Philly Inquirer op-ed: Obama should pack the Supreme Court

    In an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer that is stunning in its partisan short-sightedness and frightening in its implications for the belief system of many on the hard left, Stan Isaacs pushes the notion that President Obama, faced with a Supreme Court that is likely to rule against him in a narrow 5-4 fashion, should follow FDR’s lead and attempt to pack the Court in his | Read More »

    Why Brown’s win should derail the Dem agenda … but won’t

    With Republican Scott Brown’s earth-shaking victory in Massachusetts, the Democrats have lost their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. Though they still maintain a more than healthy 59-41 vote advantage, Brown’s win tonight in liberal Massachusetts should rightly send warning signs to Congressional Democrats and to the White House. Rationalizations are being offered left and … well, left for Coakley’s defeat and the Democrats’ failure to retain Ted Kennedy’s seat. It’s obvious | Read More »

    Biden, absolutists, and irony

    Vice President Joe Biden was in upstate New York today stumping for Bill Owens in the heated NY-23 Congressional special election. You know, the one that doesn’t matter and has no national portent whatsoever, except if Owens wins, of course. In any event, Biden had a few words to say about Scozzafava’s departure and the GOP: We aren’t asking you to switch your party. We | Read More »

    Justice Dept: Black voters need “Democratic Party” listed

    The small town of Kinston, NC, population 23,000, voted to do away with partisan elections, meaning party affiliation would be meaningless in local contests. To comply with the Voting Rights Act, they first had to get the approval of the Justice Department, which in an opinion devoid of logic denied the request saying equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the explicit presence | Read More »

    Nobel Peace Prize now officially a joke after Obama selection

    The Nobel Peace Prize was already flirting with irrelevance after recent selections like Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, and Jimmy Carter, but after the award was today announced as going to President Barack Obama, in office for only nine months and for only 12 days when the nomination period expired, the award can officially be said to mean pretty much nothing these days. It’s a shame since | Read More »

    Obama to shift focus away from Taliban

    Pick your preferred source on this one, whether it’s the AP or the Times of London. The Obama administration appears to be headed down a course that would see the focus of military operations in Afghanistan shift away from fighting the Taliban toward simply hunting al-Qaeda. During the shift the administration is apparently willing to accept the Taliban have “some role” in Afghanistan’s government, and | Read More »

    Controversy over AP picture of mortally wounded Marine

    Controversy has been swirling the last few days over the Associated Press’ decision to publish a photo depicting Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard mortally wounded in combat. The picture shows the massive leg injuries of Lance Cpl. Bernard, sustained during an ambush grenade attack, to which Bernard later succumbed. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had asked the AP to forgo publishing the picture, and expressed his disappointment in its release. | Read More »

    Congressional approval the worst in a quarter-century

    After a brutal August recess, there’s more bad news for Congress today from the Pew Research Center, who finds Congress’ favorability rating at 37%, which is the worst it’s had in 24 years. In addition, Democrats are clinging to a 1% margin of people who would vote for them over a Republican in generic balloting, compared to a 12-point advantage four years ago. It’s not all suns | Read More »

    Is the NEA pushing Obama’s agenda?

    In a must-read article on Big Hollywood, Patrick Courrielche relates his musing related to conference call on August 10th hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call was aimed at “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or just plain cool people to join together and work together | Read More »

    Gallup: Conservatives outnumber liberals in all 50 states

    According to a Gallup poll, more people now self-identify as conservative than as liberal in all 50 American states. 40% of respondents have called themselves “conservative” or “very conservative,” while 21% call themselves liberal, and 35% moderate. As I’ve noted before in these ideological surveys, it’s hard to gauge the strength of a “moderate” bloc, as it’s generally people who cherry-pick positions from both sides | Read More »