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During an appearance on Morning Joe, Tuesday, Newsweek editor Tina Brown made an off-hand remark about Barack Obama, conceding that the politician “wasn’t ready” to be President. Brown has previously attacked Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives for daring to oppose the Obama
While discussing whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will change his mind and run for President, the former New Yorker editor blurted, “Actually, I just hope he doesn’t, because in the end, you know, his tremendous misgivings, maybe he is right. I mean, We had this with Obama. He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.”
See video and article at: http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2011/09/27/tina-brown-obama-wasnt-ready-be-president
January 10, 2011 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Christianity, Family values, Health care reform, immigration reform, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, Rahm Emanuel, Tragedy in Tucson | 2 comments
Conservatives like to argue that these are isolated incidents carried out by lunatics and therefore carry no big lessons (unless the perpetrator is Muslim, in which case it’s terrorism); liberals view them as opportunities to address various social ills. Obama is in the latter category and should act accordingly. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel famously said in 2008. The same goes for a shooting spree that gravely wounds a beloved congresswoman.
November 22, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Andrea Mitchell, Barack Obama, Going Rogue, liberal media bias, MSNBC, Newsweek, Sarah Palin | Leave a comment
You loved the photos, now see the movie! The fun begins at around 1:40. In Mitchell’s defense, it never quite reaches the point where security has to tackle her.
Thanks for the clip to Jim Treacher, who continues to keep things in perspective.
November 15, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Maria von Trapp, Nazis, Newsweek, RedState, Sarah Palin, Sound of Music | Leave a comment
Saturday, November 14th at 1:51PM EST
Hot Air brings us word that Newsweek is declaring war on Sarah Palin. The magazine that has given up all pretense of objective news coverage and now caters to an ever shrinking Upper West Side Elite is making Palin the cover of Newsweek (PDF) with the title “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?” with the subheading “she’s bad news for the GOP — and everyone else too.”
There’s just one problem.
The title comes from “The Sound of Music” and the song “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”
Maria, you see, was the hero and protagonist of the musical and, later, the movie.
And Maria was pursued by the Nazis.
Hmmmm . . . so if Palin is Maria and Newsweek is out to get her, perhaps Newsweeks’s red, black, and white masthead is appropriate.
June 9, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: False prophet, God, Jon Voight, Newsweek, Pres. Barack Obama | 1 comment
March 11, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: conservatism, media bias, Newsweek, Obama birth certificate, Pres. Barack Obama, Racism | 3 comments
Obama still has the approval of the people, but the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes.
Newsweek Web Exclusive
Surfer that he is, President Obama should know a riptide when he’s in one. The center usually is the safest, most productive place in politics, but perhaps not now, not in a once-in-a-century economic crisis.
Swimming in the middle, he’s denounced as a socialist by conservatives, criticized as a polite accommodationist by government-is-the-answer liberals, and increasingly, dismissed as being in over his head by technocrats.
Luckily for Obama, the public still likes and trusts him, at least judging by the latest polls, including NEWSWEEK‘s. But, in ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking his measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.
They have some reasons to be concerned. I trace them to a central trait of the president’s character: he’s not really an in-your-face guy. By recent standards—and that includes Bill Clinton as well as George Bush—Obama for the most part is seeking to govern from the left, looking to solidify and rely on his own party more than woo Republicans. And yet he is by temperament judicious, even judicial. He’d have made a fine judge. But we don’t need a judge. We need a blunt-spoken coach.
Obama may be mistaking motion for progress, calling signals for a game plan. A busy, industrious overachiever, he likes to check off boxes on a long to-do list. A genial, amenable guy, he likes to appeal to every constituency, or at least not write off any. A beau ideal of Harvard Law, he can’t wait to tackle extra-credit answers on the exam.
But there is only one question on this great test of American fate: can he lead us away from plunging into another Depression?
If the establishment still has power, it is a three-sided force, churning from inside the Beltway, from Manhattan-based media and from what remains of corporate America. Much of what they are saying is contradictory, but all of it is focused on the president:
- The $787 billion stimulus, gargantuan as it was, was in fact too small and not aimed clearly enough at only immediate job-creation.
- The $275 billion home-mortgage-refinancing plan, assembled by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is too complex and indirect.
- The president gave up the moral high ground on spending not so much with the “stim” but with the $400 billion supplemental spending bill, larded as it was with 9,000 earmarks.
- The administration is throwing good money after bad in at least two cases—the sinkhole that is Citigroup (there are many healthy banks) and General Motors (they deserve what they get).
- The failure to call for genuine sacrifice on the part of all Americans, despite the rhetorical claim that everyone would have to “give up” something.
- A willingness to give too much leeway to Congress to handle crucial details, from the stim to the vague promise to “reform” medical care without stating what costs could be cut.
- A 2010 budget that tries to do far too much, with way too rosy predictions on future revenues and growth of the economy. This led those who fear we are about to go over Niagara Falls to deride Obama as a paddler who’d rather redesign the canoe.
- A treasury secretary who has been ridiculed on “Saturday Night Live” and compared to Doogie Howser, Barney Fife and Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone”—and those are the nice ones.
- A seeming paralysis in the face of the banking crisis: unwilling to nationalize banks, yet unable to figure out how to handle toxic assets in another way—by, say, setting up a “bad bank” catch basin.
- A seeming reluctance to seek punishing prosecutions of the malefactors of the last 15 years—and even considering a plea bargain for Bernie Madoff, the poster thief who stole from charities and Nobel laureates and all the grandparents of Boca. Yes, prosecutors are in charge, but the president is entitled—some would say required—to demand harsh justice.
- The president, known for his eloquence and attention to detail, seemingly unwilling or unable to patiently, carefully explain how the world works—or more important, how it failed. Using FDR’s fireside chats as a model, Obama needs to explain the banking system in laymen’s terms. An ongoing seminar would be great.
- Obama is no socialist, but critics argue that now is not the time for costly, upfront spending on social engineering in health care, energy or education.
Other than all that, in the eyes of the big shots, he is doing fine. The American people remain on his side, but he has to be careful that the gathering judgment of the Bigs doesn’t trickle down to the rest of us.
February 28, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: America's Youth, Ann Coulter, COAC, CPAC, FOXNews, Jim DeMint, Newsweek, Newt Gingrich, Obama birth certificate, Obamamaniacs, Pres. Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh, Sen. Mitch McConnell | Leave a comment
Among the Young Conservatives
Notes from CPAC, the national conservative conference, where this week youth has been served.
I am at the second day of the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The conference, which began in 1973, is hosted by the American Conservative Union. This year’s events are anticipated to draw some 9,000 people, up from 7,000 last year, which would make this the largest CPAC in history. The series of lectures, panels, film screenings and receptions is ground zero for young conservatives. While Obama claims the majority of hearts and minds at many universities, here the fashion du jour includes PRESERVE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE stickers and DON’T BLAME ME—I VOTED FOR SARAH! tote bags. They’ve come from all over America to listen to the likes of Ann Coulter, Mitt Romney and Rush Limbaugh sing the praises of conservatism and set the Republican Party’s agenda for the coming years.
At CPAC, 19-year-olds unironically wear bowties and snap photos with their cell phones of Rep. John Boehner and former governor Mike Huckabee, as if they were prepubescent girls at a Jonas Brothers concert. In droves, college students attend panels like “Al Franken and ACORN: How Liberals Are Destroying the American Election System,” and, a rebuttal to a recent NEWSWEEK cover story, “Bailing Out Big Business: Are We All Socialists Now?”
Over half of the conference’s registrants are college students. Although many of the conference’s speakers and attendees noted that this statistic was a happy surprise, the overwhelming presence of young people is no accident. The event’s Facebook group boasts 2,886 members. Special students-only events, including a reception with Karl Rove, pepper the weekend’s agenda. CPAC offered heavily discounted student rates and scholarships to attract young conservatives to the conference.
With the Republicans soundly defeated in both Congress and the White House last November and Obama approval ratings maintaining impressive heights, the party has appeared weak and divided. However, the conservative coalition at CPAC is both boisterous and united, and none are more enthusiastic about the party’s future than its youngest members.
“We’re coming up,” said CPAC attendee Olivia Offner, 21. “We’re not the candidates, but we’re the speechwriters, the campaign staffers, the journalists.”
On Friday, the biggest star is none other than Newt Gingrich, a man who rose to political heights when much of today’s audience (myself included) was still in kindergarten. Before delivering a 45-minute speech addressing the budget, national security and the future of the Republican Party, Gingrich entered the ballroom down its center aisle, shaking hands with hundreds who leaped out of their seats to literally rub elbows with the former Speaker of the House. Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” blared from the speakers. “This is the largest, most enthusiastic CPAC in history,” said Gingrich, and the crowd roared.
Downstairs, in a subterranean exhibition room, dozens of organizations set up booths and passed out pamphlets on everything from public-policy graduate programs to the Freedom Doctrine. “I’m happy to see young people are so interested in conservative issues,” said Zaid Abuhouram, a 19-year-old who worked at the booth for Young Americans for Liberty, a continuation of the group Students for Ron Paul.
Tim Schumann, 24, agreed, and cited Ron Paul’s Friday afternoon speech as one of the hottest events CPAC had to offer. “No one else [but Ron Paul] is principled,” he said. “Everyone’s here, cheering for the House leadership for voting against the stimulus. But where were they for eight years?”
Contempt for the Bush years is palpable, but the overall message of the weekend is a move forward. And if the enthusiasm of CPAC’s collegiate base has anything to say about it, this move will happen quickly and decisively. “I thought this would be an older audience,” Offner said of CPAC. “But not only are these students Republicans, they’re real conservatives. I think that’s why everyone is so excited—it’s about reclaiming the party. This is our responsibility”
As I exit the hotel for the day, I am handed a flier for a free happy hour called “The Shots of Freedom,” sponsored by a group called Students for Saving Social Security. Maybe this really is spring break for college Republicans.
Katie Couric just doesn’t get it! Alan Colmes, who thinks asking Obama questions is “fully vetting” him, just doesn’t get it! I guess most of mainstream media, so in the tank for Obama, just don’t get it either.
While interviewing Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican VP nominee, during this past few days, veteran news anchor Katie Couric asked the Alaskan Governor which magazines and news sources does she read on a regular basis to keep her informed. First, as a politician, if Gov. Palin said Newsweek and not USNews & World Report, she’d be bashed for citing one of the other.
But the Governor, instead opted to say that she got her news from various sources, and quipped that Alaska does have access to the East Coast media sources (paraphrased). Couric was not thrilled with Palin’s response, and today, several “media” sources have made this a headline. Couric’s question sort of inferred that our Alaskan citizens are so far in distance from the lower 48 that they obviously are not of the same intellect as the rest of us.
With a major economic crisis, a Presidential candidate who refuses to be fully vetted, the response to two hurricanes, and the massive energy concerns further inflaming the economic problems, is Gov. Palin’s response to what she likes to read truly “Headline” worthy? Oops, that’s my headline too !
Note: I look forward to watching Katie Couric, and many others, eat crow after the debate tomorrow night!