OBAMA AT THE VICTORY MONUMENT: I think the Hitler-related criticism of this venue is misplaced. In modern times, the Berlin Victory monument is much more closely associated with the Berlin Love Parade, a rave/techno event that has far more in common with the Obama campaign than anything organized by Albert Speer. (Though I think the exclusion of Hardcore and Gabba music may have led to a few charges of fascism. . . .) While it’s possible that some of the Love Parade-related images might not win over American swing voters, I think you’ll agree that there’s not much of the Nazi in them . . . . (Possibly NSFW).

UPDATE: Related thoughts from Ann Althouse. “I guess we’re not supposed to think about how Obama wanted and still wants to give up on the Iraq war. Surely, if he’d been there in 1948, he would have said the Berlin airlift is hopeless. He thought the surge was hopeless.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Tom Maguire disagrees with Ann Althouse. [Link was bad before; fixed now. Sorry!]

MORE: Hitting below the belt: President Hasselhoff?

STILL MORE: David Weigel: “I don’t think an Obama victory discredits neoconservatism. He’s offering neoconservatism with a human face.”

FINALLY: TigerHawk on Manning Up.

Plus, fact-checking Obama’s speech.