Democrats’ Seating Plan Killed Obama’s SOTU

    Most of the president’s initiatives received only polite applause – totally in keeping with the dinner party rules imposed by Democrats. Pageantry, tradition, and protocol all play a big part in the annual State of the Union address.  They are the reason that the speech is like no other in American political life.  In recent years, another equally important element has joined those three: atmospherics. | Read More »

    No Republican Should Sit Next to Rep. Steve Cohen

    In 2009 we were entering into a post-partisan world filled with the promise of ending the bickering and getting down to the business of running the world’s greatest economy. Unfortunately, it turned out that the new President’s idea of the country’s “business” was a government takeover of healthcare, suing sovereign states for wanting to be sovereign, circumventing the Congress to appoint powerful czars in charge of entire industries, | Read More »

    No Republican Should Sit Next to Rep. Steve Cohen

    In 2009 we were entering into a post-partisan world filled with the promise of ending the bickering and getting down to the business of running the world’s greatest economy. Unfortunately, it turned out that the new President’s idea of the country’s “business” was a government takeover of healthcare, suing sovereign states for wanting to be sovereign, circumventing the Congress to appoint powerful czars in charge of entire industries, | Read More »

    Chris Christie: *Shredding* The Script

    I give you (once again) The Honorable Governor Christopher James Christie of New Jersey. More here … One of the more pernicious developments of the past two decades has been the widespread acceptance of the Beltway proposition that there was something fundamentally wrong with disagreement in politics. That a failure to achieve a consensus or “Bipartisanship” on any given issue is a sign of a | Read More »

    Chris Christie: *Shredding* The Script

    I give you (once again) The Honorable Governor Christopher James Christie of New Jersey. More here … One of the more pernicious developments of the past two decades has been the widespread acceptance of the Beltway proposition that there was something fundamentally wrong with disagreement in politics. That a failure to achieve a consensus or “Bipartisanship” on any given issue is a sign of a | Read More »

    CIVILITY AND THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

    The solution to every complex problem begins with a unified theory. All the pieces have to fit. I’m Bernard Chumm, resident curmudgeon of the Sands Institute, living in Portland. Chatting, and other forms of uncivil intercourse, with the Enemy is my bailiwick, so to speak. Vassar asked me to look in on the threads associated with a complaint by a regular commentator, Icythus, about the | Read More »

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    Consider this an open thread. (BTW the video has one Democratic Congressman cussing at his constituents, so slightly NSFW.) <

    “Coarsening.”

    (Via Hot Air) The President feels that our public dialogue is “coarsening.” President Barack Obama said in an interview to be aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes” that he sees “a coarsening of our political dialogue.” “The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue,” Obama told Steve Kroft in an interview taped at the White | Read More »

    Grotesque

    Josh Gerstein, a front page contributor at the liberal blog Politico, today trots out the old “some say” trick to spray veterans and conservatives with the acts of notorious racist James von Brunn, who yesterday shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, killing security guard Stephen T. Johns. Gerstein reminds us that Republicans roundly criticized a recent “report” from the Department of Homeland Security | Read More »

    Grotesque

    Josh Gerstein, a front page contributor at the liberal blog Politico, today trots out the old “some say” trick to spray veterans and conservatives with the acts of notorious racist James von Brunn, who yesterday shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, killing security guard Stephen T. Johns. Gerstein reminds us that Republicans roundly criticized a recent “report” from the Department of Homeland Security | Read More »

    Civility

    There are a number of reasons for the Loss of support for the McCain/Palin ticket. However, I think the loss of support is being accelerated by the increasing attacks coming from the Republican party and the McCain/Palin camp. Most of my friends are independents and Libertarians. A number of them voted for Bush in 2004. Every single one of my friends who voted Bush in | Read More »


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