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Archive for May, 2010
Liz Cheney on Obama’s Weak Response to Gulf Oil Spill: “A gift for reading a teleprompter is not the same as leadership”.May 30, 2010
President Obama, asked about the efforts to boycott a state — and a swing state at that — passed on the opportunity to weigh in.
“I’m president of the United States, and I don’t endorse boycotts or not endorse boycotts,” he said.
He’ll chide the Cambridge Police and make sports predictions all day long. But he’s staying away from the Arizona boycott topic? No, this is his way of giving his blessing. Weak.
It’s rare that Slick Willy is at a loss for words.
Talk about bad timing. The Obama Administration, quickly becoming the laughing stock of the world, proposed cutting the budget of the Coast Guard Crisis Center 3 months prior to the Gulf Oil Spill. From the Washington Post:
Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency’s readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.
Accidents happen, “but what you’re seeing here is the government is not properly set up to deal with this kind of issue,” said Robbin Laird, a defense consultant who has worked on Coast Guard issues. “The idea that you would even think about getting rid of catastrophic environmental spill equipment or expertise at the Department of Homeland Security, are you kidding me?”
“Cutting a strike team is nuts,” said Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and now president of the Center for National Policy, a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s an accident of man or an act of terrorism, it requires almost the exact same skill set to clean it up.”
This is a beauty on the Obama Admin’s failed response to the worst oil spill in US history. You know it’s bad when MSNBC doesn’t approve, not to mention James Carville.
Obama’s Watergate? That’s what Rep. Darrell Issa is calling this.
Louisiana Republican Representative Steve Scalise scolded Obama and his Admin yesterday regarding its pathetic response to the Gulf oil spill. Our Dear Leader is nothing more than an empty suit, void of any real leadership qualities. 2012 can’t get here soon enough.
This guy rules. Courtesy of Hotair.com.
The One. The Bribe.
Hope and Change is getting old even in Hawaii.
Republican Charles Djou topped Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) to succeed retired Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) in Congress. Before Djou’s victory, Democrats had won 11 consecutive special elections. The stretch included a win last Tuesday by Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) to succeed the late-Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA). Many political handicappers expected Republican Tim Burns to win that contest and viewed the race as a barometer for how the political winds may blow this fall.
Djou secured 39.5 percent of the vote. Meantime, the two Democratic candidates, Hanabusa and Case combined to score nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that splintered the Democratic impact and allowed Djou to squeak through.
“Eighteen months ago, President Obama carried this district with seventy percent of the vote,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the head of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC). “Charles Djou’s victory not only changes the makeup of the House of Representatives, but it helps Republicans move one step closer toward winning back the majority in November.”
Intra-party squabbles split the Democratic vote in the race as loyalists failed to unite behind one candidate. Many Hawaii Democrats hold much contempt for Case. Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano (D) tried to dissuade Case from running for Congress after the late-Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) died. Cayetano wanted Mink’s husband to fulfill the remainder of his wife’s term. Case ran anyway and won. Case further infuriated the party when he challenged longtime Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in a primary four years ago.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) dropped out of the race two weeks ago, conceding the race to Republicans. In an interview with FOX, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) expressed confidence that Democrats would take the seat in November. But he said it wasn’t worth spending cash now when the state party was locked in internecine warfare.
“It’s a Democratic seat,” said Van Hollen.
Djou becomes only the third Hawaiian to represent the state on Capitol Hill. Former Rep. Pat Saiki (R-HI) served in Congress in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sen. Hiram Fong (R-HI) was one of the state’s original senators.
Djou is expected to be sworn-in later this week. The House will then have 432 members: 255 Democrats and 177 Republicans.
SEIU protesters arrived at the home of a Bank of America executive last week for a protest but the only one home was the exec’s teenage son, who was so terrified he locked himself in the bathroom.
Big Journalism has been all over this, including the odd detail that D.C. cops evidently escorted the Purple People-Beaters to the Bank of America executive’s home in Rockville, Maryland. Fox News regular Nina Easton was on the scene, with good reason: She lives right next door. Quote:
Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that — in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action — makes his family fair game.
Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him…
Now this event would accurately be called a “protest” if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be “mob.” Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.
According to Easton, Baer is … a lifelong Democrat. For her trouble in reporting on this, she’s naturally been smeared by the left. As for why SEIU is singling out Bank of America for thug tactics, supposedly it’s a protest of foreclosures by banks generally but Big Journalism notes that the union apparently owes BoA $90 million, which, per Easton, means $4 million in outstanding interest and fees. Terrorizing an exec’s family might make them think twice about being too insistent in collecting.
Finally. A governor who gets it.
As noted in Hotair.com, this may be the best political ad ever, courtesy of Dale Peterson, Republican candidate for Agricultural Commissioner in Alabama. This guy rules.
AG Eric Holder admitted before Congress yesterday that he’s not read the Arizona Immigration Bill. Yet on the talk show circuit he was extremely opinionated about said bill. Pathetic.
Awesome video. As long as he doesn’t stray, and right now it doesn’t appear that he will, Chris Christie has a bright future ahead of him. The GOP needs more like him.
Times Square Bomber Routinely Blogged on Terror Websites since 2006… yet Obama Admin Removed him from Terror Watch ListMay 8, 2010
Hope and Change. And a pathetic national security policy by The One that apparently hinges on terrorists’ bombs malfunctioning. Courtesy of Gateway Pundit.
The Washington Post Company put Newsweek Magazine up for sale last week, as the Mainstream Media Death Spiral continues. Liberal, biased commentary drives readers away every time, whether it’s magazines, newspapers, or cable news.
From John Podhoretz in Commentary Magazine:
“We don’t see a sustained path to profitability,” said the company’s chairman, Donald Graham, which is kind of an odd thing to say when you’re trying to sell something. More telling is the celerity with which the magazine lost money following the redesign a year ago: “Newsweek had operating losses of $28.1 million in 2009, 82.5 percent higher than the previous year’s loss of $15.4 million. Its revenue declined 27.2 percent, to $165.5 million in 2009, from $227.4 million in 2008, hurt by diminished advertising and subscription revenue.” One can only presume the numbers so far in 2010 are worse, otherwise the sale wouldn’t be happening.So why didn’t it work? The line being proffered everywhere is that newsmagazines have lost their viability, nobody wants them, blah blah blah. This is almost comical nonsense. The most successful weekly magazine in the United States right now, by some measures, is the Economist, which is…a newsmagazine. The other line is that Newsweek’s website is retrogressive, and that helps to explain its decline. Again, this is ludicrous; nobody talks about the Economist’s website either. The problem isn’t the website, or the newsmagazine genre in absolute terms. The problem is that Newsweek has been misrepresenting itself to its readership for years, and lost the confidence of its readers; and continued to pretend through the redesign that it was something it is not.
For years, Newsweek was a liberal journal of opinion masquerading as a news publication that attempted to sell itself to a mass readership with a lot of health-care, entertainment, and lifestyle fluff. As a vehicle for news analysis, it was entirely conventional; as a purveyor of sociological fluff, it was kind of fun, though often enragingly so; as a journal of opinion, it was to actual journals of opinion as tofutti is to gelato, flavorless and bland and mock. Last year, Meacham and Co. ditched much of the news analysis and sociological fluff in favor of more and more opinion.
It will not surprise you to know that much of the opinion dealt with the ways in which Barack Obama was right and noble and good and strong and tough and resourceful and a good symbol and an agent of change and so is his wife, by the way — and when it was not about that, it was primarily about how the right is at war with itself and torn and in conflict and dominated by anger and full of rage and presumptively racist and anti-gay and anti-women and anti-media. That was to be expected. But there was really almost nothing else in there, and what was there as a matter of ideological coloration wasn’t especially tough or good or interesting or novel.