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Obama Slinks To Fox News To Save Presidency

What a tool.

In an “extended, exclusive” interview tomorrow [Obama] will sit down with Special Report anchor Bret Baier to make his health care reform pitch to the FNC audience. What a long, strange trip it’s been.

The interview will air in full at 6pmET tomorrow and will take place earlier in the afternoon. “We welcome the opportunity to sit down with the President and try to get some specifics on the health care legislation,” said Baier in making the announcement right after NoonET today on Fox News.

The history between the White House and Fox News has been a shaky one. In September he went to every major news outlet except Fox for an interview. That started things, and with FNC essentially winning the war it came to a head in late October with a meeting between Robert Gibbs and Michael Clemente.

So Fox is a just a bunch of right-wing extremists watched by right-wing extremist teabaggers… until Obama is on the ropes.

What. A. Tool.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Minor Housekeeping from Carolina

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:21 pm - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging

Hey gang.  Just a word from The Road Warrior here.  The paying job is a killer this year.  Lots of travel since January 4th.  Like every week and lots of weekends.  I’m on the verge of exhaustion.

Anyway, a million thanks to Dan & Nick for keeping the blog fires burning with some great stuff.  And Sarjex with awesome editorial cartoons!!

A reminder to everyone – after a break last week, I have a new “GayPatriot’s America” radio program going live tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, at 10PM Eastern.  My guest is Kevin McKeever, conservative blogger and CPAC sponsor.  We’ll have a full hour of political discussions and would love some phone-in calls!  WEB LINK TO SHOW Oh yeah, I’m going to drink-radio-host in honor of my (partial) Irish heritage.  I’m thinking Scotch or American Honey Wild Turkey.  Thoughts?

Reminder that PatriotPartner and I are traveling NEXT weekend to The City of Angels. We’ll be visiting Dan (GP West), visiting the Reagan Museum, hosting a table at the Claremont Institute’s dinner featuring Dick Cheney, and brunching with Princess Leah & the GP gang on Sunday.

Okay. That’s it for now.  Back to the crappy American Idol season.  And I’ll try for more blogging this week.  And hopefully another piece at BigJournalism.com.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Who Says Conservatives are Dour and Bitter?

…On the lighter side of a very dire situation:

Jim Jordan (R-Hottieville) just happens to be sexy as hell. Move over, Senator Brown.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Legislation in the Age of Obama

Via Michelle Malkin:

. . .  our Texas blogger friend Kathleen McKinley said it first last week: “We’ve Moved From Passing Bills Without Reading Them to Passing Bills Without Voting On Them.”

Emphasis added.

Um, Mrs. Clinton, Mustn’t Palestinians Also Show Commitment to Peace?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:57 pm - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: War On Terror

The AP Reports:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday said Israel must prove it is committed to the Mideast peace process with actions. But she brushed aside suggestions that relations with the main U.S. ally in the Mideast are in crisis over Israeli plans to build new Jewish housing in east Jerusalem.

Naming a public square for a terrorist who murdered children doesn’t show much of a commitment to peace.  And refusal to engage in direct negotiations with Israel also demonstrates a lack of commitment to peace.

Sorry, Hillary, it’s not Israel who needs to make the first move here.

“Picking your Battles” or “Shut up Lindsey!”

Posted by Sarjex at 5:19 pm - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: cartoons

And because some of you demanded it, be sure to check out some of the new t shirt designs! (“Reagan: Sexy Beast” coming soon!)

All proceeds go towards helping me justify my political cartooning to TLG.

Democrats’ Health Care Strategy: Hide the Defeat

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:46 pm - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

The polls have been going against the Democrats’ various schemes to overhaul our nation’s health care system since last summer.  They’ve had to pay off various Senators to secure their votes.  They’ve lost the editorial pages of the MSM.  House Democrats are attempting to dodge an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill.

And still they press on.

Wonder if one day we’ll uncover some memo from a White House operative to his counterpart on the Hill that they need to “hide the defeat”  of their efforts to overhaul our nation’s health care system.

If they pass it now, they’ll only prolong this divisive debate; it could well be the defining issue of not just the 2010 elections, but the 2012 elections as well which means a full term for the junior Senator from Massachusetts and new Republican Senators in New Jersey, Pennsylvania (in addition to Pat Toomey), Virginia, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota (in addition to John Hoeven), Montana, New Mexico and Washington State.  That should make Democratic filibusters impossible.

President Obama’s Got a Secret (And it’s that he’s more secretive than Bush was)

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 12:26 pm - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy,Obama Watch

Now, I’ve deferred many times (and often broken with some partisans) when it comes to keeping secrets at the highest levels of the government. I believe, for instance, that people should be allowed to give the president (whomever he is) their unvarnished and honest opinions on policies when he asks. As such (again, for example), they should be able to do so with the assurance that this act can be held in confidence if they so desire. Such has always been the deference paid by the Executive, and a necessary aspect of receiving expert opinion. Therefore, I’ve never been one to hop on the The-President-Needs-To-Release-White-House-Visitor-Logs bandwagon, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

That being said, the latest from the AP shows how the conspiracy theories of some of the most unhinged critics of the most recent Administration (and the empty promises of the current president) were all a bit overwrought.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

An Incentive for Democrats to Vote “No” on Obamacare

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:54 am - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Congress (111th)

Obama says he won’t campaign for Dems who vote no on healthcare

Democrats’ Healthcare “Sleight of Hand”

Borrowing an expression from the Washington Post, yes, that Washington Post, blogress Jennifer Rubin nails the Democrats’ health care endgame, well, actually, it’s their end-end-endgame:

Even Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep things vague, suggesting it may not come to this [the “Slaughter Rule”]. But it iscoming to this, because a desperate president and the equally desperate Democratic leadership fear losing, so they resort to tricks, backroom deals, and parliamentary sleights of hand. That’s in large part how the bill got to be so unpopular. Nevertheless, the Democrats seem intent on doubling down, so why not load up on the procedural gimmicks? At some point — now would be as good a time as any — saner Democratic heads may prevail and wonder why their leaders must shred the Constitution in order to pass a bill that’s supposedly such an electoral winner for their side.

Emphasis added.

As to the aforementioned Slaughter rule.  Its author was against it before she was for it.  What is this for the Democrats, situational politics?

Will House Dems Get Away With Their Own Ben Nelson Tricks?

I’m really digging Yuval Levin over at The Corner (which, of couse, should be the second blog on your “Favorites” list) these days on the health care debate.

In a post this morning he casts a suspicious eye on the backroom deals (hello, C-SPAN?) being thrown in wavering Democrats’ direction to secure their votes (or non-votes as the case may be) for the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010, and wonders where the press is on all this:

These special dispensations will present themselves in the course of the coming months, but we will probably never have a full picture of what they involve, and what it really took to get “no” votes from last time to switch (assuming any actually do so, of course.) We won’t know, that is, unless political reporters stop covering this week as though it involves a wonky substantive debate among House Democrats and started asking the Speaker and any members who change their votes about just what the “persuasion” process has involved.

Why, one might ask, are Democrats learning the lesson Ben Nelson figured out a bit too late? Could be because nobody’s yet holding them to account for their slimy underhanded ways. Perhaps we should change that.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Happy Birthday, James! And Sorry About Your Constitution

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 9:53 am - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: Constitutional Issues,Great Americans,Great Men

269 years ago today, one of our great Founding Fathers was born.

James Madison would become the fourth President of the United States, but probably more importantly, the “Father of the Constitution” and author of its Bill of Rights.

A member of the House of Representatives and resident of the White House, as we stand today at the “precipice” of a new governmental seizure of 1/6 of our economy, this great man is likely rolling over in his grave at the thought of the former body about to pass a bill without voting on it that the current occupant of the latter is ready to sign with great haste in spite of the overwhelming opposition the electorate consistantly demonstrates.

I wonder, What would James Madison, the author of the and 10th Amendment to the Consitution think?

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Democrats Refuse to Admit Defeat on Obamacare

I have on my desk a print-out of an editorial in the left-of-center New York Daily News where the editors, urging the president to pull the plug on his health care overhaul, point out:

Just one in four voters supports the reform bill as written; half want Congress to start over. Compare that with the popular support other major pieces of social legislation enjoyed before passage, like welfare reform (68%), Medicare (63%) and civil rights (60%).

Even if we buy the fanciful numbers of one of our perennial critics, we still don’t even have a majority for Obamacare, not even a plurality.  Nearly every prior major reform enjoyed support of at least three-fifths of all Americans.  And those reforms didn’t have the president shilling for them as regularly as this president has been shilling for an overhaul of our nation’s health care system.

In every election where health care has been an issue these past six months, it has played to the GOP’s advantage, even in states that voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008.  The Democrats seem to recognize that their bill isn’t that popular as they have had to pay off various Senators for their votes and are busy crafting payoffs to secure the votes of waving Members of the House. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said, “there is a lot of ‘arm-twisting’ to attract votes, adding that leadership officials are asking members what they want in the yet-to-be-released reconciliation package to secure their votes.

Don’t think they’re doing that asking in front of C-SPAN cameras.

Democrats know they’ve lost on the merits, so the only way they can win is with back room deals.

They’ve lost this fight politically, but, alas, as I’ve said before, they could still win it legislatively.

Boxer’s Israel Dilemma: Stand for Her Principles or With a Democratic President?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:24 am - March 16, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

While I have long been most critical of my current home state’s junior Senator for her lock-step liberalism and ineffective legislating, I do commend her for her staunch support for Israel, event as support for the Jewish State has lost favor in the left-wing circles in which she travels.

Three years ago, she “rescinded an award given to a California resident because of his position with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)“.  “Boxer and her staff cited concerns about CAIR’s positions on terrorist groups, contending that CAIR had refused to label Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations.

Well, given the Administration’s recent attacks on Israel, blogger Bruce Kesler wonders if Mrs. Boxer, who often puts partisanship over principle is boxed in by Obama:

California Senator Barbara Boxer, although advocating the most extreme liberal views undermining national security, has been a firm supporter of Israel.

Now, Boxer faces the American Jewish dilemma.  She and over 75% of American Jews supported the election of President Obama.  Obama’s, can’t call it anything else, attacks on Israel has gotten roundly criticized by leading Jewish organizations (AIPAC and ADL) and by Republican leaders (herehere and here).

Where is Boxer?  Nothing has been heard from her.

Is she waiting for marching, or parroting, orders from the White House?

My sense is that she’ll be silent and cross her fingers, hoping that Tom Campbell, with his anti-Israel voting record and double-talking about his associations with terrorist apologists prevails in the contest to run against her on the Republican ticket.  Then, she won’t need address Obama’s attitude toward Israel as the focus will be on Campbell’s record.

Should, however, Carly Fiorina prevail, then Ma’am’s gonna face a big dilemma, whether to take issue with her president or stand up for Israel, particularly given the substantial Jewish population in her jurisdiction.

She does have a record of preferring partisanship.  While she once championed women allegedly victimized by sexual harassment, she was silent when a Democratic president was accused of such harassment.  Seems, for Mrs. Boxer, partisanship trumps all.