Last week, the Democrats held their Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton, where Emperor Obama, Slayer of Insurance Companies, Defender of the Poor (and making more every day), the Duke of Deficits, addressed his faithful assembled minions, dispensing tidbits of propaganda like an imperial Pez dispenser, reeling them in with promises of endless supplies of government candy, assuring them it is oh so good for them.
Obama declared that “[a]s Democrats, we’ve let the other side define the word ‘freedom’ for too long…freedom for ordinary Americans to honestly pursue their dreams, that’s what we believe.” He went on to define freedom as the power of government to protect you from any adverse circumstance that may arise in your life, and as the ability for government to provide for your health care, your retirement, food, housing, and so on and so forth.
To quote the inimitable Inigo Montoya, the glorious Spaniard from one of my all time favorite movies, The Princess Bride…Mr. Obama, “You keep using that word [freedom]…I do not think it means what you think it means!’” What Obama is describing is not freedom; it is lifelong dependency on the gargantuan Nanny State, with promises of cradle-to-grave nurturing no matter how irresponsible the decisions you make in your life. Of course, the only way for government to protect you from your own mistakes is by forcing others to pay the price for you. Every action has a consequence, and just because you don’t suffer does not mean that someone does not suffer. Someone has to pay the piper. There is no free lunch.
Club for Growth Action rolled out a new ad yesterday against Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), an ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), hitting him for backing the Wall Street bailout, votes to increase the debt ceiling, and support for a “bigger Obama stimulus bill.”
The Club for Growth endorsed Bryan Smith, who is challenging Simpson in the Republican primary, in July 2013.
“Career politician Mike Simpson is one of the most liberal, anti-taxpayer Republicans serving in Congress today,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a statement, “which is exactly why it’s so critical that Idaho voters replace him with a constitutional conservative like Bryan Smith.”
Just days after accusing his Republican opponent of having a “sense of entitlement” because his military service, a new poll from a Democratic firm shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) trailing Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) by 9 points:
The poll released Monday by the Democratic firm Hickman Analytics Inc. shows that 51 percent of voters surveyed would choose Republican Rep. Tom Cotton to only 42 percent for Pryor. The Feb. 17-20 poll of 400 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
Pryor is widely seen as the most vulnerable incumbent this year, and he’s trailed Cotton in polling since October. But this is the first poll in which Cotton has been able to pull in majority support.
Though Pryor has tried to distance himself from President Barack Obama and national Democrats, some political analysts had already given Republicans an edge to take this seat in the fall.
Sharyl Attkisson, a journalist known for her reporting on Fast and Furious as well as Benghazi, has resigned her position at CBS News, citing, among other things, the network’s liberal bias (emphasis added):
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.
Others have suggested that CBS News itself was politically biased: “It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’s lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” a source close to Attkisson said.
Disclaimer: The subject of dating and finding a guy and the trials and tribulations of single people searching for love has never appealed much to me. It’s a curious quality I have that I’d rather read (and write) about the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC than hear about your last date. But a friend of mine wrote a book, Finding Mr. Righteous, and I was tasked with reviewing it. And so, given my proclivities, I’m going to attempt to do that in some way deserving of the effort she took in writing it. Forgive me my sins, Lisa.
The truth is this: Working in politics is hard. Trying to find love in the middle of politics is damn near impossible. Trying to find the love of a good, God-fearing man in the middle of politics is one of those fairytale stories parents tell their kids — complete with unicorns and perfect happy endings — to get them to stop crying about the scary boogeyman in the closet and finally go to sleep. Primarily because many people, at some point, lose their soul to politics, and the desire for the “God-fearing” gradually falls away under an ocean of work-related happy hours and ambitious hook-ups designed to help both people ascend another rung on the career ladder.
But Lisa De Pasquale, Southern and Italian, who loves to cook, runs in some big-name political circles, and is constantly battling her “inner fat girl”, actively decided to search for her soul to make sure she wouldn’t lose it. And her first book, Finding Mr. Righteous, is her not-so-Quixotic quest to use the men she dates in her home and career-stomping ground of Washington, DC to discover more about the nagging lack of the Big Man in her life.
Sprint’s Chairman, Masayoshi Son, is coming to Washington to explain how wireless competition in the US would be improved if only there were less of it.
After buying Sprint last year for $21.6 billion, he has floated plans to buy T-Mobile. When antitrust officials voiced their concerns about the proposed plan’s potential impact on wireless competition, Son decided to respond with an unusual strategy that goes something like this: The US wireless market isn’t competitive enough, so policymakers need to approve the merger of the third and fourth largest wireless companies in order to improve competition, because going from four nationwide wireless companies to three will make things even more competitive. Got it? Me neither.
An argument like that takes nerve, especially now. When AT&T attempted to buy T-Mobile a few years ago, Sprint led the charge against it, arguing vociferously that permitting the market to consolidate from four to only three nationwide wireless companies would harm innovation and wireless competition. After the Administration blocked the merger, T-Mobile rebounded in the marketplace, which immediately made it the poster child for the Administration’s antitrust policies.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made no secret of his contempt for the Tea Party movement and insurgent primary challengers looking to take down a handful of Republican senators.
There is a lot of bad blood between McConnell and Tea Party and conservative groups backing primary challengers to Republican senators.
McConnell, who seems poised to defeat a primary challenger of his own, has declared war on one group in particular, the Senate Conservatives Fund. He told the Washington Examiner late last year that this group, which endorsed his primary opponent, is “giving conservatism a bad name” and “ruining the [Republican] brand.”
One would think that McConnell would temper this sort of rhetoric as Republicans enter a crucial election year in which control of the chamber is on the line. But rather than appeal to a sizable chunk of the Republican base, the Minority Leader escalated his anti-Tea Party rhetoric in an interview with The New York Times.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said in an interview for a story that ran on Sunday. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
After months of attacks from hawkish conservatives against his foreign policy positions, especially in light of the situation in Crimea and escalating tensions with Russia, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) responded to critics on Monday in an op-ed at Breitbart.
Though the op-ed echoes previous defenses of his foreign policy positions, including an attempt to “correct the record” in a pre-CPAC interview with The Hill, the editorial was mostly pointed toward Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), though Paul never mentioned him by name.
But the lede in the op-ed is an unmistakeable jab at Cruz, who publicly stated on Sunday that he disagrees with Paul on foreign policy citing President Ronald Reagan’s vision of America’s role in the world.
“Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda,” wrote Paul at Breitbart. “Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.
Paul explained that Reagan was willing to talk with Mikhail Gorbachev, though he advanced the idea of a strong national defense and “peace through strength.” He notes that Reagan was reasoned in foreign policy decisions, citing his decision to pull back our military presence in Lebanon after a 1983 bombing claimed the lives of 241 Marines.
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand
— Oh, Fox News, STAAAAAHP: Another morning, another anti-Edward Snowden rant on Fox and Friends. “Edward Snowden is a terrible person, the worst in the world. Here’s a clip of Charles Krauthammer agreeing with me.” Yeah, there are some legit complaints about Snowden, like his seeking asylum from Russia, not exactly a bastion of liberty, but the guy tried to handle things the right way by taking his concerns about the NSA’s surveillance programs to his superiors. They didn’t listen, so he went to the media. In our minds, Snowden is more a hero than anything else for exposing programs that ignore the protections guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment. We also believe that he’s raised some other excellent points about the federal government wasting its resources. But neo-cons are gonna neo-con, and don’t you dare ever question them.
Senate Democrats will begin an all-night “talkathon” later today and into Tuesday morning to try to raise congressional awareness to climate change, what USA Today describes as the first of many steps to put the issue on the radar before the 2014 mid-term election.
This charade really is more of a nod to big Democratic Party donors who would benefit from policies aimed at combating climate change, as Byron York explains. In short, it’s is another example of cronyism: