Politics

President Obama Slams Republican ‘Party of Billionaires’ While at Billionaire’s House

By on 10.8.14 | 4:50PM

This week features a greuling Presidential schedule, with Barack Obama attending seven separate Democratic party fundraisers ahead of next month's mid-year elections. From Greenwich, Connecticut to Beverly Hills, California, the President will be criss-crossing the nation, eating organic, locally-sourced rubber chicken in private mansions and collecting checks from billionaires, as the Democratic Party faces down a possible loss of the Senate.

Last night, after two fundraisers in New York, Barack Obama settled down for a quiet, up-to-$32,000-per-plate dinner at the home of (I am not making this up) a billionaire property tycoon named (still not making this up) Rich Richman, but only after he sent a massive fundraising email to potential Democratic donors, labeling the Republicans as the "party of billionaires."

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Brent Bozell Takes Down Karl Rove

By on 10.8.14 | 11:34AM

In a direct and no-nonsense fashion, Brent Bozell has taken on Karl Rove over in Politico

Among other things, Brent notes:

Rove belongs to the same tradition of moderates who fought Barry Goldwater in 1964, who pushed back against Ronald Reagan in 1976 and did everything they could to stop Reagan again in 1980. They said Reagan would be a disaster for the party and even the country.

Today, Reagan is one of the most well-remembered American presidents and remains the standard-bearer for what it means to be a conservative Republican, popularizing a small government message that GOP moderates said was too extreme to resonate with voters. As with Rove’s predictions about Mitt Romney’s chances in 2012, GOP moderates couldn’t have been more wrong about Reagan.

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Wendy Davis Doesn’t Understand Why Women Would Vote For Anyone Other than Wendy Davis

By on 10.7.14 | 1:40PM

 

At last count, Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is trailing about 10 points behind Republican candidate Greg Abbott, which is surprisingly to absolutely nobody, except perhaps Wendy Davis. The pink-shod prophet of the American feminist movement is absolutely astounded that any women would deign to support Greg Abbott's oppressive, misogynistic campaign for Texas governor, when they have the luxury or supporting a modern female icon. 

She noted her befuddlement to Alex Wagner on MSNBC yesterday. Wagner, of course, shared her shocked confusion.

WAGNER: “One thing that has been surprising to me in this is that Greg Abbott somehow miraculously is running ahead of you by a couple points in the polls among women, and I wonder if you think this latest turn of events in Texas in terms of access to abortion will change that dynamic?”

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Donald Trump Was Right on Ebola

By on 10.7.14 | 1:25PM

Donald Trump was, as usual, bluntly forthright.

On August 1, as arrangements were in gear to return Ebola-stricken missionaries to the U.S., The Donald tweeted:

The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!

Predictably, all hell broke lose. Typically, this did not deter Trump from pursuing his point. On August 2, as the uproar over his remarks continued, Trump tweeted: 

The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!

And later that day, he went back to the subject, tweeting:

The fact that we are taking the Ebola patients, while others from the area are fleeing to the United States, is absolutely CRAZY—Stupid pols

More outrage. Newsmax reported on Trump August 4, two days later: 

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Politics

The Barbarians Inside the Gates

By 10.7.14

On the eve of Scotland’s vote on independence, News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch was on the phone from London to Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto. Said Mr. Murdoch, a man with a legendary political eye:

I think there’s meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond Scotland. There’s a great anti-establishment groundswell which is seen in this vote in Scotland. You’re seeing it here in Britain in the anti-European party, whose one single issue is to get out of Europe. And I think you’re seeing it in France with the polling for Le Pen — I don’t think she’d win, but you know.

And really, you can take the United States and go across to middle America. What do they think of Washington, and Wall Street for that matter? People are really looking for change.

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Michelle Obama Abandons Dems Over a Letter About Potatoes

By on 10.6.14 | 11:46AM

Now, while I'm lucky enough to have my reality television viewing peppered with political commercials featuring Michelle Obama shilling for hapless Illinois governor Pat Quinn, most Americans will be spared the First Lady's electioneering messages. Michelle Obama will skip "helping" key Congressional Democrats in their quest to retain their seats in 2014 because she is unsatisfied with their level of commitment to her national junk food containment process.

Apparently, Senate Democrats didn't do enough to support the First Lady's "Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act" of 2010, her signature issue and legislation, which all but banned junk food from children's lives, as though the Federal government saw no irony in actually taking candy from babies, and the legislative loss been a thorn in the First Lady's side for four years. And then there's the thing about how Democrats weren't sufficiently opposed white potatoes

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Pennsylvania Legislator: Victims Over Mumia

By on 10.6.14 | 10:55AM

Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Vereb, a former police officer whose partner died in his arms, has had enough.

The invitation to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver a commencement to Vermont’s Goddard College speech via video has launched a welcome legislative backlash. Vereb, a Montgomery County Republican (suburban Philadelphia) has stepped up to the task.

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Lindsey Graham Considering Presidential Run Because Why Not

By on 10.3.14 | 2:20PM

In case you were wondering if there would be a candidate in the 2016 Presidential field whose primary slogan would be "let's bomb everything," (and who wasn't?) you need not wonder any longer. Although the current crop of potential nominees has expressed a slightly more nuanced view of foreign policy than, say, John McCain, at least one member of Congress feels that there should be a voice for the downtrodden Establishment among the crowded field.

Lindsey Graham, best known for his steadfast commitment to, well, nothing, is likely to declare his candidacy for President. In the event, you can't find someone better, of course.

In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said.

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Political Hay

The ‘Do It for Bob’ Republicans

By 10.2.14

“….we have elevated men and political parties to power that promised to restore limited government and then proceeded, after their election, to expand the activities of government.” —Barry Goldwater in The Conscience of a Conservative (1961)

Why is the GOP struggling? This was supposed to be a “wave” election. The money isn’t coming in, says Karl Rove in a cautionary column titled “Why a GOP Senate Majority is Still in Doubt.”

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Media Matters

The Hit Job on Fox News

By 9.30.14

It was a hit job. Sixty veterans signing a much publicized “Open Letter to Fox News” — yet the signers were mysteriously never identified beyond the military branch in which they served.

No wonder. I have been through the list of sixty, and it is filled with Obama campaign workers, one ex-Obama White House aide, liberal activists, Democratic Party congressional candidates, Democratic Party state legislators, and more. The letter was sponsored by the Truman Project, a ten-year-old think tank with a focus on national security. Its board of directors includes Hunter Biden, the son of the Vice President. None of which was even whispered in the haughty “Open Letter” that was distributed to a media all too eager to go along with an attack on Fox News and two of the co-hosts on the Fox show The Five — Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. Instead the letter was presented as a source of genuine outrage from average, non-partisan American veterans — while keeping the real identity of the signers secret.

And you wonder why Americans are cynical about politicians?

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