DNC *still* advertising for astroturfers.
No, really: check out the job description. Email campaigners are responsible for planning, writing, and executing grassroots campaigns to advance the President’s agenda for change. Back in December when Ben Smith reported on this the first time, the DNC’s response was “Your in-box isn’t going to fill itself.” Which is a very unintentionally revealing statement, given that it essentially concedes that the DNC assumes that | Read More »
Blagojevich & Obama.
(Via Instapundit) John Kass has a thoroughly entertaining article up on the way that former Governor Blagojevich is doing his level best to drag President Obama into the equally thoroughly entertaining drama that is former Governor Blagojevich’s corruption trial. To summarize: the government is using Tony Rezko to go after Blagojevich; Blagojevich needs to taint Rezko’s testimony; so Blagojevich wants Obama to testify about Rezko. | Read More »
An Obama/Roberts match is unlikely, alas.
I’ve been meaning to mention this for a week, and am now finally getting around to this particular absurdity regarding a hypothetical rhetorical match-up between President Obama vs. Chief Justice Roberts: The debate between the men, by necessity, takes place in this way — indirectly, and soon through the confirmation hearing of a new nominee. Christopher Edley Jr., an Obama adviser and dean of the | Read More »
‘Miss Me Yet?’ PPP says… almost.
Any other Democratic pollster I’d mock, but PPP’s Tom Jensen has earned a certain forbearance: Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House. 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back. [snip] These numbers suggest some peril for Democrats in making Bush a focus of | Read More »
That ’1984′ Obama ad was anti-CLINTON, right?
…because let me add my voice to that of Instapundit’s, Riehl World View’s, and Reason’s: this ad from 2008 is fraught with irony in 2010. Fraught. “Hey! Let’s take the image of someone talking about having a dialogue with the country and calling for the support of the populace AND SMASH HER IN THE FACE WITH A HAMMER! Because that would be different.” Moe Lane | Read More »
Optimism Watch: Instapundit/Israel/Obama edition.
I like Glenn Reynolds, but I think that he’s wrong here about why the President is mucking about with Israel right now: I think Obama expects Israel to strike Iran, and wants to put distance between the United States and Israel in advance of that happening. (Perhaps he even thinks that treating Israel rudely will provoke such a response, saving him the trouble of doing | Read More »
‘This is a patient’s bill of rights on steroids’
(Via Hot Air Headlines) The AP did not so much bury the lede as it dismembered it and hid the pieces in separate locations, so we need to do some stitching: Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be | Read More »
‘Next week on C-SPAN: Cabinet fart-lighting contest!’
[UPDATE]: Greek, Roman, what’s the difference? Dead white guy either way, and it’s not like anybody in this administration reads the classics anyway. So that’s no literacy in English, no math skills, and no historical knowledge. I figured that I could get away with the nerd thing, being one myself – but I may have to apologize to the other members of my sub-group for | Read More »
President Obama pulls a Barbara Streisand?
That’s a reference to Ms. Streisand’s classic mistake of using a cool-sounding Shakespeare ‘quote’ that she apparently found on the Internet without checking it to see whether it was, in fact, correct. Which it wasn’t; and that particular example is probably a major reason why Ms. Streisand has done us all the favor of not airing out her political opinions lately. Personally, I’m grateful. But | Read More »
Did a digital libertarian run over Obama’s dog once?
I ask because it’s like this administration never passes up the chance to do that particular group wrong: One day after being sworn into office, President Barack Obama instructed federal agencies to ensure government transparency by complying with the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act law. [snip] One year later, Obama’s requests for transparency have apparently gone unheeded. In fact a provision in the | Read More »
The Inevitable ‘Children’s Orchestra Paean to Obama’ post.
Via Hot Air comes this heartwarming exercise in making a pleasing noise unto the One: Oops! Wrong clip. Actual one after the fold.
The *wrong* Big Question.
(Via Instapundit) The Hill’s Congress Blog asks a question which has a very obvious answer: Should Obama get tough with Congress? or Should President Barack Obama be more assertive in pushing the rest of his legislative agenda? …and the answer is, of course, “Yes.” Presidents always need to get tough with Congress. They particularly need to get tough with Congress when both the legislative and | Read More »
There is NOTHING about Barack Obama to make fun of.
Nothing at all. You shouldn’t even try. Obama Caught Lip-Syncing Speech It’s completely hopeless, you know. Can’t be done. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Who should Obama campaign for next?
Via Hot Air Headlines comes your feel-good news of the morning: During his whirlwind visit to Las Vegas two weeks ago, President Barack Obama mentioned U.S. Sen. Harry Reid by name four dozen times, gave him a big hug and talked him up as if he was a long-lost brother. [snip] A larger percentage of voters surveyed (17 percent) said they would be less likely | Read More »
Obama administration kills 23K space-related jobs in Florida.
So they can spend that money right here on Earth: Revised projections now show that about 23,000 workers at and around Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs because of the shuttles’ retirement and the new proposal to cancel the development of new rockets and spacecraft. That sum includes 9,000 “direct” space jobs and — conservatively speaking — 14,000 “indirect” jobs at hotels, restaurants, retail | Read More »
Congressional Democrats still wondering who the sucker was at yesterday’s summit.
When Hot Air and the Daily Beast are giving the same review – Republicans looked good, the President looked all right, other Democrats looked bad – you have to end up wondering whether the President actually minds. Jonah Goldberg fairly accurately sums up what Obama has to work with, after all: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi relied on the Democrats’ favorite rhetorical gambit: policy-by-anecdote. Invoking the | Read More »
Barack Obama: JUST LIKE BUSH.
That would be George Herbert Walker Bush, mind you. Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview, said that a presidential commission on the budget needs to consider all options for reducing the deficit, including tax increases and cuts in spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the | Read More »
Then don’t put your photos on Flickr, Mr. President.
Via Instapundit, comes the latest slap in the face to Libertarians-for-Obama by the Obama administration. Slashdot: “US government policy is that photos produced by federal employees as part of their job responsibilities are not subject to copyright in the US. But Kathy Gill writes that after originally putting official White House photos in the public domain, since January the Obama White House has been asserting | Read More »
Read the Washington Post! Quickly, before it changes!
I’m not sure if this reflects a bad link on Hot Air’s part, or whether the AP’s Erica Werner really did drastically did rewrite this article between 10:35 PM and 12:52 AM. Compare two equivalent passages for an idea of how extensive the latter would have been. Original (WaPo, supposedly; copy found at Breitbart) Obama used the same language toward Republicans as he did toward | Read More »
Maybe – *maybe* – teaching Obama?
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Let me add a thought to this observation by Jazz Shaw: It seems to me that Obama is a good enough politician that he can read the writing on the wall. He’s going to have to start dealing with a significantly more powerful Republican force in Congress next year and seems to be laying the groundwork to get something done. Smart | Read More »