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Watch this video of author Bob Woodward claiming that  Democrats loathe  His Oneness.  Yet they have stood shoulder to shoulder and protected him against the valid complaints of the citizens.   They  deserve  their  own destruction  for behaving as if their end goal justified any means,  regardless of how duplicitous or corrupt.    I don’t agree with Mark Halperin that Obama is a  spent political  force,  because the black community is too emotionally invested in him to withdraw,  but he is certainly headed in that direction with other groups.

If you haven’t read Noonan’s column yet,  it  is here.


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November 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend…

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The above is the title of Peggy Noonan’s  piece on  the upcoming State of the Union address,  in which she points out that such a speech can be great only if people listen to it.   She isn’t the only one who thinks  fewer than  ever will.   Here are five myths about  what has become a performance,  and here is how various  presidential speechwriters  have handled it.

George Will says the  shrinkage of  the presidency will be on display,  a rather vulgar act of   political exhibitionism.    That may well translate into high hopes but low expectations if you’re  a federal  employee.   Liberal commentator Juan Williams is urging His Oneness to  punch back  hard,  to give a  base-rousing  speech,  while his fellow Dems hope it’s the start of a populist agenda.   I expect the President will try to do so,  but he is incapable of showing strength,  only pettiness and arrogance.   The White House is certainly  going show-biz  trying to amp up interest for the speech.   Rob Garver forecasts  seven promises  which will be in the speech,  and seems doubtful any of them will be kept.   If,  as reported,  His Oneness will announce that he has  enlisted major corporations  to help with long-term joblessness,  it will prove that he doesn’t know that it is small businesses which hire the majority of workers.   He’ll reward the  corporations with  a tax cut for their perfidy and close  what he calls loopholes for the real engines of employment.

Marc Thiessen says  one lie  overhangs the SOTU,  so it makes sense that Obama is desperate to  change the  subject to income equality,  a lovely,  nebulous term that he can make mean anything he wishes.   What he most certainly won’t say is that income equality has  increased faster  on his watch than under any of the three previous presidents.   He won’t explain that his policies and regulations have  constricted the economy  like a boa downing a pig,  or that legislation which might actually help create jobs never sees the light of day in Harry  Reid’s Senate.

The White House  will have  Boston bombing survivors and the first openly gay NBA player as its guests.   An Oklahoma Republican Congressman will have the  father of one  of the former seals who gave his life at Benghazi.   Another Republican representative thinks SOTU will try to divide his party,  and he’s quite right  — I think it will be a bitterly partisan speech.

I know Obama won’t retitle his speech as State of the Coup,  as Rush Limbaugh suggests.   I like Erik Erickson’s  cynical take  on SOTU-2014 best of all,  and not merely because of the accurate title.   You may prefer Bret Stephens  lighter touch more enjoyable.


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January 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

Not lovin’ labor…

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Peggy Noonan has a  thoughtful piece on public labor unions.

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March 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

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On the 100th…

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This is one of the best pieces you will read on the occasion of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.  Here’s   a link to the Patti Davis piece which Peggy Noonan mentions.

Read this remembrance by Chuck Fleischmann of his meeting with Reagan.   If you don’t recognize the name,  go to the end and see where Chuck is now.

To hear some of  Reagan’s  speeches,  try  History Place.   The link is to the  tear down this wall” speech,  but my other favorite is the boys of Pointe du Hoc  (text here).

Many writers are producing pieces on the great man,  including Paul Kengor,  Tasha  Kheiriddin,   Martin  Tullai,  and also on humor,   Peter  Schweizer. There’s also on by Andrea Billups on Nancy Reagan’s  contribution to her husband’s legacy.

I don’t think Ed Rollins  is wrong,  but it would take more than another few Reagan presidencies for me to trust America as represented by government again.   Matt Lewis ponders the course of  the bullet.

Tevi Troy writes about his  pro-Israel sentiments,  George Weigel on RR and  the Pope,  and a Washington Times editorial on strength-based  foreign policy,  while Jane Hampton Cook looks at his  quiet diplomacy.   Stephen Dinan has  a look at views of Reagan.

Lou Cannon,  no conservative,  has a  good column up on Reagan.   The L.A. Times has  the first of a multi-part series on Reagan.  Cal Thomas nails one  enormous difference between RR and His Oneness.   Robert McFarland  tells us what he thinks made his boss great.   Lorne Gunter writes about his  communication skills,  and Steve Hayward  comments on liberal discovery of respect for the man.

Click over to  The Corner and scroll down for dozens of  personal stories about the man.

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February 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

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National Review Online has  a symposium of predictions for 2011.   Brad O’Leary  just wants AG Eric Holder to resign.   Tom Korologos offers  some predictions at Politico.


Rep. Henry Waxman,  one of Nancy Pelosi’s chief allies and  man who always makes me think of a pig,  foresees more rancor in politics  — gee,  ya think?   Of course,  it will mostly be on the part of Democrats,  as it generally is.   Politico offers the 10 worst political decisions.

The Boston Phoenix makes  some political prognostications.  Jim Antle bravely  —  and amusingly  —  points out some that he got wrong last year.  The Center for American Progress insists that Washington  won’t determine the success of His Oneness in 2011.

The WaPo has a  list of what’s in and what’s out for the new year.   It struck me as rather strange.   The Washington Times made more sense with its  likely and not so likely  news of 2011.   Peggy Noonan has  a sweet piece on  the origins of  “Auld Lang Syne”,  our unofficial New Year’s song and seldom heard at any other time.

Michael Ramirez has a  year-end cartoon which ties neatly into my title of the god who looks both back and forward.   Here’s one that’s rather  more hopeful.

I’m cooking black-eyed peas and turnip greens and ham for New Years,  keeping up the old Southern traditions.  Throw in some fresh cornbread and it’s a tasty meal any time of year.  But the slow cooking lets me watch the Rose Bowl Parade and clear away Christmas and start on my next box of items for the Salvation Army,  one of the few charities worth its salt in my book.

It looks like rain,  so Big Girl and I probably won’t be outside much — for a beast who’s half Great Pyrenees,   she sure hates getting her head wet.   She’s not much help inside,  having to inspect every item which is moved from one spot to another,  but if any of them dare transmogrify into sabre-toothed tigers,  I’ll be very well protected.

Happy New Year to all,  and may 2011 be more prosperous and fulfilling for all of us and those who matter to us.

Boiling over…

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Peggy Noonan thinks we are  at risk of boiling over.   She makes a number of good points,  as she usually does,  but I know very few people who are fearful, and very many who are mad as hell.   Yeah,  I’m one of them,  and I’m angrier than most because I’ve lived long enough,  and even spent enough time in D. C.,   to know that  politicians at every level are hogs at the trough.   There are damned few exceptions.

I submit that America is already boiling over.   His Oneness would be quite pleased if the fury took to the streets and behaved like his buddies at S.E.I.U. and ACORN,  but the Tea Party is composed mostly of sensible,  mature citizens who value civility.   They are also not stupid,  and as countless homemade signs attest,  they wield  a powerful sense of humor.

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August 12, 2010 at 7:58 am