, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I don't think Barack Obama favors appeasing our enemies, and it's beyond my understanding why he cried foul when President Bush spoke last week to the Israeli Knesset about the general folly of appeasement. After all, even if Obama is raring to sit down and chat up the globe's worst thugs without any preconditions, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll give in to their demands. Talking isn't appeasing. We'll only know if Obama is an appeaser if he gets a chance to parley with the leaders of Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba and North Korea and they have their way with him....

    05/15/2008 10:38:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 85+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 15, 2008 | David Reinhard
    It's been a swell few months for the Republican base since John McCain wrapped up the nomination. Democrats have disemboweled themselves in a titanic clash that pits Barack Obama's hope against Hillary Clinton's history. The Clintons have shown their true colors in helping voters to see Obama's. Republicans have reunited in a way that was unthinkable just months ago, although, as McCain told me this week, there's still "re-energizing to do." Monday's global warming speech at Vestas Wind Technology likely won't help. Then, again, it probably wasn't supposed to. Re-energizing the base is so primary season. Monday was the start...

    05/08/2008 9:13:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 57+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 8, 2008 | David Reinhard
    The requests, demands and suggestions started coming in after my first column on the relationship between the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and Barack Obama. They multiplied after the cool, collected candidate broke with his red-hot crackpot pastor, and I asked what took so long. Why did it take 20 years for him to denounce Wright's hate-filled, anti-American ravings? "I'd really like to read your take on the relationship between John McCain and Rev. John Hagee," read one of the more civil ones. This one is from the snarky variety: "So here's your big chance! I look forward to your next...

    05/04/2008 9:29:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 160+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 4, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I 'm with Joyce Kilmer -- "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." I'm even with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who recently waxed poetical before the Portland City Council on the "incredible" "show-stopping" trees growing in Portland. But before I could recall the last lines of Kilmer's poem -- "Poems are made by fools like me, / But only God can make a tree!" -- Saltzman went on to say something that's creepy and chilling: "It sometimes pains me to think that we have no ability to control their destiny -- that a private...

    05/01/2008 8:46:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 125+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 1, 2008 | David Reinhard
    You know that bus under which Barack Obama threw his grandmother (a "typical white woman" who "has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe") when he addressed the Jeremiah Wright Jr. matter the first time? It roared back down the campaign trail Tuesday, and Obama tossed Wright -- the man, as he said in his Philadelphia speech, "I can no more disown . . . than I can disown the black community" -- right under there with granny. The only question that remains is the same one that remained after Obama's first stab at putting distance between himself...

    04/24/2008 10:27:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 52+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 24, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Another day, another Democratic primary, and Democrats will be forgiven if their immediate reaction to Tuesday's Pennsylvania returns is a Dorothy Parkeresque "What fresh hell is this?" Hillary Clinton may have racked up what she rightly called a "very big and very sweet" win over Barack Obama. The New York senator's victory margin may have been just shy of double digits. And she may have achieved all this after Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But her Keystone State win was cause for shots and beers rather than champagne toasts. For starters, Clinton won ugly, as the sports guys say. How ugly?...
  • DEMOCRAT FOR A DAY (Reinhard)

    04/20/2008 9:33:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 133+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 20, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I . . . just . . . couldn't . . . do . . . it. The piece of paper sat on my desk, day after day. All I had to do was fill in the form from the Oregon Secretary of State's Web site and send it to the Multnomah County Elections Office. Then I could vote in Oregon's Democratic primary. I would be relevant. I would matter. I could make history with Hillary Clinton or vote for change Barack Obama can believe in. I would join the disenfranchised Oregon Republicans who were re-registering as "Democrats for a...

    04/17/2008 9:18:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 98+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 17, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I 'm not sure when it happened but, for me at least, presidential politics has managed to turn an old adage, "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention," upside down. If you're paying attention, it's well-nigh impossible to be angry. At least, authentically angry. Oh, every season brings a long train of fresh outrages -- bogus attacks, slick spin, waffles, panders, flip-flops, fast ones and outright lies -- over which to wax, as we say in the trade, "shocked and appalled." Barack Obama's resume-padding! Hillary Clinton's ducking sniper fire in Bosnia. Yes, it's all hands on deck, but authentic...

    04/13/2008 9:53:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 66+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 13, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I've never been a big basher of members of Congress as a class. Capitol Hill lawmakers do important work in a democratic republic, and many of them put in long days of high purpose. Also, as tempting as it is to roast Congress, it's always helpful to recall that Congress in our Great Republic represents . . . us. Last week, however, I may have finally reached a break point. I say finally because my anger, disgust, frustration -- call it what you will -- has been building for some time now -- perhaps since late 2007. It started when...

    04/10/2008 9:08:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 94+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | David Reinhard
    Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker trooped up to Capitol Hill this week to deliver their second Iraq progress report. It was all fascinating -- encouraging, really, if you're not invested intellectually or politically in American defeat there -- but you have to wonder why certain lawmakers bothered showing up. "Iraq progress report," for them, appears to be a contradiction in terms. There can be no progress there because (a) we've already lost or (b) they're convinced we can never succeed. Poor Petraeus and Crocker. They come all the way from Baghdad to appear at congressional hearings that they...

    04/03/2008 8:56:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 64+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 3, 2008 | David Reinhard
    IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS Many mainstream journalists think I was born in a manger, though a few among this hard-bitten lot say I was simply found floating in a basket along the Nile. It's understandable. People need their myths, and if I, Barack Obama, am the vehicle for their hopes and dreams, well, that's my destiny. But it's important at this historic moment that we keep things real. The fact is my beginnings were not the "unto us a child was born" story some claim. As I've noted in speeches, the Kennedys paid for my Kenyan dad to come...

    03/27/2008 10:36:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 501+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 27, 2008 | David Reinhard
    A video from CBS News had shown that Clinton's version of having come under sniper fire was not correct. -- The Hill, March 25 FIRST BLOOD: THE DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL MILITARY COUP OF 1993. My first combat while serving under Commander in Chief William Jefferson Clinton came on a chill Washington morning in January 1993. I remember it well. We had only been "in country" a short time; we'd barely laid out our bed rolls in the Lincoln Bedroom. We were just kids. Hadn't wiped the Arkansas mud off our boots and all hell broke loose. Across the Potomac...
  • RACE AND POLITICS (Reinhard)

    03/20/2008 9:47:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 338+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 20, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Barack Obama gave a speech about Jeremiah Wright Jr. on Tuesday. Of course, the Illinois senator couldn't say the speech was about his pastor's nutty and hate-filled rants. He had to pretend it was about more than controlling the damage from ties to his fire-breathing Chicago friend. So he gave an address about "race in America." It was, as such, a high-sounding affair with some noble phrases ("I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together") that were orated in signature Obama style. But his bid to give a major speech and...

    03/13/2008 9:35:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 890+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 13, 2008 | David Reinhard
    How could he? Oh, I get the call-girl thing, the other woman thing, in the Eliot Spitzer case. Many of our outsized political leaders are -- what's that strange and understated phrase we use in these situations today? -- "not perfect." I'm no longer shocked or disappointed because the straying politician becomes entangled with mistresses or prostitutes or who knows what for the same reason he plunged into politics in the first place: to fill the bottomless hole in his soul. A hole that's still there after the crowd heads home, the election is won, the legislative victory is achieved,...

    02/28/2008 10:58:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 92+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 28, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leader can't say they haven't been warned. In fact, you even might say they warned themselves of the dark consequences of allowing the Protect America Act to expire. After all, there would be no law to expire if Pelosi and her House Democrats hadn't passed it into the law last summer. They understood the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) had to be reformed and updated or our ability to gather intelligence on overseas terrorists would be degraded. That's why they didn't leave town last summer without passing the Protect America Act. At midnight Feb....

    02/21/2008 9:25:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 21, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Barack Obama sure can talk. No, I'm not going to weigh in on the plagiarism charges now hurled at the orator/senator. Our first topic today is transparency in government. He's all for it. Indeed, he says he has the ability to work across party lines "on opening up and creating more transparency in government" so government spending is "posted on a searchable database" for all to see. Sounds nifty. Even if you favor congressional earmarks (funding items not requested by the president but written into spending bills by lawmakers), it's hard to oppose letting the public know what earmarks they've...

    02/14/2008 10:46:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 437+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 14, 2008 | David Reinhard
    There's only one thing worse than Republicans and Democrats locked in partisan gridlock up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. It is Republicans and Democrats rushing to come together for the good of the country and congratulating themselves for their bipartisanship. Witness the economic stimulus package that President Bush signed into law Wednesday. I've never met a tax cut I didn't like -- until now. Oh, I'll cash my rebate check, cash it happily and without a second thought. But I'm not going to pretend that Republi-crats and Demo-cans have done anything to stimulate the American economy. Yes, Washington's self-congratulatory bipartisans acted...

    01/31/2008 10:11:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 229+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 31, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, January 31, 2008 OK, we're now down to a two-man race for the Republican presidential nomination. It's John McCain and Mitt Romney. Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson are gone. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are going nowhere. McCain vs. Romney -- the Soiree on Super Tuesday. The Romney campaign always wanted a two-man race, and now it has one. But does it come too late for the Massachusetts governor? Is Romney a victim of history -- the short history of the 2008 primary season and his own longer history in politics? The Republican race that Romney wanted was never...
  • BIG BAD JOHN McCAIN (Reinhard)

    01/24/2008 9:25:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 149+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 24, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, January 24, 2008 Heaven knows, I'm trying. I'm trying to warm to John McCain. It shouldn't be this hard. He's a true-blue American war hero who sacrificed years of his life and parts of his body in the Hanoi Hilton. He's solidly pro-life and has been for years. He has an 82 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union and is gangbusters against pork-barrel spending. He's been right and noble on the Iraq war. Finally, he's not only won two contested Republican presidential primaries -- imagine! -- but also polls well against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Oh,...

    01/20/2008 8:00:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 62+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 20, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, January 20, 2008 Any bit of bad news will do for the Iraq war critics, but our republic's bad-news-is-good bears hit the mother lode of negativity to obsess about right before the November 2006 congressional elections. A new "scientific" study put the "most likely" number of "excess" Iraqi deaths following the 2003 invasion at 654,965. Of course, this figure was well over the 30,000 civilian deaths the U.S. government estimated, the 50,000 the Iraqi Ministry of Health estimated or the 45,000 the anti-war Iraq Body Count estimated. The pre-election timing of the study should have suggested something was up....

    01/10/2008 8:26:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 22+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 10, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, January 10, 2008 Ah, I guess maybe we should cancel the Barack Obama canonization -- I mean coronation. I mean nomination. Whatever. Voters in New Hampshire have decided that the Illinois senator doesn't walk on water and command the winds. He's mortal. This is good for two reasons: One, Obama's accomplishments don't go beyond serving up becalming sermons full of feel-good bromides, claptrap and platitudes. Two, in a sprawling participatory democracy, it's nifty to have actual voters make the call. Voters in New Hampshire weren't ready to subcontract the job to pundits, pollsters and Iowans. Granite Staters came out...

    01/06/2008 8:22:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 700+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 6, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I loved "Juno." Every snappy, tender minute of it. It's a feel-good movie that doesn't sugar-coat reality to guarantee its good feelings. Its characters come complete with failings and develop in fascinating ways. The dialogue is smart and sassy, the acting's top-drawer and the storytelling, compelling. The latter's a real feat, given that "Juno" tells a common tale: a high-school girl's unplanned pregnancy. What's most welcome is the movie's life-affirming text and subtext. "Juno" isn't another weeper-of-the-week celebrating our abortion culture. Pregnant after sex with a friend and fellow band member, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera), the 16-year-old Juno (Ellen Page)...

    12/30/2007 9:48:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 139+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 30, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, December 30, 2007 I was just settling down to write about Iowa, New Hampshire and the related wretched excesses of our 2008 presidential race when news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination came in. Yes, there are big problems with the way our two major parties now pick their standard bearers. No sooner does one presidential race end than the next one begins. The whole process is front-loaded and drawn-out because the good burghers of Iowa and New Hampshire insist on going first, and they're willing to leapfrog any upstart state that threatens their monopoly on their "First in the Nation"...
  • Time's Person of the Year (Reinhard)

    12/23/2007 9:35:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 181+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 23, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, December 23, 2007 Here's one reason Time should have named Gen. David Petraeus its Person of the Year. In fact, here are 70 reasons: Seventy senators voted last Tuesday to provide $70 billion more to fund the Iraq War, and the latest cash came free and clear. No timetable for withdrawal. No deadlines. No strings attached. Who would have thought this possible a year ago? Or a half-year ago? Surely not the Iraq Study Group, which wanted a staged withdrawal. Surely not the nation's media-cracy, which had decided Iraq's "civil war" was "lost." Surely, not Democrats, who'd taken control...
  • Praise the Lord . . . and the armed security guard (Reinhard)

    12/13/2007 9:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 446+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 13, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, December 13, 2007 What can you say about the Sunday slaughter at a megachurch and missionary training center in Colorado? What can you say when a 24-year-old man who said he "hates" Christians shoots two twentysomethings dead at the Youth With a Mission office in Arvada, before killing two teenage girls at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs? That we'll never have an ample explanation for such blood-soaked depravity this side of paradise? Yes. That a special wickedness is afoot in the world when this kind of evil runs amok in a house of God? Surely. That there's...
  • 'MY GRANDFATHER'S SON' (Reinhard)

    11/23/2007 9:21:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 65+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 22, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, November 22, 2007 This Thanksgiving Day you might sit across the table from someone you're not too keen on -- a father, a mother, a relative who's played a big role in your life. Or maybe you're far from home by choice this November day, alienated by something a family member once said or did. Or maybe you'll pause today to remember that lost son or daughter, to remember that mother or father, grandma or grandpa who shaped your life for good or ill, or good and ill, and is dead and gone. If so -- that is, if...
  • VETERANS DAY(S) (David Reinhard)

    11/15/2007 7:09:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 67+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 15, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, November 15, 2007 Every day became Veterans Day at some point for Hood River's Debbie Lee. When her son Marc Alan Lee joined the Navy in May 2001. Or when her Navy SEAL headed to Iraq in March 2006. Most certainly it was the day she learned Marc had been killed in a firefight on Aug. 2, 2006, and became the first member of the Navy's elite commando unit to be killed in Iraq. Veterans Day never ends after you receive that kind of news, and your own daily and private Veterans Days can tick by without end. I...

    11/08/2007 10:06:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 77+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 8, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, November 08, 2007 Voting, or the prospect of voting, clarifies things. The questions aren't so theoretical. The stakes are higher. We see where politicos really stand on the day's issues. Take the upcoming Senate vote on Michael Mukasey's nomination as attorney general, or the not unrelated, upcoming vote to pick the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee. We've learned a lot, it seems, about where Democrats and Republicans stand on what's clearly not an academic or theoretical issue in the middle of a war on Islamic terrorism. "I think there are probably very few people in this room or in America...

    11/04/2007 9:30:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 117+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 4, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, November 04, 2007 First they came for the Indians, and I . . . It was 20 years ago that a principal at Portland's Cleveland High decided its "Indian" mascot would just not do in our sensitive age. Cleveland and Indians might go together like love and marriage but not in politically correct Portland. I've thought of this long-ago kerfuffle over the past few weeks. I mean, you not only have Mayor Tom Potter's clunky bid to change Interstate Avenue to Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. But you have state school officials weighing an advisory panel's recommendation to require certain...

    10/25/2007 9:28:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 51+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 25, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, October 25, 2007 OK, liberals and Democrats care about "the children." I get it. It's not that I believe conservatives and Republicans don't care about children and gobble them up with their three-martini lunches, but I get that liberals and Democrats care. We'll see just how much now that Congress has failed to override President Bush's wise veto of their $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan. From the White House to Capitol Hill, the veto battle established that there is broad, bipartisan support for the original SCHIP idea. Almost everyone favors funding for state programs...
  • BUSH'S SCHIP VETO: A PARODY (David Reinhard)

    10/18/2007 8:55:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 49+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 18, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, October 18, 2007 "Democrats enlisted a 12-year-old boy to promote the program during the party's weekly radio address Saturday." -- The Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2007 Hi, my fellow Americans, my name is Cameron. I am 12 years old. I am, like, soooooooo mad at President Bush for vetoing the Democrats' $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan and at those mean-spirited Republicans in Congress for even thinking about sustaining the president's veto, which I didn't even know he could do until somebody in the lunchroom told me. I think it was a teacher. (Shout out...
  • ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO TINT (David Reinhard)

    10/11/2007 10:47:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 525+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 11, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, October 11, 2007 Things must be improving in Iraq, because you don't read or hear about it as much these days. If things were getting worse -- or staying the same -- you can bet the big networks and newspapers would be out spreading the news. The prestige media would be declaring Gen. David Petraeus' surge a bust and dissecting its failure in lavish, even loving, detail. Now the best anyone can come up with is another story about Blackwater, which simply doesn't pack the wallop of Abu Ghraib and Haditha. Moreover, the recent fixation on a U.S. security...
  • A RUSH TO JUDGMENT (David Reinhard)

    10/04/2007 11:27:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1,237+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 4, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, October 04, 2007 What is it about Rush Limbaugh? Whatever influence he has on conservatives, it's nothing next to his influence on liberals. The man behind the golden microphone makes them do the stupidest things. In fact, it's clear that Rush gets them to do the stupidest things without their even listening to his show. Consider the current "phony soldiers" story. Rush uttered these words last week and soon left-wing outfits, TV networks, lawmakers, presidential candidates and others make fools of themselves. Media Matters kicks things off by charging that Limbaugh has said that troops who oppose the Iraq...