Proving once again that it only takes a slight scratch beneath the surface of a supposedly mainstream liberal journalist to find a hardened, vitriolic radical who hates (yes, that’s the correct word) those who dare to disagree with him or her just screaming to come out, Simon tweeted the following in response to news that Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling up 1,000 National Guardsman to serve at his state’s border with Mexico (HT RedState):
Emmy award winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been battling not only the Obama administration over the coverage of the Benghazi scandal, but also her own bosses at CBS News. This was pointed out by Politico in response to a WaPo piece.
Farhi’s piece places Attkisson in a David-vs.-Goliath narrative, wherein the Obama administration is Goliath: “Attkisson, who holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, takes a fighting stance when she feels she’s being stonewalled. Which is exactly what she thinks the White House has done to her on Benghazi,” Farhi writes.
But from where Attkisson is sitting, there are actually two Goliaths, one of which is almost entirely absent from the Post profile.
The second Goliath is CBS News, which has grown increasingly frustrated with Attkisson’s Benghazi campaign. CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told POLITICO. Attkisson can’t get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized. That, in part, is why Attkisson is in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract, as POLITICO reported in April. (Read More)
Joe Biden proves once again that the Left judges morality on the basis of their own agenda. If something helps them further their agenda, it is moral. If it hurts their push for more Leftism, then it is immoral.
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday bashed voting rights requirements — calling them “immoral, callous” — and warned of political consequences for those who try to impose barriers to casting a ballot.
“To me it is the most immoral, callous thing that can be done, the idea of making it more difficult to vote,” Biden said at the annual gala dinner of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a minority-focused public policy organization.
The vice president pointed to data indicating that in 2011 and 2012 at least 180 bills in 41 states were introduced that aimed to stiffen requirements for voting — voter identification measures, for example.
“If there’s one thing people who want to restrict the vote didn’t understand, they didn’t understand what it means when you tell someone, ‘I’m going to make it difficult for you to vote,’” Biden said, appearing to take a swipe at Republicans. “It means, and I was certain and Barack and I talked about it, you did too, that it guaranteed people would show. The more they attempt to restrict the right of minorities, the greater the determination and the stronger the will to turn out, and that’s exactly what everyone saw in 2012.”
….then why are Democrats seeking exemptions for their aides
Republicans and Democrats are meeting right now in discussions to exempt staffers from this horrible law.
The Politico reported:
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.
Any Republican who does not stand against this deserves to be voted OUT of office!
Good old Joe Biden, sometimes his gaffes are simply him letting the truth slip out!
Via Beltway Confidential:
Vice President Joe Biden was perhaps a little too candid on the subject of new gun control laws when talking to reporters Thursday after a meeting with Senate Democrats in the Capitol.
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden said, according to a Politico report.
From the mouths of babes and morons……
The Lonely Conservative has the details, and thinks, as I do, that this is very positive news.
The top story on memeorandum today is Politico’s piece citing all sorts of unnamed Republican “pros” who are fretting about Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his running mate. What do they think, that the Democrats wouldn’t come out and attack and demonize whoever Romney chose? If so, they have no business being in the business of politics.
And the more pessimistic strategists don’t even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP. Many of these people don’t care that much about Romney — they always felt he faced an improbable path to victory — but are worried that Ryan’s vocal views about overhauling Medicare will be a millstone for other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races.
Let’s get to the caveats: No one is asserting that Washington operatives in either party are oracles or seers. What’s more, it is not as if there is anything like unanimity in GOP circles about the merits of the Ryan pick, though the mood of anxiety and skepticism is overwhelming.
Most of all, if you are one of those people who thinks if someone has something negative to say, they should have the guts to put their name on it, you won’t find much to impress you in this article. Nearly all the Republican professionals interviewed for this story said they would share their unfiltered views only “on background” rules of attribution. (Read More)
Hmm. I wonder if they are some of the same pros who told us that John McCain was the man to run against Hillary Clinton in 2008. How’d that work out for us?
Then again, it could be plain old fashioned sour grapes.
It would be interesting to know how many of these pros didn’t get hired by Romney or their paymasters weren’t chosen or even considered for VP by him.
Go read the rest folks. These “pros” are often wrong, and often are afraid of the GOP nominating a candidate that is too Conservative. They are sort of like that football coach that ALWAYS punts on 4th and short, ALWAYS plays it safe, and usually loses.
Bottom of the credibility barrel reached! Warning, it is strongly suggested that you put these on BEFORE reading what MSNBS had to say
MSNBC is pushing back against Fox News host Sean Hannity, who last night accused MSNBC host the Rev. Al Sharpton of “rushing to judgment” in the case of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
“MSNBC would like to set the record straight following some misinformation presented by Fox News during the interview with George Zimmerman last night,” MSNBC wrote in a statement sent to POLITICO. “Reverend Al Sharpton never ‘rushed to judgment,’ as stated by Mr. Hannity. Reverend Sharpton repeatedly called for calm and for a more thorough investigation in the wake of the tragic events. Ultimately, the authorities agreed an arrest was warranted.”
And one Chris Wysocki reinforces my point today with his post on the Democrats strategy of distraction
What’s the biggest problem facing America right now?
What’s everyone talking about?
And gay “marriage.” And now banning electronic devices in cars.
Reading that article I kept noticing the word “distracted” (driving) and it hit me. That’s it!. They’re distracting us.
It’s gotta be on purpose.
The only way Obama gets re-elected is if no one is talking about what dismal shape our economy is in. So he picks a fight with the Catholic Church. George Soros sends Politico and Media Matters out to fan the flames of gay “marriage.”
Go read it all. It is dead on target,at least I think so. Our eventual nominee just needs to ignore the distractions the Dems and the media will throw out there at every turn. The Democrats cannot win on substance,or on the issues.they can only win by muddying the waters, and by using fear and smear tactics. So, ignore those, do not get distracted, stay on point. And do not give the Dems or the media any ammo to use. Yes,they will lie, but let them make up things. Voters will, in the end,care more about our sorry economy, than about Democrats making up things about the GOP nominee and contraceptives. They will also care more about Obama’s intrusion on religious liberty, and the other intrusions upon all our liberties that Obamacare will bring.
In short, we should not play their game. We should stick to playing ours. My only fear is that we,the GOP,will fail to stick to that game plan, or that our nominee will either be too timid,or too easily led into the weeds of Gay marriage, or contraception.
Or SEXXXXXIST, or some other “ist” Of course if you just read the headline “Swarmin’ With Mormons” it might not seem RAAAAACIST, but since Stacy McCain wrote it, and since he is, like me, not down with the establishment, and is therefore not down with Mitt, well………….. you know what the Karl Roves of the GOP will say don’t you?
If you don’t vote for Mitt, why do you hate America? That was the fundamental theme of Friday’s super-patriotic rally for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at an industrial warehouse here.
After a three-hour drive from Jacksonville, I arrived slightly late and was stunned by the size of the crowd, as evidenced by the cars parked streetside and in every parking lot near the Lanco & Harris warehouse. Four TV satellite trucks were parked near the loading dock, and as I walked up the ramp into the warehouse, some cranky geezer was onstage ranting about how he was fed up with all these darned debates.
“Nineteen of ‘em! I’m tired of the mud wrestling!” the geezer said, provoking applause from the crowd of about 500 packed into the warehouse. As I got closer to the stage, I recognized the cranky geezer as Sen. John McCain, who then said: “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!”
OK, maybe I just imagined that last quote, which didn’t show up in Maggie Haberman’s report for the Politico, but I’m sure I got the trademark cranky-geezer tone just right.
Exactly why the Romney campaign wants this elderly loser campaigning for them, I don’t know. McCain lost Florida by 200,000 votes four years ago. But there are lots of grumpy old folks in Florida who are registered Republicans, and maybe having McCain stumping for Mitt generates some sympathy or something.
Stacy knows, as do most of us, that Mitt will win Florida, and that could pave the way for the presidential showdown no Tea Party person, or real Conservative wants. YEP! The Hair vs the Teleprompter! Obamacare vs Romneycare!
Another thing, that just crossed my mind, what if John Kerry were the president? Imagine him debating Mitt. The Flip flopping would be off the chain. What an opportunity for a pancake house to host a presidential debate.
“Welcome to tonight’s presidential debate, sponsored by Flips House of Flapjacks, home of the the world famous Flip-Flop Flapjack!”
……………………………………………………….POLLS CLOSE AT 7PM EST
Perry sounds good, and trust me, this is who he is. He is for small government, and deeply respects the Constitution. Again, I know, he has been my governor for a decade now. If you truly want a politician who will walk the walk, and not just talk, Perry is the guy you ought to be supporting.
The EPA is out of control, and Perry has fought them before as governor. Again, he did not talk about it, he has DONE IT! Perry talks about that in this interview, and also the Department of Education, which he wants to eliminate.
Forget the hourly polls, forget the rhetoric of the GOP establishment, forget those who tell us that ONLY Romney can win. Listen to the interview, check out the numerous video clips of Perry on this blog, check out his website. Rick Perry has a record, and that record TELLS YOU what he will do as president.
There are reasons that Texas has created over 1 million jobs while the country lost over 2 million jobs. The reasons are simple, low taxes, low regulations, and fewer government hoops to jump through. I have heard that Newt and Romney are the “smart” candidates. That they are “great debaters”. Yet their records indicate that they are not honest. We know that Romney is for the mandate in Obamacare, we know Newt praised that before. Perry has been very consistently against Obamcare. With Newt, or Mitt, you have to worry if they mean what they say. With Perry, you need not worry, he is who he is.
Sure, there are many who say, Perry cannot debate Obama, or that his campaign, according to Left-leaning Politico, is a mess. These folks point to Perry’s gaffes, while ignoring all the solid debates and great speeches Perry has had.
Frankly, I could not care less about polls, or what the political talking heads say. I know a leader when I see one, all I need do is examine the record of Rick Perry to know what he has done and WILL do if elected. I have heard Conservatives cry out for a no-nonsense president. I have heard them say, we are sick of DC insiders, tired of pork barrel spending, tired of politicians who say one thing then do another.
If you are serious about that, then Perry is your candidate. No, he is not your overly rehearsed slick talker, he is honest, and sincere. No, he does not stick his finger in the wind to decide how to answer questions. He is, in the end exactly the kind of Conservative we all have been calling for.
Perfect? No. Principled? Yes!
A new book claims Newt Gingrich spent $1 million on jewelry to “buy off” his reluctant wife and stop her objecting to his running for president.
“Election 2012: The Battle Begins,” by reporters Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon, follows up on previous reports about Gingrich’s unpaid $500,000 charge account at Tiffany’s and his Greek cruise with his second wife, Callista.
Gingrich’s staff denied the latest account, which details the GOP hopeful’s extravagant spending while he professes to be a fiscal conservative.
Unidentified sources in the book are believed to be former Gingrich aides, many of whom now work for rival Rick Perry.
Well, then, it HAS to be true, I mean unidentified sources, might have revealed this. Unidentified sources who might be former Gingrich campaign workers now working for the Perry camp, yep, that proves it! Maybe Mark Block can now tell us who these “sources” mothers are? And that their moms work for Politico? I mean surely that genius would not stoop to lying, I mean having his facts wrong about that now would he?
And what did these sources reveal? That Newt has no idea what the definition of fidelity is? Sorry, I think that was kind of well known before. That Newt bought expensive jewelery for his wife? EGADS what a terrible thing to leak.
Newt is surging right now, and like every other candidate who has surged, the media, and the Left will attack him, and face it, Newt has a LOT of target rich things in his past.
Politico is to journalism, what dumpster diving is to gourmet dining!
Ask yourself this, if Herman Cain were a Democrat, would the media be all over accusations of alleged sexual harassment ?
I keep hearing from the media that ONLY Mitt Romney can defeat Obama next November. The GOP establishment seems to agree. My question is why would we listen to advice from either of those two sources?
What if the media dug into Eric Holder, and his boss, and their knowledge of Fast and Furious like they dug into Palin’s emails, or Cain’s sexual harassment issues?
The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are the same! Well, except for the rapes, assaults, lack of basic hygiene, disrespect for others, and the backing of Nazis, and Communists!
It’s tough to take this seriously when Politico can’t find a single person willing to go on the record.
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to Politico.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign denied allegations Sunday that he was twice accused of sexual harassment while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
In a statement to The Associated Press, his campaign disputed a Politico report that said Cain had been accused of sexually suggestive behavior toward at least two female employees.
The report said the women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial payouts to leave the association and barred them from discussing their departures. Neither woman was identified.
The report was based on anonymous sources and, in one case, what the publication said was a review of documentation that described the allegations and the resolution.
Cain’s campaign told the AP that the allegations were not true, and amounted to unfair attacks.
“Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,” spokesman J.D. Gordon said in a written statement. “Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.”
Asked if Cain’s campaign was denying the report, Gordon said, “Yes.”
In other completely unsubstantiated news:
On Wednesday former Governor Mitt Romney praised Barack Obama’s “Race to the Top” program at a campaign stop.
The Politico reported:
At the event, Romney also praised Obama’s education secretary for the Race to the Top program that rewards state education systems for reaching specific goals. “I think Secretary Duncan has done some good things,” he said. “I hope that’s not heresy in this room.”
But, on Thursday, a day later he denied this during the GOP FOX News-Google debate.
Also note, from the Politico link the different stance Perry and Romney take on FDR
Massachusetts Democrats weren’t the only ones on his mind. During an attack on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his claim that Social Security is unconstitutional, Romney pointed out that Ronald Reagan “was a believer in Social Security” and said he intends to “protect it for future generations.”
He then added: “This came out of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and I think it’s pretty darn good, and I’d like to keep it.”
That’s an even sharper contrast to Perry than Romney had drawn already — in his book “Fed Up!,” Perry wrote that Roosevelt “set the table for the abuse of federal power, then a myth surrounding the success of the New Deal clouded policymaking and political choices for generations to come.”
Now, I ask, which one of these two gentlemen is the more in tune with our Republican form of government? Again, I keep hearing how “presidential” Romney sounds, but to me he sounds like a lightweight on this topic. Perry? He sounds dead on!
Also consider this exchange between Perry and Romney. Again, ask yourself which one sounds more
He has a Fevah, and the only cure? Governor, er President Perry
He’s (almost) in. According to POLITICO, Texas Governor Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president.
Then he’ll immediately head on up to New Hampshire and Iowa.
Oh yeah, he’s in.
Yep! Chris is on board, and he has some good reasons why, not least of al, this
Barack Obama is the disease. Rick Perry is the cure. Tell your friends.
Duane Lester notes that William Yoemans at Politico has, apparently managed to place his head quite far up his own arse!
Regarding the Tea Party’s desire to have a balanced budget amendment, or even cuts that will not take place a decade from now, Yeomans has decided that is enough to qualify conservative activists as “full blown terrorists.”
It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House “hostage takers.” But they have now become full-blown terrorists.They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals. A strong America has always stood firm in the face of terrorism. That tradition is in jeopardy, as Congress and President Barack careen toward an uncertain outcome in the tea party- manufactured debt crisis.
Well, what can I say here? Clearly Yeomans hasn’t the foggiest idea what a terrorist actually is. He might not even have an idea what a coherent thought is either. It is pathetic that this person thinks it OK to demonize patriotic Americans in the worst possible way.
Perhaps someone could explain to Yeomans that the President has REFUSED to work with House Republicans. The Tea Party has not promised to veto every proposal that John Boehner has offered up. The Tea Party has not spent money it did not even have. The Tea Party merely has pointed out the looming fiscal crisis and fought to change course. For that they deserve gratitude, not scorn!
I have always thought he would run, and here is a prediction for you. Soon, perhaps as soon as he announces, the media will hit the “has he waited too long” meme.
(Politico) — In one of the hardest indications yet that he’s a likely candidate, Rick Perry gave an interview to the politically important Des Moines Register last week, in which he said he is beginning to feel a “call” to run for president:
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Gov. Rick Perry told The Des Moines Register. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
Perry, likely scares Obama more than any other Republican candidate. So I would also predict an avalanche of attack pieces by the Left if perry gets in the race
John Boehner stuck to his guns
Politico reports that the two sides have each rejected the other’s position. It looks like it’s over:
In a statement released by the Ohio Republican Saturday night — just a day before talks with Obama — Boehner said the “White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes.”
“I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase,” Boehner said in the statement…
A Republican close to Boehner said he and the president spoke by phone earlier in the evening before Boehner issued his statement. While stepping back from the larger package, the speaker was described as still insisting that any increase in the debt ceiling in August be matched dollar-for-dollar by deficit reduction measures.
Amen! Playing the Democrats game, which is playing politics would have gotten us nothing worthwhile.