Eugene Robinson… points out troublesome behavior from Obama towards the press.

You know, Eugene Robinson, I can’t help but notice that… you are upset at the current administration’s policies on leaks.

The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.

And that this situation you are now describing… is a troublesome one.

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

And, indeed, this observation that you have now taken up – that we have been seeing this sort of thing from the Obama administration for some time – is… very much on topic.  Yes.


Thank you for pointing this out.  And thank you for noting that prior administrations have shown more restraint in dealing with journalists.

Moe Lane

(Via Instapundit.  Oh, my, yes: via Instapundit.)

#rsrh QotD, Ooh! Ooh! Let Me Answer, Eugene! Edition.

Eugene Robinson, on why it’s so horribly, horribly unfair to blame President Obama for the fact that his policies were and are the economic/fiscal equivalent of pyaemia*:

Now, maybe somebody could have come in and done all of that and also got the economy revved up and roaring but I think it is more probable that this is a different kind of recession that — and I wonder who could have done better?

The last time I checked, Mr. Robinson, I believe that we were promised that Barack Obama himself would do better.  After all, “…we didn’t elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one.”

At least, so said… Eugene Robinson.

(Via Hot Air Headlines.)

Moe Lane

*PRO-TIP: when your defense of a Democrat/liberal causes people on MSNBC to laugh in your face, it isn’t a very good argument.  Even if it’s on Morning Joe.

Quote of the Day, Doesn’t Have A Clue edition.

Eugene Robinson is very aggrieved about the new Arizona law:

Legal immigrants will be required to carry papers proving that they have a right to be in the United States.

So aggrieved, in fact, that he’s apparently mixing up his tenses.  It is already federal law for legal immigrants / visitors to carry their green cards and/or other relevant immigration information with them at all times.  It’s been that way for years. [UPDATE: See also here.]

Mr. Robinson, if you don’t even know the basics of what is legally required and what is not, please keep out of the conversation until you’ve caught up with the rest of us.  I ask this as somebody who favors immigration reform: you’re making my life more difficult.

So stop that.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Eugene Robinson gets the name of RedState right.

It’s actually been a matter of some amusement for us over there: you could tell who the lazy or just dumb reporters were from their habitual reference of the site as, which it hasn’t been for years. Apparently, the Washington Post has gotten around to updating their files, bless their hearts. A shame that Eugene Robinson didn’t then try to actually talk to a Republican before he wrote his column, although I admit that it would have been harder than sneering at the Republicans that live largely in his head.

Let’s unpack a typical paragraph:

Will loyal members inform on others for harboring suspiciously moderate views?

Err, no.

Will anyone judged guilty have to wear a sign saying “Republican In Name Only” as penance?

Err, no.

Will there be re-education camps?

Err, no. Also: cheapening to the memory of victims in the tens of millions.

Will deviationists face the Enhanced Interrogation Technique of being forced to listen to the wit and wisdom of Glenn Beck, at ear-splitting volume, for days on end?

Err, no. Continue reading Eugene Robinson gets the name of RedState right.

The *biggest* disappointment, Mr. Robinson?

In the middle of complaining about the President’s curiously limited visit to New Orleans, Washington Post opinion columnist Eugene Robinson wrote:

It was stunning that he would spend only a few hours on the ground and that he wouldn’t set foot in Mississippi or Alabama at all.


  • Mississippi, 2008 result: 56% McCain, 43% Obama
  • Alabama, 2008 result: 60% McCain, [39]% Obama [My glitch, folks: sorry.]

Not really, no.

Moe Lane

PS: Louisiana is part of a critical bit of Democratic mythology (How the Right Wing Left Black People to Die), so it needs to get at least a little attention.  Provided that it can be also used to push something truly important, such as pushing the Democratic health care rationing bill.

Crossposted to RedState.