Apr
19
2014
2

Barack Obama (who campaigned against signing statements) issues signing statement. Again.

Of course Barack Obama did.

President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won’t enforce it.

Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice.

Like he does.  :sigh: Some people simply cannot accept it that there can be other people out there who can and will tell them what to do. Yes, I’m sure that the USA would be more fun for the President if he was actually its king. But we’re not a monarchy, and President Obama isn’t a monarch. He should learn to accept that.

At the very least, he should apologize for being so rude about signing statements when he was a Senator.  Harder than it looks once you’re in charge, eh, Barry?

Moe Lane

PS: Oops! Not enough coffee yet.  Via Hot Air Headlines.

Apr
18
2014
4

I imagine Russia is much like Dr. Doom’s Latveria, at times.

That is not meant as a compliment, but some people might take it as one anyway.

To answer Allahpundit’s question somewhat:

Exit question for Russia experts: Would a population whose adults grew up in the Soviet Union really be that sensitive to revelations that they’re being spied on en masse by Moscow? Don’t they assume they’re being spied on already and that Putin’s lying to them, just as their leaders always have?

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Apr
18
2014
8

NRSC: Senate map is nicely expanding for the GOP.

A quick bite:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group tasked with getting Republicans elected to the Senate, believes Republicans have expanded the 2014 playing field with five more contested races as the GOP seeks to retake control of the chamber.

In a memo released to consultants Friday morning, NRSC political director Ward Baker writes that Republicans have become competitive in Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, Oregon and Minnesota since the start of the year.

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Apr
17
2014
4

Tweet of the Day, This Map Of The Blogosphere Brings Back Memories.

This is the environment that shaped my initial foray into pontificating about modern American politics.

…I don’t think that RedState is on here: or for that matter, Tacitus dot org (trust me: don’t look up that site now). And attrition has been heck on the people who were on that map. But those were, as they say, the days.

Well, mustn’t get all soggy with nostalgia, as the musical gadfly once said.

Moe Lane

Apr
17
2014
4

Charlie Crist loses new spokesman.

The guy - Eric Conrad – was fresh off of mucking about with Obamacare enrollment efforts in Florida, which argues for a certain amount of applied despair and heightened sense of futility.  But he barely lasted a week as Crist’s spokesman, and nobody’s exactly sure why.  In my experience, that usually means that the reason is actually fairly epic.  I look forward to finding out what it is…

 

 

Apr
17
2014
3

Quote of the Day, The Title Alone Is Almost Porn edition.

And it’s all you need, too: “Media Matters for America is resisting SEIU’s effort to unionize its staff.”

But go read LaborUnionReport’s RedState article for the background information anyway.  It is, as they say, a ‘hoot.’

Apr
17
2014
2

Watch how the Associated Press transmutes DC Super-PAC money into a ‘local’ Democratic group!

Three easy steps:

  • First, create a Super-PAC for the 2014 election cycle. In this case, “Put Alaska First PAC.”
  • Second, infuse that Super-PAC with Beltway insider money: “Nearly all of [Put Alaska First PAC] funds have come from the national Democratic group, Senate Majority PAC, and most of that money has been paid to a Democratic media buying firm created to work with Senate Majority PAC and other national super PACs” (note that the link there is from noted right-wing mouthpiece The Huffington Post).
  • Third and last, count on the Associated Press to report your sock puppet as being a local group!

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Apr
17
2014
2

Ed Snowden barks on cue at Vladimir Putin’s trained seal show.

I gotta agree with Rick Wilson: ‘officially?’

 

I would have said ‘officially’ when Ed Snowden sought and got asylum in Russia: participating in this particular agitprop exercise is so expected as to be barely worth mentioning. Moral of the story, folks: if the Activist Left is enthusiastically part of something, look at it three times before endorsing it yourself. Then don’t endorse it anyway, just to be on the safe side.

Now you know.

Apr
16
2014
3

Tweet of the Day, SWEET JEEBUS THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT BARACK OBAMA DID WITH #OBAMACARE edition

I am almost in awe.

Almost.

Apr
16
2014
6

Megan McArdle waxes wroth on #Obamacare Census question changes.

I’ve been waiting for Megan McArdle to cook off over the news that the administration just casually made it impossible to assess the effects of Obamacare on insurance rates; and hoo, boy, but she’s unhappy.

I’m speechless. Shocked. Stunned. Horrified. Befuddled. Aghast, appalled, thunderstruck, perplexed, baffled, bewildered and dumbfounded. It’s not that I am opposed to the changes: Everyone understands that the census reports probably overstate the true number of the uninsured, because the number they report is supposed to be “people who lacked insurance for the entire previous year,” but people tend to answer with their insurance status right now.

But why, dear God, oh, why, would you change it in the one year in the entire history of the republic that it is most important for policy makers, researchers and voters to be able to compare the number of uninsured to those in prior years? The answers would seem to range from “total incompetence on the part of every level of this administration” to something worse.

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Apr
16
2014
3

Terry Lynn Land (R) now ahead of Gary Peters (D) in RCP average for Michigan-SEN.

The latest Mitchell Research poll has Land up six (44/38) over Peters; a previous Mitchell poll had her behind by one. This is enough to put her in front, overall; toss out the partisan polls and Terry Lynn Rand is ahead by rather more.  Looking at the rend line… well, Gary Peters can’t just seem to catch fire.  And I don’t think that the governor’s race is going to help, either: as of this moment  Rick Snyder is decently ahead, and in a comfortable place for a Republican governor in a blue state.

Hmm. Snyder needs a little work on his hair.  And how tall is he? – Dang, but I quite enjoy being spoiled for choice for 2016.

Moe Lane

Apr
16
2014
6

The Minnesota Senate race is an annoyance.

David Freddoso lays it out: Barack Obama has a 36% – thirty-six – approval rating and Al Franken’s own personal numbers are 46/42.  That’s the kind of combination that screams ‘vulnerable incumbent’ – but we just need a candidate.  And there’s still no clear sign of one in the wings.

I know, there are candidates.  But we need one of them to start shining. Today. And then we need the other candidates to get out of the way.

Sorry. Venting.

Moe Lane

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