Jul
08
2013
2

QotD, The Hill Tells A Fib edition.

Really?  REALLY?

 Few could have foreseen this White House struggling so much after Obama’s convincing 332-206 electoral vote victory over Mitt Romney last November.

Well. I guess that I’m one of the few, then.

12/08/2012:

…that’s why I am not as worried about Obama’s second term as some; I’ve seen his first term, you see.  The major difference between that one and this one is that his own party had a vested interest in playing nice with the man running for re-election; but now that it’s clear that Barack Obama does not like other people very much, has no interest in stumping for his own side’s candidate, and simply does not like to exert any effort beyond the bare minimum: well.  He wants to play aloof, then Harry Reid will happily become the most important Democrat in Washington DC by default.

Seriously, it didn’t take much in the way of precognition to realize that Barack Obama was going to flounder, once the main reason why the White House got up in the morning went away.  I guess the Hill should read me more often…

Moe Lane

Jun
04
2013
2

QotD, You Win Or You Die edition.

John Hayward over at RedState, in the process of reviewing WITH EXTREME SPOILERS the latest episode of Game of Thrones, makes this point about how the universe does not care about how unfair life is to any particular candidate:

A prospective candidate who thinks himself above the unpleasantness of the modern electoral arena should save his prospective donors a lot of money and take a pass on running.

Yes, yes, I know: half of you are still getting over the fact that RedState is doing something like reviewing GoT from a conservative/Republican perspective: and the other half of you are startled that this is being done by somebody who isn’t me.  Personally, I’m just as happy to have other people be comfortable in their political geekery: it means that I’m winning.  Besides, I’m not watching that show right now, either.

May
31
2013
6

QotD, What Do They Have To Engage Them? edition

Jim Geraghty:

There’s some anecdotal evidence that a significant chunk of the Left’s rank-and-file started tuning out shortly after Obama’s second term began, and they’re not re-engaging.

[snip of a clip of Lefty blogger digby doing the digital equivalent of grimly looking at the steadily-decreasing level on the vodka bottle]

A lot of possible reasons for this — scandal disillusionment, the crash after the high of Hope-ium, a public starting to feel like they’ve heard of all of Obama’s rhetorical tropes before, overall exhaustion and boredom with politics as a whole — but this is not a development that the Washington conventional wisdom has even noticed, much less even begin to analyze or explain.

(more…)

May
27
2013
1

QotD, Memorial Day edition.

C.S. Lewis:

We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and important even in human eyes that all our work is undone, and there is still at least one vice of which they feel genuine shame.

An odder quote to use than most, but still apropos in this situation, methinks.

May
22
2013
11

QotD, Lamar! edition.

Lamar!*

Major news outlets in recent days have reported that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is raising money from the private sector—including from health-care executives—for use by a private entity that is helping to implement ObamaCare. The entity, Enroll America, is run by a former White House aide.

The Washington Post quoted an HHS spokesman last week saying, “We requested additional money [from Congress] . . . but we didn’t receive any additional funding for the exchanges. So we had to come up with Plan B.”

My immediate thought was: Isn’t “Plan B” what got Oliver North in trouble during the 1980s?

Lamar! (more…)

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May
19
2013
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QotD, The Thing About #Benghazi Is That It Was Sadly Predictable edition.

Cynical, but more or less correct:

The hundred pages of Benghazi e-mails released this week tell us almost nothing about how four Americans came to die so tragically in that Libyan city. But they are a case study in why nothing works in Washington.

Rather than reading these messages for their substance on Benghazi (on which officials were still basically clueless three days after the attack), try perusing them as an illustration of how the bureaucracy responds to crisis — especially when officials know they will be under the media spotlight.

What you find is a 100-page novella of turf-battling and backside-covering.

Also: damning.  We were told that this administration was different, somehow.  Which was, of course… a false thing, told to people who are now learning better, and we have to remember that people do not deserve to be lied to, even if they had been warned ahead of time.  The point is that Barack Obama – and his entire staff, explicitly including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – is a creature of the system, not its nemesis.

May
18
2013
2

QotD, This Actually Doesn’t Sound Too Bad, Compared To Today edition.

I mean, really: the situation in Chester Arthur’s day apparently had its points.

Henry Adams, the disillusioned sage of the era, famously described the political life of the country after the Civil War in less-than-glowing terms: “The government does not govern. Congress is inefficient, and shows itself more and more incompetent to wield the enormous powers that are forced upon it, while the Executive is practically devoid of its necessary strengths by the jealousy of the Legislature.” James Bryce, the English commentator who saw America with at least as much perspicacity as Americans saw themselves, remarked that “an American may through a long life never be reminded of the Federal Government, except when he votes at presidential and congressional elections, lodges a complaint against the post-office, and opens his trunks for a custom-house official on the pier of New York.”

Not perfect, mind you.  I’m not actually a libertarian: I like having a comprehensive transportation net (which is something that a lot of political and economic theories seem to have a lot of trouble with, in my opinion).  But it’d be better than the unholy fusionist Trinity of Keynes, Wilson, and Alinksy that we’re suffering from now.

May
10
2013
2

QotD, HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA (Breathe) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA edition.

(H/T Instapundit) This editorial had me …well, shrugging and conceding that there was a possibility… until this point:

And just in case Benghazi does end up costing [Hillary] Clinton the White House, there’s someone else ready and willing to take her place in the 2016 race.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Yeeeeeeah. Do you know what we do to liberal Democrats from Massachusetts who run for President in this country? Do you, do you? That’s right! We rip their hearts out and then throw the hearts on the ground and then we make them dance on their own hearts!  We do that until they have no dignity left!  And then we smack them in the face, laugh, and elect the other guy. (more…)

May
01
2013
2

QotD, Horror Is Where You Find It edition.

Penny Arcade:

Robert had Lasik done awhile ago, so long ago now that he has to wear glasses again, which is apparently a thing that happens.  He would occasionally wear glasses anyway, for their intimidating effect, which was powerful enough to work on me even though I knew they were props.  He told us about the process, which he found beyond odd: the laser man talked to him the whole time his cornea was off, complimenting him on the brilliant color of his iris, now unencumbered by its protective scale.

He told me that story when I first met him, too long ago to even remember when that was exactly, and I’ve probably thought about it one or twice a week ever since: a man who is always in some way unsatisfied with the human eyes he sees, who knows that there is some undiscovered color beneath those shells, a shell he knows is easy, so easy, to pull away.

There’s a 30 minute television horror episode in this one, somewhere.  Assuming that they still do those.  On cable, maybe?  Yeah, probably on cable.

Apr
26
2013
1

QotD, The Mind Boggles At Their Possible Avatars edition.

Pejman Yousefzadeh, stating something that’s obvious in retrospect:

If Bismarck, Metternich, Castlereagh and/or Palmerston were alive and on the Internet, I imagine that they would tell us to only get into those flame wars that advance our strategic interests.

If you want context, click on through, and then click the David All link. Warning: don’t have any liquids in your mouth before you do.  You won’t spray the liquid out; instead, you’ll just pour it out over your keyboard as your jaw goes slack.  Don’t panic when that happens, by the way.  That’s just your brain trying to desperately enter hibernation mode before you lose any more IQ points from the sudden mental toxicity.

Moe Lane

PS: If you don’t know who David All is, good on you and don’t worry about it.  Also, don’t click through past Pejman’s post.

Apr
25
2013
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Quote of the Day, You’d Think That The Left WANTS Muslims Being Lynched In The Streets edition.

Brendan O’Neill, writing for the UK Telegraph:

Whenever a bomb goes off in America or Britain, some liberals’ first reaction is to wonder whether stupid white people will go crazy and attack Muslims.

It’s not quite right, though.

Whenever a bomb goes off in America or Britain, some liberals’ first reaction is to [hope that] stupid white people will go crazy and attack Muslims.

There.  Fixed it for him.

Via AoSHQ.

Moe Lane

PS: No, offensive is constantly being subjected to a mass hysterical – and quite baseless – accusation by people who I am morbidly are at least half-projecting. The above was merely me being impolitic.  We all know darn well that there are Left-pundits out there who are downright eager to see a pogrom.

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Apr
17
2013
2

QotD, That Was The Verbal Equivalent Of A Poisoned Dagger Between The Ribs edition.

From the Free Beacon comes this time-delayed, epic slam:

A GOP Senate aide told the Free Beacon [Democratic Senator Kay] Hagan’s decision to jump out early in support of Manchin-Toomey was “a testament to her skills” as a politician.

I assume that we all understand why, yes? – Because I have to go pick up my kid, now.

Moe Lane

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