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Rudy To Endorse Rubio
(OR: Paybacks Are A Bitch, Charlie)

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:08 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

Yeeehaw.

On the racial accusations leveled against Tea Parties

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:06 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Identity Politics

Ann Althouse does get some pretty impressive commenters. Her reader Lem offers a great insight into the racial accusations of the Tea Party bashers:

Accusing the tea partiers of a hidden racist agenda, essentially means that the election of Obama has set the country back.

Their hatred (from the likes of Krugman, King, Blow, and Rich for the right is so blinding they don’t realise the import of their accusations.

If its about race (and any idiot could see that its not) then it means Obama has a miserable fail winning people over.

(H/t: Instapundit.)

So eager to brand critics of Obama as racist (their default reaction to any energetic movement on the right), the left-wing critics show that they are unable to transcend race.  They just can’t imagine that someone might oppose the policies of someone who happens to be black for something unrelated to his race.

Even though they have video on this, don’t think it will make the same news as allegations of racism against Tea Party protesters

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: Media Bias,Random Thoughts

Supplying the video, Kathy Shaidle reports:

Today Arnie and I attended that protest outside (tax payer funded) Palestine House, where a genocidal Muslim VIP will be speaking tomorrow night.

Speaking of genocide: we have video of one Muslim guy in the Palestine House parking lot, yelling, “We need another Holocaust” at the JDL/Yidden on Wheels protesters

Via Instapundit.

The Identity Politics of “Queering the Census”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:44 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: Identity Politics

Yesterday, I had trouble getting things done, yet given that the Census is a constitutional mandate, I did make sure to send in my form.

To be sure, I balked at the questions on ethnicity.  Today, the words of perhaps the greatest dissent in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court came to me.  And I wished I had quoted Justice John Marshall Harlan’s objection to the majority decision in Plessy v. Ferguson: “Our constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”

Nor should the Bureau of the Census ask us such questions.  The constitution mandate the census for the purpose of apportioning representation and direct taxation.  And yet, we get these postcards telling us to fill it out so out jurisdiction can get its share of federal largesse.

Well, you can guess if there are questions about race and ethnicity, the gay groups want their share of the spoils too.  The juveniles at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) want to “queer” the census, having us affix pink stickers to our census forms (you know, like Seventh Grade girls put on their notebooks) asking that we be counted as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight ally.

Gee and I thought the goal was for the state not to judge us by our sexuality, but to treat as as equal before the law.  Our sexuality should not be a factor in the federal enumeration.  Our sexual orientation is, not, well, it shouldn’t be the government’s business.

So beholden has NGLTF become to the balkanization of our society that they insist the government, for enumeration purposes, count us a gay.  What next?  Gerrymandered congressional districts to ensure our voted is not diluted?

Obamacare Passage Pushes Obama Approval Down

Of all the major polls, I’ve always consider those from CBS and AP the most skewed to the left.  Well, today, the CBS poll registers a lower approval from the president than does Rasmusen’s survey:

A new CBS poll puts Obama’s approval rating at 44 percent.

Rasmussen has him at 46 percent.

Guess, he didn’t get that expected bump from pushing his health care overhaul through.  Ed Morrissey writes, “Two weeks after finally getting his ObamaCare agenda item signed into law, Barack Obama has reaped the reward of pushing a deeply unpopular bill through Congress.”  The CPAC Blogger of the Year (and all around nice guy) also observes:

. . . this poll surveyed the general adult population, not registered or likely voters, a sample that should have been more sympathetic to Obama.

Two issue approval ratings did get released this morning, and both show even worse approval ratings for Obama on key issues.  He hit a new low on health care, with only 34% approving of his job performance.  Small wonder Obama has taken to campaigning again for health care; he’s getting buried by it.  Obama might do better to change the subject, but the next most pressing issue is another which Americans don’t like the job he’s doing.  He only gets 42% approval on the economy, sinking closer to his all-time low of 41% in January.

Maybe the slight improvement in the employment situation might slightly improve the president’s approval on the economy even though we’re still “8.1 million jobs short of the 138.6 million he promised the American people.

UPDATE:  Glenn Reynolds offers, “Okay, so my prediction that he’d get a popularity bounce from passing healthcare wasn’t wrong — I just had the directionbackwards . . . .”  I had also expected a bounce. . .

That Darn Troublesome Limbaugh!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:01 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Dividing Us

Remember, how, during the eight horrible, no good, very bad years of the George W. Bush Administration, Democrats (and their allies in the MSM) regularly demonized that good man, calling him as a divisive force in American politics.

Well, I’m wondering if during those eight years, that Republican president ever called his critics “troublesome” as the Democratic president called his Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck in an interview with CBS’s “The Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith:

Asked by Smith whether he’s “aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation” about him, Mr. Obama replied, “Well — I mean, I think that — when you’ve listened to Rush Limbaugh or Glen (sic) Beck it’s …”

“It’s beyond that,” Smith interjected.

“It’s pretty – apparent,” the president continued, “and — it’s troublesome. . . . “

And I’m wondering if, an interview with then-President Bush, any “reporter” or anchor asked that Republican about the level of enmity that crossed the airwaves and that people had made part of their daily conversation?

Fascinating yet again how the media only discovers “uncivil” political discourse when Democrats are targeted.  Seems Mr. Smith has learned his Democratic talking points well.  Note above Smith’s interjection which helps push that narrative along.

If Obama were indeed the kind of man he portrayed himself to be on the campaign trail, instead of calling Limbaugh troublesome, he’d have responded by saying that we always get this kind of discourse in politics and he’s not going to let it get to him, “My predecessor experienced it as did his.  And I’m not going to let it get to me.  I’m doing my job and have confidence in the American people’s ability to see the decency and good will of my Administration and see for themselves the effectiveness of our policies.”  Or some such.

It’s telling that Obama must regularly attack his critics.  Can’t remember W ever doing that.

Wonder What Barbara Boxer Has to Say About This

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:16 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics,Economy

California’s last auto plant shuts its doors.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Sonicfrog says most of the blame lies with the Democratic candidate for Governor of the (once-)Golden State:

This is on AG Jerry Browns’ head. They left as a result of his lawsuits against all the auto manufacturers for emitting pollution and CO2 into the atmosphere. Yes, the lawsuit even included Toyota and Honda, makers of some of the cleanest cars on the planet.