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Obama brings GOP together, helps blur differences

President Obama has a remarkable ability to bring Republicans together. We have seen this both in the immigration realm and on national security. On immigration, the Republicans in the House and Senate have been and still are plainly divided on reform legislation. Some lawmakers voted for the Senate bill, others voted against it but favor comprehensive […]

Ups and downs

UP: Joni Ernst fundraising DOWN: War on women UP: The Islamic State DOWN: President Obama’s war plan UP: Obama’s threats to violate separations of powers DOWN: Popularity of transferring detainees to the homeland UP: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) DOWN: Greg Orman’s idea to switch back and forth, shifting the Senate majority at will UP: Chances […]

Morning Bits

Scott Brown, one of the many Republicans running on national security, argues that “we need to reverse the defense drawdown of the Obama years.  We have seen massive reductions in personnel everywhere – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines.  We’re now on track to have an Army smaller than it was before the Second World War.” […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “This is a distressing circumstance.” 2. “We have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights precisely because we want protection from majority rule.” 3. “The problem with the White House is, as you mentioned, is isolation. You isolate the president from a broad range of views and I understand this has […]

The Obama effect for 2016 contenders

We have cautioned against using early 2016 polling as evidence of who is “winning” a race in which the first primary votes will not be cast for well over a year. However, as snapshots they do provide insight into how the potential candidates are viewed now, and significant movement shows potential voters at least for […]

Is Sen. Mark Warner in trouble?

Under the radar screen of MSM reporting on the midterms, Republican Ed Gillespie is quietly but steadily catching up to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in Virginia. By hammering his opponent on his unwavering support for President Obama’s key policies — which the president declared “are on the ballot” — and offering his own specific proposals, Gillespie has […]

Distinguished pol of the week

A number of Republican Senate candidates are running excellent campaigns, including Scott Brown in New Hampshire, who has highlighted national security, and Ed Gillespie in Virginia, who unveiled an Obamacare alternative. But this week belongs to Joni Ernst in Iowa. She showed she hauled in a boatload of cash of the third quarter. — $6 million. […]

The only shake-up that matters: November, 2016

The Post reported this week the White House denies it “needs a fresh infusion of talent,” in plain English, a staff shake-up. I think it is fair to say that many allies of the president want there to be a shake-up; that’s how and why shake-up rumors get started. I have no idea if there will or won’t […]

Gitmo becomes another gift to the GOP

Republicans greeted with fury a Wall Street Journal report Friday that President Obama is considering options to act in violation of the law by transferring the remaining foreign combatants held at Guantanamo Bay to this country. The White House pleaded that it did not know where the report is coming from but did not deny something […]

Snake oil salesmen vs. gay marriage reality

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to let gay marriage bans fall in another batch of states, there are two types of responses from conservatives. The first acknowledges reality; the second misleads voters that there is something tangible to be done to stop the wave of social change. In the first category, some Republicans […]

Phony independents, fake Obama skeptics

Faux-independent Senate candidates and a few actual Democrats are trying to disguise their fidelity to the White House and their role in the last Democratic gambit to keep Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate majority leader. So far it is not working out so well. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) embarrassed himself when asked whether the […]

Bashing Republicans for bringing up bad news

If you want to see how liberal media “news” reports get turned into polemics against Republicans, you need only look at the New York Times report on the midterms (emphases are mine): With four weeks to go before the midterm elections, Republicans have made questions of how safe we are – from disease, terrorism or something unspoken […]

Morning Bits

In case you had any doubt. “South Dakota Independent: I’d be a ‘friend of Obama’ in the Senate.” In case you were tempted to believe the White House spin. “NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel says that the Obama administration’s dismissal of the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani is ‘tone-deaf’ and ignores the symbolic importance of the […]

Iran is not budging, so it’s time for Congress to act

State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki acknowledged Wednesday that, with regard to the Iran nuclear talks, “we don’t yet have an understanding of all the major issues, and we continue to look for Iran to make the decisions necessary to get to a comprehensive agreement.” This exchange followed: QUESTION: But what you just outlined is almost exactly […]

The gender card in 2016

When you get right down to it, Hillary Clinton would not be the inevitable Democratic nominee, let alone the pre-coronated next president, if not for her gender. Consider a hypothetical: The Republicans run a woman with no foreign policy messes on her record, no history of gross mismanagement and a clear separation between herself from […]

Hillary Clinton spews gibberish, again

The smartest woman ever and the person most prepared in history to be president, or so we are told, had this to say on the Obamacare medical device tax: On the tax itself, again I think we have to look to see what are the pluses and the minuses, that are embodied in a decision […]

Obama cries crocodile tears over defense cuts

Surely this fits the definition of chutzpah: President Obama warned Congress about the possible effects of sequestration during a rare visit to the Pentagon on Wednesday, saying lawmakers needed to make sure the military has “the equipment and the technology that’s necessary for them to be able to succeed at their mission.” “We have done […]

Is Obama even trying to win the war?

Max Boot confirms what many lay people suspected: Even aside from refusing to increase troops on the ground, President Obama is making only a token effort against the Islamic State. Boot explains: RAND’s Benjamin Lambeth summed up the [2001] Afghan air campaign as follows: “[D]uring the 75 days of bombing between October 7, when Enduring Freedom […]

The U.N. bolsters Putin

The United Nations and its constituent bodies often seem to do more harm than good. Its Human Rights Council is a hotbed of anti-Semitism and is stocked with some of the world’s worst human rights abusers.  The U.N Relief and Works Agency permitted Gaza terrorists to use their compounds for weapons (and actually returned them to […]

Morning Bits

Obamacare does not get better with time. “Cancellations of individual insurance under the law, which affected millions last year despite Obama’s repeated promises to the contrary, will continue. Hundreds of thousands of cancellations, some of which are held over from last year, are expected before the beginning of 2015.” Time was not on the side of gay-marriage […]

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