I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
Cartoon of the day:
Joke of the day:
Hillary Clinton’s health came under question Friday as reporters sought medical records of her home accident last year. She got dizzy, passed out and hit her head on Bill’s desk on the way down. It was an oddity, most women hit their heads on Bill’s desk on the way up.
My Top Stories For Today:
Why Rand Paul Is Winning
by Roger L. Simon
Count me as one who was not suprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory in the CPAC straw poll. I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger — even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.
You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon — Republican or Democrat. I’m not going to badmouth the Republicans (I may have to vote for them), but Hillary is as dull, predictable and reactionary as Obama, if that’s possible. Neither of them has evidenced an ounce of creativity, or even an original thought, while in office.
It is this creativity that distinguishes Paul. He seems future oriented, unlike the rest of the potential candidates who mouth platitudes, liberal and conservative, bashing each other in the most tedious manner imaginable. Yes, the liberal side is by far more repellent, and old fashioned in ideology to the point of ridiculousness, but this does not absolve the right of the need to come up with forward-thinking solutions to the obvious American decline.
That is why Paul appeals to the young who are oriented, as they should be, toward the future. The whole Democratic Party is oriented toward the past and so are, alas, too many of the Republicans. The young see this. They’re smarter than we are. (They still have some brain cells.)
Paul is doing the right thing in seeking to expand the Republican base — appealing directly to minorities and students to explain how conservative/libertarian policies are better for them, instead of running and hiding from these liberal constituencies as Republicans normally do. That Paul is going into the very bowels of the beast in the next few days, UC Berkeley, to give a speech is commendable and dramatic. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had some interesting results. The time is certainly ripe. And beyond that, I think we all know that if we show people some respect they often — though certainly not always — return the favor.
The other potential Republican candidates would be wise to pay attention to Paul, to “learn from Chairman Rand,” as it were. In this digital age, history races along. We all know Obamacare is terrible and the deficit is bad, but if that’s all you have to run on, I don’t think you’re to get where you want. Ideas, please. Big ideas. Fortune favors the daring. (Incidentally, one big idea I might favor is to virtually abolish almost all of the federal government with the exception of defense, and let the states do almost everything. It is here we could “learn from Chairman Rick Perry.” More of this later.)
Speaking of which, as I wrote last week, defense is Paul’s potential Achilles’ heel. He has to figure out how to negotiate his libertarian principles in an obstreperous world that, most of the time anyway, couldn’t care less about them. On a planet occupied by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei, he needs a foreign policy that doesn’t sound like naive wish fulfillment. Barack Obama already checked that box.
My Ideal Candidate
By the Klown
Hey there! No more dilly-dallying! Get up off your butts and pick a candidate to support!! It’s only 30 more months until the election! What are you waiting for?
I can tell already that I am gonna be sick of this next election cycle long before it gets here. I know this because I am already getting sick of it and we still haven’t done the midterms yet. Those midterms, by the way, will determine which party controls the Senate and how much of a lame duck Obama will be for his last two years in office.
But by all means, let’s talk about 2016.
My ideal candidate does not have a race or a gender. Choosing a candidate because of his/her race is the dumbest idea this country ever had. Choosing one because of his/her gender isn’t any smarter. I don’t give a shit what books they may have written or what any celebrities think of them. I also don’t care about what state they are from or what party they belong to.
My ideal candidate will have good character and be principled. I want a candidate who believes in the rule of law, smaller federal government and upholding the constitution in terms of the limits of executive power and civil rights.
My ideal candidate will have executive experience as a governor of a state. Congressional experience is helpful but not required. My ideal candidate will have demonstrated competence as a governor.
My ideal candidate will have the courage to take stands on issues as well as the wisdom to compromise when necessary. My ideal candidate will be fiscally responsible. Last but not least, my ideal candidate will be a populist and a reformer, not another tool of the establishment and special interests.
What’s that you say? I am being silly because no candidate is that perfect?
I know. I realize that I will end up settling for a less than ideal candidate, but I still want to choose the one that is closer to my ideal than all the others I have to choose from.
But I am really serious about that governor experience thing. POTUS is not an entry level position.
How Not to Help the Uninsured
by Megan McArdle
With Obamacare in train, who is buying insurance?
Half of uninsured adults have looked for insurance online, according to an Urban Institute survey cited in the Washington Post. But only 10 percent of them have actually bought it, according to a different survey from McKinsey & Co. Overall, McKinsey says, just one quarter of the people who bought insurance on the exchange were previously uninsured.
The positive way to look at this is to note that the number of uninsured people who had purchased insurance increased dramatically by February:
The negative way to look at this is to note that, even so, the majority of activity in the market comes from the previously insured, who are mostly replacing prior coverage.
With one month to go, most of the uninsured still hadn’t done anything. Worse, the number of previously insured people who had not enrolled in a qualified health plan by the end of February was almost twice the number of previously uninsured people who had. That’s the opposite of the effect this law was supposed to have.
The Russian Reset to Nowhere
by Rich Lowry
The “reset” with Russia had a brief, unhappy life. It began with then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton presenting her Russian counterpart with a mistranslated reset button that actually read “overcharged.” It ended with current secretary of state John Kerry denying knowledge of the late, unlamented policy on Meet the Press: “Well, I don’t know what you mean by the reset.”
Memories are short in Foggy Bottom. And understandably. Who wouldn’t try to forget a geopolitical initiative that has been exposed as willful naïveté and strategic obtuseness from the beginning?
George Kennan wrote the famous “Long Telegram” at the outset of the Cold War. President Barack Obama would have needed only “A Very Brief Telegram” at the outset of his administration: “Bush’s fault.”
This was a perverse misreading of history. Of all President George W. Bush’s failings, not giving the Russians a chance wasn’t one of them. He notoriously looked into the eyes of Russian resident Vladimir Putin at the beginning of his presidency and saw sweetness and light. His illusions were shattered by the end, with the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.
President Obama entered the scene as though this Russian act of aggression had been perpetrated long ago by the Grand Duke of Muscovy, instead of by the very regime he was resetting with.
In a 2009 visit to Moscow, the springtime of reset, President Obama professed his belief “that Americans and Russians have a common interest in the development of rule of law, the strengthening of democracy, and the protection of human rights.” He was 0 for 3.
Signs of the Times:
Throwing an Issa Fit
Who’s silencing whom?
Congressman Darryl Issa silenced Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was using his silence as part of a mainstream-media campaign to silence critics of Lois Lerner’s silence regarding the IRS’s silencing of conservatives groups trying to silence the IRS.
Did you get all that?
Let me see if I can walk you through the twists and turns of a week’s worth of developments in the IRS scandal.
You probably already know that Rep. Issa, the dogged GOP chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, got in a non-shouting match last week with Rep. Cummings. Here’s how the Washington Post reported the kerfuffle:
The clash came Wednesday morning as the committee met for a hearing as part of the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy. After peppering former IRS official Lois Lerner, who invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, with questions, Issa adjourned the meeting without giving Democrats an opportunity to speak.
Cummings asked that the hearing be continued, but Issa refused and had Cummings’s microphone turned off. Republicans on the panel, led by Issa, then walked out of the room while the enraged Maryland congressman continued to speak.
Other reports were, shall we say, more dramatic — but we’ll get to that momentarily.
Issa sees things a bit differently, as he told Megyn Kelly on FOX News:
“You know if I had to do it over again I probably would have sat there for a very long time, let him say a lot of things and then finished, walked away,” Issa said. “But you know what, we’re all human it was a long day and I didn’t break any rules, I did everything according to the rules, he wasn’t denied any due process.”
Issa also criticized Cummings for breaking the “decorum” of the House to launch what he thinks was a pre-planned event.
“The fact is I did things according to the rules, I followed a script and then Mr. Cummings decided to have quite a hissy fit,” he said.
I’m out of order? You’re out of order! This whole Congress is out of order!
Whatever the truth is, the incident has given Democrats and the gatekeepers of the mainstream media — a difference without distinction, I grant you — an opportunity to wring their hands and pat their brows.
FNC’s Political Insiders: CPAC, Rand Paul, Palin, Hillary, 2016, Obamacare & More
George Will: Media Will Attack Republicans Whether They Agree With Each Other Or Not
Media will also under report or not report any Democrat infighting. It’s the nature of the corruption and bias in media today.
The Jokes on us:
Ronan Farrow received the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism after only 3 days on the air. That seems so unfair. For doing nothing, you’re supposed to get a Nobel Peace Prize.
Worth a Read:
Pelosi Claims Anonymous Republican Told Her Poor Hungry Children Are ‘Invisible’ to ‘Indifferent’ GOP
This is “worth a read” in that it is such a perfect example of Pelosi the lying POS.
Reductio ad Hillaryum
Peggy Noonan on Latest ObamaCare Delay: ‘Is There Still An ObamaCare Law?’
Slew of changes to health-care law creates more confusion for consumers
Matt Bevin: No substitute for political courage
“When we are through with you, the people who sit behind you in church will get up and move when you come in.”
This was just one of the many pieces of “advice” I was given in order to discourage me from challenging Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Some were less subtle.
Our nation was not founded, nor should it be led today, by men and women who could be either bought off or bullied.
There is a pervasive sense of hopelessness that has infected the opinion of Americans regarding our elected officials. A sense that it doesn’t really matter who we vote for or even if we vote at all. A sense that all politicians are the same and that they do not understand or care about how we live our everyday lives in the rural towns and urban cities of America.
I am often asked why I would even want to run for political office. The answer is simple. This is less the result of what I want to do and more a function of what I am willing to do. There is a significant difference.
History has always called upon everyday citizens to step up in times of crisis.
Winston Churchill noted: “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
In America today, we have more than simply stumbled over the truth. We have slammed into it with a jarring reality. We know that our nation is on a financially unsustainable path. We know that our leaders are unwilling to do anything about the unconscionable levels of debt crippling our economy. We know that our children and grandchildren will be punished for the selfish cowardice of our supposed leaders. We know the truth.
Washington is broken. A recent, glaring case in point is Mitch McConnell’s arm twisting of fellow Republicans to help Harry Reid and Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling. In handing this administration a blank check, McConnell gave a one-fingered salute to future generations who will suffer the consequences of this reckless behavior.
I thought that Bevin was finished. But with McConnel’s arrogant rant that the establishment, aka, old, Republicans setting out to “crush” the Tea Party candidates I think he may have given Bevin a second wind. Maybe not. I wish it was so. No matter how bad Bevin is he can’t be any worse that the arrogant olf POS that is now the GOP Minority Leader in the Senate.