Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Republic Column Poses A Great Question . . .

"The question demands to be asked: Who is more deserving of contempt? The commander-in-chief [Bush] who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander-in-chief [Obama] who sends young Americans to die for a cause in which he manifestly does not believe and yet refuses to forsake?"

I ask my many friends on the left to give serious thought to that question today.

Read the whole thing.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Charlie Says The Dems Are Cooked

The Great Charlie Cook says the wave is coming:

Imagine sitting in Washington's Verizon Center, listening blissfully to Carole King and James Taylor, thanks to a fast-thinking friend who managed to score four floor seats. For 50-somethings, it's a nice place to be. Then, as the concert is winding down, four pages of poll tables of a just-released survey pop up in your BlackBerry. They are jaw-dropping numbers, not inconsistent with what you had been thinking -- if anything more a confirmation of it. But the dramatic nature of the numbers brings the real world of politics crashing through what had been a most mellow evening.

The numbers were from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted June 17-21 among 1,000 adults by pollsters Peter Hart (a Democrat) and Bill McInturff (a Republican). Among the registered voters in the survey, Republicans led by 2 points on the generic congressional ballot test, 45 percent to 43 percent. This may not sound like a lot, given that Democrats now hold 59 percent of House seats. When this same poll was taken in June 2008, however, Democrats led by 19 points, 52 percent to 33 percent.

That drop-off should be enough to sober Democrats up, but the next set of data was even more chilling.

Read it all.  Oh, and send the link to your Democrat friends.  Happy Fourth!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Karma - Chameleon

Heh: Obama gets a taste of his own Lousiana medicine:

"President Obama went from the triumph of passing his national health plan to the tragedy of the BP oil spill in just two months.

It was only March 28 when Obama pronounced that getting Congress to pass a bill strenuously disliked by the American people was proof that government could "still do big things." By May 28, Americans were watching oil belch up from the briny deep and wondering whether government could do anything at all.

Blame over what Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano might call a "man-caused disaster" in the Gulf of Mexico will be traded until long after the last pelican has been wiped down and the final check has been cut to an out-of-work shrimper.

BP will get most of the blame, and there's reason to wonder whether a company that saw its stock described as having "the smell of death" will survive billions of dollars in fines, lawsuits and cleanup fees.

But Obama will be endlessly second-guessed for allowing more offshore drilling before he made sure that his regulators were up to the task and then taking so long to jump in after it was clear they weren't.

Some of the blame will be unfair, and some will be well placed. But a good bit from both categories will adhere to the president, who once was seen as spotless.

But Obama needn't wonder why the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon will have done so much damage to his political fortunes.

By raising expectations for what government can do and for campaigning irresponsibly against the failures of his predecessor, Obama made his own eventual fall all the more precipitous.

When Obama was running for president in 2008 he was still bashing George W. Bush for his handling of Hurricane Katrina, scoffing at Bush's promise to "do whatever it takes" to help New Orleans residents rebuild.

"Those words have been caught in a tangle of half-measures, half-hearted leadership and red tape," Obama said on a campaign swing through New Orleans.

Obama can hardly be surprised to now hear Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal giving him a taste of his own medicine for the administration's slow response to local requests for permission to act against the disaster when the feds weren't offering better ideas of their own."

Read it all here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Thrill Is GONE: Chris Mathews Dumps On Obama - Ouch!!!!

Wow (h/t Wizbang):

As they said at Wizbang: "Ya gotta love the use of the phrase 'idiotic cerebral meritocracy.'"

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Marty Peretz Quoting Mark Steyn Re: Daniel Pearl

Our president continues to provide evidence of his - well, is it active animus towards, or just plain ignorence about? - the Jewish people.

Take away:

"Maybe you missed it. But, earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act, a piece of legislation that will do nothing for anyone. And certainly not for freedom of the press.  In his tiny talk, Obama said almost nothing. “Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world’s imagination because it reminded us of how valuable a free press is.” Pabulum.

Actually, the murder of Pearl did not remind me at all of the value of a free press. It reminded me of the precarious places in which Jews find themselves around the world. It also reminded me that the bloodlust for Jews festers among Muslim extremists, but not just among extremists. It festers among Muslims who are not extremists at all.

Apparently, the president doesn’t believe that this killing had anything to do with Pearl being a Jew ... and an American besides. What he also doesn’t seem to believe is that Pearl was a target—like thousands of other targets, named and nameless—of the Islamic jihad."

Read it all, especially Steyn's quoted column.

James Carville Unloads on Obama - BP Failure

Well, maybe he remembers that Obama was the top receipient of BP campaign contributions and is embarrassed (I have to confess - I didn't think Carville was able to get embarrassed).  Carville says that Obama acts as if he is inconvenieced" by the spill clean-up.  Well, yeah.  That's been his m.o. from the beginning of his presidency - contract out policy and let others do the work:

Mini-Wave: Obama's "Home District" Goes Red

The recent string of special House election wins for Obama is broken - at least for now:

Djou Wins In Hawaii

But the real wave will be in November, whether Djou holds this seat or not.

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