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Across the top of my personal blog, I have the following axiom: "A man must be accountable, else everything he does counts for nothing." I did not write that in hopes of lecturing anyone, so much as it was to remind myself that I am responsible for what I write, and that I have a duty to remember what I owe to my readers and who I am meant to be. I put that at the top of my blog after I received an email from a Marine on active duty in Iraq, who had read my work and found it uplifting. I owe that guy an honest report every time, as do I owe it to everyone who takes the time to read my thoughts and analysis. I'm not perfect at it, but it's there to remind me what I'm doing here as a blogger.

So, this week I have suddenly received a lot more attention than a guy like me ever usually gets, because some of the bigger luminaries have mentioned me. Some on the left have misquoted me and mocked me (so now I can give folks an accurate sense of how Sarah Palin must feel after a Couric interview), some on the right have taken comfort in my work, and some are just giving readers a chance to hear me out (thank you, Mr. Blogosphere).

Some folks cannot resist sending me emails to reinforce their point. A few folks, in emails and in comments to articles, have been trying to goad me into betting on the election. One fellow in particular tried to claim that if I did not put money up against him, that this would belie my 'accountable' claim. Of course he's quite wrong; betting is not about accountability, it's about greed, and about the morality of gambling on the outcomes of pivotal events in human history. I suppose such people could find an excuse to gamble on anything. Perhaps such people watch the news for a body count from the day's murders, in some grotesque version of a 'numbers' game. Perhaps the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is, for them, amusement and an opportunity to gain some coin. Perhaps for every family praying for a lost child to return, there is a gambler putting money down on when the body will be found. For me, a national election is a solemn duty, a responsibility to put the best-qualified candidate into office, not an occasion for turning profit or focusing on personal gain.

The reason I am writing today, is that accountability is something this country badly needs to see more often from leaders. The present financial crisis has come about because so many people in finance, banking, and Congress have hid their actions and lied to cover their tracks. We are threatened by enemies who had America for it's existence and founding principles, yet there are those whose first cuts would be against the defenders who have prevented 9/11 from happening again. It is up to us who are regular citizens, to speak out against the lies and for the defenders of our nation and its infrastructure.

As I wrote before, Accountable Americans understand duty. Accountable Americans respect sacrifice. Accountable Americans recognize the men who have put others first, and they recognize those who would put themselves first, and they are not fooled. In times of hardship, it is not McCain but Obama who would increase taxes and create higher unemployment by making it harder for smaller companies to hire and keep employees. It is not McCain but Obama who would increase opportunities for illegals in the U.S., who would principally take jobs held by minority citizens. It is not McCain but Obama who has taken hundreds of millions of dollars from private sponsors, whom he refuses to even identify, since the public would naturally wonder what sort of promises he made to get all that money.

It is not Obama but McCain who has suffered in service to his country. It is not Obama but McCain who has given generously to charity out of his own pocket. It is not Obama but McCain who has fought to protect the lives of unborn children. And it is not Obama but McCain, who when made aware of vicious comments about his opponent, immediately, directly and repeatedly called for his campaign to operate by ideals of respect and courtesy, asking hard questions but refraining from personal smears. These facts are undeniable, and make clear which sorts of character are present in each man.

Accountability means we recognize which candidate hides where he gets his money, and which has been honest about his past. Accountability means we vote according to what is right for the nation, not what we can get out of it. Accountability means we think about our families and the ideals of our nation, not the opportunity to punish some folks for success and threaten those who ask inconvenient questions.


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Here...here.....thank you f... (Below threshold)

Here...here.....thank you for your efforts! They have helped me!

Nice effort, but Grampy McC... (Below threshold)

Nice effort, but Grampy McCain and his little snowbunny are still going to lose BADLY in a short while, and I am sure you'll spend 10 paragraphs whining about ACORN or the media or something other than the fact that Grampy and Snowbunny were the absolute worst GOP ticket in decades.

Nicely written DJ. Needless... (Below threshold)

Nicely written DJ. Needless to say I disagree with much of your view in it but you did a good job expressing how you see things.

Who do we, the public, coun... (Below threshold)

Who do we, the public, count on to hold our leaders accountable? Yes, the Fifth Column, oops, I mean the Fourth Estate. One party is held accountable, one is not.

I just completed a review of my local papers' coverage of Tim Mahoney vs. Mark Foley 11 days prior to the relevant elections. One had 2 hits on Mahoney vs. 10 for Foley. One had, unbelievably, ZERO hits on Mahoney to date. And for Foley 11 days before the election? Wait for it...

FORTY-NINE letters, columns, or articles on Foley from 9/30/06 to 10/26/06.

It's clear that we need someone else to do the accounting.

Thanks, JFO. Regardless of... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Thanks, JFO. Regardless of differences, a civil discussion advances understanding and demonstrates the integrity of all who put their best minds to the effort.

GB, welcome to Wizbang. We have a special section which might be more suited to your level of discourse. It's called 'Wizbang Blue'. In the main pages, a certain intelligence and emotional maturity is expected.

Very nice, D.J. This has r... (Below threshold)

Very nice, D.J. This has re-enforced my decision to vote for McCain. It has also reminded me that accountability applies to all of us, who we are and what we represent. Some people just need to be lead, and it's unfortunate how little they regard the consequences of their own behavior. A lot of attackers in the political arena want that candidate to be "good" for them. Even if I disagree with the outcome of the election, the fact remains that I will have to be my own White Knight when it comes to concerns within my reach.

Thank you In the d... (Below threshold)

Thank you

In the debates we sometimes forget what it means to serve in war and peace. We alyays pray that the leaders who will control the lives of our Airmen, Soldier, Sailors and Marines understands and lives by Duty Honor Country.

The President is accountable to the Constriction and to the men he places in harm's way

Duty, Honor, Country


God bless you Mr Drummond. ... (Below threshold)

God bless you Mr Drummond. I have been reading your posts for weeks. I love your analysis of polling, but this post has made me stand up and cheer. Win or lose, Mccain can walk away with his head held high, just as he did when he left Vietnam. Thanks for all your good work, and keep it up! Go Mac go!

Personally, I would like no... (Below threshold)

Personally, I would like nothing better than for both of them to lose. What is odd is that normally, in such situations, I would vote third party — but this year even the third party candidates are all fairly useless. Were I not in a swing state, and were it not so important to me to see Obama lose, I would write someone in. But given the situation, I will hold my nose and vote for McCain: who wills an end must will a means to that end. This will be the first year I have voted without voting for a candidate.

Is John McCain really Mr. ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Is John McCain really Mr. Accountability, when he hides behind the cowardly tactic of robo-call practictioners he was described saying that "I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like these." when the tactic was used by Rove`s thugs against him in 2000.

Now in 2008, there is special place reserved not in hell but in the McCain campaign for these anonymous smear artists.

Or the McCain reaction to his father`s official one week cover-up report on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in which Admiral McCain refused to interview any of the American survivors. His son subsequently wrote a forward to a book supporting the Israeli version and brushed off the USS Liberty survivors and refused to raise the issue in the the Senate.

When truth collides with power McCain has always known where his accountability lies... both with AIPAC and also with his pursuit of the greasy pole of political and worldly success; now it his attempt to enter the White House. Anything else is secondary or as DJ Drummond says.nothing just ask his first wife if you don't believe me.

Accountability means we think about our families and the ideals of our nation, not the opportunity to punish some folks for success and threaten those who ask inconvenient questions...like the survivors of USS Liberty.

An excellent window into th... (Below threshold)

An excellent window into the conservative ethos and motivations. I may link to it if anyone tries to argue to me that 'conservatives are just crazy nativists.'

Mr. Crickmore, you may acco... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Mr. Crickmore, you may accompany GB to the kiddy room. Your use of old, irrelevant smears does not do you credit, especially given the tone of this thread. I suspect the irony of your malice is something you have yet to recognize.

This is very important for ... (Below threshold)

This is very important for moderate voters to understand before voting form Obama. I encourage everyone to email this information to any fiscally minded voters who think Obama is moderate! The following information has changed my vote to McCain. Please research this information yourself and spread the word. Voters have the right to know!

Obama was injected by the Democratic Socialists of America's 'New Party' into the senatorial race in 1996 (which he won) as an existing member of DSA's socialist New Party: Here is the New Party record to prove it: http://web.archive.org/web/20010306031216/www.newparty.org/up9610.html
"Illinois: Three NP-members won Democratic primaries last Spring and face off against Republican opponents on election day: Danny Davis (U.S. House), Barack Obama (State Senate) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary)."

Search google's history archives yourself... Obama campaign still denies this but it is now available in Google's history archives:

Search: "barack obama" "new party"

Who cares? Anyone who thinks Obama is moderate. The obama campaign has gone to great efforts to hide this information. We have to assume that is because they feel it would not be good for his political career. Please share this immediately, people must think hard about what Obama's true ideology will mean to America. Time is of the essence.

Please read this and forwar... (Below threshold)

Please read this and forward to others who have been misled to believe Obama is moderat (quickly!):

"So, What are Moderates to Assume about Barack Obama?

Share the truth with many as fast as possible. Obama's extreme far left agenda has been hidden but is now exposed. Time is of the essence to let voters (especially in swing states) who think he is moderate understand the contradiction of voting for Obama.

You think "granpa McCain an... (Below threshold)

You think "granpa McCain and snonbunny" is the worst ticket....think again you jerk, it is obama and biden............NOTHING could be worst for America and Americans.

Whether obama wins or looses, I sense there is going to be a lot of trouble in this country....it not the liberals...it's the far leftys that are totally insane. I feel like these idiots are going to riot whether obama wins or loses.

I have been a regular reade... (Below threshold)

I have been a regular reader of Wizbang for a long time. I jump in and make comments on topics and then jump out.

To me Wizbang has risen to a higher level with the series of in depth threads on Polls.
I have been captivated and educated by what I consider to be objective fact based analysis. When honest questions were asked, DJ made honest answers with corrections if needed.. Accountability.

Going back to the summer of 2007 with the bogus immigration bill and tempers running high on both sides. DJ did not get reckless in his comments and also held commenter's accountable for their positions on each side.

From everything I've ever read from DJ Drummond he has stood by his words in every way.

Being accountable in life is mandatory because EVERYTHING has consequences....

Thanks DJ it is VERY much appreciated!!

Some on the left have m... (Below threshold)

Some on the left have misquoted me and mocked me

i mocked you rather harshly (the link is to my group blog), but i'm not on the left. i've written for *the american conservative* and *frontpage magazine* (i was at point a contributor to david horowitz's *discover the network*). i'm a right libertarian with paleoconservative sympathies. the left was laughable in 2004 when they denied that bush would probably win, and you're laughable today. i probably don't disagree on a lot of political issues with you, i just happen to think you're probably either totally incapable of not allowing bias into your judgment, or, you're dull.

btw, dull != not interestin... (Below threshold)

btw, dull != not interesting. i laughed at your post so it was obviously entertaining. by dull i mean not particularly intelligent (e.g., IQ below 130).

Hello razib, and welcome to... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Hello razib, and welcome to Wizbang. If you'd bother to check the links and oh, I don't know, maybe do a search of my name on Technorati, you'd figure out that I was not talking about you - as I have never heard of you, nor given your lack of common courtesy does it seem I have lost anything of value in this topic by missing your opinion at wherever you post.

DJYou have done ex... (Below threshold)


You have done excellent work analyzing the polls during this election cycle. Evidence of this can be found not just in your own quantitative methods (which you have laid out there for any and all to criticize) but in your persistence.

I admire you for doing what is most difficult, arguing what is at core a quantitative topic that easily wanders into the realm of art...polling. Any doubters about this should read Zogby's angry response to the recent AP poll. The fact that someone like Zogby would take exception so publicly to another poll simply magnifies the point of your recent posts: pollsters disagree among themselves and say so publicly.

That said, the "fisker' you linked to in your post has no point, period. You have pointed out the obvious in a world of background noise that is reminiscent of trying to have a conversation during a loud concert....two people shouting at each other during an event they both walked into together.

I've also noticed the uptake of your subject on many other blogs, yet you were months ahead of them. Good work.

DJ,I remember when t... (Below threshold)

I remember when the elitist liberals were so sure Kerry was so much smarter than Bush. That is, until they released transcripts that showed Bush had a higher GPA in college than Kerry. Who'd a thunk?
And Obambi is so much smarter than McCain.. except that... Obambi hasn't released HIS. We do know that McCain graduated near the bottom of his class at the NAVAL ACADEMY! And Obambi? Well, he hasn't released his transcripts. Which is another point to your above argument. He has been very secretive and guarded about any of his college life except what Bill Ayers, I mean Obambi, wrote in his autobiographies. This large part of his life that incidentally has been shamefully and totally ignored by the MSM. Nice job.

Some on the left have m... (Below threshold)

Some on the left have misquoted me and mocked me

the link after "some on the left" was to my weblog. the author is one of my co-bloggers. we're politically diverse, but we lean libertarian as a whole. as does ben, your critic. if you go to technorati you will see that mark kirkorian and john derbyshire have linked to my weblogs. i don't talk politics much, but i'm not a leftist, and the liberals you will find on my weblog are in the comments.

yes, we criticized and mocked you. but we're not leftists.

If you'd bother t... (Below threshold)
If you'd bother to check the links and oh, I don't know, maybe do a search of my name on Technorati, you'd figure out that I was not talking about you - as I have never heard of you,
If DJ had bothered to check his own link, and oh, I don't know, maybe do a search of razib on Technorati, he would have figured out that he wrote for Gene Expression, the very blog he accused of misquoting and mocking him above. I'm not sure where the misquoting was, but I'll agree that the mockery was ample and directly on target.
"A man must be accountable, else everything he does counts for nothing."
Coming from you, that rings about as true as your, "I try not to get into predictions" claim. The last thing you want to discuss is your previous analysis this cycle and how wrong it's been.

It is nice that your work can provide hope for Republicans who believe it and for Democrats that take comfort in how completely wrong your previous analysis has been. That's truly a spirit of bipartisanship.

Hey Razib, why don't you wr... (Below threshold)

Hey Razib, why don't you write in proper style, instead of the lazy single case mode.

Rndguy, you are a central casting typical left blogger screecher. It is all about the politically right result for you. I realize you are incapable of even understanding DJ's analysis (which of course could be wrong--you guys think you have invented something when you critique something as wrong), but why don't you at least fake a critique on the argument's merits.

Rndguy--I seem to have misq... (Below threshold)

Rndguy--I seem to have misquoted you--I apologize

D.J. Drummond, you have a f... (Below threshold)

D.J. Drummond, you have a following at The Right Reasons and we think that you are amazing!


DJ - beloved by the staunch... (Below threshold)

DJ - beloved by the staunch conservative American defenders of liberty/freedom/goodness and the eeevil disciples of Chairman Obama alike.

GB - "Nice effort, but ... (Below threshold)

GB - "Nice effort, but Grampy McCain and his little snowbunny are still going to lose BADLY in a short while, and I am sure you'll spend 10 paragraphs whining about ACORN or the media or something other than the fact that Grampy and Snowbunny were the absolute worst GOP ticket in decades."

Which only goes to prove some of us learn from past history.

A history that includes the dems, Dems, lefturds, leftoids, progressives and various other nutzoids and loonbats spending the last seven years whining about a "stolen '00 election," "McChimpyHalburtonCo," another "stolen election" in '04 and month upon month of having good economic news (when it DID occur) buried on page 37d next to the obit section.






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