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Republicans are right, Obama should be held accountable for his power grabs, but the problem didn’t begin when he took office

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated this week that he’s preparing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his many abuses of executive power, which, he said in a memo to House Republicans, gives the executive branch “king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators.”

Republicans, of course, have a legitimate complaint against President Obama, one that brings up very real concerns about separation of powers. This White House has run roughshod over the Constitution by ignoring laws passed by a duly elected Congress or enacting new laws through executive and regulatory fiat. But there’s also a hint of hypocrisy from the GOP.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto brought up the hypocrisy in a contentious interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday afternoon.

“Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President [George W.] Bush on the same use of executive orders?” Cavuto asked. “Because I think you knew then that was a waste of time then, and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” telling Bachmann that there are “more important things that you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits past each other.”

“Listen, I’m not the one — I’m not the one talking about that,” Bachmann replied. “What I’m saying is that what we have — what’s very important is this, the President trying to establish lawlessness in the United States. That’s a big issue.”

Hillary Clinton is a terrible person: Destroying a young girl’s life is not a laughing matter

The Democrats have had great success over the years in rallying votes from women, especially single women, by claiming that the Republicans are waging a “War on Women.”

In 2012, Obama won the vote of unmarried women by 67% to 31% using this tactic (although Romney won the vote of married women by 53% to 46%, who presumably either could take care of themselves, or rejected Big Daddy Government in favor of a traditional protector and provider, a husband).

As “proof” of this war Democrats point to the oft-debunked myth of a 77% “wage gap” between men and women in the workplace, GOP opposition to forcing taxpayers to fund contraception and, of course, the long-standing GOP support for the right of unborn children to take their first breath, as opposed to Democrats, who demand an uninhibited “right” to abortion under the rubric of a “woman’s right to choose.”

Yet if one wants to see the true face of a War on Women, one has to look no farther than the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democrat Party presidential nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton who, in 1975, volunteered to defend Thomas Alfred Taylor, one of two men accused of raping a 12-year old girl. Despite not being a public defender, and therefore under no obligation to take the case, Clinton readily accepted the case and attacked the task of getting her client acquitted.

To be sure, every accused person deserves a vigorous defense if they are going to be deprived of life, liberty, or property at the hands of the government. However, the justice system is ostensibly in place to find the truth, and punish the guilty.

That is not the path Hillary Rodham took.

Defeat Thad: Democratic operative working with pro-Cochran PAC to turn out voters for a Republican runoff

The runoff strategy for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his Republican establishment supporters wasn’t exactly a secret. They know Cochran needs to get Democrats to crossover to beat Chris McDaniel in the June 24 runoff, so, naturally, they’ve hired a Democrat.

The Jackson-based Clarion-Ledger reports that the so-called “Mississippi Conservatives PAC” is working with a Mississippi Democrat to get African-American voters to support Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in Tuesday’s runoff:

A Democratic political operative says he is working with Mississippi Conservatives PAC to drum up votes for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

James “Scooby Doo” Warren said he has put together a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan and is “putting it in place across the whole state.” Warren said he is not working with the Cochran campaign itself but for the PAC and Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr.

Crudup is the pastor at New Horizon Church, which shares an address and chief financial officer with a newly formed super PAC that ran print advertising in the primary supporting Cochran.

Finally: It looks like progressive Democrats are going to stand up to Barack Obama

President Barack Obama may be facing a revolt in his party over intervention in Iraq. Nearly three years after he claimed the war was over, the White House is preparing an airstrike campaign in Iraq against the ISIL, and that’s not sitting well with many of the progressives that make up the Democratic Party’s base:

Since Friday, thousands have added their names to two progressive petitions warning the president against military action in Iraq, one from San Francisco-based progressive group CREDO and the other hosted by MoveOn.org. Should Obama decide to go ahead with airstrikes in Iraq — he ruled out ground troops in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters at the White House Friday — progressive strategists told BuzzFeed Sunday the liberal grumbling could turn into an election year headache for the White House.
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Leaders of CREDO, a group known for strong criticism of Obama over Keystone and other issues, are already equating Obama to his predecessor as U.S. military action in Iraq goes back on the table.

“If the president takes ownership of George W. Bush’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq by launching a new round of bombing strikes, Iraq will become Barack Obama’s war,” reads the CREDO petition.

Thad Cochran is so desparate to win reelection that he’s relying on Democrats to help him in a Republican runoff

Club for Growth Action is following through on its promise to oppose Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). The free market PAC released two new ads today slamming Cochran for losing touch with Mississippi and voting with Democrats.

“Thad Cochran and his allies in Washington may think he’s entitled to a lifetime seat in the United States Senate, but Mississippi voters get the final say,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a press release. “Thad Cochran’s record is filled with bailouts, tax hikes, and trillions in debt, which is why his floundering campaign is now begging for Democrats to vote in the runoff.”

The ad campaign is backed buy a “large, six-figure buy” that will begin running today on both broadcast and cable networks in Mississippi.

The 30-second television ad, “Entitled,” hits Cochran for being out of touch with Magnolia State voters “after five decades” in Washington. The Club also knocks Cochran for voting with Democrats on spending, judges, and Obamacare funding.

So much for hope and change: Top Democrat has “had enough” of tone-deaf, arrogant Obama

Tone Deaf and Arrogant Obama

The era of “Hope and Change” has likely been over for some time. Candidate Obama in 2007 and 2008 made sweeping promises about what he’d do as President, and most of those promises have fallen flat due in part to the political realities in Washington and Obama’s tone-deaf and arrogant leadership style.

Republicans aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed.

According to Ron Fournier at the National Journal, “one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington” and “close adviser to the White House” fired off an email late last Wednesday evening charging the Obama administration was living in the kind of bubble Democrats accused George W. Bush of inhabiting toward the end of his second term.

The reason behind the email was the Obama Administration’s inability to “identify legitimate criticism” in the wake of the transfer of five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

A POLITICO story from earlier that day noted:

White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a deserter, and that they would be grilled over not keeping Congress in the loop. But they figured people would be most outraged over the national security implications.

The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.

There’s an avalanche of bad news for Obama and Democrats in the latest Fox News poll

There are nearly five months — 148 days, to be exact — between now and election day, and the latest Fox News poll shows that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are in terrible position.

President Obama’s approval rating is still anemic, at 40 percent, and his disapproval rating has jumped from 49 percent in May to 54 percent this month. But the low approval ratings have been around for a while, as Real Clear Politics’ poll aggregator shows, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of his problems.

Obama’s approval rating on key issues has taken a nose dive

President Obama’s approval rating on the economy and healthcare were in the 40s last month — 46 percent and 43 percent, respectively — and though he was still underwater the disparity wasn’t that large. His approval rating on foreign policy fell from 39 percent to 34 percent this month and his disapproval jumped from 49 percent to 56 percent.

Voters believe his administration less competent than Bush, Clinton

Democrats aren’t going to compete in Mississippi. Stop trying to make that happen, it’s not going to happen.

Harry Reid

The runoff in Mississippi between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Chris McDaniel has piqued the interest of national Democrats, who think they have an opportunity to compete in the Magnolia State this fall.

Democrats have been sending money to former Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS), who was elected in a 2008 special election and subsequently defeated in 2010, to boost campaign war chest. Childers reported a mere $82,175 in campaign contributions since he became a candidate in March.

This has been one of the Cochran campaign’s biggest arguments for his renomination. Cochran surrogates are telling Republican voters that Democrats, whom they’re actively courting to vote in the runoff, could swoop into Mississippi and pickoff the seat, potentially putting GOP prospects of taking the Senate in jeopardy.

But this is wishful thinking. Mississippi isn’t likely to be competitive, regardless of whom wins the Republican nomination:

Today in Liberty: Mississippi Senate race heads to a runoff, fellow soldier says Bowe Bergdahl wanted to talk to the Taliban

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.” — Frederic Bastiat

— Mississippi Senate race headed to a runoff: The race literally came down to the wire, but neither Chris McDaniel, whom we interviewed in April, fell just short of the 50 percent he needed to avoid a runoff with Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). At the end of the night, McDaniel had a 2,128 vote lead, taking 49.6 percent of the vote over Cochran’s 48.9 percent. A third Republican candidate, Thomas Carey, took 1.6 percent. “This is a historic moment in this state’s history. And because of your hard work, because of your dedication, we sit here tonight leading a 42-year incumbent. But our fight is not over,” McDaniel told enthusiastic supporters. “We’ll probably know tomorrow, but one way or the other I promise you this: whether it’s tomorrow or whether it’s three weeks from tonight, we will stand victorious in this race.” Cochran didn’t speak to supporters, but his campaign tweeted, “Dead heat! Less than 500 votes separate the two candidates. New campaign starts tomorrow. Three weeks to victory!” The dynamics of the June 24 runoff favor McDaniel. His voters are going to show up, while Cochran’s will be more likely to stay at home. Either way, if the end of the primary is any indication, the next three weeks in Mississippi are going to be brutal.

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“Every once in a while, somebody has to get the bureaucracy by the neck and shake it loose and say ‘stop doing what you’re doing.’” — Ronald Reagan

 


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