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Be Careful What You Wish For

November 15th, 2010 - 10:15 am

I’m sure by now most everyone has read, or at least read about, that Sunday WaPo op-ed by Democratic pollsters Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell. It’s a long one, but you can get the gist pretty early on. Here’s what you need to read:

This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.

To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.

If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock, at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.

We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency. And even if it was not an endorsement of a Republican vision for America, the drubbing the Democrats took was certainly a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party. The president has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents.

Putting aside the flowery language about restoring trust and bringing back the hopenchange, you’re left with one message: Schoen and Caddell simply don’t believe Obama is re-electable — and that his party is going to need the next to years to clear enough of his wreckage to give Hillary Clinton (or whomever) a shot at winning the White House in 2012.

Last January, Obama said he’d rather be a “really good one-term president.” Maybe he can find solace in being half right.

Nice Election, Kid –

November 14th, 2010 - 9:43 am

Coast to Coast Tea Party: FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe explains what’s next for the Tea Party, and how to hold the new GOP Congress accountable.

Who Watches the Watchers?

November 14th, 2010 - 9:38 am

Last week’s rosy-ish jobs report? Phony baloney. Here’s what happened, according to Business Insider:

But it turns out that there was a simple reason why the payroll numbers looked so good–a reason that had nothing to do with underlying strength of the jobs market.
What was that reason?

The government changed the “seasonal adjustment” it made to the payroll numbers–and, in so doing, boosted the number of “jobs” created in October by 100,000.

Is there anything this administration won’t politicize?

Domestic Bliss

November 14th, 2010 - 9:26 am

Good Husband: Gives his wife an iPad for her birthday a week early, because she has to spend a few days in bed.

Dismayed Husband: Has to explain to OCD, heavily medicated wife why iPad doesn’t have folders like her iPhone does.

Smart Husband: Can I get you a glass of wine to go with your Percocet?

It’s been an interesting few days.

Must-See Radio

November 14th, 2010 - 8:35 am

For this week’s PJM Politicalhttp://bit.ly/crTItF
, Ed Driscoll rounded up Gray Lady Down author William McGowan, James Lileks, Glenn Reynolds, pollster Scott Rasmussen, the Poliwood guys and more.

Trifecta: The Fed’s latest move is called the QE2 — but it has much more in common with the Titanic.

How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

November 10th, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Trifecta: What really happened with Keith Olbermann last week? Conspiracy theories abound on this members’ exclusive episode.

She Kept Her Motor Clean

November 10th, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Following John Gruber’s instructions, I’ve moved Flash to where Safari and Firefox and Chrome can get to it. Chrome has it’s own built-in implementation, allowing me to use Flash when I absolutely must. But the rest of the time, I’m free of that ’90s-vintage, CPU-stealing, browser-crashing wreck of a kludge of malware.

Oh, and thanks to a nifty little Safari extension called YouTube5, YouTube clips are invisibly and automatically converted into HTML5 — no need to monkey about with Flash in Chrome or anywhere else. So far (and somewhat inconveniently), PJTV is the one place where I need to boot up Chrome. But it beats the Flash-y alternative.

The best part is, if enough people follow suit, webmasters will get the idea that users are sick of Flash, and speed up their adoption of HTML5 accordingly.

If I run into any major problems, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, I suggest you click the link above and follow Gruber’s instructions.

Hey, Rocky, Watch Me Pull A Ballot Out of My Hat

November 10th, 2010 - 10:58 am

Dirty tricks down south in Texas:

On November 2, Farenthold beat Ortiz by 799 votes. A tight race to be sure, but one that could be described as outside the margin of ACORN. I mean error.

The fairly Leftist Corpus Christi Caller Times even said in a November 6 editorial “Honor the vote, which went for Farenthold.”

But Ortiz did not – and has not – acquiesced. He demanded a recount. And that’s when the “Out of Thin Air” show began. Ortiz, Inc. keeps finding new bags containing new ballots – many with his name on them.

Ortiz, Inc. first found in Robstown – the epicenter of Ortiz, Inc. support – a bag with seven whole ballots in it. All of them (shocking) cast for Ortiz.


That lowered Farenthold’s spread to 792.

Ortiz, Inc. then moved on to the provisional ballot and overseas vote portion of the program. Which is a much tougher nut to crack.

Read the whole thing at BG.

Meet the New Boss

November 10th, 2010 - 7:57 am

On the Hill, it’s not your father’s Democrats:

A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result.

Barring an unexpected shake-up, House Democrats next year will be led by a combination of Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.) — lawmakers who are 70 or older and have served in Congress for decades.

No, wait — these are exactly your father’s Democrats.

Flying the Overly-Friendly Skies

November 10th, 2010 - 7:06 am

Trifecta: Getting felt up by Janet Napolitano — how bad could it be?

Emobama Mopes Again

November 9th, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Trifecta: What we have here, is failure to communicate. Stephen Kruiser takes the center square and has Scott Ott and I take on the President’s latest, lamest excuse.

Programing Note

November 9th, 2010 - 5:32 pm

I’ll be on The Rick Moran Show in 30 minutes, along with Rich Baehr and Jazz Shaw. I think we’re supposed to talk about something political that happened in the last week or so, but I have no idea what.

Steering the Senate Starboard

November 9th, 2010 - 10:15 am

Advantage: Collier.

Tea Party Fun, Democratic Shame

November 8th, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Hair of the Dog: Not a single elected Democrat official dared to show their face on this week’s Sunday shows. That’s the good news. Better news? You’ll get to see Rand Paul take down Christiane Amanpour.


Bringing Back the Dead

November 8th, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Watching the Sunday shows yesterday was the joy it always is — if by “joy” you mean “a long, hard slog.” But it was refreshing seeing a few (if only a very few) principled politicians who seem serious about cutting DC down to size.

However, their marketing could use a little work, especially given a hostile Complicit Media. (I’m looking at you, David Gregory, and you, too, Christiane Amanpour. Terrible performances yesterday from both of you. Shill a little less for big government, mmkay? Anyway.)

With that in mind, here it is again — the VodkaPundit Five by Five Plan:

• 5-year moratorium on new regulations
• 5-year moratorium on new taxes
• 5-year extension of current tax rates
• 5-year suspension before implementing any more Obamacare provisions
• 5 percent across-the-board, net spending cut from pre-crisis levels

This is a start. A small start. But it should be easier to explain than the somewhat arcane plans (if there are any plans at all) the GOP has been presenting.

Although I doubt it would be any easier to explain to Amanpour. She’s so dim, she couldn’t comprehend what Rand Paul meant by “across the board.” Seriously — I’ll go into that later today on Hair of the Dog. Priceless stuff.

Stuff White Presidents Like

November 8th, 2010 - 11:56 am

President Emobama is “isolated.” From Politico:

Congressional Democrats consider him distant and blame him for their historic defeat on Tuesday. Democratic state party leaders scoff at what they see as an inattentive and hapless political operation. Democratic lobbyists feel maligned by his holier-than-thou take on their profession. His own Cabinet — with only a few exceptions — has been marginalized.

His relations with business leaders could hardly be worse. Obama has suggested it’s a PR problem, but several Democratic officials said CEOs friendly with the president walk away feeling he’s indifferent at best to their concerns. Add in his icy relations with Republicans, the media and, most important, most voters, and it’s easy to understand why his own staff leaked word to POLITICO that it wants Obama to shake up his staff and change his political approach.

Any day now I expect to read a report that the President has been spending a lot of time alone upstairs in his bedroom, listening to old Morrissey records.

POTENTIALLY RELATED: California called “the Lindsay Lohan of states.”

We Have a Winner

November 8th, 2010 - 10:08 am

Remember my Emo Obama Theory? (Emobama?) Well, here’s the winner of my photoshop contest.

Insure THIS!

November 7th, 2010 - 10:20 am

Under the Obama Plan, if you like the coverage you have, you can keep it — unless you happen to work for the AARP.

The Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Edition

November 7th, 2010 - 10:12 am

Don’t tase my bear, Sarah Palin’s new ‘do and those racist teabaggers — all on another exciting episode of… The Week in Blogs!

His Secret Service Code Name is “Cutter”

November 6th, 2010 - 10:52 pm

If history has ever once recorded a time when reality suborned itself to a plan, then history is a liar.

I’d planned on doing the near-impossible — taking off two whole days in a row, once the elections were over. After recording The Week in Blogs on Thursday afternoon, I announced to the PJTV studio: “On Friday and Saturday, I will not pick up the phone and I will not answer emails. That is all.”

But then, of course, our Dilettante-in-Chief went and said something so profoundly stupid that I had to drag myself out of my self-imposed (and totally-enjoyed) exile just to show you how profoundly stupid our Dilettante-in-Chief has become. So, for the record, I present the following:

“I think that’s a fair argument. I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn’t just legislation. That it’s a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone,” Mr. Obama told 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft in an exclusive interview set to air Sunday.

“Making an argument that people can understand,” Mr. Obama continued, “I think that we haven’t always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. And it’s something that I’ve got to examine carefully … as I go forward.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dilettante-in-Chief who gave you the demerol of stimuli, who gave you three trillion dollars in new deficits after promising a “net spending cut,” and who gave you ObamaCare because he cares enough to raise prices while decreasing services…

this is the President who now has the stones to claim that his unpopularity is all one big misunderstanding. He’s misunderstood, the poor thing.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my dour duty to inform you that this once-great nation has elected its very first — and I very dearly hope last — Emo President.

And if someone can photoshop that image for me, I’ll send you a very nice PJTV coffee mug.

Up in Smoke

November 4th, 2010 - 2:41 pm

Trifecta: Boxer, Brown, and the usual gang of idiots will keep on keepin’ on driving California into the sea — what are they smoking out West?

Don Draper Says “What?”

November 4th, 2010 - 9:02 am

So here’s what the modern President requires for a state visit to India:

All 800 rooms of five star hotel.

200 hangers-on.

His very own chefs.

A land fleet of over 40 cars.

A real fleet of 34 US Navy warships.

A $3,000 bottle of Scotch.

The removal of all the coconuts.

All for the low, low price of just $200,000,000. Per day.

Honestly, all President Obama needs at this point is a giant hat, a big red sash, and epaulets like loaves of Wonder Bread to complete the comic-opera dictator effect.

Same As the Old Boss?

November 4th, 2010 - 8:05 am

Trifecta: Can a Boehner change his spots? What the future holds for the GOP after Tuesday’s remarkable win.

The Party Has Just Begun

November 3rd, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Trifecta: Why not spend your election hangover with the Trifecta guys? We keep the suffering to a minimum and the schadenfreude turned up to 11.

Required Reading

November 3rd, 2010 - 1:47 pm

I got a rock.”


November 3rd, 2010 - 11:16 am

How did we reach a place where some of the Smartest People in the Room™ think we can get rich by debasing the currency? That’ exactly Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s plan, to buy at least half a trillion-with-a-T worth of long-term Treasury notes.

And where does the money come from? Out Bernanke’s bottom. It all imaginary — the Fed will simply invent $500,000,000,000* because of this insane notion that a country can get rich by eating its seed corn and filling the silo with the world’s biggest IOU.

And those Treasuries? The debt created at Bernanke’s whim? That’s as real as cancer and hand grenades, and he’s putting it on our tab.

UPDATE: What? The real number is $600,000,000,000*? Then that’s just fine then.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Do I hear $1,000,000,000,000?

*Corrected for lost zeroes.

Fight the Meme

November 3rd, 2010 - 11:07 am

I’m not sure of the precise moment Peter Beinart became a shill for Paul Krugman. Then again, I can’t remember a time he wasn’t. Read this bit from his Daily Beast column today, in which he manages to stroke his chin and wring his hands and give Krugman the old reach around all at once:

Last night’s biggest loser was not the Democratic Party. Democrats will rebound. In fact, the GOP’s victories probably improve Barack Obama’s chances of reelection since he can now position himself as a check on Republican radicalism, as Bill Clinton did in 1996. The real loser is Keynesianism: The idea that when businesses and individuals stop spending, government must. That idea will not rebound; it’s over for this period in economic history. First Britain, and now the United States, are responding to the worst economic contraction in 75 years by contracting government, despite the fact that the world’s best economists are screaming that it’s exactly the wrong thing to do. As Virginia Thomas might say, “Have a good day!”

Evil Rethuglican Teabaggers are ignoring the advice of “the world’s best economists” because they want to keep the economy in the tank so that giant corporations can make evil profits selling grandma’s bones to the Chinese! Or something.

But Beinart ignores two tiny things.

1. “The world’s best economists” don’t all agree on stimulus. Unless, of course, we change that to The World’s Best Economists™, where the TM belongs to Paul Krugman.

2. Germany. Anyone remember Germany? No stimulus, and Germany is a jobs-creation machine, with the lowest unemployment rate they’ve enjoyed in 18 years.

And let’s throw in a third item, just in case Beinart conveniently forgot this one — where is the money going to come from? The UK is cutting because they’re out of money. So are we. We’re tapped out. Broke. Stony. Busted. The credit card is maxed.

And don’t you forget that, as we prepare to enter a very tough fight against entrenched DC interests. Washington insiders will continue to suck us dry, if we let them. And Beinart will continue cheer them on, with that smug, casual viciousness so common to beltway Journ-O-Lists.


November 3rd, 2010 - 9:31 am

Überproducer Owen Brennan just forwarded an announcement from Eric Cantor — he’s running for Speaker.

UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Well, crap — I misread the memo. Cantor is going for Majority Leader, not Speaker. That’s fine and all, but I was really looking forward to House Speaker Not-Boehner.