An open letter to George Will: Time to save your reputation, and possibly your soul, and quit “This Week”
Dear George, I like you. I really do. I’ve long admired your intellect, your historical perspective on current events, your superb gifts as a writer. And the bow-ties. And of course, your passion for baseball, the one truly great American past-time. I know that you occasionally ( or perhaps more often than that) exasperate many of my fellow conservatives, but I’m inclined to cut you | Read More »
Back to the Future: The “modified, limited hang out,” c. 2013
Anyone who remembers Watergate is familiar with the phrase “modified limited hang out.” Among those who practice the public relations-propaganda black arts, a “hang out” is a misdirection technique that releases previously unknown, and damaging information ( usually with an accompanying apology and a promise to “never, never” do it again) in order to deflect attention away from something that is much worse and far | Read More »
Does Victoria Nuland have pictures of everyone in DC in bed with a) dead prostitutes, b) little boys, or c) chickens?
Victoria Nuland’s role in shaping the Benghazi talking points is coming under much more scrutiny, as the scandal unfolds. She was obviously attempting to “please her building” ( that’s Hillary) and help concoct, and construct, the lies. She knows who gave the orders. But far more fascinating is the lady herself. It appears that her only allegiance is to whomever is in power, and signs | Read More »
Does the esteemed National Journal even know who is the governor of Louisiana?
There’s a long feature article by Adam Kushner in the National Journal, The Cajun Comeback, about New Orleans since Katrina. The article opens with a peek at a class at Sci Academy, a charter school, and the progress its students are making. It then begins a broader assessment of New Orleans since the hurricane; what’s working, and what isn’t. There are several quotes from New | Read More »
The really big question about “Benghazigate”: If it explodes, will Obama throw Clinton under the bus?
Monday evening, FOX news broke the story that several survivors of the attack on the embassy in Benghazi were hiring lawyers and attempting to secure whistle-blower status. At yesterday’s press conference, we were treated to the spectacle of Obama lying through his teeth, gazing at FOX’s Ed Henry, and claiming that he wasn’t aware of that report. He’d obviously been busily engaged in extensive Oval | Read More »
Forget 2016! the 2014 election will determine if the Republican party deserves to survive. McConnell needs to start acting like the incoming majority leader.
Max Baucus is the latest, and probably not the last Democrat senator to retire, rather than face the voters in 2014. My intent here is not to do another thread reviewing the Senate races one by one. However, after blowing it in 2010, and far worse in 2012, nobody can dispute that the stars have once again aligned, and even more perfectly, for the 2014 | Read More »
About that FBI press conference: Why is no reward offered, and why hasn’t Eric Holder made any public statements?
The just-completed FBI press conference in Boston seemed more like a PR feel-good affair, with too much time spent on matters extraneous to the investigation, like caring and counseling for the victims. However, two things immediately jump out: WHY IS THERE NO REWARD BEING OFFERED? A casual acquaintance, or even someone on the fringes of a terrorist cell, is far more inclined to turn them | Read More »
Memo to W: There’s still time. Please, just get on a plane to London today…
Mr. President, there’s really no nice way to say it. I’m utterly dismayed at your bad judgement and yes, let me say it, compassionless and uncharitable decision not to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral tomorrow. I mean, what could you possibly have to do this Wednesday that’s more important? We knew that Obama wouldn’t attend. We expected it. All living presidents were invited. Your dad’s not | Read More »
With the passing of Lady Thatcher, are we possibly to hear a final message from Ronald Reagan?
Among the most memorable moments of President’s Reagan’s funeral, are the image of Lady Thatcher laying her hand on Reagan’s flag-draped casket, a final, silent farewell to an old friend; and the magnificent eulogy that she delivered at Washington National Cathedral. The eulogy was pre-recorded, and amid the huge outpouring of affection and interest in President Reagan, that fact was barely noticed. A few years | Read More »
Can somebody PLEASE tell me exactly just how Republicans are supposed to “change the conversation?” (Hint: we can’t, and that’s why we are losing)
Towards the end of his excellent front page essay today. “Considering immigration,” Eric has this one line: “Republicans should change the conversation.” He is 100% correct, yet we never seem to figure out exactly just how to accomplish this. And until we do, we will continue to lose. We win on ideas, on the merits, on our core beliefs of small government, individual liberty, and | Read More »