What Happens When You Don’t Mix The Obama Kool Aid With Water, and Eat the Powder Directly from the PackagePosted: December 15, 2016
Andrew Sullivan’s Most Insane Quotes About Obama From the New Republic Interview
Sean Davis writes: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was against government shutdowns before she was for them. Last year, she railed against Republicans and said they wanted to shut down the government in order to prevent food inspections, allow lead into children’s toys manufactured in China, and deform babies through their mothers’ use of unsafe morning sickness pills.
Seriously, she said that:
You’d think that they believe that the government that functions best is a government that doesn’t function at all. So far, they haven’t ended government, but they have achieved the next best thing: shutting the government down. But behind all the slogans of the Tea Party and all the thinly veiled calls for anarchy in Washington, behind all that, there’s a reality.
The American people don’t want the extremist Republican’s bizarre vision of a future without government. They don’t support it. Why? Because the American people know that without government, we would no longer be a great nation with a bright future. The American people know that government matters.
The anarchy gang is quick to malign government, but when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children’s toys? Or for food inspectors…(read more)
My, my, my, how things have changed. Now Warren is suddenly a big fan of government shutdowns. She’s such a big fan that she’s trying to orchestrate one all by herself:
Weird. I was told last year that threatening to block a spending bill over one provision was tantamount to treason. I was told that hostage-taking during the budget negotiation process was downright un-American. Read the rest of this entry »
Joel B. Pollak reports: The implosion of The New Republic, pending its move to New York and re-establishment as a “digital media” company, has consumed much of the political commentariat in recent days. The change is deeply mourned by former editors and writers for the publication, many of whom resigned in protest. However, the shift mirrors that of other publications that shifted further left in recent years, only to stumble into commercial failure.
Former publisher Marty Peretz lamented in 2013 that the magazine he sold to Facebook guru Chris Hughes–a key social media operative in Barack Obama’s rise to power–had moved in a nakedly partisan direction, away from its traditional center-left liberalism: “The magazine wasn’t supposed to be a White House siphon….The magazine now seems to live in a space where those ‘little insurrections of the mind’ are unwelcome. It is akin to the atmosphere in many colleges and universities: There are prevailing orthodoxies but they aren’t recognized as such. Mr. Obama himself is the main one. Read the rest of this entry »
For NRO, David French writes: Not for the first time, the radical Left is moving rapidly away from any respect for free speech and pluralism and is decisively throwing itself into creating a self-righteous culture of intolerance and intimidation. It’s playing a dangerous game, one that is already alienating its own allies.
I don’t often type this, but I agree with every word Andrew Sullivan says here about Mozilla ridding itself of its independent-thinking CEO:
As I said last night, of course Mozilla has the right to purge a CEO because of his incorrect political views. Of course Eich was not stripped of his First Amendment rights. I’d fight till my last breath for Mozilla to retain that right. What I’m concerned with is the substantive reason for purging him. When people’s lives and careers are subject to litmus tests, and fired if they do not publicly renounce what may well be their sincere conviction, we have crossed a line. This is McCarthyism applied by civil actors. This is the definition of intolerance. If a socially conservative private entity fired someone because they discovered he had donated against Prop 8, how would you feel? It’s staggering to me that a minority long persecuted for holding unpopular views can now turn around and persecute others for the exact same reason. If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society.
And I say this even less, but I also agree with Michelle Goldberg, writing in The Nation about a different leftist intimidation campaign — the move to cancel Stephen Colbert’s show after he made a lame racial joke:
Call it left-wing anti-liberalism: the idea, captured by Herbert Marcuse in his 1965 essay “Repressive Tolerance,” that social justice demands curbs on freedom of expression. “[I]t is possible to define the direction in which prevailing institutions, policies, opinions would have to be changed in order to improve the chance of a peace which is not identical with cold war and a little hot war, and a satisfaction of needs which does not feed on poverty, oppression, and exploitation,” he wrote…
Charles Krauthammer calls for a counter-boycott of Mozilla
“This is the culture of the left not being satisfied with making an argument, or even prevailing in an argument, but in destroying personally and marginalizing people who oppose them…”
For The Daily Caller, Brendan Bordelon reports: Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer called for Americans to affect a “counter-boycott” of Mozilla after the company fired their CEO for donating to an anti-gay marriage campaign, calling the move “totalitarian discourse…”
“…This is totalitarian discourse, and it shows a level of intolerance that is absolutely — it should be unacceptable, and people ought to get what they’re giving out and field a counter-boycott.”
Krauthammer spoke on a Fox News panel with USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers and conservative columnist George Will, discussing Brendan Eich’s dismissal from popular web browser provider Mozilla after activists discovered he donated $1,000 to California’s Prop 8 campaign — which made gay marriage illegal in the state. Many gay activists boycotted Mozilla, leading to Eich’s eventual termination.
Will noted that Eich’s dismissal is “an illustration of a new phenomenon. No one likes sore losers, but now we have sore winners. The gay rights movement is winning — particularly with regard to same-sex marriage — with a speed and breadth that simply takes your breath away . . . Yet unsatisfied with victory, they seem to want to stamp out and punish people for their previous views.” Read the rest of this entry »
For many, suffering under Obamacare is all too real.
For The Federalist David Hogberg writes: “There are plenty of [Obamacare] horror stories being told. All of them are untrue,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid not long ago on the floor of the Senate.
Four years after the president signed the measure into law, there are, of course, many real stories of hardship under Obamacare. An extensive list of which is included at the end of this article. But when Reid made those remarks, he wasn’t repeating words carelessly dashed off by some 20-something staffer. Rather, he was repeating a meme that has become common among those who economist Thomas Sowell dubs “the Anointed,” intellectuals whose belief in their own superior knowledge and virtue leads to their misperception that they are an anointed elite more qualified to make decisions for the rest of us in order to lead humanity to a better life.
Zack Beauchamp’s Gun-Ban Fantasy: ‘…one of the most ignorant, ahistorical, illiterate, badly argued, self-indulgent things I’ve read in my life’Posted: February 20, 2014
This is one of the most ignorant, ahistorical, illiterate, badly argued, self-indulgent things I’ve read in my life: http://t.co/Y99NpGJ9OE
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 20, 2014
Ban the Second Amendment
Meet Zack Beauchamp, self-appointed constitutional expert. Zack’s photo and resume says it all:
Zack Beauchamp is a Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress. He previously contributed to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish at Newsweek/Daily Beast, and has also written for Foreign Policy and Tabletmagazines. Zack holds B.A.s in Philosophy and Political Science from Brown University and an M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
What item Drudge chooses to lead with is sometimes less important than when that item replaced. Or how long it lingers in that prize spot. Premium real estate, to be sure. Often there’s a fair amount of turnover. headlines are tweaked, items are updated. Today is an exception. The Sullivan SOS was posted Oct. 8th, last night. As of this writing, around 4:00 EST Oct.9th, the following day, Andrew Sullivan’s confessional meltdown is still Drudge’s lead story.
In the cold light of day, Andrew might reconsider that twilight moment he hit the “Enter” key, on his emotionally-charged Obama-disillusionment outburst (a post-mission statement, morning-after Jerry McGuire moment) but Drudge is content to let it hold the front page.
Does it signal the beginning of an O-team mutiny? Or isolated–if indiscreet–panic?
Imagine Andrew Sullivan, like Jerry McGuire, alone with his goldfish, trying to be brave, but confused, exposed, lost, and afraid. Very afraid.
On the other hand: a more cynical view suggests that Sullivan knew what he was doing, knew it would be elevated to a media meta-story, because it was aimed that way. Maybe Andrew didn’t break a sweat. Rather than unhinged, or emotional, it was a level-headed, headline-grabbing career choice. Drive traffic, drive a discussion, draw attention to Sullivan’s status.
With that in mind–there’s hope. Perhaps Sullivan can volunteer to draft Obama’s concession speech?
- You people are letting Andrew Sullivan down again (macleans.ca)
- Up And Down With Andrew Sullivan (theawl.com)
- Drudge might be giving Sullivan too much credit here (theblaze.com)
- Andrew Sullivan is Freaking Out. (balloon-juice.com)
- Andrew Sullivan Just About Needs Suicide Watch over Obama Numbers (reason.com)
- Somebody keep an eye on Andrew Sullivan: PPP poll for Daily Kos has Romney ahead by 2 (twitchy.com)
“The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating…”
This is devastating…devastating…
I‘m … I’m… Did I mention that I’m devastated?
- Andrew Sullivan is Freaking Out. (balloon-juice.com)
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- Andrew Sullivan: Obama may have lost election tonight (wnd.com)
- I Guess You *Are* Entitled To Your Own Facts (underpaidgenius.com)
- Game change? Even liberals admitting Obama against the ropes in first debate (twitchy.com)
- Liberals Are Saying Obama Could Have Lost The Election Tonight (businessinsider.com)
- The perils of being Moonstruck (digbysblog.blogspot.com)