Blogging Politics

theCL  2009-05-13  Blogosphere

First, I've got a couple quick updates regarding yesterday's public service announcement.

Update A: "The pet door is a really serious hazard!"

Update B: Lucky for us, our Omnipotent Government created a handy guide to help us talk to each other, Diversity Spotlight, containing such profound wisdom and communication "technology" as:

If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

Bet you never thought of that before.  Brilliant!

In yet another sign of the increase in thought-control, some Harvard professor is offering parents the sage advice that political opinion is an "age-appropriate risk."

It appears some folks are just shocked, shocked, that Obama lied about isn't following through on his campaign promise of "transparency and openness," causing HotMES to wonder ... "Are people that naive?"


Yes, I'm afraid so.

When the Democrats released the interrogation of al-Qaeda terrorist reports, they were hoping to score some major political points.  William Jacobson however, highlights the hole in their plan - The Dems Lack a Waterboarding Exit Strategy!

Putting aside for now whether the release of such information should take place, it appears that Obama started the ball rolling down hill by releasing the interrogation memos. Barring active intervention by Obama, there will be some further level of document release, Congressional investigations, and public hearings.

This presents a problem mostly for Democrats. Republicans who were briefed on the interrogation methods at least will be consistent, for the most part, in maintaining that the methods were lawful and useful. No Republican is going to be harmed politically by the revelations because most Americans support these methods against people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If leaks of a Justice Department report are to be believed, there will be no prosecutions. Republicans are safe politically and legally.

For Democrats, however, the damage could be significant.

Oops.

Judge Andrew Napoliatano talks health care and socialism with Rep. Ron Paul (TX-R).

I don't think tomorrow you're going to have total socialized medicine, of course. But you're going to move in another step, but that's the way it's been going on, Republican or Democrat. You know, the Bush administration took us another step forward, so this will be another one. They may be bold enough to do one party payer, but that is a big, big statement, but they're going to have more regulations, more cost controls. It will lead to scarcity and there'll be shortages of medical care and they will not be able to contain prices because if they do, then there's going to be no services. - Rep. Ron Paul

I'm sorry ... was that crazy talk?

Todd Seavey describes "a moment on Family Guy that captured both politics and nerd culture quite nicely." He's also a little skeptical about Obama and those burgers.

... yesterday griped about the Republicans eating pizza instead of promulgating a free-market philosophy (though some people, like David Brooks in his column Tuesday last week, think the Republicans are already too pro-freedom and too pro-individualism). Empty as that pizza outing seemed, I wonder if it's mere coincidence that the world's two most powerful Democrats responded within days with a burger outing? Politicians do very little by accident.

Professor Donald Douglas offers a preview of Jamie Glasov's new book, "United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror," saying:

He directs his scrutiny to the love affair of the radical Left, and even large segments of the liberal Left, with the very forces that would destroy them, and he does this with a relentless, unswerving focus, buttressed by a veritable profusion of specific, high-profile examples and case studies ...

The only resistance that those unsympathetic to his thesis can mount is to respond ad hominem and slander the messenger, for his examples cannot be wished away and his analysis seems the only conceivable means of making sense of the leftist orgy of national treason, betrayal of genuine liberal principles, and passionate support of tyrants and demagogues.

Don't believe the hype!  Progressives are not popular.  We have no need for another "me-too" candidate.

In the real world for example, we know that American Idol is a popular show.  Why?  Because a lot of people watch it.  So again, in the real world, news and opinion of the progressive type, draws a comparatively much smaller audience. In other words, progressivism isn't popular.

Here's Brian Maloney, reportin on MSNBC's Ed Schultz Rescue Mission:

Given his sagging numbers, this can't come a moment too soon: last Friday, Schultz (shown in front row during Obama press conference) averaged just 108,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, while Thursday came in even worse with a mere 84,000. His competition at FOX, Bret Baier, often turns in numbers 400% higher during that hour.

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