Looking back to the 2008 election season we were fully geared up and Dems were fighting it out. Huckabee hasn’t declared yet, with Mitt Romney just now gearing up for his big money bomb. But if you’re going to say Obama is on the ropes in Politico’s poll, then characterizing Sarah Palin’s troubles would be [...]
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Sean Hannity was squealing today on his radio show about Speaker John Boehner going “wobbly” on the budget. Throwing bones to his Tea Party listeners, I guess Hannity forgot that Democrats control the Senate and there’s a Democrat in the White House, too. Nothing like a circus in place of seriousness. According to The Hill, [...]
Hey, that’s not me talking. It’s Sen. Rand Paul. This is just too delicious. PAUL: I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war, a position, or two, or maybe three. I don’t know. I think he has more war positions than he’s had wives. (via Think Progress) [...]
Waaaaaaah—waaaaaaaaah–wah. The big bad AARP is beating us senseless with their huge numbers, so the Republican We’ll Show Them Report is out. And Republican allies have come up with a scary title for AARP to rev up the Right: “AARP is the Death Star of American entitlements.” Through AARP the Right hopes to do a [...]
The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials. While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have [...]
via Ben Smith Considering I’m Irish-Scots, but have also been interested in Israel and the Middle East since I first became curious about Christianity, something that came long after I was baptized, well, I couldn’t resist this one. That’s Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren and DGA Chairman Martin O’Malley playing in the band. You’ll also see [...]
UPDATED… REUTERS Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels. Also, Clinton said in a classified briefing to House members what I’ve already written, which is that Obama would have ignored any war resolution rebuffs and all attempts to inhibit executive power on Libya. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. [...]
A new Quinnipiac poll has Pres. Obama at “all-time” lows. American voters disapprove 48 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a [...]
**UPDATED** It came very close for “Rawhide,” Pres. Reagan’s Secret Service code name. A remarkable report from CBS News adds to the history of this day. At 2:27 pm EST, thirty years ago today, Pres. Ronald Reagan was shot and critically wounded, though the American public didn’t know how grievously at the time. John Hinckley [...]
“… In the meantime, the United States will participate in an open-ended, international intervention to stop Gadhafi, but the goal of that mission day to day and the time line on which it will be carried out are, frankly, unknown. For all the clamoring here at home for presidential communication to the nation on this, [...]
PALIN: Yes, that’s — that’s a good question. And that’s the $600 million dollar-a-day question that is being asked now because that’s the cost incurred by Americans as we support the no-fly zone, which, of course, the no-fly zone, the intervention or enactment is turning into more than that. On the Democratic side you’ve got [...]
The Wisconsin fight goes on: Gov. Scott Walker’s administration no longer is collecting dues on behalf of state unions and, as of Sunday, is charging employees more for their pensions and health care, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the changes are not yet law. Backing up the administration, the state Department of Justice argued [...]
“Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma? Why intervene in Bosnia and not Darfur?” – Candidated Obama, “Audacity of Hope” Pres. Obama got one thing correct last night in his speech. Just because we can’t help all countries doesn’t mean we can’t intervene where it’s really needed. Unfortunately, his judgment for what this [...]
Mark Halperin, the political weathervane of Washington, judged Obama’s speech last night a success for a reason no Democrat should trumpet: George W. Bush could have delivered every sentence. Halperin went on to say Obama “boxed in Republican detractors.” Foreign policy on Democratic terms is now null and void. Since when did a Democrat sounding [...]
On balance, however, the public does not think that the U.S. and its allies have a clear goal in taking military action in Libya. Just 39% say the U.S. and its allies have a clear goal, while 50% say they do not. – Modest Support for Libya Airstrikes, No Clear Goal Seen – Little Public [...]
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