Starting in about an hour, I’ll be drunkblogging President Obama’s Oval Office address.
Link to follow. Here it is.
Curious report from The Hill on tonight’s Oval Office address on the Iraq drawdown:
President Obama has an opportunity Tuesday night to remind his supporters on the left of a time when they were all on the same page, united in opposition to George W. Bush and his war in Iraq.
Obama’s highly anticipated Oval Office address on the end of combat operations in Iraq comes at a perilous moment for his presidency, but it’s a moment that could serve as a reminder to liberals that they once rallied around Obama as the man who would bring the war to an end.
The obvious problem is, that Obama has followed, to the letter, a status-of-forces agreement negotiated with Baghdad by the Bush Administration. His speech tonight will be the equivalent of your contractor claiming credit for designing kitchen remodel because he didn’t pee all over the blueprints.
The less obvious problem is, what is Obama doing shoring up his antiwar base just 63 days before the election? This is when he’s supposed to be reminding independents about all the wonderful things he and his Democratic congressional majorities have accomplished in the last 18 months or so.
Yesterday, I wondered whether the Administration was either naïve or aloof, bragging — to the UN! — about its lawsuit against Arizona for attempting to help enforce immigration laws. Turns out, there’s a third option.
In the comments, John writes:
Odds are they still think this is a winner in Blue States, especially California, and by pushing the lawsuit they can goose Democratic turnout enough to get Boxer and Brown across the finish line.
If that’s the case, and it certainly seems plausible, then the White House must have given up any hopes of holding the House. Because this kind of stuff is absolutely going to cost them House seats — all just to save a couple Democrats in California.
Everybody say it with me now: All just to save a couple Democrats in California.
It’s amazing how far and fast the once-mighty are falling.
But we’re not there yet. Vote. And bring your friends.
How low can you go? In his latest Newsweek column, Howard Fineman uses the phrase, “Tea Partiers and their fellow travelers.” Fellow travelers? That’s the phrase used in this country back in the ’40s and ’50s for American followers of the totalitarian Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
If Fineman sees no difference between the the Hammer & Sickle and the Gadsden flag, then he’s well and truly gone off the deep end.
Or he’s just another WaPo hack.
Let’s play a game of Guess That Pundit! OK, here’s the start of the column:
Forget conventional wisdom: Republicans have a real shot at taking control of the Senate, as well as the House, in the U.S. midterm elections.
“This is going to be a massive election like 1974, except it will happen to the Democrats this time,” says Bill McInturff, a leading Republican pollster, alluding to the Democratic landslide more than three-and-a-half decades ago. “The Senate is in play.”
No fair peeking. Who could it be? George Will? No, doesn’t read “clever” enough. Could it be Charles Krauthammer? Hmm — clean language, but lacking force. Maybe Thomas Sowell? Nah, doesn’t have a philosophical angle.
So which rightwing nutcase could possibly think that the Senate is in play?
The State Department lawsuit against Arizona’s “tough” new anti-illegal immigration law (it features requirements so stringent, they’re already mandated in that fascist bastion: Rhode Island) is about as unpopular as the Arizona law is popular. Even über-blue Michigan voters approve by overwhelming margins.
Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton’s State Department is basking in its own sense of self-righteousness in a report to the United Nations. Here’s the whole story from the AP:
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is demanding that a reference to the state’s controversial immigration law be removed from a State Department report on human rights.
The United States lists its legal challenge to Arizona’s immigration enforcement measure on a list of ways the government is protecting human rights. It’s part of a report to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights.
In a letter Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report.
Arizona’s law requires police enforcing other laws to investigate the immigration status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants. Critics say it will target minorities, but Brewer says it prohibits human rights abuses.
There’s no way of knowing what’s going on inside the Administration these days, but I can make a couple guesses. One, maybe they just don’t give a damn about public opinion anymore, and maybe they never did. Two, they are so disconnected from reality that they think this is a winning hand.
Either way, American voter, your voice isn’t being heard and isn’t even very much welcomed in DC.
The WSJ has an otherwise solid Peggy Noonan column on the “mystery” of President Obama, but a sharp editor would have nixed this line:
Actually, what is confounding is that he seems more a mystery to people now than he did when they elected him president.
Um… Peggy? Why so confounded? Candidate Obama presented himself as a post-partisan, post-racial centrist, and the Mainstream Media never challenged him on it. President Obama has been a vicious, race-mongering lefty — so much so that not even the MSM can cover for him.
This is no mystery. The American public was sold a bill of goods — and with your help, Ms. Noonan.
Dear Washington Post hacks…
A sea of people rallied at the hallowed site of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday as conservative commentator Glenn Beck and other heroes of the “tea party” movement honored Americans serving in the military and delivered impassioned calls to turn the nation back to God and to protect the traditional values that they said make the country exceptional.
…after a year and half, you can take the scare quotes off from around Tea Party. And then I can stop calling you hacks.
Sorry, Charlie, but we’re not buying it:
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) is walking back comments he made in an interview earlier today about the recently enacted healthcare law.
Crist is mounting an independent bid for Senate against Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Crist told a local TV station Friday that he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s healthcare proposal were he in the Senate. That was a reversal of his previous position against the healthcare law.
“I would have voted for it,” Crist said in the interview. “But I think it can be done better, I really do.”
But now, Crist says he “misspoke” in that interview. His campaign sent out a statement Friday afternoon clarifying Crist’s position on the healthcare law.
My prediction that Crist would come in a distant third in the Florida Senate race is looking less like an outrageous claim and more like prophecy.
I am, of course, talking about the latest dumb move by the stupid party, the GOP. Read:
If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
Everything from the microscopic — the New Black Panther party — to the massive –- think bailouts — is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.
This is an issues election, and the issues are more important than any in our lifetimes. People want action, they want results — and they’re going to need a new majority party to get those results. And that new majority party is going to need a popular mandate.
And you don’t get a mandate by running on a platform of bickering. Investigations can wait. And besides, does the GOP think they can do a better job of repudiating 18 months of bad Democratic policy than the American people will do on November 2? It’s almost as if they’re trying to lose.
Get smart, GOP. The issues are all in your favor right now.
Don’t be stupid.
UPDATE: You honestly have no idea how brain-punchingly stupid the Stupid Party is, until you read this exclusive report.
Coast to Coast: New grassroots are shooting up all over the place. And on today’s show I talk with Sarah Field of Liberty Central, which is sort of a one-stop-shop for conservative activism. This group has only been around for three months, but they’ve got one hell of a slick operation.
Watch the show. Find out more.
Trifecta: Is this the China Century? Short answer, no.
But some of the reason might surprise you.
By the way, this was the last of this week’s episodes, which we taped on a rush schedule — a day early, without a conference call, and without knowing anything aside from the broadest outlines of the topics. So we did half as much work for the same quality (I hope!) with twice as many heart palpitations.
I say we do it like that once a month.
So, you think President Obama had a tough week? Wait’ll you get a load of what happened to the Congressional Democrats.
By Real Clear Politics‘ poll averaging, the GOP lock has jumped up three to 206 seats and the Democrats lost three to 196. That ten-seat deficit was a 202-202 tie just two weeks ago. When you consider how few seats are really in play, and that the campaign season doesn’t really begin until Labor Day weekend, that’s a remarkable amount of action.
From last week’s polls, a total of 17 seats shifted — and 16 of them moved right. Here’s the visual, courtesy of 270 to Win‘s online tools.
If a district is red, it moved right this week. If it’s blue, it moved left. Next week, we’ll look at intensity — but all we’re measuring today is motion.
On now to the individual races, and we’ll do this from left to right to further right.
Now that the Florida primary is over, I can tell you: Marco Rubio will be the next Senator from the great state of Florida. There’s just no way Charlie Crist pulls enough Democrat votes away from Kendrick Meek to win, even a plurality.
And you read it here first: Crist comes in a weak third on election day.
UPDATE: James Joyner seems to think I might be a little nuts, but he has had many drinks with me, all in a row.
Trifecta: Scott hosts, and challenges Bill and me to come up with a better GOP Take Back the House game plan than John Boehner’s. That took maybe half a minute, and then we talked baseball. (Not really.)
Oh, and Scott finally saved up enough box tops to get his hi-def Sony Ipela conference cam — so no more glowing orange Ott head!
Not a big news item — just House Minority Leader John Boehner doing what he needs to do to keep his name in the papers and pretending that he’s gunning for GOP control on actual platform (more on that on Trifecta this week). But my reaction to it made me laugh. Anyway, here’s the lede:
WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – U.S. House Republican leader John Boehner on Tuesday called for the resignation of President Barack Obama’s embattled economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House economic adviser Larry Summers. [Emphasis added]
At first glance, I thought that said “embittered.”
Well, if not now, then soon.
Mr. President, are you sure we shouldn’t try putting it in R? That couldn’t be much worse than this:
Sales of previously owned homes plunged 27.2% nationally in July — payback from the expiration of a popular federal tax credit that had fueled the market for much of the year.
The big drop, which was worse than what many analysts had expected, sent stock markets tumbling Tuesday morning as investors feared a double dip in housing.
“Worst than what many analysts had expected.” Who are these analysts, and why, after 18 months of expecting Keynesian voodoo to work, do they still have jobs?
Fire some of those people, and maybe some decent people can start finding work again.
It’s hard to get solid news out of North Korea. About the only news we get is when the Ministry of This r That makes some threatening pronouncement of impending world conquership under the unyielding hand of Dear Leader — which is hardly solid news. But StrategyPage has this item, which you might find interesting:
Since June, at least two additional combat divisions have been camped outside the North Korean capital. No official explanation was given for this troop movement (which required using a lot of scarce fuel.) All is speculation in the north, because intel agencies in South Korea, the United States and China are reluctant to release any solid information, lest they risk exposing the few good sources they have up there. But the current rumors indicate that most of what’s going on up north these days is driven by efforts to keep the government going. This is difficult, because supreme leader Kim Jong Il is apparently dying, or at least believes he is. The big problem is that his chosen successor is his youngest son, an able enough young man in his 20s. That’s too young for a place like Korea, where people like their leaders elderly. Kim Jong Il is trying to convince his elderly associates to honor his choice of successor, and apparently not everyone is convinced.
And so… the People’s Democratic Republic descends further into unvarnished military dictatorship, as People’s Democratic Republics must.