[VIDEO] Tucker Carlson vs. Washington Post Over ‘Angry White Racist’ Trump Voters

Tucker Carlson takes on Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin over her claims that many of Trump’s voters are angry, racist white people. (December 9th, 2016)


How Americans Can Kill Obamacare, Legalize Pot: Passive Resistance

(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post, via AP)

(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post, via AP)

Nobody is signing up, and everybody — in Colorado,at least — is smoking.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes:  In his excellent book, Two Cheers for Anarchism, Professor James Scott writes:

One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called ‘Irish Democracy,’ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.


That seems to be happening right now, in two very different areas. In one area, we have the refusal of people to sign up for Obamacare in anything like the numbers that were predicted, or needed to make it work. Writing in the Washington Postback in November, Jennifer Rubin observed:

It is a coin flip, at best, for the president as to whether his signature achievement, his only achievement, will fail. It will be repealed in essence by a popular referendum: The mass refusal of people to go along with Obama’s top-down, compulsory system that was set to transform a sixth of the economy. That possibility should traumatize and probably is traumatizing the White House. … The political implications of this are almost too enormous to calculate.

Now, as February draws near, things don’t look much better.

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The Psychoanalysis Begins: The Abandoned, Disassociated, Absentee Presidency

Not one but three articles about president Obama’s state of mind. Not since the Nixon years has a president’s psychological temperament been exposed for examination:

1. Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin‘s Obamacare and the absentee presidency, 2. Peter Wehner‘s Obama disassociates from reality, and 3. Walter Russell Mead‘s Obama chewing gum while Syria burns.

Obama’s Daddy Issues Gave Him ‘Victim Mentality,’ So He Punishes America

Daddy Issues Gave Him ‘Victim Mentality,’ So He Punishes America

And that’s just print journalism. On the broadcast news side, Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow appeared on Fox News last Wednesday to psychoanalyze President Barack Obama, claiming the president won’t negotiate with House Republicans because his father “abandoned” him… [VIDEO]

Are we seeing a pattern here?

Jennifer Rubin writes:

“Obama operates in a world without critical information — and that is his defense to two debacles. Critics understate the reluctance and inability of this president to lead and to govern. Primarily in the foreign policy context, his style has been characterized as dithering if not incoherent. But something more endemic and more worrisome is going on than simply “reluctant commander in chief” (although he certainly is that, too).

This is a president who set up a system in which he imagines he is relieved of responsibility. Someone else’s job. Not his problem. Didn’t know. Doesn’t matter why. He ‘s “madder” than anyone he keeps telling us, but not mad enough to make certain senior advisers tell him what is going on. He wants to be the victim (I’m mad!) and not the boss (Why didn’t I know this? Anyone who acts that way is fired!). This is intentional ignorance, inexcusable in a president…”

From Peter Wehner‘s article:

“About President Obama’s remarks on Monday in the Rose Garden on the matter of the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act and, specifically, healthcare.gov, it seemed to me that they served a valuable purpose, at least to this extent: They distilled the Obama presidency to some of its core qualities: (a) detachment from reality; (b) misleading in its claims; (c) deeply polarizing and partisan; and (d) filled with lame excuses.”

“The president spoke about ObamaCare as if it were a work of art, one or two brushstrokes away from being a masterpiece. Which created the impression that the president is living in a make believe world.”

Walter Russell Mead’s commentary after reading the NYT’s account of the Syria debacle:

“…the New York Times provides a sobering and damning account of the White House’s decision-making process over the past few years. A taste:

Even as the debate about arming the rebels took on a new urgency, Mr. Obama rarely voiced strong opinions during senior staff meetings. But current and former officials said his body language was telling: he often appeared impatient or disengaged while listening to the debate, sometimes scrolling through messages on his BlackBerry or slouching and chewing gum.

We note that virtually all of the sources for this story have to be members of the President’s close official circle. This is the story that his friends are telling. You really ought to read the whole thing.

We can only hope that this story’s facts are incomplete, because the picture of presidential decision-making and the dire consequences of failures of leadership for American policy portrayed here are appalling…”

“Unfortunately this story will also go far toward confirming the convictions of many leaders overseas that the current President of the United States is not up to the job…”

I predict that by 2017 there will be a stack of books about the President’s psychological issues, and their effect on decision making. The best part? Some of them will be written by senior policy advisors, cabinet appointees, and current White House Officials.

Ex-WaPo ombud’s advice to Jeff Bezos: Crush dissent

By Jim Treacher

The Washington City Paper just published an “open letter” to Jeff Bezos, new owner of the Washington Post, from former WaPo ombudsman Patrick Pexton. In addition to some sound general advice on being a successful newspaper publisher — grow a thick skin, remember that the product you’re selling is news, get to know your audience, etc. — Pexton also has one specific request:

Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor—who I like, admire, and respect—fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad. She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.

See, it’s not that Pexton doesn’t like her conservative views, whatever those might be. It’s that she says silly right-wing things! She doesn’t have the depth and readability of, say, Ezra Klein or Greg Sargent or the rest of the WaPo staffers who Pexton happens to agree with politically.

Incidentally, Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports:

The former Washington Post ombudsman who called on the paper to fire conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin on Thursday wrote an obsequious apology to Rubin after making similar comments in 2011…

Pexton had previously suggested that the Post had grounds to fire Rubin in an “off the record” email response to one of Rubin’s critics in November 2011, which was later published by ThinkProgress.

Pexton emailed an effusive apology to Rubin shortly after his 2011 comments went public, calling his remarks “glib,” “uninformed,” and “amateurish.”

“I wanted to apologize for my glib, off-the-record remark to this reader who was exchanging e-mails with me about your retweet,” wrote Pexton, according to a copy of the Nov. 11, 2011, email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “I was in the middle of several e-mail conversations at once and I reacted quickly, without thinking, and with uninformed speculation. It was a stupid and amateurish move, and I’m sorry for it.”

Clearly, now Pexton is sorry that he said he was sorry.

As for Rubin:

UPDATE: @jrubinblogger emails re: Pexton letter: “‘hahahahahhahaha’ – that’s a direct quote” http://t.co/jGtgNgIxxY

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) 

via The Daily Caller