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Sorry, David and Ryan, Mitt Romney will repeal Obamacare*

Last Thursday in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling, CNN’s court conservative critic David Frum reassured his audience that repeal of the unpopular law “is a fantasy.” Frum himself fantasizes about Republican legislators’ “town halls filled with outraged senior citizens whose benefits are threatened”.

Um, David, senior citizens overwhelmingly oppose the law.

In the New Yorker, Ryan Lizza attempts to explain why Mitt Romney won’t repeal Obamacare, not believing the Republican “believe he will actually be able to overturn the law.”  Guess both men want to reassure their followers that once Congress enacts a policy expanding government, that expansion is here to stay.

They neglect one important fact:  never before in U.S. history has the U.S. House voted to repeal such significant legislation within a year of its passage.  The law remains unpopular.

Not just that.  Given the surge in Republican fundraising since the Supreme Court handed down its decision, Republicans know how much this issue motivates their base.  Mitt Romney must understand that he can’t afford to offend his base early in his term.

Indeed, the campaign demonstrated as much with the release earlier today of this graphic:

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What are Obama’s plans to address today’s economic mess?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:57 pm - July 2, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Economy,Obama Watch

Last Thursday, I wondered whether the president “ever cites specific Bush policies when he laments all the problems he inherited from his predecessor.

In the comments, none of our critics answered the challenge implicit in that statement of wonder.  They did not  point to specific speeches by the incumbent president where he made reference to specific Bush era policies.  They did, to be sure, cite one particular policy, the Bush tax cuts, a policy which President Obama chose to continue when he signed a law in December 2010 to keep the Bush tax rates in place for two more years.

So, they’ve got Obama blaming Bush for creating an economic mess with a policy the Democrat chose to continue.

One critic did lament that “it was going to take a looooong time to dig out of this and 4 years probably weren’t going to be enough.”  And this got me wondering, what specific plans does Obama have to dig us out of the mess that Bush supposedly created?

And how, should he win reelection, could he get a Republican House to act on those plans?  And how do they differ from those policies which were adopted in the first two years of his term?

Has Obama ever (personally) helped individuals in need? (UPDATED)

Caught this yesterday on Instapundit:

MITT ROMNEY DOING DISASTER RELIEF. “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is helping storm relief efforts in Ohio. Spokesman Chris Maloney says the state campaign headquarters in Columbus is open Sunday for donations of water, flashlights, non-perishable foods and other items needed in the aftermath of severe storms Friday evening that knocked out power to much of the state amid a heat wave. He says a Romney bus in Ohio this week for campaign office openings will be diverted Monday and Tuesday to deliver supplies to shelters, fire stations and churches in hard-hit areas.”

Reminded me of two things.  It calls to mind all the anecdotes published (mostly, but not exclusively in the conservative press and on right-of-center blogs) about the actions Mitt Romney took individually (and on his own initiative to help his neighbors and friends.  And second, of the times that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has come to the aid of citizens in need.

All this caused me to wonder if there are any anecdotes of Barack Obama going out of his way to help individuals in need? (more…)

Does Eric Fehrnstrom work for the Obama campaign?

Well, reports do call the guy “Mitt Romney’s senior adviser”, but from the way Etch-A-Sketch Eric Fehrnstrom sometimes expresses himself in public, you think he was working for Barack Obama:

Prominent Dems including White House chief of staff Jack Lew and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly argued in recent days that the fee for not buying insurance under the health care law is in fact a penalty and not a tax.
They got support from an unexpected quarter on Monday: the Romney campaign.

Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown that he agrees – the fee is a penalty and not a tax, as the Supreme Court ruled last week.

“The governor disagreed with the ruling of the court,” Fehrnstrom said. “He agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice [Antonin] Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.”

All Fehrnstrom needed to say was that his guy agreed with the Scalia dissent.

The Romney campaign would be well advised to take away Mr. Fehrnstrom’s media privileges.

In office, Obama’s image tarnished among young voters
The Gipper’s, by contrast, was burnished by his accomplishments

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:40 pm - July 2, 2012.
Filed under: Economy,Obama Worship & Indoctrination,Ronald Reagan

Bruce and I are both of the Reagan generation; we came of age in the 1980s.  Like a majority of those born in the 1960s and early 1970s, our enthusiasm for the nation’s president grew as his days in office lengthened.  The Gipper left office well loved by the twentysomethings of his day.

As I wrote last April:

My generation warmed to the Gipper not as much when he was a candidate as when he was president.  We loved him more in 1984 than we did in 1980.  Once in office, he gave us hope that we would find jobs and have a better future.   Obama, by contrast, gave us hope that his administration would be different from that of his predecessor, but once in office, the enthusiasm of his young followers began to wane.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story confirming this trend among today’s under 30 crowd, Stung by Recession, Young Voters Shed Image as Obama Brigade:

In the four years since President Obama swept into office in large part with the support of a vast army of young people, a new corps of men and women have come of voting age with views shaped largely by the recession. And unlike their counterparts in the millennial generation who showed high levels of enthusiasm for Mr. Obama at this point in 2008, the nation’s first-time voters are less enthusiastic about him, are significantly more likely to identify as conservative and cite a growing lack of faith in government in general, according to interviews, experts and recent polls. (more…)

Anderson Cooper acknowledges what everyone already knows

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:04 pm - July 2, 2012.
Filed under: Gay America,Movies/Film & TV

First line of this Yahoo! report pretty much sums it up:

Anderson Cooper has confirmed what most people in the media world and New York already knew: he is gay.

“The fact is, I’m gay,” Cooper wrote in an email to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. “Always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

I suppose I’m supposed to say something very witty about this, but, well, words fail me.  Perhaps not that Cooper has come out, he won’t feel the need to put on his Edgar R. Murrow “serious journalist” pose.

UPDATE:  Glenn Reynolds laments that he wasn’t told, deadpanning “I mean, who knew, right?

UP-UPDATE:  A Facebook friend (Bryan Glick of ‘The Film Collaborative‘ and ‘Ariztical Entertainment‘) quips, “Does this even have to be announced? It’s right up there with Dolly Parton saying she wears makeup and Lindsay Lohan saying she has made bad choices.”

UP-UP-UPDATE: Ann Althouse has a fun poll up on the issue; I was pleased to learn that I voted with the majority on this one.