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Jack is Back

JV game on The Five now including play-by-play from Ben "Stranger than Fiction" Rhodes. I see a new TV series.

Dave (in MA)



Yes We Can-Can

Dave (in MA)

http://obamagolfcounter.com/

Golf outings vs. US casualties in Afghanistan.

It's a few weeks out of date.

daddy

Racist:

Not Racist:

Jack is Back

Anybody a Dr. Who fan? I mean a devout - every Doctor-kind-of-fan?

I need some help planning Frederick's upcoming B-Day party this Labor Day.

sbw

JiB, You mean you are inviting Tom Baker to attend the party?

Dave (in MA)

If only he could be convinced to golf full time, we'd all be better off.

lyle

What a guy! How can anyone dislike a guy so cool?

Extraneus

Lib writers seem unable to grasp the situation Obama is in.

He doesn't like dealing with people except Beyonce, Jay Z and Alonzo. He still wants to fundamentally change the country but can't get any legislation passed, and his phone and pen are for sports scores and Executive Orders fraught with major political risk. No Dems running for election want him anywhere near them. He has no interest in foreign policy except to degrade us further, and doesn't know "jack shit" about it anyway. He probably feels terrible at meetings where he has to act like he cares about the country or knows what he's talking about.

What do they expect him to do? Sit home and watch TV? He already does that.

Just let the man play golf. He's tired.

Jack is Back

sbw,

He was the 4th doctor. I have Christopher Eccelstone, David Tennant and Matt Smith coming instead. In the UK BBC has a series called Master Mind in which you choose a category and you sit for a thorough interragatory on what you know. Frederick could very easily compete if the category was Dr. Who.

Amazing what he knows.

Exasperated

Try to imagination that disgraceful putz
doing something worthy of your praise.

Exasperated

and while you're at it, try to imagine it, too.

sbw

JiB, a Doctor is a Doctor, any Time he is in.

FTL


He's an embarrassment: http://youtu.be/KpN_TOP9hg8

iqvoice

He could resign. That would be praiseworthy.

Old Lurker

To the question raised on the other thread (great Stop Sign, Dave), how could a major attack on our soil before November, by ISIS guys from over our open border, be helpful to the Dems at all at any level? Unless Marshall Law ensues or course.

Jane

That sign is a keeper Dave!

Jack is Back

Martial Law, OL. Divorce spell check. But that is exactly my point.

Old Lurker

And this "A Missouri Democratic lawmaker predicted Friday that if prosecutors don’t win a conviction against the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, it could trigger a new wave of unrest in Ferguson."

Don't we require a charge and a trial before we assume a conviction?

daddy

But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind.

For refresher: Bill Clinton leaving Ron Brown funeral

Extraneus

I'd bet he's considered it, but if he did resign, Biden would need to appoint a new VP, who would require confirmation by a majority of both houses of Congress. Would the House confirm Hillary? Red Squaw?

Biden could appoint Obama, I guess. Surely we'd be ok with him at the Naval Observatory, and he could take over from Sharpton as the president's go-to guy on race relations.

lyle

We used to, OL.

Jack is Back

Jane,

What sign?

Rick B

Missouri Grand Jury in Ferguson Shooting Mostly White"

The grand jury is 25% black, St. Louis County is 23% black. Bloomberg is 157.3% asshole.

narciso

Cool. JiB, Tom Baker, was my introduction when they ran it on PBS, on Saturdays in the 70s, and 80s, up until the Peter Davidson era.

I know Bret Stephens, thought it was full of platitudes, but someone made certain warnings some years ago, not the sophisticated 'he's in over his head'

Dave (in MA)

It ain't my sign. I just linked it.

MarkO

Insouciance. A condition I believe is caused by his lack of intelligence.

Obama’s just not that smart©

Old Lurker

Can we just turn off spellcheck here?

Marshall???

daddy

CIA Head John Brennan June 29, 2011.

“I’m not talking about al Qaeda’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counterterrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen. We are not going to elevate these thugs and their murderous aspirations into something larger than they are.”

Counter-terrorism experts investigating new threat

So how much longer does this guy get a pass?

miss Marple

OL, Jack, You have to realize that many of these people in the administration seem to operate on magical thinking.

To them, 9/11 caused Americans to rally around Bush, therefore another terrorist attack would do the same thing.

This , of course, assumes that Americans react like Pavlov's dogs and don't see any difference between what was, to most people, a sneak attack in 2001 vs. what would be an attack caused by ignorance, laziness, political hubris, and Muslim sympathizing.

Extraneus

Until he renounces Islam, daddy?

peter

Mark O, you should post that more often

Jack is Back

Narc and SBW,

I have two huge cutouts of the Tardis, one of Dr. 11, one of Cyberleader, one of the Dalek. He has a fez, red bow ties, suspenders, a pocket watch and a sonic screwdriver. A special eatable banner for the cake and some party favors as well as season 8 on video to watch.

Anything else?

Extraneus

Seriously, we have a president whose idolized father was a Muslim. His stepfather was a Muslim. His main advisor was born in Iran. The CIA is headed by a guy who wouldn't take the oath on a bible and is suspected to be a Muslim convert.

Muslims are 0.8% of the US population, and that's not limited to citizens.

American Muslims come from various backgrounds, and are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States according to a 2009 Gallup poll.[8] Native-born American Muslims are mainly African Americans who make up about a quarter of the total Muslim population. Many of these have converted to Islam during the last seventy years. Conversion to Islam in large urban areas[9] has also contributed to its growth over the years.

The Muslim population of the U.S. increased dramatically in the 20th century, with much of the growth driven by a comparatively high birth rate and immigrant communities of mainly Arab and South Asian descent. About 72% of American Muslims are immigrants or "second generation".[10][11] In 2005, more people from Islamic countries became legal permanent United States residents — nearly 96,000 — than in any year in the previous two decades.[12][13] In 2009, more than 115,000 Muslims became legal residents of the United States.[14]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_United_States

What are the odds?

Captain Hate

In case you think the MFM clown car can't get any worse:

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=351329

Some Guy

Anything else?

Karen Gillian

Rufus

There was one fund raising campaign for Officer Wilson that raised $235k in a few days. That fund reached it's goal and there is a new fund started. When you donate you can either put your name as Anonymous or whatever. There are some impressive folks donating:

Trayvon Martin Family Foundation
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X

https://www.gofundme.com/OfficerWilsonFundraiser

Closed fund that met goal: http://www.gofundme.com/SupportOfficerWilson

jimmyk

People deal with extreme grief in different ways. No doubt Obama was so devastated by Foley's execution that he had to hit the links to keep from falling apart. Or something.

Rufus

It looks like they removed the Martins, King & X names. But George Zimmerman is still listed down the list.

rich@gmu

>>>how could a major attack on our soil before November, by ISIS guys from over our open border, be helpful to the Dems at all at any level? Unless Marshall Law ensues or course.

Posted by: Old Lurker | August 22, 2014 at 05:38 PM<<<

a rally around the flag effect but not sure how well the administration would react in a serious crisis. also I think the type of attack would be an important consideration (see Benghazi or Boston). However if it is something truly horrifying (egs would be a bojinka modeled attack on transit systems or tainted dope supply or bombing college football games on air) I think the admin goes into a tailspin while trying to take the country with it.

all that said I have that August 2001 feeling as too, echoing others from the previous thread.

Comanche Voter

Whilst The Bamster is out somewhere around the 12th green, along comes Little Bennie Rhodes who tells the press that the beheading of "Jim" Foley was a terrorist attack on the United States--all this while Obozo is out golfing.

Clusterfark is the only word that comes to mind when I think of thia maladministration and its various spokesholes.

Extraneus

In effort to shield Obama from criticism on ISIS, White House makes everything worse

In that same press conference, Rhodes was asked to explain Obama’s claim in January that ISIS was merely al-Qaeda’s “jayvee” team after the Islamic State captured the Iraqi city of Fallujah. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said then.

Rhodes insisted that Obama was being deliberative about the terrorist threat matrix in the Middle East and North Africa at the time, and ISIS has clearly become more powerful in the ensuing months. He added, however, that the Islamic State has been a constant fixture in Iraq for the last “10 years.”

So some group, not the formerly dreaded and now decimated "Al Quada," but "beyond anything we've seen," was a "fixture" in Iraq for 10 years.

Got it.

henry

Iowahawk is tweeting pics of ISIS guy holding message in Chicago. Just like the one in front of the White House. Hopefully these are idle threats, but we should be wary.

If any of you city dwellers need a rural hides hole mid September, let me know. They even have a Grey Goose at the local liquor stores. ; )

NKONIPAD

Howdo people survive airports? The CNN nonsense is nonstop. I was in Bermuda International this afternoon and was subjected to the Don Lemon propaganda, the lady pol who demands the cops conviction 'or else' is a pip. Then I saw the Ben Rhodes character.... Oi vey. He looks the creative writing major in every way. Whata clown show.

daddy

While Twitter is removing the James Foley execution video, China is broadcasting it in public

According to this story linked on Drudge, continual video of the Beheading is running on a huge TV Screens in Beijing,
"Mounted on a large building connected to Dongzhimen station, the city’s (Beijing's) major transportation hub".

The story tells us this: Update: Dr. Xu Wu, an associate professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, says it doesn’t seem likely that the government directly posted the video. While he has no direct knowledge, Wu tells Quartz that if it were the government’s intention to use foreign violence as propaganda, it wouldn’t just be in Dongzhimen. “You’d see it across…everywhere,” he said.

I don't think I agree with Dr Wu.

First, it's not propaganda, it's reality. (If he wanted an example of propaganda simply watch the "Gentle Giant" meme pumped out 24/7 by the networks in Ferguson Missouri, and the appointment today of Al Sharpton as the point man for the White House).

Second, China has great interest in keeping it's citizens fully aware of the threat of Islam, especially considering it's ongoing unrest with Muslim fighters in their Western provinces.

So whereas in our country we are essentially being prevented from learning the truth about Islam and squarely facing it, (as in "Religion of Peace" yada yada yada; or "no Faith teaches the massacre of innocents" yada yada yada, or refusing to show the photos of Twin Towers victims leaping to their deaths) in my view China is intentionally allowing and probably promoting awareness of the reality of the beheading, in order to make damn sure that their citizens do know the reality and the truth of Islam. By allowing this beheading to be shown on what I gather is the Beijing equivalent of their mega TV screens on Times Square I am guessing that they accomplished their mission, unlike whatever our President was trying to accomplish, yucking it up in golf shoes with 'Zo Mourning

Wish I was in China in order to get the local view.

Anyhow, that's my 2 yuan on the situation.

Extraneus

‘Very dangerous’: Pentagon says armed Chinese jet did ‘barrel roll’ over US aircraft

The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels, calling the maneuver “very close” and “very dangerous.”

“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.

Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it. He said the Chinese jet did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed.

Obama was briefed on the 14th green.

Just kidding.

rse

JIB-Red is a huge fan and now has me watching. WE recorded the half hour shows of footage from each of the doctors that she had not seen before. That got me an attAmom.

She has also invited friends tomorrow night and told them I will cook. Probably chili.

Do something as a reminder of all digital signals indicating Prisoner Zero and see
who picks up on it.

You could do fishsticks and custard but it never seemed appetizing.

Do not let Frederick listen to John Barrowman interviews until he is older.

BBCA has on a documentary tonight at 10 on the traveling of the new doctor and Jenna Coleman around the world with the Tardis. Frederick would probably enjoy watching the international joy.

Some Guy

a rally around the flag effect

Not sure how much there'd be.

Imagine if GWB had referred to Al Qaeda as the "JV" and bragged about how he'd "decimated" Al Qaeda prior to 9-11. Add to that, what if the Soviet pull-out and destabilization of Afghanistan was instead some American equivalent.

That's what Zero is facing. With what's happened in Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc. and what hasn't or should have been done, is going to go down as the foundation. His most ardent supporters aren't natural "rally 'round the flag' types.

He's screwed.

lyle

If "he's screwed," WE'RE screwed.

Jack is Back

rse,

Well aware of the BBCA schedule icluding the start of Dr. Who 12 - Peter Capaldi.

Interesting how UK cult series get this kind of attention with kids on thsi side of the pond. When we lived in London I was an afficianado but Frederick has far surpassed me at that level.

narciso

Abu Moussa, that fellow who got ahead of himself, predicting a ISIS flag, over the White House, 'died of regret, but mostly the strike package of an SU-21 fighter bomber' in a raid on the Tabda airbase outside Raqqua.

the Siege, was based in part on Lawrence Wright's time in Egypt, doing the research for what would becoming 'the Looming Tower, that multitarget scenario was on the second Sheikh Rahman plot that targeted the FBI headquarters in NYC, among other, that is akin to London, with some aspects of Madrid

miss Marple

Some Guy, agree totally.

They seem to assume they can push a button and demand support.

Alarming discussion on Bret's panel right now with Charles Lane saying it is the oresident's job to prepare everyone for war, not Dempsey and Hagel. He seems to think Obama doesn't want to do it or cannot make himself do it.

George all thinks he is behaving like Roosevelt in 1939, slowly moving an isolationist public to accepting that war is coming. ( on this I say hogwash.) Willnalso thinks there has been an intelligence failure but I think the only intelligencene failure is that Obama has willfully ignored the intelligence reports.

Bad times coming.

Captain Hate

Has anybody friended Johnny Boehner on Facebook to find out what he has to say about any of this?

rich@gmu

wow and some wonder why people don't like unions.

http://deadline.com/2014/08/padma-lakshmi-boston-teamsters-attack-top-chef-820137/

Some Guy-

agree with your take. MM had it above that the administration might believe it "would be good for them" which is not dissimilar to what his econ witch doctors were saying in reference to the recession (ie the recovery would be stronger than normal (regardless of policy given the depth peak to trough ... too bad the lesson of Reagan wasn't learned, Leadership Matters)).

NKONIPAD

Obummer is the furthest thing from FDR 1939.if
George wil said that it was truely moronic.

miss Marple

Exactly, rich. The economy is a good example of their thinking.

They assumed that the recession would automatically end, no matter what lead weights they attached to the economy, and that they would be able to take credit for the recovery.

Only they destroyed any hope of a recovery with massive spending, over regulation and Obamacare.

So now they keep acting like we are in the Roaring 20's or something and that we all should be praising them.

It is insanity and having these people in charge is just nuts.

Jack is Back

sbw, he has two sonic screwdrivers. Both are Dr. 11.

rich@gmu

>>>George all thinks he is behaving like Roosevelt in 1939, slowly moving an isolationist public to accepting that war is coming.<<<

this is about the dumbest thing I've read in a while. How does he square that with the rifs of ncos, captains, and majors-most with combat experience. It is more like the administration is trying to blunder us into WW1 with the hope we'll lose.

rich@gmu

>>>So now they keep acting like we are in the Roaring 20's or something and that we all should be praising them.<<<

With the Fed just keepin' on printing ...

Jack is Back

I note The Champ plays Titleist (at least his bag). Thanks for supporting the Korean economy:)

Altough I play Pro V 1 balls:(

daddy

If we include Harry Reid's racist jokes about Asian's today (Reid Apologizes),
we've now got a Wu, Who, Wong thread.


Rick B

If he went black flag - no quarter on ISIS after a strike he would get support. The President of the Faculty Senate is incapable of doing so and a faculty lounge response would be met with the contempt the President has worked so assiduously to earn.

I believe Netanyahu may be preparing to go black flag on Hamas and, if so, I wish him great success.

AliceH

JiB Anything else?

How about a glass jar with a severed Doctor hand in it, floating in clear liquid with something to send bubbles through it? (That thing was uncharacteristically creepy, I thought.)

I'm partial to the weeping angels, myself. Nice sculptures AND quantum assassins that can only move when you are not looking was a unique villain idea ;

Captain Hate

Somebody needs to give Will a complete physical because he is increasingly acting like somebody who has completely lost it.

rich@gmu

Some Guy-

additionally an attack will necessitate the usual political commission to study "what went wrong" &c, &c. The 9/11 Commission gave us another intelligence bureaucracy and dhs and tsa ... all useful tools in the dems arsenal now that they have the senate and white house.

Jane

Alarming discussion on Bret's panel right now with Charles Lane saying it is the oresident's job to prepare everyone for war, not Dempsey and Hagel. He seems to think Obama doesn't want to do it or cannot make himself do it.

I was struck by that conversation too Miss Marple. Apparently we are in WW3.

I'm nervous about 9-11 - as I've said before.

GMax

You think Double Douche is delusional? Get a load of these deadenders:

only 10 percent of Americans believe that race relations have gotten better, according to a New York Times/CBS Poll published today.

How addled would it require you to be, to believe this President has made race relations better? Most likely Douche level delusional.

Jack is Back

AliceH,

Great suggestions. I decided not to buy the weeping angel cutout and opted for Dalek and Cyberman. Since he is on track to be a DNA research bio-chemist I think the hand in the jar is a winner:)

Exasperated

We are not screwed. What we are watching here, I suspect, is that ISSA was comprised of second-stringers only in the respect that they were logistics people and the recruiters (and the reserves) from all over the world who organized, financed, trained and dispersed Islamic terrorists. They were the behind-the-scenes guys, if you will, and now that Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have been nearly obliterated, the rabble that are their remnants are simply regroupimg - that's all. So relax. Our military is still going a damned fine job of protecting us.

Jack is Back

Exasperated,

Are you saving Darrel Issa is the head of ISIS?

Exasperated

going = doing

daddy

George all thinks he is behaving like Roosevelt in 1939, slowly moving an isolationist public to accepting that war is coming. ( on this I say hogwash.)

Concur Miss M.

Where is Will seeing the slightest evidence for that? Beats me.

miss Marple

Rich, Captain Hate, Agree about Will sounding like dementia has set in.

I am only a reporting, you know. (I said it was hogwash.)

Now McCain follows Bolton. Bolton still fuming about Obama's incompetence and McCain saying Obama has no strategy. McCain also says the best way to send a message to ISIS is to drop ordinance on their heads.

Next up is a Peter King who I don't like but who can scare LIV's about terrorism, so I will watch him.

Seems to me that FOX is sounding the alarm about ISIS. I think I need to be paying attention and avoiding large crowds.

Captain Hate

The Party of Stoopid really earned their stripe on the 9/11 Commission starting with Jamie Gorelick being on the Commission instead of in front of it and ending with those bureaucracies all being unionized. And this was when the Repubs controlled everything.

We were in the best of hands.

Captain Hate

stripeS

Don't worry Miss Marple; I know you were only the messenger.

Glasater on iphone

I keep hoping a grownup will come and take charge. Any chance of that happening?

miss Marple

Peter King pointing out how much money ISIS has, and that they have people here RIGHT NOW due to having American and European passports.

miss Marple

King also says that ISIS is recruiting scientists and engineers, and he agrees that there in no strategy.

Captain Hate

Peter King is good on terrorism. On everything else he's a RINO circus train.

miss Marple

I am officially worried.

I guess I will buy some extra supplies when I go to the grocery this weekend.

Rick B

"due to having American and European passports."

He skipped right over Calypso Louie's group in Chicago and Dearborn? He's dumber than the Brits. At least they're paying close attention to their home grown Mahometan thugs.

derwill

We all know how the Left engages in projection, accusing the Right of planning to do the very things they secretly hope to be able to do themselves some day.

Well, remember how when GWB was president before every election the moonbats were all convinced he was going stage another 911 as an excuse to cancel said election.

Just sayin . . .

Jack is Back

CH,

You just brought up Jamie Gorelick which usually results in my BP going ballistic. Please refrain from using that name in the future:)

Another dark stain on our jurisprudence system. She should be in Levenworth for financials fraud and acessory to the murder of 3,000 innocent people.

Exasperated

ISSA? LOL (blushing here) Did I say ISSA? Freudian slip.

rich@gmu

>>>Posted by: miss Marple | August 22, 2014 at 07:23 PM<<<

indiscriminate violence. it worked for lenin.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

The black flag of Allah was flying over our embassy in Egypt not too long ago.

and now taunting on social media...

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/isis-supporters-flash-islamic-flag-in-front-of-white-house/

Captain Hate

Another dark stain on our jurisprudence system. She should be in Levenworth for financials fraud and acessory to the murder of 3,000 innocent people.

She who shall not be mentioned is like a Typhoid Mary of malfeasance. She was also part of the legal dream team who tried to help Team Brodhead against the Duke lacrosse players.

Ignatz

--So relax. Our military is still going a damned fine job of protecting us.--

It's the "still" part that is troubling.
Barry will not stop the Mullahs from producing a Shiite bomb, Afghanistan is lost, even if IS is rolled back Iraq seems hopelessly fractured, Syria is an abattoir, Lebanon and Jordan are destabilizing, Israel is at war and the northern third of Africa with the exception of Egypt in the east and Morocco in the west is a hornet's nest of jihadist aggression.

Adding to that is the US military being put on a serious power projection diet as we concentrate on "asymmetric" threats in a world of an increasingly aggressive and powerful China and a neo-Imperialist Russia.

How much longer it can do a damned fine job under such a scenario is a worrying question, to understate things severely.

narciso

Daleks and Cybermen, one could add Silurians,
from the classic series, but that's enough,
the special is 9PM EST

well we recently had a lad from Vero Beach, who went to Syria, trained and came back, then blew himself up in Idlib, Carlos Slim's did their best squirrel impression, and my former fishwrap was even worse, bringing in a CAIR representative,

Jim Miller

For some years, I have been saying that I preferred that Obama spend his time on the golf course, rather in the Oval Office.

My argument was fairly simple: I thought we would be better off if the permanent bureaucracies -- despite all their faults -- were running were running things, rather than Obama.

But today I had an unpleasant thought: What if Valerie Jarrett is making even more of the decisions when Obama is out playing golf? She may, I worry, be slightly worse than he is.

I'm not sure because she has, as I recall, never served in a position where we could really see what she was doing.

I think I am still in favor of the golf course for him, rather than the Oval Office, but I will admit that I am less sure about that than I was yesterday.

(We would be better off if Biden picks up some of the slack when Obama is out. Seriously. I've noticed, for instance, that Biden can do a simple budget negotiation with congressional leaders, something that seems beyond Obama.)

narciso

I dubbed her 'the Zelig of Disaster' not that long ago, she was on Beyond Petroleum's team.

James D.

JiB @ 6:04

If you've got Season 8 on video, they you must already gave a working TARDIS (or know a mole at the BBC) because Season 8 premieres this weekend.

One suggestion for and old video to add in: "City of Death". Frederick should especially appreciate it for the Paris locations.

Alice @7:04 I'm with you on the Weeping Angels. I was going to suggest something to do with them, too.

AliceH

Netflix has just added the original Red Dawn movie.

Wolverines!

rich@gmu

I also can't help but contrast the media's reaction to zero's golfing and their reaction to an incident during Just Cause and G HW Bush. iirc, Bush was speaking with reporters while (unbeknownst to him) the remains of the fallen were being transferred at Dover.

It seemed to go on for days, the media going on-and-on about how disrespectful the President was. I was fairly young at the time but even then the whole thing seemed a bizarre controversy.

Captain Hate

the Zelig of Disaster

That works too. Exceedingly well compensated every step of the way. What a country.

Ignatz

Eli Lake; Obama readies for war on ISIS.
ISIS may be very resilient but it's possible if the fool in the WH allows the military a fairly free rein in bombing the hell out of them and they are aggressive in arming the Kurds that ISIS can be relatively easily degraded.
I hope it is, but if it is it will be a political-electoral calculation and almost entirely based on media driven "optics" (as the subhead makes plain: "This Time It's Personal") rather than what the US used to have; a strategy.

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