January, a new month of a new year, is now history, and with Tea Partiers fortifying their numbers a Republican majority took over the U.S. House of Representatives. Suddenly, the Hon. Nancy Pelosi became the first woman ever to be ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives after sustaining the worst midterm drubbing since 1948. On the other hand, Judicial Watch revealed that from January to October 2010 she logged 43 flights on commandeered Air Force planes covering 90,155 miles, so why the sourpuss, Mrs. Pelosi? It cost more than 2 million dollars in 2010 to fly the old battle-axe around the world and $2,100,744.14 the year before. In Tampa, Florida, Mrs. Julie Schenecker shot dead her two teenage children for being "mouthy." "It appears that the children never saw it coming," said a Tampa police spokesman. So obviously Mrs. Pelosi could have been a lot worse.
The Continuing Crisis
December is dead and headed for history's graveyard, but December is not the only casualty of 2010. There is also Liberalism. For years it was in the care of psychiatrists attending to its various bugaboos, phobias, and unnatural disorders. Then came the elections of 2010, and the whole neurotic body of thought was ready for the mortuary -- even the bit about climate change and the throwaway bottle. Liberalism did get a reprieve in the 111th Congress's lame-duck session, but as of December 31 it is dead. Liberalism is at one with Nudism and the American Prohibition Party. Today the Whigs are more vital and the Federalists too. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's government-provided airplane has been confiscated, and there is only one cause for cheer through-out the movement. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Hugh Hefner, 84, became engaged to Miss Crystal Harris, 60 years his junior and a resident of Dog Patch. Miss Harris majored in psychology when in college-though only for a short time. Even the masturbators are on the run.
October became a ghost, but AmSpec did not close until we could report on the first week in November and the delightful midterm elections that saw Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returned to the Senate with minuscule edge on the Republicans. He will do no harm, and his rebarbative persona will remain before the American people until election night 2012. Otherwise the nation went Republican, conservative Republican. Twelve governorships fell to the Republicans and hundreds of state legislative seats, which along with the governorships that were already in GOP hands give them a huge say in redrawing congressional districts for a decade. What was that about conservatism being dead a year or so ago? Finally, the House of Representatives went Republican by the greatest margin in two generations. President Barack Obama fled the country, but the greatest surprise is from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is promising to stay. Whether she intends to remain Speaker of the House or just Minority Leader is unclear at this writing.
September evolved into October and Mr. Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, left the sinking ship in Washington. He is going to Chicago to run for mayor, but how will he establish residency? His home is occupied, and the oaf he leased it to will not leave until the lease is up. Anyway Mr. Emanuel has not lived there for nearly two years. Perhaps he will steal a page from President Warren G. Harding's 1920 "Front Porch" campaign and run from a friend's front couch, if he can find a friend in the Windy City. Call it a Front Couch Campaign, but now I am running a Front Couch campaign too. Chicago is where I was born, and as this magazine goes to press the New York Sun has endorsed R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., for mayor of Chicago! With no financial connections to Chicago, a New York publicist, and political advisers living solely in the Washington area, there is no way I can be tarred with a Blagojevich connection, much less an Obama connection. I am clean as a hound's tooth! Mr. Emanuel starts off with both disadvantages, and when Chicagoans discover he graduated from a girls' college and studied ballet, he will be toast.
August took a powder, and this respected journal of opinion conferred on Our President the title Worst President of Modern Times. A round of half-hearted applause was heard from the camps of President Jimmy Carter and of President Bill Clinton, who could say with pride that he was only impeached. Yet, we never said that the Prophet Obama was ineffectual. He has the country in chaos. No one knows if their taxes are going up or down. No one knows if the economy is going into a second recession or just muddling along. And the farce continues. At month's end the president came back from vacationing in Martha's Vineyard and delivered a 19-minute speech from a Holiday Inn conference room somewhere in the District. The room, done in earth colors, featured a presidential seal and quotations from four presidents and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our president said that the war in Iraq (which he had opposed) was over, though we were leaving 50,000 troops there who now may have to take the Greyhound bus home. On a slightly different note, congratulations are in order for Mr.
July is adjourned, and none too soon for the Prophet Obama and his earthly spokesman, Vice President Joe Biden. In all the major polls the Prophet's approval ratings have slipped into the negatives, from -3 for Gallup to -12 for Rasmussen Reports, with only Reuters adjudging him even. Time magazine gave had him a positive score (+4), but nobody reads it. According to the Washington Post, 6 in 10 voters have no faith in him as his polling data close in on those of Congress, which has 7 in 10 against it. The young are against him, the independents are against him, and an increasing number of African Americans are pointing out that he is white. Obama's only good news in July was that he was not Mr. Al Gore, who had two more masseuses turn up, one of whom said that during her ministrations he pointed to his undraped male member and said "Take care of this"-memories of our 42nd president, no?
May wobbled into the history books as political observers began to speculate on when retiring President Barack H. Obama will begin collecting funds for the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library & Soapbox to be located in Blue Island, Illinois, just across the street from the waste disposal plant. For that matter, what will the Obama Presidential Library & Soapbox look like? What will it be constructed of? By month's end wags were snickering that a suitable construction material might be golf balls, yes, golf balls. After all, the 44th president is probably the most assiduous golfer since the late president Warren Gamaliel Harding. Even in times of national calamity he goes golfing. In May he hit the links even as a suicidal offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico continued to threaten southern beaches, the fishing industry, and his dwindling approval ratings with its unwholesome discharges.
Last month Thomas Nelson, Inc. published my twelfth book, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery, and I have now spent several weeks on the campaign trail talking about it on radio, television, and at our conservative think tanks. The book tour today is very much different from those I undertook in previous years. So allow me to take a break from my monthly frolic with "The Continuing Crisis," and reflect on the state of books in American life and of what George Jean Nathan in the 1920s called "the reading mind." It is fitting that I do so here in The American Spectator, because the conservative movement is a movement of ideas, and those ideas were first advanced in books such as F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and in intellectual reviews, first and famously William F. Buckley Jr.'s National Review, and over the years in such intellectual reviews as Commentary, the Weekly Standard, and, as Ben Stein puts it, "this very own American Spectator."
March witnessed the realization of one of the Liberals' oldest and most cherished goals, the national takeover of American health care. If you plan to get sick, do it now before any further damage to American medicine is achieved. The measure passed the House of Representatives by seven votes. Curiously, no national commentator noted that the health care monstrosity passed just days after the Postmaster General John E. Potter announced his intention to end Saturday mail delivery in 2011. The deficit-ridden Postal Service cannot afford it. We can only speculate as to how long it will be before the federally controlled health care system announces the closing of hospitals on Saturday and perhaps the inauguration of "Sick-Free Sundays" -- days on which it would be unpatriotic to become ill and possibly felonious. We can say for a certitude, however, that if you are going to get sick it is best to get sick immediately and before your doctor joins a right-wing militia.
February was Winter Olympics month. It concluded with Canada winning the most gold medals while the United States accounted for the largest overall medal haul with 37. Curiously, America's Nobel laureate, President Barack Obama, was awarded no medal at all. Not even in the giant slalom, despite the fact that no one this year has gone downhill faster. According to the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, on February 22 Our President rated a negative 19, equaling his lowest rating since coming into office. Fully 41 percent of those polled strongly disfavor the president. Only 22 percent strongly favor him, and many of them would not reveal their names.