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[VIDEO] Freaky Friday Politics: Republicans And Democrats Keep Switching Positions 

Democrats and Republicans are pivoting on issues faster than a bipolar swing dancer on a merry-go-round. Republicans are now big government protectionists. Democrats support free trade and states’ rights. It’s like the two parties switched bodies! It’s almost as if… they were FREAKY-FRIDAYED!

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[VIDEO] Ted Cruz vs Bernie Sanders Debate the Future of Obamacare 

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[VIDEO] Obama’s ‘Knee-Jerk Partisanship’

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[VIDEO] Mind Control in Politics

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Kevin D. Williamson: The GOP Should Turn its Attention to Prosecutorial Misconduct

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Kevin D. Williamson writes:

“…The Democrats have long been acculturated to the climate of corruption that attends government agencies that are largely free of ordinary accountability, where a carefully cultivated lack of transparency shields operatives from scrutiny and normal oversight. Republicans can rouse themselves to action, if only barely, when this involves the federal Internal Revenue Service or Environmental Protection Agency. But deference to police agencies and prosecutors is so habitual among the members of the law-and-order party that they instinctively look for excuses when presented with obvious examples of police misconduct, and twiddle their thumbs in the 99 percent of cases of prosecutorial misconduct that do not involve a Republican elected official.…”

[Read the full article at NRO]

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Mollie Hemingway: Anatomy Of A Smear: The Media Vs. Republican Senators On Iran Letter

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The claims in the Daily Beast story are completely 100% unsubstantiated

mollie writes: This week, a group of Republican senators led by Tom Cotton of Arkansas (pictured above, with a kitten, in Iraq) issued a very brief open letter to the leaders of Iran explaining the differences between mere executive agreements and international treaties ratified by the Senate. It’s a fairly basic letter that includes reminders about the Constitutional system under which we operate. I couldn’t begin to speculate why, but the media lost their collective minds over this letter. Along with other Democrats and progressive activists. You can read the breathless, outraged, totally-over-the-top headlines if you’d like to see this melt-down in action.

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Now, that’s fine. That’s their business. To be completely honest, and not that you care, I’m not the biggest fan of such letters myself. I mean, they’re not as bad as Nancy Pelosi going to Syria to undermine Bush’s foreign policyJimmy Carter helping North Korea get nuclear weaponsTed Kennedy secretly asking the Soviets to interfere in the 1984 election or any of the many other interjections we’ve seen, but I think it’s generally a good idea to yield to the president on foreign negotiations, even if it’s a really bad president who couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag if the stakes involved, oh I don’t know, going ahead with Iran as a nuclear power.

“What he sure as MOTHERFREAKING FREAK doesn’t say is that he’s a senator, that he thought it was a dumb idea to sign the letter, that he signed it and then realized it was a bad call or that he represents the ‘some’ in the headline.”

But let’s look a little deeper at just one part of this media campaign against Republican senators. It comes from Tim Mak of the Daily Beast and it looks like he’s got an explosive story:

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Whoa. Check that out. Republicans now “admit” that the letter was “a dumb idea”! That’s huge. And “some Republicans who signed on” are now “realizing” it was a bad call? I can’t wait to read this story — taglined “HINDSIGHT” for extra flair — can you?

“Other than this low-level staff aide who didn’t even say he thought the letter was a bad idea, much less a dumb one, we have two Republican Senators who always opposed the letter and then also a Democratic Senator who didn’t like the letter…”

What are their names? Which of the senators are changing their minds and “admitting” and “realizing” that the media were right after all? Who are they?

[read the full text here, at The Federalist]

Oh dear. That’s … weird. Very weird.

“So, in other words, we have a story that in no way supports the headline. Not even close…”

Hunh. Tim Mak’s story doesn’t even claim a single senator changed his mind. Not even close. Yikes.

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Um. So it turns out that the only people quoted in the story against the letter are people who always opposed the letter. There’s also a quote from an unnamed, completely anonymous “Senate Republican aide” who doesn’t in any way say anything even remotely close to the claims made in the headline or anywhere else in the piece. Read the rest of this entry »


[CARTOON] Ramirez: The Official White House Terrorist Identification Chart

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Hiding Politically Unpopular Policies from Voters, Obama Puts Top Priorities in their Proper Place: The Back of the Bus

“This whole place is paralyzed. Everything was kicked down the road.”

President Obama is taking time out from his much-trumpeted “year of action” to observe a period more important to his Democratic allies in Congress: the season of campaigning.

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One by one, the Obama administration is setting aside key priorities, in the hope that voters won’t do the same to his fellow Democrats.

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“We wish they would be as good as their rhetoric. We want them to step up and deliver. If they don’t, who’s going to?”

— Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch

Immigration reform, once deemed a pressing back-to-school item, will wait at least until the winter holidays.

Enrollment in Obamacare will start six weeks later than last year. The climate will warm at the same rate, with new regulations pending. [Reality check: Globe hasn’t warmed in 19 years]

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“It looks like the president and the Democrats are playing politics with people’s lives.” 

— Frank Sharry, America’s Voice, one of many pro-amnesty, open-borders pressure groups.

The latest addition to the not-to-do list came this week, when the White House put off an announcement on the president’s nominee for attorney general, a pick he has been privately thinking about a long time.

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White House aides smile and defend the strategy, saying privately that they’re trying to be sensitive to the concerns of Democrats, especially senators in tough election races.

“He promised me a dollhouse. Democrats are playing politics with everything! I hate Obama!”

— Daughter of celebrity Obama fundraiser

The White House is trying to avoid being held responsible for Democrats losing control of the Senate in the midterm election in three weeks, especially when administration officials still hope to get a few things done during the final two years of Obama’s presidency and will need help from Democrats who remain in office. Read the rest of this entry »


Cruz Control: Politico takes the Bait

editor-commen-deskPrivate, except, well, it appeared in Politico. Which means A. Politico needs a dictionary, or B. (more likely) Ted Cruz fully intended the comment to be public, but indirectly, using an easily-accessible Washington D.C. news organization like Politico as a gullible tool to be fed information to.

Politico, a willing message carrier for leaks? Impossible! Unthinkable! My goodness. One would almost think Ted Cruz is a politician, or something.

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GOP Dubs Democrats the Party of the Rich in 2012 Turnabout

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Republicans are turning the Democrats’ own playbook against them.

Two years after Democrats held the White House by painting Mitt Romney as a callous plutocrat, the GOP is borrowing a page from the same populist playbook. In close contests around the country, Republicans are hoping to gain an edge in the battle for control of the Senate by hammering Democrats as the party of the rich.

In Iowa, the Republican Super PAC American Crossroads has run three TV ads this month highlighting Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley’s fundraising links to liberal billionaire Tom Steyer. In Colorado, another outside GOP group, American Commitment, slammed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for the same ties. In Kansas, advisers to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts are attacking a wealthy independent challenger (who Democrats tacitly support) for insufficient financial disclosures, and are raising questions about his “business dealings in the Middle East and the Cayman Islands.”

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Americans Move Toward More Active Foreign Policy, Views of Democrats Largely Unchanged

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Patrick O’Connor reports: When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday to outline his plan for combating Islamic militants destabilizing the Middle East, his audience will have a stronger appetite for foreign engagements than it did back in the spring.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 27% of registered voters would like to see the U.S. play a more active role in world affairs, up from 19% back in April. A plurality of 40% still believes the U.S. should be less active on the world stage, but that is down from 47% in April.

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Full results of the poll will be released at 6:30 p.m ET Tuesday.

Republicans, in particular, are decidedly more inclined to support a more robust foreign policy. In April, 45% of self-identified Republicans wanted the U.S. to be less active in the world, while 29% said the country should be more active. In the September survey, Republicans wanted the U.S. to play a greater role in world events by a margin of 41%-34%.

Similar swings occurred among conservatives and people with post-graduate degrees. Read the rest of this entry »


Michael Barone: How the GOP Got This Way

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editor-commen-deskThis article is an example of why Michael Barone is considered indispensable among political reporters and media wonks. Even for the blog surfers and unreformed political news junkies like the rest of us, he’s the guy to read this election year. It’s a long one, worth investing time in. In a sweeping but brisk history of a half-century of party evolution, Barone summarizes both Republican and Democratic party transformations over the years. Read a sample below, for more, read it all here.

For the Washington ExaminerMichael Barone writes: America’s two great political parties are constantly transforming themselves, sometimes in small increments, sometimes in sudden lurches. They respond to cues sent to them by voters — which can range from attaboy! to fuhggedaboutit — and to the initiatives of party leaders, especially presidents.

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“When you have a rush of hundreds of thousands of previously uninvolved people into electoral politics, you get a certain number of wackos, weirdos and witches. But you also get many new people who turn out to be serious citizens with exceptional political skills.”

But when the other party has held the White House for an extended period, the transformation process can be stormy and chaotic. Which is a pretty apt description of the Republican Party over the past few years. Its two living ex-presidents, the George Bushes, withdrew from active politics immediately after leaving the White House, and its two most recent nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, say they are not running for president again, although they do weigh in on issues. There is no obvious heir apparent and there are many politicians who may seek the 2016 presidential nomination. More than usual, the opposition party is up for grabs.

“Mainstream media will inevitably emphasize the discontentment in the Republican Party that originated in the second Bush term and flashed into prominence soon after Obama took office. It will tend to ignore the discontentment in the Democratic Party that are raging with increasing intensity.”

As the cartoon images of elephant and donkey suggest, our two parties are different kinds of animals. Republicans have generally been more cohesive, with a core made up of politicians and voters who see themselves, and are seen by others,

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as typical Americans — white Northern Protestants in the 19th century, married white Christians today. But those groups, by themselves, have never been a majority of the nation. The Democratic Party has been made up of disparate groups of people regarded, by themselves and others, as outsiders in some way — Southern whites and Catholic immigrants in the 19th century, blacks and gentry liberals today. Our electoral system motivates both to amass coalitions larger than 50 percent of voters. Democrats tend to do so by adding additional disparate groups. Republicans tend to do so by coming up with appeals that unite their base and erode Democrats’ support from others. Read the rest of this entry »


Alabama Democratic Congressional Candidate: Republicans in Congress are ‘Worse Than ISIL’

Meet the Other New Democrat Todd Akin 

The Democratic Party’s New Standard Bearer has Officially Arrived on the National Scene

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This is the only video the Alabama Congressional candidate has on his campaign account:

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[VIDEO] GOP Candidate Cory Gardner’s New Ad Backs Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Washington Examiner reports: Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is calling for birth-control pills to be sold without a prescription in a new TV ad, putting campaign cash behind a conservative argument that’s been picking up steam in recent months.

“I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription — cheaper and easier, for you.”

In a 30-second ad released Tuesday, Gardner argues for cheaper, over-the-counter access to birth-control pills, an argument he previously made in a June op-ed in the Denver Post.

[In an op-ed in 2012, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal argued that adult women should be allowed to buy birth-control pills without a prescription.]

[In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a leading group of women’s physicians, endorsed over-the-counter birth-control pills.]

[Here’s how it’s reported in backward, behind-the-times New York City – Bobby Jindal Offers “Unexpected” Endorsement of Over the Counter Birth Control Pills – nymag.com]

Gardner is running a highly competitive race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, but he’s not the first one to call for over-the-counter birth control. Read the rest of this entry »


Mona Charen: The Inconvenient Truth

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The unsinkable Representative Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, in 2010 the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority-Democratic) for violating 11 ethics rules and “bringing discredit to the House.” The New York Times called it a “staggering fall” for the senior Democrat. But fall/shmall, he’s since been reelected and will retire at his leisure.myth-sq

While chatting with Brian Lamb, Rangel dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. This isn’t to pick on Rangel; he’s just illustrative. His assertion — that the Republican and Democratic parties “changed sides” in the 1960s on civil rights, with white racists leaving the Democratic party to join the Republicans — has become conventional wisdom. It’s utterly false and should be rebutted at every opportunity.

It’s true that a Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson, shepherded the 1964 Civil Rights Act to passage. But who voted for it? Eighty percent of Republicans in the House voted aye, as against 61 percent of Democrats. In the Senate, 82 percent of Republicans favored the law, but only 69 percent of Democrats. Among the Democrats voting nay were Albert Gore Sr., Robert Byrd, and J. William Fulbright. Read the rest of this entry »


The Hammer: Immigration Executive Action ‘a Loser from Beginning to End’ for Obama, but Concedes Obama is Impeachment-Proof

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From The Corner:

…The “calculation” that this executive action could be “impeachment bait,” “a way to make the Republicans do the one that could save [the Democrats] in this election,” seems to have failed, says Krauthammer…

“I do think that if the president were to legalize 5 million illegal immigrants by fiat, that is a violation of the constitution that I think would reach the level of impeachable…”

…Both Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House’s No. 2 Republican, Kevin McCarthy, have said that impeachment is “off the table.”

“ …Nonetheless, it would be insane for Republicans to go ahead and do that.” 

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Note to the House GOP: KILL BILL

William Kristol weighs in:

…the overwhelming reason to kill the bill is that it’s not going to become law anyway. The president and the Senate leadership have made clear they’ll never accept it. So what’s the point of passing it? Leadership’s answer is—well, we’ll get credit for trying to do something. But will they? From whom? The Washington-DCmainstream media? Then the media will focus on what further compromises the GOP leadership will accept in September, on why Republicans won’t go to conference with the original Senate bill or parts of it, and on splits in GOP ranks about immigration…

…The president’s approval rating is slipping to historic lows. Let it continue to slide. Don’t bail him out by jamming though a bill that divides Republicans, will confuse voters, won’t become law anyway, muddies responsibility for the border fiasco, and takes the spotlight off what should be the focus of the August recess–President Obama’s failed policies and Congressional Democrats’ support for them…(read more)

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Andrew C. McCarthy Schools Paul Ryan

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“Such misconduct need not be an indictable wrong. It could involve dereliction of duty, lies to Congress or the public about serious matters, the failure to honor an oath.”

For National Review Online, Andrew C. McCarthy writes:

…Today, according to the Wall Street Journal, it was Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s turn. On impeachment, Ryan reportedly said:

I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way… [The Republicans’ differences with the White House do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level.

Wrong. To repeat, “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a British term of art borrowed by the Framers, does not refer to penal offenses. It refers to what Hamilton called “the misconduct of public men, or in other words . . . the abuse or violation of some public trust.” Such misconduct need not be an indictable wrong. It could involve dereliction of duty, lies to Congress or the public about serious matters, the failure to honor an oath (such as the oath to execute the laws faithfully), and any conduct that intentionally undermines the governing framework that safeguards our liberties and security (the president, of course, takes an oath to preserve the Constitution).

  • The border is being overrun and the president, far from taking action to stop it, is encouraging it.
  • Illegal aliens are being smuggled throughout the country by the federal government without notice to the states.SMG-REPORT
  • The president refuses to enforce the immigration laws. The president is usurping the power of Congress to confer federal benefits on aliens.
  • The president is unilaterally rewriting Obamacare, the drug laws, and other congressional statutes that are inconvenient to him.
  • The president willfully lied to the country to get Obamacare enacted and to get reelected.
  • The commander-in-chief took no meaningful action to protect Americans before and during the terrorist siege of Benghazi, and then he and his administration willfully lied to the country about the cause of the massacre in order to get reelected.
  • The president has used the federal bureaucracy to harass and punish his political opponents. Evidence of the IRS’s wrongdoing has been destroyed.
  • Evidence about the Justice Department’s Fast & Furious scandal, which resulted in the murder of a Border Patrol agent, has been withheld from Congress — with the attorney general held in contempt.
  • The VA cooked its books to conceal the mistreatment of our veterans, some of whom died.

It is perfectly understandable — indeed, it is wise — for Republicans to explain that there is no prospect of removing President Obama from power because you’d need lots of Democratic votes in the Senate and the Democrats will protect President Obama no matter how lawlessly he conducts himself. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Pelosi on CNN: Wait, I Was Told I Could Bash Republicans, Why Do We Have to Talk About NEWS? We’re Out of Time?


White House Officials: ‘Very Significant’ Immigration Executive Actions Needed for the ‘Survival of the Democratic Party’

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From The Butcher’s Notebook: White House officials said on Friday that President Barack Obama will enact “very significant” executive actions on immigration at the end of summer, “not because it’s good for America, but because it’s essential for the survival of the Democratic party.”

“American voters are beginning to figure out that progressive policies don’t work, because they’re not designed to work. There’s only so long we can get away with this before voters rebel, and special interest groups stop donating money. We can’t change American’s minds about this. We can’t win the argument, so we have to change the voters,” said a DeShove-it-Americamocratic campaign official, speaking informally, on the condition of anonymity. “Can we get another drink over here?”

“The president assured us that pissing off Republicans is personally more important to him than policy success.”

“Look. We may not be able to change the voters overnight. But we can sure as hell accelerate the process, by granting citizenship to the Democratic voters of tomorrow,” adding “without it, the Democratic party has no hope in hell of surviving past the next twenty years.”

Sitting in a corner booth in the lounge of a Chinese restaurant in suburban Washington D.C., after a few lines of coke, a few tabs of MDMA, a few injections of sodium pentathol, and a fresh round of drinks–mistakenly assuming he was speaking off the record–the senior White House official ventured further.

“Democracy is a means to an end. You need it, temporarily, to get your party in power. Once you do that, you have the tools to undermine it, a stage at a time. Not all at once. Otherwise, people catch on.”

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“Look. Our opponents are at a disadvantage, because they’re all hung up on ‘playing by the rules’. You know, the constitution, rule of law, separation of powers, all that idealistic, parchment-paper 18th-century crap. We’re not interested in ‘rules’, and ‘laws’. They are a barrier to our goal of accumulating power. That’s how the big boys did it, before the American revolution.” Read the rest of this entry »


Rich Lowry: ‘Obama’s Hilarious Lawlessness’

Don’t miss Rich Lowry‘s Politico column today:

President Barack Obama styles himself a wit, and some of his best material lately has to do with his abuse of his powers.

“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” Obama told a crowd on the Georgetown Waterfront on JulyRich-Lowry 1. “So sue me.” Hilarity ensued.

He cracked them up in Austin last week. “You hear some of them,” he said, referring to Republicans, “‘sue him,’ ‘impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?”

He must have killed in a private meeting last month with activists who were pushing him to waive more immigration laws. According to POLITICO, the president resorted to one his favorite comic riffs: “You’re not going to get me impeached, are you?”

One can only imagine the comedic possibilities in his 9-0 defeat in the Supreme Court in June for his blatantly abusive recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board or any of the court’s other recent unanimous rebukes of his executive overreach.

It takes a truly blithe spirit to play the constitutional deformation of his office, and the ensuing congressional reaction, for laughs…(more)

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‘Self-pity is never admirable in a public figure, but it seems to be Obama’s default emotion when the going gets tough…’

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“They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names.”

For the New York Post, Michael Goodwin writes: Say this for President Obama: He’s got an uncanny ability to block out distractions and keep his eye on the ball.obama-tiny-head-sidebar

“He is a victim of a vast conspiracy that includes everything from global upheaval to a domestic mood going from simmer to boil. If only everybody would just shut up and do what he says, all would be well.”

Facing a horrific expansion of terrorism in the Mideast, a meltdown of public support at home and major rebukes by the Supreme Court, the president remains fixated on No. 1.

“I’m finding lately I just want to say what’s on my mind,” he told a Minneapolis audience Friday, and then ticked off a series of complaints about — surprise — Republicans.

“The actions by the court and Boehner have the potential to ­remind Obama of the duties of his office, and its limits. Both moves are predicated on the shared belief that America is a nation of laws, not of men.”

“They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names,” he said. “If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better.”

He wasn’t finished: “The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count. But cynicism doesn’t invent the Internet. Cynicism doesn’t give women the right to vote.”

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There you have it: the presidential mind in Year 6. Don’t cry for Argentina — cry for me!

Self-pity is never admirable in a public figure, but it seems to be Obama’s default emotion when the going gets tough. Because everything is about him, the whole world is personal.

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The Worst Week of the Obama Presidency

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For The InsidersEd Rogers writes: This was probably the worst week of the Obama presidency so far.  President Obama’s foreign policy reboot failed, the economy is in the tank, the VA scandal is a growing cancer on the presidency, criticisms of the administration’s forthcoming gratuitous plan to raise everyone’s power bill via regulations that will essentially shut down coal-fired power plants have already emerged, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned this morning and just a short while ago solid but beleaguered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he is throwing in the towel.  How could things get any worse for Obama and the Democrats?

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“With all the debacles, calamities, failures, mistakes and plain old bad policies associated with this administration and the Democrats generally, it’s easy to get lured off-topic… Republicans should not take the bait…”

In terms of impact on the 2014 elections, Obama certainly seems to be doing his part for the Republicans. And as the old axiom goes, never interfere when the opposition is in the process of destroying themselves. Read the rest of this entry »


The Party of Innovation: Copyright Reform, Anyone?

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For The American ConservativeDerek Khanna writes: In 200 years the United States went from being a colonial backwater to being the world’s dominant economic and military power. How did our nation arise from obscurity, break free from the grip of the most powerful empire on earth, and skyrocket to global leadership? With a government focused on innovation—not control.

“…If Republicans understand this and thereby embrace the mantle of innovation, not only will they be expediting a new wave of ingenuity, but they will also share credit with entrepreneurs for the next tech boom.”

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Historically, the Republican Party has led on technological innovation. President Abraham Lincoln earned a patent and facilitated the first transcontinental railroad system. President Hoover played a key role in the early development of radio broadcasting, and President Coolidge created our national airways system. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated NASA and DARPA, while Richard Nixon launched the cable television industry through deregulation. President Ronald Reagan made GPS available for civilian use and greatly expanded science research.

But today policymakers and the regulatory state are smothering the force that allowed us to become the world’s economic superpower. Incumbent industries have co-opted the legal and regulatory systems to go after their competitors, and both political parties have been complicit in this cronyism. Acceptance of these regulatory and legal barriers is a root cause of our abysmal “new normal” of 2 percent annual GDP growth. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Jeb Bush’s Turn May Not Come

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For the Los Angeles Times, Jonah Goldberg writes:

“…This raises an important challenge for Jeb Bush. It should be obvious that, even among Republicans, nostalgia for George W. Bush doesn’t run nearly so high as it did for his father. This is a key difference between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush; Democrats are nostalgic for Clinton, Republicans aren’t for Bush…”

(read Jonah’s article here)

 


The World to Obama: “The Feeling is Mutual”

Obama Biographer: “The world seems to disappoint him”

 


Poll: Americans Feel Safer With Gun in Their Home

teacher_gun_training_APAWR Hawkins writes: A poll from YouGov conducted March 22–24 shows that Americans who feel safer with a gun in their home far outnumber those who do not.

According to the poll, when asked, “Do you think you would feel more safe or less safe with a gun in your house?”, respondents said “more safe” by a margin of 42 to 20 percent.

Broken down by gender, 51 percent of males said “more safe” versus 15 percent who said less safe; 33 percent of females said “more safe” versus 25 percent who said “less safe.” Read the rest of this entry »


Reality Check: Going By the Actual Data, It Turns Out Conservatives Are MORE Likely to be Part of a Mixed Race Family

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If You Thought Trolls Thought Rep. Huelskamp Was Racist Before He Posted a Picture of His Family, Wait ‘Till You See Them Wig Out After…

Re: Volokh Conspiracy,  Ace writes: Now, let me clarify on that: The difference is statistically insignificant. 10% of liberals hail from mixed race families, and 11% of conservatives. You can’t make anything of that difference (though MSNBC would, were the numbers to run in the opposite direction).

So let’s take the percentages as equal. (Except, not really.) Does MSNBC care about the facts, or just spouting off ignorantly with some make-’em-up blogger provocation?

Spoiler Alert: It’s the last one.

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The Hammer: ‘If a Republican Had Done What Obama Has, He’d Be Impeached’

“You can have executive orders that implement already existing laws, but what Obama has done in the DREAM Act . . . is unbelievably unconstitutional,” Charles Krauthammer said on Special Report last night.

“He’s done that over and over again on immigration, drug laws, climate change, and, of course, on Obamacare, which he has unilaterally altered lawlessly at least 15 times”

While Republicans met today at a retreat in Maryland and debated immigration  reform — with many worrying that, no matter what Republicans pass, President Obama will not enforce it faithfully — Krauthammer looked back on the times the president has failed to faithfully uphold the law.

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House Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

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David Rogers reports: House-Senate negotiators rolled out a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday night — a giant package that fills in the blanks of the December budget agreement and promises to restore some order to government funding over the next year.

Under pressure from Republicans, the measure keeps a tight rein on new funding for Wall Street regulators and effectively freezes appropriations for President Barack Obama’s health care program at the reduced, post-sequester level.

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America’s Tired of Obama’s Whining

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Obama’s Tedious Act Grown Old and Stale

 reports:  A new Gallup poll finds President Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent and his disapproval rating at 54 percent. But it’s not just that the public is increasingly displeased with the job Mr. Obama is doing; they are growing weary of the whole packaged deal. They are frustrated with the president, his style, his attitude, his approach to the job.

The Boston Herald reports:

President Obama’s tanking approval rating in newly released polls shows Americans are tired of his whining, according to some experts, who also see a fighting chance for Republicans to rack up coast-to-coast victories in the 2014 midterm congressional races.

“We think of presidents as being morale leaders … and he goes out and complains,” according to Richard Benedetto, a retired White House correspondent and a journalism professor at American University. “He complains about the fact that he doesn’t get enough cooperation from the other side. ‘It’s not my fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault.’ And that message gets old for the American public. … It’s not a good sign for Democrats in Congress going into next year.”

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Senate Dems Go M.A.D.

With Failing Credibility and Lacking Popular Support, Democrats Employ Nuclear Option, in Desperate Suicidal Power Grab. One-Party Agenda No Longer Tempered by Inconveniences Like Separation of Powers or Checks and Balances. Death-Wish Confirmed.


Did the Shutdown Even Matter?

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 writes: When budget negotiations began last month, Democrats felt confident that public opinion surrounding the government shutdown would force Republicans to the table, eager to prove their party could compromise.

But today, there’s little sense of urgency on a budget deal. With less than four weeks to go before the conference committee’s deadline, the public focus has shifted to the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and pressure on Republicans has subsided.

“The shutdown is history. We are moving forward to try to get the next thing done,” William Allison, a spokesman for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, said last week.

Asked whether Ryan and others feel pressure to get something done because of the shutdown, Allison was blunt: “Nah,” he said.

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Bill Clinton vs. Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton: Obamacare Law Should Be Changed to Honor “If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan” Promise

Compare this new statement with one he offered just two days before Obmacare went live dead.

“The Republican Party is ‘begging for America to fail’ by rooting for President Obama’s signature health care law to fail, former President Bill Clinton said during an interview for “This Week” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails,” [said Clinton].”

He went on to say that all these “dire predictions” Republicans were making would not come to pass, and agreed it would be a “big plus” in the “next election.”

And now? Probably doing some surrogating for Hillary!, he now says the law must be changed.

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The Supersessionists of the Liberal Confederacy

The battle between Obama and the Republicans is a sad and pitiful contest for the same reason that a baseball game in which one side plays by the rules and the other one races the bases in motorcycles and shoots the balls over the fence with an RPG.

Ted Cruz has come the closest to understanding that the other side just doesn’t play by any rules, but lacks the leverage to make much of that. Cruz is still a product of a system in which there are rules. And that system is as unfit for challenging the left-wing radicals running things as trying to play a game of chess against an opponent who feels like moving the pieces any which way he feels like and always claims to have won.

Law is a consensus. If you stop keeping the law, the police arrest you. If a gang of left-wing radicals in a basement somewhere stopped following the law, they might be locked up. It’s not a certain thing considering that mad bomber Bill Ayers is a university professor. But once those same left-wing radicals control much of the system and the media that reports on the system, they have no reason to follow the law. Read the rest of this entry »


Mark Steyn Characteristically Upbeat and Cheerful

‘Govt institutions ‘utterly repulsive and disgusting’

3745652475_mark_steyn_color_answer_12_xlargeJeff Poor writes: On Hugh Hewitt’s radio Thursday, National Review columnist Mark Steyn gave a scathing rebuke to the U.S. federal government on the heels of its reopening on earlier in the day.

Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” told Hewitt it was understandable that Republicans like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies in the U.S. Senate would call for Republicans in the House of Representatives to use the power of the purse to pursue certain policy positions.

“Well look, you know, in my book when it came out, whatever it was, a couple of years ago, it had a very simple point, that the question was whether the governing institutions of the United States of America were capable of meaningful course correction,” Steyn explained. “And I think we’ve just seen, whether you fall on Jonah [Goldberg]’s side or on your side, the net result is that we keep telling the world that we’re not capable of serious course correction. And that’s a problem. And I well understand why people like Ted Cruz get impatient with it. They’re right to be impatient with it.”

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The Tea Party’s 4 Stages: Active, Inactive, Reactive, Hyperactive, Radioactive

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Even the TALIBAN Gets Press Coverage Mocking U.S. Government Shutdown

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, as Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) speaks at the US Capitol, October 8, 2013, in response to Obama's remarks, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff deepens on the 8th day of the shutdown. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Even the Taliban is mocking the U.S. government over the shutdown.

In a statement released to AFP, the (fundamentalist women-torturing baby-killing mono-theistic, civilian-murdering, militant, bloodthirsty extremist) terrorist group accused American lawmakers of “sucking the blood of their own people.”

“The American people should realize that their politicians play with their destinies as well as the destinies of other oppressed nations for the sake of their personal vested interests,” the Taliban said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »


Twitter’s 10 Funniest ‘Pickup Lines’ Inspired by the Government Shutdown

Jenny Erikson writes: So the government is shutting down because apparently nobody in DC can agree about money. Watching the Republicans and Democrats squabble is a bit like watching an old married couple bicker, isn’t it? They’re both set in their ways, each side thinking they’ve already given too much ground …

Too bad this affects all of us. Le sigh. So what’s a citizen to do when the politicians can’t get along? Crack jokes. Because when it’s the choice between laughing and crying, always choose to laugh. And thank goodness we have Twitter, so that funny people can share funny thoughts and keep us entertained while the panda cam is out.

Here are 10 of the best #ShutdownPickupLines:

  • “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? I hope not because the GOP doesn’t want us to have healthcare.” @dangr
  • “Is that a rising debt limit, or are you just happy to see me?” @jladrae
  • “The library is closing, mind if I check you out instead?” @michot_y
  • “Do you not carry health insurance? Because you’ve got ‘fine’ written all over you.” @Joshthomastn
  • “Hey girl, can I introduce you to my essential personnel?” @Geoff_Holtzman
  • “If I could rearrange the budget, I’d put you and me on the same line item.” @DeliaCabe
  • “Baby, you’ve chained up my heart tighter than the Lincoln Memorial.” @trace501
  • “We could do more than just strip legislation.” @marinakoren
  • “Even before the shutdown over Obamacare, my love for you was always a pre-existing condition.“ @juanlozano70
  • “The only thing nonessential about you are those pants.” @Jbean35

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