David Kirkpatrick

November 8, 2009

Sully on K-Lo

Kathryn-Jean Lopez is an editor-at-large for the National Review Online and is no rocket scientist. Sadly, the National Review, a once bastion of intellectual thought on the right, is now pretty much lockstep with what passes for political philosophy on the American right — that is, it doesn’t exist. Plenty of me-tooism and anger at paper tigers, but not so much on the fronts that make any difference.

Andrew Sullivan, blogger of the Daily Dish, and an actual philosophical conservative, totally nails Lopez here:

… this is National Review, a place where intellectual Catholicism once had a home, where Buckley and Muggeridge wrote, where Wills got his start … and now we’re left with a person with the intellectual heft of a college sophomore …


October 15, 2008

Rich “Starbursts” Lowry and the low state of the Corner

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:38 pm

I didn’t blog on this when it first appeared, but did get a good chuckle. It’s become an internet meme that may well outlast this election (too bad, there Rich). For anyone who feels lost when someone references “Rich ‘Starbursts’ Lowry” here’s the original in all its cringe-worthy goodness.

The Corner post from the link:

Friday, October 03, 2008

Projecting through the Screen   [Rich Lowry]


A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It’s one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O’Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.


October 2, 2008

Is Palin an “energy expert?”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:16 pm

Who really knows. This is one of the quickly decreasing arguments for the failed Palin pick from the GOP kool aid krew. We don’t really know how much of an expert Palin is because she hasn’t given any answer of substance on the subject.

Maybe an energy press conference is in order. If she’s an expert then an open press conference ought to be a homerun for a flailing GOP ticket.

We do know Palin is an expert at doling out energy industry largess in the quasi-socialist Alaska political system. (Update — Here’s a good link on that very largess.) 

From the Larry Kudlow link at NRO’s the Corner:

A Great Opening for Sarah Palin   [Larry Kudlow]


I sure hope Sarah Palin talks at some length about drilling in tonight’s debate with Sen. Joe Biden. Palin is an energy expert. And if she is unleashed she can score major points against her opponent, who has opposed every expansion of oil, gas, and nuclear down through the years.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say to Kudlow any gambit that posits Palin as an “expert” might should be avoided at all costs. I’m betting her energy expertise is up to her standards on every other subject we’ve heard about, well aside from whack-job christianity. She has that down pat.

September 30, 2008

Ramesh Ponnuru speaks truth to power

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:37 am

Or really powerlessness and fading. The GOP brand is critically injured right now. At least some recognize the failure. The Fox News bots think everything is solved by bluster and bullshit.

From the NRO link:

Speaking only for myself, the point of it is to say what I think is true, whether or not it helps the candidates I hope win. Whatever value there may be to reading me would disappear if I wrote only comments that help Republicans.

The disconnect from GOP reality can be directly chalked up to around two decades of right wing talk radio and the idiotic line of argument the media has a leftish slant. Rush and his copycats got rich on the backs of intellectual weakness on the right. Ponnuru should be applauded for trying to fix this problem.

August 28, 2008

GOP heading toward dark ages

Hit this National Review Corner link for all the details— and party platforms are all but a joke — but if the GOP has become this anti-science and anti-research and basically so stupidly christianist, I’m going to have a serious problem pulling the lever for any but very deserving self-described Republicans for a while.

This party must be punished for general idiocy if nothing else.

From the link:

The 2008 Republican Platform calls for a ban on all embryonic stem-cell research, public or private.

July 15, 2008

Is Obama damaging …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:56 pm

… his “brand?”

Byron York at the National Review Online crosses the border to talk to a Democratic source and thinks Obama is diluting what got him this far.

From the link:

I just got off the phone with a well-connected Democrat, trying to get a better read on this Democrats-miffed-with-Obama stuff.  It’s real, he said, and more serious than the mostly process concerns outlined in the Politico story.  Yes, party leaders are irritated at the Obama campaign’s go-it-alone style.  “Another Democrat said that they want to do this without help from anyone inside the Beltway,” my source says, “because they want to arrive in town and not owe anyone anything.  Which is a big gamble, because if it doesn’t work, everyone is going to blame the hell out of them.” 

February 25, 2008

The Corner weighs in …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:13 pm

on the “picture.”

Obama Pic A Mistake    [Peter Wehner]

A few thoughts on this Obama photo that was circulated by the Clinton campaign, published on the Drudge Report. The first is that it is a sign of the desperation of Team Clinton. The second is that it is pretty nasty stuff, with its “he’s a Muslim and it should bother you” undertone. For the record, Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim, and the photo should not bother anyone (I recall President Bush had to wear some pretty wild outfits when he attended the APEC summits). And third, this will backfire in a big way. Twenty-four hours from now I suspect we’ll see virtually the entire Democratic establishment, and many others, condemning this tactic. It’ll advance the storyline that the Clinton campaign is spinning out of control – lurching from melancholy valedictory comments one day to faux outrage the next – and in its dying days.

During tomorrow evening’s debate, Hillary Clinton will be on the defensive and very much regret this stupid and ugly effort.

Other than that, it was a swell idea.