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Biden Lies about Meetings with Bush; MSM Silent

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:03 pm - April 9, 2009.
Filed under: Dishonest Democrats,Media Bias

The Vice President contends that during private meetings, he repeatedly castigated then-President Bush.  But, there’s not much substance to his “recollections” (which seem more a product of his imagination than his memory):

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 the dates of his boss’s purported Oval Office scoldings of Bush. Nor would he provide witnesses or notes to corroborate the episodes.

If a Republican were caught making things up about his meetings with a Democratic Chief Executive, there would be calls for an investigation and his resignation.

It made the Washington Post when then-Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled “potato.”  And Biden’s is a far more egregious error.  But, in my brief search to see who covered this story, I found that only FoxNews had reported the Democrat’s latest fabrications.

I probably just used the wrong keywords in my google news search.  Surely, the MSM wouldn’t miss a story like this.

What use is a conservative governing majority . . .

. . . if you don’t use it to govern in a conservative manner?

This thought just struck me as I began Karl Rove’s latest piece for the Wall Street Journal.  When he was working for George W. Bush, Rove did his utmost to build such a majority, yet when we had it, Republican leaders didn’t use it to effect conservative reforms.

No wonder we’re in the minority now.

Tea Party Movement: Phenomenon Based on an Idea

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:46 pm - April 9, 2009.
Filed under: Freedom,Obama Worship & Indoctrination,Tea Party

Welcome Instapundit readers!! While you’re here you might want to check my followup to this post, building on the notion of the tea parties as a grassroots phenomenon.

This morning, when I read that “the growth of the Tea Party movement as a grassroots outside-the-establishment phenomenon that has become so big that establishment figures are trying to jump onboard,” it struck me how in, many ways, this phenomenon is the opposite of another such movement which began in earnest just about two years ago.

While Barack Obama’s presidential campaign did tap into a frustration with the-then incumbent Administration, that movement was built around an individual not an idea.  Note how much the image of Obama was tied to the “ideas” of his campaign, “hope” and “change.”  And those ideas were little more than bromides.

In constrast to the Obama campaign, the “tea party” phenomenon is based on an idea, that of small government and personal freedom.  As such, it could have greater staying power.

Left is About Emotion; Conservatives Geared to Facts

In a comment to Ann Althouse‘s post referencing my theory on Althouse Derangement Syndrome, her reader John opined on how the left and right handle their ideological adversaries:

Ann is very much a centrist. Further her site is sometimes funny and almost always interesting. Who cares if she toes the right or left line as long as she is entertaining. That is the real difference between the left and right. The right can look at someone they disagree with and still appreciate them being a smart, intelligent and entertaining person. The left can never admit any unqualified virtues of anyone who disagrees with them. For the left it is all about emotion, good versus evil kind of stuff. I think for most leftist, politics rather than an intellectual endeavor is a personal, emotional endeavor about working out whatever issues they may have. For them, the personal really is the political.

Emphasis added.  His remarks echo something Camille Paglia said yesterday on her blog:

For the past 25 years, liberalism has gradually sunk into a soft, soggy, white upper-middle-class style that I often find preposterous and repellent. The nut cases on the right are on the uneducated fringe, but on the left they sport Ivy League degrees. I’m not kidding — there are some real fruitcakes out there, and some of them are writing for major magazines. It’s a comfortable, urban, messianic liberalism befogged by psychiatric pharmaceuticals. Conservatives these days are more geared to facts than emotions, and as individuals they seem to have a more ethical, perhaps sports-based sense of fair play.

And recall, that Paglia, like Althouse, voted for Obama last fall, with the former diva more optimistic about the president’s prospects.