Jon Chait and understanding Obama.
Jonathan Chait really, really, really wants liberals to not notice that President Obama is no George W Bush. How much does he want it? He wants it badly enough to jettison the entire idea of the Imperial Presidency (don’t worry: Chait and the rest will start grousing about it again on, say, January 20, 2013). Nope, it’s not Barry Obama’s fault that he couldn’t spin | Read More »
Bush, Obama, Ground Zero…
…and the Law of Unintended Consequences: “Former President George W. Bush has declined an invitation to join President Barack Obama at a New York City ceremony later this week marking the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, NBC News reported on Tuesday.” The – ‘ostensible’ is too strong a word; ‘primary’ probably works better – reason is that former President Bush chooses to not | Read More »
New Wikileaks cable?
I’ll be honest: I hesitated to put up this link to what claims to be a Wikileaked cable regarding issues with the US/UK special relationship during the previous administration. I truly did. I have long made it clear that I take our security classification system likely, and I subscribe wholeheartedly to the notion that some things are and should be on a need-to-know basis. In | Read More »
GWB rehabilitation project comes on-line.
(Via @jeffemanuel) As many people have noted, the Left’s favorite rhetorical game in the whole wide world is the classic These new Republicans are awful, unlike all the good Republicans that we used to have. It’s popular mostly because it’s easily – in fact, continually – adapted to the contemporary era, and nobody in its target audience seems to really notice that they quietly switch | Read More »
Agreed, Gibbs: Obama is not Bush.
As you may recall, White House press flack Robert Gibbs earlier this week announced his frustration with his party’s fringe Democrats who are unaccountably upset that they trade money and effort for… well, Gibbs’s frustration and contempt. It was fascinating to watch – for that matter, so was the latest extended whine from Alan ‘counting-the-days-until-his-permanent-MSNBC-gig’ Grayson on the subject* – but my sense of honor | 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 »
One wonders if Hollywood will ‘drop’ the Dalai Lama now.
After all, Freeing Tibet is one thing – but rank heresy of this sort? Audience member: “Can you give us an example of a leader we should look up to as a positive influence?” Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds): “President Bush. I met him personally and liked him very much. He was honest and straightforward, and that is very important. I may | Read More »
Why we know that Biden’s confrontation of Bush story is false.
I read, of course, the story “Bush Aides Challenge Biden’s Boasts of Oval Office Slapdowns“: Aides to former President George W. Bush are challenging the veracity of Vice President Joe Biden’s claim this week of having privately castigated Bush, who does not remember the incident or an earlier episode in which Biden claims to have similarly rebuked Bush. Biden spokesman Jay Carney declined to specify | Read More »
RIP: New Tone, 2005-2008.
The text of the President’s RNC speech goes below the fold, because it’s pretty long. We put this bit above, though, for a very simple reason: Fellow citizens: If the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will. (Bolding mine) John McCain is not the only one whose | Read More »
Breaking: Bush to permit offshore oil drilling.
Via Hot Air Headlines, the head of state of the “world’s biggest polluter” says hi: Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling WASHINGTON — President Bush will lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, although new oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf will remain off limits until Congress also takes action. The president will make a Rose Garden statement on Monday, | Read More »