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Whither liberalism?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:48 pm - May 25, 2012.
Filed under: Liberals,Random Thoughts

Liberalism“, writes Roger Simon today, “as an ideology is in its death throes. Only the power trip remains.”  Maybe that explains why the president is having trouble coming up with an agenda for his second term.

Roger reached his conclusion, in part, by observing the reluctance to all too many liberals to engage in serious debate:

Given that their ideology is dying, no wonder liberals no longer want to debate the issues.  They avoid serious discussion at every possible juncture, changing the conversation to putative racism, sexism, classism — anything but the proverbial elephant in the room, economic demise.

Read the whole thing.  Something to ponder.

Is Roger right to ask if liberalism is dead?

I stand with Stacy. And Aaron. And Patterico

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:21 am - May 25, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Liberalism Run Amok

Today, I join my fellow conservative bloggers in standing with bloggers Stacy McCain, Aaron Walker and Patterico, uniting as Michelle Malkin puts it, “for Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin” Day.  She asks us

to check Patterico’s blog for more revelations about his plight. Also bookmark Aaron Walker’s blogStacy McCain’s, and Liberty Chick Mandy Nagy’s Twitter feed. Read the comprehensive investigative piece Mandy wrote at that set all the insanity in motion.

I first blogged about this on Wednesday.  Michelle summarizes the story:

Over the past year, Aaron Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”),PattericoLiberty Chick, and now Stacy McCain have been targeted by convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin because they dared to mention his criminal past or assisted others who did. The late Andrew Breitbart warned about Kimberlin and company.

Read the whole thing.  Greg at Rhymes with Right, recalls having heard, during his high school days, about the case of Kimberlin, the “the Speedway Bomber back in the 1970s in Indiana“, offers more links and a video about the man’s crimes.  He encourages us “to read the full sordid story about how Kimberlin has used the courts to harass Aaron and gotten both he and his wife fired by making their employment a security risk for their employer.”

Michelle says that “Patterico’s plight will send chills up your spine when he is ready to tell it.”  [UPDATE:  He tells it here.  Read the whole thing; but, be prepared, your blood is going to start boiling.]

Terresa Monroe Hamilton has more.  SnoopytheGoon offering his two cents here, quipping that “This is the reason the American left puts up with this character: he is useful to them – for now.”

More as the day progresses.

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GOP becoming increasingly accepting of gay Republicans

Reader MV passed along a McClatchy article on a “quiet transformation is taking place in the Republican Party, which has begun to embrace openly gay candidates – and among gay Republicans, who now feel more comfortable speaking out in a party that may have accepted them but didn’t always show it.

The article reports how the party is rallying behind one openly gay candidate,

Richard Tisei, a former Massachusetts state senator, who’s campaigning on what he describes as the number one issue for gay voters and everyone else in the state’s 6th Congressional District, north of Boston.

“In general, the campaign I’m running on is based on the economy,” he said.

Tisei does support same-sex marriage, and he said party leaders knew that from the beginning of his campaign for Congress.

“I don’t agree with the party platform, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a good Republican,” Tisei said.

Hmmm. . .  where did I hear that recently?

Tisei’s sexuality notwithstanding,

The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated Tisei as a “Young Gun,” meaning he’s on the national party’s radar and can expect to get more resources for his campaign. Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas said Tisei “has met organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has established himself as a strong contender.”

Does seem like some folks might need to change their narratives.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Chris H offers:

I’ve been saying this for years.. but once the “gay” thing goes away, the Democrats are going to have a really hard time maintaining their grasp on to the LGBT alphabet community.

My gay friends sure hate those Republicans … but when I discuss Liberterian/Republican concepts with out identifying them as “Republican” I generally get agreement.

Read the whole thing.

Second term agenda? What second term agenda?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:44 am - May 25, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Incompetence

Last October, I asked What could Obama accomplish in a second term? Two months later, I wonder if he had anything planned should he win reelection.  Even, as I blogged last month, a liberal pundit is wondering what’s on the Democrat’s agent after November 6.

Asking what Obama’s second term would look like, Commentary’s Alana Goodman quipped, “At this point, the American people have no idea, and Obama doesn’t seem to either.”  To back up her point, she cites Zeke Miller’s BuzzFeed post with this observation from Democratic pollster Doug Schoen:

[The Obama Democrats] have no clear message or overarching theme other than class warfare and attack politics. . . . They don’t have a vision for the second term. No clear sense as to what the Administration is offering for a second term. There is widespread dissatisfaction with both parties and both candidates in primary results [Tuesday] — and no clear idea how Obama is going to unite the county and lead us forward.”

Schoen’s words conclude Miller’s piece on the Obama campaign’s loss of confidence.  Perhaps, the disappearance of their arrogance will cause the Democrats to fight harder.

That, however, wasn’t what happened when the Obama team suffered similar anxiety in the 2008 presidential campaign.  They may have a tougher time fighting back this time around.  Market meltdowns tend to work against the party in power.

Was anyone arrested for criticizing W?

Recall that North Carolina teacher, now suspended without pay, who upbraided a student for daring to, as she put it, “disrespect” the President of the United States in her classroom.  She had told her class that it was “criminal to slander a president”:

“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” she says of former President Bush. “Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”

Oh, really, where does it say that in the Constitution?

Nobody, points out blogger Rhymes with Right, himself a teacher,

. . . was arrested for saying bad things about George W. Bush. In fact those who did so became cultural heroes — don’t you remember that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” and that Cindy Sheehan was treated as some sort of demigod by those opposed to Bush and his policies?

Yes, even in the dark days when that supposed fascist reigned in Washington, people remained free to criticize the president and were often celebrated for doing so.

I wonder how many of those same people will criticize the North Carolina teacher for criticizing a student who engaged, to borrow an expression they might like, in “the highest form of patriotism.”